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Hi all,

Couple of newbies here and hoping someone can help out. We just finished doing up our T4 and had an old gas bottle we were using to test everything. Before going on our trip, we bought a fresh Campingaz one and hooked it up to our regulator with orange silicon tubing going up to the cooker. The bottle is in a cupboard under the sink with a drop out. We didn’t have a problem for the first couple of days before we got round to using it but since using it for the first time there’s been a strong smell of gas in the van. We’ve got a butane detector on the floor in the back that went off on the first night but hasn’t since even though we’ve left the van shut and locked all day - but the smell is quite strong.

I’ve seen a few things around about silicon tubing absorbing the gas and causing a smell but I don’t think it’s that. Is anyone aware of how using a gas bottle for the first time, i.e. opening the regulator not necessarily attaching it for the first time could cause it to leak? Should we just go ahead and swap this one out? It’s still full -ish so not sure if we can actually disconnect it without it spitting gas out everywhere?

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Sam
 

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Forgot to say that I’ve rubbed washing up liquid solution around where reg meets bottle and hosing meets reg and no bubbles forming
 

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Are you sure its silicon tubing. It should be either orange rubber or covered in a stainless steel braid. Have you fitted hose clips at each end of the hose? Assuming your using a Camping gaz 901, 904 or 907 there is a break valve that closes in less than a quarter of a turn when unscrewing.
 

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Thanks!

Sorry yes it is orange rubber hosing with jubilee clips at appliance and reg ends. It’s a 907 2.75kg hand tightened as far as it will go. Is it worth half a turn with a spanner? There’s all sorts of info out there about ‘overtightening’ and damaging rubber seals but I suppose we don’t have much to lose at this point.
 

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Either buy some leak detector spray or make a weak solution of water and washing up liquid and test all the joints for leaks including where the regulator screws into the cylinder. Any bubbles will indicate a leak
 

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if you smell gas in the van then that in itself is a worry given you say you have a cupboard with a drop out. however, cylinder should be in a sealed locker, so there's no chance of gas entering the habitable area.
check the rubber seal to the reg, only need to hand tighten, any more is overdoing it. the reg should have a valve close this and start from there, to try and isolate where in the system the leak is occurring. or, failing that disconnect the reg and put the cap on (with good rubber seal) as mentioned above and start from there !!
regs arent dear get yourself a new one if in doubt, no problem to disconnect, some gas will escape but the cylinder is valved, as it has to be of course, and you say is fresh, so this part of the system at least should be beyond question. also change the hose for the proper stuff if any doubt as to type/ condition. then it's just down to the appliance itself assuming that all the connections (only 2 joints in the hose ?) have been properly made.
 

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Thanks for all your comments guys. We tried to find a campingaz regulator everywhere in the city that we are and couldn’t find one so I think we’ll be disconnecting the regulator and putting the handle back on every night. Put washing liquid solution round all the joins and no bubbles forming so very odd. Just going to disconnect to be safe but a bit concerned about wearing the thread. Still better than the alternative.

Thanks again.
 
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