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Gas for Caravans
|There are two basic types of gas available,
Propane and Butane. If you caravan in the winter or colder weather you
will need Propane as it works to a low temperature where as Butane
starts to 'give up' below 6C. Cylinders are normally described by the
weight of gas they contain when full. Butane cylinders hold more gas for
the same size, ie external dimension.
There are different materials for the containers. The 'old' steel containers are the heaviest for example, Calor Propane and Butane.
Calor have now introduced a light weight steel container called 'Calor Lite'
BP now MacGas use a lightweight bottle and a translucent design – making the gas level visible.
BP now MacGas Propane Gas Bottles, available in the UK
5 kg 10kg
Camping Gaz 907, available Europe wide
Butane, largest bottle holds 2.7 kg
|Calor Propane 6 kg||Screw thread|
|Calor Butane 7 kg||21mm Clip-on|
|Calor Lite Propane 6 kg||Screw thread|
|BP 5 and 10 kg||27mm Clip-on|
|Camping Gaz||Screw on|
Truma 30mbar Bulkhead Regulator
This type of regulator is fitted as
standard to modern British Manufactured caravans.
You may need an adaptor to fit onto the Gas Bottle and a connecting pigtail hose.
Adaptor to regulator pigtail Calor Propane pigtail
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I use 10kg and 5kg BP now MacGas lightweight bottles of Propane gas
The Bailey Senator has an automatic changeover valve and Truma regulator. The inlets have a right angle adaptor so that the connecting hoses fall away from the regulator supposedly to stop contaminating substances from entering the regulator and blocking it, a well known problem.
My latest van a Bailey Unicorn uses a Clesse regulator
which is reported as being much less susceptible to blocking
It is seen here with a 10Kg MacGas gas bottle and a stainless
this set up should avoid the 'oil blocking' problems
External Gas Point on my Bailey Unicorn (bayonet fix)
Butane 10 kg
I visit the continent most years so have bought a French gas bottle and refill it every year as it is very cheap compared to gas prices here and is see-through so you can see how much is left.
Antargaz, Calypso lightweight bottle, available from many French Supermarkets.