Originally Posted by mcnabbwr
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.