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Caravan & Motorhome LPG — Did You Know These Facts?

Liquid Petroleum Gas (butane or propane) is an incredibly versatile power source and, if used correctly, is particularly safe and cost-effective. The fuel is widely used among those who own caravans and motorhomes, providing a reliable source of heat for warmth, hot water and cooking - at HECAS, we provide a wide range of LPG equipment designed to make your trips as safe and comfortable as possible. Here is our guide to some facts about LPG - along with its dangers and how to avoid them.

The Facts

  • LPG is obtained during the process of refining crude oil - most destined for the UK comes directly from the North Sea

  • It has no odour. This may come as a surprise to anyone who has ever smelled LPG, who will confirm that it does indeed have an odour - a very unpleasant one! So why the discrepancy? The answer lies in an aromatising agent which is added post-production to ensure that leaks can be immediately detected

  • Weighing just half as much as water, the weight of LPG canisters comes mostly from the canisters themselves

  • LPG is pressurised relatively easily to a ratio of around 1:250 liquid/gaseous volume, allowing a lot of it to be stored in a small space

  • Propane and butane, both known as LPG, are broadly similar except that propane requires a higher storage pressure (7BAR/100psi as opposed to butane at 2BAR/28 psi) and is more often used outdoors - butane is the preferred indoor fuel .

Like any other power source, LPG has its dangers, which include:

  • The tendency to accumulate to dangerous levels in low-lying areas such as cellars and drains - this is due to it being twice as heavy as air

  • Rapid evaporation of LPG can cause ‘cold burns’ to the skin and can also make equipment cold enough to cause similar injuries

  • The fuel is, of course, extremely flammable and is an explosion hazard when pressurized.

  • Breathing in high concentrations of the gas causes unconsciousness and asphyxiation

Our range of LPG equipment, which includes quality hoses, is designed to take the weight off your mind. Checking hoses is essential to avoid leaks and they should be replaced every five years or as soon as they start to show any signs of wear.

Check out our range of LPG Caravan Spares and call our experienced team for more info.

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