Skip LP Tank Confusion With an Automatic RV LP Switchover Valve

Premium Video Preview: Log in or become a member to get full access.
Duration: 1:46

Membership Options

Premium

Sign up for premium membership and get access to our best RV repair and maintenance videos. Learn new RV repair techniques and tips from friendly RV experts. Anytime. Anywhere.
Monthly $7.00
Annually $54.00

Gold

Upgrade to GOLD membership and get unlimited access to our entire library of premium RV repair and maintenance videos, receive discounts on DVDs, video downloads, and classes in the shop. In addition, you’ll receive nine video downloads, two full-length classes, downloadable guides, access to GOLD member LIVE events, and so much more!
Annually $105.00

Instead of installing one large tank for LP gas to run the appliances, many smaller RVs have a pair of smaller tanks for financial and safety reasons. The LP system in the rig uses the LP gas from one tank until it’s empty, and then switches over to use the tank on the other side. This system ensures that only one tank is live and feeding LP gas to the system at a time. It’s safer this way, and it guarantees that you have to only fill one tank at a time unless you’re unusually lax about it.

When one tank is completely empty, an RV propane tank switchover valve will close that tank and then open the full one, allowing the gas pressure in the line to stay at the recommended level. Premium systems do all the switching automatically for you, but more value priced systems require that you close off one tank and open the other one yourself.

In this video you’ll learn about automatic and manual RV propane tanks‘ switchover valve setups and the way they’re treated differently. You’ll find out about the gauges attached to the switchover valve that indicate the gas pressure in the lines. You’ll also see information about possible false readings in the indicator that are caused by LP in the system being used by one of the appliances inside. While viewing the usage of both types of switchover valves, you’ll see how the RV propane tank switchover valve that’s automatic can be the better choice for most RVers with dual tank systems.