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  1. Hi from Swindon 😊

    As usual the forums have been a bit quiet over the Christmas period but we're all here to help where we can. Welcome to Motorhome Talk. Gordon
  2. Winter Blues

    Had a warm Christmas / New Year period but like you it was a tad cooler just before. Here's a picture of the village chapel when it snowed in December.
  3. 2017 Blog

    Thanks for the reminder of the places you have been to David. It' always good to read your reports and reviews. Gordon.
  4. NEWS RELEASE For immediate release: December 2017 Sir Ranulph Fiennes to open the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018 Returning to Birmingham’s NEC from 20 to 25 February 2018, the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show showcases the latest in leisure vehicles, camping, caravan holiday homes and lodges, as well as all the must-have accessories. For 2018 the show focuses on encouraging all ages to spend β€˜24 hours outdoors’, a campaign which is supported by the world’s greatest living explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Opening the show, Sir Ranulph shares stories of his worldwide adventures including being the first to cross both the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans alongside Charles Burton. He also highlights the importance of enjoying time outside and the benefits it has on overall health and wellbeing. Also fronting the campaign is female adventurer Anna McNuff, who actively encourages women to invest in more time outdoors, whether spending an evening overnight in the garden or travelling further afield for the adventure of a lifetime. With Britons enjoying a record 14.4 million staycations from January to April 2017*, the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show reflects the growing appeal of camping and caravanning holidays. The Discovery Theatre will host live cookery demonstrations including Birmingham-born cook Rustie Lee, resident TV-chef Dean Edwards and Eat Well For Less’ Chris Bavin creating an array of outdoor cooking delights. Industry experts provide advice for visitors, whilst TV presenter Rowland Rivron entertains with stories of his numerous family caravanning adventures. Chelsea Ladies FC captain Katie Chapman will also appear, providing tips on how to get fit and make the most of the great outdoors. New-for-2018 feature areas include a skate rink and an inspiring Holiday Park Experience, which is home to the show’s glamping village. Visitors are encouraged to try their hand at motorhome manoeuvring, campervan test driving and caravan towing. As the UK’s biggest showcase of caravans, campervans, motorhomes, caravan holiday homes and lodges as well as new season tents, trailer tents and folding caravans, the family-friendly event brings more than 370 exhibitor stands together, under one roof. Tickets for the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018 are now available at www.ccmshow.co.uk and by phone on 0844 873 7333. Advance prices start from Β£7.00, with children 15 and under entering FREE. ENDS
  5. We would normally be away every few weeks throughout the year, and especially enjoy the Christmas / New Year period as a good chance to get away from all of the over commercialisation. Unfortunately illness has got in the way this year so instead, I am fighting the DVLA to get my driving licence back and have the privilege of an in law visit to look forward to. Gordon.
  6. Tour of Wales

    Thanks David. I'm sure many will find your post useful. Gordon.
  7. Routes to Greece

    I have heard this too Brian. Also there is a distinct lack of of street lighting in many parts if driving after dark. Gordon
  8. Routes to Greece

    I had a friend who drove to Greece some years back, and his only advice as I recall was to avoid Albania. His daughter married a Greek and his other daughter married a Turk so in order to enter Turkey after Greece, I recall he had to obtain a second short passport and travel via Bulgaria otherwise entry would be blocked with a Greek stamp in his passport. Gordon.
  9. Split charge

    Hi Jezz, I am not familiar with the charging circuit of your motorhome but as I understand it there are at least three variations of circuit used for split charging. A simple make/break relay (Lucas 6RA relay?) can be energised from a 12Volt signal that is only present when the engine alternator is running, so it is driven from the "charge signal" wire on the alternator. Thus when the engine is running, the engine battery and the leisure battery are connected in parallel and share the available charge current. This system ensures that the leisure battery is isolated from the engine battery while the engine is cranking but is connected once the engine starts. It ids disconnected again when the engine stops, so the leisure battery can be used to power the equipment in the habitation section of the motorhome but will slowly discharge as used (unless topped up from an alternative source, such as from a 240V mains charger. An alternative system is to use a voltage sensing relay to monitor the engine battery volts. The VSR will close the contacts to connect the leisure battery in parallel with the engine battery at a pre-set engine battery voltage (typically 13.3Volts) and the contacts will open again if the engine battery volts drop below another pre-set voltage (typically 12.8V). This system gives charging priority to the engine battery and only charges the leisure battery once the charge used from the engine battery to start the engine has been replaced from the alternator. When the engine is stopped, the two batteries remain connected in parallel for a short time until the engine battery terminal volts drop below 12.8V, whereupon the relay opens and isolates the leisure battery. The ralay may be dual-sensing so that if the terminal volts of the leisure battery are raised by using an external charger, a charge can then also be passed back to the engine battery. Instead of an electro-mechanical relay, a third system relies upon a solid state diodes. This system allows current to flow in one direction only from a charging circuit to both batteries, but blocks current flow between the two batteries, thus preventing current taken from one battery from depleting the charge in the other. The disadvantage of this is that owing to the volt drop across the diodes, it may not be possible to achieve a full charge of the batteries from the alternator. I believe it is possible to update the alternator charge regulator circuit using after market equipment to overcome this but I have no experience of these systems. In addition our motorhome has an "Aux Start" switch that if held down, bypasses the split charge circuit and allows the three leisure batteries to be used in parallel to start the engine in an emergency, although I have never put this into use. I hope this is some help. Gordon. Aux-Start switch circled on the left, adjacent tot the mirror heater switch.
  10. Where to buy Propane in France

