What we should know is that propane is the main component of an RV.
Propane and camping go hand-in-hand for most of us, especially in an RV. Generally, motorhomes use built-in ASME propane tanks (regulated by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers), whereas travel trailers and fifth wheels use removable DOT tanks (regulated by the Department of Transportation). Smaller travel trailers/fifth wheels will use one tank, while larger campers will usually have two.
Propane is used by RVers because it's cheaper than gas, it's available just about everywhere you travel, and it's a green fuel solution, especially when traveling. Most RVers use propane for heat, refrigeration, hot water, or cooking.
There's no shortage of propane on travels, and you can often pick it up at gas stations, home improvement stores, and RV parks during the travels. That's why Propane is such a familiar part of RV camping.
As propane is used more and more in people's lives, we should know how to use it safely.
Sometimes, people are easy to forget that propane is both a toxin and a fire hazard. Liquid propane releases a toxic gas that is colorless, tasteless, and extremely flammable. If it’s inhaled, propane gas molecules displace oxygen molecules in the lungs and make it difficult or impossible to breathe.
Signs of propane poisoning include convulsions, diarrhea, and may include permanent brain damage or death. Obviously, propane is nothing to fool around with.
Most RVs have a working propane leak detector placed inside the RV. Just in case, you can have a battery-powered gas detector to check if there is/is not a gas leak.
What would cause a propane leak in an RV?
An RV propane leak can originate from a cracked propane line or a cracked or loose fitting on your refrigerator, stove, water heater, or any other RV appliance that connects to the propane line. The most important part of propane safety on the road is being able to quickly diagnose any leaks in your propane system.
RVers know that propane is a huge deal, but propane gas can leak from stoves, heaters, refrigerators or water heaters. It can leak from any connector on the propane system and can leak from any break in the lines feeding these appliances. That's why RVers should check their RV propane system periodically.
Maybe you want to know how much propane your appliances use and what you have to notice before using them.
If your furnace isn't igniting, you'll first want to check that you have enough propane. Make sure you keep track of all your RV maintenance and repairs with a portable tool, such as TopTes PT210 Gas Leak Detector.
Not only can you keep it in an area where you can store your tools, but you can also put it in your pocket and use it in time when maintenance is needed, helping you avoid costly repairs and potentially serious accidents.