External Gas Connection for a BBQ

Submitted: Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 13:34
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Hi Folks,
I am thinking of having an external gas fitting, being either a tap or bayonet fitting, installed on my caravan for an external BBQ.
Has anybody done this (I'm sure there is) and what method did you use and what was the approximate cost?
I have a dual gas bottle system (Jayco Poptop 17.55.3) and want to negate the need to carry an extra bottle.
Any ideas?
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Reply By: Member - Chris_K - Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 15:16

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 15:16
Hi Mapesy

We had an external bayonette fitting put onto our camper trailer. Cost about $200 - and we haven't used it at all. Had a gas fitter do it properly....which I think is important when it comes time to sell. We use a Weber Q that sits on a little table beside the drawer bar and we just attach it to the LPG bottles at the front. You just need an extra long hose...if I had my time over again - I wouldn't have bothered!

Cheers

Chris
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Reply By: landseka - Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 15:42

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 15:42
Strange isn't it. I had one fitted to our van for the same reason and wiuldn't be without it now. It is just to the rear of the rear axle passenger side so the BabyQ can be set & left when we stay somewhere. Just so convenient.

You do need to get a gas fitter to do the work for safety & legalities. Can't remember but probably around $200. I made the bracket to fit it to.

Cheers Neil
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Reply By: Andy D2 - Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 17:26

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 17:26
Bayonet deck fitting will cost around $12-15 depending where you shop, work will have to be done by licensed gas fitter for a compliance cert to be issued, also there is a dust cap available that locks into the bayonet fitting to keep it clean, a good firm to get parts from is gameco, they are very helpfull and are based in Sydney and Brisbane....hope this helps
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Follow Up By: Mapesy (QLD) - Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 18:46

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 18:46
Thanks Andy D2 and others.
We only use our outside BBQ for cooking hence the need/liking for an easy connection to our existing gas bottles. Your info has been most helpful. Cheers
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Follow Up By: Andy D2 - Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 16:46

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 16:46
What has to be realised is that whilst all these fitting are readily available from different stockists, the expert advice from a professional gas fitter would only pay benefits in the long run. There are so many appliances available nowadays that have the regulator for the appliance at the end of the hose leaving up to a 2m hose with gas bottle pressure in it. Technical specs show that 1 litre of liquid propane will create 230 litres of gas when released to atmosphere. Me thinks safety should be observed at all times!
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Follow Up By: landseka - Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 09:15

Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 09:15
As I have a bayonet fitting I am interested in all posts.

Andy, when you say..... "There are so many appliances available nowadays that have the regulator for the appliance at the end of the hose leaving up to a 2m hose with gas bottle pressure in it.".....I take it you mean you have seen the regulator at the appliance end of the hose. I have never seen this configuration.

You also 'seem' to say that a bayonet would supply gas at "bottle ressure" to any hose plugged into it. My caravan, and all I have seen have a regulator ON to bottle so can only supply regulated gas pressure to anywhere in the van.

Have I read you wrongly?

Cheers Neil
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Follow Up By: Andy D2 - Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 09:58

Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 09:58
Neil
Sorry for the confusion, I have seen some portable appliances that have the regulator attached on the end that would go onto the appliance and the other end would attach into the gas bottle, although I believe that the maximum length for this type of hose arrangement is 1.2m, I suspect the afore mentioned arrangements are not to current standards. The ideal scenario is that the Regulator for an RV or Caravan system be securely mounted as close to the gas bottle with the vent facing down or covered. The vent being placed in this position will prevent any ingress of moisture or dust into the internal working of the regulator. The pipework from the regulator can then be installed in copper to suitable hook up points for the application at hand. To connect up your gas bottle to the regulator there are flexible pigtails available, these are brilliant as they will remain flexible all the time and will withstand road vibration as the unit is towed, copper pigtails tend to go brittle after time as they are annealed copper and become "work hardened" as they age.
Some people do try to run high pressure lines through their units by conveyance of hose or copper lines, to me this is just a time bomb waiting to happen, regulated gas line are the safer option to me.
Hope this helps...
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Reply By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 18:21

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 18:21
You can buy a fitting that fits to your van gas bottle(POL Fitting) that also has the standard 3/8" outlet with a separate tap for BBQ or gas lamp etc.
Most camping & Bar-b-q stores have them and they are reasonably cheap.

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Reply By: hubgod - Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 23:00

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 23:00
We have a Jayco Flamingo O/B had the Gas Bayonet fitted on the first service cost was around $120 and would not be without it as we try not to use the inside cooker at all.
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 05:59

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 05:59
I have had a few gas bayonette fittings on campers and vans and hate the bloody things. They get stuck and are very difficult to insert / remove. They are no quicker than a screw type connection IMO.

Garth make a quick connect push fit gas connector for about $20 for a pair. It used to be available at Bunnings but no longer.

Garth Call them.

I think it is model no SP7.

It it tons easier and approved for gas.

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