Experienced gas fitter on the Sunshine Coast - Servicing Campers, Vans, Buses and Utes

If you’ve got a work vehicle or converted mode of transport that requires gas modifications or installations it’s important you have a gas fitter that has actually worked on these types of vehicles and is familiar with the legislation and legal requirements surrounding gas installations.

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Gas bottles in rear crash zone. Soft copper used for high pressure pigtail. Regulator next to ignition source

Owner Peter Bradley has been working in gas-related roles since 1983 and is a highly experienced Sunshine Coast gas fitter working on commercial and domestic vehicles.

 

“If a gas installation isn’t up to code the Department of Transport can have a field day on your vehicle. It’s just not worth the risk.”

Peter Bradley - Owner, Gas Connections

 

Making sure your work ute or camper gas installations meet the legal requirements isn’t just about ensuring the safety of your vehicle and the others around it (incorrect gas installations quickly become large problems in a road accident) but the protection of those in the vehicle (usually family or workmates).

Commercial and domestic vehicle gas installations on the Sunshine Coast

We can help out with a wide range of gas installations for your ute, bus, van or camper and offer the following services:-

  • Fridges
  • BBQs and Stoves
  • Gas Bayonets
  • Gas Bottles
  • Heaters
  • Grills and Hotplates
  • Ovens
  • Water Heaters

If you’re located on the sunny coast and need a local gas fitter for your bus, ute, van or camper, give Peter a call on 0415 737 357 and he’d be more than happy to talk with you about commercial or domestic solutions.

A professional gasfitter will own and understand the requirements of the AS/NZ5601 gas regulations part 2 (for mobile gas installations) and will keep up to date with the latest happenings and rule changes in the caravan and RV industry. All too often people pay good money for a well meaning plumber to install gas to their vehicle only to find out later that it isn't compliant and never will be until it's re-installed properly. The most common problems are associated with gas pipework running internally, lack of ventilation, lack of signage and so on and so on...

Installing gas for van and bus conversions

If you are buying a van or a bus with the intention of converting it into a camper, it's best to get some sound advice about your options for gas before you start. You may think that it will be a simple job just to run a few feet of gas pipe from the gas cabinet to the cooktop / gas oven location but the standards state that the main run of the gas fitting line must be run outside of the vehicle i.e. underneath. Each appliance must have its own gas line entry into the vehicle adjacent to the appliance and be fitted with a gas isolation valve.

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Above: flush mounted bayonet valve fitted to Mercedes van

Options for fitting gas cylinders into a compliant gas box (it must be vapour proof to the inside of the vehicle) include 2 x 9kg cylinders (heavy) 1 x 9kg plus a 4kg. 2 x 4kg cylinders. A 4kg cylinder with a 2kg back up. 2 x 2kg cylinders. 1kg cylinders are available and can be used as a backup but they are not the most economical option. "Swap and go" gas cylinders are found at most petrol stations and many retailers around Australia but bear in mind that they are 8.5kg and 3.7kg tare. If you purchase your own 9kg or 4kg cylinder you will want to fill them rather than swap them. The bolted brackets for each size of cylinder may not be compatible either. It's best to decide before you start whether you are going to have swap and go cylinders or buy your own cylinders and have them re-filled when needed.

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Above: vapour proof internal gas compartment with space for 2 cylinders

Gas cabinets to securely store the cylinders are usually fitted with the access door on the outside of the van. It is possible however to have a gas compartment that can be opened from within the van. The requirements are that the gas box is vapour proof to the vehicle, the door has a good seal, the door is at least 50mm above the base of the cabinet and that the drain allows any escaped gas to drop safely away (LPG is heavier than air). With all gas cabinets, appropriate signage is required to identify as gas storage and to advise against storing ignition sources within the box etc.

As is the case with caravans and motorhomes, if you have a gas stove fitted in your camper van then you require high and low permanent ventilation. Not just an openable window or roof vent. It must be permanent per the standards. A typical Fiama roof vent has a set area of permanent free ventilation depending on its size. The lower vent is usually fitted in the sliding door of the van or in the floor. With all ventilation for gas appliances there are strict requirements on the location of the vent. Please consult an expert before making a costly mistake. Do it right. Do it once. 

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Gas installation for utes

Having a certified gas installation on your ute is great if you are fed up with undoing and pulling out the cylinder, screwing in the POL fitting to the valve and having to check that there are no leaks every time you want to use it. The hardest part about a ute gas installation is finding somewhere to secure the gas cylinder(s) and regulator that complies with the regulations. The cylinder must be protected from impact and be within the "profile" of the vehicle. That pretty much rules out hanging your cylinder(S) and regulator off the back of the canopy. It should be noted however that the AS/NZ 5601.2 standard only applies to gas installations or spare cylinders (as part of) a gas installation. It is not illegal to transport a gas cylinder in your vehicle but common sense dictates that should you wish to have a gas cylinder on hand at all times, it's best not to have it within a canopy full of electrics or in the rear crash zone. Contact Queensland transport and Roads should you wish further clarification on transporting gas cylinders.

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Above: gas cylinders secured within profile of the vehicle

The only safe place to install a gas cylinder and regulator to a ute is either in a sealed and vented gas compartment within the canopy or underneath the tray either with a bolted bracket or as pictured above, in an under-tray cabinet (2 x 2kg cylinders). Once installed, one or two bayonet valves can be fitted. A bayonet valve makes plugging in a gas appliance a very simple affair. A portable hot water heater such as a Joolca can have a bayonet hose fitted instead of the usual screw in Pol fitting. A small portable BBQ such as a Weber or Zeigler and Brown can have a bayonet hose fitted to make plugging into gas a matter of seconds. Slide out stoves can be fitted but it but it should be noted that gas appliances aren't allowed to be stowed away and still have the hose connected unless there is a safety cut of valve. Caravan stoves and cooktops usually have a lid operated valve to isolate the gas when the benchtop is dropped down.

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Above: gas bayonet valves are easy to plug into