Hit the Road with Your RV and Propane

Date: May 6, 2019

Vacation with RV

Summer is just about here, which means it’s time to do some traveling!

If you’re using your RV for your summer travels, you have so many delightful possibilities. How about a trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Perhaps there is a big family reunion on your calendar? And there is always camping out near one of Tennessee’s beautiful lakes.

Whatever your summer plans in your RV, remember to pack the swimsuits, the sunscreen and, of course, the propane.

Propane and RVs go together like peas and carrots

One of the best things about vacationing in an RV is that you can take so many of the comforts of home with you. And propane helps with that. It heats hot water for your showers, powers your stove, and keeps your drinks cold by running the refrigerator. Propane also keeps you warm on chilly nights.

And that’s just the beginning!

When it comes to cooking, propane makes grilling up dinner a snap. And a propane outdoor fryer can not only fry up your catch of the day, it can boil a batch of corn on the cob.

What’s more, propane-powered heaters and mosquito traps make sure your campout is comfy.

Take advantage of propane’s mobility by bringing along a propane heater to keep you cozy when temperatures drop at night. Just be sure you use a model that’s been approved for camping use. Many propane camping heaters come equipped with an automatic-shut-off switch if the unit is tipped over or carbon monoxide is detected.

Propane can also help stop mosquitos from taking a bite out of summer fun in Tennessee – as can the smell of (mostly ineffective) mosquito repellant and chemical-laden candles and traps. A propane mosquito trap will keep those blood-sucking pests at bay without the harsh smells – or those awful zapping sounds.

Mobility matters

Propane tanks and cylinders are small and easy to store, which means there’s more room for beach balls and fishing gear. And with propane tank and cylinder providers all over the map, swapping for cylinder or refilling a tank is easy. Contact your local Tennessee propane provider to find out what type and size you need for your RV.

Here’s another big bonus. Did you know the propane appliances in your RV are super-efficient—up to the high-90 percentage range? That means it costs you less to power them. And that means a little extra money in your pocket. Side trip to Dollywood, anyone?

Reduce your impact on the beautiful places you’re visiting, because propane has much lower emissions than gasoline.

Make Camp Fires Easy

Many campers will be using an easy way to get their fire going this summer: a propane-powered fire bowl! Propane gas fire bowls ignite easily and don’t create dangerous embers, ashes or smoke. Pack one in your RV and the task of collecting firewood and then keeping it dry has all been left behind.

A lightweight fire bowl—matched with a portable propane tank of course—is easy to pack up with the rest of your essential camping gear. Besides providing ambience and warmth, certain models can also be used to grill your food as well.

For those non-campers who prefer to keep the home fires burning instead, you’ll enjoy a propane fire bowl as well. It’s safe to use on decks and at pool-side. A large one can be used as a centerpiece for your yard, or you can set up a series of small ones around the pool or at the entry of your home to wow your party guests. Many models have ignition systems that can be turned on and off with a smartphone or tablet.

Put safety first

Keep your vacation fun and avoid emergencies with these propane safety reminders as you enjoy your summer with propane and your RV.

  • Regularly have your propane equipment maintained by a professional propane technician
  • Always have at least one door or window open when you’re using a propane stove or appliance inside your RV
  • Never use your propane stove for space heating
  • Always transport your propane tanks and cylinders upright and with the valves closed
  • Never transport propane cylinders or tanks in the passenger or living areas of your RV
  • Carefully inspect your propane tanks and cylinders before using them: Look for damage, signs of corrosion or leaks and never use if any of those signs are observed
  • When connecting a replacement propane cylinder or tank, make sure to carefully check for leaks
  • Vacate your RV immediately if you smell the rotten-egg odor of propane inside it
  • Learn the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning and leave your RV immediately and seek medical attention if you or someone else in your RV is showing any of those signs

Enjoy the ride!

Make sure you’re ready for your summer RV trips. Contact your local Tennessee propane provider today for great advice and friendly assistance.