March 27, 2018

The Importance Of A Propane System Leak Test

Propane GasOne of the most important parts of anyone’s RV is the liquefied petroleum (LP) propane system. Really, motorhomes or RVs wouldn’t be motorhomes or RVs without them as they usually provide warmth and power your 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 would be necessary).

If everything is going well, we tend to take things like consistent and safe power for granted. 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 its LP propane system in particular—are working properly before going on any trips. Your 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 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.

What are some safety measures I should know about?

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 Happy Trails RV Inc. suggest that you bring your motorhomes and RVs in to be inspected by one of our experts regularly. Contact us today to find out more about your propane system and how you can enjoy the freedom of your motorhome or RV safely.