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Old 07-20-2021, 06:59 PM   #81
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I just got gas yesterday. There was a small no smoking symbol. A small turn off engine sign. A fairly large description of the risks associated with static discharge. I suppose they feel like that still hasnít gotten into the mind of most drivers.

I was actually looking to see what regulations would be cited on the placard. Spoiler: no regulations were cited.

Odd, because the tax disclosure sticker was pretty clear as to which laws it was complying with.

Anyway, with very little research, certainly not exhaustive, I havenít found a federal regulation that prohibits pulling an RV with a propane fridge lit through a gas station forecourt. I really would be interested if someone finds it. Seems like it should exist.
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Old 07-20-2021, 08:08 PM   #82
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I havenít found a federal regulation that prohibits pulling an RV with a propane fridge lit through a gas station forecourt. I really would be interested if someone finds it. Seems like it should exist.

If it were an issue.
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Old 07-20-2021, 08:13 PM   #83
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I just got gas yesterday. There was a small no smoking symbol. A small turn off engine sign. A fairly large description of the risks associated with static discharge. I suppose they feel like that still hasn’t gotten into the mind of most drivers.

I was actually looking to see what regulations would be cited on the placard. Spoiler: no regulations were cited.

Odd, because the tax disclosure sticker was pretty clear as to which laws it was complying with.

Anyway, with very little research, certainly not exhaustive, I haven’t found a federal regulation that prohibits pulling an RV with a propane fridge lit through a gas station forecourt. I really would be interested if someone finds it. Seems like it should exist.
Probably in the NFPA Codes, (National Fire Prevention Assoc), but if you UNDERSTAND the (definition of) "FLAMMABLE", with any experience in any related field, you realize that IT MEANS THAT just the VAPORS can be IGNITED by a spark/ flame 20-50-feet away in an enclosed space, and then fireball across the entire room. Gasoline fits that category. Probably MUCH lower radius in open air, but can vary much w/ (wind/ no wind) and humidity differences. IMHO, The RV SALVATION (reason we see so few RV fires at the pump) is the height of the flame above ground, just like the water heater in a garage "must be at least 18" above finished floor"... the vapors are HEAVY. Scary to me is a GASOLINE SPILL AT THE PUMP, because you never know when someone will drive up and drop the CIG to step on and put out. BTW, "Combustible" (normally, at room temps) means the flame must touch to ignite. Your local FIRE MARSHALL OR FIRE INSPECTOR can probably tell you what he might quote for violations?
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Old 07-20-2021, 08:14 PM   #84
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Simple experience here

The dometic refrigerator must be level in order to cool or stay cool. Make sure your hitch and tow vehicle line upÖto create a level tow. I use propane alwaysÖwhen not connected to shore powerÖ.works great. Even makes ice.
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Old 07-20-2021, 09:27 PM   #85
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The dometic refrigerator must be level in order to cool or stay cool.

Not entirely true. See your manual. Newer ones are comfortable, if you are comfortable. If you roll off the bed, the fridge won't be happy either.
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Old 07-21-2021, 05:39 AM   #86
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The dometic refrigerator must be level in order to cool or stay cool. Make sure your hitch and tow vehicle line up…to create a level tow. ....
While it needs to be fairly level when parked... when towing the normal movement of travel will keep the system working fine, often better than when stationary.

The reason to have level tug and trailer when towing has to do with vehicle stability and it has nothing to do with fridge performance.

If you could put your trailer on platform that would shake and tilt the entire camper when it was parked then the fridge would work fine at a fixed location without the need to remain level.
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If you could put your trailer on platform that would shake and tilt the entire camper when it was parked then the fridge would work fine at a fixed location without the need to remain level.
I like this idea! Then we could pretend we're traveling and not actually have to go anywhere. Maybe set up a movie outside the window too, then scenery could be going by. I think you're onto something with this! And, on top of that, the fridge would work very well.
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Kind of like taking a baby for a car ride to get them to sleep.
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Old 07-23-2021, 10:18 PM   #89
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propane blow out.

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Some people run on propane, some don't. There are safety concerns. Mine blows out.

A Dometic 2354 draws 175 watts while operating on electricity. That's almost 15 amps at 12 volts. Your car alternator can keep up. Your car-trailer wiring may not, but with the addition of your solar installation, your system may. The only way to know for sure is with a volt meter

Check your trailer battery voltage (with a meter) with the fridge and car running. If the voltage stays at 12.6 or above, you're keeping up. If your system doesn't keep up, remember that a filled cold fridge will stay cold for a few hours. Ice packs in the freezer can lengthen the time. For longer trips, run the fridge two hours on - two hours off. Check your voltage again when you arrive to see if that works.

Have fun on your trip.
I have 1980 Trillium 4500 and always have traveled with propane running the original fridge Still inthere and still works, and never had the propane flame blowout in over 60,000 miles and or while boondocking. We only stayed in CG with hookup 4 times in over 10 years so needed the propane to get through. My 12 volt side of the fridge doesn't work, needs a new element.

Hope this is helpful for you.
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