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LPG tanks are permanently mounted like in a motorhome. LPG DOT cylinders are used on trailers.

I would have to see proof that any tunnel will prohibit an RV with LPG cylinders/tanks. When you see regulations like that it is regarding commercial transportation, it does not apply to private use. There may be limitations on how many pounds/gallons but not an outright ban. What would a MH do? A permanently mounted tank cannot be removed easily.


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LPG tanks are permanently mounted like in a motorhome. LPG DOT cylinders are used on trailers.

I would have to see proof that any tunnel will prohibit an RV with LPG cylinders/tanks. When you see regulations like that it is regarding commercial transportation, it does not apply to private use. There may be limitations on how many pounds/gallons but not an outright ban. What would a MH do? A permanently mounted tank cannot be removed easily.


Go to Maryland DOT. You will see that it is illegal to go through the underwater tunnels there if you have LP tanks or cylinders. Doesn't matter if they are shut off or not. That includes both I-95 and I-895.

Obviously, Baltimore has another way to go north or south other than those two tunnels. Any vehicle, RV or otherwise, that has LP tanks or cylinders can use the Key Bridge on I-695.

In Virginia, an RV can use all the underwater tunnels even if it has LP tanks or cylinders, BUT the gas must be turned off before entering the tunnel.


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McDaddy wrote:

Skip, I guess I don't understand your statement that trailers don't have LP tanks. I have two 30 lb LP tanks mounted on the front of my travel trailer (on the tongue). Am I missunderstanding?


I believe he meant permantly installed tanks that are not easily removable and/or mot removed for refilling.different regulations on those tanks. JMG


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Atlee wrote:

Go to Maryland DOT. You will see that it is illegal to go through the underwater tunnels there if you have LP tanks or cylinders. Doesn't matter if they are shut off or not. That includes both I-95 and I-895.

Obviously, Baltimore has another way to go north or south other than those two tunnels. Any vehicle, RV or otherwise, that has LP tanks or cylinders can use the Key Bridge on I-695.

In Virginia, an RV can use all the underwater tunnels even if it has LP tanks or cylinders, BUT the gas must be turned off before entering the tunnel.


It's been a while since I've been on 95 around that area but we're going that way this summer. Can you help me remember where the tunnels are so I can avoid them?

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this is a good question, I never thought of it, and just drove through the tunnel on my way to NH or ME. Mass Dot has this on their site

http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/DoingBusinessWithUs/PermitsRoadAccessPrograms/CommercialTransport.aspx#hazmat

so would a propane tank be described as hazmat? if so, wouldn't we all need the HC safety sign on the the back of our trailers? I imagine there is a size limit. just something to think about.


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Does anyone else think these rules are a bit dumb since there's no limit on how much fuel can be in your fuel tank on the TV or MH?

Is 60 lbs of propane that much more flammable than 100 gals of diesel?

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60 lbs of propane is much more flammable than 100 gallons of diesel.

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McDaddy wrote:

60 lbs of propane is much more flammable than 100 gallons of diesel.


60# of propane is 15 gallons. 100 gallons of diesel will burn hotter and do more damage. I have seen several concrete bridges that have been replace due to diesel fires. Not one have I seen due to a propane fire.


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McDaddy wrote:

Skip, I guess I don't understand your statement that trailers don't have LP tanks. I have two 30 lb LP tanks mounted on the front of my travel trailer (on the tongue). Am I missunderstanding?


It is an issue of terminology. Technically, you do NOT have two 30 lb. LP TANKS on your trailer, you have two 30 lb. BOTTLES or CYLINDERS.
A lot of people think they are TANKS, but they really are not.


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mowermech wrote:

McDaddy wrote:

Skip, I guess I don't understand your statement that trailers don't have LP tanks. I have two 30 lb LP tanks mounted on the front of my travel trailer (on the tongue). Am I missunderstanding?


It is an issue of terminology. Technically, you do NOT have two 30 lb. LP TANKS on your trailer, you have two 30 lb. BOTTLES or CYLINDERS.
A lot of people think they are TANKS, but they really are not.


Yeah, but propane is very easy to ignite. Try to light diesel and see how that goes.


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