Since the majority of RVs do not have propane gauges, I recently had to research a wide variety of different gauges. And if your RV’s refrigerator runs on propane, running out during a trip can have dire consequences for your food safety if you don’t have enough battery power to run it until you can get the tank filled.
There are some different options for propane gauges that you might want to consider for RVs and camping, particularly the feature that shows the levels based on the outside temperature. If it is a gauge for a home BBQ, it is easy to lift the tank to see how heavy (or not) it is. But because propane tanks are secured onto an RV, it isn’t as easy to do the quick lift test. So I prefer the gauges with different levels depending on the outside temperature.
There are not any reliable digital propane gauges yet unfortunately. There are some stickers that affix to the side of a propane tank as well, but they are also notoriously unreliable, not something you want to discover is wrong when in the middle of boondocking in your RV somewhere.
Camco Propane Gauge with Leak Detector
Camco is an RV brand standard, so this gauge is nearly as popular as the Flame King one, and is much easier to find in stock. It is a much more budget friendly option as well.
On the gauge it includes markings for levels depending on the outside temperature, as the temperature outside can impact the reliability of any gauge. I prefer this one, as it is one of the only ones that takes into account the outside temperature… something that might not be as crucial for a home BBQ, but something much more important when it is powering an RV refrigerator!
It also has leak protection, adding an additional layer of safety for this valve.
After installing this one, you need to begin the propane flow before it will begin registering the propane levels properly.
- Type 1 connection for gas grills, RVs and boats
SHINESTAR Propane Tank Gauge With Temperature Settings
This is another popular propane gauge. Like the Camco version, this one also takes into account different temperatures outside in order to get the most accurate propane levels in the tank.
- It works with a QCC1 / type1 connection and 5-40lb propane tanks
DOZYANT Propane Tank Gauge Level Detector
The Dozyant gauge is a popular gauge but it can be hard to find in stock due to that popularity. It is easy to attach and is usable for propane tanks up to 40 lbs in size. The gauge is easy to read and can be installed easily without any special tools.
This doesn’t take into account outdoor temperatures though.
The only caveat is you need to ensure there is enough room to install this, depending on where the propane is on your RV or trailer.
- Compatible with all appliances with a QCC1 / type1 connection and up...
Camplux Propane Tank Leak Detector Gauge
Another gauge with built in propane detector. This follows the industry standard with levels and leak detection.
- Long lasting high quality material provides secure, air-tight...