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valhalla360

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deltabravo wrote:

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.


I would guess they don't have legal teams.

Lots of small companies get away with silly things...for a while...because as small companies, the odds don't play out for years.


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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!


The camper fire I saw burn, that was the first thing they did. The fire was about 2/3 back at the fridge and so far hadn't spread. They said if it had gotten near the front, they would have just backed everyone away and let her burn.

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When I setup my portable grill attached to a 20lb tank I secure the tank to the grill stand. If someone wants to walk off with the tank they are welcome to the grill too.


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stickdog wrote:

I just take outdated tanks that fill stations refuse to Blue Rhino exchange.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


I just did the same thing with a small 20lb BBQ tank. :-)


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I double nut the treaded shaft using two Nylock nuts to discourage thief. But a cordless grinder will cut through a lock or the shaft.

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valhalla360 wrote:

I would guess they don't have legal teams.

Lots of small companies get away with silly things...for a while...because as small companies, the odds don't play out for years.


Torklift is not a small company that tries silly things. That have a lot of products where liability can come in to play. Hitches. Truck Camper Tiedowns, and all sorts of vehicle stuff.

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I think the OPs idea is a good one. For those of you that are afraid of your trailer blowing up, don't do it. I would chose to fight the fire with my fire extinguishers than waste the time to remove the tanks and then let the trailer burn. You would save your tanks tho. No-one has mentioned how to go about removing horizontal tanks in case of a fire. I guess the rig is toast.

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capacitor wrote:

I think the OPs idea is a good one. For those of you that are afraid of your trailer blowing up, don't do it. I would chose to fight the fire with my fire extinguishers than waste the time to remove the tanks and then let the trailer burn. You would save your tanks tho. No-one has mentioned how to go about removing horizontal tanks in case of a fire. I guess the rig is toast.


Funny fireman don't see it that way.
5th wheels all have there tanks in an enclosed compartment.
The doors to that compartment do not have locks. All other compartments on a 5'er have locks.
The doors are without locks to allow quick access to the tanks.

Horizontal tanks are permanently mounted in motorized vehicles. They are not removable. Why you wonder? Because motorized vehicles are passenger carrying vehicles and are required to meet a higher safety standard.
Factory tanks must be permanently mounted and cannot come free or get lose in an accident. An LP tank would be a very dangerous projectile. If the impact of the tank alone didn't get you the explosion would.


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG1LGKieTxY

Edit: I guess the forum doesn't play nice with youtube. It is a pretty scary watch.
Moderator edit: Here is your video. I agree it is a very scary watch! You did not post it properly is why it didn't show for you and not the fault of the forum.
If you wish to see what I did, just click "edit" and then the return arrow when you are done looking.
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valhalla360 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. I would not want them locked to the trailer in any way shape or form.


It may even be illegal so fire fighters can remove them quickly...think if the back of the trailer is on fire, you don't want to be trying to remember where the key is...and yes, I've seen this exact scenario play out (minus the lock).

Also, there was a seasonal campground we stayed at and they caught the staff who stayed in their camper over the winter swapping out tanks from the rigs that were left there over the winter...so yes, it happens.


If the back of the trailer is on fire you had better hope it lit up while you were towing it past a manned fire station. Being in a VFD for 40 years I've seen my share of RV's go up and a fire in the rear usually amounts to fully engulfed in less than 5 minutes. Were not going to try to remove propane tanks, or enter a burning RV, unless we have some reason to believe it's occupied. Short of a travel trailer with front mounted tanks, we're not going searching for tanks in closed compartments. We're going to stand off and hose it from a distance using the onboard supply in the pumper. By the time we laid out a line to a hydrant the thing would most likely be a smoking frame.

If we wanted to remove tanks on a burning RV locked as in the video posted by the OP we would have that lock off in 10 seconds with one of these.
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That said I am sure you have no shortage of Goobers who answered the alarm from their departments social club next door to the station after downing a six pack, and are out to be the hero.

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