Gas Bottles in Different Countries

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  1. Henry y Min

    Henry y Min Funster

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    We hope we are not repeating our question as we have not figured out how to search for previously asked questions without going through each individual thread - if there is a way I hope somebody will point me in the right direction.

    Our question is we assume that in say Spain (where we live) and France and Portugal and UK all have different gas bottles - so my questions is how do other motorhome owners get over this issues when they are spending a few months in each country? How would you for example get a Spanish bottle filled or exchanged in another country? We are sure that an adaptor for each country may help but you would end up with more than the normal two cylinders.

    Many thanks

    Henry & Min
     
  2. SandraL

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    I can confirm that a Spanish repsol propane cylinder cab be exchanged in Portugal and vice versa. Refillable cylinders are best answer. Google gasit or gaslow. These can be refilled at autogas stations throughout Europe but a country specific adapter will be required. France and Portugal use the dish adapter, Spain it's own, UK their own. Autogas is a blend of propane and butane. In Spain mostly butane so not good if cold. France, Portugal and UK it's either propane or mostly propane and OK in cold weather.
    Alternatively you could fit a lpg tank instead of a cylinder but make sure it's for a vapour take off, cars use liquid take off.
     
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  3. Gary217

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    I had/have the same concern and posted my question a while ago and got some helpful and interesting answers: -

    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/threads/which-gas.122709/

    Even though it is more expensive and the cylinders are smallish I've decided to use campingaz when in Europe as it is easy to get and I really do not trust myself with refillable. We can also easily switch it over to our outdoor cooking station and as we go to Europe in the Summer we won't be using the gas for heating the van. That's just a personal decision though and as you'll see in the thread there are a number of people who happily use alternatives. If we go to Europe during the winter we may take a different view if we are using gas to heat the van.
     
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    If you run out of gas you could buy a cylinder and regulator a piece of hose jubilee clips and run it through bbq point

    Joe
     
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  5. Henry y Min

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    Many thanks both for your very helpful comments. Have already contacted gaslow and will now contact gasit and look at other options. Thanks again
     
  6. Henry y Min

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    Hi Gary

    Many thanks. Really good link with very informative information.
     
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    There is a further refillable option to Gaslow and Gasit and that is Alugas as fitted by Autogas2000. Be very careful that you are comparing apples with apples as there a couple of different types of refillables – 2 valves (older type and nothing wrong with them) and 4 hole gas bottles.

    I priced both Gasit, Gaslow and Autogas 2000 who supply both steel (Prakto and Stako) and aluminium bottles (Alugas) if you are struggling for payload and went for the Alugas MV system which having used it for a week I am delighted with (currently sitting in an empty very quiet aire in a tiny French village running uk gas!).

    The Alugas MV system also seems to have a reasonable gauge on it plus it was fitted. The difference in the price between DIY Gasit and Gaslow was about £75.00 so for me as drilling of a holes in the skirt was required I was happy for someone else to do it who knew what they were doing, so was worth the extra and a great job was done too. Horses for course as they say.
     
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  8. Henry y Min

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    This is very much appreciated
     
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    Another vote for Alugas, I have had 2x11kg for several years and find them very satisfactory. The gauges are quite accurate as long as you bear in mind they don't start going down till they're half empty, We have separate remote gauges for each bottle and only have one bottle on at a time, fill up when we start the second bottle.
    Alugas are quite a bit lighter than the others which is a plus, though I have chucked out a load of the stuff swmbo fills the MH up with, just need to stop her putting it all back.
     
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    We also live in Spain and travel to France and UK as well as Germany and Portugal. We had Alugas fitted 4 years ago and is one of the best things we did. When we fill up with diesel we also do LPG so never run out of gas. The outlay is covered within a year. Last time we checked total fill LPG around 13 euro's
     
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    We are just back from 8 weeks away and we are still on the 13Kg bottle I swapped to on the second day. I was expecting to have to source a bottle in Spain but we came back without touching the spare we took with us.
     
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    Under slung tank on ours, 90ltr capacity so can fill to 72ltrs with the 80% rule, never run out in the last 3 years.

    Topped up at Thetford a few weeks ago, 40 litres for less than £20, big capacity means you can leave filling until you find a decent price per litre.

    Hymie
     
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    in benidorm they buy them from the market,then sell them back when they leave,around 8 to 10 euro for empty then refill around 15 euro
     
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    100% Refillable system is what you need, we also live in Spain, not too far from yourselves, in the summer we travel around Europe, start in Spain with 2 full cylinders, as we progress on our trip we Top up when we see Autogas on sale.
    Its not necessary to wait until you have empty cylinders, just Top up and travel on.
    If you need any further information about motorhoming in Spain, you can contact us direct via this web...Start a conversation.
     
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