How You Can Use Propane While Roadtripping
One of the best cures for cabin fever (and we’ve all got it right about now) is a good old fashioned road trip in your RV. If you want to squeeze out every last bit of comfort from your home on the road, make sure you’ve got plenty of propane gas on board.
Why choose propane for your motorhome or RV? Propane is:
Versatile – Propane can power your stove, keep you warm, heat your hot water, and even keep your refrigerator running.
Portable – Propane is compact and easy to transport, making it the perfect fuel for long trips.
Green – Propane will help you to ease your impact on the planet, protecting the incredible environments you might be driving through. Propane is a clean burning, non-toxic, lead-free fuel that isn’t harmful to soil or water.
Economical – Propane appliances can reach efficiencies well into the mid- to high-90 percent range, which means you will pay less to power them.
What propane containers do I need for an RV?
There are two types of propane container that are typically used in an RV: propane cylinders, which are portable, and propane tanks, which are usually stationary. While propane tanks come in various sizes, the two most commonly used sizes for RVs are 20lb or 30lb.
Propane safety in an RV
Propane is one of the safest energy sources around, but like any fuel, it’s important to know some propane safety basics to prevent or respond to an emergency in your RV. Here are a few propane safety tips to remember:
- Get your propane equipment maintained regularly by professionals.
- If you smell the rotten egg odor of propane in your RV, leave the vehicle and the area.
- Seek immediate medical attention if you are showing signs of CO poisoning.
- When using a propane stove or appliance, open a vent or window.
- Do not use your propane stove for space heating.
- Always transport propane containers in the upright position, with valves closed.
- Never use, store, or transport propane cylinders in the passenger/living area of your RV.
- Look for damage, signs of corrosion, or leaks in your propane tanks and cylinders; avoid using the tank if those signs are present.
- After you replace your propane cylinder, check connections for leaks.
- Remember: all propane cylinders must be inspected and re-qualified after 12 years of use (and every five years after the first inspection).
Need propane for your RV adventure? We’ve got it! Visit the Holden Oil Filling Station in Peabody where you can fill up your camper or RV propane tank or get grilling supplies and snacks for the journey.
Our propane refill station hours are:
Monday – Friday: 7am – 6pm
Saturday: 8am – 5pm
Sunday 1pm — 2pm