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JayArr

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Pilots lights while on the road
« on: June 13, 2020, 03:33:29 PM »
This seems like a simple question but I can't seem to find an answer. I would have thought this would be in the manual but I have the factory manual for the trailer and it's not in there.

Do I have to turn off all the propane appliances (hot water, stove, fridge, furnace) when I'm on the road?

I wonder if traveling at highway speed will blow out the pilot lights or if they'll stay lit.

We are planning a road trip where we will be overnighting and then moving on. Should I shut it all down every morning and relight it all every night?
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HappyWanderer

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Re: Pilots lights while on the road
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2020, 03:55:28 PM »
Do those devices even have pilot lights?
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Re: Pilots lights while on the road
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2020, 04:14:06 PM »
This seems like a simple question but I can't seem to find an answer. I would have thought this would be in the manual but I have the factory manual for the trailer and it's not in there.

Do I have to turn off all the propane appliances (hot water, stove, fridge, furnace) when I'm on the road?

I wonder if traveling at highway speed will blow out the pilot lights or if they'll stay lit.

We are planning a road trip where we will be overnighting and then moving on. Should I shut it all down every morning and relight it all every night?

The only thing on you list with a pilot light is the stove. That you turn off while traveling. The others have 12 volt electronic igniters. Lighting of the gas is automatic. Do You tube search on each one. WH requires you to turn on a switch. Fridge requires you to turn it on and place in AUTO. Set the t-state to heat and the furnice will start by it'self. The fridge you can run while you are traveling. Turn the WH off.
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Re: Pilots lights while on the road
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2020, 05:06:36 PM »
I run with my refer on, everything else off.  If you have some older RV with pilot lights, I would shut those appliances off.  Most newer 2000+ stuff has auto ignite stuff, no pilot lights (except maybe some ovens)
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Re: Pilots lights while on the road
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2020, 05:21:04 PM »
Some older Water heaters have pilots but .. as far as I know they all have safeties.

Like the water heater in my house and like the oven in the RV (the only thing in my RV like this)

You have to turn the control knob to PILOT and push something. Either the knob or a button next to it. And hold that while you light the pilot and for a FULL minute after (usually) to allow a thermonuclear to heat up   The thermocouple generates enough your choice of voltage or current to power a latch magnet in the control valve. if the (You can use either voltage or current because the magnet (in a DC system) is effectively a resistor so I-E/R (Current = Voltage divided by Resistance) about 0.480 volts.

If the pilot blows out do to road wind. the  magnet is no longer powered. the latch is lost and the valve closes.

I've never seen a water hater with a non-safety pilot

I have seen residential gas ranges with non-safety pilots  but never a water heater. Residential or RV
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Re: Pilots lights while on the road
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2020, 06:54:00 PM »
Thanks all, that sounds good, the fridge was the big worry, it's a Dometic RM510 so it doesn't run on DC while driving (Shore power or propane) I was worried the food would start to warm up if we drove too long. It's self igniting so I'll just leave it on all the time.

The furnace is also self igniting but the water heater and stove have pilot lights that need to be manually lit.

I'll probably upgrade the WH to self igniting but I won't have time before this summers trip.

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Re: Pilots lights while on the road
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2020, 06:58:37 PM »
His 1992 Terry resort may well have some pilot light appliances. The pilots should be off when traveling.
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Re: Pilots lights while on the road
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2020, 10:33:26 PM »
Thanks Gary, that's what we'll do.
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Re: Pilots lights while on the road
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2020, 10:24:05 AM »
Technically you should also shut off self-igniting appliances while fueling.  If the igniter sparks while gasoline fumes are present, KaBOOM!  The risk is tiny but the result is truly a calamity.   Diesel fumes aren't really a risk, but gasoline and propane vapors are volatile.
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Roy M

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Re: Pilots lights while on the road
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2020, 11:47:11 AM »
I don't worry about it. The fridge stays on propane when traveling then shore power to save gas at campgrounds, even if the gas is off it will stay cold for hours as long as it is not opened frequently.  I do shut the gas off when refuelling and on ferries where it is required. I have had the hw pilot blow out a few times but it is not a major issue

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Re: Pilots lights while on the road
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2020, 10:31:23 AM »
I was advised to shut off the propane tank while driving, and to make sure the pilot was out before I go. Is this all wrong? I'd hate to make a mistake with propane!
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Re: Pilots lights while on the road
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2020, 09:50:40 AM »
It is NOT wrong but... Most RVers leave the tank on, using propane to operate the fridge. The critical times where you should shut the propane off at the tank is when fueling or at ferries/tunnels etc. that mandate it. (Most modern appliances do not use pilot lights with the possible exception for the Oven. Because of its age, yours may have them however.)
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