dust proofing your caravan

Submitted: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 19:14
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havent found a successful way of dustproofing our Penguin camper. Have tried masking tape, but it comes off when travelling. Can anyone help?
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Reply By: Notso - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 19:22

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 19:22
Looks a bit of a problem. How would a pressure hatch in the top go? Commonly used in Caravans to scoop air into the van through a forward facing hatch in the roof. This pressurises the van and keeps dust out. Mightn't work as yours is low line and dust may get up over the top and ito the hatch anyhow???
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 20:30

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 20:30
Try 100mph/duct tape............. shouldn't come off when travelling.
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Reply By: TomH - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 21:28

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 21:28
Remembering of course that is illegal to cover the vent in the bottom of the door

Which is the safety for an LPG leak
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 23:28

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 23:28
Tom, it is illegal and stupid to run the fridge on LPG whilst driving. Have a look at Thread 87279.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 07:48

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 07:48
Actually it is NOT illegal to run a fridge on gas when travelling and the OP in that thread says so.
Can you post a link to a statute that says so because I have never been able to find one.

Only to say it is dangerous and recommended not to.

My reasoning is that people cover it up and then forget to uncover it when they stop and thereby run the risk of being overcome by gas should an appliance leak.
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 09:52

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 09:52
Tom, it may not be illegal, but certainly stupid. From the ELGAS web site.

"Cylinder valves must be closed when a caravan is in transit.


Never use any gas appliance, including a refrigerator, in a moving vehicle."

Still looking for relevant legislation..............

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Follow Up By: TomH - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 14:18

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 14:18
You wont find it because there isnt any. Have been looking for 8 years and none so far.
Your linked thread also was against running it on gas whilst travelling in the majority,as am I but there are the "Ive done it for 40 years so it must be OK " brigade who still think its safe to do.
I have read the Elgas site many times but that is just an advisory and very sensible.

It cant be illegal as Lunch trucks drive around with their cookers running on gas and they are licenced to do so.

It is in the case of a caravan certainly stupid as witnessed by the examples of accidents in the old thread.
To wit Banka Banka and 80 mile beach. Both caused by fridges igniting volatile substances with dire consequences

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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, May 20, 2016 at 21:54

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 21:54
Where is the dust mostly getting in Tawnsey?

We had and old wind up camper and dust poured in through the four seasons roof vent, and through the seams around the wheel arches. Gathering the bed covers and shaking outside than a good sweep was the simple way.

Very little dust gets in our present caravan, and I have ways of blocking most.

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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 07:39

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 07:39
This is how I dust proofed my 2002 Jayco OB Finch with pros and cons 11 months after install.
http://www.myswag.org/index.php?topic=42387.msg705072#msg705072
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Reply By: Keir & Marg - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:46

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:46
Our Penguin is now pretty good, but aside from the obvious door and fridge vents, the major dust inlets were gaps in the metal wheel arches and the hole in the woodwork at the back of the fridge for the wiring to run under the bed to the battery and "charger". For the wheel arches, I just used silicon to seal all the open seams. For the hole for the wiring, duct tape stopped the dust getting into the underbed space. I don't normally block the fridge vents as we run the fridge on 12v while travelling; this means an occasional removal of the bottom vent is required to vacuum out the space. There are a number of solutions to covering the door vent, but as others have advised, you must remove the cover in order to be protected from a gas leak.
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