fitting a fire suppression system in your VW Camper, do it once do it right

As VW Aircooled Works were based a few hours drive away from me, I decided to head up later at night and find a place to park up over night so that I could be with Peter and his team first thing in the morning so they could crack on with the install. For my long term peace of mind, I had decided to go for the full belt and braces approach for the fire protection for my vintage VW bus. I wanted to make sure everything was made as safe as possible, don’t think I could deal with the heartache of another engine bay fire!

combined fuel tank cut off solenoid and fuel filter
combined fuel tank cut off solenoid and fuel filter

From my previous tragic engine bay fire experience, it was pretty clear to see that one critical aspect was preventing fuel in the tank escaping the tank to further fuel the fire! Therefore I opted to get one of VW Aircooled Works combined fuel tank cut off solenoid and fuel filters fitted (outside of the engine bay for added protection!). Then if the fire system is activated, the solenoid is automatically activated and shuts, closing the fuel tank and preventing any fuel leaking out. This system means that if the fuel hose is damaged the petrol will remain safe and secure in the tank, preventing more fuel being added to the fire.

Kunifer (copper-nickel alloy) pipe hard fuel lines run where ever possible for extra protection
Kunifer (copper-nickel alloy) pipe hard fuel lines run where ever possible for extra protection

In terms of protection from damaged, cracked or perished fuel hose from the modern increased ethanol content in fuel, it was then time to look at the passage of the fuel from the tank to the engine bay. As well as changing any flexible fuel pipes to VW Aircooled Works 100% Bio-fuel ‘Fit and Forget’ hose that is that are impermeable to ethanol. This is suitable for use with petrol up to 100% biofuel, so in future if the level of biofuel used within petrol is increased, the fuel hose will not require changing!

In addition, I also had hard Kunifer fuel lines fitted to go through the tinware instead of using fuel hose. This prevents the hose being chaffed and rubbed which can shorted the life span of the fuel hose and cause crack and leaks.

VW Aircooled Works clean gas automatic engine bay fire suppression system
VW Aircooled Works clean gas automatic engine bay fire suppression system

Then to the main item, the VW Aircooled Works clean gas automatic engine bay fire suppression system that gets fitted within the engine bay itself. The system is neatly and discreetly fitted through the upper engine bay/parcel shelf with a one piece bracket…

discreet and neat fixing of the engine bay fire suppression system
discreet and neat fixing of the engine bay fire suppression system

It comes complete with a pressure gauge to monitor its 240psi, 360º dispersal system, plus I opted to get the deluxe audible alarm and LED fitted in the cab area…

engine bay fire suppression system pressure gauge (240psi, 360º dispersal)
engine bay fire suppression system pressure gauge (240psi, 360º dispersal)

All fitted and protected! Hopefully however I hope it never gets used!

VW Aircooled Works fire suppression system, hopefully it will never be used!
VW Aircooled Works fire suppression system, hopefully it will never be used!

A big thanks to Peter and all at VW Aircooled Works for fitting the system. A really friendly and knowledgable guy, who has a real attention to detail who goes above and beyond in making sure all is up to standard and things are good with your camper before you drive away!

As well as getting the fire suppression system fitted, there were a few other little bits I had asked to get sorted at the same time as well, part 2 to follow…

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