Camping With Propane: What You Should Know

We could all use a little escape right about now, and camping is not only a great way to get back in touch with nature, but offer some much needed relaxation. Whether you’re pitching a tent, going fishing, or gathering the family in an RV, propane is an ideal energy source on camping trips because of its portability, safety, and versatility. Here’s what you need to know before you head out on your great adventure.

Plan Ahead

Planning out your activities before you head out will help you determine how much propane to bring and what propane-powered devices to bring along. For example, larger 20 lb. tanks are better for cooking, while the smaller 1 lb. tanks are better to power lanterns and other devices that don't require as much propane.

Check Your Fuel Gauge

Always check your fuel gauge so you know how much propane is in your tank and you don’t put yourself in a difficult situation on the road. If you’re running low, make sure to stop at one of our Nelson Propane filling stations before heading out to the great outdoors.

Not All Camp Stoves Are Created Equal

As experienced campers know, there are several different types of propane-powered camping stoves based on your needs. The best stove for brewing a cup of coffee in the morning might not be the same one you want to bring to feed a hot meal to a family of four.

However, all propane-powered camp stoves offer an easy to use clean burning source of fuel, lighting instantly, and providing consistent heat. Unlike charcoal grills, which are messy and leave ash behind.

For The Reluctant Camper

Not into roughing it? No problem! No need to sacrifice the comforts of home in an RV. Whether it's a trailer, camper, or motor home the propane system in an RV provides heat and hot water, as well as power for the stove and refrigerator.

Safety First

Always remember that propane tanks need to be stored upright so secure them in a standing position. Don’t just toss them in the back of your truck and go. Your propane tanks should be secured on the outside of your RV, truck, or trailer and never indoors. Invest in a proper storage solution for safety during your travels, so that they keep cool in a shady spot and not left out in the sun where the propane gas can expand.

Wherever the great outdoors takes you this summer, Nelson Propane will be here for all your propane needs. Happy Camping ya’ll!

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