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Old 05-09-2014, 05:05 PM   #1
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Propane on when trailering?

Just watched a u tube video warning about trailering with the propane turned on. The concern centered around a tire blow out and the resulting tire and steel belts ripping into the propane lines running along side the frame near the tires. The warning was about the belts and any sparks igniting the propane.
Is this a concern, what are the options of the members here?
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Old 05-09-2014, 05:12 PM   #2
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We run with it turned on so we can keep the fridge cold. There's always the possibility of something like that happening but hard to predict. A lot of travel days for us are 500 miles and that's a long time to have the fridge off. It is recommended during fueling to shut them off but this risk about tire blowout is new to me. Won't stop me from leaving it on while towing though.
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Old 05-09-2014, 05:33 PM   #3
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I've towed a bunch of miles with the propane turned on to keep the fridge cold. As Scott said, 6 or 7 hours is a long haul with perishable items in the fridge. There is a risk, but not enough for me to worry too much about. I did smell propane at a rest stop once, and when I checked it out, it was a leaking compression fitting in the line going to the outdoor kitchen on my previous camper. It is a good idea to pay attention to things like that when you stop.
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Old 05-09-2014, 05:59 PM   #4
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it is on here. I think about all the reasons above but like said others it out ways the risk.
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:44 PM   #5
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Modern propane regulators have a high flow rate safety shutoff. If a propane line is ruptured for any reason the high flow will quickly result in the flow being shutoff. Blown tire, ruptured hose while operating kitchen slide out, or whatever happens, the regulator is designed to minimize the risk.
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:58 PM   #6
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We also run with the propane on. We are real conscious about shutting the fridge off before going up to the pumps. More so now with the gasoline.
I've heard some say they weren't to worried about an ignition at the pumps because they were pumping diesel.
For those of you that feel that way, just remember, the guy next to you, behind you, or in front of you, might be pumping gas, and if the wind is in the right direction there could be a big explosion.
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Old 05-09-2014, 07:03 PM   #7
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I saw a trailer accident last year and yes they catch on fire. But if your in an accident, you are going to have bigger problems.

Also, I believe you're supposed to shut off the propane and fridge when traveling through tunnels. Not that I am compliant

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Old 05-09-2014, 08:04 PM   #8
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Dayle1 is correct. The propane cylinders have an excess flow feature that will stop the flow of propane with a line break situation.
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:06 PM   #9
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I wondered if it was safe to leave the fridge on when towing. I asked at my walk thru when I purchased the trailer. He told me for safety and liability he had to tell me to turn it off.
He said he knew people in fifth wheels that towed with it on.
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:21 PM   #10
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I know of very few that do tow with it off. Like others said on a long trip, how do you keep your food cold? If a tunnel requires I turn it off, I do, then turn it back on.
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