help with power EG20 LPG

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  1. elande

    elande Read Only Funster

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    Hi All,

    We are from Australia and are buying an Auto-Trail Scout in the UK to tour around UK and Europe then bring back to Australia. What we would like to know is about power. We want to wild camp as much as we can and have no worries about power.
    We have order the van with 3x110 leisure batteries. It also has 1x 85w solar panel. We have looked at the EFOY system, looks great but price and finding the fuel is a problem. Also looked at the EG20 LPG self energy system. This looks like the one we need, but what do we need to have fitted to the van ? ...inverter, bridge, LPG tank etc...
    As we have no idea what we need, any help would be fantastic.

    Just some more questions:
    Can you replace the LPG bottles with a tank and fuel up at service station auto LPG bowser.

    Any tips on wild camping in UK or Europe...how to stay for a while and not get noticed...safety & security....where to get fresh water...

    Once again thanks to all for you help..

    L & D
     
  2. superk

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    Hi - a lot of questions I'll try and answer some for you.

    We have the Self-Energy EG-20 fitted to our van. It is relatively rare in the UK most people preferring on cost grounds to rely on solar panels (despite our weather) or free-standing Honda or Kippor generators.

    The EG-20 is fitted by the suppliers Conrad Anderson http://www.conrad-anderson.co.uk/power/generators/generator-SelfEnergy-EG20.htm
    underneath the van so you don't know it is there. The LPG supply comes from wherever your normal LPG comes from - bottle or tank. We have a Gaslow system fitted and this allows filling at Autogas stations. Conrad Anderson can fit underslung tanks if you want this frees up space previously occupied by bottles. The Gaslow system replaces your normal bottles.

    Here's the stuff from their website:

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Simple to use
    The EG-20 has a simple to operate remote wall switch. If the gas tap is 'open', the vehicle engine is switched off and the remote switch on, then you do not have to do anything else.
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The System is controlled by a hideaway module, which has an intelligent circuit board, which senses the battery voltage. The control module ensures that the EG20 is activated only when the battery needs topping up. When it does ‘kick in’ it tops the 12v battery up to almost 14.5v. The system also incorporates safety and maintenance indicator lights, which show up any of multiple fault codes.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The unit can run on any existing LPG, propane or Butane gas supply, or we have an option to have refillable LPG tanks fitted. The latter option would free up another external locker and give the option of refilling before the tank is completely empty from a potentially cheaper source. See page 10 in this brochure for more details.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The EG20 can be supplied with optional extras such as an hours meter and a timer unit. The hours meter is beneficial especially for high usage systems so proper servicing intervals can be adhered to and the timer allows the user to automatically set when the unit should be on or off.
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Benefits [/FONT]

    • [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Be independent from mains power supply.[/FONT]
    • [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]No more TV cutting out in the middle of your favourite film. [/FONT]
    • [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]No need to worry about flattening your battery by using to many appliances.[/FONT]
    • [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Guaranteed power, whatever the weather.[/FONT]
    • [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]No more complains of noisy generators from your neighbours. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]EG20 - Options
    EG220 Bridge - connects engine battery and leisure battery. Enables charging and discharging of both.
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]We have used it manually. For example if we want to use a hairdryer or other power consumer we simply turn the genny on, run the device through an inverter then when finished leave the genny to run until the batteries are fully topped up when it will turn itself off.[/FONT]


    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]We've found it very useful on our six-month tours of Europe because when wild-camping or on Aires you can't put a generator outside the van and if it's pouring down with rain there probably won't enough for a solar and getting out to set up a Honda is a hassle.[/FONT]


    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]All the benefits come at a zonking price - but then automatic satellite dishes cost more than manual crank ups. One of the key benefits is space as it is permanently fixed under the van and not occupying a locker.[/FONT]


    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Hope that helps.[/FONT]


    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]:Smile:[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Keith
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  3. bazfergy

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    Hi guys i've got my auntie and uncle over from australia (perth) just now on a month long holiday,and they were looking at my van the other day(pilote a class)and they were saying how much they would like one back home,but they are very dear.So i take it it works out cheaper buying in europe and transporting back to oz. Hope you have a great time and drive safe:thumb:
     
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