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#1 OFFLINE   the tc life

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 06:43 PM

​So I was reading a story elsewhere on the internet about a propane tank fill mishap. I was mostly surprised at having the tanks filled while still in the camper propane storage. I actually was very surprised that any fill station would even do that to begin with. I would never think of doing that and never will. I do not think it is the safest thing to do. I am not talking about tanks sitting outside on the trailer tongue....I am talking about "in" a compartment.

 

​I post this not to belittle anyone for the choices they make but I wondered....Does anyone have their tanks filled while still in the compartment? Do you always remove them to be filled? Maybe I am the outsider on removing my tanks. I wont change my procedure of doing that no matter what though. I am just curious.


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Posted 13 October 2016 - 10:52 PM

Well there are a few things to consider. Some campers have a slide out drawer that allows the tanks to slide out of the compartment so they are not inside the compartment but are still attached to the camper. A few might also have permanent tanks that are not easily removable. These are not DOT tanks and must be filled while still in place and usually are found in some Class As, Class Bs and conversion vans but not in most truck campers. My truck camper tanks are horizontally tanks that must be vertical for filling so they must be removed. Being 30 pounders they are a handful for us older guys to heft back into place when full.

 

Your point is well taken though as if possible it is always best to distance tanks from your home away from home when filling.


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Posted 14 October 2016 - 04:46 AM

I ALWAYS remove the tanks for filling.  And I have been told a couple of times by the attendant that it must be removed to fill.


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Posted 14 October 2016 - 06:22 AM

I've never seen it done that way with tanks still in the camper, anywhere.



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Posted 14 October 2016 - 08:10 AM

The person was lazy or just didnt care most states have laws in place on how these tanks are filled. Here in Texas they must be removed and placed in a cage where they are filled and weighed. Havened figured out the cage if they exployed like what good is the cage?? That goes for TC and trailer's.... As for permament mounted kinds in A's B's and some C's are a defferent set of rules.


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 06:27 PM

A few years ago I remember seeing a film clip of a plant that caught fire next to a propane tank storage area. It was quite the fireworks show. So, I suppose, the cage is to contain the fireworks if the do-do hits the fan. In any case, I want my rig, and my butt, a long ways away when it all heads south!

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Posted 16 October 2016 - 08:08 AM

yep thats for sure saw the news story wasnt too far from me if I remmber right it took out the school as well lucky it was on a day when school was out!


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