gas bottle storage

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 12:13
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Hi all, I have a question concerning the storage of a four kilo gas bottle while travelling. Is it legal to store it on my roof rack? If so is a chain with a padlock plus octopus strap O.K or does it have to have a more permanent fitting to secure it, or do I have to find another method of storage?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - Willem- Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 12:22

Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 12:22
Jim, Check the archives on this site. There has been lots of discussions on this subject. I have made a special bracket for my gasbottle that fits over the spare wheel. It works well.

Cheers, Willem
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Follow Up By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 17:38

Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 17:38
I hope no one clobers you from behind could be messyRegards Bob
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 18:13

Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 18:13
Most cars will only make it to the bottom of the spare wheel. A 4x4 bullbar might get to the middle of the spare wheel. If clobbered from behind the gasbottle should become a projectile travelling towards the rear at speed. What about the 110ly fuel tank just in front of the steel rear bumper?

BJ, Do you know the difference between an optimist and a pessimist?

The optimist sees the donut and the pessimist sees the hole :-)
Cheers, Willem
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Follow Up By: Old Jack - Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 20:29

Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 20:29
Having worked with pressure vessels, the 4 kg gas cylinder if correctly secured in a crash would be the last thing to worry about compared to a petrol fuel tank as willem has pointed out.
In the open air the 4kg of Lpg is less of a hazard than the petrol sloshing around the place.( it has a narrower fammability range than petrol) the pressure's involved is quiet low 40-60 psi depending on ambient temperature (some people have more pressure in a flimsy piece of rubber(tyres) on there car than that!

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Reply By: possum - Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 16:17

Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 16:17
I strongly recommend storage of gas bottle using a custom fitting bolted on to the back of the rear spare. This saves enormous efforts of getting up and down the bottle, creates more space on the roof and you dont even have to move the bottle to cook/fill etc if you dont want to.
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Reply By: flappan - Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 16:27

Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 16:27
It was my understanding that gas bottles need to be within the body lines. ie hanging them in a holder off the spare would be illegal.

Therefore on the roof rack would be the only alternative to being inside the vehicle.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 17:10

Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 17:10
Here is a pic of my home made gas bottle holder. The gasbottle fits inside a 10lt paint tin which is bolted to the holder. I have improved the way the bottle is held in place by removing the ockey straps and placing a rolled up extension winch cable over the top of the bottle. The tie down strap hold everything in place.
Cheers, Willem
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 20:42

Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 20:42
Then a roofrack would be outside the body lines too....

Its a touchy subject, I remember Large amounts of chat last time...
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Follow Up By: flappan - Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 10:57

Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 10:57
For sure Truckster, agree.

Its more the run up the date thing.
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Reply By: Member - Richard- Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 21:30

Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 21:30
One thing for sure it should not be carried in the vehicle. We will carry ours in a Thule top box. There have been a few plumbers killed when they have been carried in their trucks and they have exploded due to leaks.Richard and Leonie, The grey nomads.
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