• What would we do without gas in our mobile homes?

    LPG In Mobile Homes

    LPG or liquid petroleum gas as it is known lets you have the same benefits as your main home.

    There are two types of LPG, Propane and butane, the main one being propane.

    Propane normally comes in red gas bottles, whereas butane comes in blue.

    Butane is more commonly used in the tourer caravans and motorhomes, but propane could still be used.

    When travelling in the colder months of the year, propane is more suitable because butane could freeze in cold weather.

    LPG in mobile homes still has the same feature as natural gas, you can still cook the same as home even heat your mobile home.

    The only difference is the gas pressures.

    You have to be careful when thinking of replacing any gas appliances.

    I’ll explain, natural gas works at a pressure of around 20Mb, whereas propane works at 37Mb and butane at 30Mb.

    You can see from the figures above the difference between natural gas and propane is nearly double.

    When buying any gas appliance that will use propane, ensure it is suitable or that it can be converted to use LPG.

    Always ask the salesperson in the store if the appliance you are interested in buying can be converted to work on LPG.

    Let’s say, you fitted a natural gas cooker onto an LPG gas supply.

    When you try to ignite one of the burner rings, the flame would be out of control as it is letting nearly twice as much gas through.

    The best advice I can give you is to never try and install, even work on any gas appliance yourself.

    Employ a trained registered LPG Gas safe Engineer to carry out any work for you.

    With LPG in mobile homes, SAFETY is most important.

    Yes, I know you want to save on costs who don’t.

    You would never forgive yourself if something happened to your family or friends because you wanted to save a few pounds.

    Having LPG in mobile homes is the same as your main home, the boiler should be serviced every year, even if it only heats the hot water.

    Any gas fires fitted should be safety checked as well as any cooking appliances, some fridges also work on LPG, again safety checks.

    The gas regulator needs checking each year and replacing every ten years.

    The same goes for any rubber gas hoses, they need to be inspected every year and replaced every five.

    I hear what you say, I only use my mobile a couple of months of the year, surely I don’t need a gas safety check every year.

    The answer is yes you do because when an appliance is not used for some time things can start to go wrong.

    The best way to explain this is if your leave let’s say, a kitchen tap closed for some time when you go to use it, it is sometimes stuck and won’t let the water pass through.

    Whereas a kitchen tap that is used every day never gets stuck, the same applies to all gas appliances.

    Another potential hazard is the flues from the water heaters, the boiler and gas fires.

    They can get blocked up and instead of the products of combustion exiting through the flue can enter the room, producing carbon monoxide.

    As we all know carbon monoxide is the silent killer, you cannot smell it or even see it, so just be safe.

    SAFETY in mobile homes, camper vans, tourers and boats must be a priority, it’s a good idea to arrange a safety inspection before the start of the season.

    The gas safety inspection will highlight any problems found, and any faults can be rectified ready for the new season.

    Another big safety tip is to buy yourself a couple of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

    Like I said at the beginning of this article LPG in mobile homes has the same benefits as your main home.

    I hope you have enjoyed reading this article about LPG in mobile homes.

    You will be surprised at how many people think you do not need any form of gas safety inspection on mobile homes, boats, camper vans.

    It’s not law but, many touring parks are now requesting to see a safety certificate before they let you on their park.

    The best way to find an engineer who can carry out your safety inspection is by visiting the gas safety register.

    Just follow the instructions on the site, enter your postcode and you should receive details of three engineers local to you.

    Till the next time.