RV Utilities: Propane
RVillage members share their knowledge and helpful tips about RV Propane systems and appliances.
Safety disclaimer: Please be very careful when working with propane. It is recommended to hire trained professionals when needed.
It's important to have both a propane detector and CO (carbon monoxide) detector onboard.
The propane detector will be mounted low to the floor, usually hard-wired, and should be replaced every 5-10 years, depending on the unit. Strong scents and aerosols can cause this alarm to go off.
The CO detector can be purchased at hardware stores or any big box store. Change that battery annually (as well as the one in your smoke alarm).
Strong aromas can also cause the CO detector to go off:
Tips for what to do when you smell propane inside your rig.
Can you install a bigger tank on a motorhome?
Do the tanks need to be re-certified?
Helpful RVillagers share their knowledge on this topic.
Where can you get your tanks filled?
Propane must be dispensed by a licensed technician.
How many gallons do tanks actually hold when full?
Attaching an external tank to a motorhome to extend your stay by not having to drive the entire rig to town to refill the attached tank.
See all the helpful answers (with more photos)!
What's a safe way to transport the tank?
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Cooking with propane
Stove-top burners won't light?
Oven won't light?
Delicious bread can be made in a propane oven!
Won't light (or stay running) on propane?
Some important tips for trouble-shooting older 3-way units.
Should you run the refrigerator on propane while driving down the road?
Advice varies widely on this question!
Related post: RV Refrigerators
They're ugly, but necessary.
Won't ignite or stay lit?
Have a unit that runs on propane AND electric? See LOTS of tips for managing that.
Ouch! That water gets HOT! How do you turn it down?
Is it normal for the unit to "leak" at the pressure relief valve? RVillagers explain.
What about that anode rod that will need replacing? Get the details here.
Clearing a clogged propane line in the water heater:
Thinking about a tankless system?
The propane "furnace"
No heat? Fan blowing cold air?
Heater won't turn off?
This situation needs a professional:
Can you run the furnace while driving down the road?
Responses to this question vary widely!
Keep the wasps out!
Did you know that wasps love the smell of propane? They may build nests inside the furnace, water heater and refrigerator burner unless you cover those intake areas with screens. More wasp-prevention tips here.
Portable propane heaters
Many RVers opt to use portable propane heaters for multiple reasons.
See the discussion of various options.
Are there safety concerns with running a propane generator located under a bed?
Related post: RV Generators
Propane fire pits!
How much propane can you expect to use with all these propane appliances & accessories?
A few tips for cutting back on your propane use:
Need more answers? Join these groups, ask questions and share your own experience with fellow RVillagers!
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