Propane on while driving

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  1. Chucker

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    While getting propane afew months ago I was scholded by the attendant for having the propane valve open while driving. He said it is not safe. My refridgerator operates on either propane or electricity when the motorhome is plugged in, not on the batteries. If I shut off the propane while driving it is not going to work. Most people drive with the propane on don't they?
     
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    In a word NO.... some do and risk it and some european models have a safety shutoff that cuts the supply if in an accident.

    The problem is, when your on a forecourt taking on gas, the flame from the fridge could cause an explosion. Same reason not to smoke whilst there....common sense
     
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    Yes I do, and so do many others, even the gas fire manufacturers, give details on their sites
    re using fires whilst mobile.

    As far as I am aware there is no law in the UK, that says you cant.

    There are obvious risks involved should you be involved in an accident,and these are reduced
    but not negated, by turning off your supply at the bottle.

    I dont see any more risk than someone traveling, with an on board gas tank which is
    underslung and does not in fact have a shut off.

    My opinion, sure you will get other views opposite to mine.

    regards
    Steve
     
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    I agree with all Big1 has said all the way.....mine has the auto valve fitted But I would still turn it off when running (unless I have forgotten...OOPs) BUT BEFORE I ENTER ANY FUEL STATION...I make sure gas is turned off completely....and also the fridge freezer is completely switched off just in case the igniter clicks in keeps trying to ignite the switched off gas on the F,Freezer...it may never happen.... But best safe be than sorry.:thumb:

    Mel
     
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    I always turn the gas off when not actually pitched.

    If a collision was to happen (either when travelling or stationary) then the gas bottle would most likely be undamaged but a gas pipe could be fractured much more easily - leading to a potential source of fire/explosion if the bottle was not turned off.

    When we had our Alugas cylinder fitted we were told that it must be turned off before it is filled - so that is another good reason.
     
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    Propane on / off

    Definately off.
    You never know what would happen in case of an accident. Remember if gas leaks it goes to its lowest point and you might not know it.
    I have seen a boat blow up because somebody forgot the basic safety rules of using gas. It's a great fuel but has to be treated with respect. Just like a good woman.
     
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    Although it will be very rare that we travel with the lpg turned on our underslung gas tank fitted recently by Autogas 2000 at Thirsk is fitted with an crash safe regulator which will automatically turn off in the event of an accident.

    Brian
     
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    l have a Winnebago A class, and always leave the gas on whilst driving. When we rented in the US, the company that rented us our rig told us that was the way to drive it, with the gas on to run the fridge.

    Craig
     
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    Don't think I ever turned my gas off in 4 years of RV ownership. Its designed to work that way and stay on, also the fridge had no 12v option, so you needed to keep it on gas. Just turn off fridge when filling up with fuel.

    Never turn mine off in the Hymer when travelling, cant make a brew on the motorway with it off:Cool:
     
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    Our underslung gas tank actually has 2 shut off valves-1 on the tank itself and 1 by the regulator which is still in what used to be the gas locker. We travel with the one in the gas locker turned Off.

    Mike.
     
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    No, another naughty boy here, I never turn my gas off unless Im filling up the Gaslow.

    The Fridge is opperated whilst driving by the battery are you sure your's isn't?
    sounds odd to me as I would of thought driving would blow out the pilot light?
    what van is it?

    My last van had the seccamotion regulator on it that allowed you to drive without having to turn off, also the Newer Bessacarr's have these as well so not just euro vans these days.

    So q my defence lawyer, Sir sloberdobbob to get me out of this hole :thumb:

    for I is guilty as is charged.
     
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    I travel with my gas on (except in the tunnel) but I do have Secumotion so it would shut off automatically in the event of a pipe fracturing. The dometic fridge does not turn on to gas until 15min after the engine has stopped as a safety feature so giving time to fill up.
    The danger would be greater filling up with petrol rather than gas as the gas is a closed system apart from the little chuff when disconnecting. Although most of us use diesel there is always the chap at the pump opposite filling up with petrol a foot away from your fridge burner.
     
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    As with Craig and Jim, mine is an RV and always drive with gas on but turn off fridge and gas when filling.
    Recently did a few weeks in Spain and asked Brittany if I should turn gas off on ferry, initially nobody seemed to know but eventually said turn it off.
    I wonder how many m homers leave gas on on ferries ?
     
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    There are normally plenty of signs on ferries telling you to turn off the gas. We always try and get a hookup onboard. Ask nicely and we nearly always get one. If we can't we just pop a few frozen freezer blocks in the fridge before we shut it off.


     
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    well I will be defending you and myself

    In that case I will be defending you and myself. I always have the log on on my winnebago... the only time it goes off is when we have to show the valve closed at the tunnel.. but otherwise it is on all the time... been doing that for 25 years now.

    Bob
     
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    hi you can get regulators with a built in excessflow valve that shuts off or buy a multi purpose safety fittingexcess flow valve .a guage these are about 13 quid . worth it i think. as said many fridges are run constantly. i never used to turn my gas off at one time. as brittany ferries request it i do now . but hardly ever turn off .
    try BES no.1267312.98 quid.
     
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    To save carrying lots of freezer packs you can freeze bottled water, use that as a freezer pack, and then drink when it thaws.
     
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    Can you turn gas off then?

    All these accidents:Eeek: Can anyone point to a crash situation being exacerbated by an exploding gas bottle/tank?

    My RV is designed to have the fridge and heating on, on the move. With the RV market dwarfing the European market, and all RV's designed to have gas available on the move I would expect to regularly see reports of small crashes becoming infernos if it was a real risk.

    Lots of things are potential risks, you just have to balance things.

    Eddie
     
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    Not knocking your suggestion Hollyberry as it's a perfectly good idea; just be aware that frozen water doesn't have as much thermal capacity as a purpose made freezer block and so won't be as effective for as long.
     
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