1st time filling up Gaslow twin cylinders?

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  1. Dai Motorhome

    Dai Motorhome Read Only Funster

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    As the title say, about fill both cylinders for the first time.any particular things I have to watch out for/ take account of?:Smile:
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    David
     
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    Just follow the destructions and be aware that the level gauges are known to stick on first fill but will sort themselves out after a drive :thumb:
    http://www.gaslow.co.uk/pdf/Filling-Instructions-2012.pdf

    if you have an ASDA? usually under 65ppl
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    A can of gas leak detection spray is handy to carry to check the joints after filling

    A faulty hose not a loose nut
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    from the link above
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  3. Phill D

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    they recommend only a 3/4 fill first time to expel air from the cylinders and get the shut off level valves working.
    when you disconnect after fitting dont be surprised by the escape of gas at the nozzle, its normal & i am sure you know bottle taps should be closed.
     
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    There is a bit of a delay between pressing the button and gas being delivered. Hang in there! :Smile:
     
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    refillable gas

    Make sure both cylinders turned off. Take your time. There are normally instructions but if not, there will be someone in the garage who knows how to use it.
    When on the road, if you see a garage showing 3 prices on the large sign on the road, chances are they have gas and that is the 3rd price listed. Usually BP garages have gas.
    if you go abroad, I think there are 3 other fittings apart from the uk one.
    in Spain, you may need toi check before hand, I think you can Google lpg spain and there is a map which shows where a lot of the stations are.
    I'm sure its a decision that you will not regret :)
     
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    Once you've attached the filler you need to press and hold the button on the pump.
    Or do as I did, stand there like a plum for a while and then refit the filler several times before realising I needed to press the button on the pump which was behind me :Doh: :Doh::Doh:




    Cheers. Nige
     
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    not got refillable gas on MH but have had LPG cars for years

    All of above and I suggest a pair of rigger gloves, LPG is dangerously cold, the excess release when you disconnect can be significant and scary first few times

    David
     
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    if you havent had the pipework pressure tested with air first, only put about 10litres in at first and check all joints with a leak tester spray. if all is sound fill up to about 30litres so you dont trigger the auto shutoff. it may not work on first use anyway and will free off as you drive


    the above assumes you have 2x 11kg
     
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    Be careful that you press and hold the correct button. I pressed what I thought was the right one in France once, and after not getting any gas for a while, the bloke came out of his kiosk and told me I was pressing the emergency cut out button.:Doh:
     
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    Remember to ensure that the fridge is switched off, particularly if the filler point is close to the fridge vents ..... it's not good if the fridge tries to fire up as you remove the nozzle:Doh:
     
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    Aha! - our Pilote fridge (Dometic) doesn't even attempt to light the gas for 15 minutes after you turn the engine off.

    I cussed it quite a bit for not doing it, until I found out why. It's a jolly good safety feature, I thought.
     
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    Neither does our Thetford but I don't take it for granted ..... the time soon goes when you have problems like we did once when a non return valve stuck open so we had a huge gas cloud and a pool of lpg under the motorhome:Eeek:
     
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    I always switched off our 2 Alugas refillables when putting some in but the fitter at Autogas 2000 in Thirsk said it doesn't make the slightest of difference if you leave them open.

    Paul.
     
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    As others have said, if you get stuck just ask the staff for help.

    I filled our Alugas today for the first time since July/August last year and I had to think about what to do :BigGrin:
     
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    I was thinking about getting this gas-lo thingy, or whatever they call it, but it all sounds worryingly complicated. I can just see me blowing up the motorhome.

    I think I might just stick to good old Calor.
     
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    the best thing I ever done fitting the gas low system
    never run out of gas now and a lot cheaper than calor rip off gas:thumb:
     
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    It's a doddle but not worth the investment unless you have gas heating. However the other advantage is not having to lug bottles around when changing empties.
     
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    it really isnt complicated and absolutely no more difficult or dangerous than swapping an empty calor for a full one.
     
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    Yorkyman.. Do NOT be afraid of fitting a re-fillable gas system.. Its just the same sized bottles, but they are filled at a petrol station that sells LPG.. You just put the nozzle in, give it a quarter of a turn to lock it to the fill point ( that you get fitted to the skirt of the van ) and then just press the button on the LPG pump and it will deliver gas to your system until the bottle reaches 80% full and it automatically cuts off.. Untwist the filler nozzle from the van and go and pay for it !!! You can't overfill the system..!!. You DONT have to lug heavy bottles around..!!! And when / if you change vans, you just swap it over to the new van.!! I have just removed my system from "the old van" and re-fitted it to my "new van".. It took an hour start to finish... One more word of advice,, Have a look at the firm "GAS-IT" they
    are much cheaper than gaslow.. If payload is a problem, fit aluminium bottles from ALU-GAS.. Sorry to ramble on, but in my opinion its a no brainer !! PS. If you are a Europe traveller, then you need 3 little brass adapters that screw onto the filler point to adapt the filler point for the country you are in... Simples .....

    Good luck. Mitch.. :thumb:
     
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    Well just back from operation Gaslow - no real problem after 10 mins trying to get the nozzle to 'mate' with the lugs- but practice will make perfect!! I shall make sure to find the cheapest in the area next time, as in my case the closest was probably the most expensive!!:Smile:
    Thanks for all the advice - much appreciated!
    Dai
     
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