RAV 4 LPG Installation

Submitted: Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 18:28
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Hi Folks

Looking for some help. I am wondering if anybody knows a good LPG installer in Perth? Specifically one who could put gas in a RAV (1995). I have spoken to a couple of places, and all have basically said "No where to put the tank, more trouble than it's worth, etc, etc"

However, I do a heap of kms (mostly on road, but sand and gravel as well), and find the lower price of gas very enticing. Any help would be apprecieted!

Thanks

RD
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Reply By: disco driver - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 19:10

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 19:10
Hi RupertDog,
A word of caution!
Do all the maths first
Eg; Installation & unit price,against projected savings over the life of your Rav4
How many Kms will it take to recoup that amount using LPG instead of ULP.
Don't forget that Tax on LPG is going to go up over the next year or two- so we are led to believe.
It may not be an economic proposition but that is your decision to make.

Regards
Disco
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 19:45

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 19:45
They have been saying that for years. If gas goes up so will other fuel and gas will still be the cheaper option. At less than half the price of ULP and Diesel it wouldn't take long to retrieve the cost.
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Reply By: Rock Crawler - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 19:42

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 19:42
gas on a rav , not worth its trouble
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 20:18

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 20:18
Hi Rupert

It will take you 160 000 km before you start seeing a saving. Rather put the money in shares or a high interest account and use the interest earned to subsidize your fuel.

Regards Derek.
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 21:10

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 21:10
And u worked this out how???
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Follow Up By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 21:25

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 21:25
Depends who you bank with, just don't buy Telstra shares.

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Follow Up By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 21:26

Monday, Apr 03, 2006 at 21:26
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Reply By: nickoff - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 06:06

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 06:06
I fitted LPG to my dual cab ute back in '98. Recoup time/Kms was about 100,000 then. Have since done 160,000 but cost differances between ULP and LPG in the NT are verry little. I use approx 1.5 time LPg to ULP.
Using specifig gravities of each component, I burn the same "weight" of fuel per Km.
SG of UPL = .695Kg per Litre
SG of LPG = .510Kg per Litre

Not sure of regulations in WA but in the NT, require as Gas Installation Inspection anually for rego purposes, Plus tank must come out after 10 Yrs for pressure testing, inspection, and certification.

These are added costs you must place into the equation.

I lost the spare wheel storage for a 63L tank, which gives me 400Km between fills.
Knowing the Rav4, the only place that a tank of any usefull size could be fitted is in the rear cargo area. Are you willing to lose this space?

Nick.
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Follow Up By: RupertDog - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 19:04

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 19:04
Nick

Have since found out need an inspection on the tank every ten years. My biggest concern is whilst the RAV is going strong now, she is 11 years old, and I fear may not last the life of the first tank (also some what concerned at going over the pits to get approval for the tank - never know what else they might find?)

Still not sure if I happy to lose the rear cargo area, but some shelving will make it more useable. I have a tow bar to carry stuff, but like beign bale to drop the seats for bulky stuff.

Look slike it might be back to the drawing board!

Thanks

RD
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 10:38

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 10:38
Geez,

The tank would be as big as the vehicle:-)
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Follow Up By: RupertDog - Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 19:06

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2006 at 19:06
Sand Man

My RAV is a bit like Dr Who's Tardis - it's amazing what can fit in side !!!!!

RD
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