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using fridge on gas

Post by Eonod on Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:07 pm

We were away in our Amethyst van last weekend and we decided we wanted to try and manage without being on eletctic hook up, we wanted to try out one of the new (low amenities) CCC certificated sites where we were visiting.
Everything in the van worked well but towards the end of the evenings our eyes were stinging and watering.
The only thing I can think that may have caused it was the fridge, as it was running on gas (butane).
Never had this before, so unsure why the problem.
We turned the fridge off over night, just to be safe.
Is it normal to have this sort of reaction to a fridge running on gas?
Could this be a problem that we need to sort out ASAP?
Or is this something we just have to become accustomed to over time?
All replies appreciated :)
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Re: using fridge on gas

Post by m8form8 on Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:43 pm

Not normal on mine, sounds like it is not venting outside the van? I know this sounds a bit silly, but the vents behind the door outside have not got the winter covers still on them have they?  Maybe they are blocked in behind them< i'd get them off, they unscrew outside and look behind them if it was me.  confused3
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Re: using fridge on gas

Post by Eonod on Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:03 pm

I can see (what looks like) the blackness of the void through the vent slots, so I'm assuming they are clear.
I wasn't sure if the grills were sealed to the outer skin of the van, didn't fancy breaking a water tight seal and being left with a leaking van.
If they will come off easily (no risk of breaking a weather protection seal) then I will remove them and check.
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Post by m8form8 on Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:09 pm

If like mine they are designed to be removed for a service and I think mine have rubber seals. Should be easy enough t remove, also good to clean out behind there. Best
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Re: using fridge on gas

Post by Eonod on Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:13 pm

Ideal, even better :)
I will carry out a check over the weekend.
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Re: using fridge on gas

Post by redturner37 on Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:31 pm

Make sure that the exhaust pipe is connected at both ends as well.........
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Re: using fridge on gas

Post by Peter Brown on Thu Aug 06, 2015 10:08 pm

The symptoms you describe are not those of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The burner in the fridge is about a 20th the size of one of the gas rings burning - does boiling the kettle affect you?

Think of something else that was different, could it be hayfever? sounds like it.

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Re: using fridge on gas

Post by beachgazer on Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:06 pm

I always have a working CO alarm (2 actually) anytime I'm using gas for any purpose in our motorhome. No alarm then you're Ok. Nasty stuff CO.
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