GASLOW SYSTEM

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  1. Gosport Tim

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    I am currently investigating getting the Gasglow system fitted to my Autotrail Apache, I have been quoted £535 for 1 x 11 & 1 x 6 kg tanks plus stainless steel pipes and auto changeover is this value for money or can I get it cheaper? And are they worth it?
     
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    I had mine done for more or less that with 2x11kg bottles
     
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    Its easy peasey to do yourself so you don't need to pay for others to do it so long as you have some basic DIY skills. also have a look at 'Gas-it' which is virtually identical to Gaslow (I think they use some of the same kit) but is cheaper.
     
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    That sounds expensive yes but it is GASLOW or the same product in a different colour is GASIT.
    I fitted my own on my previous van and found Hamilton gas supplies to be cheapest even over GASIT. The handwheel POL hose is because I upgraded one bottle at a time and retained a calorlite for some months before buying a second gaslow
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    wouldnt an under sling tank be a better option that way you gain the locker space
     
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    Underslung tanks will need specialised fitting and could add massive £££ to the cost.
     
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    Techno100 i have a small 6kg system fitted....... whats needed if i want to an extra 11kg bottle.

    cheers Bobby
     
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    If you have room and can afford it, the underslung tank is a good idea. We don't have the room underneath for a large tank and have loads of locker space anyway. Sticking with Calor at the moment though as cannot justify spending the money for a Gaslow. Other products are available but as per another thread, when I costed it out, Hamilton gas products were the cheapest even compared to stako tanks
     
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    Why not get one refillable and have one calor as a spare. The great thing about refillables is you can refill at any point so dont need to empty before filling. I would try one refillable first and save on the second and the changeover system should cost about £ 180 for gasit is it worth that much extra for the second bottle !!!
     
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    Unless your going away for months at a time go for an 11kg and a standard 6 calor lite as backup. .easy to add to and we have never been caught short
     
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    I fitted the GasIt system. Did everything myself except the hole in the side. Got my local dealer to do that one pipe, he charged me £60. The system was on offer from GasIt at £320 with all the adapters. The ease of use compared to Calor is worth every penny
     
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    On 'ukcampsites ' in free ads, 11&6 kg Gaslow for sale for £180 on 28/8 so maybe sold but worth a call.
     
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    Agree with Techno Hamiltons are the cheapest if you decide to go with Gaslow
     
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    It cost me around £200 to fit a Gaslow 11kg cylinder, filler, pipes and connections about a year ago.
    I have a Calor 6kg bottle as standby and the Gaslow bottle costs around £15 to refill in the UK and about £10 in France.
    It is relatively easy to fit with minimal tools needed but you must get a qualified Gas fitter to test the system.
    I went to a local Caravan garage and they checked it for free. Gaslow system 4.jpg
     
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    Whilst I appreciate that you felt the need to have your system checked, it is not IMV a necessity ... if you can replace gas cylinder hose you can certain fit a refillable gas bottle system! The 'hardest' part isn't anything to do with the gas itself, but with the fitting of the filling inlet due to having to cut a hole in your pride and joy, or alternatively fitting a bracket inside the locker (which is what I've always done).

    So far my single 11kg bottle has been in 3 MHs, each installed by me without a problem (well, not if you ignore the fact that I had to 'hit' the bottle with a lump hammer for our current PVC to get it into the locker ... really I did ... but it wasn't as 'bad' as it seems! :D). The most awkward part in reality was deciding where to put the bracket and fiddling about with the nuts/bolts to secure it which isn't easy in a locker! We've had a single 11kg bottle now since 2009 and have never run out which has been a good thing as we don't have a 'back-up'. :)
     
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    I was quoted around £430 for underslung gas tank and am thinking long and hard about it - that is to fit yourself though
     
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    Fitting an underslung system is more complicated and I'm not sure the 'benefit' outweighs the fact that it is OVER DOUBLE the cost of the equivalent sized bottle installation ... if you need extra locker space have a look at Beeny boxes instead which are larger and more useful than a gas locker for extra storage and as far as I'm aware cheaper than a 'fitted' underslung system ... obviously so long as you have the space for a beeny.
     
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    Galsow is a great system that is now recognised more and more throughout Europe as fitted filling system.
    My advise would always (if it can) for the filler to be mounted on the outside of the vehicle (skirt etc..) This will allow easiness when filling and helps with the possible confusion on what you are filling if you are opening lockers (especially with language barriers getting in the way on the continent!!). When and if you decide to sell the vehicle, Gaslow offer a replacement new filler for your new van meaning that no hole is left in the side of the vehicle for the new owner. At the same time a blanking cap is provided for the tail end of the fitting on the filler that you have left on the side of the motorhome.

    A typical kit quoted by Gaslow isn't always the best way to approach an installation (and also not the most cost effective way) as every locker layout and sizes are different.. try and pick an installer that has every available size hose and relevant 90-degree fittings/ adapters etc,, on the shelf so on the day of installation they can come out with you and pick what suits best to save you money and looks a neater installation.

    Installation time should not be any longer than two hours even when cutting holes in the side of a van..

    At the same time make sure you don't get conned into a cheap kit with rubber hoses because if you don't install the system with the stainless hoses offered, then your warranty will be void by Gaslow!!

    Gaslow have there own price list that is given to every dealer and customer.. If there are other companies out there that wish to uncut what Gaslow quote, then make sure you look at what they can offer with on going customer support and reputation and at the same time make sure they can actually fill the system on site once its installed ;) (this is as you would expect to test for leaks and defects!!)

    Remember you are halving on average, the cost of Gas compared to standard Calor prices, so in time it will pay itself off and that's not taking into account the convenience factor of being able to top up whenever you need to and can!

    I wouldn't install anything less and haven't than Gaslow on any of my vans!! (y)
     
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