One of the main systems that helps your RV function on all levels is your propane system. Without your propane, you lose most of the accessories that make your RV comfortable to use. But did you know that you have to keep your propane cylinders certified? If you are the owner of an older RV, then this is something that you need to check out to make sure that your propane system meets safety standards.
When you buy a new RV, you can go twelve years before having your cylinders certified. After the first twelve-year check, you need to have it certified every five years after that. Here’s some more information about propane certification from rvbasics.com:
If you have an older RV you should know that according to Federal law, DoT cylinders may only be used for 12 years after their manufacture date. After that, the cylinders must be “re-certified” which provides another five years of use. The cylinders can be re-certified every five years thereafter.Propane dispensers are legally required to look at the date stamped on the cylinder before filling it. Some dealers actually do look. We’ve been reminded a few times that our cylinders were about to expire. Check the date stamped on your cylinders… don’t rely on your rig’s model year even if the cylinders are original. It’s quite possible they are a year or older than your rig. Ours were.
Re-certification is usually done by the large bulk propane suppliers but we found one of our local RV repair shops was certified to do the job and they do it for free! Call around to see who may do it in your area.
Some other simple tips to follow as well:
Inspect your Propane Appliances
You should also have the tech check your fridge and any other propane appliances inside your RV.
Install Properly and Identify
You should have a way to identify the presence of a propane tank if your tank is hidden. ASME-identified tanks should be installed horizontally, and DOT-identified cylinders are installed vertically.
Replace Damaged Tanks
If you have a damaged tank, including dents and rust, or damage to a hose, you should replace your tank.
Since the late 1980s, tanks with capacities of 40 lbs. and less have a overfilling protection device, or OPD. If you have an older tank, have a OPD installed. Don’t fill your tank with the RV running, or with anyone in it, if you are filling the tank while still attached to the RV.
Detecting a Leak
If you think you have a leak or smell gas, everyone needs to get out of the RV quickly. Leave the door open to your RV and shut off the supply valve.
If you have any questions regarding your propane bottles/cylinders, please give your Central PA RV Dealer a call. You can reach the Lerch RV Service Department at 800-722-1236.
And if you are looking for that new travel trailer or fifth wheel, do not forget to give our Sales Team a call as well.
- A Checklist Before Hitting the Road (with your RV) (rvingiseasyatlerchrv.com)