A propane tank handled properly is safe.

However, it is important to be aware that a risk of fire and explosion is always present due to a leak of propane gas.

The propane gas also called LPG, for liquefied petroleum gas is a colourless, odorless and flammable gas.

It is compressed to a liquid and stored in a propane tank similar to the one you have for your recreational vehicle.

Note that what you are buying at a gas station is not 100 % propane. Among other chemicals added, one is ethanethiol which gives the LP gas a rotten egg smell characteristic, also helping you to detect a leak.

On a regular basis, it is necessary to check the gas lines and the tank itself. Spray on the lines and valve connections of the propane tank with soapy water. If you see bubbles, there is a leak and it has to be fixed immediately.

Getting an inspection done by a qualified technician each year is recommended.

Turning off the propane tank while driving is a precaution in case of collision. Do not worry about the fridge working on LP gas.

The food will be fine unless you drive for hours. Keep the fridge door closed and when you stop to eat, you can put the fridge back on for a little while, which will help.

For the RVers boondocking , it is a good practice to switch to the propane mode all the appliances functioning either on electricity or LP gas.

This will help to keep the charge of house batteries up. The propane gas consumption will then have to be monitored as well.


Here are just a few tips:

1) Do not leave the hot water heater ON all day long.

If you do, this means that probably every two hours, the heater will be on using propane to heat up the water to the temperature level you set up.

Over 24 hours, your heater 12 times a day for about 10 minutes each time, for a total of 120 minutes, will use propane.

What you can do instead is to turn your heater on once a day to heat up your water, which will take about 20 to 30 minutes for an 8-10 gallon tank.

Doing it twice a day still reduce the use of propane from 120 to 60 minutes total.

2) You can set the heater temperature at a lower level.

This has the benefit of diminishing the amount of time needed to heat up the tank.

3) Install an insulation cover over the hot water tank.

Note that foam insulating tubes installed on all the hot water pipes would also make a huge difference, the water staying warm for a long period of time.

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