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External Vehicle Gas Bottle Holder

Hi there,

Not sure whether to go down the route of storing our gas bottle inside or outside the vehicle. I presume that inside is the risk of a gas leak. Outside the risk of theft? I would also presume that the bottles are OK to withstand the heat outside of a vehicle (that might well be a stupid statement).

If outside of the vehicle, can you buy them? I couldn'y find any anywhere. Perhaps we are better of fabricating something, although this is not my strong point.

The only reference to one I can find is for a Cadac, but can't find anyone who sells them.

Perhaps we just leave the gas in the vehicle, especially as we already have sand ladders, a shovel and (possibly) a hi lift attached outside.

As usual thanks for your thoughts.

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You can buy "gas lockers" from most caravan accessory shops, I've seen them fitted behind the passenger door on 2 door Landies. They're sealed so that gas cannot leak into the vehicle, but vented so that any gas escapes outside.

Plenty of places sell the twin bottle cradles that sit on te front of caravan A frames as well.

Gas bottles can easily cope with temperatures you're likely to meet outside a fire.
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External gas bottle brackets are used extensively in SA and are mfgd by Hannibal as part of their roof rack system.I think they come with a swing in theft bar and lock but,they can be secured with a chain and lock.Use a piece of plastic hose fitted over the chain to prevent rattles.Obviously won't stop bolt cutters but for me prefereable to internal storage as they take up so much space.
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hi ollie we have just done two years to asia and back and had our gas bottles on the roof rack. just tie them onto the rack with cargo straps and we used a master lock plastic coated wire with a padlock, if the padlock is visable most people will walk on by, you will be very unlucky to have anything borrowed from your vehicle on your trip more likely to get it nicked in the u.k. heat is no problem.
but after iran you may find it hard to get a top up of gas as the fillers are asian, we took two 4,5kg bottles so when one was empty we started looking for top ups, we know have a coleman multi fuel with a 10ltr jerrycan would never go back to gas always find petrol on the road and less weight, hi lift jack not really needed on your trip it ways alot and will sit on the rack getting rusty, bottle jack is best, we did river crossings desert driving and beach camping all the time never got stuck but if you are going to go offroad then maybe. what you have to remember is that you are a overlander not a rain forest challenger and to have your landy with a broken bit just for fun can become a exspensive way to travel. get a hi lift in oz much cheaper
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Hi there,

Not sure whether to go down the route of storing our gas bottle inside or outside the vehicle. I presume that inside is the risk of a gas leak. Outside the risk of theft? I would also presume that the bottles are OK to withstand the heat outside of a vehicle (that might well be a stupid statement).

If outside of the vehicle, can you buy them? I couldn'y find any anywhere. Perhaps we are better of fabricating something, although this is not my strong point.

What vehicle have you got Ollie?

If it's a LR, is it a plain hard top? (as opposed to station wagon), why not try one of the military jerrycan side lockers, one locker in each side of the bodywork, they're big enough to hold 2 jerrycans each, so a gas bottle will fit in no probs.
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Hello Dave, Jim, Tony and Roger!

Yep in a 110, with a brownchurch style roof rack. The side lockers are already there and full. One with two full gerry cans, the other with a potje, kelly kettle and 2 axles stands. Does that make me a bad man?

Might try and fabricate something with straps, but I'd rather go with the real thing if it came in under £50. I did email Nene Overland (UK Hannibal suppliers) and also Hannibal SA themselves. Neither have so far got back with a reply, although Hannibal was only emailed today.. Hopefully one of them will at some point.

Dave - I see you are now a moster rather than a nessie! When are you going to update the diary, I know I'm not the only one looking for the story of the Stans???

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Nice people at hanibal

The nice people at Hannibal have now got back to me....
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Why not give Andy @ allisport a shout, i'm sure he could TIG something up.

Another friend also called Andy, who is good mates with the first Andy (at allisport... confused yet?) had a small 7.5kg propane bottle in the back of his 90 (fuelling his Tdi), and Allisport Andy made up a nifty round clamp with an M8 lockbolt to hold the bottle in place. he had it sat on the rear wheelarch, although there's no reason why you couldn't sink it into the wheelarch, as long as it doesn't interfere with your side lockers.


And no, yer not a baaad man having them full! LOL!
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Hi Oliver,

If you are planning to go through the Chunnell forget the gas bottle, I have heard gas bottles are banned from the Chunnell.

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Gas bottles are not banned from the channel tunnel anymore, although there might be a size limit.... we took several 4.5kg bottles with us to france this summer with no problems...
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