Is LPG a cheaper way of running a motorhome?

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  1. Kryten

    Kryten Read Only Funster

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    Hi guys/gals,

    With diesel not being cheap, I was wondering if it would be worthwhile to get an LPG tank fitted to my motorhome (when I get one, that is! :RollEyes:) to power it rather than use batteries and hookups. I'm not talking about a conversion to actually drive the motorhome, but just as a power source to run all the devices like the fridge, tv and lights etc.

    Would this be a better long term idea? (I know there would be the initial cost in getting it fitted, then the cost of topping up). Or would getting solar panels fitted be a better/cheaper way? I'm guessing solar panels only charge up leisure batteries and won't sustain prolonged use of electrical devices whereas a full tank of LPG would be able to power devices for many days (or even weeks!?) at a time. Is this correct?

    I'm planning on mainly wild camping rather than staying on designated camping sites and I don't want to be left out in the cold/dark! I also hope to use it all year round and in all weathers too. What sort of motorhome/devices would best suit my needs for this? Is there anything that I simply must have (or not have) or anything I should always do in order to accomplish this?

    I look forward to your input and any advice is appreciated. :Smile:

    Thanks!
     
  2. Mikeco

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    I've not seen a gas run TV and gas lights went out of fashion years ago

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    :Eek!: You know what I mean!!

    Sensible answers everyone please.
     
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    I don`t know what you mean ?
    LPG can`t be used as a source of electricity, unless it`s through an lpg genny.
     
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    I guess you mean LPG to power a generator then? to charge your batteries for your TV and lighting etc :Laughing:
     
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    No I don't.
    Look forward to reading sensible answers

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    With me having an American motorhome, it`s a petrol engine. It`s converted to run on LPG, which as you rightly say, is cheaper than diesel, and unleaded.
    It also has a separate lpg tank, which runs the heating, and the hob/cooker, and fridge.
    The lpg will not provide electric for tv, toaster etc etc
    For that you need hook up, battery power, generator
    If your wilding a lot, solar is great. If your at sites, hook up is easy.
    If your wilding, and its not sunny, batteries/genny is the way.
    A genny could run on petrol/diesel/lpg
     
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    I think the answers were somewhat sensible, pointing out that a leisure battery can only do so much. Just about every motorhome that I know of has LPG tanks in one form or another - ranging from calor gas tanks to built under fixed tanks. Both have similar capacity plus or minus 10-20 litres!

    LPG will power, fridge, cooking, hot water and heating and that is about it. Leisure battery has to power lights and everything else, and needs to be substantial if you are going to watch telly, power laptops etc.

    A generator is usually a good option, depending on nearness of neighbours. Hope that helps
     
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    You would be better getting solar panels and a bank of batteries ( 4 x 110Ah) to power your led lights and tv if your going to be away from mains for long periods. LPG will power your fridge and heating but if you have a fan in the heater system, it will use 12v.
    A quiet generator is also a good idea to top your batteries up if need be ( when the sun doesn't shine, so, most of the time in the UK:Wink:)
    Permanently fitted or refillable lpg tanks are the cheapest option and you can also get an adapter to use bottled gas if you can't fill the tank. LPG or Autogas is cheap at about 72p a litre. Half the cost of a pre filled bottle of gas, but you need to do a bit of research to make sure you know which garages sell it.
    I just filled the tank on mine. 22 litres at a cost of £16. less than half the cost of a 13kg propane bottle round here.

    Allan
     
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    I think that Techno 100 DID make a sensible answer - it was your question that was vague
     
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    A great way to endear yourself to the members here....daft answers are just part of the fun on this forum and the FUN attitude:Wink:
     
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    I think the reply was in reply to the post before mine :Laughing:
     
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    LPG conversions to a diesel engine a bit of a no no, costly and only uses a small percentage of LPG.
    On a big American petrol RV engine , well worth it if covering plenty of miles.
     
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    It was not my question and I agree that the original question was vague.

    Mike
     
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    In Answer to the opening question.
    If it was everyone would be doing it and we'd all know about it. :thumb:
     
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    Honestly, we are here to help, some of the humour is good as well. Just ask away - :thumb:
     
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    Thanks for that Allan. :thumb: So, roughly how long will that last you then?
     
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    Cheers Larry. :Smile:
     
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