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Transporting Propane Tanks

Know how to safely get your propane cylinder from the retailer, to your home, to your next adventure.

Best Ways to Transport your Propane Tank

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Truck Bed or Trailer

If you’re driving a pickup truck or have a trailer attached to your vehicle, make sure you carefully secure your portable propane tank with bungee cord or rope. You want to make sure the tank stays upright during the drive, and prevent it from sliding or bouncing around.

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Rear Seat

Wedge your propane tank tightly between the front seat and the back seat. Make sure the tank is upright and firmly secured, so it doesn’t fall over or become dislodged during the drive. For extra security, a bungee cord or rope can keep it in place.

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If you are transporting your propane tank in the trunk of your vehicle, you’ll need some support to make sure it stays upright on its way to your destination. A pre-made stand will work well for this, but something with high sides—like a milk crate—should work, too.

Person holding an AmeriGas propane tank.

Propane Tank Transportation-Safety Tips

  • NEVER keep a filled propane cylinder inside a hot vehicle.
  • ALWAYS transport a cylinder in a secure, upright position so it will not fall, shift, or roll when you’re driving. It is dangerous to travel with a tank on its side, so it's extremely important to keep the propane tank in a vertical position during transport.
  • ALWAYS place the cylinder in a well-ventilated area of the vehicle.
  • ALWAYS close the cylinder valve. Seal it with a plug if required—even if the cylinder is empty. If you’re not sure if your tank requires a plug, you can always ask at your AmeriGas refill or exchange location.
  • ALWAYS proceed right to your destination and once you arrive, remove the cylinder from your vehicle right away.

Learn more about Proper Propane Tank Use

Stay Safe when you're using Propane

Whether you're using propane for your grill, patio heater, camping stove, or in your home, it's important to understand the safety precautions that will keep your family, home, and belongings out of harm's way.