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Old 03-26-2012, 04:36 PM   #15
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Hi LSC9901,
For me the answer is no. We 1/2 time in the coach. During the winter the coach may sit for 3 weeks without being used. The main tank valve remains open to keep the regulator and lines pressurized with propane. The coach is parked next to the stick house.

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Old 03-30-2012, 09:20 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by UFO Pilot View Post
I only turn the propane off when I am filling the tank. Haven't had any problems so far.
Same here. Just takes a few more minutes in the spring to get the appliances working again.

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Old 04-01-2012, 06:19 PM   #17
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I'm with the leave it on crowd, only time it's shut off is in the fall when we put our motorhome into storage. Our fridge is left on once we take it out of storage in the spring and load it up for the season. We like the security of having the propane as backup for the fridge if we should unknowingly lose power while it's parked in our back yard.
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:43 PM   #18
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Off at the end of each trip. I see no advantage in leaving it on.
Ditto. It might be harmless but I turn it off at the end of each trip too.
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:07 PM   #19
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Off when refilling tank or loading on a ferry - otherwise on and ready to use. See no purpose in turning it off.
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Been RV'ing since 1957, have never made it a practice to turn the propane off. The system is designed, built, tested and certified to be on while in transit. The only time mine is off is when filling, once every couple years in fact.
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:09 AM   #21
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The main reason I do turn off the propane is that my TT is parked at a storage place and not at home.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:43 PM   #22
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We are in the northwest and are enjoying our first "real " camping of the 2012 season. I've always been in the habit of turning off the propane after the trip for safety reasons but this means needing to bleed the system (run a stove burner) each time. Also, the fridge and dsi water heater require several relight attempts. Furnace does not seem to have the problem.

This has been true on my last 2 rigs.

So - do others follow is same safety habit or do you leave the propane valve open for the season? In my case, we camp at least one weekend per month from March - October and do a week or two of vacation.

I would check for a very small leak.

Propane appliances (furnace, refrigerator and water heaters) normally operate on a regulate propane supply pressure from the tank of 11 inches of water column with all appliances operating.

Information 1
When all of the appliances are shut OFF and the tank is left ON. The propane tank regulator will maintain the system at 11 inches of pressure even it there are any leaks in the system.

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When all of the appliance are shut Off and the tank is also shut OFF. The system shoiuld maintain the 11 inches of pressure. It could drop to equal atmospheric pressure.

Air pressure should not enter the system that would require extensive bleeding.

A vacuum has to be created in the system to suck air into the system. A vacuum could be created by ambient air temperature variations but this would take some time to develop.

I would do an extensive pressure test using high quality propane rated soap bubbles. Keeping in mind that propane is heavier than air and it will seak a lower point just like water.

One place to check are standing pilots on some stove cook tops.

We have had a truck camper, 2 class C motorhomes and 2 class A motorhome. The only time that the propane tank is shut off is in storage.

The tank is ALWAYS shut OFF during filling.

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