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Pedata RV Center Publishes DIY LP Gas System Maintenance

  • LP Gas systems are by law located in an unlocked compartment for quick access to the shutoff valve.
  • After filling the tank, always make sure the cap is returned securely so no debris gets inside.
  • Make sure when filing with gas, you use the pressure release valve so that you can properly fill the tank. Tanks are usually filled to 80% to allow for expansion when outside temperatures fluctuate.
  • Familiarize yourself with the On/Off valve. If you are storing your RV, close the valve until you are ready to use the system again.
  • The LP regulator is usually located right next to the on and off valve. Once per year have the valve checked for leaks. The proper way to do it is check it with a monometer. The average person usually does not own a device like this. Alternatively, check for leaks by using a spray bottle with soapy water and spray all your connections. If you start to see bubbling that means that there is a leak.
  • Check the connections to all the appliances that use gas like the refrigerator, stove, and water heater. For example the refrigerator connection in the video sample is located in the compartment right above the LP Gas compartment. Spray the soapy water on the connections to see if there is any bubbling. If there is a leak on any connections you may want to tighten it or take your RV in for service.

The complete video can be found on www.pedatarvcenter.com. Look for the "RV Service" link in the left hand column and proceed to the RV Service Video Library. You will find other helpful videos covering such topics as RV tires, roofs, furnace, refrigeration, battery and more.

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