Propane is one of the most important resources you must manage while Airstreaming. Learn more about how the automatic propane regulators on Airstream travel trailers work, and how they can help ensure you don't end up out in the cold when your propane runs out.
Where is an Airstream's Automatic Propane Regulator Located?
All Airstream travel trailer models (with two propane tanks) are equipped with a two-stage automatic propane regulator. Used correctly, this type of regulator ensures a continuous flow of liquid propane (LP) gas when one LP bottle runs out. The automatic propane regulator can be found inside the aluminum bottle cover on the Airstream's hitch.
Regular Operation of the Automatic Propane Regulator
The automatic propane regulator on your Airstream travel trailer features a rotating knob with a notch and an indicator that can turn either red or green. When the notch is rotated toward a full, open propane tank, the indicator will turn green to show that propane is flowing through the regulator and into the Airstream's propane system. Note that it can take a few seconds for the indicator to switch as propane begins to flow through the system.
When one LP bottle runs out, rotate the knob toward the full propane tank and then open the tank to start the flow of propane.
How to Use the Automatic Propane Regulator to Ensure Continuous Propane Flow
If you are concerned about propane in one of your bottles running out overnight, you can open both propane bottles and leave them open overnight. When LP runs empty on one bottle, the automatic propane regulator will automatically begin drawing propane out of the second, full bottle. It is best practice to manually rotate the indicator knob over to the full tank at the first opportunity – otherwise, propane could leak back through the hoses if the empty bottle is removed.
IMPORTANT: Always ensure the empty LP bottle is closed and the indicator knob on the regulator is turned toward the full bottle before disconnecting an empty propane bottle.
Note that in order for the automatic propane regulator to function properly, both LP tanks must be open. If you are not concerned about running out of propane, it's best to leave the full tank in the closed position.
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