When Rod discovered that water was splashing into the gas locker through the mesh-covered vent in the floor, he just had to do something about it. This simple guide explains how he managed to fit a splash-proof gas-locker vent

1 The mesh vent is designed to let heavier-than-air butane or propane drop out of the bottom of the gas locker, should a bottle or hose develop a leak. Some wire mesh is screwed in place over the aperture to ensure that rodents can’t get in. Obviously, this wasn’t enough to prevent road-spray entering the locker.

The original wire mesh vent

2 Rod managed to find the perfect cover at Homebase, where he bought a louvred aluminium vent measuring 229 x 152mm and costing just £3.75.

The new cover in its packaging

Do check before you purchase a similar product, because some vents like this are not to be used with gas appliances, such as boilers, but this one was ideal for the gas locker.

3 Rod used double-sided numberplate tape to bond the vent to the underside of the vehicle, making sure the louvred vents faced backwards!

Scissors, tape and the new cover

4 Finally, in ‘belt-and-braces’ fashion, he used half a dozen stainless-steel, self-tapping screws to fix the vent in place, ensuring it will never fall off.

The new splash-proof locker vent in position

Since fitting the new vent, Rod has not noticed any water getting into the gas locker.

Looking for more great DIY inspiration? Then be sure to head to our Back to Basics – DIY & Maintenance category, where we’re sharing simple projects that could make all the difference when you’re on tour! 

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