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Old 13-02-2011, 14:00   #1 (permalink)
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i have a coachman catalina with an onboard gpl tank for heating water and cooking. i have just bought an adaptapter from autogas 2000 to enable me to fill the tank in france/italy. i am told lots of stories that you cannot just pull into a fuel service station in france and fill up from the lpg/gpl pump. i am told you need a special certificate, that lpg is not suitable for use in an rv for cooking/heating etc and you can only go to special pumps at camp sites. has anybody please had experience recently in france?
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I don't think you need to worry. The problem which has recently been publicised concerns an isolated event in South Eastern France and involved a situation where the owner of the motorhome had to open his gas cupboard door to connect the filler hose to his Gaslow bottles.

You have a fixed tank which will presumably have a remote filling point and I am sure you will not have a problem. The LPG is perfectly suitable for cooking/heating.

I have fixes an AUTOGAS sticker above my remote filling point and do not anticipate a problem refilling my Gaslow bottles when next in France.
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I don't think you need to worry. The problem which has recently been publicised concerns an isolated event in South Eastern France and involved a situation where the owner of the motorhome had to open his gas cupboard door to connect the filler hose to his Gaslow bottles.

You have a fixed tank which will presumably have a remote filling point and I am sure you will not have a problem. The LPG is perfectly suitable for cooking/heating.

I have fixes an AUTOGAS sticker above my remote filling point and do not anticipate a problem refilling my Gaslow bottles when next in France.
Mike, are you sure this was Gaslow bottles!
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In all my travels in France with the RV and filling the LPG tank I have only been refused once..

Attendant came out and asked if it was for cooking, when I said yes, he said it was only for LPG fueled cars.. I didn't argue.. no point ..

There is no difference in the gas, but I think the tax (in France) is less for vehicles than for domestic use.. not sure about that .. maybe that was the reason..


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long running thread on the darkside about filling LPG bottles in France .. apparently they have banned motorhomes at some stations from filling up bottles in lockers, due to a recent fire..

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There is a massive thread about this on FACTS right now. It seems they are tightening up on filling cylinders of any type. If you have a filler on the side of the van then I think you should be ok. On a few occasions the attendant has come out to see what we were filling and when they saw the hose connected to the side of the van they switched on the pump. I suspect if I had the gas locker door open they would have refused.

I even heard of a refusal in the UK the other day as well.
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There is a massive thread about this on FACTS right now. .
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I must have been editing while you were posting.. yes, it is a looooong thread
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We have just returned from 3 weeks in the French Alps and had no problem filling our Gaslow bottles, and we have no outside filler.
One service station required me to leave my passport while we were filling.
Think they had had somepeople driving off as it was a large busy services.
We were suprised how many of the garages now have gas.
Have a good trip and don,t worry.
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Wink Never had an issue in Europe

I run a Winnibago Aspect with on board chassis tanks for LPG for heating and cooking... Never had an issue on all my travels, and I have driven RV's in Europe for over 20 years. No one has bothered me once.

At motorway petrl stations they just turn on the pump once you hit the delivery button.

I think you will find the issues are about refillable bottles not fixed tanks.

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