Quick Tips For Propane Safety

Most RVs are equipped with vertical or horizontal Propane cylinders. These cylinders are heavy and can weigh up to 20 lbs to 30 lbs!

de51e-propane-safetyAccording to Angela White,

“Propane, also known as liquid petroleum gas, LP-gas, and LPG, is produced in roughly equal amounts from both natural gas and crude oil sources.  Propane is nontoxic, colorless, and odorless until an odor similar to rotten eggs is added to allow the gas to be quickly detected”.

Quick Tips For Propane Safety

  • Characteristics of Propane
    Propane is maintained at the boiling point temperature of -44° F. When in warmer conditions, the propane evaporates into the gaseous state, ready to burn.
    The white fog observed around the propane tank refers to a propane leak. The white fog is the propane gas at low temperatures. As the leak can cause frostbites, you must seek the professionals’ help ASAP.
  • Inspection
    The tanks in the RVs have propane at liquid temperature, contained using enormous pressure. Make periodical inspections of the propane gas tank with an RV Dealer with a minimum of one per year is mandatory to keep your propane tanks in check.
  • Overfill Protection Device
    Also known as OPD, all propane tanks in RVs weighing more than 40-pounds requires the Overfill Protection Device.
  • Pressure gauge
    The gauge indicates the rate of the fulness of propane in your tank, ranging in fractional scales –  ¼, ½ and ¾. The pressure in the tanks will be affected by the temperature, in case of variations.
  • Color of the Tank
    The color of your propane tank is an important aspect of keeping your propane tank safe. If your tank is light in color, it will reflect heat while the dark tank absorbs light. The propane tanks should reflect light and hence, avoid painting this dark.
  • Leak Detector
    Installed inside the RV, a propane leak detector is capable of detecting leaks from a refrigerator, washing machine, heater, stove or other appliances fed by the propane gas. If you hear this alarm, make sure to speed dial your Propane Gas Manufacturer for immediate help!
  • Connectors
    Having multiple ways of connecting the propane tank to the appliances in your RV, connectors help in making anti-leak fittings to the RV System.

When RVing in different states, do remember that not all states have the same regulations about the Propane Safety filling. Additionally, make sure to use your RV appliances solely for what they are manufactured for!



  1. If your propane alarm goes off exit the RV immediately and go shut off the tank(s) DO NOT turn on a light to see. Leave door open as you leave. Wait 10 minutes and the alarm should stop, go back in and open windows and vents to let fresh air clear the RV of any remaining propane.

  2. The 20 and 30 lbs designations refer to the weight of propane the cylinder will hold. When full, a 20lb cylinder weighs approximately 38lbs and a 30lb cylinder weighs approximately 54lbs. The empty weight (tare weight) of the cylinder is stamped on the valve protector.


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