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Post by geoffskelton on Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:33 am

The LPG tank on my 2013 AS Lancashire is rusting and I have been advised to replace it at a cost of about £600.00. Anyone else had this problem and does it sound reasonable?
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Post by Kemerton-bath on Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:09 pm

I haven't had the same issue, but for another reason I've been on Gas-it's website today (who supplied the tank fitted to our van) and I noted that a new 25-litre tank costs around £250 with the associated valve gear already fitted and tested. In addition there's probably some form of fitting kit needed to attach the tank to the van.

Once you've added mark-up on materials by the installer, added a few hours of labour at a minimum of £50/hr, the price you've been quoted doesn't sound unreasonable.  I'm sure someone else will be along with more direct experience.  

Gas-It have an extensive knowledge base on their website which includes a section on dealing with end-of-life gas tanks.  I think they operate some form of exchange scheme which may be more cost-effective for you if it applies, though it may only be for tanks older than 10 years.  Worth a look and maybe getting another view from one of their appointed dealers.

Once the tank is 10 years old there seems to be an implied suggestion by Gas-it that the safest option is to replace it.  I don't know when AS started fitting underslung tanks but I would guess around 2011, in which case not many have quite reached the 10-year point and therefore not much experience exists among owners on tank replacement.  That could start to change next year.

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Post by inspiredron on Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:39 pm

Underslung tanks came in around 2014/5 as far as I remember. Solar panel was added in 2013 (only 30W), then gas tank and then upgrade of solar to 80W as standard

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Post by Pnefan on Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:22 am

Our 2012 Symbol has an underslung tank so it's coming up to 8 years old this October. I hope the gas tanks OK as £600 to replace it seems a lot. I wonder if that is for the complete system and not just for the tank.
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Post by Paulmold on Fri Aug 21, 2020 8:40 am

My Duo is 2010 with underslung tank. I started a thread about the ten year inspection last year or the year before , I'll see if I can find it.

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Post by Gromit on Fri Aug 21, 2020 8:45 am

Hi Geoff

You can't be too far from Thirsk, so I would strongly recommend a visit to Autogas2000.  [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

They are actually at Carlton Miniott, and Chris Wise (the owner) is as straight and honest as they come. If he says it needs replacing, then you can be sure it does - but if it only needs a scrub and a coat of bitumen, he will not try to con you into spending more than is necessary.

Hope this helps.

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Post by bikeralw on Fri Aug 21, 2020 9:13 am

Would this 10 year gas tank replacement not negate the cost saving over using bottled gas.
I guess it depends on how much gas you use, for myself I use on average one and a half 6kg bottles a year, that's about £36. Times by 10 and it's only just over half the cost of a replacement underslung tank..
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Post by Paulmold on Fri Aug 21, 2020 9:24 am

Here's the previous thread I mentioned...

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And this is the Factsheet created afterwards...

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Post by Molly3 on Sun Aug 23, 2020 4:34 pm

If you removed the underslung  tank how would you safely  carry gas bottles  Iin a autosleepers .???
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Post by rgermain on Sun Aug 23, 2020 6:42 pm

Molly3 wrote:If you removed the underslung  tank how would you safely  carry gas bottles  Iin a autosleepers .???
I don't think it would be easy. No space in our Duo and when we had the Topaz it had a dedicated bottle area with vents etc.

So I would think we are stuck with underslung tank.
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Post by jwells on Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:37 pm

I recently had to do some work on our Nuevo 2013 lpg tank, it had had a gas leak from new but AS and one other company failed to address the problem at each hab check!
I located the leak to be coming from the gland seal on the main tank outlet valve, and decided to replace the valve myself during the good weather early in "lockdown'. Gasit supplied the valve, l would not recommend doing the job as I did with the tank in situ. However, while doing the job it rapidly became very obvious that the very thin black coating of underseal applied by AS  was  useless! The tank had a great deal of corrosion, and it took me a great deal of time to remove it - not easy lying under the van. To add to the problem, being  in between the two wheels and below the water pressure dump valve exhaust  with no real protection it is asking for trouble! I really recommend that everybody takes a close look under their vans, none of this is covered by habitation checks. I have put this rather simply!!
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Post by geoffskelton on Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:57 am

Morning
Thanks to everyone who sent a reply. I only raised this issue as it seems to me that there must be a lot of AS vans being driven around where the underslung LPG tank is potentially dangerous. I have now had the tank replaced at AutoGas 2000 near Thirsk. I can highly recommend this company if anyone has similar problems. They showed me the old tank and the supporting straps that had virtually disintegrated. We were an accident waiting to happen up!
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Post by jwells on Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:14 pm

Please can you let me know exactly what you replaced it with, and what it cost!
Many thanks for this. 
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