The saga of the empty gas bottle

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Flag of Spain  , Catalonia,
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Last night just as dinner was cooked , we ran out of gas. Now you are probably saying to yourself,"How is that possible because last year the same thing happened" Yes it did, ran out in Austria and were lucky enough to be able to get it filled after running around for 2 hours. So just before we left England I mentioned to Rick that it would be advisable to get the gas topped up. A typical reply was  " it should be ok as we had it filled in Austria and have not used it that much since than. " First question that springs to my mind is " How would Rick know how much gas we used when he does not even know how to turn the stove on or has ever heated up a kettle ". Still his advise was taken and we left the good old UK without topping it up.  So last night after I cooked the best pasta sauce ever it ran out. Went to the office to find out what the story is here regarding filling up the bottle. You guessed it , in Spain it is all swap and go and no refills. This poses a problem for us because our bottle and fittings are English and different to the Spanish fittings. so buying a bottle of gas here was out of the question. Next move was to find a caravan place in the morning and have new fittings fitted and buy a new bottle. So this morning our mission commenced. We found the caravan place ok, we were there by 9am but the place did not open till 9.30am. Nothing here opens till 9.30 so we should .have been prepared for that one. We decided to wait there till 9.30. The staff arrived at about 9.45am but we remained calm, as we realy needed them to help us. No problem they said , we can fix all this for you straight away and will install the new fittings. Unforunately, they do not sell gas bottles because any gas storage is banned within 5km of the build up area. The fellow that  helped us was so nice and tried so hard to speak english to us, but all he  was interested in was the surfing scene in Australia. Anyway he fixed it and directed us to where we could find the gas bottle depot. Easy just turn left,right,right,left for 3km or was it right, right ,left and left before we drive 3km.We mucked around like that for 30 minutes, drove passed the same buildings I don't know how many times and after stopping and asking a lady at a caravan park where this bloody place was she wrote it down for us and finally we found this gas bottle depot in the most remote little place and looked more like a rubbish tip entrance than a depot. We were also told that we would see the sign , yes we did , the sogn was about 20cmx15cm and not very noticeable. Not to worry, the guy looking after the place sold us a bottle, fixed it together for us and we were cool once again. This little episode took nearly 3.5 hours as well.So here we are with a Spanish gas outfit and an English gas bottle and fittings in storage under the seat. All this in little old Charlie. I must add that all this is only going to be good while we are in Spain, every country has its own fittings. Let us hope there is enough in there till we get to England. We are buying an electric jug tomorrow, that should help, or we can eat out every night.
The moral of this story is never to go along with some one who does not cook, boil water or even clean the stove when they say that you do not need the fuel to heat their bloody meals.9.9 times out of ten they are wrong. Laughing about it all now though and feel this has just been another experience for us.
Hope you all had a good day as well. We are leaving here tomorrow, heading south before going inland. At least we can make a cuppa in the morning. Let me rephrase that, I will make a cuppa in the morning, after all Rick does all the driving and washing up which is enough.
A funny day today but good all the same.
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Ingrid Nichols on

Bet there were a few naughty words used today!!!! Lucky Dad is the driver or me thinks he could be hitch hiking his way around Europe :)

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