Hints & Tips

Ferries and Tunnels

UK tunnels can be used by vehicles carrying removable cylinders provided the gas is turned off at the cylinder valve, though there may be a limit on the total amount of gas carried, normally well in excess of the amount on a caravan or motorhome. Rules vary on the continent and you are advised to

Fixed on-board tanks

It is more common for larger motorhomes to have fixed tanks that can also be filled at LPG fuel stations. They usually contain considerably more gas than can be carried in removable cylinders and are ideal for continental touring. There is, however, a weight and cost penalty and the extra weight will reduce your available

Refillable Cylinders

Refilling an existing cylinder rather than replacing it seems a good idea, but there are many practical, safety and legal issues involved. Only authorised LPG depots are allowed to do this and you cannot do it yourself with a conventional cylinder. There are some cylinders that are designed to be refilled by the user. For

How much gas do you need?

The amount of gas you need depends on the ambient temperature, the number of gas appliances in use, the power they are using and how long they are in use at that rate. However, few of us ever bother to work all this out, as we simply use the gas until it runs out and

European Travel

You cannot exchange Calor or most other UK cylinders in most of Europe. If you are going in the summer and not using the heating, a pair of 6kg Propane cylinders should last you at least a couple of weeks – or longer if you run the fridge from an electric hook-up. If you are

Which gas

Which gas best suits you will depend on how many appliances you have, their gas requirements and the temperature. Propane gas is better at supplying a larger number of appliances at the same time due to its greater off-take rate (see right), and it can be used in sub-zero temperatures, whereas butane begins to produce

Safety

As can be seen in the chart, many cylinders have a significant weight and this must be considered when loading a caravan or motorhome. Most gas lockers are in the front of a caravan and will affect the noseweight of the unit. So gas cylinders and anything else you add comes out of the user

Weighty Matters

As can be seen in the chart, many cylinders have a significant weight and this must be considered when loading a caravan or motorhome. Most gas lockers are in the front of a caravan and will affect the noseweight of the unit. So gas cylinders and anything else you add comes out of the user

Cylinders and Regulators

Larger cylinders suitable for motorhome and caravan use can come in a range of sizes and colours according to their source, but the two Calor types still predominate – red cylinders containing propane and blue cylinders filled with butane. Until September 2003, caravans and motorhomes used a different regulator depending on which gas was being

Importing a continental motorhome

Some campers consider buying a motorhome from a dealer based in Europe, either for ease of obtaining a left-hand-drive motorhome or for potential cost savings. Savings are not always so evident when you factor in the lower specification of European motorhomes intended for their home market compared with those specified for the British market. Any

Towing

Most motorhomes have the capacity to tow a trailer but there are legal restraints involving the motorhome manufacturer’s towing limits and the type of driving licence you hold. Towing a car on a trailer may be best when driving in Europe There are several safety issues Correct towbar. It is a legal requirement for towbars

Travelling Abroad

Motorhome travel abroad can be a real joy, especially during the winter months with the opportunity to tour on uncrowded roads and soaking up some winter sun. Additional care and preparations are needed to ensure your visit is trouble free. The following check list provides the basic essentials to remain legal and safe. The Camping