Gaslow hoses and door filling

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  1. Welsh girl

    Welsh girl Funster Life Member

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    We had Gaslow fitted before we left on our travels in August 2013, later I read the stories on the hoses failing on the system we though nah it won't happen to us.
    Well it has....yesterday when trying to fill in a local garage, hissing and clouds of steam coming out from the locker below the gas locker while filling through the filler they inserted in the door, and now we realise with the wrong filler adaptor, should have been with the ubend type not the straight adaptor.
    The act of opening and closing of the door has kinked the pipe behind the filler.
    Luckily Tommy of camperserve here in the Algarve is sorting it out for us and ringing Gaslow on Monday to get a new hose and adaptor sent to him so that he can fit it for us.
    Marquis ordered this for us as we didn't know what was needed and a local caravan and motorhome service garage fitted it for us as Marquis couldn't fit us in before we left in our holiday in September.
     
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    When I fitted my Gaslow system I read that it was not recommended to fit the filler to the door for that very reason, so I mounted it on a bracket inside
     
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  3. Welsh girl

    Welsh girl Funster Life Member

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    Dave at Marquis ordered the required parts for us as we didn't know what to order from Gaslow.
    Just hope this highlights it to check that the right component is ordered in the first place.
    First time using Gaslow for us.
     
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    Good system, I'm only changing because I got a new fixed tank at a very good price which will free up the gas locker for wet stuff
     
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    Sorry to hear of your problem and cautionary tale. I am at the planning stage and was considering entry through the door. Surely once fitted, the use of the door was then more or less redundant, apart from the occasional switching over of tanks, if manual. Not a high traffic zone ?
    You would need your gas here this morning, crisp and frosty ! :Laughing:
     
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    When I had refillables fitted the problem was where to site the filler. Using the standard gaslow offering the only place to fit it was the locker door because of the size of the hole required.

    Not happy with that because of the stories about door opening and the warnings given I asked what alternatives there were. Dave Newell came up with this http://www.autogasshop.co.uk/euro-flat-filler-complete-straight-228-p.asp. It only requires a small (relatively) hole and was easily accomodated in the skirt on the van, and looks quite unobtrusive.

    It also has the benefit that if I change the van and remove the bottles the hole can be blanked with a normal grommet.

    Lunarman
     
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    The latest Gaslow fitting instructions show it as ok to have the filler in the gas locker door - provided a 90 degree bend is fitted to stop movement of the hose at the filler when the door is opened. The dealer who fitted my Gaslow system before I collected the van had neglected to do this - and I had the same scary moment on the forecourt with gas rushing back out of the locker vent. :Eeek:

    Eddie VanBitz put it right for me and no problems since. :thumb:
     
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    We had the same issue on a previous Van but noticed when we pulled up to picnic one day and the gas in the fill pipe leaked out when I opened the door to turn on the gas. Suprising how much vapour comes out of the pipe - I thought I had a full blown gas leak on my hands but it stopped after a long couple of minutes. We bought (from JCM) and fitted a 90degree elbow on the back of the filler to cure it. Current Van has a filler in the door but its just for show! The real filler is in the locker on a bracket. Added by the previous owner because he didnt like the idea of it being in the door.
     
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    Under those conditions, one spark and there would nothing left of your MH and the wrong mix of/ gas/air you and the filling station could have been gonners.

    I used to do work in the HSE labs and saw explosives and gas tank tests, pretty scary.

    So take care out there.
     
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    sorry about my naivety, it looks like a solid bracket inside or pukka exterior fitting anywhere except the locker door. Safety issue that is not worth any risk. :Smile:
     
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    I know. :Eeek: I didn't panic at the time but got a bit twitchy thinking about it afterwards. [​IMG]
     
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    In-locker fillers can be refused by filling stations and it's not always possible to fit an external filler adjacent to the gas locker depending on what else is constructed around it. HTH
     
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    90% of the time it is possible to fit the filler under the locker on the side skirt of the van it's very rare that the only place to fit is in the door.

    mine is under the locker in the skirt and the filler pipe just goes through the floor of the gas locker and up to the inlet of the bottle.
     
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    Gets my vote despite what people say, some of then to sell kit of course.

    If a pipe is made to flex over a wide arc regularly it's not going to be as reliable as one not moving, is it.

    Well it might be if talking aircraft quality flexible but these cheap steel cored hoses aren't.

    The good news is they are only under pressure when filling.
     
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    Fully agree with that, Brian
     
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    I have an underslung and the filler is fitted in the floor of the redundant gas locker at the front, never been refused at a garage even though I have to on occasion lift something out and leave it on the floor while I fill up. Just on the A5 not far from me there is a self service unmanned pump I use sometimes that is generally cheaper than anyone else

    Dave
     
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