Changing gas bottles to French ones

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  1. Anna

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    Hi

    We bought our MH in the UK and, as we live in France, are now in the process of registering it here.

    My question today is about changing the gas bottles to French ones. Can someone please tell us which would be the best gas bottles to buy here in France, preferably ones which will also be easy to buy replacements in other continental countries.

    Any other info/tips you have on this would be much appreciated!

    Anna
     
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    Get them from a supermarket chain, then refills are readily availiable.
    I found Intetmarche to be the cheapest.
     
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    Anna, we live in France ..all your super markets sell exchange bottles....as do many other stores like garden centers.....we use to use ACTIGAZ verre ....This bottle is bright lime green and is Propane, and they sell them all over France from mid upwards and you can see them from the road before you enter the supermarket or shop they also sell a ACTIGAZ Jaune this bottle is bright yellow and is butane..they cost at the moment (as they go up and down in price) 24.95 euros for a 11kg bottle....Super "U" they sell a exchange bottle 13kg at around 24 to 26 euros....same with all supermarkets
    If you have a English butane pigtail, meaning interior female nut connection they will fit the French bottles as they have exterior male thread....
    Or you can do what we have done had Dave Newel in Telford fit us two Alugas refillable bottles with a exterior fill connector...I would go for these type of bottles because they are lighter than the Gaslow bottles which are just has good but twice as heavy...If you wanted you could just have one refillable and one exchange type bottle it is up to you I hope that helps you a little.

    Refillable means all countries...in europe, and all you then need are the 4 adaptors that come with the completed job from Dave
     
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    Hi Anna Mel gives sound advice from experience. To get gas in any country you need refillable bottles so that with the appropriate adapter you can fill at any lpg/gpl pump throughout europe.
    Do it right, do it once good luck.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.

    The thing is that we won't now be going back to the UK in the foreseeable future...if ever, as we're French residents.

    We do have knowledge of French gas bottles from our local supermarket for our house here but have no knowledge of which gas (it states Propane on the door) we should use in the MH and which actual French make would be best to buy.

    We have to do it right with new French gas tube too as our MH will have to pass French regs before we can continue on the journey to obtaining French registration. So don't want to take the word of a French petrol pump attendant!

    Hoping someone who perhaps has a French registered MH can also reply?

    Anna
     
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    hope its a lhd drive m.home you have .many ex uk folk have given up trying to register rhd m,homes in france. specialy if the side door exits to the left.
     
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    That is very true Alan:Doh:

    Me
     
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    You can use both ,...BUT Propane has a Lower freezing point...better in winter

    Mel

    We have a French motorhome registed in France.....and we would use Propane, only because we use it in cold weather.... winter
     
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    got friends not far from here ,moved to france 12 yrs ago .ended up sending the van back here to be sold . now just moved back to uk . have a french reg van. but go away each winter . do they reg here or leave it reg at their daughters home in france?
    hard one . tax ,insurance mot etc .seems better to just holiday here in summer .then go to their daughters or their home in winter .nod nod .
     
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    Hi
    It's RHD and we do know the hassle it's going to be! It's not actually difficult unless it's been modified, which ours hasn't, it's just a lot of hassle with forms to fill in and checks to be done and, of course payment for the checks, etc! The bit about the side door exiting to the left is a fallacy! That makes no difference and isn't even mentioned on the paperwork. If there is a European Certificate of Conformity, it's dead easy and not expensive. But, we've gone and bought a 1998 MH, which, although we got a COC ok for the chassis cab from Fiat, it's impossible to get one from Swift as it's over 10yrs old! Hence the need for the French bureaucratic paper trail! However, it'll be worth it as much cheaper than buying a French one and there's no smelly cheesy fridge with this one lol!
     
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    yes i would say i would struggle through and make them do it. just quite a few i know have given in. have sold a few for them over here . spain seems to be the worst. .here its no probs at all. i used yto buy abroad and re-reg here as part of my garage work.
    i think some just tire to easily . i like giving authority hassle .think i thrive on it . as it is uk is a great place why go abroad . getting abit expensive over there. hee hee .
    best pm me your address then its another place to stop if travelling through. ha ha .
    i like the dourdogne specialy arond gordone etc .
     
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    I have placed a photo of the gas we did use before refillable."Actigaz"..the prices are from an old leaflet, when ACTIGAZ first came onto the market about 6 years ago
     

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    Hmm, bit dodgy leaving it in French reg if they're UK residents, for insurance purposes! Certainly, no road tax to pay in France and Controle Technique (MOT) cost about 65€ and lasts for 2yrs!
     
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    That is correct about the two year MOT and no road tax .....UNLESS you are over 3500kg then it becomes heavy goods 100 euros EVERY YEAR FROM THE FIRST YEAR OF REGISTRATION
    like mine:Doh::cry:

    Mel
     
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    That sounds good but do you know if they sell same in Spain, Portugal, Italy, etc?
     
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    No Anna ACTIGAZ is just France..........YOU want refillable like we have:thumb: covers all and also back in the UK.

    Mel
     
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    hi, they actually spend more time out of uk than in . have a static as a kind of base here . sold their house in france . like all things in life what do you do. the insurance from france covers far more countries than uk insurance etc .
    but the gas thing is difficult .i have a total bottle exchange in france or morocco. there is also buta gas that also does france and morocco.
     
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    As we won't be back in the UK, can't get that and don't think that would pass the checks we've to get done for registering our MH here. I would like to know how the French overcome that problem. Perhaps someone with a French registered van will reply to that?
     
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    Gosh, that's a bit steep! Do you need a special class of driving licence for that? Also, does it cost more on the autoroutes too?
     
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    Mel has a french registered van :Doh:
     
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