Even as RV design continues to improve and adapt, there still seems to be small lapses in design where you wonder “Why don’t they do it this way?”. One such head scratcher is the propane tank and cover that commonly appear on the front of travel trailers. The RV propane tank cover tends to be white or black (they are also made in beige, champagne, and bronze) and we have yet to see one that allows you to get a good feel for the level of propane left in the tank. In order to check the propane tanks, you would have to remove the cover to read the propane gauge or come up with another method using electronic monitoring. If that is not an option and if you don’t have a valve that tracks the fill level then you probably are left to just shake the bottle the old fashioned way.
RV Propane Tank Cover Mod
This simple mod from ADK Camper in the RV.net forums is the perfect solution. He owns a Fun Finder X 210WBS, but this can be used for any travel trailer with a propane tank cover. It is quite simple to do and should not take more than a few minutes to complete.
This RV propane tank cover modification requires just a small piece of acrylic-glass, some pop rivets, and a propane level gauge.
To get this modification working you will need to use hole saw to create a strategically placed hole for the viewport to the gauge on the propane tank. Then simply cut your acrylic-glass to the right size to seal off the hole and pop rivet it into place.
With any luck and the right positioning, you should be staring THROUGH your RV propane tank cover to see how much or how little propane you have for the rest of the trip.
Any advice for folks looking to keep tabs on their propane? If all else fails you could always style your propane tank like a LEGO head. If not, please share in the comments below!