Three Tips To Prevent A Partially Full Propane Tank From Tumbling Around In Your Car

Posted on: 21 May 2015

Lugging a heavy propane tank that you got in a tank exchange into your car will probably be difficult because of its unfamiliar shape. Getting an exchange tank is also a problem because most vendors won't completely fill them up; this means that while the tank is heavy enough to be dangerous, its center of gravity is out of whack enough to cause it to tumble everywhere. To prevent your partially full propane tank from tumbling around in your car and damaging both itself and the floor of your trunk, follow these three tips.

Pack It In A Corner Of Your Trunk With Heavy Boxes

If your trunk is empty, your propane tank will be able to roll around with impunity. Make sure that there's at least a few full boxes or other heavy objects in your trunk when it's time to exchange an empty propane tank for a full one.

Once you get a partially full propane tank, you should ideally pack it in a corner and press all of your heavy boxes around it. This way, the tank will have almost no space to tumble and will have plenty of things to lean on.

Use Duct Tape To Tape The Tank To The Floor And Seats

Although packing a propane tank into a corner and flanking it with heavy boxes will certainly help the situation, there's still some risk of movement. Luckily, to significantly mitigate the risk of the tank crashing into and damaging a box during a sharp turn, all you have to do is tape it to the floor and seat in front of it with duct tape.

Despite how strong duct tape is, it's not a good idea to use only a couple of strips. Since duct tape is light enough to make added weight a negligible issue, you should be using all the duct tape that you can afford to spare.

Don't Set Anything Directly On The Tank

When you're positioning your propane tank in your trunk, the worst thing you can do is set something on top of it. Even if the object you put on the propane tank is relatively light, it'll almost certainly throw the tank off-balance and cause it to come crashing down while your car is in movement.

Any bump in the floor of your trunk created by a heavy propane tank will be difficult and expensive to repair. Additionally, if your propane tank scrapes the back of the seat it's next to very hard, you could wind up with a dangerous leak in the valve. To prevent both of these things from happening, take the act of transporting a propane tank seriously. To learn more contact someone like Graves (John) Propane of Arizona Inc.