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Posted: 06/30/22 10:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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


You should hear it flow and then a slight "whoosh" when it ignites. Also, your fridge should show an alarm if it doesn't ignite within a few seconds.

If I don't hear the fridge ignite right away, then I turn on a stove burner and then retry.


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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
For a short fuel stop it should not be necessary to light the stove. But can be helpful to purge any air after storage.

My refer has a error light if it's not working on AC or propane. I can hear the noise when outside when the propane is lit but after a fuel stop the refer may not need immediate cooling.


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Posted: 06/30/22 10:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When we had our TT and a Gasser TV, I would just pop inside and turn the fridge to OFF quicker and easier than turning both tanks off.


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time2roll wrote:

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I went in and an inspector came out with their yellow and orange rain coat and clip board to WATCH me turn OFF the propane at each bottle..

did that, was good to go, merged into traffic and 1/8 to 1/4 mile later I was OUT of the tunnel [emoticon]
The tunnel has a dip that can collect the heavier than air propane.


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.


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BB_TX wrote:

Theoretically there is a very slight chance that while filling up your and your RV was sitting next to a gas pump and the refrigerator vent panel was very near that gas pump hose as it was pumping gas and the wind was exactly right to lift the heavier than air gas fumes up and blow those into the refrigerator vent and the refrigerator was currently cooling and the fumes reached the burner, then yes, a fire is possible.


And it's not just your own pump you need to worry about, the guy on the other side of your RV might have tipped over the 5 gallon can he's filling, causing a pool of gasoline under your RV.

I saw that happen once, fortunately, he was on the other side of the pump island so the pool of gas didn't reach me, as soon as I saw it happen, I stopped pumping, pressed the call button on the pump to tell the store clerk, and moved my RV away from the island.

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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.


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steveh27 wrote:

I precool my 3way fridge on electric then drive with it on 12volt. When I get where I'm going I will turn it to propane. If I need to get gas I turn it off at the fridge, gas up, and when out of the gas station will ignite the propane back on.


Very few RVs have 3-way fridges, usually only popups, A-frames and truck campers.


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Have been traveling with the fridge on propane for the past 30 years, with 4 different trailers.
Do leave it on electric during the night before and switch to propane when we leave.

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dedmiston wrote:

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It's not the same, but pretty close.


Actually, it's not anywhere being close.

The mattress/pillow tags are to tell the seller that they cannot remove the tags by law - because the consumer/buyer has a legal right to know the information on those tags. The buyer can cut off the tags because they have already bought it.

The Danger warning is a CYA notice. It is similar to the "Warning: the ingredients in this item are known to cause cancer" notices on products.

Does it mean you WILL get cancer/blow up? No. But there is a risk factor that is greater than a placebo effect.

I will run with my trailer fridge on propane. I don't with my motorhome. Because my motorhome is 47 years old and everything is much closer together. My motorhome fridge also holds in the cold for hours while turned off.


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