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Old 05-20-2010, 01:56 AM   #61
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Re: refrigerator

Glenn:

I would guess that there is no clear regulation about running propane refrigerators while driving because of the lack of consensus about the danger, except in obvious cases where an open flame is not a good idea, such as at a gas station. There is lack of consensus because there have not been enough accidents, despite the risk. There are plenty of head on collisions which proved that seat belts are a good idea so we have a regulation for that, but even that took a long time to catch on. In the absence of clear regulations I think the reasonable thing for us to do about running propane refrigerators while driving is to consider the risks and make an informed decision we can live with. Several people have pointed out on other forums that smaller refrigerators which can run on 12 volts while driving provide an easy solution for some people to reduce propane risk. Works for me.
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Old 05-20-2010, 08:45 AM   #62
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Re: refrigerator

We have always traveled with the propane off. Even on the hottest days in the interior, the insides of the fridge was still cool at the end of the day. It works like a big cooler. It also helps to have a 2l jug full of ice in the freezer part. It's never been a problem on the ferries either. I'll see if what i just said re the ferries is true in a couple of weeks when we go over to Haida Gwaii (6 hr. trip).
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Re: running refrigerator on road - Transport Canada response

Hi Glenn:

Your question was forwarded to the Inspector Education and Public Awareness Division of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Directorate within Transport Canada for response.

The answer is yes, under the Federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations the refrigeration system may be used while the RV trailer is in transit. However, we suggest that you contact the province in which you intend to operate your vehicle to verify if they have any additional requirements. For instance, you may not be able to operate your system in a tunnel or you may be limited to two cylinders. Also, you may face other limitations when you’re on a ferry. Finally, we suggest that you verify with your trailer manufacturer to verify their position on this subject.

Here is some background information that you may find useful.

The Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations are comprised of 16 Parts and 3 Schedules and can be viewed by using the following link: http://www.tc.gc.ca/tdg/clear/tofc.htm

Most exemptions can be found in Part 1, between sections 1.15 to 1.48 and they are called "special cases".

Section 1.27 exempts dangerous goods (in your case propane) in a means of transport (RV trailer) from the TDG Regulations if the dangerous goods are required for the ventilation, refrigeration or heating unit that are necessary to maintain environmental conditions. However, you may wish to verify provincial legislation to ensure that there are no additional requirements prohibiting such an activity.

For your information, I have inserted section 1.27. Also, you may view it by using the following link: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/tdg/clear-part1-475.htm#sec127

1.27 Operation of a Means of Transport or a Means of Containment Exemption

(1) These Regulations do not apply to dangerous goods on a means of transport that are required for

(a) the propulsion of the means of transport and that are

(i) intended to remain on the means of transport until used, and
(ii) contained in a fuel tank permanently installed on the means of transport;

(b) the safety of individuals on board the means of transport;

(c) the operation or safety of the means of transport including, while installed in the means of transport and used or likely to be used for purposes related to transport, air bags, air brakes, flares, lighting, shock absorbers or fire extinguishers; or

(d) ventilation, refrigeration or heating units that are necessary to maintain environmental conditions within a means of containment in transport on the means of transport and are intended to remain with the units or on the means of transport until used.

(2) The exemption in subsection (1) does not apply to

(a) ammunition; or
(b) dangerous goods being delivered to a destination and from which a portion is drawn off during transport for propulsion of the means of transport.

Paragraph (b) is intended to exclude from this exemption dangerous goods that are in transport on a means of transport and from which a portion is used to propel the means of transport. An example is a tank truck delivering liquefied natural gas that uses part of that load of gas to propel the vehicle.

If you have any additional questions you may contact us at TDGTraining-FormationTMD@tc.gc.ca or you may contact a Transport Canada dangerous goods inspector in your region. They can assist you with any questions you may have. Below are the numbers for the 5 regional offices.

Atlantic Region 1-866-814-1477 or TDG-TMDAtlantic@tc.gc.ca
Quebec Region (514) 283-5722
Ontario Region (416) 973-1868 or TDG-TMDOntario@tc.gc.ca
Prairie & Northern Region 1-888-463-0521 or TDG-TMDPNR@tc.gc.ca
Pacific Region (604) 666-2955


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Old 05-20-2010, 02:41 PM   #64
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Re: refrigerator

Hi: gbaglo...Glenn Thanks for clarifying that!!! So it's Nationally yes unless Provincially no. YMMV but Local regs. may apply too. Alf
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Old 05-20-2010, 02:54 PM   #65
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Re: refrigerator

I heard back from the Yukon, and it is a go there too. It was a very short, but direct answer. So, AB and YK have replied as well as Transport Canada, still a few to go.

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Thanks for your question regarding use of propane while driving RV's. It is permissible to operate a propane refrigerator in an RV while in transit.

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Old 05-20-2010, 03:35 PM   #66
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Re: refrigerator

It seems I made someone in Saskatchewan do a bit of work, but their reply too indicated they could find nothing on the books that says you can't use propane while traveling in an RV.

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Hi Jim

I contacted the Federal Dangerous Goods office and they told me that Section 1.27(d) applies to your situation

1.27 Operation of a Means of Transport or a Means of Containment Exemption

(1) These Regulations do not apply to dangerous goods on a means of transport that are required for

(a) the propulsion of the means of transport and that are

(i) intended to remain on the means of transport until used, and

(ii) contained in a fuel tank permanently installed on the means of transport;

(b) the safety of individuals on board the means of transport;

(c) the operation or safety of the means of transport including, while installed in the means of transport and used or likely to be used
for purposes related to transport, air bags, air brakes, flares,
lighting, shock absorbers or fire extinguishers; or

(d) ventilation, refrigeration or heating units that are necessary to maintain environmental conditions within a means of
containment in transport on the means of transport and are intended
to remain with the units or on the means of transport until used.

As for using the propane while traveling, we can't find anything in legislation that says that you can't have the refrigerator operating on propane while traveling. Normally you would switch the fridge over to electric / battery power before moving.


If you have any more questions, please let me know


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Old 05-20-2010, 09:54 PM   #67
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Re: refrigerator

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim Bennett
I heard back from the Yukon, and it is a go there too. It was a very short, but direct answer. So, AB and YK have replied as well as Transport Canada, still a few to go.

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Thanks for your question regarding use of propane while driving RV's. It is permissible to operate a propane refrigerator in an RV while in transit.

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Old 05-21-2010, 07:48 AM   #68
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Re: refrigerator

From PEI.
It seems to be unanimous so far. Still, common sense should always prevail where the open flame could be a concern.

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Good Morning Jim:
Prince Edward Island subscribes to the Federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations.

To address your question, recreational vehicles can operate on the highway with the propane valve open (fridge operating), with the exception being while on a car ferry. While on a car ferry, the propane valve must be in the closed position.
Hope this answers your question.

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Re: refrigerator

Given how long this issue has been discussed on web forums with no conclusion, it seems it has been almost too easy to get an answer from authorities.

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Re: refrigerator

I have to wonder if people even tried, or just went by what they had heard here or there. I have not heard from any other provinces yet though.
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