When we first moved in to our tiny house there were a number of things I was uncertain of. One of these was the entire propane system. Truth be told it was my brother-in-law that basically ran the tubing for the LP system. I assisted at best. And because I had not had a camper or anything prior to the tiny house that used a built-in propane system I was unsure how it all worked. In fact I had never heard of an automatic propane changeover valve and never really learned. We chose to just get a larger propane tank and run all of our systems from one propane tank. It wasn’t until we moved into our travel trailer that I was confronted with two LP tanks. And there it was!

Propane Tanks

Situated between the left tank and the right tank was a sort of valve lock with a shutoff valve looking device. It was an automatic propane changeover valve and at the time it might as well have been a flux capacitor to me. I was clueless. Fast forward several months.

We were just outside Chattanooga, TN when our first real cold night came upon us. After having camped and cooked and ran hot water for several weeks our LP tank was ready to give out. And as fate would have it, it did. That night. In cotton boxer shorts and a (stained, nonetheless) white, wife beater tank I grabbed my mag light and headed out at almost 3am to get the tanks changed over and the furnace firing right again. Whilst making the switch on this regulator thingee I decided then and there I was going to learn how this travel trailer worked and why I was having to freeze through my skivvies that early morn.

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