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View Poll Results: Do you tow with the propane/fridge on?
Yep, do it all the time! 126 88.73%
Heck no! 8 5.63%
Hmmmmmm......Never really gave it much thought. 8 5.63%
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:32 PM   #11
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Always.....we don't even take a cooler anymore.
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:51 PM   #12
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Fridge

Have towed with the fridge on for the last 9 years. Only shut the propane off for tunnels and danger situations with summer refuel situations for the TV.
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:01 AM   #13
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off!! I saw a MH start a fire at a gas station and the 5000 gallon propane tank next to it almost went up if not for the quick response of the fire dept. Now I put ice packets into the frig to keep it cold. works for me.
That's what nice about a diesel TV when pulling, you do not have to worry about gasoline fumes from pumps. Where I fill up it is in the diesel truck islands and there is no gasoline around to cause fumes.
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:58 PM   #14
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off!! I saw a MH start a fire at a gas station and the 5000 gallon propane tank next to it almost went up if not for the quick response of the fire dept. Now I put ice packets into the frig to keep it cold. works for me.
Vehicles burn for a lot of reasons. How do you know that the cause was the refrigerator?

This concern comes up all the time but all it takes is a little logic to defuse it. There are thousands or tens of thousands of RVs on the road every day and 90% (if this poll is correct, and it is probably close) have their refrigerators on. Add to that all the other possible sources of ignition (such as potentially a bad spark plug wire in any of the millions of vehicles that fuel up each day, plus who knows what else), and the fact that mushroom clouds at gas stations are exceedingly rare and it's pretty obvious that any danger is negligible.
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:29 PM   #15
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Vehicles burn for a lot of reasons. How do you know that the cause was the refrigerator?

This concern comes up all the time but all it takes is a little logic to defuse it. There are thousands or tens of thousands of RVs on the road every day and 90% (if this poll is correct, and it is probably close) have their refrigerators on. Add to that all the other possible sources of ignition (such as potentially a bad spark plug wire in any of the millions of vehicles that fuel up each day, plus who knows what else), and the fact that mushroom clouds at gas stations are exceedingly rare and it's pretty obvious that any danger is negligible.
I agree with smiller. In addition to that, I see far more people smoking or talking on their cellphone than I see refueling with an RV in tow, and seldom does that add to the "fireball" at any refueling station. I think the danger is there, as small as the potential may be, but to say that forgetting to turn off the referigerator is going to cause a fire is pretty bold. It may, under "ideal" circumstances cause a fire, and there's certainly no reason to "tempt fate" but with the number of automobiles that drive past a refueling operation with sparks flying under the hood, smokers, static conditions in dry winter areas, and the host of other possible hazards, refrigerators in RV's is only one of literally hundreds of possible sources of ignition. Removing all the others with the "same vigor" that's being urged here may make refueling much safer than just singlarily pointing fingers at RV's.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:30 PM   #16
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some one questioned how do we know it was the frig that caused the fire. Ever hear of fire investigation? That's where the fire started and the guy pumping was with in two feet of the frig vent when it went boom. if you want more proof I will get you the fire report.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:36 PM   #17
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Vehicles burn for a lot of reasons. How do you know that the cause was the refrigerator?

This concern comes up all the time but all it takes is a little logic to defuse it. There are thousands or tens of thousands of RVs on the road every day and 90% (if this poll is correct, and it is probably close) have their refrigerators on. Add to that all the other possible sources of ignition (such as potentially a bad spark plug wire in any of the millions of vehicles that fuel up each day, plus who knows what else), and the fact that mushroom clouds at gas stations are exceedingly rare and it's pretty obvious that any danger is negligible.
have you ever heard of fire investigation? for one thing you question the guy pumping the gas. for some reason the MH people built the gas inlet very close to the frig vent and when the gas ignited he just about messed his pants and he dropped the hose and that made the station erupt into flames. It only takes one idiot to kill a thousand. I don't care to be that idiot.
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:42 AM   #18
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:04 AM   #19
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We run the fridge all the time when we are towing. Did install a toggle switch on the fridge power line so that when we refuel I can turn the fridge off with out having to go into the camper. Makes it safer when refueling.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:43 PM   #20
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It's totally depends on the distance of the drive.In local camp site then i think useless and in case of longer trip then yes.
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