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    Save on diesel with a Gemini 105MC
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    Fleetwood 640EB

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  1. a) The first cylinder lasted exactly 7 days of a two week holiday and it's not relaxing worrying about running out when on the second cylinder if the weather turned colder for example. We use it for everything when off-grid so are very gas dependent. b) I don't believe a filling station could complain. Bottle and filling points are both fixed to the car albeit temporarily. The cylinder has overfill protection.
  2. I have two 10kg Safefill bottles normally filled via a fixed Autogas point hidden neatly behind the Truma BBQ flap. However I didn't want to take the caravan through the filling station to refill in the middle of our holiday because of the awning effort etc. Many stations prohibit the filling of portable cylinders even though it is safe to do so because of the 80% cutoff valve. This is entirely political or profit driven if you ask me. I therefore came up with this idea as seen in the attached pictures. What do you think?
  3. Not a very relaxing holiday worrying about battery usage and having to shut off the tv early. Nice to balance the books each day, a generator allows flexibility.
  4. limecc


    Not necessarily! I have a Ring Smartcharge Pro (pulse charger) which has recovered leisure batteries with lower voltage than that.
  5. I have 400w of solar on the roof and it wouldn't be enough in winter. For high power devices I don't use the 2kw inverter for more than a couple of minutes at a time to avoid shortening battery life due to plate heating and using up too much battery charge (240ah) which couldn't be replaced each day. A quiet generator running for a few minutes when using the vacuum cleaner, hairdryer and microwave is perfect way to be self-sustainable power wise for the duration of the holiday. I just purchased (for £120) an all-in-one 8kw (red diesel or paraffin) Webasto suitcase type air heater for the awning, will use it elsewhere when not on holiday. I've yet to take delivery and can't comment on it yet.
  6. Thumbs up for the Honda if money's no object. I have three generators, a Hyundai 2600w, Briggs & Stratton 1700w (rated quieter than EU10 or 20 Honda) and an old Clarke 600w suitcase generator that is the quietest, lightest and smallest of the three. I didn't buy the Clarke having inherited it from my late father-in-law, and would never have considered it capable, but it runs the Sharp 800w microwave just fine which is really peculiar because I'd expect the startup load to be double. It's not a pure sine generator like the other two but is easily the most silent when under load. I don't know the price of them new but they are an absolute bargain (Machine Mart's own brand). I used a phone app to measure which might not be calibrated but gave an excellent comparison of the three. I also took videos which I might edit together and post if anyone is seriously interested). The first screenshot is taken with the microphone a few inches away from the exhaust and the second from 5 metres away. Both are taken while under max load. I tried a Belle cement mixer with the Clarke and it stalled it during startup unless I helped out by spinning the drum.
  7. Great thanks Tuningdrew, just ordered it using Amazon Prime, cost me £8.50: Qiorange DC 12V-24V 80 Amp Circuit Breaker, Fuse Holder, Inline Fuse Block For Car Audio Solar Inverter System Protection (Type A 80A)
  8. Hi I just inherited a single axle renovation project fitted with Purpleline Enduro series 1 motor movers and I noticed the supply is not fused. Naughty. I'm going to fit a 12v breaker but don't know the power draw to determine what size it should be. Can anyone help with the fuse rating please?
  9. It's not a NRV that I mentioned, just a standard lever ball valve (3/8" bsp) that is also available through Screwfix. There were non-returns built into the tee pieces and they would have prevented reverse flow into the cylinders as design and they would have restricted flow to 1/4". I removed them and drilled the bore out to 3/8".
  10. Actually I realised I made a mistake because to remove a cylinder (for direct filling) the valve on the other bottle must be closed or else I have to break out the spanners and connect the pigtail directly to the regulator. To fix this I need to include an extra valve just before the left cylinder which will isolate that separately.
  11. On mine I fitted a valve that isolates the trapped gas between the Autogas filler and the regulator inlet. Partially obscured yellow handle in the attached photo. I'll replicate this arrangement with the temporary car filling pipe I make.
  12. As a former engineer it makes plenty of sense. Think of the air as a compressible balloon in the top of the tank, the level cannot rise as easily because of greater resistance (it also being compressible with a different spring rate), thus the float is allowing slightly more liquid into the cylinder before it finally closes the valve.
  13. Drama queen. Not to be complacent but did anyone ever hear of a failed cutoff valve? As a long time Autogas user if there was a particularly powerful pump filling a big old tank you could sometimes trickle a little extra in after you hear the definite stop but the flow is so slow you give up due to impatience. Ambient temperature has a big effect on fill volumes and I found a wide variety of (obvious) pump miscalibrations because nobody ever checks them like for petrol. In any case the overpressure safety vent is the last resort I believe.
  14. There's no excuse for running out of gas if you have two cylinders. If this applies to you then you fully deserve a wasted dinner or to pay the higher price lol. For this reason auto-changeover valves are a bad idea. Manually change the cylinder over then you know to exchange the other within the next few days while on your travels.
  15. LPG is not propane in Europe where it is a propane/butane mix, mainly propane. I was told by a fluke of nature the larger butane molecules although at a lower pressure for the same ambient temperature burn at a higher temperature and thus releases about the same as smaller propane molecules at a higher pressure so no re-jetting of appliances is required, just the appropriate regulator either 28 or 37 mbar. Caravan regulators are a 30 mbar compromise to allow use of both bottle types using the same regulator. As an aside, some ready filled camping (Gaz?) cylinders have a propane/butane mix and in cold weather the propane gets used up first leaving you with a cylinder of butane gas that you struggle to get out without warming it up. Not very user friendly. Refineries have to get rid of the stuff somehow.
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