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Posted: 07/17/19 05:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Almost every RV I have had. Had the fridge on the opposite side of the RV from the gas fill port. Just like the engine exhaust pipe. Heck even cars are made that way.

Only my dual exhaust gas class A was an exception.

Could there an issue if the fridge was really malfunctioning? Yes maybe.

In my part of Wisconsin. Next to Lake Wisconsin. You have to put gas containers on the ground while filling. Why not?


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I'm more concerned about eating lettuce at a fast food joint. [emoticon]

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I pumped gas and drove tow trucks for awhile and I saw a couple accidental spills and gas vapor formed rapidly.

Would you smoke a cigarette while pumping gas? Why would you think it is okay to have a fridge burning propane? The probability of a spill and accident is low, but leaving the fridge on puts others at risk. I would encourage folks to please take a moment and shut it down when fueling.

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Smoking while fueling seems to be a popular sport here in north Idaho.


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People will keep doing what they have been doing and I doubt that anything on this forum will change that. You have to decide for yourself what you want to do to feel comfortable with.

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So I have been thinking:
I am on the road in a unfamalier location. I need fuel. I am looking for an station that is easy in and out, and able to accomodate my large lashup. (36'+ my longbed crew cab) I see one, but cannot pull in, as I gotta find a safe place with easy access and probably a turnaround, so I can turn off the propane. That could take some time and miles to find. Then after accomplishing that, I can go back to the station and refuel... And now I have to stop again at a safe place to turn the propane back on. IF I AM LUCKY, I may be able to use the same place I turned it off at.... But that may mot be possible for a variety of reasons. This simple refueling process could take an hour or more.. Sounds like fun.



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If you are old enough to remember when smoking was very popular, filling your car. lawn mower, 5 gallon fuel carboy, chain saw etc. With a cigarette dangling from you mouth was common.

Was it smart? probably not.
Was it safe? probably not.
Did it cause numerous explosions and gas pump fires? No.
Did anyone care or give it a second thought? Not really.

Turning your propane off certainly cannot hurt but most folk do not feel it is an issue.


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rbpru wrote:

If you are old enough to remember when smoking was very popular, filling your car. lawn mower, 5 gallon fuel carboy, chain saw etc. With a cigarette dangling from you mouth was common.

Was it smart? probably not.
Was it safe? probably not.
Did it cause numerous explosions and gas pump fires? No.
Did anyone care or give it a second thought? Not really.

Turning your propane off certainly cannot hurt but most folk do not feel it is an issue.
Fast forward to today.
You are not supposed to use a cell phone around a gas pump...
Everyone does it.
They must have seen the Mythbusters show where they tried to create an explosion with a cell phone and gas.


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TurnThePage wrote:

Smoking while fueling seems to be a popular sport here in north Idaho.


Beautiful country. How far north are you talking? Have spent a fair amount of time over the years around Priest River.

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I'm talking around the Coeur d'Alene area. It is beautiful here! I enjoy it for sure. But I know there's beauty to be had all over this country and am hoping to have a shot at it one of these day. When I do, I'll probably leave the propane on. [emoticon]

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