Gas on or off?

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  1. Caztur

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    Not sure if this has been discussed before - a search for "gas on or off" doesn't work as all words less than 3 letters!

    Anyway, as an ex-caravanner I have always made sure that the gas is off at the bottle when travelling but I have noticed that some motorhomers and campervaners don't seem to go near their gas lockers when arriving or departing even if they aren't on EHU, also I think I read someone on here say they keep it on all the while.

    So what's the verdict? Would turning it off at the taps in the van suffice?

    My own feeling is that for safety it should be off at the bottle but what do others do?
     
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    GAS OFF:Laughing:
     
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    Agreed....gas always off when travelling.
     
  4. BreweryDave

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    Never touch it - always on.
     
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    on :Smile:
     
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    There are regulators with "G" sensors that turn the gas off if you have a collision.
     
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    Mine's always off.
     
  8. Southampton

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    Leave mine on, van fitted with Secumotion which turns it off in event of collision.
     
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    Mine's always off. I've no experience of Secumotion but would probably still turn it off. However remote the risk it's one less and turning on/off takes very little time.

    When we had Alugas fitted we were told to turn it off before refilling so that's anther good reason.

    It also ensures we don't leave any gas appliances turned on when driving :Smile:
     
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    Always on, how could Pat brew up with the gas off :RollEyes:
     
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    We have Secumotion on our MH, but I still prefer to switch the gas off when we're traveling.
     
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    I am in the always on brigade except when re-filling the Gaslows, oh and travelling on the chunnel
     
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    Gas

    On for me.
     
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    gas on or off

    Below is a extract from the truma website regarding the Secumotion Regulator :-
    MonoControl CS is a safety gas pressure regulation system for
    caravans and motor homes. The gas pressure regulation system
    provides an even output pressure of 30 mbar or 50 mbar
    (depending on the variant) with a permissible admission pressure
    of 0.3 – 16 bar.
    A high-pressure hose with hose rupture protection (HRP) is
    essential for connecting the gas cylinder to the gas pressure
    regulation system. Truma provides the necessary high-pressure
    hoses with the most commonly-used connection variants
    for European gas cylinders.

    In the event of an accident with deceleration of 3.5
    g ± 0.5 g *

    acting directly upon the triggering element, the integrated

    crash sensor interrupts the flow of gas.
    The pressure regulating devices and hoses must be replaced
    with new ones no more than 10 years after their
    date of manufacture (every 8 years if used commercially). This
    is the responsibility of the operator.
    * With an average vehicle weight, this corresponds to a collision
    speed of approx. 15 – 20 km/h with a fixed obstruction.
    Notes on heating while driving:
    With motor homes as of construction year 01/2007, in accordance
    with the heating equipment directive 2001/56/EC with
    annexes 2004/78/EC and 2006/119/EC for the operation of a
    liquid gas heater while driving, a safety shut-off device must
    be provided that prevents gas from inadvertently escaping if a
    line breaks in the event of an accident.
    In combination with a high-pressure gas hose with integrated
    hose rupture protection (HRP), the Truma MonoControl CS
    gas pressure regulation system with integrated crash sensor
    complies with all of the relevant standards, regulations and
    directives and therefore allows the gas system to be used
    throughout Europe, also while driving.
    We also recommend the use of a safety device for heating
    while driving in caravans.
    For vehicles manufactured before 01/2007 there are no restrictions
    for operating the gas system while driving **.
    ** Exception for France:
    In France the operation of a gas system while driving is only
    permitted in type-tested vehicles with initial registration as of
    01.01.2007. In older vehicles the operation of the gas system
    while driving is also non-permissible in combination with a
    safety shut-off device.
    Gas cylinders that are not connected to the gas installation
    must be closed at all times and provided with protective caps.
    Connected gas cylinders are considered to be operating materials
    and not hazardous materials (ADR exemption in accordance



    with sections 1.1.3.1 and 1.1.3.2 e).



    As I never heat the Hab area whilst travelling I cant see the need for having the bottle on whilst traveling, it just seems sense that it is off to me, It takes 30 seconds to turn it on perhaps its the fact that you need to go outside to turn it on:Smile:
     
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    We have "Road heating" for the hab area so don't need truma until we stop.. Normally we travel with gas off.. But sometimes we forget..... :Wink:
    Tunnel obviously off..
     
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    On for me - I use heating whilst travelling to supplement the cab heater. I'd still leave it on if I didn't.
     
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    Almost always leave ours on but we do have a securemotion unit and also an electronic switch on the control panel that will switch the gas off too.

    Don't know how that works only that it does LOL Don't ask how I know it works!!
     
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  18. maz

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    Off. :Smile:

    It's supposed to be turned off when refilling Gaslow cylinders, so if I always turn it off I never have to double check when I fill up. I find it easier to get into an autopilot mode of always doing certain things before moving off. My failing in this was inevitably the fridge door lock - alerted to my mistake at roundabouts by yogurts rolling across the floor. :RollEyes: Touch wood I haven't forgotten that for over a year now .......
     
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    Off - no exceptions.


    Regards,

    Trikeman. :Wink:
     
  20. haganap

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    Is there an off switch :whistle:
     
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