gas tank, is this going to be more trouble than it`s worth?

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Encantador, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Encantador

    Encantador Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2011
    Messages:
    833
    Likes Received:
    312
    Location:
    UK
    Some may remember a previous thread about a underslung gas tank having been romoved from my MH between purchase and collection.

    When I briefly looked under the MH before pourchase I saw what I think was a large round tank, similar to a gas bottle but larger and I `think` it had two steel straps holding it in place. Is this the normal way of fixing?

    Originally they said they had to decomission it by capping it but it could be re-connected, but then they removed it completely. There is a `Alugas` filler in the side of the MH.

    Having pondered on this and eventually made contact with the previous owner of the MH I decided to go back to them over this.

    They originally said that they still had it and I could have it back if I wanted to collect it. I asked yesterday if the `fixings` were with it and they are now saying a) there are no fixings with it and b) it is full of gas.

    I also asked if it would fit through the door of the MH and they say it will.

    So, as it stands, it is there if I want to collect it, I would then have to pay to have it fitted and re-connected.

    Is it worth it???
     
  2. JeanLuc

    JeanLuc Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2008
    Messages:
    2,782
    Likes Received:
    1,857
    Location:
    Warwickshire
    Suggest you talk to the chap at Autogas 2000 in Thirsk - very helpful. He is the importer of the Alugas system and since you mentioned Alugas fitting, there is a chance it was installed by him or one of his agents.

    http://www.autogas.co.uk/motorhome-home.htm
     
  3. Reallyretired

    Reallyretired Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    5,706
    Likes Received:
    3,211
    Location:
    Eastbourne East Sussex
    Why did they have to decommision it, was it perhaps due for/failed a pressure test? They have to be retested every 10 years, and this applies to the bottle type tanks as well.

    Otherwise I would tell them that as it was on there when you purchased it, it is part of what you paid for and so they should refit it, or refund the cost of doing so.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. Encantador

    Encantador Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2011
    Messages:
    833
    Likes Received:
    312
    Location:
    UK
    They won`t really say, just using `safety reasons`, I will try and get them to do more, but for now just considering my options if they refuse.

    The MH is only 5 years old, no idea how old the tank is though. If it was `dangerous` why keep it around the workshop full of gas?

    Thanks

    Steve
     
  5. Reallyretired

    Reallyretired Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    5,706
    Likes Received:
    3,211
    Location:
    Eastbourne East Sussex
    The only unsafe thing I have heard of with these tanks is the fixings using steel bands can sometimes rust and drop the tank on the road.
     
  6. Wildman

    Wildman Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    May 30, 2008
    Messages:
    15,458
    Likes Received:
    8,598
    Location:
    Ilfracombe, Devon
    You purchased a van with a fixed gas tank, they did not tell you it was unsafe or would be removed. If it was unsafe it was up to them to make it safe, not remove it you paid for it they need to reinstall at their expence and ensure it is safe. End of story.
    Our fixed tank is good for more than a month of having the fridge on 24/7 so it really comes into its own as we wild camp all the time and cannot be doing with lugging heavy gas bottles around. If they refuse to refit it I'd be looking at a refund of at least £700 or whatever it costs to get one fitted these days.
     
  7. Encantador

    Encantador Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2011
    Messages:
    833
    Likes Received:
    312
    Location:
    UK
    I have spoken to Autogas as suggested, very helpful. Looking at nearly £400 to get it re-fitted.

    Got to use an awful lot of gas to get that back.

    The filler does say Autogas, not Alugas.

    Thanks for the replies.

    Steve
     
  8. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2007
    Messages:
    11,069
    Likes Received:
    13,677
    Location:
    Heavan
    £400 to refit it :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    OMG if it is as you say it is that's ridiculous. You are talking about re seating it, and reconnecting it, a simple job. Sounds like they are talking about a complete remount esewhere.
    I would take a punt on it myself, you could get it back and sell it on depending how much you wanted.

    I would certainly be interested in a purchase if the money was right and depending on size, might even pay you with my own Gaslow bottle and filler.

    Personally I wish I had gone the underslung route as opposed to the Gaslow route. :thumb:
     
    • Like Like x 2
  9. poppys

    poppys Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    May 8, 2010
    Messages:
    166
    Likes Received:
    41
    Location:
    Norfolk
    When I had a VW converted to LPG it was not able to have the tank fitted under the van ,there was not enough clearance between the road surface and the tank.I wonder if this was the" safety reason ".
     
  10. vwalan

    vwalan Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2008
    Messages:
    7,594
    Likes Received:
    3,853
    Location:
    roche cornwall
    hi poppys .thats interesting as on the t2 we used to get them fitted right underneath on the chassis and on the t25 there was a special round tank that fitted in the spare wheel well under the front . what model and year was yours . i never fitted one on the t4or t5 as diesel sort of cancelled the idea . just being nosey .thats all.
     
