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I'm off to Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and northern Spain. I usually carry 2x6kg calor gas bottles. I don't want any problems with refillables and I don't really have the time (or the cash) to swap to gaslow or similar. I plan to buy a bottle in France since I'll spend most of my time there and travel with only 1 uk 6kg bottle. I'm finding it difficult to locate the correct information that I need. So, assuming that I can buy a bottle in France, what connector do I need? Should I buy a pigtail complete with correct connector?

It looks like I'll encounter France around Strasbourg at the earliest. Presumably I can pick up the necessary bits fairly readily in the gas supplying supermarket? Sorry to ask this but most of the stuff I have found seems to apply to refillables.
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A lot of the French bottles use the butane style thread (for butane or propane). One of these might be what you are after:

http://gasproducts.co.uk/propane-pol...e-adaptor.html

If you do use it make sure the washer is in place when you tighten it up. When you get a bottle you can take the adapter with you to make sure you have the correct thread.
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Agree, just get a UK propane pigtail, or one of those adaptors.
I find it convenient to use the beige cylinders from Intermarche as you find those shops almost everywhere in France, even the small towns and big villages.
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Agree, just get a UK propane pigtail, or one of those adaptors.
No - it's the BUTANE UK adaptor not the propane that's similar to the continental connector. Be aware that they're not identical, the thread is the same but the sealing faces are slightly different so as Cronkle says - "make sure the (rubber) washer is in place when you tighten it up" or you may experience leaks at the joint.

The UK (pol) propane connector is unique to the UK.
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Profuse apologies, I fully meant butane, disconnect 'tween brain and fingers.
Or early onset dementia.
Or something.
Shouldn't laugh, not really funny.

Thanks for the quick spot and correction!

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I find it convenient to use the beige cylinders from Intermarche as you find those shops almost everywhere in France, even the small towns and big villages.
It will depend on the areas you intend to travel, where I live in the Mayenne region of Pays de la Loire, you will struggle to find an Intermarche, the prominent ones here are Super/Hyper U and Carrefour.
For total versatility possibly better to go for a Butagaz more expensive for refill but most garages and supermarkets regardless of brand will have them, even the small village shops often stock them

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The biggest issue facing us is knowing how long our gas will last. We aren't big gas users and our smallish leisure battery and no solar power or generator limits our wild camping so we used Aires and Stellplatz last year with an occasional campsite thrown in. This meant that heating and fridge are usually on electric with only a few nights gas use. Combine that with some meals out and our normal cold breakfast (bar the coffee) we hardly used any gas last year over 3 weeks. Being able to get a refill easily is important but I reckon if we switch to uk supply while in Spain, our gas should last until we are back in France when we can switch back to French gas. Our gas will be full leaving the uk.
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I know you stated "I don't want any problems with refillables"

But as the subsequent posts indicate - there are a lot more problems around ordinary bottles!

Why not price up just a single 6kg refillable - you might be pleasantly surprised.
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I know you stated "I don't want any problems with refillables"

But as the subsequent posts indicate - there are a lot more problems around ordinary bottles!

Why not price up just a single 6kg refillable - you might be pleasantly surprised.
The problem with refillables for me is 3 fold.
1 I don't have time to fit a system with an external filler. (C £250 if I am right)
2 as I understand it, it is difficult to find somewhere to refill a stand alone bottle
3 cost would be more expensive than fitting an adapter and buying a French gas container

The ordinary French bottle is a good cheap solution for me.
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Points taken.

Just putting forward a different view, that's all.

Each to their own circumstances.

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