Originally Posted by jkiblin
I think the operative words are "attached garage." And yes, you store gas and other flammables in the garage. But I don't think that means you should necessarily add to the risk. But that's just me. A great discussion though.
Attached garages are the norm in Colorado for houses built in the past 40 years - winter weather makes that sensible. Many/most of us do not have separate outbuildings like sheds; in newer construction garages tend to be at the front of the house and quite close to the street to minimize snow clearing.
So compliance with a law like Ohio's - if it were to exist in Colorado - would be impractical. I would be taking on more risk by storing a propane cylinder out in the open, where the temperature swings are much greater than in the garage (my insulated, unheated, attached garage doesn't go below 35 degrees F, so I don't need to winterize the water system or remove the batteries from the camper). Outside, an LP tank is subject to the elements, including intense sunlight in the summer. The chances of the propane tank (or a gas can for that matter) venting itself because of pressure differentials are far greater outside than in the garage.
Again, my engineering background and experience tells me that the steel propane cylinder in good shape with the tested metal valve shut (and red on the regulator pressure) is a whole lot less likely to vent than plastic gasoline "cans" with snap on plastic caps (or gas tanks on power yard equipment).
If you want to remove your LP tanks before storing the camper in the garage, I have no issues with that. I would think that you would want to change the tank mounting and plumbing to something simpler to disconnect and remove than the standard camper setup. It still won't be as easy as a battery disconnect switch, but the tank tie downs especially could be made a lot quicker to release/fasten.
2014 A122 stored in the garage, ready to go except for food and clothing
4 weekend trips to date this year, Labor Day is next at Ridgway.