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Old 07-03-2012, 11:52 PM   #1
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OK to have propane on while driving?

I searched for this and have yet to find the answer. I know it's a real newbie question, but is it Ok to drive to our destination with the propane tank open and appliances that use it, like the water heater, turned on. Thanks!
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The propane system is designed, built, tested and certified to be used while in motion.

Been doing it for over 50 years with no problems.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:06 AM   #3
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:18 AM   #4
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As long as the weather is some waht warm the only propane use we have going on while traveling to the frig. The only thing that you need to remember is to 'TURN IT OFF' before getting fuel. For the most part our hot water was on prior to us leaving our last stop, so we do not heat the water while we are on the move.
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Thank you!...off on first trip Friday with mind at ease! :-)
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Thank you!...off on first trip Friday with mind at ease! :-)

Let us know how your first trip goes!

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You can do it yes, if you don't need it, I wouldn't. For example, Ferries won't let you on them at least in my province with your tanks on. If you "forget" to turn it off at certain times, you can find yourself in big trouble in places like the above mentioned gas station when a spark from an appliance sets off the gas. It can be illegal as well to travel with the propane on in certain jurisdictions. And of course, there is also the possibility of accidents while driving. Is there some specific reason you feel the need to have it on? A fridge can usually keep things frozen and cool for up to 8 hours, a hot water tank will have warm water for quite a while after being heated and generally doesn't take that long to reheat when arriving.
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We turn propane on in the spring and, except when fueling, do not turn it off until we put the rv in storage for the winter. I, personally, do not see any significant extra risk even in an accident - modern tanks are supposed to shut off if a line is ruptured and, if the tank is compromised, it does not matter. On the rare occasions when our generator is not on while we are traveling, the fridge runs on propane. We do not turn the water heater on, however. Water stays hot enough all day.
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As someone said, "Which is worse - propane or ptomaine?"

We've been traveling with the fridge on fueled by propane for many years without a problem.

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I searched for this and have yet to find the answer. I know it's a real newbie question, but is it Ok to drive to our destination with the propane tank open and appliances that use it, like the water heater, turned on. Thanks!
I have always traveled with the propane ON, (100+miles/this coach).
The refrigerator is always ON. (and sometimes the furnace).
I turn the water heater OFF while moving.
My generator is propane powered and I also run that occasionally.
We have traveled in temps ranging from below 0 to +105 degrees F with no problems.
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the propane can be left on when driving, however:

1: you may need to turn it off at the tank when going through certain tunnels. turn off any appliances that use the propane first.

2: when fueling the rv, turn off any appliances that use propane AT THE APPLIANCE. this will prevent them from making a spark while trying to re-light themselves. no need to turn off the propane at the tank.

the water heater can usually be turned off while traveling. it will stay hot for a long time, and will re-heat in 15 minutes. we leave the fridge on while driving. have not needed the furnace while driving yet, nor the stove.
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I will catch hell for this, but I run with my ref. on all the time. I have done this since I bought my first motorhome in 1974. My county compliant water heater, in my garage, is installed on a 18 in. stand. The inspector said that is to keep the fumes from a gas spill from being ignited by the water heater. He said gas fumes stay low and will not reach the flame if it is over 18 in. high. I am not telling all safety first people to do this, I am just saying what works for me.
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I will say this winter, we took a joyride, and drove with the furnace on. Boy was that nice!
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And if you fill up at the diesel only islands,
even less of a worry as I've actually had PROBLEMS starting a trash fire with diesel in the past
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