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opnspaces

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Posted: 08/19/21 09:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maybe it's because I live in California and we have required vapor recovery at the nozzles. But I can't remember the last time I smelled gasoline at a gas station. Here's my thoughts on why I'm not concerned about running the refrigerator when refueling the tow vehicle.

There are no spills because we have automatic shutoff nozzles on the fuel pumps. If the nozzle falls out of the fill pipe the nozzle immediately shuts off.

Both the water heater and the refrigerator are at the same height or higher than the hood on 99% of the vehicles on the road.
Cars and trucks have Starters and alternators that spark when in operation.

Heck I've noticed in colder areas of the country that people leave their engines running when fueling. If we're not concerned about this then why would we be concerned about a pilot light 3 feet in the air?


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With sadly 20,000+ killed on the highways every year, your 1000x more likely to die in a plain old crash, than going up in a spectacular ball of flame from your propane frig running while you drive/refill the gas tank.


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That is why I made sure to have a stick and brick refrigerator in my motor home. It cools much better than the gas/electric in the slide of the old fifth wheel and does not have to be turned off while filling up. When gas/electric refrigerators are not in a slide, they do a much better job staying cold in the heat.

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opnspaces wrote:

Maybe it's because I live in California and we have required vapor recovery at the nozzles. But I can't remember the last time I smelled gasoline at a gas station. Here's my thoughts on why I'm not concerned about running the refrigerator when refueling the tow vehicle.

There are no spills because we have automatic shutoff nozzles on the fuel pumps. If the nozzle falls out of the fill pipe the nozzle immediately shuts off.

Both the water heater and the refrigerator are at the same height or higher than the hood on 99% of the vehicles on the road.
Cars and trucks have Starters and alternators that spark when in operation.

Heck I've noticed in colder areas of the country that people leave their engines running when fueling. If we're not concerned about this then why would we be concerned about a pilot light 3 feet in the air?


While I agree with you and don't believe there is any issue with running with propane on, if you think all gasoline nozzles have vapor recovery and auto shut off on the nozzle and that a running engine poses the same ignition risk as an open flame, you are quite mistaken.


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mlpeloquin wrote:

That is why I made sure to have a stick and brick refrigerator in my motor home. It cools much better than the gas/electric in the slide of the old fifth wheel and does not have to be turned off while filling up. When gas/electric refrigerators are not in a slide, they do a much better job staying cold in the heat.


This makes absolutely no sense unless you have your 5ver rigged with some serious batteries, large inverter and super charging capacity. Or am I missing something? How do you keep the "sticks n bricks" fridge running all day long while toodeling down the road?

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Mike134 wrote:

With sadly 20,000+ killed on the highways every year, your 1000x more likely to die in a plain old crash, than going up in a spectacular ball of flame from your propane frig running while you drive/refill the gas tank.


Sure but where's the fun in that if you can't blow a non issue out of proportion and then argue about it on the internet?? LOL

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I leave my fridge on and running. No water heater on. My fridge is on the opposite and 25 feet back from my gas fill port. I usually fill up before hooking up to leave the campground. If not, I don’t worry about it. Too much doom and gloom here.

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No. Fortunately we have 1280kilowatts of solar with a bank of battleborn batteries which is enough to run the fridge between campgrounds.


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Carlos & Ranae wrote:

No. Fortunately we have 1280kilowatts of solar with a bank of battleborn batteries which is enough to run the fridge between campgrounds.


Man, with 1.28 megawatts of solar, you could power the whole campground! :-)


(ok ok, I know you meant 1280 watts, but still, that's an impressive amount of power on an RV roof)

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AFAIK ... don't modern motorhome propane water heaters and propane refrigerators (and propane furnaces) require constant 12V DC power ... to light and keep lit their flames?

I assume so ... that's why before gassing up I merely turn off my coach's 12V power. I just switch the 12V power back on before leaving the gas pump.


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