• Campervan Gas Safety

    Campervan gas safety.

    Sometimes gets overlooked when you convert your van yourself.

    Safety must always come first.

    When you decide to convert your van into a campervan, it’s good practice to speak to a gas safe registered LPG engineer before you start.

    You can find an engineer on the gas safe register who is local to where you live.

    He will be able to advise you on the gas safety side, as well as what you can and cannot do.

    If you are converting your van for your personal use, there are no regulations as such.

    But it’s good to have a safety inspection carried out, just to ensure everything is safe for you and your family.

    Should you decide to rent it out though to a friend or relative then, you must adhere to the full gas safety regulations.

     Government guidelines on campervan gas safety can be found here.

    You will need a landlords gas safety certificate, even if you rent it out for just one day, no if’s, no but’s, that’s the law.

    You will need to have the campervan inspected for gas safety, this will ensure that the van is up to gas safety regulations.

    Once the campervan gas safety inspection is completed, you will be issued a gas safety certificate, this will indicate any faults found.

    The engineer will explain to you if any problems are found, what needs to be done to rectify them. 

    Back to the conversion side.

    With gas, you have two options to choose from, Propane or butane.

    Butane is the most common gas used in campervans.

    It heats ups a little quicker than propane, and pound for pound works out cheaper to use.

    If you plan to use the campervan in a cold climate then propane is the better gas to use.

    Butane will freeze as the temperature drops to 0c and below, whereas propane will not freeze until the temperature drops to around minus 40.

    You should never carry more than two 10 litre gas cylinders at a time.

    They must be stored in a proper gas storage cabinet, which is fixed to the van so it cannot move about.

    The gas cabinet must also have a drain hole installed, this will remove any gas that may escape, IE when changing cylinders.

    Now the appliances, the most popular appliance is a gas hob.

    There are many to choose from for campervan conversions.

    You can find many different types online.

    One of the most popular one’s is made by a company called Dometic, it’s easy to install and use.

    They come as a single unit as well as one with a built-in sink combined.

    You can also buy a gas fridge should you wish but it’s better to use the 12-volt versions as it’s always on.

    Whereas a gas fridge is only working when the gas is switched on.

    Whatever appliances you buy, ensure you read the full installation instructions before you install.

    You may need to install ventilation hatches for the appliance to work safely.

    When you are travelling around you should always ensure the gas is turned off.

    Install a carbon monoxide detector to ensure your safety when using any gas appliances.

    Buy a good quality fire extinguisher and fire blanket.

    Always read the instruction on how to use them should you need to.

    Whatever you buy to carry out the campervan conversion, don’t buy cheap.

    Cheap can come at a cost, you should buy quality products.

    When fitting any gas appliance make sure the pipework is as short as it can be, also it has an isolation valve close by.

    That the pipework is secured so that it cannot move when the campervan is moving.

    Have a gas test point fitted so a gas tightness test can be carried out.

    This is used to check for any gas leaks.

    Any gas hose pipe is kept as short as possible and only use a good quality regulator.

    Gas hoses should be replaced every five years, regulators every ten years.

    If you decide a conversion is not for you and decide to buy a second-hand campervan.

    Make sure you have a campervan gas safety inspection before you buy.

    It will ensure the gas safety side is safe to use.

    LPG can be very dangerous in the wrong hands so ensure you are safe when using it.

    Campervan gas safety is very important for you and your family.

    It’s good practice to have a gas safety inspection every twelve months carried out.

    This will give you peace of mind knowing the gas appliances and gas supply are still safe to use.

    Whatever you decide to do convert or buy, always think safety first.