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kginder

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Posted: 07/30/13 08:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I see there are more threads about traveling with the fridge on LP. I do. My class c fridge is always on except, ahhh 98 percent of the time, when fueling.

This actually happened to me this past weekend in MD at a gas station. I was filling up the thirsty giant and watching the dollars tick away when a Harley pulled into the pump, the same pump as mine on the opposite side. He proceeded to fill up. I suddenly heard one of the loudest f bombs I've ever heard in my life. The gas pump did not auto-shutoff when the Harley was full. Gas shot out of the tank with an explosive force sending gas into the air, all over the Harley, the rider, the gas pump, the ground etc. It had covered an area of about 10~15 feet around. This guy was upset! I was still fueling but stopped the flow and went over to help. After I asked him if he had a match (kinda got smile out of him) he got some paper towels and proceeded to clean up. I finished fueling grabbed my multi-hundred dollar receipt and got into the RV.

I HAD LEFT THE FRIDGE ON AND COULD HERE IT BURNING!

If the Harley had pulled into the pump across from me instead of the opposite side, y'all would be reading about our dental records on the news.

I'm going to have a reminder plaque made up to put on my dash "Turn the @#$*&^%$ fridge off before fueling you idiot!"

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DW's job. When I pull into a gas station. She goes and turns off fridge.

As for the biker. I never trusted the auto shut off. When I had a bike. He is one lucky dude.


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Posted: 07/30/13 08:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As a MC rider I'm a little amazed a fellow rider would not tend to the nozzle and rely on the auto shut off to stop the pump. Moronic.

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DavidP wrote:

As a MC rider I'm a little amazed a fellow rider would not tend to the nozzle and rely on the auto shut off to stop the pump. Moronic.
Really. How much gas can they possibly hold?

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Posted: 07/30/13 08:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One day I pulled in to fuel up and merely picked up the handle off the pump and had to turn it to position it and fuel poured all over me. Went inside to tell the manager and he said 'ya that happens all the time the gas stays in the line from the previous pump'.

Was fueling up my MH when I see a waterfall of gas at my feet! The vents had be dislodged in my fuel tank and as I was putting gas in once it hit the level where the vent caps where it just poured out all over.

So.....

As OP stated lots of dangerous accidents CAN happen at a gas station. Don't understand why most are so reluctant to follow advisories regarding propane appliances and igniters on RV's and gas?


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So did anyone at the pumps start up their vehicle and drive away before ALL of the spilled fuel was allowed to evaporate or was soaked up and removed? If so, how is this any less dangerous than leaving the fridge on?

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The vapor density is defined as the ratio of density of the vapor of a substance to the density of air. Air has a density of one. Substances with a vapor density of less than one are lighter than air and tend to dissipate easily. Substances with a vapor density greater than one are heavier than air and tend to accumulate in low places. Gasoline has a vapor density of 3 to 4. At normal temperatures, liquid gasoline is producing vapors that can catch fire, and which accumulate in low places. These vapors can travel considerable distances from the spill point. If you spill gasoline in the basement or in the garage, the flammable vapors can travel considerable distances and ignite from the pilot light of a hot water heater or furnace. Many building codes require that garage mounted hot water heaters be elevated 18 or more inches above floor level for this reason.

How high off the ground is the pilot light on a RV fridge?

* This post was edited 07/30/13 09:31am by BCSnob *

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2oldman wrote:

DavidP wrote:

As a MC rider I'm a little amazed a fellow rider would not tend to the nozzle and rely on the auto shut off to stop the pump. Moronic.
Really. How much gas can they possibly hold?


Well, my bike holds about 5.25 gallons. Not sure why you’re inquiring or what that has to do with the discussion. It’s just one of those things if you ride a bike you manually tend the pump and not rely on the auto shut off to stop the pump. In the event the shut off fails it’s not just running all over the ground it is running all over a potential ignition source…..a very hot engine and pipes.

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Posted: 07/30/13 09:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I always check the position of the TT when fueling....usually the TT is a ways away from the pumps because of the length, so I usually don't turn off the fridge. And since I wind up backing out of most fuel stations today because of the new designs that place the pump island perpendicular to the mini-mart, the TT fridge never even passes in front of the pumps.

Clearly if I had a C or A rig where the fridge's flame was in proximity to the pumps it would make sense to shut it off. Unless it were a diesel rig and I was at diesel only pumps.


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DavidP wrote:

2oldman wrote:

DavidP wrote:

As a MC rider I'm a little amazed a fellow rider would not tend to the nozzle and rely on the auto shut off to stop the pump. Moronic.
Really. How much gas can they possibly hold?


Well, my bike holds about 5.25 gallons. Not sure why you’re inquiring or what that has to do with the discussion. It’s just one of those things if you ride a bike you manually tend the pump and not rely on the auto shut off to stop the pump. In the event the shut off fails it’s not just running all over the ground it is running all over a potential ignition source…..a very hot engine and pipes.


Very well said. I never rely on the pump to automatically cut off either.


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DavidP wrote:

Well, my bike holds about 5.25 gallons. Not sure why you’re inquiring or what that has to do with the discussion.
You made the original comment and you're asking *me* why?

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