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Old 10-10-2017, 06:18 PM   #1
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Travelling with propane tanks

I will soon be leaving Montreal to head towards Miami Florida. I had google maps détermine the route. With my two 20 lbs propane tanks should I avoid certain routes, bridges or tunnels? Leobon
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I wouldn't think so.

But regarding your route, do yourself a favor and avoid NYC and especially the DC area by going west of the coast via I-81 and I-64 instead, joining back to I-95 well south of there in the Richmond area - regardless of the route Google Maps computes for you.

You'll thank me later...lol.
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From the Albany NY area we have sometimes gone across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge / Tunnel, you have to stop at the toll booth and they will ask if your tanks are shut off. Our normal route though is I 87 south to I 84 west to I 81 south, then on to I 77 east in Virginia to I 26 at Columbia SC then east on I 26 to I 95 and then south. The only toll is I 87, the NY Thruway. On the Thruway, pulling a trailer, you have to stop at a manned toll booth so they can adjust the rate for a trailer because their EZPass system does not read the trailer.
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Old 10-10-2017, 08:12 PM   #4
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ditto on the booth

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As I thought, 2 x 20 lbs propane tanks are not forbidden anywhere as long as they are shut off.?.?
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They are completely forbidden in the tunnels in Baltimore. You must use the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Must stop for inspection to make sure they are turned off in Norfork and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
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Have never heard of rules for driving with full propane tanks?
When in U.S. will have to learn more about your rules south of the boarder.
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Last March, I have never seen so much retread rubber on the road as I saw on the I-95 south of Washington. It was the roughest interstate I’ve ever taken, especially in the southern states. Several people I spoke with in Florida campgrounds had experienced blow-outs coming south. In future I will take a route further west, likely the I-81 and I-75 when traveling down the east coast.
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Baltimore tunnel restrictions are real. It's an absolute prohibition carrying big fines. Not a big deal because the Francis Scott Key Bridge is a relatively painless detour- a little longer but freeway all the way and nice views of the outer harbor. Beware of winds.

Even better, as suggested, avoid I-95 altogether!

Complete bans on RV-sized LP tanks are very rare. Most tunnels & ferries simply require the tanks be closed.

There are also a few parkways that only allow passenger vehicles- no trucks or RVs. A quick search of old threads turned up a few previous discussions you may find helpful.

Propane restrictions in tunnels and U-S bridges.

Where Can We NOT Go?

Trailer Road Restrictions
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Have you considered what truck drivers with hazardous materials do? Look for the Hazmat signs whenever going through cities and take that route. For example you may be routed around a city by taking the loop instead of going straight through or routed to an alternative route to avoid a tunnel. Not a big deal.
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But regarding your route, do yourself a favor and avoid NYC and especially the DC area by going west of the coast via I-81 and I-64 instead, joining back to I-95 well south of there in the Richmond area - regardless of the route Google Maps computes for you.

You'll thank me later...lol.
X2!

From Montreal:
87 to Albany
88 to Binghamton
81 to Winchester
50 / 17 to Fredericksburg
91 southbound

Another option from Montreal is 401 westbound to cross in NY state at 1000 Islands, then 81 southbound.

Depending at what time of the day you're travelling, you could spend much more time in traffic in New-York/Philly/Baltimore/Washington than it will take to reach 81 to the west.
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On ferry boats too, you must have the LP tanks closed.
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Have never heard of rules for driving with full propane tanks?
When in U.S. will have to learn more about your rules south of the boarder.
You can drive in the US with full propane tanks and turned on except on certain bridges and certain tunnels. This is in case of an accident the propane lines could rupture and cause a massive fire or build up of fumes in a tunnel could cause an explosion when you have a pilot on. It is the same on a ferry in Canada. We went to Vancouver Island and had to turn off our tank and put a special tag on it. If the tag was torn or missing you got in trouble. This is a fire safety also because of the flames on fridges, etc. in the belly of a ferry could cause a fire if fumes are introduced. Other than the special tunnels or bridges our rules are the same as yours except our propane is cheaper. The special places are marked before you get to them or at the booth.
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We just got back from a trip through NY, where we stayed overnight at Floyd Bennett field, a national Park campground in Brooklyn. Whatever you do, try to avoid this entire area on a Friday evening during rush hour on a 3 day weekend (don't ask how I know)! The campground is a good place to stop if you are an aviation buff. It would have been smooth and easy to get to if we were allowed to use the Belt parkway, but RV's are prohibited on the Belt parkway so we had to use surface streets after getting off I-278.
We wanted to stop at Liberty Park in NJ to view the Statue of Liberty as we left the next day. My initial plan since I couldn't use the Belt parkway was to use the Holland tunnel. Waited in line for the tunnel in stop and go traffic and as we got close, finally saw the "NO RV" sign, with a recommendation for RVs to use the George Washington bridge. Continued North (GPS then wanted me to take the Lincoln tunnel as I passed by it but I wasn't sure if that was allowable). Continued past the Lincoln tunnel and used the lower level of the GW bridge (oops, was supposed to use the upper level).
NY Port Authority has a webpage that lists most restrictions with references to their "red book" that seems to allow the following RV propane exceptions;
"Division 2.1 or 2.2
DOES A CAMPER/RV MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR M.O.T
• Not over 100 kg (220 pounds) in a cylinder, or
• Not more than 70 gallon water capacity for a non-liquefied Division 2.2 material
with no subsidiary hazard in a permanently mounted tank manufactured to the
ASME Code."

Another thing you have to be wary about is the tolls on those bridges and tunnels. They are free leaving NY to NJ, but can be pretty steep if you enter NY via the bridges or tunnels. If my math is correct, a 4 tire tow vehicle pulling a single axle trailer would cost $33 cash (as low as $20 with EZ pass), and a dually pickup pulling a double axle trailer would cost $84 (as low as $68 with EZ pass).

I would also recommend getting an EZ pass if you don't have one. Tolls are cheaper and usually no lines to wait in. We got ours for free from the state of MA a few year ago since they seemed to have the best deal (no fee and no annual charge) even though we don't live there. It can be used in Delaware. Illinois. Indiana. Kentucky. Maine. Maryland. Massachusetts. New Hampshire. New Jersey. New York. North Carolina. Ohio. Pennsylvania. Rhode Island. Virginia. West Virginia. and Ontario Canada.
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