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Old 10-25-2014, 10:11 PM   #11
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I can understand not wanting to do anything that could get him in trouble but to do nothing is surprising to me. Notifying the campground staff is pretty harmless to start with.
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Old 10-26-2014, 12:52 AM   #12
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should have at least notified campground staff. Turning off someone gas could ruin everything in the fridge if they are running it on propane. I small price to pay to prevent something really serious from happening. I usually shut off the water and gas if I am going to be gone for several hours.
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Old 10-26-2014, 01:17 AM   #13
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I would have shut it off, even if a risk, provided I knew it was the gas grill. I've folded peoples mats up to keep them from blowing off, put people's manual awnings up during high winds to prevent a total loss, and a few other things. In each case, when the people returned, I did approach them and explained what I did and why. In all cases I got a huge thank you.
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Old 10-26-2014, 02:52 AM   #14
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I would have shut it off, even if a risk, provided I knew it was the gas grill. I've folded peoples mats up to keep them from blowing off, put people's manual awnings up during high winds to prevent a total loss, and a few other things.
X2 But I admit to nothin' If they think about it long enough they'll figure out someone was just doing them a solid. If they can't, no hard done anyway.

In the case of a gas grill... how would they ever even know if someone shut it back off for them?

The only time I'm REAL obvious is when some igit leaves their pets chained up all day outside without adequate water while they go play. So if you come back to your camp and find a half filled water jug sitting next to your pets water dish.. 'there's your sign...'

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Old 10-26-2014, 08:33 AM   #15
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I would have lit a cigarette and assessed the situation

Donít sweat it too much, there is a lot of idiots out there and getting upset over it will just lead to high blood pressure. I would, however; tell him you will do the same for him.
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:56 AM   #16
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Problem is that society as a whole has become thin skinned, thin lipped and liability concerned with looking out for one another. We have laws too many laws, those that say what you can't do including touching another persons property, and then we turn around and have laws that say you must, such as the good Samaritan laws. The proverbial catch heck if you do, catch heck if you don't mentality of social settings.

Had you pulled up and seen someone messing around your trailer chances are you would have been on the aggressive defense upon exiting your vehicle, maybe not. There are others out there that take such a scene to extremes thought Castle Law and escalated things to a life and death level in the blink of an eye.

So retired fireman or not, society has instilled a fear in many as to what risk are worth life, limb, injury, or liability in a court of law.

I guess the other side of the question would be, if your away from your camper in a campground why would you leave the grill setting out where a kid could be curious and turn in on. Of if you leave it out maybe it would be prudent to next time unhook the quick connect so that if a wandering by person turned on the gas it wouldn't have a live gas feed supply to fill the air and risk an explosion resulting in injury or damage to others.

Think of it as the half glass theory. Some say the glass is half full, some say the glass is half empty...........I look at the glass and simple know that at some point I am going to have to wash, dry and put the glass away.
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:48 AM   #17
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I guess the other side of the question would be, if your away from your camper in a campground why would you leave the grill setting out where a kid could be curious and turn in on. Of if you leave it out maybe it would be prudent to next time unhook the quick connect so that if a wandering by person turned on the gas it wouldn't have a live gas feed supply to fill the air and risk an explosion resulting in injury or damage to others.

Think of it as the half glass theory. Some say the glass is half full, some say the glass is half empty...........I look at the glass and simple know that at some point I am going to have to wash, dry and put the glass away.
The grill is attached to the trailer. If I have to get to the point that I pack up every time I go somewhere I might as well stay home. Even if I disconnect it when leaving nothing says that same kid would not go and play with my main tank and cause it to leak. My concern was and still is why wouldn't an adult take some action to try and resolve an obvious safety issue. If they didn't want to take action directly then why not notify campground staff who can decide what action to take? Although I'm well insured leaving a gas leak is dangerous not only could our trailer have gone up but as close as camping sites are it could have set off a chain reaction. I guess the real answer is in this day of cell phones and social media many of us have just become disconnected from the wider world we live in and don't realize it can impact us too.

I prefer to make the glass go from full to empty.
I'm lucky when it comes to cleaning it. My DW and I have an agreement that whoever cooks is free from doing the dishes. Being the better cook I prepare most meals so can avoid the after meal cleanup.

Thanks for the various thoughts.
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Old 10-26-2014, 10:15 AM   #18
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Are the knobs removable?? If so, I'd take them off and store them until I was ready to use grill again.... Difficult to turn grill on without them ....


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Old 10-26-2014, 01:09 PM   #19
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The grill is attached to the trailer. If I have to get to the point that I pack up every time I go somewhere I might as well stay home. Even if I disconnect it when leaving nothing says that same kid would not go and play with my main tank and cause it to leak. My concern was and still is why wouldn't an adult take some action to try and resolve an obvious safety issue. If they didn't want to take action directly then why not notify campground staff who can decide what action to take? Although I'm well insured leaving a gas leak is dangerous not only could our trailer have gone up but as close as camping sites are it could have set off a chain reaction. I guess the real answer is in this day of cell phones and social media many of us have just become disconnected from the wider world we live in and don't realize it can impact us too.

I prefer to make the glass go from full to empty.
I'm lucky when it comes to cleaning it. My DW and I have an agreement that whoever cooks is free from doing the dishes. Being the better cook I prepare most meals so can avoid the after meal cleanup.

Thanks for the various thoughts.
Looks like "doing nothing" isn't the vote in the lead. I also thought about the possible danger for other RVs nearby.

Would turning off the propane tank be an option before leaving camp? I don't think people (any age) should be playing with other people RV equipment but I still check my hitch setup if I stop any place while hitched up.
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Old 10-26-2014, 01:21 PM   #20
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So the guy next to you smells gas and thinks it may be from your unit, mmmm,does nothing about it even though an explosion would at least do damage to him or his property, no brainer for the sensible everyday camper, turn the tanks off, if you are so conceded about liability call 911 they don't like gas leaks either.
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