Mounting locations of BBQ LPG cylinders

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 at 20:13
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Can anyone advise any restrictions regarding the mounting of these cylinders? For example: is it possible to mount one on the rear of a canopy on a utility alongside a spare wheel mount?
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Reply By: Ron N - Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 at 21:57

Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 at 21:57
Steve - Personally, I can't see any problem with the mounting position, but you need to talk to a professional gas installer/fitter.
There will be many regulations covering the installation, the hoses and piping, and location of regulators and bottles.
I guess you are aware that any gas installations have to be done by a qualified person (a certified gas installer).
The relevant standard is AS/NZS 5601.2:2013. A copy of this standard costs serious money, but all gas installers/fitters have a copy, or access to a copy.

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 at 22:26

Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 at 22:26
Steve,

Our camper already has a locker, ventilated, for gas cylinders, but would be a bit small to fit 2 x 4kg cylinders together.

Using a couple of pieces of aluminium angle, I knocked up a mount for a 4kg cylinder, between the 2 rear mounted spares. Tie the cylinder on with a small ratchet strap. To save removing it to use, we found a 2.4M hose at Ray's or BCF, to replace the 1.8M one, and all good.

What Ron said, you have to be careful about any gas work done. Preferably by licensed fitter. As far as position goes, you would need to keep cylinder away from the exit to any sleeping areas, I'd suggest.

Bit dark outside at the moment, but once the Morlocks leave in the morning, I'll take a photo of our setup and add to a follow-up.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Jan 23, 2015 at 14:45

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 at 14:45
Steve,

Here's the photo as promised, but judging by Tom's post below, I might have to find another home for it. :-(



Still have room for 2 x 2.5kg cylinders in the locker, so this one may go up on pack rack.......see quite a few vehicles, through the tourist season, with their cylinders up there.

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 at 23:25

Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 at 23:25
For caravans, a recent change to the regs now requires them to be INSIDE the A frame perimeter if mounted on the A frame, rather than hanging over the edge.
Someone may find a link to that?

Cheers,
Peter
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Follow Up By: Racey - Friday, Jan 23, 2015 at 09:19

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 at 09:19
There was a change to As/NZS 5601 in the 2013 which requires the bottles to be within the A frame. This is no doubt for added protection of the bottles. Here is a link to a Qld Govt RV seminar on the changes to the gas installation requirements.RV seminar
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Reply By: TomH - Friday, Jan 23, 2015 at 11:20

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 at 11:20
Here is an extract from the linked document. Presumably it alludes to any rear mounted installation


Why is it illegal to locate gas cylinders in camper trailers e.g. rear in crash zone?

The AS/NZS 5601 stipulates where cylinders are permitted to be located on RVs.

LP gas cylinders are only made from 2mm thick carbon steel. This thickness of steel cannot withstand vehicle impacts. The rear of any vehicle is the most common impact zone on any RV and as a consequence the rear is not suitable location for gas cylinders.

AS/NZS 5601; 2010 Part 2 Section 3.2.1 covers the restrictions on the location of LP gas cylinders.
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Follow Up By: Steve C2 - Friday, Jan 23, 2015 at 15:06

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 at 15:06
Thanks very much Tom.

Regards
Steve
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