By Chuck Woodbury
We get questions like this at RVtravel.com every day. In most cases we advise the person to type the question into Google, which usually provides an answer.
“Does the propane tank have to be empty before refilling?” Alas, basic questions like this are everywhere, and we need to answer them sometimes. When we do, we will get letters from veteran RVers who complain to us — sometimes angrily — about why we waste their time posting something “that everybody knows already.” Our reply: Not everyone has been RVing for 20 years (or more), and part of our mission is to provide education about RVing to those who need it. Yet, sometimes, you have to wonder why someone who owns an RV doesn’t invest some time learning the proper way to operate it, which includes using its systems.
This is why we are so happy to have our RV electricity expert Mike Sokol onboard. Electricity can kill if misused, and an RVer who doesn’t learn what to do and what not to do could kill himself or others. It happens.
This question about filling a propane tank is not so unusual to us. It’s par for the course.
A friend of mine sent me this post about propane, amazed at how many RVers’ lack of knowledge is so common.
“What if you added screen shots of these stupid comments to one of your newsletters with a response to each question? Comments like this only happen when the RVer does not do their homework by reading their manuals or seek out training on YouTube or other social media platforms before asking the question.
“Or — and this is more likely the culprit — the dealer or third party person that sold the unit was only interested on one thing, the check, and not interested in conducting proper training and education to assure they are creating a happy camper.”
There are millions of RVers on the road. At RVtravel.com we only reach a fraction of them. Most know what they are doing, but far too many do not, and they can pose a danger to others. Imagine an RVer so uneducated that he or she sends their generator exhaust into a neighbor’s bedroom window in a packed campground? This happens and it can prove deadly.
Ever see a video about an RV that exploded, sending flames high into sky, but more significantly into the bedroom window of the RV squeezed next door? It happens.
This is why we publish RVtravel.com. RVing can be great, but like a loaded weapon in the hands of the wrong person, it can not only harm them, but others as well.
And, no, the propane tank does not need to be empty. But you knew that, didn’t you?