Very strange happening.
Traveling out of New Mexico on I10 stopped in Lordsburg, NM for fuel and we heard a loud bang as I rounded the fuel islands. Got out and looked but saw nothing wrong. Proceeded to Arizona and just across the state line stopped at the rest area. As we went back to the truck and 5ver my wife said that does look right. My entire steel gas line from the rear to the front and across to the tanks was on the ground. It must of continued to shear the support brackets as I drove and dropped to the ground just before the rest area. We almost skipped the rest area. My propane was turned on. It could have turned out really bad. I've never heard of this happening in 40 years of traveling. My wife made a point that "Ray turns off his propane before he departs". I guess we have a new rule. She had read your check list. I managed to secure the line with plumbers tape to make it on to Tucson. Repairs to follow.
Yikes. I imagine your situation was one of those freak incidents, but we also always turn our propane off for travel and have since we started September 2011. We are fulltime. We have found that almost always, the fridge stays cold enough, even during long drives, since it isn’t being opened other than perhaps to make lunch. Just this September we did some 3/4/5 hour drives during 90+ temperatures, so we left the fridge on electric and it ran off our solar while we drove. My brother on the other hand, never shuts his fridge off even though he’s more a weekend warrior. From the time of purchase, his fridge is either on electric or propane 24/7/365.
Jeez, Frightening. What was it fastened up there with? Anyway, glad you found it in time and were able to continue on.
Oh yes, the debate goes on. I've left ours on a majority of the time in our travels over 40+ years (not full time). It appears to be a pretty rare occasion that you hear or see a real disaster due to the propane being left on while traveling. Lots of air circulation and the gas is exiting under pressure ; so it shouldn't be pooling. Your appliances have auto shut offs (thermocouples), and its really easy to add an auto shut off at the tank. Most of the propane accidents i have heard about appear to be older rigs and I question the diligence exercised in maintenance or pre-trip inspections. At least thats been my theory so far. Open to hearing my flaws in the logic though.. .
It might help other folks to tell us what type of RV you have, and the make, model, and year. If they happen to own a similar unit, they could check the gas line and supports.
Wow, that is a bizarre one.
It will be interesting to find out how/why it happened.
I have a 2018, sold new in 2019, Fox Mountain 5th Wheel by Arctic Fox. The supports for the gas line are thin metal clamps with a rubber lining screwed into the frame. I think one clamp broke and as I traveled the stress caused others to snap but I couldn't hear them because of road noise.
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