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Old 07-27-2003, 10:42 PM   #15
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Hi Julie
I agree with Mary.I would get a gas line pressure test.Peice of mind does not cost much.:wave
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Old 07-28-2003, 12:40 AM   #16
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At our dealership (I won't tell you our name as I'm not looking for business) our mechanic can usually repair the problem described in about 20 minutes and would charge about $40 . If it's just a switch you didn't turn on it would be free. Don' t mess with gas.
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Old 07-28-2003, 10:34 AM   #17
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I'm for taking it to Jim. :yep. no way would I leave it on if I was getting a smell. but then that was last night. hope all's well. I'm such a worry wart today. :wak
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Old 07-28-2003, 02:46 PM   #18
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:weep I would love to take it to Jim, lets see how many days would it take to get there! I just checked the Scamp again and the gas smell is gone. I hope it will be gone forever. I will light the fridge again tonight and check for the odor. I am wondering if it could be because I depressed the buttons for the gas line for such a long period of time. Eager to get the thing going by today. I am leaving right after work tomorrow. Thanks again, Julie
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Old 07-28-2003, 03:39 PM   #19
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:weep I would love to take it to Jim, lets see how many days would it take to get there! I just checked the Scamp again and the gas smell is gone. I hope it will be gone forever. I will light the fridge again tonight and check for the odor. I am wondering if it could be because I depressed the buttons for the gas line for such a long period of time. Eager to get the thing going by today. I am leaving right after work tomorrow. Thanks again, Julie
Julie, try lighting it using one of those lighters. It's really helpful to have one on hand, anyway, for things like the stove, etc.

It may be your ignitor. It may be hit or miss while the gas is constant. Perhaps this would allow the build up of gas. Since you said it lit with a roar, I'm assuming that your gas was building up while your igniter just couldn't get the spark there until it was full of gas.
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Old 07-28-2003, 04:07 PM   #20
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Julie ... glad it's lit!

Now, are you sure you're smelling gas? Usually a refrigerator running on propane puts out an odor .... particularly if you "sniff" around the vents.

Not quite a gas smell. But more of a hot odor from the flame.
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Old 07-28-2003, 04:08 PM   #21
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Charles! Inside her trailer? :omy
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I know she said "inside" her trailer ... but sometimes, depending on where her refrigerator is in relation to the door, she might think she's smelling it inside the trailer ... when it's really coming from the vent.

I also think a little occasionally builds up along the top of the refrigerator ... and if it's not caulked correctly ... or the caulk line broke.
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Old 07-28-2003, 09:35 PM   #23
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:ola Well I am leaving tomorrow, by hook or by crook as the man once said.... This morning I did shut the refer off and I DID close the gas bottle. I left the generator, with gas in it, in the Scamp. The same odor was present most of the day, it's not that strong. In the morning I will relite the gas refer and get it cold during the day while I am at work... The car is hitched up, all the crates are stacked in the car and I am eager to hit the beautiful mountains of Virginia.
Thanks again and again for all your help and concern... Will be back on soon. Julie
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Old 07-29-2003, 08:46 AM   #24
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Getting it cold

Julie,

We have to leave ours on all night for it to get cold. Just during the day may not be long enough. It is nice to get it very cold (37) before you leave. With the fan inside it will keep anything from freezing.

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Old 07-29-2003, 08:53 AM   #25
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Good tip Ron!

We usually run our refrigerator for a couple of days before we leave ... and load the refrigerator with food stuff and drinks the day before we leave home ... so the refrigerator has a chance to recover and recool before we roll on down the road.

Julie ... if possible, chill all your sodas, beers, lemonades, etc, at home before putting them in the rv fridge.

It's important, also, to remember, that rv refrigerators don't have the recovery capacity of home refrigerators ... so try not to leave the door of the rv refrigerator open for long lengths of time (like I do with our home refrigerator when I'm trying to find something my wife has hidden in the refrigerator)
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Another thing we do is freeze a two-litre bottle of lemonade or iced tea ... and place it inside the regular part of the rv refrigerator to help keep things ice cold while the lemonade or tea gradually thaws.
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:wave I'm back and had a wonderful trip. The temps were in the 60's at night and low 80's during the day. Really refreshing for a Florida resident.
I came back with a warm refridge, it worked great while I was on the electric mode. I traveled part way back on 12 volts and then I was told that It is possible to drive with the gas on. Again, no luck with the gas. I did buy a butane lighter and will try again tomorrow..
I will be hitting the road again on the 20th of August, returning on the 3rd of September.... julie
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Old 08-11-2003, 07:47 AM   #28
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Hi, Julie :wave

Welcome home! Glad your trip went well. Sorry to hear that you still have fridge woes, but at least it works on electric.

Since I only have a two way and no electric :cry I don't know how the temperature varies on the different settings. On mine, the propane gets very cold so I leave it pretty low, but when traveling on the DC, I have to crank it up a bit to keep it cold. Is yours that way?

Cool weather: I know that was a relief. Glad you got to enjoy it!
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