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Post by oldfred on Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:09 am

Ever since I had to get a replacement door (earlier thread) I have thought about making a flap or door into the gas locker from under the seat by the wardrobe. I would then be able to turn off the gas bottle from inside the van.

Lunar caravans  always had this feature on the front window sill. (We had it on our 'Meteorite'.)

Has anyone else done this or thought about it? Are there any safety issues?

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Re: Gas locker access

Post by roli on Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:31 am

The gas locker has to be isolated from the interior (no possible chance of a leak from locker into van)
All the AS vans I have seen do this very well and you shouldn't cut any holes in the locker walls.
Your Meteorite was probably built before this became normal safety practice (or H&S invented!)

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Re: Gas locker access

Post by rogerblack on Thu Apr 07, 2016 3:21 pm

Our previous motorhome (not Autosleeper, Herald Castille) had this useful facility. 

There was a hinged interior access door made of the same wood/veneer as the panel, with a simple foam type seal fitted around the overlap. It was positioned towards the top of the bottles so in theory any leakage would have been down through the ventilation holes in the floor of the locker rather than into the van.  It was possible to change over the connections if a gas bottle ran out but it was very fiddly and awkward. 

I fitted a changeover valve to tee into both bottles and positioned this so it was easy to access through the door, which avoided the need to go outside the van if the cylinder in use ran out in inclement weather.

The van also had a gas leak alarm fitted in a low position within the hab area.

Our current van does not have this and the location of the locker would not make it possible to add it.

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Re: Gas locker access

Post by oldfred on Thu Apr 07, 2016 7:07 pm

Thanks for the replies. As there are H&S implications I don't think I'll do it.

I suppose it might make the van more difficult to trade in one day.
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Re: Gas locker access

Post by bantamblade on Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:02 pm

Why has my 1999 transit Ravenna got the gas locker on the right hand side,all Ravennas ive seen have been in the left hand side.Have i got the ony one?

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Re: Gas locker access

Post by roli on Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:40 am

You will see this from time to time particularly with the Executives

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Re: Gas locker access

Post by daisy mae on Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:29 pm

When I had my Topaz the gas bottles were in the bottom of the wardrobe in the loo area, access was by the door at the rear underneath the tailgate, the previous owner who had it from new, cut a round  hole in the floor of the wardrobe ( which was metal ) and fitted a cap, so could turn gas on and off without going outside. as it was at the top of the bottles any fumes went through the floor to the outside.
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