Gas On While Driving

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  1. irnbru

    irnbru Funster Life Member

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    What happens if you drive off and forget to turn off your gas and have had fridge or fire on? Does it blow out when you move?

    Also I remember reading about something on here a while ago that you buy so you dont need to turn your gas off.
    Can someone tell me what it is please.
     
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    Never turn ours off except on the tunnel, sometimes even leave the fridge on gas if we forget to change over , sometimes it goes out sometimes not, but don't see a problem.
     
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    Most RV fridges are only 2 way, gas or mains, so leave gas on. The only time I switch gas off is on a ferry.
     
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    No it is more about a flaming wreck conflagration , in case of an accident, The same applies to the white lining lorry with a paint boiler, must be off when on the move but they don't always do it.
     
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    unless your gas system include secumotion auto shutoff valves you shouldnt drive with gas on. a lit fridge pulling into a petrol station could be very dangerous. some people do risk it though
     
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    I aint turned the gas off in any of our vans from the day we got them to the day they were sold ...

    On most vans the gas valve shuts off when you start the engine and it switches over to 12v.
     
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    How are you going to cook dinner en-route without the gas on?:doh:

    :imoutahere:
     
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    Not sure on what you base that statement as the gas systems in most MHs I've come across don't do that! The only ones I've ever been aware of are those with an AES (automatic energy selection) type fridge where it changes from gas to 12v when you drive off.
     
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    Not in my experience ... when we've forgotten to change it to 12v beforehand you understand! :X3:

    The ones already linked to are what you're talking about but they ain't cheap!
     
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    Could you please direct me to the legislation of this as I have never seen it once on the many motorhomes that have passed through my ownership.
     
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    I can tell from experience what happens....
    Nothing, you start the van, the fridge goes over to 12v, you arrive at your destination, and in my case, the wife will choose this point to ask "did you turn the gas off?", lots of swearing then ensues. The swearing increases usually when just to score points she'll say "Did you leave the TV aerial up again?" :D
     
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    Always run with gas on. We need to keep the dogs warm in Winter :)
     
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    I have the Alugas refillable bottle with the pipe rupture protection that shuts the bottle off if the pipe splits/breaks... So we now leave the gas on...
     
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    Even the one in the 1980 Leica ( or what ever its called ! ) thing I have been working on today has an auto shut off and switch to 12v valve on the fridge..
     
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    I quite often forget. The only time I remember 100% is prior to setting off to refill LPG tanks.

    The main risk is if you get into an accident and the gas locker gets hit. If it splits the pipe you would have gas leaking out into a potentially hazardous environment that could only make things worse.

    I do try to remember to switch off for this reason alone. But I forget occasionally. My Truma boiler doesn't seem to care if I have been doing 70mph it still keeps the back of the van warm. Don't have a gas fridge so don't know on that front.
     
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    Always run the fridge on gas when driving, and in the winter we have the gas fire running swell, bloody cold these Autotrail motorhomes.
     
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    We always leave the gas on (Except through the tunnel). Its probably not the best practice but it's convenient.
     
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    the R67 Gaslow bottles also have an excess flow shut off

    I don't turn them off except when instructed to do so.. ie on a ferry and tunnel
     
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