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Old 09-21-2016, 08:32 AM   #11
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I think it's a good idea. You most likely won't need it for the propane itself, but having an extinguisher available without needing to fumble with a locked compartment saves time. With it being accessible from the outside it would be readily available for roadside or campsite emergencies. Just make sure it's maintained and serviced properly.
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:38 PM   #12
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I think that if there is fire at or near the propane tanks I would spend my money on faster running shoes
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:50 PM   #13
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You can cut the propane off while you're grabbing the extinguisher. A propane fire will probably be on the other end of the pipe, such as range, refrig or water heater. If there is a fire anywhere evacuate, cut the gas off if you can safely and pray your insurance is up to date.
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Old 09-21-2016, 03:51 PM   #14
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Fire Extinguisher

let me introduce myself I am John Grubb i own a surveyor 240RBS I also have been a fire extinguisher technitian for 18 years it is a great idea to have a better fire extinguisher than the one provided my the manufacturer, However if your concern is the propane cabinet and your extinguisher is in that cabinet it would be uslesss because you would be unable to access it. I would suggest putting it in a different location. I read one of the post about halon which is a very good extinguisher but they can be expensive. please let me know if I can be of any assistance.
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:53 PM   #15
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propane tank explosion

A propane tank explosion due to a propane leak is unlikely as the tank won't explode unless the tank gets hot enough to rupture. If the propane itself is burning a fire extinguisher is no good. The only way to stop a propane fire is to shut off the gas. I would not go near a tank that was burning. I do like the idea of an extinguisher available from outside the rig.
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Old 09-25-2016, 03:44 PM   #16
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I think it's a good idea. You most likely won't need it for the propane itself, but having an extinguisher available without needing to fumble with a locked compartment saves time. With it being accessible from the outside it would be readily available for roadside or campsite emergencies. Just make sure it's maintained and serviced properly.
Bill and Pam,
You've caught my point exactly.

Others seem to think that I want to put out a propane fire with the extinguisher. If I had a propane fire, I'd either use the one by the inside of the front door or the one at the propane refilling station, depending on the circumstances.

The purpose of this extinguisher is to be readily available without having to fumble for keys. I would be using it to put out fires elsewhere, and perhaps on someone else's vehicle.

I will look into the question of whether it is in proper working order. Perhaps I'll partially open the valve and see if it works. If that starts a leak and the pressure gauge goes down, then I'll get a shop to install a new valve and refill.
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Old 09-25-2016, 04:59 PM   #17
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Bill and Pam,
You've caught my point exactly.

Perhaps I'll partially open the valve and see if it works. If that starts a leak and the pressure gauge goes down, then I'll get a shop to install a new valve and refill.
FYI, If you squeeze the handle to test it you will need to have it serviced. If you are unsure of its condition take it in and have it checked. If it's what's considered a throw away (plastic handles) use it for practice and purchase a new one.
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Old 09-25-2016, 11:18 PM   #18
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Propane is heavier than air. When leaking it will travel and migrate and if an ignition source is present flash. The location of the extinguisher and being able to get to a propane tank issue is dependent on several factors, is it a leak at a valve, pipe and the location. Propane tanks generally are pretty durable. If the relief valve is venting you is highly unlikely you will be able to get to it, it also means that the tank is venting because of to much pressure, overfilling, impinging flame ect. It has been my experience that valves and piping issues can be reduced by shutting off the tank. Pressure relief valves are a different issue, if involved in fire they will need a lot more than the the standard extinguisher, the other issue if you do get it out is mitigating the propane that is still leaking. I would hesitate to recomend any course of action to someone untrained. Propane is some serious gas especially when confined. One of the reasons the propane tanks are not locked and in an open compartment.

Extinguishers are fantastic to have on hand. Good idea on the location in the tank space for access. Inspect them regularly. They are also inexpensive. You tube extinguisher use as well. Ive seen them used successfully and not so successfully. PASS Pull Aim Squeeze Sweep. Base of the flames and not the flames themselves.

RVs generally do not fair well in fires.

I'm not implying that the OP doesn't know this...just adding to conversation.

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Between opinions on this...is it best to turn off gas at tank when leaving our motorhomes for week or even months upon completion of travel, or just leave valve open all the time.
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I think it's a good idea. You most likely won't need it for the propane itself, but having an extinguisher available without needing to fumble with a locked compartment saves time. With it being accessible from the outside it would be readily available for roadside or campsite emergencies. Just make sure it's maintained and serviced properly.
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