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Wayward Wind

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Posted: 04/27/02 11:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We recently purchased a 2002 class C and wonder about driving with the propane on. I have been told that the new ones have an automatic shut off in case of accident so it's OK to drive with it on. However, I have also been told never drive with the propane on. Any advice would be appreciated.

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I have been towing or driving rv's for over 25 years from one coast to the other. We never shut off the propane tanks. My rig is in the driveway now after being in Talladega for the races. The gas is still on.

None of my friends turn their gas off either and my dealer (in business for 42 years) says turning the gas off is pointless.

Consider this. If you are struck by a semi at the propane tanks, do you really think it will matter if the valves are open or closed?

IN looking at accidents for the last 28 years, I have never found, nor have I heard of, any accident or fire caused by travelling with the valve on.

I would be more concerned about leaving the pilot lights on while sleeping.

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This issue has been addressed several times in the last year,check the search feature for past discussions.

IF you travel with your propane on (which we do), you need to be more conscious of maintanance. I replace the propane regulator every 5 years as I do with all rubber products-- it is only around $20-30. You need occasionally check your propane hoses/piping for leaks and make sure your propane appliances are performing properly. This includes the refrigerator's annual burner cleanout.

When refueling or anywhere near a possible source of flammable material you need to BOTH TURN OFF THE PROPANE AND TURN OFF ANY AUTOMATIC APPLIANCE THAT RUNS ON PROPANE. EVEN IF THE PROPANE IS OFF, IF YOU HAVE AN AUTO IGNITE REFRIG OR HOT WATER HEATER, THE ELECTRIC SPARK COULD IGNITE FLAMMABLES.


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One other thing to add to Wolfe10's reply is to turn off ANY appliance whether gas or electric before you refuel. Though the chances of a fire or explosion are quite small, it is still possible. Even a cellphone could potentially cause a spark and ignite a fire when dealing with gas. It's better to be safe than sorry!


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cdc:

The race last Sunday at Talladega was great. Not so with the one on Saturady. That had to be as boring a race as I have ever witnessed.

More than the race, we all enjoyed the party atmosphere in the afternoons before race days and then at night after the races. It felt great to finally be able to take five days off work (first time in 9 years) and enjoy myself. Usually the best I can hope for is a two day trip unless I am on business some place. Then I get to see the sights, enjoy my camper and earn a couple of dollars also.

Has it gotten warm over your way yet?

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L.D.
That was a super reply to a question that needed answering.
How was the race at Talledega?


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Kusani: Cell phones - - interesting point. There are switches and switches can [usually] spark. Does the NFPA class cell phones as "intrinsicaly safe"? That would be the only proof that I know of that they cannot spark.

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Agree, re turning off the gas when refueling; however, cell phones CAN NOT cause a spark as they are solid state electronics.

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I had this discussion with my father in law last summer. The discussion ended very quickly when I pointed out to him that a gasoline spill in an accident is FAR more dangerous than a propane leak. Propane needs to be compressed to a certain degree to burn/explode. Gasoline is FAR less picky about it.




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One thing that hasn't been mentioned is that some bridges in the East have strict requirements about this, namely that all propane operated devices must be turned off and all tank valves closed. I remember reading this in one of the Rving magazines, but can't tell you which one, or which bridges are affected. Just fyi...


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