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Old 08-02-2010, 12:03 AM   #1
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External LP gas and traveling through tunnels

We plan to purchase our first AS within the year. We have heard that trailers that have external LP gas tanks are subject to having to re-route because they can not go through tunnels or over certain bridges. Is this true and how can one know this before getting to the tunnel or bridge. Has anyone found this an inconvenience having to detour?

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Old 08-02-2010, 12:38 AM   #2
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We plan to purchase our first AS within the year. We have heard that trailers that have external LP gas tanks are subject to having to re-route because they can not go through tunnels or over certain bridges. Is this true and how can one know this before getting to the tunnel or bridge. Has anyone found this an inconvenience having to detour?

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Tanks have to be turned off when going through any local tunnels in Virginia - you stop, get inspected (often after waking up the inspector) and then proceed. In Baltimore you cannot go through the tunnel period, so you take the beltway around the city - which is a better route anyway. (Baltimore had an LP truck blow up in the tunnel in the 1950's or early 1960's if memory serves.) Baltimore has signs before you even get to the beltway. Grand Coulee Dam required an inspection, but with the new bridge, that may no longer be true.

A few tunnels have signs but are never enforced. The Allegheny Tunnel on the PA turnpike comes to mind.

It's not a big deal in most places, and if you hang out with other RV'ers you'll find the restrictions quickly.

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The easiest way is to simply Google "LP tank restrictions tunnels bridges" In 0.12 seconds you will have a list of twenty magazine articles and forum threads discussing the problem and suggesting solutions for the various areas where the restrictions exist. Google is wonderful.
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Grand Coulee Dam required an inspection, but with the new bridge, that may no longer be true.
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Are you sure you have the right dam? My memory definitely suffers from the effects of age, but I don't remember the public ever being able to drive across Grand Coulee Dam.

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Are you sure you have the right dam? My memory definitely suffers from the effects of age, but I don't remember the public ever being able to drive across Grand Coulee Dam.

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To go through the tunnel at Mobile, you must turn the tanks off. Going east, I stop at the Alabama Welcome Center to turn them off and pull off near the battleship to turn them back on after the tunnel. Going west, I reverse the sequence.
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