RV Propane System Maintenance in a Shop | Traveland RV

To make sure that you and your loved ones have a safe and comfortable time, you should be sure that all of your RV’s systems—and it’s LP propane system in particular—are working properly before going on any trips.

One of the most important parts of an RV is the liquefied petroleum (LP) propane system. Really, motorhomes and travel trailers wouldn’t be motorhomes or travel trailers without them as they provide warmth, as well as power to appliances.

Propane is a great choice for fueling RVs because it has a very low boiling point compared with other fuels. That means that it boils and turns into a vapor as soon as it’s released from its pressurized container, making it easy for your appliances to use it. With other fuels, a carburetor or other vaporizing device is necessary for usage.

An RV’s propane system is made of up four main components: the pressurized tank of propane, the propane regulator that controls the pressure of the propane as it leaves the tank and enters your system, the tubes that connect all of the components, and the appliances themselves that are the propane’s destination. Problems with any of these four components can be potentially dangerous for anyone inside your RV.

Important RV Propane System Safety Measures

The people that design RVs and other kinds of motorhomes are well aware of the advantages and potential dangers of propane. That’s why they’ve added features like overfill-prevention valves, thermal shut-offs, and excess-flow valves to protect you in case something goes wrong. To be absolutely sure that your system is working properly and safely, however, there are a few things you should do to maintain it:

  • Be aware of any strange odours. Propane itself is odourless. That’s why propane tanks usually have other, strange-smelling chemicals added to them. Strange odours let you know if there’s a leak.
  • Be sure your detectors are in working order. All RVs should have a fire, a carbon monoxide, and a propane detector in them. Be sure that your propane detector is near the bottom of your cabin, as propane is heavier than air and will accumulate near the ground.
  • Don’t ignore problems with your appliances. If the appliances that your propane powers aren’t working correctly, it may be a fuel issue. If your propane isn’t making it to your appliance, it may be leaking into your cabin.
  • Get your propane system checked regularly by a professional.
Your propane system isn’t something you want to take a risk with. It’s a complex and potentially dangerous system if not properly examined.
That’s why we at Traveland RV suggest that you have your RV and RV propane system inspected regularly by one of our service experts.