Help with RV Storage Condo Project

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Last Tuesday we received approval from the City of Beaumont CA on our project of 104 RV storage condos. I have been working on this for over a year. I am glad the city approved it.

One problem- The City is requiring that we install propane detectors in each unit. (Every unit is enclosed). Upon talking to my engineers and general contactor, none of them have ever heard of such a thing.

Do you think it is a good idea, or should I fight it?

The project is at http://www.rvstorage.biz

Thanks

Ted
 
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It seems to me that you should be concentrating your questions in Beaumont CA. This forum includes RVers from corner to corner of the USA.

And what the heck have we got to do with a municiple and/or engineering problem like that?

Since none of us have a dog in that fight, why wouldn't you expect us to obviously go for the answer that means more safety?

I sure don't get why you'd even think about asking for 'advice' here, unless you're just advertising your new place....
 

DL Rupper

Senior Member
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Well Ted. A propane leak and the resulting explosion would pretty well level your new business. Are the units connected? If so, even if they are enclosed, the ones on each side will be leveled also. Bottom line: Most everyday RV'er can't afford enclosed RV condos, so I suppose your future clientele can foot the added cost of detectors in their monthly bill. I pay $22/month for outside storage without detectors. :bleh:
 

hertig

Senior Member
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There's already a propane detector in each unit. In the RV :)

What do they expect it to do? The ones in RVs make noise and often close a valve in the propane line. One mounted in the unit could only make noise, and that would probably only be heard 2 or 3 units away. The only thing which would make sense is a sensor in each unit which notifies a central, always monitored, station. But even then, what could you do? Break into the unit and shut off the valve? Don't make any sparks breaking in. Fill the unit with some inert or counteracting gas? Don't know if that is even possible. Set off sprinklers? Don't know that would help any.

Insist on more information. Make them justify the requirement, showing actual benefits, not warm fuzzies.
 
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hertig - 1/16/2007 7:39 PM

There's already a propane detector in each unit. In the RV :)

What do they expect it to do? The ones in RVs make noise and often close a valve in the propane line. One mounted in the unit could only make noise, and that would probably only be heard 2 or 3 units away. The only thing which would make sense is a sensor in each unit which notifies a central, always monitored, station. But even then, what could you do? Break into the unit and shut off the valve? Don't make any sparks breaking in. Fill the unit with some inert or counteracting gas? Don't know if that is even possible. Set off sprinklers? Don't know that would help any.

Insist on more information. Make them justify the requirement, showing actual benefits, not warm fuzzies.
That is EXACLTY what my counter point was/will be.
The only addition is the City was not so much concerned about small leaks, but if the 40 gal tank decides to vent in the unit. Then what? There is no answer.


Thanks.
 
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You are going to build 104 storage units. A 40lb. cylinder leaking would be small. A 40 Gallon tank is a very LARGE (almost 200lb.) tank and I don't know of any RV using one.
 
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I read what you said, pal. Again, that is a huge tank.

Maybe someone who knows more about motor homes than I do will verify, to me, that they use tanks that big.

Personally, I think you need to re-read Texas Clodhoppers reply. I think his questions deserve answers.
 
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TexasClodhopper - 1/15/2007 9:43 PM



It seems to me that you should be concentrating your questions in Beaumont CA. This forum includes RVers from corner to corner of the USA.

Actually, my first phase buyers are from as far away as Hawaii. This project reaches further than you think.




And what the heck have we got to do with a municiple and/or engineering problem like that?

You personally, probably nothing, but there have been some great points made. That is what I was looking for. Just how practical is their requirement. That what I am looking for.



Since none of us have a dog in that fight, why wouldn't you expect us to obviously go for the answer that means more safety?

I didn't. Again, practicality is the issue.




I sure don't get why you'd even think about asking for 'advice' here, unless you're just advertising your new place....

See above. The responses were well worth it. I advertise on this site under RV storage to the left. I don't really have to spew it out here in the forums.

I didn't mean for you to get your underwear in a knot. Just looking for some objective points of view. If I have offended you, I am really sorry.
 
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Grandview Trailer Sa - 1/16/2007 10:25 PM



I read what you said, pal. Again, that is a huge tank.

