I've done some searching on the forum and haven't found anything on this topic yet.
With respect to the simple twist-latch mechanism that holds the propane-tank access door closed outside the van: Has anyone modified or replaced this with a locking mechanism of some sort? Or perhaps created/rigged up a more rugged/secure latch of some sort?
(Additionally -- anyone know if it is *Legal* to lock this door? Wondered if perhaps there's a fire code that stipulates that propane fittings always be accessible to anyone attempting to shut off the gas in a fire situation.)
The factory 90-degree-twist-latch seems pretty flimsy at best, it's only friction that keeps it turned to the "latch" position.
I found this one online, and figured it would be an easy swap:
http://www.atgstores.com/latches/first- ... 46616.html
Two initial motivations for asking this:
1)I've found an area drive-through car wash that my Ford E250 RB30 (penthouse roof) will fit into (they can accept/wash cars/vans up to 7' 8" in height!) but I'm concerned about the aggressive carwash brushes flipping the latch open (and subsequently the propane access door).
2) Also seems like a lock on the propane access door would be nice, just to know that nobody can easily meddle with your propane tank/fittings when you're out and about.
Has this been discussed before?