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Old 05-07-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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Airstream Accident on Instagram

Does anyone know anything about this accident?

Photo by jonnobutler • Instagram

The image is haunting and makes me feel like we shouldn't drive with our propane on.

I hope the people involved are ok.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:36 PM   #2
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Here is another pic as referenced in comments: Photo by krimonster • Instagram
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:55 PM   #3
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OMG, thanks for posting...that's something I've never thought about and apparently should!
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:05 PM   #4
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Does anyone know the root cause?
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I don't know the cause, but there's was obviously a very hot fire at the front. I wonder if maybe the accident punctured one of the propane cylinders, resulting in fire.

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Old 05-07-2013, 10:59 PM   #6
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Yep, that would be my guess as well ... propane tank rupture ... possibly as a result of an accident / hit?
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We`d like to know more about what happened,too. We run with the propane tanks on for the `frig, hope we`re not flirting with disaster.
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A vehicle fire could have caused a similar disaster, battery shorting causes some fires too. Where are the batteries on that model of trailer? Not enough information to draw any real conclusion other than there was a hot fire.

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A vehicle fire could have caused a similar disaster, battery shorting causes some fires too. Where are the batteries on that model of trailer? Not enough information to draw any real conclusion other than there was a hot fire.
Exactly my thoughts.

Mythbusters has taught me how difficult it is to puncture a propane tank - they really have to work at it when they do it. I've heard stories of propane tanks falling off campers at speed with no damage aside from a few scratches. Of course, anything is possible. But, I suspect if it were a propane fire (say, from a broken line), there'd be a LOT less of that camper left to look at.

There's no way to know without more info.
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Obviousl the trailer was in a wreck of some short, it is sitting on the lane divider.

Propane and Compressed Natural Gas powered vehicles operate on the roads with the associated tanks open all the time.

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My immediate thought was that the propane line under the A-frame was broken as the trailer has gone up onto the barrier. If the tank valves were open, that would cause a fire like that. However, that's just a guess and we have no way of knowing what actually happened. Personally, I have always turned the propane off when traveling.
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My immediate thought was that the propane line under the A-frame was broken as the trailer has gone up onto the barrier. If the tank valves were open, that would cause a fire like that. However, that's just a guess and we have no way of knowing what actually happened. Personally, I have always turned the propane off when traveling.
That is very plausible. Tank valves wouldn't have to be open, however, if there was already a fire from another causeó we don't see the tow vehicle at all, so maybe that's where the fire started? A propane tank subjected to heat will have the propane inside the tank vaporize, which then would have vented through the tank's pressure relief valve when the pressure got too high. If it vented into an existing fire, the vented propane would have ignited and burned like a blowtorch.
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That is very plausible. Tank valves wouldn't have to be open, however, if there was already a fire from another causeó we don't see the tow vehicle at all, so maybe that's where the fire started? A propane tank subjected to heat will have the propane inside the tank vaporize, which then would have vented through the tank's pressure relief valve when the pressure got too high. If it vented into an existing fire, the vented propane would have ignited and burned like a blowtorch.
Indeed it would

Is there any resource available that gives RV owners an idea of what causes these crashes? We all speculate but some facts would be good.
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Don't OPD valves shut down under "large flow rate" scenarios?
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