What You Should Know Before Transporting Propane Cylinders

Though we’ve published blogs regarding the transportation of propane before, it’s one of those topics that is crucial in the transportation business. If not done right, it can spell disaster. That said, when transporting propane cylinders in a correct manner, it is safe and trouble-free. But the correct manner in which to move something as volatile as propane must always be adhered to.

Because we care about our clientele and the general public, we’re going to remind you what’s involved in safely transporting propane cylinders. Below, you will see some of the highlights regarding the knowledge that any person or transportation company should have before they begin moving this type of cargo.

Carrying Propane Cylinders

Ideally, retailers of propane tanks should be filling their customers in on transportation safety practices. That doesn’t always happen. That is, of course, for the private industry. But what about fleets or companies the transport this type of cargo? Here are some general practices to keep in mind before driving away with a load of propane.

Private vehicles

In an SUV or a sedan, the number of propane cylinders being transported should be no more than four. A capacity of 45 pounds should apply to any single cylinder. Do not exceed 90 pounds in any enclosed private vehicle. In an upright, vertical position, secure all propane cylinders. In the back of an open trailer or pickup truck, up to 1000 pounds can be transported. Again, however, the cylinders must be in an upright, vertical position.

Milk crates are used by some individuals to transport propane cylinders. They keep the tanks in a vertical position and are sturdy. It’s also acceptable to secure propane tanks with a ratchet strap, twine, or rope as long as, at some point in the vehicle, a good anchor is available.

Commercial Transport

A propane tank holder and stabilizer should be used to safely secure propane cylinders. Around the cylinder, these tank holders fit snugly or – making them secure and safe – lock into the cylinder’s foot ring.

With the help of another person, large, 100-pound propane cylinders should be carefully loaded. Heavy lifting is required here! In an upright, vertical position, the tanks should be firmly secured. (This, despite the fact that the tanks may be in a horizontal position when being moved with cylinder forklifts.


Before filling a cylinder, perform a careful pre-fill inspection and be sure that you are, at all times, wearing personal protective gear. That goes for anyone tasked with the job of tank re-fills.

A thorough load inspection also applies to those transporting this kind of cargo, before hitting the road.

Mickey Genuine Parts Is Here for Your Transportation Needs

Though you may have transported propane cylinders privately or for a company at some point in time, you must always keep in mind how volatile the situation could be if safety precautions are not taken. Keep yourself and/or your fleet safe by moving this type of cargo appropriately.

No matter what you’re transporting, even in the case of propane cylinders, Mickey has the mode of transportation you need and the parts to keep things moving. But we go one step further – located throughout the United States, we have Mickey certified service centers to help keep your fleet going strong. We know that downtime takes a serious chunk out of your bottom line. Contact Mickey today if you need parts, service, or would like to check out one of our used trailers.

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