Info: Potential Fire Risk??

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by PP Bear, May 25, 2013.

  1. PP Bear

    PP Bear Funster Life Member

    Apr 5, 2013
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    I've just been reading the user guide for Dometic Fridge (yeh sad i know) and found the chapter that covers gas operation and refuelling. Now this doesn't apply to me as I shut off my gas supply at the cylinders when I travel and I don't have the automatic energy selection facility available to use so I'm safe so to speak, but how many Funsters do have the auto option and leave their gas cylinders open and allow the energy selection to be used as best suited:Smile:

    The good book (that covers all models) states that after the vehicle has been driven, there is a 15 min delay to the auto ignition of the gas (if there has been no electrical hookup) to allow for refuelling. Seems sensible, but what about the times we're longer than 15 mins, as the igniter will then operate the live flame and keep the fridge cool. The good book says if we're to be longer than 15 mins, then the fridge should be either turned off or switched to another energy source:Eeek:

    I've never heard of any instances of a motorhome causing problems within a garage, other than limiting the quantity of chocolate and wine purchased over the counter, but worth hi lighting to my fell Funsters now I've read it:thumb::thumb:
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  2. icantremember

    icantremember Funster

    Sep 2, 2010
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    Nr Watton in Norfolk
    I always ensure all the gas appliances are turned off when entering any fuel stations.

    This probably saved a disaster recently for us when I assume grit or some other foreign body lodged in the non return valve in the filler for our lpg tank.

    Having filled the tank I removed the nozzle only to find liquid gas streaming out, far in excess of the normal puff we expect. I reconnected the nozzle and removed it several times but still the gas was escaping.

    Had there been any source of ignition at this time I feel sure we would have lost the motor home in a fireball .......... The problem was solved fortunately by the forecourt attendant with his Bic pen which he shoved into the valve to clear it.

    Altogether a very sobering experience. ...........

    Lessons learned;

    1) Always turn off any ignition sources
    2) Always have a Bic pen handy
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  3. motorhomelover


    Jul 28, 2010
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    The world
    I had the exact same thing in 2009 on my RV I had only paid for it in cash 20 minuets before
    A very scary situation
    One I would not like to have again

    ( dirt/dust in filler dust cap not used as it should ) always use the cap now to keep valve clean :thumb:
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