When we had our folding camper (a Conway Countryman) we always carried around two gas bottles. One was obviously hooked up to supply gas to the cooker and fridge and the other we used to provide gas for the outdoor BBQ, although it was obviously there just in case we ever ran out of gas. Looking back, the only reason we had two gas bottles (we could easily have made do with one) was because my late father gave us two gas bottles, as a “gift” to welcome us to the world of camping holidays when we first bought the folding camper.
Now we have sold the Conway Countryman and moved over to a motor home I have to ask the question – do I really need two gas bottles?
Our motor home was not supplied with a gas bottle, and whilst I didn’t understand why at the time I now know it is because of the gas bottle rental agreement with Calor. Whilst Brownhills, the company who sold us our Elddis Accordo, couldn’t provide gas bottles with our camper they could at least have given us a voucher or some kind of cash rebate to buy a gas bottle or two. I never realized the initial gas bottle purchase was so high, but then since I was given the two gas bottles for the camper it is something I have never looked in to.
According to the handbook the Elddis Accordo 120 can take two 6kg Calorlite gas bottles, but only one standard 6kg Calor gas bottle. We were recommended the Calorlite gas (by a bloke at Brownhills) and, being total newbies at this, followed their advice and bought a single bottle. It wasn’t until I got home that I stopped to think about whether we actually needed two gas bottles or whether one would be enough.
We never ran out of gas in the Countryman so the second bottle was never used as a spare to get us out of trouble. The spare bottle in the Countryman was used solely for BBQing and since we plan to use disposable charcoal BBQs in the motor home we don’t need a gas bottle to power the (now redundant) Cadac Safari.
Since we have already bought a Calorlite gas bottle we can obviously get a second one, but we can’t get a standard 6kg Calor gas bottle because the combined weight will be too much. If we can get away with a single gas bottle I think I have messed up here because obtaining a Calorlite refill is not as easy as getting a standard Calor gas refill. Loads of places will re-fill the standard the gas bottle but once you get the Calorlite bottle – that’s a different ball game altogether.
Because of the issues with getting Calorlite refills, and the fact that I have already purchased a Calorlite bottle it seems a second gas bottle is essential. I mean, I wouldn’t want to be stuck in some remote part of the country, run out of gas, go to the nearest garage (or campsite) and then find out they only stocked the standard Calor gas bottles.
The only way alternative I see is to use the Calorlite and once the bottle is empty swap it for a standard Calor gas bottle, although I don’t know if this is possible. What happens to the agreement with Calor for the Calorlite bottle? Is the agreement transferrable to a standard bottle of Calor gas?
This motor home lark is all good fun but it is a mind field and I am finding there is one heck of a learning curve! I have so many unanswered questions I want to resolve. Oh well, I’m sure after time, experiences, mistakes and the like I’ll figure it out – and I guess this all what changing over to a motor home is all about. I’m glad I took the plunge, however it is very daunting.
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A total motor home newbie with a six year camping background in a folding camper. A keen blogger sharing my experience of researching, choosing, buying and owning a motor home. and every thing that goes with it.
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