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Old 12-27-2009, 06:20 AM   #1
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I usually avoid the Baltimore Tunnels with the RV because of the LP gas restrictions. They have signs showing no LP tanks allowed. This weekend, I came up I-95 in the SUV so I went through the tunnels. Approaching the tunnel northbound, I saw a Roadtrek 190 and a Class A with toad southbound coming out from the tunnels. I asked the girl at the toll booth about the LP gas restrictions and she said "I have no idea" so I asked her what if I had an RV and gas bottles. She said "I would just take your toll and let you go, none of us stop RVs". Now the toll takers are not law enforcement so I don't know if a cop would pull over an RV and write a ticket for the gas bottles. I will still probably bypass those tunnels with the RV.

In September, I went across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The Toll Taker just asked me if the gas was turned off at the tank and let me go. Glad I did not have to turn around there...
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:55 PM   #2
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We've never been asked or challenged at any bridges/tunnels anywhere in the US or Canada.
I guess we might have been in violation somewhere when traveling, but weren't aware of it.
Most of our travels don't take us through areas with tunnels, other than the Interstate variety
through the mountains, usually.
It never occurred to us to ask or look for hazmat signs as we don't consider our RV propane as
a hazardous substance. We do notice the commercial truckers hazmat route signs but it never
occurred to us that our propane might be on the list, too.
What if you drive a LPG/NG/Propane powered vehicle?
Here's a couple of threads about the subject from other websites.
Interesting reading, for me at least. When in doubt, take the detour/bridge/ferry.
http://www.popupexplorer.com/forum/inde ... ic=63573.0
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/20566
http://www.irv2.com/forums/f86/i-95-tun ... 36935.html
http://www.motorhomemagazine.com/boards ... 192100.cfm
http://www.panynj.gov/truckers-resources/
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Thank you Mike,
Interesting reading the articles. The toll takers won't say anything to you but the cops see an RV as a big read flag... Bet their Xmas Party is good this year... I usually take the bypass anyway so that is no problem for me. Now, I did not know about the restrictions on Radioactive Materials... Good thing I take the bypass.
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I think we may have driven through some tunnels in the Boston area last August, but it was Sunday
and we didn't see much of a police presence that I recall. I suppose we might have been stopped if
we were in violation.
TBH, I'm not a big fan of tunnels, maybe a touch of claustrophobia kicks in, but I like to exit them
as quickly as possible. Over the last few years I've read about some pretty deadly accidents in them
around the world. Really, if something nasty happens, you don't have too many choices for escape or
avoidance manoeuvres.
For me it's the bypass, whatever that might be.
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