  11. stagman

    stagman Deleted User

    I would agree and tend to think they had someone lined up for the kit . I don't think they would have carried out a pressure test as the tank is still full , and pretty sure the tank would have to be emptied first to carry out a test .:thumb:
     
  12. aba

    aba

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2009
    Messages:
    2,793
    Likes Received:
    1,119
    Location:
    yorkshire
    the only other reason for removing a tank other than those stated could be it was the wrong type of tank.
    there are 2 types really vapour take off and liquid take off.
    for a motorhomes cooking and heating you need a vapour take off tank.
    most liquid take off tanks are like the ones used on cars for running the engine on and feed lpg in liquid form to the engine bay into an evaporator to then feed gas into the engine.

    i dont know what effects having liquid lpg entering a motorhome regulator would cause but i imagine it wouldn't do it any good.
     
  13. Encantador

    Encantador Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2011
    Messages:
    833
    Likes Received:
    312
    Location:
    UK
    The previous owner used nothing but the tank during the 12 months he has the vehicle without any issues.
     
  14. John & Joan

    John & Joan Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2010
    Messages:
    1,229
    Likes Received:
    660
    Location:
    Full Time on the road
    Some tanks were fitted in an unsafe way by a well known supplier by suspending them on the retaining straps. Mine was one of them.

    Chris at Autogas2000 checked it out. The mounting frame was fitted to the floor of the motorhome and the tank was suspended from the straps this was an 85 litre tank. It was reported that another user had had his fall off when the straps corroded. Chris offered to do a free inspection.

    Chris removed ours and fitted the mounting cradle on brackets to the chassis, The tank was then mounted on the frame and now the straps take no weight but just hold the tank in place. The weight is carried by the carrier and brackets on the chassis.

    It cost us about what was quoted to have our tank refitted properly. The whole lot is then coated with underseal to prevent stone chip damage and rusting. As a result of this refitting our tank is now more than 200cm from the ground which is the minimum safe distance.

    Chris was on the panel that have drawn up the new National Caravan Council LPG tank fitting guidelines.

    I would get Chris to refit your tank.

    John
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2007
    Messages:
    11,069
    Likes Received:
    13,677
    Location:
    Heavan
    I think this informative post probably holds your answer.

    you mentioned yours being held on straps.

    If its done for £400, you have to consider how mucha couple of gaslow's would be around a similar ammount.
    Depends how much the guy wants for his tank I suppose to what you think is acceptable cost wise.

    As said previously, knowing then what I know now, I would of fitted an underslung tank as opposed to gaslow but only because in the depths of winter, high in the mountains I need more than a couple of 11kg Gaslow bottles, if your not going to, then get yourself a couple or even one refillable.
     
  16. poppys

    poppys Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    May 8, 2010
    Messages:
    166
    Likes Received:
    41
    Location:
    Norfolk
    hi vwalan, I had my 71 Bay Westy converted by a company based in Chester that advertises in the VW mags.My tank was mounted under the R&R seat because as stated safety reasons.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  17. autogas 2000

    autogas 2000 Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2010
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Thirsk, North Yorkshire
    Hi Steve,

    Just to clarify the above for all reading this thread, this was a price to include a new tank , mounting and fitting as at the time of your call we did not know much about the tank that was removed and if it was serviceable for refit etc.
    Look forward to the digital pictures coming through regarding your tank though as this may help me identify your tank and fittings etc and like I said we may be able to reuse your tank which then makes it a cheaper cost effective addition to your van.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Regards all

    Chris Wise
    Autogas 2000 Ltd
     
    • Like Like x 2
  18. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2007
    Messages:
    11,069
    Likes Received:
    13,677
    Location:
    Heavan
    Now all of a sudden, you have gone from expensive to Im nearly coming over. What size tank was it please for that money?
     
  19. slobadoberbob

    slobadoberbob Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2009
    Messages:
    6,159
    Likes Received:
    1,970
    Location:
    Kent, garden of England
    going back to the use aspect

    Going back to the use aspect of LPG (I presume you mean LPG when you say auto gas).. I have like most RV's an LPG tank fitted, we have no trouble filling it in the UK or Europe, in fact the pumps are easier to use in Europe than the UK...

    I have my heating set to come in above freezing all the time and through the winter December to last week I used a quarter of tank .. £8 worth of LPG... When we use it, we have the fridge/freezer running on it plus our water heater and the cooker plus the heating. Have found it works well and does what it says on the tin.. it is a lot easier than lugging gas bottles.. I remember those day long ago.

    Bob
     
  20. Encantador

    Encantador Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2011
    Messages:
    833
    Likes Received:
    312
    Location:
    UK
    Thanks Chris, sorry, must have missunderstood.

    I have asked for photos and have also asked them to consider re-fitting the tank, we will see.

    Steve
     
Loading...

Share This Page