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Old 06-05-2019, 07:12 PM   #1
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Propane tank installation on added rear deck

Hi to everyone out there in this incredible community,

I am another new hopeless romantic and heading into this adventure of converting a 2004 Micro Bluebird bus with a 6.5 chevrolet Diesel engine.
Started to gut the floors ( oh my goodness !!) and getting hopefully started next week on filling holes and rust treatment.

My question is after not finding a clear answer, after reading through endless articles and posts ref. Propane tank installation . Is it legal to install them on an added deck at the rear of the bus ? I would enclose them with proper ventilation in a protected steel box.

Thank you all for your help and advice.
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Old 06-05-2019, 07:19 PM   #2
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Have no idea what the regs are in your state. Go to the UserCP and fill out your profile so we know what bus and where you're from.
According to AmeriGas, fitting them to the front or back of an RV is allowed.


RV Propane Systems
The propane system on an RV provides heat and hot water, power for the stove and refrigerator, and fuel for barbecue grills or other small appliances. There are two basic types of propane containers and systems: Department of Transportation (DOT) cylinders and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) tanks. Travel trailers, folding camping trailers, and fifth-wheel units use two movable DOT cylinders, which are positioned vertically upright and mounted to the outside front or back of the RV. Motor homes use a single, permanently installed ASME tank, positioned horizontally, and located underneath the cabin, near the entryway. Regardless of container type, all refilling, repair, or replacement must be done by certified service technicians.
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Old 06-05-2019, 08:19 PM   #3
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I don't know about the legal side of it.

The first thing I thought of reading your question was the three times that I have been rear ended.

Propane tanks on the back could have been a bad deal.......
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Old 06-05-2019, 08:35 PM   #4
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Done a lot of searching and can find nothing on the legality of carrying propane on an RV. Here is a list by state of State Road Laws for RV's. It's basic, but nowhere is propane mentioned.

https://www.rvtripwizard.com/rv-info...-road-laws.php
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Old 06-05-2019, 09:12 PM   #5
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here’s a link to the NFPA code for RVs that discusses propane and propane accessories.

https://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-stand...tail?code=1192
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In short it says no to the bumper bomb.
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:14 PM   #8
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Is it legally enforceable on our privately built rigs?
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Is it legally enforceable on our privately built rigs?
Donít know. I saw a video where someone had it bolted to their rear bumper, so itís been done. People go down the plumbing and electrical isles at the hardware store and go home and do all sorts of bad or dangerous installations because they donít know. Sometimes because they donít care. But if someone rear ends your bus and they get roasted by a fireball, whatís the insurance company going to say to that?

Personally I want anyone who ever scrutinizes my work to say that itís as least as good as what the industry does (and we all know thatís a pretty low bar).
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Donít know. I saw a video where someone had it bolted to their rear bumper, so itís been done. People go down the plumbing and electrical isles at the hardware store and go home and do all sorts of bad or dangerous installations because they donít know. Sometimes because they donít care. But if someone rear ends your bus and they get roasted by a fireball, whatís the insurance company going to say to that?

Personally I want anyone who ever scrutinizes my work to say that itís as least as good as what the industry does (and we all know thatís a pretty low bar).
I believe the OP's question concerned legality, insurance is a different game all together. Mines mounted under a skirt so I don't have an issue.
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