Originally Posted by Bob P
Greetings forum group. I have a question about storing my A frame trailer in an attached garage safely. I have never, ever kept portable propane tanks in my garage or inside anywhere. One of the pluses of having the fold down trailer was that it could be stored in the garage. My concern is, should I remove the propane tanks and store them outside the garage...
You brought up the issue with your opinion. My response:
Do you store your cars in the garage with gas in the tanks? Do you keep your lawn mower or other gas powered tools in the garage with gas in the tanks? Do you keep any gas or other flammable liquids in containers in the garage?
If your answer is yes, then isolating propane tanks only is somewhat foolish. Gasoline is just as problemmatic as propane - it's heavier than air, and it can form explosive concentrations at normal temperatures. Even some jet fuel has the right vapor pressure to be at explosive concentrations at room temperature.
My house also has natural gas furnace, stove, oven, fire place, and water heater. So there are natural gas lines running through the house - all code compliant.
Building codes for attached garages in my neck of the woods require a certain amount of sealing off from the living area. Interior doors are not allowed as pass throughs. There are no HVAC vents between the house and garage, and of course no windows.
I do take any form of hydrocarbon fuel leakage seriously. I would not use my A122, and kept both tank valves closed, until the cause of a smelled leak was corrected (bad casting on the inlet to the propane pipes at the front of the trailer). I don't start a lawn mower or weed eater until any refueling spill has totally evaporated. ALL refueling is done outside the garage - even the snow blower during a winter snow storm. I don't refill the small throw-away propane tanks. If I detect gas in the house (hasn't happened yet), windows are opened and electric use shut down until fixed.
When forest fires threaten, our departure checklist includes taking all vehicles out of the danger area, and placing all remaining propane tanks on the front porch where their presence is obvious to the fire fighters (recommended by local authorities).
Yes, I do store my A122 in the garage. The tank valves are shut off from when we leave the campsite (I use 12V DC for the fridge enroute) until we arrive at the next site. If I need to test anything on the camper at home, I pull it out of the garage (too tall to set up inside anyway).
I believe in comprehensive safety, and a culture of safety at home and at work. But I am not big on scare tactics that focus on one aspect only, and forget the rest of the picture.
just my thoughts and experiences, yours may differ