Gas bottles on the euro tunnel

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  1. 955matt

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    First time on the euro tunnel with the camper at Christmas, what are the rules for gas bottles , we have two 13kg bottles on board.

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    Basically if the gas bottles are for domestic use only and not for running the engine all you have to do is turn both bottles off. Your fridge will either have to survive without gas or switch on to battery for 30 minutes (not recommended) until you get off at t'other side.

    If the vehicle is propelled by gas (as in American RV's) they won't let you on.
     
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    Eurotunnel should insist that you show them that you've turned off the gas bottles and that's all. Your fridge will be fine with no power for quite some time so long as you don't keep opening it!
     
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    just remember to turn it on again the other side i forgot once and after a overnight stop most stuff i had in the fridge i threw the freezer was just about ok
     
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    Normally on the English side as you go through passport control you go into a lane where they check they are turned off - I usually turn them off at this point. On the French side you are checked when you get to the kiosk where they tell you which lane to go in and this is where I turn them off.

    That said there have been variations where they have just asked me if they are off when we were leaving the car part to board in England and once at the kiosk in France they just asked and didnt check.
     
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    Just remember usual EU rules apply.
    On the english side you will be directed to a security lane where someone will come out, even if its p155ing down with rain as it was last time we went through, to watch you check they are off. Then they will doubly check there are off.
    On the French side about half the time you will be asked "is your gas off?" say yes and thats it. The rest of the time gas isn't mentioned.

    IE the French make a half hearted attempt to follow rules, the Brits doubly ensure they are followed to the letter, Typical!
     
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    no one ever mentions gas when you go by ferry I all ways say gas is off .once I have boarded and they look at me and say oh ok as if it's not important.
    Never been tunnel.
     
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    They should check them as above. In reality, I often find they don't bother on either side. Sometimes they don't even ask you if your gas is off.

    All a bit slack really - I'd rather they did the job properly than risk an incident.
     
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    we did 5 Crossings last year and got asked about the gas each time and 9/10 times got out to check they were off on both sides of the tunnel.
     
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    Hi.
    I second "SomeoneElse" post. Made sure the gas tank was turned Off well in advance,(While it was not raining),because you have to lay down to access the tap,this is AFTER taking off a metal guard.
    Quite rightly i was asked if the gas was off,yes says i..."Show me please". Out comes the all weather bit of carpet and sure enough,the chap knelt down and checked underneath. It is in every body's interest that this happens,so fair play to them.
    Tea Bag
     
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    They have never asked me to turn my tank off at the airbox, quite happy that it is valved off in the old gas locker.
    They just want to be sure you are not burning gas.
    [​IMG]
     
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    If you mean gas as in LPG, no they wont. If you mean gas as in American for petrol, (gasoline) yes they will!
     
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    first time on the tunnel. Have a look at this video by Keith Chesterfield so you will know what to expect.
    He has lot of really useful video for visiting French Aires to

     
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    Bless him :)
     
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    Thanks for the replys I was just worried about the 80% full thing.

    Cheers Matt
     
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    Andy, pardon me for questioning your ability, but shouldn't the top of the pipe have a bracket on to hold it still so that it can't 'waggle' at the joint into the isolation tap - the joint is not meant to hold it other than to join the 2 pieces together ... having had a fire in a MH due to a bad gas bbq installation by a dealer where the pipe wasn't properly secured and so had come out of the joint eventually I would be very concerned if this was in my van ... please consider putting on at least one extra bracket, preferably 2.
     
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    I have a similar arrangement fitted by Autogas200 however I believe the label is a Eurotunnel requirement.

    image.jpg
     
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    They have never commented as it is obvious but I have ordered one.
    This suits the attitude of my tap
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    You are very welcome to cop a feel ;) it does not waggle it is solid.
     
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