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Hi! I thought that I’d add solo motorhoming to my bucket list so I bought one. Quickly. Before I chickened out! Still reading the manuals!
It’s only got one Calor gas 6kg propane bottle. I thought that carrying a spare in the locker would be a Good Idea. But … 🤔Should I buy one or or should I change the van to refillable tanks instead? I hear that LPG is possibly being phased out and that Calor haven’t any bottles … Hydrogen? Nuclear?
I seem to need to know about initial and running costs. Weight. And travel flexibility.
Where to buy another bottle or where to get tanks fitted. Maybe sell the existing bottle?
I’d greatly appreciate any thoughts. General or specific. Before I nip round to the garden centre to try and buy a bottle.
 
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Nov 18, 2022
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To answer usefully it's necessary to know how much time will you spend on/off grid.
Don’t know the answer to that. Yet!
EDIT: possibly a more helpful answer: I’d intend to be economical and to be near walking areas. Hills and sea. So that would bias my choice. I’d envisage more off grid but that seems difficult. I’m guessing that circumstances might affect my actual ratio.
 
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If it was me..
I would obtain an empty bottle s/hand off Facebook or some other selling site (£10-20 ish). Then do an exchange refill. See how much you use before making a decision.
Going to a calor outlet will cost a fortune to rent a new bottle and that's even if they have any spare due to recent shortages and phasing out of the smaller ones.
 
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How can I tell if the bottle I have is 6kg Calorlite Propane or 6kg Propane. Hope that makes sense!

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The calor lite have a grey plastic handle/ top. The ordinary calor is all metal and red all over.
 
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Ever since lighting was by Calor gas.
How can I tell if the bottle I have is 6kg Calorlite Propane or 6kg Propane. Hope that makes sense!
Look on the Calor website.
This is a Calorlite (now discontinued but can be exchanged for a 6kg Calor).

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This is the current and ongoing 6kg Propane

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Hi pat100 , come to our rally at Easter and grab some info and tips

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I hear that LPG is possibly being phased out and that Calor haven’t any bottles … Hydrogen? Nuclear?
I seem to need to know about initial and running costs. Weight. And travel flexibility.
LPG is not being phased out- only by some of the very big suppliers.
I would always recommend refillable bottle. If only because of the much lower cost of LPG and convenience here and in Europe.
 
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OP: Hmm! A single aluminium 11kg refillable kit seems to be about £500 and close to the same capacity as two 6kg steel ones worth about £40 each. So, only about 6 times more expensive🙄 But a lot lighter and has the convenience of being topped up rather than exchanged and the level easier to see. And continental use. 60cm will fit.
I’m guessing that steel is traditionally used because those bottles get bashed about during multiple exchanges whereas the aluminium ones live out their lives in a cupboard. (Divers usually seem to use aluminium, nowadays.)
The same cost as a set of tyres which probably won’t last my lifetime.
Any aluminium tips, forthcoming? Presumably, use the same regulator.
 
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OP: Hmm! A single aluminium 11kg refillable kit seems to be about £500 and close to the same capacity as two 6kg steel ones worth about £40 each. So, only about 6 times more expensive🙄 But a lot lighter and has the convenience of being topped up rather than exchanged and the level easier to see. And continental use. 60cm will fit.
I’m guessing that steel is traditionally used because those bottles get bashed about during multiple exchanges whereas the aluminium ones live out their lives in a cupboard. (Divers usually seem to use aluminium, nowadays.)
The same cost as a set of tyres which probably won’t last my lifetime.
Any aluminium tips, forthcoming? Presumably, use the same regulator.
Or an 11kg gas low bottle with all the tails etc comes in at £305 from Hamilton Gas Products, across the water
 

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OP: Hmm! A single aluminium 11kg refillable kit seems to be about £500 and close to the same capacity as two 6kg steel ones worth about £40 each. So, only about 6 times more expensive🙄 But a lot lighter and has the convenience of being topped up rather than exchanged and the level easier to see. And continental use. 60cm will fit.
I’m guessing that steel is traditionally used because those bottles get bashed about during multiple exchanges whereas the aluminium ones live out their lives in a cupboard. (Divers usually seem to use aluminium, nowadays.)
The same cost as a set of tyres which probably won’t last my lifetime.
Any aluminium tips, forthcoming? Presumably, use the same regulator.
The biggest 10kg (19ltr) Safefill bottles will cost you just over £200 and wieghs next to nothing

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