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05-03-2015 12:22
jiwawa We do much as Keith. Our 2x11kg refillables last about a month in the summer, a fortnight in the winter. Roughly.
05-03-2015 10:42
KeithChesterfield I think we must be at the opposite end of the spectrum to most of you gas users.

We rarely use campsites and almost every night stop on Aires when in France.

We may only drive a few miles each day from Aire to Aire and the fridge/freezer runs on gas when the MH is stood - and that's most of the day.

We brew up at least half a dozen times a day, cook an evening meal five or six times a week, we have showers most days and boil hot water for washing the pots – all with gas.

Heating is on gas and, except for the summer months, can be on for many hours to keep us old timers warm during the long dark nights.

We have a refillable 11 kg cylinder,and spare Calor bottle for emergency use, and are now adept at filling it up as and when we need to.

When I see that some of you use so little gas over such a long period of time I think we must be doing something wrong but I can't put my finger on what it is.

What we spend on gas we save by not using hook up and perhaps that's the difference in our way of doing things when abroad and your way of doing things.

As the OP says 'how long is a piece of string' and everyone has a different approach to MH living and knowing how long or how much gas you'll need is very difficult to estimate and when and where you go will determine your usage.
05-03-2015 09:14
MEES We go to France/ Spain for 8 weeks sept / October with two big bottles and don't need to refill but very little heating used.
05-03-2015 08:56
charlieivan We go to France and Spain twice a year for 6 to 8 weeks at a time. We have 2 x 11Kg bottles and rarely get through 1 of them on each trip. Based on our usage and considering the initial cost of a refillable system it would take almost 30 (thirty) years to just break even.
05-03-2015 00:00
Gretchibald Spent 7 weeks last year between Aug/Oct , half the time in Alps and Pyrenees. Set off with an 11 and 6kg bottle planning to buy French system when needed, but never needed it . Showers and cooking daily but not much heating used.
04-03-2015 23:15
neilmac
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Originally Posted by wakk44 View Post
In that case just take 1 UK bottle and the half empty French bottle.Use the French one and get a refill before going into Spain.You will have enough gas on board for 4 weeks in Spain and when you go back to France for the last 2 weeks you will be able to get a French refill if necessary.
I'd second this advice Steve

And, if you do need to get a Spanish bottle/regulator they're easy to source - especially if you're passing our way
04-03-2015 22:47
barryd Easy enough I would say. Heating is the killer and if your down in Spain even in October you probably wont need it and I guess most of the time in France will be the south.

In summer we use between a half to three quarters of a litre a day so our single gaslow 11KG lasts ages. We can use up to 2 litres a day in winter though.

If your going up the mountains though you may need heating. Pyrenees is warmer than the alps though generally. Ive seen snow fall in the French Alps in July.
04-03-2015 20:27
wakk44
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Originally Posted by stevegos View Post
Thanks all. I did think about a Spanish bottle but wanted to avoid if possible another bottle type and reg.

I like the idea of keeping the half french one and then swapping back and forth.

I expect we will be in France for about 2 weeks then in Spain for 4 weeks and France again for 2 weeks.
In that case just take 1 UK bottle and the half empty French bottle.Use the French one and get a refill before going into Spain.You will have enough gas on board for 4 weeks in Spain and when you go back to France for the last 2 weeks you will be able to get a French refill if necessary.
04-03-2015 20:21
rosalan We spent three months in Spain/France last July to Septembers end. After 6 weeks cooking/Fridge we filled up. Based on that experience, we could have easily done the whole trip using the two 11kg GasLow bottles without a top=up.
The weather was too warm to use our heater and when we stopped, if there was electricity we used it but we never economised on gas.
Tip.... next year get re-fillable if possible. The gas is cheaper and if you only fit one GasLow bottle, you will never be stuck. If you keep your eyes open, there are often people selling off their GasLow. Sometimes they want larger bottles and sometimes they are selling the van and want to cash in on them, as dealers do not usually offer more because they are fitted.

Alan
04-03-2015 20:09
stevegos Thanks all. I did think about a Spanish bottle but wanted to avoid if possible another bottle type and reg.

I like the idea of keeping the half french one and then swapping back and forth.

I expect we will be in France for about 2 weeks then in Spain for 4 weeks and France again for 2 weeks.
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