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BarneyS

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Posted: 11/18/20 05:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Years ago, I had a popup trailer stored in my son-in-laws barn. The barn burned to the ground taking our popup with it including the partially full propane tank on the tongue. The tank was blackened and a bit warped but did not explode.

Not sure why as we were in Florida for the winter when it happened and was not able to talk to the firemen about it. Just glad it didn't explode.[emoticon]. Posted a picture on RV.net shortly after it happened but the picture was lost during the Photobucket fiasco several years ago.
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I don't doubt lp theft happens. However I'm more afraid of fire than I am a thief.
If you have a real need, because you have already lost a tank to a thief I do understand. But for most it's a fire hazard.
There is a reason you are not allowed to block/lock a fire door!


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Motorhomes have tanks that are not removable.

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Did that years ago and in fact have done the mod to my last two trailers.


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bgum wrote:

They are being stolen to make a batch of drugs.


Ditto.

I've never had any tanks stolen. People do have them stolen in storage yards that friends use.


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BurbMan wrote:

Not a good idea....if there was ever a fire, those tanks need to be removed from there quickly to avoid an explosion.


If I was a firefighter, you wouldn't catch me running up to a flaming trailer and fiddling with a propane time-bomb waiting vent its contents into the fire..

Tanks will vent when they get hot, then they become a flaming geyser!

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I would guess that the companies that sell kits to lock propane tanks have researched this and asked their legal teams about the ramification (liabilities) of selling such a product.

Prior to making my own locking system I had this lock.

It was nice, but had too many parts to fumble with so I sold it and drilled out my existing parts and used my own lock, which was a zero cost upgrade.

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deltabravo wrote:

BurbMan wrote:

Not a good idea....if there was ever a fire, those tanks need to be removed from there quickly to avoid an explosion.


If I was a firefighter, you wouldn't catch me running up to a flaming trailer and fiddling with a propane time-bomb waiting vent its contents into the fire..

Tanks will vent when they get hot, then they become a flaming geyser!


Kind of the first thing they would do atually, just so it dosen't vent on them. If it was locked they would just back out.


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Posted: 11/18/20 09:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Oh, to add i would lock up so many other things before i even thought about my tanks. Put a cover on them, there a pita to remove even when you know how to! Lol.

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Fisherman wrote:

agesilaus wrote:

I have never heard of anyone having a propane tank stolen in 40 years of camping


They might not leave you tankless but I've heard of some scoundrels switching out old dated tanks for newer ones.


I just take outdated tanks that fill stations refuse to Blue Rhino exchange. Good to go till thote expire.


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