Every little thing You Have to Know About Propane Tanks: Half II


Your RV journey isn’t full and not using a wholesome propane system to help it. And we get it – there’s quite a bit that goes into understanding how all of the elements match collectively! That’s why RVT.com has put collectively a useful two-part information. In Propane Tanks Half I, we mentioned tank varieties, the best way to refill or change them and the best way to examine your gasoline ranges. Now in Half II, RVT will dive deeper into utilization and upkeep.

How A lot Propane Do You Want?

Propane utilization is dependent upon quite a lot of elements, together with the dimensions of your new journey trailer or different RV, what you’re utilizing it for, and for a way lengthy. Usually talking, a 20 lb. tank ought to final a couple of week with regular utilization (i.e., you’re not continuously cranking the warmth in the midst of a frozen tundra).

Gas output is measured in British Thermal Items (BTUs). To calculate gasoline utilization:

  1. Multiply the variety of gallons in your tank by 91,502 (the variety of BTUs in a single gallon of propane) to seek out your tank BTUs.
  2. Add up your entire equipment BTU utilization.
  3. Divide your tank BTUs by your equipment BTU utilization to seek out the full hours of gasoline you’ll get out of your tank.

Professional tip: Tenting in chilly climate? Be certain your bottles are full to make sure furnace vaporization works correctly and effectively.

Including Transportable Tanks to a Everlasting System 

As we talked about in Half I, tanks authorized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) require taking your used fifth wheel camper or different RV to the refueling station — which is usually a ache in the event you’ve already arrange camp and need to keep awhile. However what when you have an ASME tank system and burn by way of your propane sooner than deliberate? Don’t fear, all isn’t misplaced – you possibly can add transportable propane tanks to your ASME system.

To do that, you’ll want just a few objects along with the additional DOT tanks. In case you don’t have one already, buy a strain regulator to assist guarantee correct gasoline stream throughout use. You’ll want an adapter to attach your tank to the RV propane strains in addition to a brand new hose. You should buy adapter kits that usually embrace a brand new hose, however examine the size to make sure it can give the vary and adaptability of positioning you want. To put in your tank, observe these steps:

  1. Flip off the propane on the major valve.
  2. Disconnect the strain regulator from the present tank and set up the adapter between the regulator and the present tank.
  3. Connect the brand new exterior tank to the adapter utilizing the brand new hose. 
  4. Open the propane valve.
  5. Verify for leaky hoses by spraying soapy water on the hoses and joints. Bubbles will seem over any leak.

It’s additionally price mentioning that some RV parks will provide a propane refill service to your refillable tanks. In case you’re anxious about dropping gasoline, it is likely to be finest to make the most of these sorts of parks.

Propane System Upkeep

It’s by no means enjoyable when your fridge stops cooling otherwise you don’t have sizzling water for a bathe, however there are some things you are able to do when performing annual upkeep to assist preserve this from occurring in your new Class C RV or different motorhome.

As creepy because it sounds, spiders and bugs love the funky odor of propane and are infamous for making small areas of their houses. To fight the critters, take away the equipment entry panels to wash out any particles or spider webs yearly (extra regularly in the event you’re RVing for lengthy intervals of time). Insect upkeep apart, you additionally need to examine the propane strains, burn chambers, and gasoline valves for leaks or particles. If wanted, clear the burner tubes with a pipe cleaner or compressed air. It’s also possible to get a propane leak take a look at carried out by your native RV vendor’s upkeep division (examine your service settlement – it is likely to be free!).

For security, ensure your propane detectors are updated and have sufficient battery energy. Verify them periodically, and keep in mind to switch them after 5-7 years. 

Propane Tank Disposal  

Propane tanks will final for a very long time if used and saved correctly, however all good issues should come to an finish. When your propane tank both fails a DOT security inspection or will get broken, it’s essential to get rid of your tank safely as it could nonetheless include some propane. It’s by no means a good suggestion to drop them within the trash as this might develop into a hazard to your waste administration workforce.  Your native propane provider or hazardous waste disposal web site ought to have the ability to handle it, however name forward simply to ensure.

With routine upkeep and an understanding of how your propane programs work, your RV adventures may be as snug as they’re memorable. And in the event you’re on the lookout for your subsequent motorhome or camper, remember to browse all of the accessible stock accessible on the market on RVT.com.

By Audrey Somero

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