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Old 03-22-2015, 08:50 PM   #1
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Propane restrictions?

Being a newbie ( 2 wks old). What are propane road restrictions?
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Glad to have you here with us.

A few roads but most tunnels do not allow RVs with propane to travel on or thru them. In some places like ferrys you have to turn your propane off to use them.
I hope this answers the question.

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Being a newbie ( 2 wks old). What are propane road restrictions?
Sorry, I don't know of any restrictions. However, I always travel with the tank valve turned off.
It would not take much of a collision to create a leak, then it goes down hill fast from that point.
But I am lucky that my fridge runs on electric (inverter).

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Glad to have you here with us.

A few roads but most tunnels do not allow RVs with propane to travel on or thru them. In some places like ferrys you have to turn your propane off to use them.
I hope this answers the question.

Happy Trails!!
What about a CNG powered vehicle? Is the rule for propane specifically, or any compressed flammable gas?
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Cars using LPG are exempt from the restriction if the system was factory installed. A conversion would have restrictions.
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Sorry, I don't know of any restrictions. However, I always travel with the tank valve turned off.

It would not take much of a collision to create a leak, then it goes down hill fast from that point.

But I am lucky that my fridge runs on electric (inverter).



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No issue there at all, every vehicle mounted propane tank is required by law to be equipped with a hydrostatic valve, if the flow of propane exceeds what the system is designed for (total BTU's of everything on board) the valve stops the flow of gas at the tank.

The only way a collision can light the gas off is too much heat from a fire or puncturing the tank, in either case the valve on or off would make zero difference.
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:27 AM   #7
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Even too much heat is not that big an issue... The tank is designed to vent if that happens so the "Fire" is not all that big.

A puncture would be serious. but again is not that easy to do

The scene in NCIS where Gibbs double tapps (Shoots twice) the propane tanks and blows up the RV....Not possible..that was explosives set off by the FX man.
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FWIW I'm not sure there are too many tunnels that worry about more than turning off the tank. For instance I know Baltimore has a couple of tunnels that ban propane but the Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel system just says to turn it off. The ferries I used in VA and NC never asked but they were on deck loads so ventilation was not a problem. The point really is to be aware and check the web site of any tunnels you might be using. You also want to verify clearances and maybe check the toll rates. ;-)
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I have a Rand McNally GPS for the trailer when I tow it. The only time I have had any issues with carrying propane was last fall in MA. The GPS stated that some of the interstate would not allow the trailer with propane tanks in the trailer; such as I95 in the Boston area. I was routed around Boston on the I495 which was a longer route to ME but I could run the propane for the refrigerator.


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One tunnel I drive around (I have no reason to drive through though some day...I might,, With just the towed) The signs saying "NO propane Allowed" (And other restrictions as well) Start a good 20 miles before the turn off to go THROUGH the tunnel. I might add there is a very easy Drive Around (Which I take). Most of the restricted places are like that... Only one was I ever caught by surprise and they did not object to my 20 pounder.
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When I'm in a big city area I follow the Hazardous Cargo route that is posted by signage with a large HC directing vehicles with hazardous cargo which route to use. I've never had a problem following that signage.
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One tunnel I drive around (I have no reason to drive through though some day...I might,, With just the towed) The signs saying "NO propane Allowed" (And other restrictions as well) Start a good 20 miles before the turn off to go THROUGH the tunnel. I might add there is a very easy Drive Around (Which I take). Most of the restricted places are like that... Only one was I ever caught by surprise and they did not object to my 20 pounder.
So why don't you tell everyone where this place is? It does the OP no good whatsoever to describe as you did, and then not tell him/her where it is...
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The highway tunnel under the harbor near Norfolk may still require RV's to stop and be inspected prior to entering the tunnel. In my case, this was a few years back when we had our travel trailer, and they required I turn the tank valves off (two tanks) and disconnect the lines to those tanks.


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The FMCSA/DOT HC & HM rules only apply to CMV's transporting HC or HM in commerce, not comsumer commodity quantities
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