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Old 05-07-2010, 03:43 PM   #1
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Propane in the tunnel

I've seen signs that say no propane in some tunnels or on bridge approaches. Do they mean the little bottles that RV's carry, or are they talking about the big commercial shipments?
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Old 05-07-2010, 04:21 PM   #2
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I've seen signs that say no propane in some tunnels or on bridge approaches. Do they mean the little bottles that RV's carry, or are they talking about the big commercial shipments?
Depends. In Baltimore - the tunnel means nothing larger than the teensy disposables that are used on portable propane stoves. In most of Virginia you have to stop and have your bottles checked - to make sure you have them turned off. That includes the Hampton Roads bridge-tunnel, the Monitor Merrimack, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge tunnel, and a few others.

Check ahead, use the beltway around Baltimore - they are dead serious.

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BTW in the RV Checklist App (which was a good idea from here) it asks "Propane Off" and I wondered about that. We keep ours on when towing.
Besides the above, is that a bad idea?
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BTW in the RV Checklist App (which was a good idea from here) it asks "Propane Off" and I wondered about that. We keep ours on when towing.
Besides the above, is that a bad idea?
Well - letting food go warm in the refrigerator can cause food poisoning especially with meat, mayo, etc. However a propane leak when you're refueling? Mucho-Bado! Propane is heavier than air, so if you get a leak inside your unit, then park and open the door with a lighted cigarette you're going to lose more than an eyebrow or two. I will tow with my refrigerator running on propane, but when I stop for fuel I turn it off - and I'm putting diesel in the TV which is much less flammable than gasoline. If I need to travel major arteries such as I-95 or I-64 I do so during the lowest traffic if possible and I'll also go with the propane off. On country roads at lower speeds I'm more comfortable running with it on.

Be careful, but realize that any OTHER driver might be just bleepin' nuts! It's pretty easy to keep your refrigerator cool, even without A/C if you put a bag of ice in the refrigerator part, keep the curtains drawn and the door closed.

Be careful but have furn!

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..we use those blue plastic freezables in the freezer and tow with it off...stays cold a long time if its good and cold when you put them in...we do 6-8 hour drives with no lettuce going bad in the fridge, butter still hard, etc... I'm a little uncomfortable towing with bottles on, but Wally did it!
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