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Old 12-03-2012, 01:21 PM   #1
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Propane heat?

Question 1 - I know to make sure propane tank is turned off during refueling. Driving down road is it safe to turn heat (propane) on in coach running the fan motor off house batteries? OK question 2 is same as 1 now I want to run generator is it safe with propane on.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:33 PM   #2
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OK to use Propane

Hi there, we do both and it is perfectly safe. We are from Alberta, Canada, so we really need the furnace to run sometimes in winter months to keep the water from freezing as we drive. Also, when we are dry camping and running our generator, we have the furnace running as well. No problems at all. Just have your propane system leak tested at the start of each camping season to make sure you have not had any lines break loose during your travels over bumpy roads.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:17 PM   #3
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OK to run generator with propane on, and OK to run
heat off propane while driving, frig on propane OK also
while driving, assuming you have done proper maintenance
on all relevant systems.
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Do propane powered vehicles shut the propane off while on the road?

The propane system is designed, built, tested and certified to be used while moving.

But also remember that just turning off the propane still leaves the refer, water heater and furnace trying to start which could involve sparks. You need to turn each appliance off at the switch, not just turn the propane valve off.
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Question 1 - I know to make sure propane tank is turned off during refueling.
The reason for turning the gas off at the tank is so that all the pilot lights/flames will be extinguished. The problem with this is that it takes several minutes to burn the fuel out of the lines with a pilot light. And then when restarting you have to bleed the air out of the lines before pilots or burners will relight. In today's coaches most pilot lights have been eliminated by DSI systems. So, IMHO turn off every gas appliance individually and don't forget to turn the reefer off too. If done is this manner you will be safe while in a fueling station and will be easily able to re-fire gas appliances.
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you dont have to turn off the LPG while fueling, just shut off the fridge pilot lite and any other pilot lites
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you dont have to turn off the LPG while fueling, just shut off the fridge pilot lite and any other pilot lites
In my experience the Refueller turns off the tank before Refuelling so it is a little academic to discuss
I got the impression it was part of the Refuelling procedure - a documented process
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I know to make sure propane tank is turned off during refueling.
NO NO NO! You need to turn off the ignition sources, not the propane supply! Especially with modern DSI appliances, cause they will generate sparks to try to re-ignite whether the propane tank is on or off.

Leave the propane tank valve on and turn off any appliance that can spark, i.e. fridge, LP water heater, and LP or diesel furnace (e.g. Aquahot).
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Thanks Gary, that's the beauty of this forum.....ask and you will get the right answer.
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NO NO NO! You need to turn off the ignition sources, not the propane supply! Especially with modern DSI appliances, cause they will generate sparks to try to re-ignite whether the propane tank is on or off.

Leave the propane tank valve on and turn off any appliance that can spark, i.e. fridge, LP water heater, and LP or diesel furnace (e.g. Aquahot).
Much easier to just hit the BDS, turns off all 12v control systems and ignitions.
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Possible confusion between what was meant by 'refueling'.

LP Tank = Turn off LP at tank (they do this if you have not)
Fuel Tank = Tunr off flame source in RV, like heater or frigerator. No need to turn off LP.

I agree that LP is safe to use while on the road. And all systems require normal safety inspections.

I also agree such a neat forum, with all adding in what they know, and helping others that have not yet been down that path before...

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In my experience the Refueller turns off the tank before Refuelling so it is a little academic to discuss
I got the impression it was part of the Refuelling procedure - a documented process
we are talking Gas refuel here not LPG
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NO NO NO! You need to turn off the ignition sources, not the propane supply! Especially with modern DSI appliances, cause they will generate sparks to try to re-ignite whether the propane tank is on or off.

Leave the propane tank valve on and turn off any appliance that can spark, i.e. fridge, LP water heater, and LP or diesel furnace (e.g. Aquahot).
This what I already posted several posts ago. !
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Thanks all I do have a better idea of the importance and procedure to shutting down the spark that could happen during refueling of coach.
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