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Old 03-23-2012, 11:18 PM   #1
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Leave propane on during season?

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.
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:28 PM   #2
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I only turn the propane off when I am filling the tank. Haven't had any problems so far.
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Old 03-24-2012, 01:05 AM   #3
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Same as UFO Pilot.....For 30 years, I only turn mine off for filling the tank. If I had to winterize like the rest of the country does, I would obviously turn it off during storage.
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Old 03-24-2012, 01:44 AM   #4
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I never turn mine off.

In fact when they fill it they never turn it off.

On my travel trailers I always turned it off because the valve that connected the two tanks went bad on one of my TT.

Plus I wanted to know when one tank was completely empty so I had an idea of when to top them off.
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Mine is always on, except when filling. Never caused a problem in 19 years.
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Old 03-24-2012, 04:27 AM   #6
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We also leave ours on all season. We have to winterize so that is when it goes off.
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:59 AM   #7
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I turn my tanks off in the winter, but generally not during the season. Never had a problem. When I turn the tank back on, I purge the lines of air by turning on all the stove burners. This has worked over the past 10 years.
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Off at the end of each trip. I see no advantage in leaving it on.
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For me, the possible advantage that might have me modify my "always off" after trip method is that our fridge and hot water heater have difficulty lighting after the propane being off for awhile, even if I purge the lines through running the stove burners.
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Propane always on. We have 30 amp service in our covered storage site, so we leave stuff in the fridge between trips. In case of power failures, I leave the propane on so the fridge can switch over to gas if required until the electric power comes back on line. We've never had a problem doing this.

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Keep the propane on the year around on my 5er. Has a propane generater which can be used in event of commerical power failure
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:51 PM   #12
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The main propane tank is turned off only when filling the tank. Otherwise it is on 100% of the time. One of the benefits is to keep the regulator and lines pressurized and free of moisture.
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Is it safe to assume that you are not running your refrigerator all summer long, especially when it is parked for three out of 4 weekends?
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Turn it off when getting it filled. Otherwise it's on all the time. Has always worked for us.
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