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Old 05-17-2022, 11:43 AM   #1
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Driving with small 1lb propane cylinder in vehicle

I recently bought a portable propane grill for camping trips. I would like to bring alone one or two 1lb. propane cylinders, but I'm driving a Suburu Ascent and towing a Jay Flight SLX 183RB trailer. I'd rather not store the cylinders in the trailer storage as it bounces around on the road.

Do you think it's safe to store the cylinders in the back of my Suburu, hemmed in so that they don't move around, and cracking a couple of windows for ventilation?
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Old 05-17-2022, 12:04 PM   #2
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The 1 lbs tanks are very safe. I have never heard of one failing. I do place the plastic cap over the threads when not in use, primarily to keep dirt out of the valve, which in turns keeps the stove/grill regulator happy. I have seen some tanks get pretty beat up. I have dented my share of tanks (dropped off a work bench while working), never had a leak, even bent the neck on a few.

These things are shipped in enclosed full semi trucks with no issues, no special venting. If they had a tendency to leak, DOT would not be happy. Plumbers have them rolling around their trucks all the time.

I have one in my cargo hold, in a box of "stuff" it cannot roll or bounce freely around. After disconnecting the tank, move a little air over the valve area, to clear any residual gas while separating the tank and grill. Then sniff the valve, if you do not smell gas, it is sealed tight.

Personally, I would rather have it in the camper, verses the TV, if you get in an accident, a loose tank or any other loose items can cause a LOT of injuries to the passengers.

Most important is to be safe.
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Old 05-17-2022, 12:13 PM   #3
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If you're talking about the green canisters, you're fine. They're very safe and don't leak.
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Old 05-17-2022, 12:20 PM   #4
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Tent camped for 55 years.. The green canisters often were with us and as we drove to our camping locations they had to be in the car. Never had a problem.. Just make sure the cap is on.. The gas will discharge if anything hits the pressure relief valve.

You are more likely to have an accident by your stove burner going out and you not knowing it. That DOES concern me.
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Old 05-17-2022, 12:44 PM   #5
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Well, I’ve had them leak. Thought I had a black tank issue. Smelled terrible. Found one of my little green propane bottles leaking. It can happen, but you’ll smell it before it kills you. Which is nice.
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Thanks very much! Good to hear a number of experienced campers feel it's safe.
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Old 05-17-2022, 12:57 PM   #7
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You might want to look at the brass “ 1 lb. Propane tank caps “. They protect the threads and have a rubber gasket that seals also. Home Depot and Amazon have them for about $10.00 for a set of four. I have used the same caps for about 7 or 8 years. I always seemed to misplace the plastic caps.
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Thanks for the suggestion, I'll look at them.
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Old 05-17-2022, 02:37 PM   #9
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generally, 1 lb propane bottles are safe but not always. And if you refill them then they defiantly are not safe for travel. I use these propane bottle caps on every bottle i store for extra insurance against leaks. Cheap insurance can never go wrong
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Also they make a storage rack for them. Our previous grill I removed the regulator and put a quick connect on it and used the external quick connect on the motorhome. New grill is designed differently.
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I have a padded storage bag that holds four. I've had them bouncing around in my, car, pop-up and now TT without a problem.
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I would advise against carrying the small propane bottles in your vehicle. If you park in the sun the temperature in the vehicle can get very hot. Those small bottles do have a safety vale that will open if the pressure gets too high. The valve will start venting at ~150 degrees F. I would not want that to happen inside my vehicle.

Build a storage space in your RV to hold them in place while traveling.

You should also never leave those dark green bottles in direct sun as they can overheat.
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I would advise against carrying the small propane bottles in your vehicle. If you park in the sun the temperature in the vehicle can get very hot. Those small bottles do have a safety vale that will open if the pressure gets too high. The valve will start venting at ~150 degrees F. I would not want that to happen inside my vehicle.

Build a storage space in your RV to hold them in place while traveling.

You should also never leave those dark green bottles in direct sun as they can overheat.

Firstly I am amazed that some simple question like this can generate pages of responses most of them the same thing over and over again but that aside, I live where the daytime temps get to 115 and temps inside vehicles get to 150 or more and I have been storing those little green bottles in the RV for 20 years and never had one "vent".
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No need to take my word for it, just read the labels on the bottles......
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I have had them vent in my storage compartment and stopped using them years ago. If you transport them I would store in a vented area.
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Always remember that warning labels were written by lawyers to cover someone’s, well you get the picture.
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I recently bought a portable propane grill for camping trips. I would like to bring alone one or two 1lb. propane cylinders, but I'm driving a Suburu Ascent and towing a Jay Flight SLX 183RB trailer. I'd rather not store the cylinders in the trailer storage as it bounces around on the road.

Do you think it's safe to store the cylinders in the back of my Suburu, hemmed in so that they don't move around, and cracking a couple of windows for ventilation?
They're expensive. Just get an adapter and use the propane tank(s) on your RV.
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An alternative is use a hose to run from your installed tank to your propane grill. I bought a splitter with two valves and shut the one connected to the grill off when not in use.
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Chances are that would be fine but things do happen. I would haul them in the RV some place. The thing I see is if the RV is bouncing around enough to cause a problem with those the bigger problem is the bouncing RV!
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I find this thread hilarious in a way.. For many years we traveled by train and charter bush plane to remote areas for canoe trips and portage maintenance work details in Northern Ontario. The canoes were on the train or plane too.

Nothing is gentle about either mode of travel.. Baggage had to be thrown off as there were no stations( we departed at flag stops and mile markers) Once a canoe was damaged as it rolled on the ballast and hit an unfortunate branch. On the water when launching from a bush plane mid lake the packs had to be thrown down by the pilot.

Our fuel bottles were those one lb green propane bottles.
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