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Old 07-12-2016, 07:32 AM   #11
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You can always run into a lazy employee from the State. But State Police are not lazy, they could just pull you over to spot check if it was. Why risk your life and others as it is just unsafe to travel in a underwater tunnel. I'm glad you turned yours off, Thank you. God forbid something exploded in a tunnel. If the fire doesn't get you the smoke will.... To some it seems as just a big inconvenience "HOW DARE THEY MAKE SUCH A LAW" It's there for a reason. As Oakman pointed out..
You're welcome. I don't have any problem with the propane rules. There are a lot of sorta exposed lines that can easily be damaged even in a minor accident or even a tire blowout. I know the bottle valves are supposed to shut off if a leak is sensed but that's not foolproof. Even a minor discharge can create a major problem.

The propane is only off for a short time and I don't think the ice cream will melt. At least the CBBT has pulloffs at the exits so you can turn the valves back on.
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Old 07-12-2016, 12:36 PM   #12
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I remember that but any vehicle can catch on fire and burn in a tunnel. As far as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel I was aware they want the propane turned off but at least you can transport it through.

I don't know. While I'm not going through a tunnel with my 40 or 60 pounds of propane I am surrounded by a hundred other vehicles full of gasoline in tanks that are structurally weaker than a propane tank.

I don't ever recall reading in any RV forum or hearing first-hand of anyone who was fined at any of those tunnels. I have heard of people who were asked if they had shut off their propane at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel but they weren't physically checked.

I don't think they're too worried about enforcing it in Baltimore.

Usually mentioning propane and tunnel in any RV forum eventually turns into a huge fear-mongering Festival
I personally know a fellow FRF member who was caught and fined a few years back. That was why I raised the question seeing others go through unchallenged. Thanks for the responses.
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Old 07-14-2016, 06:29 AM   #13
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I just recently came through Virginia and at the tunnel on 264 in Va beach had to,pull into an inspection area and the employee watched me turn off the propane valve on our MH. I just left it off for the ride from there to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge tunnel where they only asked if it was off. Seems silly but it's their rules
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Old 07-14-2016, 06:42 AM   #14
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I just recently came through Virginia and at the tunnel on 264 in Va beach had to,pull into an inspection area and the employee watched me turn off the propane valve on our MH. I just left it off for the ride from there to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge tunnel where they only asked if it was off. Seems silly but it's their rules
And it's a pretty simple request, too!
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Old 07-14-2016, 07:21 AM   #15
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Seems to me I read where propane being heavier than air, will settle to the bottom of tunnels that go under water, where as tunnels that go through mountains, (Pa Turnpike, Pittsburgh) are either designed with a hump in the middle or are on some sort of slope, so the propane will eventually exit via gravity.
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I just recently came through Virginia and at the tunnel on 264 in Va beach had to,pull into an inspection area and the employee watched me turn off the propane valve on our MH. I just left it off for the ride from there to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge tunnel where they only asked if it was off. Seems silly but it's their rules
Really the man at I-264 was doing his job it happens to me everytime, The guy at the Chesapeake bay was not doing his job, by Virginia law, he should be fired. LAZY *****. PS: and I live in Virginia and just went through the tunnel today, They checked to make sure it was off going to Newport News. Took the bridge back to I-258
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