pfft heater problem

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  1. Munchie

    Munchie Funster Life Member

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    Our hob, oven and fridge run ok on gas but when we put the heater on the fan runs but when gas fires up the gas trips. We have a two bottle gaslow system with a Truma regulator!
    Could the regulator be on the way out and is not supplying enough for the heater? Thanks
     
  2. JeanLuc

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    Sounds like it (the regulator) - assuming there is not a fault in the Truma. Does it work OK if all the other gas consumers are switched off?
     
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    Munchie Funster Life Member

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    Err no. It fires up then trips the gas!
     
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    Munchie Funster Life Member

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    Have to say the heater is powerful! Sounds like a jet taking off and warms a freezing large van in 5 minutes from end to end.
     
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    Either the regulator filled up the famous goo, or where did you last fill up with gas, if it was across the channel in summer you could have filled with a 50% butane mix, propane is lighter and will get used first. Truma Combi heaters don't like butane it does not vaporise quick enough to supply hardly enough gas pressure in summer no chance in winter.
     
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    Munchie Funster Life Member

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    Yep wondered about that! Filled in Totana Murcia so could be Butane level!
    No one else having problem though!
     
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    trauma......have had to very inconvenient failures when travelling..never again! :(
     
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    Munchie Funster Life Member

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    Just tried it again no joy! Temp outside around 15°c so i would think even butane would gas!
     
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    That's going to limit your choice Eddie.
    How about a fire pit in the centre of the next van.:rofl:
     
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    I would empty your lowest bottle and refill should be 90 - 100% propane even in France at this time of year, if it works would prove the regulator is OK, or get a bottle top regulator and try that.
     
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    In Spain at the moment! Just filled last Friday!
     
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    Seen lot of reports of Combi's not running on Spanish butane bottles, really need to try another regulator. Might be worth contacting Reprosol to find out gas mix at LPG pumps this time of year.
     
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    Yep will change reg first then go from there ta
     
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    Our van is on Spanish autogas, truma combi no problem.
    We had trouble on our last van, picked some crap gas in Germany, blocked the regulator then refused to gas, so took the bottles off and tipped it away. :rolleyes: :eek: Bob.
     
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    I misinterpreted the first line of your original post. I thought you meant that the other items were running OK, then when you added the Truma to the load, it tripped out.

    Now my understanding of your problem is that the Truma on its own, with no other gas appliances running, will still trip. In that case, I concur with others (and my original post) - I would suspect the regulator. I have a twin 11kg Gaslow system that was fitted to the original Truma Trio-matic regulator. That packed up after a few years and I switched to a Gaslow / Clesse regulator (the one with a 5-year guarantee). All OK since that was fitted about 3 years ago.

    If the regulator is a few years old, it's probably worth changing anyway. However, if the heater on its own trips out, then I guess there could be a problem in the unit, rather than the regulator.
     
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    Had to ditch the Trauma Secumotion system in our Carthago when only three years old because it was oiled-up, now using Gaslow regulator (5 yr guaranteed) no problems.
    Although Trauma have now upgraded their system to include a filter which can be replaced quite cheaply if you want to continue to use your heating on while traveling, but to replace the secumotion is very expensive.

    See www.gaslow.co.uk :clap:
     
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    Yep intention is to fit a gaslow one when I can!
     
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    jeez.. it's a Truma.. o_O

    I was Goggling PFFT Heaters ... and I only got links to this thread... :ROFLMAO:
     
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    Munchie is making this up so he can get out of hiking up mountains :giggler::giggler:
     
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