Originally Posted by rockwood06
Why is it that people take chances? Propane is highly flammable, it is heaver then air and collects at the lowest point, the more that collects the bigger the boom not that it matters at that point.
Not only for your sake but everyone else around you the tanks should be shut off before you pull up to the fuel pumps no matter if it is gasoline or diesel. One spark at the fuel pumps from a leaking propane tank and the entire gas station and the people around will disappear from the earth.
All you need is is static discharge from a cell phone around a leaky propane tank from your camper while pumping fuel and
I am sorry but I have a real problem when it comes to safety......cell phones is another issue at gas stations.
I agree with Wade that propane can be a dangerous liquid/gas. But a leaking propane system at the gas pumps would not be my biggest concern. Most of the time, people are careful at the gas pumps……but I still see the occasional coffin nail hanging form someone’s mouth while pumping gas……I get out of there as quick as possible.
I think the more dangerous area to have a leaking propane system is when campers stop for lunch at restaurants or stop for a break at a rest area. People are walking by the camper all of the time puffing away…….oblivious that 60 lbs. of propane are a few feet away.
A closed propane system is not a worry. If you can’t smell the added odorant, then an explosion is unlikely. If you can smell the odorant, then the system needs to be shut down until the leak can be fixed.
The concern at gas stations should be the fact that there is an open flame providing heat needed for an absorption refrigerator. In the case of my setup, the open flame is 30’ away from the nozzle, and 4’ up off of the ground. Fumes from any spilled gas should hug the ground around the spill. In the case of no wind, the fumes should stay in that area. In breezy conditions, the gas fumes should dissipate to a mixture that is not combustible before it gets anywhere near my fridge. My biggest concern at a gas pump is where there are 2 pumps per island, where I pull up to the furthest pump and my camper is near the 2nd pump. In that case, someone sloppy pumping on the other side could cause a problem being so close to the open fridge flame. Again, the fumes would be 6’ away, but I can see the potential there. The solution there would be to shut down the propane, and cut it back on after leaving the pumps.
A much more dangerous RV scenario is in the smaller Class Bs, Cs, and maybe some As where the gas fill is within a couple feet of the fridge.
Having a truck camper and a pop-up with ice boxes, and a Trailmanor with a 3 way fridge, this is the 1st camper that I have owned with a 2 way fridge. That took a little getting used to, and I read up as much as possible on the pros and cons with leaving the propane on. I know it has to be safer to go down the road with the propane off, but it just ain’t practical. I want my beer cold after a day of driving……..that is the 1st chore on my setup list…..have beer.
Like Wade, I too have a real problem when it comes to safety. If there were a practical and safer way to keep my food cold, then I would do it. But on the bigger fridges that are now put in our conventional campers, propane seems to be the best option. There was a thread a while back that used an inverter to power their fridge on 110 volt during transit, but it looked rather involved, and I never did hear how well it worked.