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LPG fixed tanks 7 years 2 months ago #133

  • SteTomo
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I've read a couple of articles in the latest Practical Motorhome Magazine, Dec 2010, and both seem to be putting off anyone looking at fittin, or buying a van with a fixed LPG tank.  The both quote advice from the NCC, National Caravan Council, that this type of fixture might be unsafe, or soon to be unlawful because they, the NCC, haven't got a standard on it.
Most people who have these fitted have had them done by recognised companies, or have the degree of expertees to fit them themselves.  The fact that the current fixings aren't covered by any "standards" raised by the NCC doesn't matter a jot.  The NCC are not responsible for drawing up the legislation, present or future.  They will have no legal standing on any fixings already done, or on inspecting or approving any such standards.
Forgive me if I'm wrong but isn't the NCC is a trade organisation that advices on standards of manufacture of caravans and motorhomes?  They might have companies signed up to their standards and these standards might be good for the industry and customer, but I am sure they are not a legal requirement for manufacturers, dealers or customers.
I have no connection with any company who fit LPG systems, but I do have one on my van.  I know it was fitted to a high standard and I know I'm dealing with a potentially explosive gas.  It just annoyed me that a magazine that many people look to for guidance on fixtures and fittings on their van seems to be giving a one sided view of the system of LPG tanks on motorhomes.
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LPG fixed tanks 7 years 2 months ago #134

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I tend to agree, the NCC's advice was issued to its members, it has no legal standing and will simply result in any tank work being carried out by non-members.
Personally I'm not at all concerned that there is no EU code of practice for the installation, in leisure vehicles, of vapour take-off tanks for the supply of lpg for domestic purposes. There are codes of practice for the installation of liquid take-off tanks where the lpg is used as a fuel for propulsion, these codes of practice will be equally applicable for the installation of vapour take-off tanks, the only difference is the position of the lpg outlet fitting, the remaining regulator and pipework installation is covered by existing codes of practice for lpg systems in leisure vehicles. As long as both sets of CoPs are adhered to the installation should be considered as having been installed to current 'best practice'.
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