Unlike just filling up your SUV with regular gas and hitting the open road, your RV requires a different method. It’s more than just packing up your RV, hauling the family, and stopping for a break here and there. You will use your propane tank for cooking & heating, especially during your long trips. To ensure safe and efficient travel with your RV propane tank, this checklist will remind you of the important guidelines when traveling. These important tips will not only prepare you should an accident occur, but also offer preventative tips to avoid anyissues.

RV propane tanks are usually 20 to 30 pounds and come in various sizes. RVers usually take precautions and are aware of the features of the propane tanks to ensure safety. These general features include tank color, connectors, pressure gauge, the characteristics of the tank, tank and system safety and inspections, and overfill protection device. The color of your tank is important because you want it to reflect the sunlight, not absorb it. A darker tank color will absorb the heat and might pose a threat. Connectors and fitters within your system should be checked periodically. You will want to get these checked at your annual RV propane tank inspection.

At the boiling point of -44 F, the propane is maintained under pressure, liquefied in the tank. When it reaches a warmer state, it is then vaporized into a gaseous state that can be utilized for burning. You will want to watch signs for a white fog leaking out of your tank or any connector, as this indicates a leak which means it has a low temperature propane vapor. Never try to repair the leak yourself! Always call for a trusted specialist to fix the problem.

To ensure safety when traveling with your RV, you should have a propane leak detector. This device is handy because it sounds off an alarm to alert you if there is a leak in your propane tank.

State Regulations

Remember, each state you cross handles propane refill differently than the next. You need to be aware of the rules and regulations. Some states may require suppliers to use three separate measures for determining when the propane tank is full. You may need to use a scale and an OPD and the fixed liquid level gauge. You will encounter both state and federal regulations when it comes to refilling your propane tanks, so it’s best to get familiar with the regulations before you embark on your journey.

Turn Your Tanks Off

When traveling, close the propane tank valves, especially driving through tunnels. Fire and other dangers can occur and you wouldn’t want to be stuck on the highway or driving through an area without being able to stop should an emergency occur. It is also illegal to drive with open valves.

Install Detectors

Again, before you go for that long road trip, be sure to install all necessary items for a safe and hazard-free drive. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, and operational propane detectors are just a few of the essentials that you need to ensure a safe ride. This is also a great way to find out what needs replacing or fixing. You don’t want to be in mid-travel and have an accident occur before your realize that your fire extinguisher or, worse, your detector doesn’t work.

Are you getting ready to pack up the family and head out on vacation? Don’t forget to call the specialists at Energized Gas for your RV propane needs. We are here to assist with all of your questions and concerns pertaining to your next trip!

One Response to “Going On a Road Trip? RV and Propane Safety”

  1. Taylor Bishop

    I actually didn’t know that the propane tank valves need to be closed when you are driving through tunnels. If that’s the case, perhaps it’s good to use a tool to ensure it’s securely tightened. Either that or test the valves to see if they are tightened enough.


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