Setting up Propane

Below is general information on setting up portable propane tanks, on-site delivery, and propane safety and RV usage tips. For information about propane suppliers (CLICK HERE).

If you have suggestions for setting up your RV, we’d love to hear about it.  Please comment below or send a private message.

Portable Propane Tanks

BBQ style, portable propane tanks are the most common scenario. Here’s some tips for usage and handling:

  • Moving an RV for servicing is a huge hassle and can result in potential damage by driving a large vehicle that you may not have a lot of experience with. We recommend you plan to service the propane tanks without moving the RV.
  • There’s a propane kit called “Extend-a-Stay” which allows you to swap propane tanks when they are empty without needing to move the RV.
  • You can find locations to swap your propane tank at participating grocery stores, hardware stores, Walmart or U-Haul. Or you can have them refilled at participating gas stations and large propane distributors.
  • No more than 2 spare tanks should be stored within 25’ of the RV. The largest size you will probably want is 7 gallon tanks. They will weigh about 50-60 lbs.
  • Portable and RV tanks must be DOT-approved or otherwise meet current state law.
  • Tanks must ALWAYS be secured in your vehicle during transport.

Here’s an illustration of an “Extend-a-Stay” installed on an RV.

On-Site Propane Delivery

  • Larger tanks are required for on-site delivery service. If you are willing to get a permit and invest in the larger tanks, the suppliers can guide you thru the process to get that set-up. It’s a great option for optimal comfort cause running out of propane in freezing temps is no fun, nor is throwing away a fridge full of food.
  • Alternatively, if you are in a group encampment, you might be able to negotiate a truck to fill all the RV tanks, but it is the most expensive alternative.

Some Important Words About Propane Safety and RV Usage Tips

Here’s an educational video. I seriously suggest you watch this, she has more tips than what is above.

When transporting these tanks in your car, don’t be a dumb hippie like this guy below in Coachella! Use a seatbelt and/or a crate and rope to secure your tanks for transport.
As the cycle’s between venting gets shorter you are in imminent danger of an explosion. That’s what happened here at 1:58.


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