Leaking Gas at night

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 13:37
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When camping in an enclosed space of a camper van how can one avoid the penetrating odour of gaseous emissions, particularly after a feast that includes garlic and beans.

It can become very horrible and I've thought of installing a little computer fan on the wall to extract the cause of these unwanted sensory sensations.

I can't take much more. My nerves are on edge in fear of an explosion.
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Reply By: Salty9 - Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 14:04

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 14:04
Try Whitworths, they have a good range of smooth and threaded bungs!
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Follow Up By: Mudripper - Friday, Aug 01, 2014 at 23:18

Friday, Aug 01, 2014 at 23:18
Bum-bungs then! LOL
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Reply By: Member - PhilD_NT - Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 14:15

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 14:15
I'll have to assume that they are from yourself as women claim that they never f**t, in which case, what's your problem as it's healthy.

Alternatively there are specialty shops (that I've never visited) that sell butt plugs.
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Reply By: John and Regina M - Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 14:54

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 14:54
That's what windows are for.


And it's generally accepted, contrary to what is folklore, garlic and beans do not contribute.
More than likely the beer.
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Reply By: Ross M - Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 15:32

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 15:32
Not sure about the garlic, but I would put some effort into finding out which bean in the meal is the culprit responsible for the undue fermentation and avoid eating that one in future.

Alternatively, the fitting/insertion of a length of convoluted hose to the offending aperture/opening and the other hose end terminating into the outdoors may also be a solution. Sort of a winding WIN WINd.

Or instead of a little fan, have a decent radiator cooling fan operated via a methane detector which will then positively SHIfT the problem elsewhere.
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Follow Up By: Keir & Marg - Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 15:47

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 15:47
It's not a problem, see link:-
http://www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2014/jul/14/silent-not-deadly-how-farts-cure-diseases
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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 17:25

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 17:25
If any/all of the perfectly sensible suggestions above fail to filter your flatulence you could try charcoal tablets. Speaking from experience they do work ... as long as you can hold onto them long enough to dissolve in your obviously rancid gut.

The last thing you need is a black pellet ricocheting around inside the camper.
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 17:39

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 17:39
R0sco
To stop that happening, the seal on the valve may require checking with soapy water. Look for trace of bubbles from leaky seal.

Sphincter valves are amazing things and can detect solids, liquids and gas particles and generally allow the appropriate one to pass without the other. Unless as you mentioned, it is Uh Oh time.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 17:54

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 17:54
Yeah mate

I've been giving the matter some serious cogitation and I reckon .. to hell with it, the lad should select a quiet spot far from the madding crowd and go with a butt plug, leave the camper door open and drill a small hole in his belly button. He may cop a few bruises from whacking around inside the van, but when he eventually finds the door he'll probably travel a few kays before running outa gas.
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Reply By: OBJ - Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 17:44

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 17:44
I'd burn a scented candle in the van. It won't stop the emissions, however the risk of a massive explosion will make you hold it in until you are able to get outside and let loose.
OBJ

"better to f*art and bear a little, than blow your *rse and be a cripple".

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Follow Up By: Member - PhilD_NT - Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 18:55

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 18:55
I really don't know why people are overly sensitive to normal flatulence. From working in a remote(ish) locality in the mid 70's and getting multiple bouts of Gastro and devoping an intolerance to Lastose I've long been of the opinion that hapiness is a dry fart.
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Follow Up By: OBJ - Friday, Aug 01, 2014 at 08:00

Friday, Aug 01, 2014 at 08:00
You are right, PhilD, about happiness being a dry fart. Unfortunately we sometimes have to let it go before we find out if it is in fact dry .. or otherwise.
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Follow Up By: Member - PhilD_NT - Friday, Aug 01, 2014 at 09:23

Friday, Aug 01, 2014 at 09:23
Russian Roulette.
I take that risk every time we dine out and especially dangerous on long driving trips if a meal contains milk products. Anything from 1 to 6 hours later with little warning. Explosive in nature. Even with the tablets that I can take as a precaution with food it can still happen ossasionally. Now having a caravan with an inbuilt toilet will help sometimes but it sure as hell isn't going to be a Happy Bowl and close fellow campers aren't likely to appreciate it either. The state of many toilet bowls at roadside stops makes me think that many people suffer the same problem.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Friday, Aug 01, 2014 at 11:07

Friday, Aug 01, 2014 at 11:07
OBJ, I think that's called a 'shart'.....
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Reply By: Member-Heather MG NSW - Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 19:31

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 19:31
Hahaha...its not Friday funnies time yet!

Haven't laughed so much for ages...thanks to everyone who provided those most creative suggestions to Mick T3!

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Reply By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 19:59

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 19:59
Better an empty house than an angry tenant I say....
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Reply By: Member - Shelbyright - Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 21:29

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 21:29
Try Charcoal Tablets
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Reply By: Member - KeithB - Friday, Aug 01, 2014 at 00:12

Friday, Aug 01, 2014 at 00:12
Maybe some probiotic bugs in capsules from the chemist. Worked for me. Either that or they buggered my sense of smell.
Keith
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Reply By: Member - Ups and Downs - Friday, Aug 01, 2014 at 06:46

Friday, Aug 01, 2014 at 06:46
'the penetrating odour of gaseous emissions'

It may not be that bad!

Throw the covers over the missus's head and let her check it out.

Might only be your imagination?

Paul
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Reply By: Mudripper - Friday, Aug 01, 2014 at 23:15

Friday, Aug 01, 2014 at 23:15
Hi Mick,

Sorry that I can't give you any practical advice (I suffer from the same condition, and I do consider myself a fire hazard). Many a time I have thought about installing some sort of range hood in areas of the house where I spent the most time. Sometimes the smell is strong enough to peel the paint off of the ceiling. After all, they do install range hoods in kitchens to extract vapours and smells of all kinds. I have been tempted to bottle my own emissions and put them into use (would probably be more volatile than LPG). Hmmm, just have to invent some kind of gas bottle seat and special valve.

But look, all this gas doesn't have to go to waste...Fart Car

I find capsicum, cabbage, milk (especially), cauliflower, onions (probably the worst offender) and garlic each have their own effect. Probably forgot to mention many others. I've never dared to combine the whole lot for fear of the consequences. I'd imagine the explosion would be similar to this...Oh Dear

Now that's what happens when you hold it in for too long.

Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Saturday, Aug 02, 2014 at 20:29

Saturday, Aug 02, 2014 at 20:29
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