#1 03-02-2018 11:16:40

Coota
Owner
From: Melbourne
Registered: 19-06-2017
Posts: 12

Gas setup on Mitchell

Hi All,

We purchased our Mitchell in June 2017 and hit the tracks immediately. Love the Mitchell although I am interested in any modifications other owners have made. One point that I would like to change and that's the gas setup, currently two 9kg bottles one feeding the hotwater system and the other the gas stove in the kitchen. My wife and I will be doing some serious miles and it would be nice to have the two bottles linked so you can switch between them (using one bottle at a time). I would prefer not to be caught out with one empty bottle and having to chose between cooking and hot water, would be a close call I think :-). What makes it more difficult is the hose you need to attach to the bottle for the gas stove each time you setup.

Has anyone looked at this type of mod?

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#2 24-02-2018 15:32:13

rreed821
Owner
Registered: 14-05-2016
Posts: 11

Re: Gas setup on Mitchell

Just saw this & thought I'd reply in the absence of anyone.   The issue is, I believe regulations, and hence why you have one bottle plumbed and fixed in place (hot water) and the other with the bayonet fitting (stove).   Tis a pain I have to agree, particularly connecting the stove all the time and the line always gets jammed in the doors.  I've put a clip on the leading edge of the fridge to hold the line in place.  To overcome the issue of no gas, that can be easily overcome by putting a gauge on the bottles - check the "BBQ Buddy Gas Safety Shut Off Valve" @ Bunnings ($20ea).  There's a trap with these in that you have to press the gauge down to prime the line.  But at least you know how much gas you have in a bottle day to day and if you do run out you just swap the bottle over until the next town.  If you don't want to do that you can always pour boiling/hot water over a gas bottle nd you'll soon see the level where the bottle has condensation.  It's all about management and preparation for a trip.

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#3 25-02-2018 15:53:48

TheVees
Owner
From: Rockingham WA
Registered: 01-07-2017
Posts: 9

Re: Gas setup on Mitchell

Hi, got our Mitchell in July '17 so had ours for a similar time.  The gas setup is a bit of a pain as mentioned above.  Haven't looked into linking the bottles but I would think it could be done so long as a registered gas fitter was used. 

As for the hose for the stove, we filed out the hole where the hose comes through for the hand pump and feed the gas line through there.  Bit of a pain but it keeps it well clear of the pantry and fridge doors.  We've also brought the "BBQ Buddy Gas Safety Shut Off Valve" and find it a good way to check the level of the bottles.

Cheers

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#4 21-05-2018 11:35:08

Coota
Owner
From: Melbourne
Registered: 19-06-2017
Posts: 12

Re: Gas setup on Mitchell

RREED821 and TheVees, thanks for you replies. I know its been awhile but I have spent sometime checking regs in Victoria and finally consulted a gas fitter in our 4WD club. RREED821 you are correct the issue connecting both bottles is the regulations do not allow. The best I can do is have an extension fitted from the right hand bottle and move the bayonet fitting for the cooker hose (current position off the left hand bottle is clumsy). That way both hot water and cooker are taking gas from the same bottle you just swap them out when empty.

Not sure I will bother I bought the "BBQ Buddy Gas Safety Shut Off Valve". Sigh it was a good idea while it lasted :-)

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