Gas bottle question

Discussion in 'Camping Australia' started by deepburn13, Dec 9, 2015.

  1. deepburn13

    deepburn13 Member

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    Hey guys,

    I'm about to hit the road with gas cooker and fridge hooked up for the 1st time. Sopru set up with seperate gas bottle compartment.

    Was wondering when/how often people turn off thier gas at the bottle. Seems a pain to get out of the car all of the time, unscrew the lid/door etc to turn it off at the bottle. I have 2 valves right behind the front passenger seat that turns off supply the cooker and fridge. Can I just turn those off when not using, or when driving?

    Interested to see what everyone else does. Cheers guys!
     
  2. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    How long are you not using?
     
  3. Kai

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    why would you even risk your life for a 10 second job....
     
  4. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    Even more important.

    why would you even risk your Kombi for a 10 second job....
     
  5. tomhic

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    deepburn?
     
  6. Weekender

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    Always turn it off.
     
  7. Tangles

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    I'd only turn it off at the times I didn't want the kombi to catch fire.

    Other than that, leave it on all the time.
     
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  8. deepburn13

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    "Interested to see what everyone else does."
     
  9. deepburn13

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    "Interested to see what everyone else does."
     
  10. deepburn13

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    Thank you.
     
  11. deepburn13

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    "I'm about to hit the road with gas cooker and fridge hooked up for the 1st time."
    No need for rudeness
     
  12. Mellow Yellow 74

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    Don't take it as rudeness, but think about it - if the valve is inside your kombi and the upstream hose leaks you have a highly explosive gas and air mixture waiting to find an ignition source. If you turn it off at the bottle it can't leak and even if it did it would disperse into the atmosphere.
     
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  13. Kai

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    Gas bottles can leak.
     
  14. syncro

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    That's why they live in a separate container that is vented to the outside the van if they were made after 1975.
     
  15. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

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    That is why you are supposed to change the bottle every 10 years.
     
  16. deepburn13

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    Thank you. I'd thought as much but was keen to hear others opinion. I always turn it off when I drive but also am interested to see what people think about leaving it on over night to run the fridge, and then have easy access to light the stove for the morning cuppa.

    I have read elsewhere that a carbon monoxide alarm is a good idea so I've put one of those in.
     
  17. peter1000

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    You could possibly retrofit a 12 v shutoff solenoid similar or same as the ones fitted to LPG systems ??
    Cheers
     
  18. cbus

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    Knowing Tangles it wasn't rude but would have been meant as a concise and to the point comment.
    Cuts thru the maybes, if's, buts. :)

    No harm on a CO alarm but one SHOULDNT be cooking or heating in an enclosed van regardless.

    The fridge presents an additional situation and it should be boxed in to some extent and vented at floor level as LPG/butane is heavier than air
    it also should be vented at the top to allow heat to escape and improve efficiency.

    Although most people don't bother, a CO alarm is cheap and good insurance in that situation.

    Most of the time you will find that you need window or pop top ventilation for comfortable sleeping anyway
     
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  19. deepburn13

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    That's a cool idea!
     
  20. deepburn13

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    Fair enough. And thank you for the info!
     

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