blocked gas lines

Submitted: Friday, Apr 06, 2007 at 19:32
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Hi All
I hope this is the right forum to mention this problem that we have encountered, if not i guess I will get the message. We have recently spent time camping in our near new Jayco using gas as our only source of cooking and refrigeration. After moving on we were in a situation where we needed to use the gas again and found that the lines and regulator were blocked with a yellow goo. fortunately we were near to the Jayco factory and the flexible lines and regulator were replaced, the reason for the problem appears to be many and varied from cheap gas bottles from china, a problem with the flexible or using auto gas in the bottles. I post this message as a warning to people who are hopefully not going to be isolated with out gas.

Rod & Geri
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Reply By: SARocks - Friday, Apr 06, 2007 at 19:59

Friday, Apr 06, 2007 at 19:59
This is now an old problem. Caused by regulator to low and problem gas lines. Nothing to do with cheap gas bottles from China at all.
Next time it happens buy the large regulator not the small unit fitted by caravan makers. The large unit does not suffer the clogged problem.
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Reply By: kimprado - Saturday, Apr 07, 2007 at 16:50

Saturday, Apr 07, 2007 at 16:50

I had three of the flexible lines replaced in a Jayco campervan. Changed to a copper pig tail and have'nt had any problems thus far.


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Reply By: Flash - Saturday, Apr 07, 2007 at 19:51

Saturday, Apr 07, 2007 at 19:51
I have the flexible lines, and a "small" regulator and have never had a problem. Had it out recently to check- clean as a whistle. (I like flexible lines and will stick with them.)

All the experts have been chasing this problem and trying to diagnose a positive cause for quite some time. There has been a lot of time and money spent trying to come up with the definitive answer. Lots of people have been accusing others, and counter accusations etc. There is no totally conclusive evidence- but perhaps the best preventative is to have the regulator ABOVE the top of the gas bottles. (Mine is!)

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Follow Up By: disco1942 - Sunday, Apr 08, 2007 at 23:21

Sunday, Apr 08, 2007 at 23:21

How old is your setup. It only seems to be the newer ones that have the problem. Seems to be the compound in the line. Mine is over 2 1/2 years old - The rubber had a redish colour about it when new.

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Reply By: Member - Steven H (ACT) - Saturday, Apr 07, 2007 at 20:43

Saturday, Apr 07, 2007 at 20:43
Just finished replacing a regulator on my Camper and it was obvious to see why upon closer inspection. It had a far bit of goo (possibly jointing compound) inside a number of the fittings. Had to replace the regulator despite it only being used for around 5 hours since new!! The manufacturer of the camper sent one to me via express post so it was a good response from them re warranty.
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Reply By: HGMonaro - Sunday, Apr 08, 2007 at 21:26

Sunday, Apr 08, 2007 at 21:26
Just replaced ours too. Took it into the van dealer and he had a big bag full of them. Didn't have any spares left but offered one of a new camper but I sent the Mrs to the manufacturers to grab a new one. New one ran for about 60 hours on the weekend, so hopefully it will last!

Found a PDF on the net from one of the gas suppliers (maybe Boral) explaining their findings, but can't remember exactly what it said. Since there's so many failing, I'm surprised it's not a recall item!
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