Page 1 of 1

Gas fitting, change or not in an older Motorhome?

PostPosted:Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:31 am
by little MAC
What are the gas requirement changes (if needed) for an older 1986 motorhome? We have purchased this recently and I see the bottle compartment is under the seat/bed at back. It does have a vent for outside. We will get it all checked but thought I'd ask here if anyone has had to redo the whole setup of gas in an older Motorhome. Thanks

Re: Gas fitting, change or not in an older Motorhome?

PostPosted:Tue Oct 13, 2015 12:22 pm
by NeilV
little MAC wrote:What are the gas requirement changes (if needed) for an older 1986 motorhome? We have purchased this recently and I see the bottle compartment is under the seat/bed at back. It does have a vent for outside. We will get it all checked but thought I'd ask here if anyone has had to redo the whole setup of gas in an older Motorhome. Thanks

AFAIK legally if you change nothing it's still valid (if installed according to the regs at the time - none :-T ) BUT if you change ANYTHING (and I'd get any rubber hoses checked very carefully myself :shock: ) then you're legally required to get a gas fitter to do the work, and he's legally required to report any 'dangerous' installation.

AFAIK (again my understanding as a DIY'r NOT "gasman") is that your bottle under the bad is now considered dangerous... so could be pricy to even get the hoses checked! :roll:

Re: Gas fitting, change or not in an older Motorhome?

PostPosted:Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:16 pm
by little MAC
Thanks NeilV for your reply,
Would feel safer getting it checked. Like you said the hoses at least!

Re: Gas fitting, change or not in an older Motorhome?

PostPosted:Tue May 30, 2017 1:16 pm
by aklbob
Good idea to check the install, my old van had garden hose for the gas bottle to hob connection.. !

Re: Gas fitting, change or not in an older Motorhome?

PostPosted:Tue May 30, 2017 3:19 pm
by mattn
Well worth getting it checked. Many of those old installs had unflued fridges and were not compliant with the regulations at the time. Throw in 30 years of DIY maintenance things like rubber hose being replaced but using jubilee clips happened. Much of the stuff done is would not meet the definition of unsafe, but it does not meet the standard to be considered safe. (Loosely the definition of Safe is unlikely to cause harm, Unsafe is likely to cause harm, there is a big gap in the middle)

Probably worth knowing that the gas fitter cannot do anything on the installation without your permission. He cannot disconnect things and make them inoperable. If you feel they are insisting on doing something that may not be needed, you have the right to get a second opinion. If a gas fitter says its dangerous and he wants to fix it now, I suggest listening before refusing......

In my mind installing LPG and CO alarms is a wise investment. In an older motor home with appliances that may not have things like automatic gas shut off and proper ventilation etc, it is even more important.