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Bad Experience With Gas.
The other week I had a rather nasty experience with my gas supply that I’d like to share with you for comment.
My Hobby MH has a refillable bottle gas supply. I had the habitation service done by ES Hartley of Ellesmere Port whilst on my way to the AGM in Ambleside, ie 13<sup>th</sup> July, and very recent. The gas was running low after the event so before my next trip away I went to the petrol station to refill the bottles. When I attached the supply (never been easy in my view) to the inlet valve and the supplying pump took up the pressure from the bottle, gas started to pour out of the top of the bottle filling the gas cupboard. I don’t mind telling you that this was a frightening experience. After I had calmed down I enquired of the vendor if I had used any of their gas from the pump only to find that all the gas escape had come from my bottle(s). I had the young chap at the garage come and check what was going on only for the whole experience to be repeated. He did identify the source to be the inlet hose connection. I was not too keen on starting the vehicle until after several minutes had expired to allow the gas liquid to evaporate.
When I took the vehicle back to ES Hartley’s for repair they identified a broken (and I mean severely cracked) inlet hose connector failure in the brass fitting. Now I don’t know how this can have happened to a brass fitting and the fact that I had already filled the bottles at least twice before without any problems. Fortunately the garage had a new hose and fitting and was able to repair the damage and I’m now okay. What is worse in all this is that ES Hartley told me that they do not / cannot check the inlet gas supply during an Habitation service. So my question is who the hell ought to be checking the inlet gas supply if the habitation service only checks the internal hoses and connectors inside the van??
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