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Old 03-10-2014, 02:49 PM   #11
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Yes, according to what I read in the regulation. Like I said I would have to chain mine onto something on the inside of the compartment. I live in Ontario, Canada but I'm pretty sure the regs are the same in both our countries. That quote I copied was on a RV page from the U.S. I've been using trailers from a hard top camper to 2 TTs, to a 36ft TH 5er and now a 35 ft 5er over a 36 year period and have never seen propane compartments locked.
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Old 03-10-2014, 03:03 PM   #12
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If you have ever had to fight a propane fire then you know that there are a miriad of things that can happen. Having the compartment door locked will just add to the problem and probably make the people whose job it is to extinguish fires very mad at you and could lead to a fine because there is a DOT regulation saying no locks on propane tank compartments. "Propane tanks and the shut off valves for them must be in an unlocked compartment or accessible at all times. That is why all RVs with chassis mount tanks have them in an unlocked compartment or at least the shut off valve is accessible without a key. And RV's with 20 or 30 lb propane bottles must be in an unlockable compartment. Tongue mounted propane bottles must also have easy access to the shut out valves." Your insurance company will probably negate your coverage.
Understand the reasoning, but realistically, if there's a fire, it's all going to be up in flames within 15 minutes, long before any fire dept can get there. The doors are fiberglas and very easy to pry open. Turning them off in a fire will not keep them from exploding anyway. A tongue trailer with the tanks on the tongue might be another story at least as far as the fire will no doubt be back farther. No so in any 5er or MH.
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Old 03-10-2014, 03:23 PM   #13
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Understand the reasoning, but realistically, if there's a fire, it's all going to be up in flames within 15 minutes, long before any fire dept can get there. The doors are fiberglas and very easy to pry open. Turning them off in a fire will not keep them from exploding anyway. A tongue trailer with the tanks on the tongue might be another story at least as far as the fire will no doubt be back farther. No so in any 5er or MH.
Possible - but if you or a neighbor are close by and have a fire extinguisher (s),you might not need to wait 15 or more minutes for any fire department to arrive.

The rest of your scenario is possible,but if there's a fire in the compartment or close by,the fire extinguisher might come in handy.
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Old Coot you're right. That's why you run away as fast as possible. The tanks will probably vent as they heat up, releasing an under pressure flame that you don't want to extinguish until the propane runs out. You bathe the tank sides, with a fire hose, in cold water but don't put the fire out because the escaping vapors could reignite causing an explosion. Like I said a myriad of different things may happen. The trailer will more than likely be a pile of rubble. Then you would have to deal with your insurance company who more than likely will investigate. If the tanks for some odd reason don't vent then a bleve( A boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion is an explosion caused by the rupture of a vessel containing a pressurized liquid above its boiling point) could happen making the tanks rockets. Very dangerous.
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Possible - but if you or a neighbor are close by and have a fire extinguisher (s),you might not need to wait 15 or more minutes for any fire department to arrive.

The rest of your scenario is possible,but if there's a fire in the compartment or close by,the fire extinguisher might come in handy.
If I'm around, I have the key in my pocket.
With the attitude of 90% of the folks now, they would just run away and let her burn.
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:52 PM   #16
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Why are you all locking your tanks to start with?
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Why are you all locking your tanks to start with?
Because unfortunately not all people are as honest as we are here plus the recent cold spells have raised the price of propane to extreme levels,making it sought after.
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Why are you all locking your tanks to start with?
Same reason we lock the camper, house, car & truck. To keep honest people honest. The thieves will find a way regardless.
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same reason we lock the camper, house, car & truck. To keep honest people honest. The thieves will find a way regardless.
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Why are you all locking your tanks to start with?
Because what we pay for is OURS, and sometimes locks are the only shot at keeping it that way.

If idiots will steal Freon (to get high and destroy brain cells in the process) they'll steal propane, especially since it's already neatly packaged in "carry cans".

People buy locking gasoline caps for their vehicles for the same reason. When gasoline hit $4.00/gallon around here last year the gasoline thieves went on a rampage.
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