Maybe someone who knows more about motor homes than I do will verify, to me, that they use tanks that big.

Personally, I think you need to re-read Texas Clodhoppers reply. I think his questions deserve answers.
Sorry, I went back and read your post. You first said 40#, then went on to 40 gallon. I missed that. Sorry.
 
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"I didn't mean for you to get your underwear in a knot. Just looking for some objective points of view. If I have offended you, I am really sorry."

Aw, shuckins', Risky. Ah didn'knowd ya was alookin' at mah panties! Silly boy ...
 

DL Rupper

Senior Member
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Golly Gee guys. This is fun! :evil: Almost as good as politics. :clown: We are sarcastic at times, but mean no harm Knots in your underwear. That's a good one, I'll have to remember.
Wish I could afford to put my rig in one of those units,. The acidic Dayton, OH air is working its havoc on the outside of my RV. Good luck with the bereaucrats. :laugh:
 

Kirk

Senior Member
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While it is true that said propane detectors in each unit would be of minimal value to the storage unit owner, it would very likely lower the insurance rate for the structure and they are not all that expensive to put in as well as the fact that it might keep the city happy! I would think that one could get 105 of them at a pretty low, per unit price. I really don't think that they are needed, but one has to pick their fights. One other thing, if you tell them that all RVs have their own propane detector, that would not be true for older RVs unless they were installed by the owner.
 

hertig

Senior Member
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If it lowers the insurance rate comparably to the price of the detectors, that is worth considering. If you do go with the 'the detector is in the RV' you might make it a condition of storage that there is either a detector in the RV or you install one on the unit for a specified charge.

Then there are the false alarms which propane detectors seem to be subject to (i have to pull the fuse to mine every now and again since there seems to be no way to reset it; guess I'll have to replace my detector someday soon). And keeping it powered (if it uses batteries).

Here's a thought. It would be nice if the units had exhaust fans to handle exhaust when running the engine and/or generator - perhaps this could be triggered if the propane detector goes off. That would minimize the explosion risk (assuming the fan is non-sparking of course :) )
 
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The propane detectors I am looking at are hard wired, so batteries are not needed. The RV that do have detectors will only shut off the propane supply to the RV. The cities concern is the venting of the entire tank.

I am researching to see if there is a maxumium flow shut off of some type, so that in the even the tank does blow a relief valve, that the flow of propane is somewhat controlled.

Yes, the buildings are ventilated, and our Mechianical Engineer will be looking into the exhaust problem as well. A simple solution is to have vents at floor level to exhaust the propane out of the building, since it is heavier than air.

Thanks for all the great ideas. Keep 'em coming.
 

hertig

Senior Member
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Um, I don't think you want to get into making modifications to people's units. I sure wouldn't let anyone add any strange extra valves to mine.
 
#19
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Positive "floor sweep" ventilation should ease the cities mind. It's hard to see propane exploding if it is ventilated well enough. Also, you may want to add in vehicle bonding/grounding to ease their mind for static discharge. Pretty dry out there. At least only one unit might burn down if it did light off. I'm assuming that these units would be much like any other stroage facility built with cinder block walls? I would also assume they would have H2O, elect, and sewer dump in each unit if you're calling it a Condo.

If you don't mind my asking, how much are you planning to rent or least these spaces for? :question:
 
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routabit - 1/18/2007 1:22 PM

Positive "floor sweep" ventilation should ease the cities mind. It's hard to see propane exploding if it is ventilated well enough. Also, you may want to add in vehicle bonding/grounding to ease their mind for static discharge. Pretty dry out there. At least only one unit might burn down if it did light off. I'm assuming that these units would be much like any other stroage facility built with cinder block walls? I would also assume they would have H2O, elect, and sewer dump in each unit if you're calling it a Condo.

If you don't mind my asking, how much are you planning to rent or least these spaces for? :question:
H20 in each unit is a no-no. Too much risk of water damage. There are external water sources. Sewer in each unit is also a no-no since that would require water in each unit. There are two dump stations next to the wash rack. They do have indivdual electrrial meters for each unit. We are not releasing prices just yet. Go to the web site and enter your e-mail information in the reservations section and we will e-mail you all the prices when available.
 
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