Characteristics of the Propane Used in Your RV Propane Tanks

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It’s a clean fuel, it’s non-toxic, it’s colorless and it’s a lot cheaper than gasoline – not to mention it is arguably one of the most important and most talked about parts of RVing. Many of you will know by now that we are talking about Propane. In this informational RV video, learn about some of the unique characteristics and uses of the propane, or LP-gas, that we use in our RV propane tanks.

Propane and RV propane tanks are most common to use as a way to cook meals, but in most RVs today it can do much more! Do you need hot water, a refrigerator, and possibly some warm air to heat your RV? Propane can do it all! There are a few things that you may not know about Propane. For example, there is actually an odor added to propane in order to help us detect a propane leak inside of an RV or our appliances– it is naturally an odorless gas. Knowing and recognizing this rotten egg-like smell is important to ensure your safety when using propane.

Learn more about this and several other interesting facts about the propane used in our RV propane tanks in this educational RV video.

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2 Responses to “Characteristics of the Propane Used in Your RV Propane Tanks”
  1. Rick Noll

    Your math is in error in the Characteristics of propane video. You make the error both in writing and verbally. You state that propane weighs 4.2 lbs and therefore there are 4.76 lbs of propane in the 20 lb tank. In fact there should be 20 lbs of propane in a 20 lb tank which is 4.76 gallons.

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi Rick.
      Thanks for visiting the RV Repair Club site and for catching the error in the Propane video. I believe I had a “cheat sheet” taped off camera with the figures and must have inadvertently labeled the 4.76 as lbs instead of gallons. To be specific, a 20 lb cylinder should only hold 80% with an OPD valve, which would only be 16 lbs. Divide that by 4.2 lbs per gallon and there should only be 3.8 gallons in a 20 lb cylinder. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, we will correct it immediately.

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