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Old 08-30-2016, 10:19 AM   #1
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Refrigerator while fueling up

I understand that it is dangerous to leave the refrigerator running while fueling up at the gas station. I know some people leave the fridge running but I have been stopping short of the pumps, getting out of my truck and turning the propane tanks off before pulling in. This is a hassle. I wonder what most people do and what the real risk is.....
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Old 08-30-2016, 10:24 AM   #2
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How close to your fuel filler neck is the refrigerator? I have never turned mine off while refueling, but I have always had a 30' or 35' TT, which means the refrigerator is quite a ways from my fuel tank.
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Old 08-30-2016, 10:27 AM   #3
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I have never turned mine off - I don't really see the need as my refrigerator is also quite a ways from the pump nozzle.
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Old 08-30-2016, 10:29 AM   #4
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My trailer is a 26' (29' overall) and the refer is in the rear. My truck fuel neck is midway on the vehicle. So...I guess there is about 30' between the two.
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Old 08-30-2016, 10:29 AM   #5
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I never turn mine off either. Depending on the location of your frig, your most likely 20' or more away from the pump. Static electric is a much more real issue to me.
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Old 08-30-2016, 10:31 AM   #6
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Never gave it a second thought myself. I don't think I can deal with another checklist for getting gas.
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Old 08-30-2016, 10:33 AM   #7
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The only time the gas gets shut off is when I park it in November for the winter....
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Old 08-30-2016, 11:35 AM   #8
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I have never done that either. Just fuel up and drive !
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Old 08-30-2016, 10:44 PM   #9
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Also never done it, however my fridge is 30' from the fuel neck, and on the opposite side from my fill door, AND i'm fueling diesel (which the chances of a vapor light are astronomical to the point of requiring scientific notation to calculate), AND generally only fuel at bulk diesel stations (no gasoline vapor).
Its just as likely the guy lighting his cigarette 30' away from you will trigger an explosion, and significantly more likely the guy gassing up his car and failing to maintain a good nozzle ground at the next pump will cause a static discharge explosion.
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Old 08-30-2016, 11:34 PM   #10
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40 years towing and I've never even considered it. Mine is also opposite side and way away from where I'm filling. I guess it could be closer to the guy in the next lane - but I think idiots smoking while pumping (yes I've seen that) are a greater concern.
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