The caravanner’s guide to LPG

Caravanning is fast becoming one of the most popular holiday choices for those wanting to explore different areas of the UK and Europe. Caravans and motorhomes give you the freedom to pack up and go with little or no planning!Using LPG for a caravan or motor-home is a convenient and simple way to provide you with heating, cooking, fridge facilities and hot water while you’re on your travels.camper caravan van retro

How is the LPG stored?

The LPG you take away with you will be supplied in pressurised containers, in either a bottle or a cylinder. The gas is stored under pressure as a liquid and is only converted into a gas when it’s released and fed to the appliance.When you are transporting the cylinders it’s essential you store them in a vertical position, as lying them down could cause gas to escape through the valve. Always make sure you stock up on gas if you go on a long trip, it’s better to have too much than to run out.There are two types of LPG, butane and propane so ensure you use the correct one.

What is the difference between butane and propane?

Both gases have similar properties but are used in difference circumstances. The two can be told apart by the different valves and fittings to avoid confusion.Propane has the ability to continue to work in extremely low temperatures. It can stored in temperatures as low as -45ºC. So if you’re caravanning all the way to Iceland- take propane!Butane is suitable for indoor use or outdoor during the summer. This is the most popular option for people with caravans and motorhomes. Butane doesn’t work well in cold temperatures as it produces less gas in temperatures below 4 ºC.

How can I make sure it is all running safely?

Any appliances that run off LPG need regular checks by a gas safe engineer to make sure they are reliable and safe.LPG should always be handled with care. It is a non-toxic fuel but it is highly flammable so you need to make sure you are using it correctly.If you ever suspect there is a leak, check all pipe joints by using washing up liquid- the gas will bubble where there is a leak, isolate the supply and seek professional help. If the leak is inside, open all windows and don’t let anyone inside.Don’t smoke when changing cylinders and always change them where there is a good air supply. Always make sure your caravan or motorhome is well equipped with a fire blanket and fire extinguishers just in case of an emergency!For more information, visit the Camping and Caravanning Club website.