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Old 11-15-2015, 06:05 PM   #21
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Touching on both issues:
One November headed from Phoenix to Albuquerque, ran into 10" of snow in Flagstaff. Put the 03 Chevy dually in 4x4 and pulled the old Everest like a champ. Got to Alb and had no heat, stove or fridge on LP. Thought the bottles were empty, tried to fill them and they were full. Ended up sleeping on the floor with a space heater given to us by the Camp Host. Could not figure out why no LP. In my ignorance, did not find until we got home that the gas line had rubbed through on one of the tires. No explosions, just the valve in the tanks shut down once the gas started to leak.
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I ran a 8.5' commercial Meyer plow on the 03 Chevy to plow our property. Even got snookered into plowing the local Walmart lot since I could move almost 2x the snow than the little guys. Even had a few customers that no one else would touch since they were back country driveways, dirt and hard to get to. Dually did just fine. Pulled folks out of ditches etc. Of course, I agree with the 7-800 lbs of sand in the bed. At the time I ran Michelins.
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If you want to run with your propane on fill your boots. There are documented facts of rv explosions from blown tires
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Old 11-15-2015, 06:43 PM   #23
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If you want to run with your propane on fill your boots. There are documented facts of rv explosions from blown tires
A blown tire in itself cannot cause a deflagration from LP. Now maybe you are reading where a tire blew and ruptured the gas line, which resulted in a fire, which resulted in bleve of the onboard cylinder or tank, but that is not an explosion resulting from a blowout. Many things have to go wrong to reach a point of explosion or deflagration. In an RV fire, there is always an expectation that the onboard LP tanks will bleve, but RV fire are usually a result of electrical, or in a MH case the far more vulnerable gasoline delivery system.

Do what you want - close the valves if that cools your nerves - but while your at it you better buy a Tesla because there is a much greater risk of ruptured gasoline lines causing vehicle fires than LP, oh but then there is the hydrogen gas from the Tesla batteries............ better to just stay home.
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Old 11-15-2015, 06:47 PM   #24
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I ran a 8.5' commercial Meyer plow on the 03 Chevy to plow our property. Even got snookered into plowing the local Walmart lot since I could move almost 2x the snow than the little guys. Even had a few customers that no one else would touch since they were back country driveways, dirt and hard to get to. Dually did just fine. Pulled folks out of ditches etc. Of course, I agree with the 7-800 lbs of sand in the bed. At the time I ran Michelins.
My dually does great after the plow too! It's before the plow it likes to climb up on top of the snow
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Old 11-15-2015, 07:01 PM   #25
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My dually does great after the plow too! It's before the plow it likes to climb up on top of the snow
Haaaa !! I here ya !! I won't mention the time that while plowing, got the snow packed too hard on the sides of the road, too narrow, and crunch, took both "hips" off the girl. $3500 later, new bed
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Haaaa !! I here ya !! I won't mention the time that while plowing, got the snow packed too hard on the sides of the road, too narrow, and crunch, took both "hips" off the girl. $3500 later, new bed
OH NO! Did you have to chain?

I'm curious about the impact of this new law on I-70 for chains or 4WD and how it will effect RVers, especially MHs
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OH NO! Did you have to chain?

I'm curious about the impact of this new law on I-70 for chains or 4WD and how it will effect RVers, especially MHs
What new law on I70?
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Old 11-15-2015, 07:40 PM   #28
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I don't understand all the details, but what used to be recommended is now required and has a $500 fine associated with it. The twist I am hearing is that regardless of whether it is snowing or not, you have to have adequate snow tires or have chains on board or you could be fined.
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I don't know about I70, but I do know that back in the late 60s you needed snow tires or chains when headed East over the mountains from the SanFran Bay area.
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My run to Texas ended tonight at the Raton Pass in Trinidad Colorado. 70 East was closed in denver, so I went south. Clear skies and roads until Trinidad. Thankfully I knew of a hotel with a big parking lot.

As a beginner the mistake I keep making is trying to get gas. I ended up in an apartment parking lot trying to make a U-Turn. There are not as many truck stops as I thought. I have driven way over million of miles and used to think they where at every exit. (Need bigger gas tank and plan gas stops)

Missed turns and exits also cause problem u-turns.

I left the heater on the trailer. Set it to 60 degrees. Hope it is still there in the morning.
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My run to Texas ended tonight at the Raton Pass in Trinidad Colorado. 70 East was closed in denver, so I went south. Clear skies and roads until Trinidad. Thankfully I knew of a hotel with a big parking lot.

As a beginner the mistake I keep making is trying to get gas. I ended up in an apartment parking lot trying to make a U-Turn. There are not as many truck stops as I thought. I have driven way over million of miles and used to think they where at every exit. (Need bigger gas tank and plan gas stops)

Missed turns and exits also cause problem u-turns.

I left the heater on the trailer. Set it to 60 degrees. Hope it is still there in the morning.
Exactly why I replaced my stock GM 32 Gal. fuel tank with an aftermarket 62 Gal. Titan tank.
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That pass gets me every once in a while. Not a lot of sleep options in Raton or Trinidad when the pass is closed, especially when travelling without the camper.

I think even if I had a bigger fuel tank I would still run it to empty - just bad habits (it's always the next gas station that might have a canopy over 13.5' so I don't have to disconnect). On long adventures into the unknown I do carry a yellow 5 gallon in the back of the truck.
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I always travel with extra diesel in the winter. That way if I slid into a ditch I'd have enough fuel in case of being at an angle. I've seen people with 1/4 fuel tanks run dry because of this. I don't believe you can carry enough fuel. I used to carry a little over 70 gallons and I had wished I had a bigger tank.
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