USI RV Park can fill your propane bottles, tanks, motorhomes and RV cylinders.
Propane and propane bottle facts
The most common type of LP Gas container is the propane cylinder, commonly known as a bottle. Cylinders range widely in size and use. Propane bottles and tanks fuel your backyard barbecue and are an important part of an RV. They're used to fuel your stove, furnace, and other heating systems.
All propane bottles, up to and including 40lbs., are subject to recertification ten years from their date of manufacture and every five years after that. For example, a cylinder manufactured in April of 2000 will have to be recertified before April of 2010, meaning if you take your bottle to the propane company in April of 2010 to be refilled it will have to be requalified by authorized personnel before it can be filled. The manufacture and/or recertification dates must be stamped into the bottle collar or a certificate of inspection must be affixed to the bottle.
Visual Cylinder Inspection
All cylinders will undergo a simple visual inspection by a certified USI RV Park professional prior to being filled. This exterior inspection is performed on all bottles regardless of size or type. The bottle filler is looking for the following things:
- Damage to the exterior of the cylinder including dents, bulges or cracks on the container's surface
- Excessive rust or pitting on the cylinder, particularly on the bottom of the bottle
- Absence and condition of a cylinder foot ring, cylinder collar, or valve cover
- The date the cylinder was manufactured or last recertified stamped in the collar
- Required cylinder markings and readability
- OPD valve (if required)
If the bottle filler is unable to fill the bottle because it fails the visual inspection, it is strictly for safety, regulatory compliance and in the consumers best interest. Remember that we strive to make the customer happy and don't like turning customers away. We carry all sorts of propane bottles and accessories for sale in the convenience store.
You should have your RV propane system inspected regularly by a dealer or by a licensed propane gas supplier. They'll check the system for leaks and for proper regulator settings, inspect the valves and fittings and certify that tanks are free from rust and dents. Any damaged equipment should be replaced immediately.
You should also inspect the various propane-operated appliances in your RV, including your refrigerator, stove, furnace, lanterns and other devices. Be sure that the supply lines connecting these appliances to propane tanks are the correct length and properly installed, with no supply lines rubbing against sharp edges or corners.
You should properly install a Propane Leak Detector based on manufacturer instructions and check it regularly. Propane is heavier than air, so make sure your leak detector is installed properly near the floor of the RV. If you suspect your RV's propane detector isn't working properly, replace it with a new one immediately.
One of the most common hazards with propane is overfilled tanks. Fortunately, all small propane cylinders (up to 40-lb. capacity) manufactured after September 1998 are equipped with an overfilling protection device (OPD). Propane tanks equipped with an OPD are designed to be filled only to a certain level, which allows the fuel to expand into the vapor space as the temperature rises. Tanks filled beyond this level may leak excess pressure through the tank's relief valve or propane liquid could enter the piping system, resulting in higher than normal pressure to appliances. Both scenarios present a hazard.
When refilling onboard RV propane cylinders, you must turn off the RV engine, all appliances, and electronic re-igniters. Also, everyone must vacate the RV during refueling.