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  1. stevensson10

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    is it safe to drive your m/h with the gas turned on.i don't mean to use when driving but just turned on at the bottle.steve
     
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    We always turn ours off, just in case we have a crash.

    You don't really want gas circulating round your van in that event.

    Not sure who told me that though.
     
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    I'm sure that in almost every journey you make leaving your gas on will make no difference.. But it's not advised due to the obvious safety implications.

    Some people will leave their gas on..
    Most don't
     
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    Good morning, the sun is out here at the moment,

    The first owner of my MH always left his gas on at the bottle end, off at the taps in the van, I turn mine off.
     
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    It depends on what your regulator your motorhome has fitted, our motorhome has the secumotion regulator and also the rupture protection hoses, so yes we leave it On.:BigGrin:

    http://www.truma.com/au/en/gas-supply/accessories-gas-pressure-regulators.php

    We had it on our last motorhome, but had trouble with the regulator, so put a normal one on, and then turned the gas Off when driving. :thumb:

    Bob.

    PS. With this fitted, you can use the heating while driving.
     
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    We always turn it off, all the instructions that we have stated that it should be off. Makes sense.
     
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    If you where ( heaven forbid ) in an bad RTA and the police held your MH for investigation and find your gas bottle was not closed whilst traveling then must by law inform your insurance company. I doubt if they would pay out which this knowledge.

    At the end of the day it takes seconds to switch it off before moving and after you get into the habit it just like checking windows closed, things secure, doors secure etc....
     
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    I don't have much choice in the matter. If I turn off the gas, the engine stops.
     
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    We had a secumotion device fitted. Recently had a smell of gas that I couldn't trace. Replaced the secumotion with an ordinary hose and this cured it. The device was over 5 years old.

    I understand that on the continent it's legal to drive with the fridge on gas, not so in UK however.

    Rgds
    Bill
     
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    Not if you had secumotion the approved system. There would be no grounds to refuse a claim
     
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    yes it makes sense I will always turn mine off in future thanks for advice I received from all of you regards steve.
     
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    It's an interesting question.

    I pretty much always turn mine off, although I do forget on a regular basis.

    It would be interesting to get a definitive answer as to the legality of driving with it on over here in the UK.

    And I don't have a clue about this talk of different adapters. Ours just seem to be standard valve thingy that screw onto the gas canister so don't know whether it would cut off automatically or not.
     
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    I always drive with the gas bottles turned off. They have to be off to refill at a garage anyway so makes double sense to me. :Smile:
     
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    Just curious...are these things insurance company approved?
    If not, they could refuse a claim.
     
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    This question came up on the CC forum a while back, some replies were for and others against. However, as we also have the "Secumotion" regulater system in our van, we drive with ours on. (Like Bob and Jane's)
    Same goes for the heating, it can be on whilst travelling, but never gets cold enough though.

    However, if we were going across to the Continent on the ferry it would be switched off for safety reasons. I believe the ferry staff will make sure of this.

    Whilst in the UK always on, ready for the kettle going on when we stop:thumb:

    Bill
     
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    Provided the equipment is approved for use in the manner it is being used by it's manufacturer, i.e. on when driving, there is no requirement for an insurance company to approve it or otherwise. Secumotion is designed and intended to be left on when the vehicle is being driven and it's design which incorporates an automatic emergency rutrure shutoff conforms to the relevant EU directive (I connote remember which one offhand) under those circumstances there would no legitimate reason to refuse a claim.
     
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    In principle I would agree, but...
    They can and will refuse a claim if a required alarm system /tracker etc. isn't approved by them, so is this so different?
    The purpose, suitability and legality of the kit isn't in question, just the insurance companies' attitude towards them.
    Has anyone actually checked out the insurers' stance on this, or is it another head in the sand job like a frames in Spain etc.?


    NO, NO, NO....It's NOT about A Frames!!:thumb:
     
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    2 points from me:

    1. when you insure a vehicle you are asked if its been modified. if a secumotion regulator has been fitted and is not std surly you are obligated to tell them.

    2. if you insure an unmodified motorhome and a secumotion regulator is fitted as std then i believe the insurer is accepting that this is a fitment and approved for use in accordance with manufacturers specs and guidelines.

    i have a secumotion regulator fitted as standard and unless i am refilling with LPG or travelling by ferry / euro tunnel or parking up the van at home for more than a few days our gas stays on.
     
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