On the road again: Keeping your RV safe

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Summer is almost here and many British Columbians are gearing up for family road trips in their recreational vehicles (RVs), including campers, trailers and motor homes. Technical Safety BC would like to remind RV owners to have their propane equipment checked and maintained at least once every two years and every time an RV is transferred to a new owner.

Buying a used RV?

If you are buying a used RV from a dealer or from a private seller, be sure to always look for a Technical Safety BC (or BC Safety Authority) decal confirming that the vehicle’s propane system has recently been safety checked. The decal is installed only after a comprehensive propane system safety inspection has been done and necessary repairs made by a certified Recreation Vehicle Installation and Service technician. A completed Technical Safety BC Propane System Re-Certification Checklist should always be available with the vehicle and include a record of the safety inspection.

Is it certified?

RVs in British Columbia must bear certification from a certification agency recognized by the Standards Council of Canada. RVs are a regulated product and as such cannot be altered if this alteration results in the product no longer meeting the requirement of the regulations or applicable standard. RVs imported into BC may not bear a valid certification for Canada

All dealers are required by the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority of British Columbia (VSA) to ensure that vehicles are safe before being sold. This includes propane systems in used RVs. Many VSA dealers and Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of BC (RVDA of BC) members have an operating permit from Technical Safety BC to install and inspect propane products, and have staff with current Recreation Vehicle Installation and Service Certificate of Qualifications. Read our Information Bulletin: Gas Safety Certification of Recreational Vehicles.

Planning an Extended Stay?

Are you planning to hook up your RV to a larger external propane tank for an extended stay? Be sure to follow these important instructions:

  • The work shall be done under the appropriate installation permit by a qualified individual working for a licensed gas contractor.
  • The installation shall comply with the B149.1 and B149.2 code requirements as applicable.
  • RV-mounted containers are to be capped or plugged to prevent accidental release of propane, or entry of debris into container outlets.
  • If the external propane supply is removed, the system is to be reconfigured to the Z240 standard and tested for integrity by a qualified gasfitter.

For more information, see our Gas Directive D-GA 2012-02 Rev 02: Requirements for Connection of Fuel Supply to Mobile and Manufactured Housing and Recreational Vehicles.

If you have any questions, contact your local gas safety officer or call us at 1 866 566 7233 and we will have a gas safety officer get in touch with you.

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