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Old 04-16-2016, 08:46 PM   #21
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Fire response would not know about it either = to a lock, no?
Not if it is latched when it is at the storage lot. Have you ever had to replace 2 - 30 lb propane tanks that someone stole from your camper? They're not cheap
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Old 04-16-2016, 08:50 PM   #22
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My FW is parked next to the house the tanks wintered in the back yard this year wrapped in a tarp.

If you think a 30 pound tank is spendy look at what an 11 pounder costs....
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Old 04-16-2016, 08:53 PM   #23
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I just moved my trailer today to our HOA lot. I never had locks on my propane. Going to put a couple cable locks on the cylinders to deter theft.
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The tank valves need to be accessible to turn them off in case there is an emergency such as leak or risk of fire in or around the r/v to help eliminate a threat of explosion. If you're worried about theft, use a bicycle lock through the handle of the bottle. Putting a lock on the cabinet is more inviting to a crook and they make it a mission to get in that compartment after seeing it. Coming back to a door ripped to pieces because there was a lock for the thief to overcome would suck.
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Old 04-16-2016, 09:33 PM   #25
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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. As stated earlier this is due to the need for emergency access and is also regulated by the DOT.
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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. As stated earlier this is due to the need for emergency access and is also regulated by the DOT.
And that is one reason why manufacturers deliver rigs configured the way they are. Commercial enterprises must also comply with whatever regulations are set forth. However; private owners can basically do modifications/changes to whatever system they want. Don't want an airbag in the steering wheel; pull it out. Anything that is not an inspection item for ones state inspections is subject to whatever the individual wants to change. These modifications/changes might not be the smart move but there is nothing to prevent he/she from doing it. When was the last time a federal entity took a look at your rig (under your ownership) to check for regulation compliance? No authority what so ever.
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Very valid point.

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Never heard of a Fire Inspector checking campers. Just put a lock on it.
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It doesn't really matter who does or doesn't have authority to inspect anything. It's just a simple matter of safety, if you want to lock it do so. I just hope you can find the key in case of an emergency or a simple leak in the middle of the night.
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Simple thing to do is just remove them, or park your TT in your drive way at home
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