how wide is your gas locker door?

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  1. lebesset

    lebesset Read Only Funster

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    I keep reading about people having british made motorhomes which will only take 6/7Kg bottles
    I presume there is a reason for this , but am curious as to exactly how big the doorway is

    ....I am aware that they must buy in the doorways , but exactly how wide a bottle will pass ...are they all the same ?

    as the 6/7Kg bottles are about 500mm high I know that must pass ok
     
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    No idea on locker door sizes, but I would say it's because it's more convenient to have 2 x 6kg/7kg bottles than one or even two 13kg

    For information :

    Bottle sizes

    Cylinder Type Height / Diameter

    Butane: 4.5kg 340mm 240mm

    Butane: 7kg 495mm 256mm

    Butane: 15kg 580mm 318mm

    Propane: 3.9kg 340mm 240mm

    Propane: 6kg 495mm 256mm

    Propane: 13kg 580mm 315mm

    Another often asked question, can I exchange one type / size for another..

    Calor Information

    Cylinders fall into two categories (see below), and may (subject to availability) be able to be exchanged for another cylinder within the same category free of charge.

    To exchange a cylinder for one in a different category, a charge may be applicable.

    Category A:

    Butane: 4.5kg, 6kg BBQ, 12kg, 13kg, 15kg

    Propane: 3.9kg, 5kg Patio, 11kg, 13kg, 13kg Patio, 19kg, 47kg

    12kg, 18kg and 46kg automotive / Liquid offtake cylinders

    Category B:

    Butane: 7kg

    Propane: 6kg
     
  3. lebesset

    lebesset Read Only Funster

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    thanks jim , but the bottle sizes are a matter of record , it's the size of the aperture that I want to know!
     
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    It's not really the door size that restrict the bottle size you can accommodate but the size of the locker . I can get two 13 kg Calor bottles in my Hymer locker :thumb::thumb:
     
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    I would also guess that Motorhome builders also make the gas lockers smaller because of PAYLOAD concerns as full gas bottles are heavy and so they force you to use smaller ones .:Eeek::Eeek:
     
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    Measured the gas locker door on my Startspirit which can accomodate 2* 6/7kg bottles:

    Width 45 cms & height 51.5

    Hope this helps

    Phil
     
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    perhaps I should have been clearer :Doh:

    it's the entry size on BRITISH made motorhomes that I want to know folks , the ones where people say they can only get in the 6/7 Kg bottles
     
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    See above:thumb:
     
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    Sorry don't know the size of the locker door on our Auto-trail, but we can get 2 x 13kg bottles in.
     
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    42 cms X 52 cms on my friends STARQUEST Motorhome,just measured it and he has just this minute run out of gas, two 6-7 kgs only, hopeless. :cry::cry:
     
  11. lebesset

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    thanks phil and malc , exactly what I wanted to know ...any more offers anyone ? are there other widths on other british motorhomes ?

    frankly , that makes the british locker sizes even more incomprehensible to me ; what is the point of making the locker over 400mm wide when the biggest bottle you can fit in is 256mm ?

    the point of my question will become clearer later when I have the maximum of information:BigGrin:
     
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    could be a number of reasons but i reckon the main one is cost...a small door for 9kg bottles may be £30 but a larger one for 13kg bottles may be as much as £50.

    and why fit a large one when theres only locker room for 1 x 13kg and 1 x 9kg ?
     
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    hi ,when i built mine i used a 380wth 800mm high door .can get 2 19kg bottles 2 camping gas and lots of other bits and pieces in the locker. cheers alan.
     
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    My locker takes a 15kg bottle.

    The door aperture is 560 x 330 and the inside is 710 h x 370 w x 370 d.

    The compartment is fully lined with galavanised steel sheet.

    Access to turn the gas On or Off is from inside the van where there is a type of 'Port Hole' with a large screw-in sealing cover.

    Phil.
     
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    thanks to all for your responses

    sounds like a bottle 300mm in diameter and 500mm high would fit in most vehicles at least
     
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