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Old 06-30-2015, 06:02 PM   #21
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I leave one tank open and the other one shut off .it is easer to turn the other tank on when it goes empty than try to find a propane station in the middle of the night .
Same here, always on while travelling also
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Old 06-30-2015, 06:14 PM   #22
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I have changed my mind on this.

For years I left the gas open and ran our fridge on propane while driving.

I saw my third RV on the side of the road burned up from a propane fire recently.

Now I freeze small water bottles and toss them into the lower compartment and shut off the gas at the bottles.

I could never replace our camper with what the insurance would pay.
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Old 06-30-2015, 07:28 PM   #23
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I have always left both tanks open and watch the indicator which will tell you when the automatic switch transfers to the other tank. Switch the indicator knob to the full tank, and you can disconnect the empty tank and not loose any LP. Put the newly filled tank, open the valve and you are set until the other tank empties, then repeat the process. As said earlier, the only time you must turn off the tanks is where restricted by DOT in tunnels and on some bridges.
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Old 07-01-2015, 01:31 AM   #24
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We have a fiver and are fortunate not to have to run more than 5-6 hours a day. No marathons. When traveling, we turn the fridge off and restart it when we settle in at days end. Never a problem. Even the ice stays crisp.
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Old 07-01-2015, 02:35 AM   #25
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the scary thing about Lou's photos, if the coach burned from propane, the coach could have burned parked, with or without people present. Its hard to imagine anything about being mobile that would have made a difference. Aside from maybe fanning the flames some. Lets assume for a moment, this fire started in the refer compartment. Both Dometic and Norcold have had recalls to install a thermal switch to shut down propane valves in the case of fire. This coach could have been one that was missed. Fires that start in the chimney area are isolated to a great degree from the inside. Im basically stating there is a chance to have a fairly large fire in this area before one is ever aware. That same chimney that uses convection to cool the coils would feed a fire quite well. Your RV may be fully involved in fire before your aware. This guy might have been lucky. Some states used to allow rubber lp hoses to appliances. I would not want that. I would also want current recalls performed and some form of thermal switch regardless of where I was operating the refer. Thank You Lou for the thought provoking post.
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Old 07-06-2015, 06:59 PM   #26
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Been accused of turning every thread into a mental exercise. Not wanting to disappoint here so here goes. I noticed the burned coach was a wildcat bunkhouse as evidenced by the name on the coach and the stacked windows in the rear. Went online and found whatever I could of these I could find. Every floorplan(with pass rear bunks) looked like this configuration in the passenger rear area. Back to the burned unit picture. See what appears to be the refer coils next to the windows? This is also the area of greatest heat concentration as evidenced by the roofline. This does appear to be a result of a fire in the refer compartment area. It is the one gas appliance usually on while traveling.
So after my previous post and now this one, I probably got some people freaked out. But, I would not leave you without hope. An idea, and Im going to make public domain right now. I saw a thermo disc switch online for about $3.50. And a 105db 12v siren for about $15. Hang a switch(180degree normally open) up in the chimney and wire it to a siren. The siren is available in flush or surface mount(I like the surface). My thinking is, even though a recall is done, the thermal switch just shuts off the valve. It wont warn of a fire. Like I stated before, the chimney is well sealed, you could have quite a fire before a smoke alarm will sound. Or, maybe the paneling vinyl will smoke, giving your smoke alarm plenty of time to respond. Open for comments...
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Been accused of turning every thread into a mental exercise. Not wanting to disappoint here so here goes. I noticed the burned coach was a wildcat bunkhouse as evidenced by the name on the coach and the stacked windows in the rear. Went online and found whatever I could of these I could find. Every floorplan(with pass rear bunks) looked like this configuration in the passenger rear area. Back to the burned unit picture. See what appears to be the refer coils next to the windows? This is also the area of greatest heat concentration as evidenced by the roofline. This does appear to be a result of a fire in the refer compartment area. It is the one gas appliance usually on while traveling.
So after my previous post and now this one, I probably got some people freaked out. But, I would not leave you without hope. An idea, and Im going to make public domain right now. I saw a thermo disc switch online for about $3.50. And a 105db 12v siren for about $15. Hang a switch(180degree normally open) up in the chimney and wire it to a siren. The siren is available in flush or surface mount(I like the surface). My thinking is, even though a recall is done, the thermal switch just shuts off the valve. It wont warn of a fire. Like I stated before, the chimney is well sealed, you could have quite a fire before a smoke alarm will sound. Or, maybe the paneling vinyl will smoke, giving your smoke alarm plenty of time to respond. Open for comments...
I thought I would throw my two cents of non wisdom in on this...lol.

The worst trailer fire I ever saw was caused by a bad bearing in the right rear wheel. By the time the driver saw there was a problem, it was pull over and watch it go up in flames.
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well the hubs do look intact on this one. and judging by the direction of smoke travel, it did start on the passenger side...
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:26 PM   #29
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Other countries burn propane in trucks and cars. Gasoline in a thin plastic tank seems a lot more dangerous in an accident. Just a thought..
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:21 PM   #30
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I have done a couple propane conversions. both fuels have their issues. if you have a gas tank impacted in an accident, you got a bad situation. the propane line to the converter under the hood is liquid, braided steel yet rubber, and under full tank pressure. that gets ruptured or burns in an accident, you have a bad situation as well. what Im trying to focus on here is a non-accident from a collision stand point. it seems that maybe this situation is played out due to its failure to gain traction on the boards. the concept is still here though for those who believe it makes sense. I would energize from a circuit other than the refer and use high temp wire. should get you a couple minute head start. I actually thought turbs and coot might be in a foot race to build the first one...silly me
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