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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 25-02-2020, 01:09 Thread Starter
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how do I turn the cooker on???

Hi All,

Absolutely brand new to the Motorhome World.

Have bought myself a Mercedes 208d Autotrail Comanche 1990

Don't have a clue how the stuff inside works

Please help me!!!

First I nee to know how to switch the cooker/oven and fridge on....they are connected to a gas canister (15kg calories gas blue butane canister) which I thought was empty because after turning the switches on nothing seems to still work...I thought maybe there is no gas in it so took it to get it swapped...the chap there told me it definitely has gas in it...he also told me threes a separate lever which turns the gas on....please can anyone help me
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Hang on Ibby, someone will be along to advise shortly.
First is the regulator on top of the bottle turned on, anti clock or possibly side lever?

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Are you in the UK?

Can you post a picture of the gas regulator etc. on or around your gas bottle?

There will be separate isolation taps for the gas supply to cooker, heater and fridge, normally found in a cupboard in the vicinity of cooker, they need to be turned to on.

Your van will originally have been fitted with a bottle mounted gas regulator, they often have a button which needs to be pressed to allow gas to flow after the bottle isolation valve has been opened.
Build regulations changed and the bottle mounted one was changed for a bulkhead mounted one, these often incorporated crash isolating devices, yours may have been changed for that type some time in its life.

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You will have isolation taps for the fridge cooker water heater gas fire may be under the sink make sure these are turned on
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Yes, definitely need a pic of the top of your gas bottle. Also, being butane, maybe it's too cold for it to work properly? Propane is the gas of choice in colder weather.

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Once you have ensured that the cylinder is turned on (I always open mine fully, then back half a turn, that way if it moves at all, it's on - trick from my diving days which has endured don't run out of air st depth...).

Then check any in- line switches are on (often in a cupboard beside the oven with three or four switches in line),

Then, open the glass lid fully - there is a cut off switch that won't allow gas to pass unless lid fully open,

Then turn a knob on for the cooker - you should hear gas coming out but it will take a few seconds to purge the air from the pipe, then try lighting by pushing the button. This will only go click click click if the 12v supply to the back is switched on at the control panel.

It should now light..... if there is no gas flowing check at each joint, if you have a dual regulator it should be pointing to the cylinder that you are using.

You will need to do the purging routine for each ring, and the oven and the fridge and the water heater and the space heater - that may mean trying to light eg the water heater, it will cut off after 30s if no gas and that can be seen by a red light on the thermostat control knob. Turn it to the off position then back to on and repeat several times until it fires - you may hear a dull whoomph as it goes (technical term for lighting noise).

I hope that helps, if not let us know as many details as you can about the set up - a picture is worth 1000 words.....

Do let us know how it all goes and welcome to the forum. Many people don't lift the glass lid fully and wonder why it won't light...

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Ah! now then to light the gas, you need to have the Sargent above the entrance door switched on.
I see Penguin has already said that and explained the next movements, he calls it a control panel though. So Ill sign out.

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Ah! now then to light the gas, you need to have the Sargent above the entrance door switched on.
I see Penguin has already said that and explained the next movements, he calls it a control panel though. So Ill sign out.
The van is a 1990 model, don't think they had that level of sophistication then!

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The van is a 1990 model, don't think they had that level of sophistication then!

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hi

yes its all turned on but cooker doesn't come on...please can someone help me
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