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Posted: 06/18/12 08:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

should you turn your propane tank main valve off while parking at a campground and not using propane? Would doing so reduce the chances of a fire?

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Posted: 06/18/12 08:28am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wouldn't turn it off for a couple reasons. First off, the chance of a fire is very low. When the gas comes out of the regulator, it is low pressure, I think about 1/2 PSI. Also, if you do, you may have to bleed air out of the lines each time you use a gas appliance.

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the only times mine is turned off is when fueling the motor home (actually I turn the frig off so there is no open flame or sparking), fueling the propane tank, going thru a tunnel or on a ferry where it is required to be turned off, or when the propane system is being worked on,


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Posted: 06/18/12 08:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are you using "full" hook ups or dry camping?

I'm not sure about your coach, but many coaches use propane operate the hot water heater and refrig when they are not plugged in or dry camping. When you are plugged in some coaches can heat hot water without using propane, so it really depends on the options you have in your coach.


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Posted: 06/18/12 08:45am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I leave my propane on all the time. I have the fridge set on "auto" just in case the CG loses electricity. That way it will switch over to gas.


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Posted: 06/18/12 08:47am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rv2go wrote:

I leave my propane on all the time. I have the fridge set on "auto" just in case the CG loses electricity. That way it will switch over to gas.


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Posted: 06/18/12 09:05am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Only time our proapne tank valve is closed. Is when it get filled.


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Posted: 06/18/12 09:37am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I turn my propane off at the tank ONLY when in storage (inside building).

It is (as it should be) required by the owner of the facility.


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Posted: 06/18/12 09:08am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Too much of a hassle for whatever safety gains you are seeking to achieve. Constantly turning off the propane and re-bleeding the lines is not something I would look forward to doing, but it's your rig and you should do what makes your RVing experience a safe and enjoyable time.

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I do turn mine off when the RV is stored. Major reason is if one of the lines starts leaking or somebody inadvertently leaves a stove burner on there will be no one there to notice and the RV can fill with gas and essentially become a large bomb. I understand that chance is small but it only takes once. I once went to use my backyard grill and someone had opened a valve and the tank was empty. So even if the propane does not explode you could lose an entire tank of propane. I do not turn it off when I am at a campground and away for the day. Only when storing.


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