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  1. David, I've signed the petition via your link in Caravan Talk. Scania, Isn't that the way with governments though when they simply wish to raise revenue? In general if it is a second vehicle (and many are) a motorhome will travel fewer miles in a year than a car, and in my experience caravan and motorhome owners frequently are more aware of the environment than many other road users. There will always be exceptions and although the emissions may be higher per mile than a car, our motorhome had been driven far fewer miles than either our cars or the trucks upon which the motorhome is based. I know there is a trend away from caravans to motorhomes (patly because of driving licence restrictions) and if the government is serious about trying to reduce emissions there is a case not for increasing the road tax, but for actually reducing it for motorhome conversions, to further encourage people away from larger vehicles that are purchased for towing, and then used also as daily transport. Gordon.
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    How long is a piece of string? This is the kind of question whose answer depends entirely upon the size of battery, the state of charge, its age, and what appliances you have connected. I have had caravans where the battery has been flattened in a weekend, and I've also run for two weeks without the need to recharge the battery. Generally though, a fully charged 110Ah battery in good condition should last many days with careful use. ie for running lights, water pump, and operating the control circuit of a gas powered fridge, and minimal (or no) use of a TV. Gordon.
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    I presume the same rules apply as for caravan weight upgrades in that you would need written approval from the manufacturer to present to the DVLA. Whether this can be sourced from the chassis manufacturer, or the company that converted the van for habitation I am uncertain.
  4. The only thought I have, if possible, is to park directly above the service point drain. Our waste point is also quite low but it is still possible to discharge the tank, and the shorter the distance the waste pipe is horizontal, the easier this process is. Gordon.
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    MCB types

    There's a data sheet here and even if they cannot sell you one, your local electrical wholesale should be able to advise you. Gordon.
  6. Hi Ross, I'm a little late to the table with this thread and I'm not familiar with the hatch you describe but would something like the bracket below be useful in supporting the hatch? This should work providing the corners of the hatch are not too rounded, and there is sufficient strength in the surrounding framework to fix to. I used four of these brackets to add additional support to the spare wheel recess lid in several of our Avondale caravans. The image below shows the stowage area without the additional brackets, consequently the lid weight is being supported only by the soft plastic of the spare wheel recess. The brackets when fitted were screwed horizontally into the floor timber surrounding the hatch, with the bottom of the bracket aligned with the underside of the hatch lid.
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    Fog Lights

    I am totally convinced that many decisions are based upon financial rather than medical facts. The probability is that the operation would have to be repeated at a later date if early joint replacement were sanctioned BUT surely it is better to do these things when they are needed and the patient is young enough to recover quickly and fully enjoy the improvement in quality of life.
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    Fog Lights

    I guess the same Brian but hopefully my advice may help anyone else in the same position. Sorry to hear of Jayne's knee issues so please tell her we all hope she'll be on the mend soon. I know the knee is a more complex operation than a hip replacement but for what it's worth David, my advice would be to get it done sooner rather than later. I know a few people who have had it done now, and the younger ones have coped with it best and recovered the quickest. "Glass half full😎" That's the spirit (no pun intended). Gordon.
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    Fog Lights

    On a slightly different tack; I hate to see blanked off switch position on a dashboard, and in the past I have been known to source matching/complementary switches to replace the blanks. While remaining non-functional, it does make the dashboard look more complete. As far as fitting rear fog light(s) where previously there were none, remember to take a trigger from the side light circuit via a latching relay, so that when the side lights are turned off, the fog light(s) also extinguish, and do not come back on when the side lights are next selected. This way the fog lamps always have to be actively turned on, so avoiding accidental illumination when the normal lights are next used.
  10. Depending upon the model I believe the Quookers are rated between 1600W and 2200W and have a small hot water tank that holds water under pressure at 110degC that when delivered to your cup or mug is 93degC. Quooker specification.pdf I genuinely believe that the system of having a small pre-heated water tank, that allows cold water to be blended with the hot for the perfect temperature shower, is the most appropriate system under the circumstances. Gordon.
  11. That makes perfect sense. We always mix hot and cold together to get the temperature we want in a shower, so while accepting that more frequent showers may be necessary in salty conditions, surely it would only be a case of waiting a few minutes for the hot water to reheat between showers before it was ready for the next person. I don't know what volume of water you have on board your boat but I do know that just a few gallons of hot water is all that our family needed for us to all to shower one after the other when we owned caravans, as this was blended with the cold water supply. We had on board cold water tanks on most of the caravans, varying from 30 to 80 litres yet never ran out. The MH is a different beast and the on board water tank is massive, sufficient in fact to last a couple of weeks away (as we have just done). Similarly the grey and black waste tanks were only emptied once - on the last day of the holiday. I do hope you're able to find a lower wattage heater that is able to maintain a high enough temperature from a cold water supply. Speaking from experience though, our instantaneous shower at home uses an 8kW heating element, and that only just holds the temperature at a comfortable level. Okay, the flow rate in a MH or boat will be lower so allowing a lower wattage heater to work but I would suggest that the heater you linked to, with a 3kW heater, is about a low as you would want to go, and I have reservations over whether all EHUs would be able to supply the 12 to 13Amps needed, especially if you have other appliances connected. Gordon.
  12. Interesting concept but a 3kW load is a tad high even if on EHU. Given that 240V site electricity may only available at low currents, while I understand not wanting to store hot water that may not be used, I do feel that the preheated tank of water (whether using gas or electric) is the best option for motorhomes. I was on a site just over a week ago where electricity had to be purchased in advance using a pre-paid card system. After using up a £5 pre-paid card in the first night, I bought another card just to run a TV for a couple of hours of an evening and running the lights, and that just lasted the rest of the week. We used gas for cooking, providing hot water on tap, running the fridge and taking the chill off the van in the evenings. On our return journey home we topped up the installed LPG tank at a garage forecourt for just over £3! Gordon.
  13. Just curious as to why? Is it just to save the weight of water in a small tank? I don't know of any instantaneous water heaters specifically for motorhomes, probably because they would need several kilowatts of power to heat water as it flows past the electric element or burning flame, whereas heating still water in a boiler can be done over time, later to be drawn off quickly as needed. An advantage I believe in a well insulated water tank, is the fact that once heated, the water will remain usable for many hours. We were on a site last week where the electricity was metered and charged for separately from the pitch fee, suffice to say that we were very conscious of the additional cost and so limited ourselves to using it only for the fridge and TV. The water was heated with gas each morning, then the boiler turned off until the next morning, and having used gas also for cooking and a little heating in the evenings after two weeks away the onboard LPG tank was refilled for just over three pounds - significantly cheaper than the cost would have been using the site electricity. Gordon.
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