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Old 07-04-2015, 08:53 AM   #15
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When I transferred from the engine shop to the electrical shop at Delta Air lines, They had me rebuilding starters. After a rebuild, you have to seat the brushes. Sparks go everywhere. After seating the brushes, the sparks are less, but still a lot of them. Starters are a lot lower to the ground than a refrigerator. If you shut off the refrigerator, that is great, but I don't think it would start a fire unless someone shot gas into the refrigerator compartment.

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Old 07-04-2015, 08:57 AM   #16
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Or get in and out of the drivers seat while fueling. The static charge will get you.
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Old 07-04-2015, 09:14 AM   #18
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I think like others, I got in the habit of shutting off the frig when we had Class C MH's with gas engines. Just something that stayed with me. As far as a chance of something going wrong, yes they are slim but they do happen. I for one am not willing to take that chance!
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twinboat, a little boat experience here, but it's getting kinda old. Wasn't one of the big advantages of inboard diesel power the fact the diesel fumes in the engine compartment were MUCH less likely to combust, especially when compared to gas?
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Old 07-04-2015, 09:38 AM   #20
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Your statement is true, but there are many times more, gas powered boats, then diesel.

Diesel engines are in boats for the same reason diesel engines are in trucks, RV's and bus's, horsepower, torque and longevity.

When I went from gas to diesel, the first thing I noticed was the steady power, thru large waves. With the gas engine, I needed to work the throttle.

You need 300 hp to get to speed, and 100 hp to cruise, in a RV.
You need 300 hp to get to speed, and 300 hp to cruise in a boat.
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My 12 HP scooter goes faster than most any 300 HP boat :-)
I have rescued boaters that blew up their boat while playing with the engine out in the ocean. Boat burned to the water line. It was a gasser.
I have dropped a lit match into a can of diesel and watched the match be smothered out. No fire. Gas on the other hand ?
A gasser MH fueling up? Turn the stuff off as most states also have laws requiring that.

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