Four Of The Most Common (And Costly) Mistakes Made When Towing Propane

Whether you're in the business of towing propane or simply need it for a work site, physically towing it from one location to another can be a difficult experience. A good, durable propane trailer will make your job much easier -- but there are still a few common mistakes you should watch out for.

1. Calculating the Towing Capacity Incorrectly

When you're towing your own propane, you need to calculate the maximum amount of load that your vehicle can handle in addition to any relevant attachments. Make sure that you calculate the weight of the trailer in addition to the propane tank itself -- otherwise you could find yourself in a potentially dangerous situation. When you're towing heavier loads, you should leave yourself some room for error.

2. Not Giving Yourself a Wide Enough Turning Radius

If you've never hauled propane before, you may not be used to the sheer length of many propane tank transports. Even smaller trailers may move in unanticipated ways. You need to give yourself room to maneuver or you could end up overturning -- a situation which is incredibly dangerous when you're carting a flammable liquid. Remember that the propane trailer itself will have its own momentum, so it will turn more slowly than your vehicle. 

3. Braking Too Quickly

This is more dangerous when you are hauling a tank that is not completely full. Liquids have their own mass and momentum. When you brake quickly in a vehicle that is carrying liquids, the liquids will shift. This could have unanticipated results -- while it probably won't be enough to send you careening into traffic, it may be enough to get you to tap the car directly in front of you. 

4. Not Testing and Maintaining the Attachments

Propane trailers connect through a series of attachments, including winches -- either electronic or manual. Before you begin hauling anything, you should thoroughly test out these parts. A malfunctioning attachment could release the propane tank while you are hauling it, and it could happen at any time. This is especially true if the attachments have not been used for some time. 

When in doubt, ask the propane company whether your towing setup looks as though it is safe. Propane is actually less hazardous than it may at first seem -- a lot of work has gone into rendering it as safe as possible. But it can still become incredibly dangerous during a spill or other hazard. To find out more, speak with someone about Calgary pressurized gas trucks.