Using Propane Safely In Your RV

Propane can be used in many ways in your RV. It can be used to heat the cabin, the water, power the refrigerator, power your generator and cook your food, but if you don’t follow a few safety precautions, it can also put your family in a great deal of danger.

Tank Inspections

Your propane tanks will need to be recertified every few years. Between those certifications, you should inspect the tank for any signs that they are unsafe to use. Look for dents and rusting, as well as if the nozzle doesn’t accept the hose easily. You should be able to tighten the connection by hand. If you have to use a wrench to tighten the connection, the nozzle needs to be replaced.


Propane tanks are now to be equipped with nozzles that prevent overfilling. The propane tank must have enough open space inside it to expand. If it doesn’t, pressure will build up inside and could cause the tank to explode or to release gas to decrease internal pressure levels. If the tank is overfilled, the excess gas must be released in an open area.

When filling the propane tanks while mounted to your RV, do so when nobody is inside. Always have everyone exit the RV while the tanks are being filled in case something bad happens.


It is imperative that you are educated about the carbon monoxide that is produced when propane gas is burned. Your RV should be equipped with at least one carbon monoxide detector that runs by both battery and electricity. This will alert you of increased carbon monoxide in the cabin so that you can exit the RV, turn off the gas and have the system serviced.

Never use propane while the RV is in motion. Turn off the propane valves, appliances, ignitors and pilot lights.

When you are cooking inside your RV, make sure to turn on the exhaust fan or open a ceiling hatch to allow for fumes to escape from the cabin. The same goes with using the generator while parked. You need to be sure that the fumes are pulled from the cabin before they put your family at risk.

Propane is a great source of energy in your RV because it burns cleanly, is easy to refill and you don’t have to worry about a shortage. Talk with your local propane professional to get any further questions about the use and transporting of propane in your RV. To learn more, contact a company like Guier Gas

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