How much propane do I need?

Propane Blog 1

Short answer is, it depends! When speaking with our resident Torklift RV expert Darrel, he said, “the most important thing is to make sure you fill them up before you go!” In an RV or trailer, the furnace is the biggest consumer of propane; with the oven coming in second depending on how much cooking you plan on doing. Another factor to consider is the length of your trip, is it going to be long or a quick trip? You may need to shower which also requires propane for the water heater. Trying to determine how much propane you’re going to use varies with every scenario, so we’ll take you through a few to help give you an idea.

California vs. Alaska

Planning a trip to California or Alaska? Let’s say you’re planning a series of vacations and the first trip is going to be California during the month of August. In this situation, you are going to have warm weather and will probably only need propane if you are going to cook or grill. Essentially, using very little to none. Where is your next trip? How about Alaska in November? For these kinds of conditions, you’ll need more propane because you will likely be using your furnace, needing warm water for showers and propane for cooking as well.

How much does propane cost?

Propane Blog 2Before you can purchase the actual propane gas, you’ll need an LP tank to hold it in, and prices vary between brands. For example, an empty Bernzomatic 20-pound tank starts at $32.97 and another brand is Worthington Pro Grade which is an 11-pound tank that starts at $56.97. After you’ve purchased the tanks, you need to fill the tank with propane. Just like the different brands of tanks, propane prices vary as well. Mostly it will depend on how big your tank is and how much gas you’ll need to fill it up, which can run you anywhere from $15 to $30. Also, if you have two tanks you’ll need to multiply your cost by two. Two tanks is a clever idea for the many situations that can arise while camping and as a backup if you use all the propane from the first tank.

Another cost to consider is the unthinkable – what if your tanks get stolen? While it’s an unfortunate occurrence, it’s not uncommon. You have just returned from your hike and both of your propane tanks are missing, the lines on your RV have been cut and now you have to pay $500 for the repair and replacement costs. With propane tank theft on the rise, what can you do to prevent this?

The Fortress GasLock

Propane Blog 3Torklift has designed a product that can safely secure your propane tanks called the Fortress GasLock. This is an investment that protects your investment.

It requires no tools and only takes seconds to install. The Fortress GasLock works with most common threaded rods (fits available for 3/8” and ½” size applications), and is designed for dual tank usage. Constructed out of military grade aluminum with a high impact powder coat, this is the only lock available that is specifically designed for RV propane tanks in the industry. There is also an Airstream version available if you have one of those iconic trailers.  

Further features of the Fortress GasLock include:

• Avoid typical propane tank theft repairs exceeding $500
• Allows tanks to be quickly locked when mounted to trailers, towables and RVs
• Does not interfere with LP tank valves and can be filled while locked
• No tools, no modifications, installs in seconds
• Affordable investment
• Designed for dual tanks
• High impact powder coated military grade aluminum
• Fits available for all applications
• Only lock available for propane tanks in the industry
• Proudly made in the USA   

Kit includes:

• One GasLock assembly
• Lock and keys
• Theft deterrent decal 

For more information on the Fortress GasLock contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit our website


 shyannWritten by Shyann Guerra:
Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. When I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content. 


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Protect RV LP tanks with Fortress GasLock

Keep your valuables protected

lock-iconWhile traveling on vacation, we shouldn’t have to worry about the security of our propane tanks. Propane tanks are an essential part of RVs; they heat our RVs, allow us to cook our food or keep food cool, and power many other amenities. To ensure that we are getting the most out of our road trip or camping getaway, we need to know that our propane tanks are secure and safe.

lock-for-lp-tanksForum user installed Fortress GasLock on Airstream trailer
Unfortunately, there are people out there who feel they can take what does not belong to them. When thieves steal or tamper with your propane, it not only costs money to replace the propane, they can also inflict damage to your equipment. It is both expensive and a hassle to repair any damages inflicted upon your tanks and trailer.

Put your mind at ease
Torklift International has the solution with the Fortress GasLock. This lock is a part of Torklift International’s line of security products. It is constructed from military grade aluminum and is proudly made in the USA. This propane tank lock secures tanks when mounted to trailers, towables, and RVs. It is the only lock available for propane tanks in the industry and now works with all Airstream trailers. This product will allow you to enjoy your travels comfortably while assured of your propane tank’s safety.

robertsunrus-reviewForum user RobertSunRus uses the
LP tank lock to protect propane tanks
On popular Airstream forum, user ‘RobertSunRus’ installed the Fortress GasLock for Airstream on his travel trailer. Since the LP tanks and shiny tank container are very expensive to replace, the Fortress GasLock serves as an ideal theft deterrent.

“It’s nice, well-made and looks good too,” said user RobertSunRus.

Click here to learn more about his experience.

Not only is it effective, it’s easy to install
For your convenience, Torklift International makes the installation of the Fortress GasLock quick and easy. The simple and effective design of the Fortress GasLock means that the install requires no tools or modifications to your tanks or trailers. The Fortress GasLock kit includes one GasLock assembly, one lock with two keys, and theft deterrent sticker.


Fortress GasLock, LP tank lock

Fortress GasLock Features: tank-lock-with-keysLock for propane tanks

  1. Allows tanks to be securely locked when mounted to trailers, towables and RVs
  2. Only lock available for propane tanks in the industry
  3. Now available for all Airstream trailers
  4. No tools, no modifications, installs in seconds
  5. Affordable investment
  6. Fits 3/8” and 1/2” threaded rods
  7. High impact military grade aluminum
  8. Proudly made in the USA 

To install simply follow these steps:

  1. Remove handle from threaded rod between tanks
  2. Place GasLock U-bracket over rod so tab with hole faces front of trailer
  3. Install lock handle over threaded rod and tighten, then line up handle with locking hole in bracket
  4. Insert pin lock through handle and U-bracket to secure

The Fortress GasLock is a great investment to make to prevent damage and expenses from theft and tampering. Satisfied customer Lauren Jensen says, “I feel a lot safer about my expensive camping equipment since using PowerArmor and Fortress GasLock. They give me peace of mind.” Torklift International values its customers and has developed this line of security products all backed by our legendary lifetime warranty to help ensure the safety of your valued property.

Click here to learn more about the Fortress GasLock or browse other RV security products at

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