RV Propane Safety and Storage Tips

Checking Your Propane Before You Go

  • Check to make sure your propane is filled. You won't want to run out of propane in the middle of your trip. Use a Propane Gas Level Indicator if you're unsure exactly how much you have.
  • Make sure that there are no leaks in the RV propane tank or in your other portable tanks/hoses. A good way to check is by spraying a leak detection solution (like soapy water) or some other non-abrasive solutions that do not contain ammonia. If bubbles start to form, there might be a leak and you'll need to get your tank and/or extension replaced. U-Haul sells propane tanks, hoses, and more, in-store and online.  Also, do not forget to check to make sure that all your propane tanks are filled. 
  • Check extensions, connectors, and any other hoses to make sure that there are not any damages or kinks and that they are set up properly.
  • Check propane, carbon monoxide, and fire detectors to make sure that they are working. If a detector needs to be replaced, replace it before you leave. Do not forget to bring along a fire extinguisher (chemical B-C rated) as well.

Driving an RV with Propane

  • Secure portable propane cylinders in an upright position and ensure that it is properly ventilated. An EZGO® Propane Tank Holder and Stabilizer or a Tankfoot can be used to keep your propane tank upright. Do not store your propane near an entryway.
  • While traveling, turn off all propane supply valves, ignitions, and appliances.
  • Turn off the propane supply to your refrigerator and all other appliances. Food and beverages will stay cold for several hours. 
  • During refueling, have everyone exit the vehicle (including all pets) and make sure that all propane supply valves, ignitions, and appliances are turned off while refilling your propane or fuel. This step ensures that everyone will be safe in case there is a leak, spark, and/or accident while refueling. 
  • If you smell gas or a detector goes off while traveling, pull over to the closest safe location and exit the RV. 

Propane at a Campsite

  • Make sure your RV is properly ventilated while cooking. Do not use any cooking appliance for anything other than its intended use.
  • If you are using a Camp Chef Redwood Propane Fire Pit or other outdoor propane-powered devices make sure that it is set up in a secure flat location so your propane tank does not tip over.
  • Set up fireplaces and other sources of heat/power approximately 10ft away from your RV.
  • Propane has a very distinct smell. If you smell something like rotten eggs, a skunk's spray, or a dead animal, put out all smoking materials, lights, electrical devices, and other open flames/burners, exit the RV, and Call 911 immediately. Alert neighbors nearby in case a fire breaks out. 

Storing your RV

  • U-Haul has enclosed, covered, and uncovered RV parking available at locations across the U.S. and Canada. Find a location with RV storage near you
  • Open ventilation and shut off all propane valves and appliances.
  • Remove all portable cylinders and store them in an area that is well ventilated in an upright, secure position.
  • Have a technician check your propane system annually. 
  • If you are looking for more information on RV storage go to Tips on How to Store Your RV
  • For more information on propane and refill locations visit: RV Propane
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