Please have a plummer check out your fridge if you use it on gas as we don't want to lose any of our members in this way
Besides having a smoke detector fitted in your Vintage/classic caravan (which I hope you have)......PLEASE also have a carbon monoxide detection alarm fitted to go with your fire ext and fire blanket you already have in your vintage/classic caravan I hope.......no Cobber that vintage bucket of water is not good....enough ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Franklin 1 .....Al you can use this article over in our sister forum Classic caravans if you like
When I had a repair & change to the gas plumbing in the rebuild of my Olympic, I had to completely seal around the fridge to prevent gas ingress to the van interior. The fridge compartment had to be ventilated thru the bottom & sides to the outside of the van.
After they did this & checked everything, the gas fitter gave me a certificate of compliance & fixed a plate to the drawbar. When I recently registerd the van, the inspector looked to see if I had a compliance plate.
Getting a bayonet connection outlet to the annex side, replacing the gas bottle connections, fitting a new regulator, & the testing cost just under $700.
But I dont believe anyone should have less than an approved setup if they use gas, & it should be checked to ensure the gas fitter is satisfied that it is safe, & comlies with current rules.
I would hate to wake up dead because of cutting costs or ignorance of the risks attached with using gas in a van.
Post by King Fisher on Oct 14, 2013 11:09:07 GMT 10
After a lot of arrmming and arrring I ended up with the conclusion that that "It's time to go.... Gas." I removed the gas totally from our van. I have never liked the use of gas in any confined spaces especially in a van. Just too dangerous as this article shows.
Post by webrake4bricabrac on Oct 22, 2013 8:19:54 GMT 10
I had a qualified gas fitter disconnect the gas lamp, install a pressure regulator and test the supply to the stove. I am confident that with some care, the system can be used safely. I have a fire blanket, extinguisher and close the valve on the bottle when not in use.
Post by shesgotthelook on Oct 22, 2013 9:06:44 GMT 10
I'm with you WBFBB. If installed & tested by a qualified tradesperson there should be no problems. I too turn off the gas when not in use, even in our modern van. Only catch is if you are running your fridge on gas, so have opted to not connect this option in the viscount. If we were to camp un-powered I would just use the trusty waeco, of course hidden in the car!
As for these constantly live powerpoints & vintage toasters & kettles, well that's another story.
This is the link to a gas detector which is available from Caravans Plus for $46 which is cheap for some peace of mind. I still use my original gas after checking it over for leaks etc and close the bottle when not in use. For the occasional times when I need to run the fridge on gas overnight we sleep with windows open and there is a gas detector installed between the beds, fire alarm and fire extinguisher mounted near the exit. caravansplus.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=6871