We have all been there. You are in the middle of your incredible RV adventure, you have been cooking and heating up water using a substantial amount of your RV’s propane supply.
While you may have started the trip with full propane tanks you it is possible have no real indication of how much propane you’ve used on your trip. At that point, you wish you had installed an RV propane tank level monitor.
When we first started RVing, this situation occurred many times especially when we were full-time RVers. Then, I wised up and installed a propane tank level monitor on our RV. With a variety of RV propane tank monitoring systems and gauges on the market, we have a list of the best of each type.
What Is A RV Propane Tank Monitor
A propane tank monitor is a device that is installed on your liquid propane tank either permanently or temporarily that uses either a mechanical or electronic means to validate your tank level.
Propane tank level monitors also include tank scales which are handheld devices that determine the remaining fuel capacity based on the weight of your tank versus its designed total fuel capacity.
With respect to electronic RV propane tank level monitors, they transmit tank level readings using a sonar-like signal sent through the tank from a remote sensor placed on the bottom of the tank then via BlueTooth the level reading is sent back to the person’s smartphone via an accompanying app.
Types of Propane Tank Monitors
Propane Tank Gauge
If you are looking for a simple, analog mechanical RV propane fuel gauge, which can accommodate tanks from 5 to 100 pounds of capacity, then check out the GASPRO Propane Tank Gauge Level Indicator.
We like many aspects of this type of tank level monitoring device such as:
- Solid brass construction
- Fuel level adjusts reading for ambient temperature
- Easy to install
- No electronic components that can fail
- Can be used on RVs, campers, propane fire pits, grills, etc.
- It fits both old and new style propane tanks
- Does not require you to remove the propane tanks to use effectively
Propane Tank Scale
A lesser known but an equally valid and simple solution for monitoring your RV’s propane tank levels is the Flame King Tank Digital Scale. This propane tank scale with a digital readout is usable for propane tanks from 5 pounds up to 40 pounds of capacity.
The tank scale is easy to use. Simply unhook and remove the propane tank from your RV, set it on level ground, then hook up the scale to the tank’s handle, and lift the tank so that it is hanging supported only by the tank scale. A digital reading will appear on the handle of the scale.
The only con of this type of system, unlike the others we are highlighting, is it does require you to completely remove your propane tanks from your camper or RV for an accurate reading.
Wireless Propane Tank Level Indicator
If you’re looking for a set-it and forget-it electronic RV propane tank level monitoring system, we suggest the AP Products 024-1002 Propane Tank Gas Level Indicator.
This BlueTooth enable remote, wireless tank level monitoring system incorporates a remote, magnetic sensor which is placed the bottom of each tank you plan to read plus an accompanying smartphone app that is available for either iOS or Android smartphones.
Simply place the monitor on the bottom of each tank you plan to monitor, download the application on your smartphone, sync the wireless monitors with the app, and let the fuel level monitoring begin. We have used this system on both of our RV’s each with different sized propane tanks; one with 30 pound tanks and the other with 20 pound tanks.
Magnetic Propane Tank Fuel Level Indicator
If you’re looking for a simple, no hassle and reusable RV propane tank level indicator then we suggest the magnetic Kona Propane Fuel Leave Indictors. With this type of system, there are no electronics involved, no smartphone apps to download, and no batteries to run out or deteriorate over time.
The magnetic fuel level indicator is easily removable and has a visible, color coded propane level read out. Once you place this monitor on your tanks, you wait approximately 10 minutes, then a valid level reading is available. This type of monitor works for both butane and propane tanks.