Has Anyone Fit Lpg Refillable Bottles Into Their Rapido A Class?

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  1. TheWM

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    Mine is a 2009 9010df.

    What size bottles will fit in there? I ask as I reckon 2 11kg bottles might just go in there but don't want to get something that won't fit, so thinking about a 6 & 11 combination.
     
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    I've got 2 x 11kg Gaslow bottles in mine. They fit fine. The filler is in the skirt to the LHS of the locker door.
     
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    Hi TheWM yes we fitted 2x11 allugas and put the filler in the skirt no problem(y)
     
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    Thanks guys. I'm still a bit nervous about putting the filler in the skirt. I was just going to go for an in locker system but have heard that this may still raise eyebrows. Drilling into the skirt, was the skirt braced in someway?
     
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    Yes just 1 but had to take off the door casing to squeeze it in. No problem
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    Also I just wondered was drilling a hole in the gas cupboard was legally OK ?
     
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    The skirt is just plastic so really easy to drill. I didn't fit the Gaslow myself but I did fit the external BBQ point (see photo in previous post) and it's fine. No bracing or anything, both the Gaslow filler and the Bullfinch point are just fixed to the skirt.
     
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    No didn't brace mine the skirt is pretty substantial,just keep the filler as close to the door as pos,on the left-side looking at the door(y)
     
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    There are holes in it anyway as part of the venting arrangement.
     
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    Ha Ha NickNic great minds think alike(y)
     
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    image.jpg Hmm. That locker looks bigger than mine?
     
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    I doubt it. Looks the same to me.

    If it helps the locker on mine measures approx 770mm high x 660mm wide x 320mm deep.

    The bottles measure approx 560mm high including the valve gubbins on top x 280mm diamater.
     
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    Actually thanks on second viewing seems the same. I'm planning to try and install it myself if anyone has any tips?
     
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    If you aren't 100% confident then get someone else to do it. If you are confident...

    If you're keeping your existing changeover arrangement fitting the bottles isn't much different to changing the Calor ones. Just make sure all the connections are tight.

    When you come to fit the filler in the skirt double check everything, including behind it to make sure nothings in the way, before you drill any holes.

    I would buy a pot of Hawk White or similar for the joints and also a bottle of leak tester at the same time.
     
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    Cheers. Yes I'm keeping the existing arrangement as they are German I understand that I will not need a new pigtail or similar. I'm not 100% confident but need to start doing things like this - spent too much time paying others to do jobs that I could do with enough research and asking the right questions. I will be asking a gas fitter friend of mine to overlook my work at the time as safety is paramount.

    Does anyone know whether it is worth getting the auto change over valve? I'm guessing with my existing truma duocomfort means that it's unnecessary?
     
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    We kept the existing auto changeover in ours so I don't see any reason why you can't do the same.
     
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    Thanks. Come on gas it get some more stock in!!!
     
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    I kept the original one fitted to the Rapido.
    Two 11kg no proplem


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    What is behind the area where the side reflector is ? . on mine the LPG filler is mounted in the aluminium skirt , which is under the floor in fresh air , then the flexy hose goes along to the left and up between the 2 gas cylinders through a hole I drilled in the gas cupboard floor and up to the auto changeover valve .
    Try to avoid going into your habitation space as then you have to put a shroud around the pipework and vent it outside , one more thing to worry about !
    Although my filler is external , many people on here have mounted it in the cupboard . if you get told off , move on .

    You have the luxury of a qualified friend , consult him and go for it !

    p.s. my filler isn't braced , it doesn't move so I left it be . if mounted in fibreglass I would brace it as the flexing may crack the gel coat .
     
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