What do I need to know about GAS?

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  1. Encantador

    Encantador Funster

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    Hopefully purchasing a MH soon, not really given any thought to gas, I think they all come with space for 2 gas bottles for heating/cooking, these can be changed as and when required in the UK but what about abroad?

    In the UK, is it best to have a certain type of bottle, or are they all interchangeable?

    Also, I know vehicles can be converted to run on gas, not come across any converted MH`s while searching, is that because they can`t be run on gas, or is it too expensive?

    If it can be done, is it worth considering?

    thanks

    Steve
     
  2. Phill D

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    hi .. youve picked a huge subject :Eeek: which can go down many avenues and " black holes"!:cry:

    suggest you start with the good old exchange bottles uk type Propane is best for thye winter time it has a lower operating temp.

    while your getting used too and to grips with your new toy trawl the internet for refillable systems and you will find a shed load of info.:thumb:

    as to EU touring really depends how long and what time of year you go for. we did a month in june and used very little gas ( less than a 6kg bottle ).

    hope this helps:thumb:
     
  3. aba

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    you pays your money and takes your choice.
    there are refillable types Gaslow and Alugas being the main players but its best to have the refill point on the outside of the gas locker these are filled at the petrol stations using the LPG pumps.

    then there is the fixed tank option which as above but gives the added bonus of emptying the gas locker and gives more gas capacity and normally fitted under the van.

    or the good old calor way which is probably the most expensive but also the most convenient way of getting gas as you don't have to take the motorhome anywhere to get hold of it.

    there are various adapters available for other makes of gas bottle when abroad and if you ask around on here there are some people that will sell you their old empty foreign bottles.

    i went with a single Gaslow refillable and kept the Calor option although in hind sight the gaslow was a bit of a waste because we haven't toured enough to warrant the expense.
     
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    Hi and welcome to the fun. Most motorhomes are diesel and not easily or usually converted to gas. Plenty of gas guzzling American RV's have been converted to gas.
    Do note an LPG powered vehicle is NOT allowed to use the chanel tunnel. So would be a big no no for me.
    As to the gas itself I prefer propane, it will not freeze in the winter, you can get refill adapters. Or you could get more expencive Gaslow option and refill most places. Failing that make sure you have room for sufficient gas for the max time you are likely to be abroad 2 x 13kg bottle will last a couple of months if you go easy with it.
    The third option is to have a fixed gas tank underslung and carry an assorment of adapters to fill abroad. All of the refill options will be for propane only.
     
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    >> What do I need to know about GAS?

    Search on "Gaslow" it'll keep you going for days.
     
  6. taffybloke

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    Most MH's are Diesel and I dont think they can be economically converted as you need a spark to ignight the gas and Diesels do not have spark plugs.

    Mike
     
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    The first thing you might considering learning first is where to turn it off...:Rofl1:

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    not necessarily true Mike....

    the 'ignition' for a converted diesel engine is the diesel itself, which ignites the gas as the diesel itself ignites.
    LPG is a secondary 'booster' fuel in a similar way to nitro in a petrol engine.

    the engines can be converted to spark ignition but then wont run on diesel due to the far lower compression ratio needed for petrol, so become very heavy petrol engines
     
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    Thanks for the update pappajohn I didnt know this was available for diesels now :Doh: Mike
     
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    worth a read HERE Mike....especially section 2.
     
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    As a suggestion for cooking, I carry an induction hob and if on an electric plug in site use only that to cook on. I hardly use any gas. Just a thought as you have already paid for leccy in your site fee unless its metered.
     
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