Going to Spain

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  1. mike mcglynn

    mike mcglynn Funster Life Member

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    Hi, All can anybody tell me if I need to get a plastic driving licence to visit Spain as I only have the old paper one ? and also how do people manage for a long time abroad if they have no refillable gas system .
     
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    Are you planning to stay on a site or wild park? Bottle gas is often delivered to sites by a truck on certain days rather than sites holding a stock.
    GPL is available if you can buy a bottle from a car boot sale or Market in Spain. It is not financially viable to try to go down the official route. Use a Spanish bottle and regulator. CEPSA or REPSOL. This can be fed into a BBQ point if you have one to avoid having to change the regulator. Bottles an be picked up for about 10 euro and a regulator and pipe from a hardware store. Gas prices are regulated so there is no rip off pricing as you find with Calor.
    You are required to have photo ID with you all of the time in Spain, so it is either a photo driving licence or risk losing your passport. Easier to carry your licence about. You could be asked for ID when shopping using a card. The Spanish produce their ID cards.
     
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    Your old licence is fine.. We always carry our passports with us for ID
     
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    Do you currently have blue butane UK bottles ??
    If YES.. Then obtain one of these ready,,,
    Called a Spanish "Jumbo adaptor".. Few places on ebay or camping / leisure places sell them.
    Simply unscrew the UK Butane clip on adaptor and replace with this.
    When in Spain obtain a s/hand bottle from a boot sale, campsite noticeboard, "Rastro" like a s/hand shop etc
    Either the orange REPSOL or the Silver CEPSA bottles will do as fitting are same on both.
    Connect up and use in your locker as normal, your bulkhead regulator on the van is already compatible.

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    Sorry but that isn't correct. It IS a regulator known as a "reguladora Salida libre" meaning when full open it allows full bottle pressure to be available. I have been using one all morning on a butane bottle for brazing, & they are normally used on propane or butane bottles when they are being used in place of acetylene ( with oxygen) for welding & burning.
    Also , for us 'Spaniards' they are illegal to use on a Spanish motorhome. You can only use the fixed outlet regulators.
    You are correct that it swops with the uk one.
     
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    I stand sort of corrected then.. :) and amended to save any confusion..
    But you get the idea.. My thinking is that this is a better, neater way than having a bottle stuck outside and connected in via the BBQ point...
    ps... Guess where I bought mine from..... Yes, camping shop in Spain.
     
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    We have the 2 x13 kilo propane bottlesfitted and intend to stay in or near Benidorm on a site for a few months all being well,It looks like buying a new hose and a bottle are the best way to go ,thanks to all who replied for the advice .:)
     
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    You can get a Butane hose and that just screws on the regulator, simple.. Best buy here in UK as it's easier.
    Benidorm... There is a dutch guy on Villasol that does a bit of buying and selling and often has bottles. There is a brick a brak market called EL CISNE on Thursdays and Sundays, often see bottles there.
    If your on Facebook, there is a group called SELL YOUR STUFF SPAIN often bottles on there.. :)
     
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    And just for the record, a 10kg(or is it 9kgs) butane CEPSA bottle refill is currently €13.95. Read that and weep in the UK.
     
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    For R-V`s there is a device called "Extendastay" fits in the line downstream of the main valve from the fixed tank. Connect to the Propane cylinder and your good to go!.

    I also have a regulator which I used to use for my (Gas) Barbecue. When I think about it it is frightening just what we used to lug around in the old R-V!!, Spare gas Bottle, Small washing machine, Fan Heater(s). the list seems endless. No wonder getting over the Pyrenees was an Effort!!.

    Pete
     
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    Re: License, providing it is an EU one and not one of the green ones you will be OK.
     
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    (y) Yes..
    Guess who came back from Benidorm with 2 full bottles :)
    Thats should last me till I go back over there.
     
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    Yes you are quite right.
    They are 12,5kgs. even worse then .:LOL: & if you get them from a repsol shop or doorstep delivery they are only 12,80€ !

    Don't blame you. The price in the UK , as with most things, I find unbelievable. Even in France they are 26,80€
     
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    If you go in a MAILBOX shop in Spain they will laminate a reduced size copy of your passport main page which you can use as an I D. BUSBY.
     
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