Filling Gaslow / Alugas bottles.

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  1. fusbill

    fusbill Read Only Funster

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    Hello All

    Dave Newell will be fitting an Alugas system to my wagon shortly. I am aware that there is a place near him where I can fill up so that is not a problem.

    Having read numerous threads about the issues surrounding these systems I am ok with my decisions regarding filler position, supposed problems with filling in France, lack of filling places in Spain and so on.

    However, there is something I'm not so clear on and that is what info there is out there regarding filling depots here and in Europe. It's not the petrol station locations that I'm on about because I will be able to see whether they do gas when I'm passing. It's the depots specifically because I get the impression that gas may be cheaper in those than at the roadside??????

    I have asked for three different adapters because I felt that that way I would be likely to be set up for just about every place I'm likely to visit. (French / Italian, European and Spanish adapters)

    Any info on websites or other info that may help with this would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

    bill
     
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    In peparation for Dave fitting our Alugas bottle I downloaded both Forecourt and Non-Forecourt PoI sets, I think from http://www.tomtomfree.com. However, I can only see the Forecourt one there now. I have to say that I'm not impressed with the accuracy as the closest of each type to us ceased to sell LPG years ago. Indeed, the non-forecourt depot was flattened and replaced by another building years ago.

    I've started making a note of places we've actually seen and will create my own PoI set when I have time. In the meantime, though, I did find the Calor/Shell/Autogas set Here although they are forecourt only I think.

    For your initial fill I expect Dave will direct you to the same place he sent us, a mile or so from his workshop.
     
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    google flogas they have a site . but olley as alot on his.
    flogas are quite nicely priced as well.
     
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    http://www.filllpg.co.uk/index.php?page=listpricesall.php&listmonths=1
     
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    Thanks All. Some helpful stuff there. Regarding the account at countrywide I'll certainly bear it in mind for the future. As I'm only having one 6kg cyllinder fitted just now much will depend on how much I use and the difference in price compared to other outlets agianst whether its worth having another card, account and pin number to worry about.

    Thanks again

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    filling gas bottles

    Hi all regarding filling bottles most boat mariners here and in spain france etc will fill gas bottles and cheap to Thanks Bernie:thumb:
     
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    Wow, impressed by the list of suppliers. I have the distinction of getting my autogas a couple of days ago at the most expensive place in the country (no 329 Golden Cross) must be good, as people say on the forum 'you get what you pay for' :Rofl1:
     
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    We filled up our Gaslow at a Flogas depot whilst on a CL in deepest Norfolk. NP whatsoever. They did have a BIG sign up saying words to the effect that Bottles couldn't be filled but we took that to mean 'loose' bottles and it turned out to be correct. Said it's fine if it's all installed properly with correct tubing and filler gizmo actually permanently fixed.
     
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    With an 80% fill I make that 4.8kg of gas-how long would you expect that to last ?
    All our heating and cooking is by gas-so that wouldn't last us very long.

    Mike.
     
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    Usually vans with small bottles have Eberspacher heating.
    6kg 11.5 litres usually last about 30 days avg mix of on/off hookup
    My half full gaslow just nearly managed 3 weeks through France to Spain and back. 3 days on calorlite
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    The gauge on the gaslow actually does not begin to move until the tank is nearly half depleted
     
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    See what you are getting at but feel it will suit us judging from our usage to date and the way we tour.

    hope the quote work, first time I've tried it.

    bill
     
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    Our gas lasts ages.

    I fitted a Gaslow 11kg a while back and have only filled it once which cost about £15 (from memory).

    We use gas for water heating and cooking, including an outside BBQ. It's been fitted for quite a few trips now, including a 10 day euro trip and there's still plenty left.

    The way I see it is, yes, it can be done cheaper at Gas outlets with the lower Tax, but the cost is so small anyway and the frequency even smaller that I'll just fill it with Autogas everytime as it's convienient.

    I was keeping a keen eye on the French Petrol Stations, albeit Motorway ones, and they all had LPG (so did a lot of Italian ones) and the cost seemed similar to what we pay at UK Petrol Stations.
     
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    Bottles are sized for an 80% fill of what is marked on the bottle... , so a 6kg bottle will hold .. 6kg.
     
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    We have a 40ltr tank-filled in UK,then went to Marjal for 4 weeks followed by 4 weeks touring back through France,with heating on quite a few nights -Filled again at Auchan Bolougne the day we came back.
    It took 21 ltres (10.5kg) I think and cost pennies :BigGrin: Personally I can't be bothered to go hunting around ,using up diesel to save a few pennies on gas.

    Mike.
     
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    When I went to school 80% of 6 was 4.8-did it change recently ? :BigGrin:
    Are you saying that my 40ltr tank when 80% full will be holding...40ltrs ?
    Or,are you saying that a bottle marked 6kg would actually take 7.5 Kg. ? If it was filled to 100%.

    Mike.
     
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    I don't know the answer to this 80% business but either way I'll survive whatever it is.

    Also I was asking about lists of gas depots where the gas MAY be cheaper to give me more choice and flexibility. I'm of the same opinion as some others on here, I'll fill with autogas if I need gas or at a slightly cheaper gas depot if it is convenient to do so. Like whats been said we're talking pennies.

    Another thank you to everyone for their input.

    bill
     
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    yes when you buy a full bottle og gas it should have 13kg of butane or 15kg of propane . etc 6 kg of gas .etc .the 80%is of the total capacity. even so calor and other gas places very often fill to 90% .
    you may be suprised how much you can get in a bottle till the pump stops . you may find this out when the 80%cut out mal functions and they very often do. having used lpg cars for years it happens very often .
     
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    Yes-I have noticed that my fixed tank sometimes fills to 95%

    Mike
     
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    I'm learning all the time here, thanks. "80% cut off fails they OFTEN do" had heard they do fail but not OFTEN doesn't exactly fill me with confidence. Looks like this refillable lark is going to be a bit of a learning curve.

    Dreading the first few fills, won't be able to put my fingers in my ears while I'm holding the gun. Have to get the wife to do that for me.

    bill
     

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