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Old 01-06-2018, 09:48 AM   #1
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Propane DOS and DONTS

I'm still doing research for a conversion I want to do and I think I'm gonna use propane for cooking and hot water. What should I know about where to store my propane (under the bed is an idea, for example) and how to best keep myself safe. Thanks!
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Propane should never be stored inside any vehicle. Best is somewhere secure under the floor and even then it must be vented, not in a fully enclosed bay or box. Otherwise a tiny leak can build up and the resulting bada-boom will be a big one.

Some states even limit road, park & tunnel access on vehicles that have tanks sitting out on a bumper or on a trailer tongue. Take a look at DOT approved tanks like Manchester for the best all around storage. Not the cheapest solution but the safest.
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Check out PBreske's thread for what can go wrong with propane.
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Buy a propane gas detector and hard wire it in. You will also need a CO detector--not a CO2 detector as many seem to say. Plus , of course a smoke detector.

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With a frozen regulator I had a propane fire in my bus. 3' flames inside the bus are pretty warming. It's amazing how fast an old man can move when the adrenalin kicks in. I ran outside, grabbed the hose and fell flat on my face. The water hose was frozen but the gas was shut off manually by now. I went back in the bus and there was no fire. You can bet I made some changes.
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I would love more information / leads on this...important to do well.

Second the recommendation for 'Safety Sticky'

(can include info about grounding and electrical as well)

grounding threads I have found helpful :

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f9/whe...ion-19174.html

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f49/pr...sing-7215.html

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f10/bu...ac-448-11.html
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Also,What about running ground wire from the tank? Just connect to the frame??
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With a frozen regulator I had a propane fire in my bus.

What caused the ignition of the propane?
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Also,What about running ground wire from the tank? Just connect to the frame??

I have never seen that done anywhere Stu.
Does make me wonder about any static buildup perhaps.

Most approved hosing is steel braided inside and would be grounded by connector connecting to the piping distribution system which most definitely would come into contact with the frame at some point in the installation.

Not all vehicles dissipate static charges though. Some owners drag a chain to contact the road, airplanes , thru their tires on landing.

I guess if you feel safer ground the tank to the frame but discharge it to the ground before changing tanks or filling.

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What caused the ignition of the propane?
Wondering the same but have seen hoses catch fire in the back of an rv fridge by contacting hot metal parts. Terrifying to say the least with frames quickly spreading inside the fridge opening to the rv interior. Poof, up in smoke! Luckily everyone was awake and daytime or else they'd be dead.
Never seen or heard of a frozen regulator, are you certain of that?

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