Autogas 2000 vs Gaslow

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  1. dooney

    dooney Read Only Funster

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    We are looking to go along the refillable gas bottle route, mainly for europe, there appears to be autogas 2000 and gaslow.

    The autogas bottles seem to be half the weight of the gaslow ones, are there any other pros and cons between the two systems or companies?

    Thank you in advance

    Jerry
     
  2. lebesset

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    if it is mainly for europe , why would you fit refillable bottles as gas is easily and cheaply available there ?
    what countries do you visit ? do you have on board or on the bottle regulators ?
     
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    Can't beat light weight. I've never seen the Autogas ones before. I have Gaslow. It works a treat except in Spain where filling stations are not so common.

    My only comment is the Gaslow filler looks better. The UK bayonet is built in whereas the Autogas one you screw in an adaptor. However, on the continent I have to screw in the appropriate adaptor anyway.

    It seems a better solution to anyone touring many countries than trying to organise a local cylinder in whatever country you run out in. It wins here where we get ripped off exchange cylinders and if setting off on a long trip you might exchange a half full one to be sure you have a full one.
     
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    Hi Jerry

    Refillable is definitely the way to go. I have a fixed LPG tank and it's a lot easier to get that filled than look for exchange bottles and faff about with different regulators.

    However, if your going to do an extended stay or tour in Spain there are only about 50 or so LPG refilling stations, sounds a lot, but Spain is a big country and you may be many miles from an LPG station when you need to refill, so exchanging bottles may be more convenient ..

    Courtesy of Olley Spain Map LPG Stations

    I have no experience of either refillable systems, but as you say, the Autogas have lighter bottles , if pay load is a consideration, (which for most it is), it would make sense to go for them
     
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    It seems that Dave Newell is an agent. See at the bottom of this page:-

    http://www.autogas.co.uk/alugas-cylinders.htm

    Certainly sounds good. Are there not restrictions in France? - i.e. not allowed to refill at filling stations?


    John
     
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    reimo used to do a very light aluminium bottle for refilling. there are several options for refillable gas bottles .cheers alan
    ps. no comment as to my sugestions ,ha ha .
     
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    Have had no problems refilling at filling stations in France and seen nothing to say its not alowed.
     
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    Always fill in France before crossing into Spain, saves the hassle of looking for a Spanish one. :thumb:

    Not a problem in France all the service areas seem to have GPL (their name for LPG). :BigGrin:

    If you have an external filler it looks just like a car that's been converted to LPG so I don't see how anybody would know if it fills a Gaslow/Autogas 2000 type tank or an under-slung one like the RV's and LPG powered cars have.
     
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    I didn't have the courage to cut through the side - especially with no experience of Gaslow so my filler is on a bracket in the locker. No problems so far. But then in 2.5 years I've only filled up half a dozen times and it's all been in the UK.

    The one time I was desperate I got a bum steer to a place in Malaga that had no hint of an LPG pump. So 3 weeks panic in Morocco on a part full tank and no problem. Panicked for nothing.
     
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    We have the Gaslow system in the 'van and it has certainly prooved less expensive and more convenient than refill bottles. For some countries, Scandinavia for instance, you have to plan ahead a bit because the gas stations are some distance apart. We would have liked larger bottles but the gas bottle locker in our Bessacarr E560 is just a fraction too small.
    I cannot see the system ever recovering the high initial cost (about £500 in 2008) but, with it being transferrable to another 'van should we sell, I am more than happy so far.
    Anyone with a dodgey back will appreciate the convenience of refilling at a pump.
    GeoffM :thumb:
     
  11. Minxy Girl

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    Not sure how much the Autogas costs but from memory I think it's a fair bit more than Gaslow.

    We decided to go for just a single 11kg bottle which we've had for around a year now and haven't emptied it yet! We decided we couldn't see the point of having 2 bottles at the time - and still don't ... unless we were planning on touring in far away places where you can't get top ups for months! Having only one bottle has turned out to be a good thing as our new motorhome won't take more than one anyway! :RollEyes:

    From memory the whole set-up cost in the region of £220-230 which included the bottle, filler point & SS long hose, filler bracket, SS hose for bottle to regulator, plus 3 adaptors for various pumps. I got the lot fairly locally as they price matched within about £5 to the best price I could get on the web.
     
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    Yes we are agents for Autogas 2000, the lightweight bottles are marketed as "Alugas" and will save you around 6 KGs per 11KG cylinder. Alugas cylinders now include a float level gauge. We are also agents for Gaslow, the only major difference is you don't save 6KGs per 11KG cylinder. Cost wise they are broadly similar with only a few pounds difference in cost.

    D.
     
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