campervan gas fridge

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Is it possible to drive from camp site to camp site with campervan gas fridge running.
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Reply By: Jimbo - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 22:23

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 22:23
No, not safely.

The heat generated from a gas fridge, in a folded down camper may cause a fire or damage.

If you're talking about a motor home with fixed walls, the only fear would be the gas flame blowing out.
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Reply By: Muzzgit (WA) - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 22:58

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 22:58
Normally I would say no, however friends of mine forgot to switch the fridge from gas to 12v for the trip home and the flame did not go out, even at 100 lkm !!!!

The camper they had before this one was the opposite...even the slightest breeze and the damn thing would go out.

The biggest risk, particulary the newer Jayco's, is the vent inside which may damage your curtains, although I doubt very much that enough heat would be generated by such a small flame.
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 20:20

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 20:20
Muzz,

I've got an 05 O/B Eagle and folded down, the bed is over the fridge vent. The curtains can't get anywhere the vent. Not sure if the Finch is the same.

I happily run my fridge on 240 with it folded down, the heat from the vent barely warms the wood.

Jim.
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Reply By: disco driver - Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 23:39

Thursday, Apr 27, 2006 at 23:39
Hi Mr F
It certainly is possible, but not very sensible and in WA is highly illegal.
If things go totally pear shaped, ie the flame goes out for whatever reason, the temp sensor doesn't shut off the gas flow and the campervan is fairly well sealed you have all the ingredients for a BLOODY BIG BANG.

It's just not worth the risk.

Disco
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 06:47

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 06:47
And don't even _think_ about filling up with fuel with a gas fridge alight.
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Reply By: Alan H - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 11:08

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 11:08
I wouldn't even think about it if I was you as it's probably illegal in most places and I can just imagine what the insurance company would say in the event of a fire.
What's the point of doing it anyway? If it will run on 12v why not use that?

I saw a burnt out camper and Nissan on the Kalumburu Rd last year and they were both burnt end to end ...... totally unrecongisable.
I wouldn't have known it was a Nissan if the people at Drysdale River hadn't told me.
There was speculation that they had the fridge running on gas but I wouldn't personally have been able to determine if it was that or an electrical or fuel fault but no doubt an expert could.
Certainly spoilt the holiday of the family who were from Queensland.
Alan H.

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Reply By: nickoff - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 11:23

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 11:23
Many years ago, when I purchased a second hand Jayco Finch, it only had 240V ac and gas to run the fridge.No 12V available. As we used to travel about 800-1000 Kms a day, we ran the fridge on gas whilst travelling. Never had a flame go out. No heat problems in the campervan either.
When we pulled into a service station, 1st pulled up short, into van, fridge off. 2nd pull up to bowsers, fill with petrol and / or gas, paid for fuel and then moved off the drivway, into van again and reignited fridge.
Now it seems foolish, but worked for me at the time, and as I said , never blew out the flame, even at 100Kph.

Nick
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Reply By: Old Scalyback & denny - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 20:40

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 20:40
ARE YOU PREPARED TO DIE?????????
THIS COULD BE THE CONSEQUENSES OF THIS ACTION
i have seen the back end of a ute where the dimwit left the gas on it blew out while travelling and he bent over the back with a lit cigarette

worse still the ute was borrowed for a weekend

steve
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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 21:22

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 21:22
to be honest I didnt think a lit cigerette would ignite gas, it certainly wont with petrol or petrol vapours. Not sure about LPG though, cant find the ignition point via search but it shouldnt be hugely different to other vehicle fuels? Mythbusters did a show on this not so long ago. A flame or spark will do it but not a cigerette.
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Follow Up By: Patrolman Pat - Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 13:23

Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 13:23
490 C. 1.9%-9.5% fuel/air mix.

A ciggy can burn at 1000C when inhaling.
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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 01:49

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 01:49
Mythbusters were unable to get petrol fumes to ignite with a cigarette
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Follow Up By: Old Scalyback & denny - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 20:00

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 20:00
sorry mate
dont care about myth busters i have seen the results !!!!!!
steve
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 20:29

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 20:29
I have stuck my ugly dial, with a lit smoke hanging out of my moosh over a stove with the gas turned on and sucked hard on the fag (no, not that) and it did not ignite.

Gas will ignite from the flame of a cigarette lighter, no question. This is probably how it happened Steve.

I hope this settles it ladies LOL.
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 20:32

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 20:32
Forgot to add,

I've flicked a lit smoke butt into petrol.

Result?

The smoke gets wet and goes out.

Fisho is right.

Jim.
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 20:59

Friday, Apr 28, 2006 at 20:59
Well there u go.....we have always done it.
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 13:12

Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 at 13:12
A few summers back we called into Hervey Bay for a look see and came upon the smoldering remains of what had be a relatively new Range Rover parked near one of the shopping areas. The fire crews were still there and it seems that this fire was the result of the owner of the rangie deciding to switch his fridge to gas - lock the car and then go shopping for a coupla three hours. It was a pretty hot day in the mid to late 30s. Don't know the physics or chemistry of the matter but having seen the result I certainly would not leave a fridge running of gas in an enclosed space of any kind.
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