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Old 10-10-2013, 01:00 PM   #1
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pilot lights at the gas station

It's been years since we had an RV so I don't remember if there was a warning sticker on the gas cap or not. So last night we were at a station filling up our new DP and there are warnings about turning off all pilot lights before fueling. The only one I had on was the fridge, so we left it BUT.... what do you do? Do you turn yours off before fueling or not? We don't want to make a BIG mistake......
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Old 10-10-2013, 01:11 PM   #2
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We turn the fridge off as we pull in to a gas station. I think it's just a good practice.
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I would feel a vulnerable if some one walked up to me while I was fueling and lit a cigar. Same thing: open flame.

There are laws, and signs at the pumps.

I worked at filling stations long ago. Only one fuel fire in 3 years, no casualties, only damages, but it was enough to instill respect.

I choose to not be a glowing example, nor provide the source.
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I shut it off most of the time, but have to admit, I've drven away from the station before thinking, "Damn, I forgot to shut the fridge down ".
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Or in our case 3 hours down the road, suddenly saying "did we turn the fridge back on?"
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Since we have a diesel and the pumps are usually away from the gas pumps I never bother. In fact even when pumping at some regular stations where the gas is dispensed from the same island I never bother.
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Pilot Lights

Towing a 5er with a Diesel Pick-Up, the fridge is a long ways from the pump and don't worry about it, did with the gas MH though and usually forgot to turn it back on!
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Your MH could become a Big bomb? Kill yourself, What about others around you? Turn it OFF.
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Very related extension of question. For those that turn it off. Do you shut it off before you get to the pumps, where others are pumping, or after you pull up? Motorhomes would be easier, for any/all trailers preferably, but curious about all.
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Very related extension of question. For those that turn it off. Do you shut it off before you get to the pumps, where others are pumping, or after you pull up? Motorhomes would be easier, for any/all trailers preferably, but curious about all.
It is easier to not turn it off at all. But not safe.
Would you bring to flame TO the fumes?

The one with the flame will also be the one with the liability.....and guilty memories.
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We turn off all propane before hitting the road. We don't turn it back on until we stop for the night. The fridge stays cold enough until then. That is what we do and we do not expect others to do everything we do.
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it is good practice and safer for all involved to turnoff potential ignition(refrig,generators,furnaces,etc) sources in fuel stations.
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The fridge stays on in our motorhome while we are traveling, and while I am fueling. We only use the water heater and furnace while parked, and the oven pilot light is only on while using the oven.
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We turn off all propane before hitting the road. We don't turn it back on until we stop for the night. The fridge stays cold enough until then. That is what we do and we do not expect others to do everything we do.
Nice. Are you talking full fridge or partial (we only weekend it), do you know how much it goes up? Would ice cream stay in the freezer?

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