Gas on while driving

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  1. timndelia

    timndelia Read Only Funster

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    We would like to be able to keep the gas on while driving (in very cold conditions) so that the water dump vale won't operate and that we have hot water available when we arrive.

    We have a Gaslow 2 cylinder system with their auto changeover regulator.

    Has anyone fitted Truma's SecuMotion hoses etc to this or any other configuration? I think this is the only option available.

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  2. geoff1947

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    don't know the answer but we had a debate ref gas on or off whilst driving some weeks ago. Frankly I don't have it on as its a time bomb waiting to go off if you an accident. Ask any fireman about gas bottle fires in Motor homes and he will tell you what happens.!!
     
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    I don't think you will find any responsible person advising keeping your gas bottle turned on while driving. Some people may do it but they are the type who don't think about the consequences (if they were involved in an accident)

    Annoyingly it's often the other parties who get injured or killed while trying to contain a fire caused by this inconsiderate attitude and NOT the person who thought only of themselves.

    But nothing unusual there, you see it everywhere these days :Sad:

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    What are Truma's secumotion hoses ? Do they claim they are safe in an accident ?? Have they been tested and approved by some independant testing house ??? If the bottle is on and a hose is ruptured gas will escape, how can you guarantee a hose will not be damaged ??
     
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    My one is on all the time.:Blush:
     
  5. billy

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    One of our customers decided to cut up a propane bottle (he was a scrap metal merchant):Doh:
    When he started to cut it it it exploded it took of and it landed a mile away in the middle of a roundabout and that was a 47kg bottle

    He didn't cut a second one :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Use a clothes peg on the dump valve and a kettle for fast hot water.
     
  7. The Wallace

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    Mine is on all the time.

    My gas supplier demonstrated the effect of a rupture by disconnecting the outlet hose from my full re-fillable cylinder - a puff of gas then instant shut down - no gas no drama!
     
  8. Blisters

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    our Eura Mobil has a heat exchange unit, which draws heat from the exhurst and blows it in throw blown air vents, and its excellent

    That said it also as a second gas heater which blows hot air around the windscreen (A class) and prevents it steaming up, this is designed to be used as your are driving,

    It certainly raises a safety question, as the heater is behind the near side front wing(which is the offside whilst on the continent) and its only fibreglass so offer little protection

    maybe I should add some extras blowers from the heat exchanger.
     
  9. johnnerontheroad

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    I have a N+B Flair and this is from the manual

    "In Germany, the heating can be run whilst driving.
    It is not permitted to use the heating:
    - At petrol stations when filling up.
    - On ferries.
    - In garages.
    - If you are going abroad get information beforehand; different
    regulations may apply to use of heating."

    and

    "When travelling in Germany only gas appliances that carry a recognised
    mark ( sinus curve) from KBA (Kraftfahrt Bundesamt) on their data plate may be used!"

    So it looks like it is OK in some countries.


    Dave
     
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    Don't they leave the gas on in LPG powered vehicles? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  11. Kon tiki

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    I leave mine on all the time TRUMA SecuMotion as suggested in my motorhome book as I have the Truma secumotion fitted.
     
  12. muz

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    petrol is just as explosive as gas,do you turn the petrol off? dont think so.if you have an accident and the vehicle catches fire there is loads of things in cars that go bang.[fuel tanks,batteries,air bags,brake fluid,oils,the list goes on.]i have my heating on whist traveing but it does not mean i am careless or irisponable.i will let you decide ? but why get cold when you have means of keeping warm.of course i switch all off when refueling,petrol or lpg.MUZ
     
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    I bought a flue from Truma so the flame did not go out.(while driving) Truma make their heaters to be left on while driving, can't see a problem , all those who drive lpg vans leave their gas on what is the difference?
     
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    Hi,

    I would be very interested if anyone has actually done this or knows if its possible e.g. are the Truma's SecuMotion hose connections compatible with the GasLow fittings

    Thanks

     
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    LPG tank is always on as it's required for the fridge/freezer ( no 12vdc option )

    also used the hot air furnace when traveling if it's really cold..

    jim
     
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    As Jim, I leave my gas on all the time for fridge, have to remember when re fuelling to turn gas off as pilot light could cause a bang :Eeek:
     
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    I've forgotten on several occasions.. :Blush: but I think the perceived danger is greater than the actual..

    INCOMING.. hardhat

    jim
     
  18. spendian68

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    Gas on whilst travelling

    I dont usually leave my gas on when travelling but have just got back from a few days away in the Peak District. We went on Christmas day during the snow and left when the snow was even worse up there (the roads were fine though) I have a Knaus sport Ti and it came with the secumotion hose that is designed for leaving your gas on when driving. It has a safety valve/button at bith ends of the flexy hose. when you turn the gas bottles on you have to press each button for 3 seconds to activate them. in the event of a hose failure the valves shut off. We did leave he gas on this time and our truma combi E kept the van warm during travelling as well as when we were there, it was a godsend.

    http://www.southdownsmotorcaravans.co.uk/accessories/truma_drive-safe_secumotion.php

    for more information. (there is downloadable info)

    Merry Christmas :BigGrin::BigGrin:
     
  19. kkclassic

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    Hi all

    I have to agree with Jim and Larrynwin we run with the gas on as no 12v for fridge/freezer. I suppose we could always run the gennie to power them instead.

    Kevin and Tricia
     
  20. simsy56

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    Going back to Billy, page 1. Your mate decided to cut up a cylinder and it exploded! l wonder why! Obviously your mate had gone for a wee when intelligence was given out! And as Oscar Wilde said, "sense isn't common". How true.
     
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