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valhalla360

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Posted: 06/30/22 12:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

time2roll wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

Of course, if that's the case, it has a ventilation system so the heavier than air CO2 doesn't build up...not to mention vehicles cruising at 30-60mph will move a surprising amount of air.

Mostly, it's a CYA.
I think it is caution for if there is a wreck. All traffic could be stopped and blocked with propane leaking.


In other words, CYA (Cover Your A*&)

There could also be a blockage and a gas tank leaking but we don't shut off the fuel line before going into a tunnel...and it won't matter if the tank is damaged anyway.


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Posted: 06/30/22 01:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Other than when fueling or in a tunnel where I'm requested to turn the propane off, it is always "on."


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No need to shutoff the flame on the frig when refilling.

If you live down south you know that many homes have the gas hot water heater in the garage mounted on an 18" platform above the floor per building codes. Code officials figure you'd likely store gasoline in the garage( and the fumes sink to the ground) so that's why the heater is elevated. Your RV Frig is likely 3 feet or more off the floor and your outdoors so there is zero risk.


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toedtoes wrote:

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It's not the same, but pretty close.


Actually, it's not anywhere being close.


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I know it was a joke. It's just one that annoys the heck out of me because so many people REALLY BELIEVE they cannot cut the tags off pillows, etc.


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Mike134 wrote:

No need to shutoff the flame on the frig when refilling.

If you live down south you know that many homes have the gas hot water heater in the garage mounted on an 18" platform above the floor per building codes. Code officials figure you'd likely store gasoline in the garage( and the fumes sink to the ground) so that's why the heater is elevated. Your RV Frig is likely 3 feet or more off the floor and your outdoors so there is zero risk.


Also, there's usually a lot more wind outdoors than inside a residential garage - so there's much less chance of vapors accumulating at a gas station.

OTOH, most folks don't fuel up inside their garages, so there's less chance of fumes being created - and also less chance an accidental fuel spill.

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Skibane wrote:

Also, there's usually a lot more wind outdoors than inside a residential garage - so there's much less chance of vapors accumulating at a gas station.

OTOH, most folks don't fuel up inside their garages, so there's less chance of fumes being created - and also less chance an accidental fuel spill.


Lots of folks fill the lawnmower in the garage and that's a lot more likely to result in spillage and fumes compared to a car at a gas station.

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On long days we travel with the Norcold on gas. On shorter days we may just turn it off. Don’t forget to turn it off before fueling. Our tow vehicle is electric so that’s no longer an issue. [emoticon].

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time2roll wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

Of course, if that's the case, it has a ventilation system so the heavier than air CO2 doesn't build up...not to mention vehicles cruising at 30-60mph will move a surprising amount of air.

Mostly, it's a CYA.
I think it is caution for if there is a wreck. All traffic could be stopped and blocked with propane leaking.


When you understand how check valves on LP bottles work, come back and revise your response....


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Surgtech94 wrote:

Thank you everyone for the information. Yes, forgot our fridge was Automatic. But I believe I have to turn propane on and light stove to make sure propane is flowing to fridge? How do I know if fridge ignited on propane? TY


Why are people only concerned about that tiny refrigerator pilot light when fueling and not that much larger water heater flame, or possibly the furnace flame?

That being said I only turn off the propane in storage.
Your refrigerator will keep cold for hours when turned off.
Your refrigerator will run for many minutes on residual pressure in the lines when you turn the bottles off.
If you are concerned then go into the trailer and slide the refrigerator switch over to OFF so the auto igniter doesn't activate while you are refueling.
Once done fueling if there is not a huge puddle of gasoline on the ground then go slide the switch back to AUTO and drive away.
You should only need to run the stove burners when you first take the RV out of storage. If you turn off the refrigerator at the switch then the LP line will remain full and pressurized eliminating the need to purge again.
I really can't remember the last time I actually smelled any gasoline while refueling my vehicles. But then California has some pretty efficient vapor recovery at the pumps to help reduce smog.

I know of two ways to verify that the refrigerator is actually lit and running.
There is a little LED next to the switch that is on when its running on Propane. If the flame goes out the light starts blinking

Flip the controls to LP or GAS and walk outside and stick your ear next to the refrigerator access panel. If the flame is on you should hear a dull roar.


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