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Old 09-01-2008, 10:31 PM   #1
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I know it's illegal to cool your fridge with propane while driving, but I'm wondering why? I can see that in the event of an accident, you don't want a severed propane feed spewing the gas, but we now have vehicles running on propane. They have safety shut-off valves, but so do the new propane tanks.

What haven't I thought about?

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I'm not sure I'd count on the brackets to hold the tanks on the trailer in the event of a serious accident and I'd rather not have them spinning off across the pavement with open valves.
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Old 09-02-2008, 06:55 AM   #5
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I don't travel with the propane running because there are other methods to use to keep the refrigerator cool. Blue ice or water frozen in plastic bottles. I also use an inside-the-refrigerator fan to keep the cool air circulating. Run the 3-way on 12-volt too.
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Old 09-02-2008, 07:05 AM   #6
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I used to run with the propane on then thought of what could happen if... Now I hook up the 110 at home to cool the fridge for one or two days prior to leaving and use the 12volt on the road. Only takes a minute to fire the propane when in camp. On short weekend trips we usually just ice up a cooler and don't bother with the fridge at all except for storage.
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Propane is heavier than air. In case of a leak it will pool inside a underwater tunnel, enclosed ferry, etc. Better safe than sorry.

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Old 09-02-2008, 07:27 AM   #8
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Is it really illegal? Never heard that except on ferries or tunnels or something.
As I remember a few years ago, Scamp mfg. told me to use propane while driving. My refrig. then didn't have a DC option.
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Old 09-02-2008, 07:33 AM   #9
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Gee, I wonder how all those peopane powered vehicles handle this?

This would also put a big crimp in T. Boones Pickens plan to convert all trucks and autos to CNG.

Just my thoughts.
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Old 09-02-2008, 10:14 AM   #10
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Is it really illegal? Never heard that except on ferries or tunnels or something.
20 years ago...we used to run with propane on all the time...except thru tunnels or bridges. Have the laws changed?

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Old 09-02-2008, 11:08 AM   #11
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In canada maybe but in The USA i have only heard it illegal on ferries or tunnels..gas stations too.
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Old 09-02-2008, 11:59 AM   #12
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Propane is heavier than air and natural gas is lighter than air.



How many of you shut off the valve of your propane tanks while driving or towing as opposed to just shutting off the appliance? If a propane tank has its valve open and it breaks loose or the line to the appliance is broken or cut anywhere it would release the gas.


I have never heard of a problem caused by RV propane tanks at an accident on the open road. I do know of a drive through car wash that blew up because the brushes ripped the hose from a propane tank on a propane powered pickup truck.


This brings to mind a war story that I had not thought about for years. I once rescued (or at least removed) the driver of a crashed propane tanker truck who was trapped in the cab of his truck. The tank was leaking and propane was flowing through the cab and accross road lanes that were not blocked. There were cars going past the accident driving through the visable propane stream with their hot catylatic converters. I was there by myself and there was not enough of me to get all of the traffic stopped plus attend to the injured driver who stood a chance being suffocated by propane or burning alive if it caught fire. I crawled into the cab, cut him from his seat belt, grabbed him by his jacket collar, dragged him out and ran dragging him as fast as I could until I was three hundred feet away from the wreck. As it turned out the wreck did not catch fire and everyone survived.

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12 volts kill my battery quickly when I'm stopped, even tho its on a #10 wire.
I use propane all the time. Its good except when a big truck blows it out.
Can't see the pilot flame, so have I test with the burned finger method.
Ah Dometic, you're always a hassle.
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I'm not aware that its illegal, except in tunnels. I use mine for my refrigerator while traveling.
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