Gas (no not gassing)

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  1. David j Paley

    David j Paley Read Only Funster

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    Hi

    I am very new to motor homing, bought our German made Hobby in October, travelled around north eastern Spain a bit since then. We are enjoying the experience very much so far.

    I live in Spain, but I am planning a prolonged trip around France this coming spring and summer.

    I am no spring chicken and changing the very heavy gas bottles in a cramped situation is becoming a bit of a chore.

    Thinking of installing a refillable gas bottle, which I believe can be refilled at plenty of filling stations, however I have heard that domestic use of this gas is illegal in France.

    Has anyone experienced difficulty in refilling these bottles in France or anywhere else for that matter.
     
  2. Forestboy

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    Have 2 Alugas bottles fitted in my locker with an outside filling point in the valance. Never had any problems filling anywhere in Europe especially France.
     
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  3. Robert Clark

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    No, never had a problem in France or anywhere else
     
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    We returned from six weeks around France at the end of October. During that trip we filled up a couple of times at filling stations with no trouble at all. We have an under slung tank fitted. I do not think they would know if the gas was for domestic or vehicle use.
     
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    We have Alugas bottes with external filler. No problems filling anywhere.
     
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    We have a gas it system with an in locker fill point and have had no problems in the UK, Italy, Spain or France.
     
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    I am always careful not to get gas and diesel from the same filling station at the same time. To do so is advertising that the gas is for domestic use, probably a bit ott but I have not had any problems filling anywhere.
     
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    We have gas-it refillable cylinders and external fill point and yes, we had a refusal this year. We called into some backwater Esso petrol station in France and after a bit of shouting and arm waving by the owner we got the message that we weren't allowed to fill. A few kilometres along the road we came to a bigger Super U garage and had no problem filling up.

    Not had a problem before or since. In Spain we have even been offered adapters before we bought our own. I think some individuals and company's interpret the rules differently. As long as you do not leave it until you are desperate to refill, there will always be another GPL garage not too far away.
     
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    For a list of service stations selling lpg check out the app. myLPG.eu
    Hope this helps
     
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    Don't see why you don't fill both diesel and gas at same time as lpg vehicles also have conventional fuel tanks as well
     
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    France, Spain, and Portugal. since 1999. BIG fixed tanks, never been refused, in fact Most welcomed.

    Pete
     
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    Been asked for the "certificate" once (attendant didn't even read it) but like most above have never been refused in France.

    I would recommend an external filler though as it takes away the suspicion that your filling "normal" bottles. (Just my opinion before I'm ripped a new un)

    :xgrin:
     
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    Only place I have ever nearly been stopped from filling is the UK !
    Just told them it is for my on board genny.. 'Oh thats ok then' .. job done !
     
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    Only been refused once in Italy this year, next garage was fine with it.
     
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    I think it is safe to say, in answer to the OP - very occasionally you might get turned away, but it's certainly rare and in Europe there is somewhere else not to far away. The pros definitely outway the cons when it comes to refillables. Not dropping heavy cylinders on your toe for one thing :xeek:
     
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    Or maybe he had run out of GLP? We thought we were being refused and I took the certificate into the filling station (UK) only to be told they were waiting for a delivery :) We've filled up at that filling station since with no problems.
     
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    Very few diesel/lpg dual fuel vehicles (if any) I believe converting a diesel engine to run on lpg is difficult compared to a petrol engine.
     
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    good grief , what would the health and safety gestapo say !! no steel toe capped boots:xrofl:
     
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    Don't believe a CI engine will run on LPG!
     
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    In Thailand nearly all commercial vehicls run on either LPG or natural gas. It did surprise me first time I came across it. We were on a bus and it pulled into a big NG filling station all passengers had to get off for 20 min while they refueled, all the luggage lockers on one side had several large gas tanks.
     
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