As a follow-up to our recent video on wintering in an RV, we found that connecting our rig to a large external propane tank was a little bit more involved than we expected.

If you’re planning to spend the winter in a cold climate, or simply want to avoid running out of propane while parked in one place for an extended period, we offer some useful information based on our recent experience.

We’re using our Extend-a-Stay (also known as a Stay-a-While or an Extend-a-Flow) to connect to a large external propane tank. There’s a fair amount to know about propane, and we are certainly not experts. But we do know more about it today than we did yesterday!

“Inch water column” (also referred to as ” WC or “inches of water”) is a unit of pressure measurement, commonly used for propane and other gases. RV appliances require about 11″ WC, which equals only about 0.4 PSI!

We’ve been RV snowbirds for 8 winters in a row, mostly in the Desert Southwest. This year, for the very first time, we’ll be spending the winter in the RV in a northern location.

Granted, the Lower Mainland of British Columbia isn’t exactly Manitoba when it comes to winter, but we’re far enough up in the mountains to get some freezing temperatures and snow here.

Luckily, Birgit & Greg, whose site we’re using, were nice enough to let us tap into their super-size external propane tank (we’ll be paying for the propane we use, of course).

There are lots of RVers who know way more than we do about RVing in REAL winter deep freeze conditions, but even here in the relatively moderate Fraser Valley, it’s plenty cold enough to use quite a bit of propane.


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