Q: Will the fridge run with the batteries disabled once the pilot is lit? Is it a mechanical
igniter and pilot, or do the coach batteries have to be enabled to light the pilot and keep it running?
UPDATE: all the talk about batteries reminded me of this thread, and I don't think the fridge
needs any kind of continuous electrical power, once it's running on propane.
Logically it would defeat the purpose, of having the propane option. Sorry, my bad.
I'm asking about the 3 way fridge, because I don't know exactly how it stays running on propane.
We don't use the fridge in our van, but have used our furnace. I drew the conclusion that if the
furnace needs coach battery power to ignite and/or run, disabling the coach batteries by
turning off the enable switch, will eliminate the ignition source while refueling the vehicle
gas tank. I usually try to turn off the propane as well, but have forgotten on occasion when
it's raining or snowing. My wife always disables our coach batteries when we stop for vehicle fuel,
if I don't.
When refilling the gas tanks, it is probably more common to see people lock the pump flow
control and then start opening and closing doors, talk on cell phones, or doing things besides
paying attention to the fill pipe and pump handle, possibly making accidental fire/ignition by
sources other than the pilot in the fridge a possibility. Including gasoline spillage.
Still, if the ignition source had been turned off (the Binder's fridge pilot), they likely would have driven
away instead of watching it burn.