Of all the many virtues of propane, one of the best is mobility.
Think of it. With most other sources of heat and energy, you have to be connected to “the grid.” The hookups, for the most part, are fixed. Appliances need to be near an existing gas line or outlet. And if the neighborhood power goes out or gas lines suffer emergency shutout, you’re stuck.
On the other hand, propane gives you a lot more flexibility—especially if you’re looking to live life on the move.
If you’re looking to go on a long-term adventure, satisfy your wanderlust, or just totally simplify your life, there’s no better companion than propane for your heating and energy needs.
Whether you’re planning to spend all summer RVing—or join the growing number of Americans downsizing to tiny home living full time—propane will get you there.
Propane for Camping
If you’re taking a tent or small camper out for a week or two of roughin’ it, propane camping appliances can offer some of the comforts of home—or at the very least, a little bit of standby security if you need it—even if the accommodations are thoroughly rustic.
A small propane camping heater, for example, will heat up your tent or camper quickly in case the mercury drops lower than expected. Make sure you select a model that’s approved for camping use, of course. Many come with additional safety features, such as auto-shut-off if the unit is tipped or detects carbon monoxide.
A propane camp stove or grill also offers a quick and reliable way to cook your food, especially when resources or inclement weather make building a fire impractical or impossible.
Propane for RVing
Propane is easily the most versatile, dependable, and high performing fuel for a motorhome, a tiny house, or any wheeled vehicle or structure designed for long-term living.
We’re not just talking about heating and cooking here. Propane is very commonly used to provide the hot water for taking your showers and doing the dishes, as well as power other appliances like refrigerators.
Of course, many RVs are mainly designed to be powered via electricity from a hookup at a campsite or RV park. But that doesn’t mean you have to be tethered to purpose-built spots! Most if not all of your essential appliances can and do run on propane (or can be converted to do so) even when you decide to do some “dry camping” and park somewhere without access to conveniences.
Propane is cheaper than gasoline and burns extremely cleanly and efficiently. That makes it a great choice for those concerned about their environmental impact. And because tanks are portable (and it’s fairly easy to find a local provider for a refill or replacement) it means you can enjoy quick heat, light, and cooking even if you’re way, way, way off the grid. Most small towns will have a place where you can refill—and often you can simply stop by a gas station or home improvement store when you’re on the road.
One quick safety tip to keep in mind, though—don’t use propane while you’re driving. Only once you’re safely parked and ready to kick back.
Propane for Tiny Houses
Tiny houses take the idea of “motorhome” to the next level. These living units are meant to be full-time living accommodations for individuals who are looking to streamline and downsize, live simply and economically, and avoid getting tied down.
Tiny homes average around 150-350 square feet, and although some are built on permanent foundations, most are built on top of trailers so that they can be transported to new locations as necessary.
Tiny houses are generally less mobile than your standard RV—they can be moved if need be, but you probably don’t want to be taking regular road trips with them. However, they also tend to be better designed and optimized for comfortable, self-sufficient, full-time living: running water and plumping, modern appliances,
They’re not for everyone, obviously. But for people who want to simplify their lifestyle, reduce their financial obligations, and increase their flexibility, they make sense—either as a permanent residence or even as a summer cottage.
As with RVs and campers, most tiny houses use propane for, at the bare minimum, heating and cooking. But since tiny houses tend to be a little more semi-permanent in terms of location, it can be very practical to use propane for much more—potentially even as a sole power source. Generator, refrigerator, dryer, outdoor light, the works.
We’ve said it already, but we’ll make the point again. Propane gives you the flexibility, the mobility, and affordability to live life comfortably on your own terms.
Want to learn more about how propane can help you power your next adventure? Contact your local propane company today.