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Old 04-16-2017, 11:51 AM   #1
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Do you turn propane off while in motion?

I have a 2017 Sunseeker 2290S. Should I turn the propane off while in motion just in case I have an accident? I feel like I should but curious what others do.
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Chances are if you have a accident with propane most likely it would happen when the tank ruptures. If this happened a lot more is going leak than a fridge would be using. I leave mine on but I don't go through tunnels or on ferry's where prohibited.
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On because someone is usually in the trailer making popcorn while we're on the road.
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Old 04-16-2017, 12:27 PM   #7
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On because someone is usually in the trailer making popcorn while we're on the road.
That sounds dangerous
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Do most of you feel that there's no safety risk to leaving it on and you leave it on to keep the fridge/freezer cold?

Do you turn off when you fill up at a gas station or just turn the fridge off?
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Do most of you feel that there's no safety risk to leaving it on and you leave it on to keep the fridge/freezer cold?

Do you turn off when you fill up at a gas station or just turn the fridge off?
There's a risk to everything. It's risk assessment. Driving is more dangerous. I leave it on except where prohibited. If you get gas vapors in your pilot, you're well into a risk for fire already.
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Old 04-16-2017, 12:49 PM   #10
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That sounds dangerous
Not so much...........now when we fry turkeys back there that can get a little iffy LOL.
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Not so much...........now when we fry turkeys back there that can get a little iffy LOL.
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Old 04-16-2017, 03:31 PM   #12
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Here is a recent discussion on this same subject. Although it includes all RV's, and not just motorhomes, it may give you more insight to your question:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ng-129003.html
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Old 04-16-2017, 03:46 PM   #13
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Not so much...........now when we fry turkeys back there that can get a little iffy LOL.
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On, the fridge works better that way when moving.
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On because someone is usually in the trailer making popcorn while we're on the road.
I don't think it's legal to have passengers in the trailer while you're underway.
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I don't think it's legal to have passengers in the trailer while you're underway.
I'm guessing Mr H is making a funny since this question gets asked so often here with many heated posts.
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I don't think it's legal to have passengers in the trailer while you're underway.
The laws vary state to state/province to province.

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For instance, Arizona, passengers can travel in trailers, in Arkansas, it's a no...


As for the OP - I leave my propane on, unless in a tunnel where it's prohibited - I've never taken the trailer on a ferry, so I have no opinion.
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Old 04-17-2017, 12:32 PM   #18
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If you have a 3-way fridge (12-V; 120-V; propane) the fridge will run on 12 volts while hooked up to the tow vehicle, and the tow vehicle's alternator will maintain the battery charge while underway. While few crashes would be so violent that a propane cylinder would be torn loose and a gas line severed, and while it's likely that the safety "excess flow" valve in the tank would activate if a hose was ruptured, those are a lot of "ifs" depending on things to work as they should at a time when things are going horribly wrong. In my case, my small fridge runs well on 12-volt power, so I use that on the road and switch to propane at the site when dry camping.
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This is one of those topics that usually generates a lot of disagreement. Several respectable RV authorities recommend turning it off because the fridge may have an open flame fairly close to the outside panel. If you stop for fuel and someone is pumping gas next to you, there could be trouble. The fridge will lose about 1 degree per hour, so there's not much danger of food spoilage. Also, some tunnels will let you enter only if the propane is shut off, others won't let propane tanks through regardless of whether they're on or off. There's lots of discussion of this on this forum and others, such as Good Sam. When we started RVing 10 years ago we kept it on. After reading some of the scary reports about the risk, we've had it turned off for the last 5 years or so and the food stays fine even after driving through the desert. My attitude is when RVing, better safe than sorry.
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Passengers in towed trailers?

Laws vary from state to state, but here's one example: https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=46.61.625
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