Gaslow - how long to fit?

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  1. maz

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    Does anyone know what is a reasonable time to fit a new Gaslow system professionally? Would be looking at 2x11kg cylinders, regulator, outside filler point, auto-changeover valve, stainless steel hoses?
     
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    Hi Maz
    I would think that the job could be done in 2-3 hours assuming there are no unexpected problems.

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    CMR fitted the same equipment to my Hymer and it was done in a rally field in well under an hour...

    JJ

    PS... I found the automatic change over valve a really bad thing as the one and only time in over thirty years of motorhoming I have run out of gas was with this... I hadn't realised it had "kicked in" and I was left with no gas! (Luckily a refill place was less than a mile away...
     
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    Generally takes me around 1 hour to fit a Gaslow system , also have to perform a gas soundness check before commencing any work then check once completed for any leaks in the system

    Mark
     
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    gas low will do it while you wait in yatley,it takes 1 hr and they also gige you a cert that you now need in france to say it is fitted propley like corgi exept lpg
     
  6. Squire

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    Ring Gaslow - they'll tell you.

    Apart from that, it all depends on the make and model of motorhome - some are considerably more difficult than others to fit an external filler.

    Although you didn't ask, if it was me I wouldn't have the auto-change valve. You lose all sense of how much gas you've used - much better keeping one cylinder closed until you run out and then switch over to the other - that way you'll know you're half way through your supply and have a better handle on how soon you need to fill up again. I've also the Gaslow guage fitted inside of the van, but that's a waste of money too, for the same reason. It does no more than tell you when you're about to run out, and your hobs can do that!
     
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    Ring Gaslow - they'll tell you.

    Apart from that, it all depends on the make and model of motorhome - some are considerably more difficult than others to fit an external filler, and that's what will take as much time as the rest of the fitting.

    Although you didn't ask, if it was me I wouldn't have the auto-change valve. You lose all sense of how much gas you've used - much better keeping one cylinder closed until you run out and then switch over to the other - that way you'll know you're half way through your supply and have a better handle on how soon you need to fill up again. I've also the Gaslow gauge fitted inside of the van, but that's a waste of money too, for the same reason. It does no more than tell you when you're about to run out, and your hobs can do that!
     
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    Thank you - will send you a PM. :Smile:
     
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    I was thinking more about not running out of gas for the heating overnight.
     
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    do you really need heating on over night, once in bed sufficient covers will keep you warm.
     
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    Well, I certainly planned on keeping it on low overnight in winter to stop any problems with pipes/tanks freezing up ......
     
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    I am with you on this one Maz... I am a "heater on at night" person... I have been able to move on from the days when I woke up with ice on the top of my duvet!

    If the Wagon was cold in the morning I would never get out of my pit! :Rofl1:

    As long as you are an organised person the auto switchover will be great in the overnight heat situation... sadly I am not (but I can switch over from one bottle to the other without getting out of the Wagon)

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    We would most certainly when skiing or touring the cold Scottish highlands leave the heating on over night.

    As Mark say's (CLS) doesn't generally take long to fit.

    Don't know what certificate that Niggle is talking about you needing when going to France? like to see some one turn some light on that one? I have never had one and TBH never knew I did?
     
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    Depends on the particular installation in question but I generally allow an hour to complete.

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    Hmm - I would say you've hit on the one arguable reason, although you'll still have the problem of running out during the night, only it'll take twice as long ! And then you'll have no 'back-up'. Everyone to their own, but on balance I think I would still prefer my method even if it meant waking up to a cold van on one morning, not that I'd normally keep the heating on overnight anyway. But then again, I don't normally go anywhere where it's colder than Scotland. And when I'm touring somewhere like Scotland I always take the opportunity to top up the LPG at the same time as taking on diesel whenever I can, whether I feel I need to or not.
     
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    Don't know about French certificate requirements, but when I mentioned to the insurance company about possibly installing Gaslow they said fine as long as it was professionally installed and I was given a certificate by the installer.

    Exactly how I'd intend using the system. :Smile:
     
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    When installing Gaslow or any other refillable system , all the work takes place before the regulator so there is no interuption to pipework etc..... A certificate is NOT required for this type of work as no modification to the pipework has taken place. A certificate of conformity relating to the bottles is available or a gas soundness certificate can be issued once installation is complete.


    Mark
     
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