    The LPG refill point for our MH is behind a locker lid (although the locker has no base so air is free to circulate) and is part of the installed cylinder. I think the important things are that I do not (cannot) remove the cylinder from the vehicle for filling, and there is adequate free provision for any spilled gas to disperse. Gordon.
  11. Where to buy Propane in France

    I've never had a problem filling the LPG tank but be aware that there may be restrictive height or width barriers at some filling stations, also it may be necessary to reverse alongside the pump if your external filling point is on the "wrong" side. The Dutch Bayonet style is the standard UK fitting, and in my experience the most common adapter needed is the one used in France (this can be screwed finger tight directly into the UK fitting as needed). Remember to wear safety gloves when filling as LPG is very cold and can cause (cold) burns if it contacts the skin. Gordon.
  12. Need Advice

    As the brakes need to be operational on the trike while being towed I believe they would be illegal not only abroad but in the UK too. "Spectacle", "Jockey" or "Dolly" attachments used for towing I believe are only permitted for breakdown recovery in the UK - not general use. I came across the images below when looking for an answer for you and the titles say it all. Gordon
  13. As in previous competitions to win tickets to the NEC, we used an online randomiser to determine the winners from the list of entrants. Below is a list of the winners who each will receive a pair of tickets to the NEC, whether they entered the competiton via Motorhome Talk or Caravan Talk. Randomiser output from https://www.random.org/lists steve frs point blank Jiffy176 Griff porkpie Pollywollydoodle AJGalaxy2012 Jon321 g7eor Alan Stanley Easy T Atty CommanderDave Prospector gravon42 Steve Drew Les CARTRIM RobOwen Trooper We had a "runners up list" so any of those above that have not replied to our email request for their contact address I'm afraid will have missed out. We hope all who have received tickets will enjoy their day out at the NEC.
  14. Where to buy Propane in France

    Hi Mike, The installed single cylinder gas system I have is original equipment with the motorhome but probably the two best know aftermarket systems are Gaslow and Gas It. Various refillable cylinders are approved by Autogas, and providing they are installed in the motorhome (or caravan) and do not need to be removed for filling, they can normally be refilled from garage forecourts. It all really depends upon the amount of gas you use, and the number of countries you visit. For frequent trips abroad with little gas usage, unless you can carry sufficient from the UK I'd be inclined to purchase a refillable cylinder (with regulator?) in the country you're visiting. However if you intend to take extended tours covering several countries, then an installed system (with a selection of filling adapters) would probably best suit your needs. I hope this is some help. Gordon. Gaslow International Ltd Castle Business Park Pavilion Way Loughborough LE11 5GW Email: sales@gaslow.co.uk Tel: 0845 4000 600 GAS IT The Old Church Hall Groeslon Caernarfon Gwynedd LL54 7DL Email: Sales@gasit.co.uk Tel: 01286 832443 Autogas 2000 Ltd Carlton Miniott Thirsk North Yorkshire YO7 4NJ Email: shop@autogas.co.uk Tel: 01845 523213 LPG Shop Carbon Zorro Ltd Unit 13, The Beaver Center Putney Road West Leicester, LE2 7TD Email: info@lpgshop.co.uk Tel: 0116 367 0533
  15. Camp Europe UK

    Sadly not good reviews shown at https://www.yell.com/biz/camp-europe-chester-6826385 See below. MandyH-71 22 Aug 2017 β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… DO NOT ORDER Report review Do not order off this company. They take your money and then dont send parts...no refund . Hard to contact. You have been warned. Hope this helps at least one person from getting stung!! GeraldineK-5 19 Aug 2017 β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… Dishonest business Report review Lynn is a dishonest scammer who takes your money and when chased says the parts are not in stock but that she will let you know when they arrive which they never do! But good news - I reported them to my banks fraud team and now I have received a full refund. For anyone in the same situation a phone call was all it took. Hopefully the more people who do this the sooner she will be out of business! TomC-201 17 Aug 2017 β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… Excellent Report review 5 STAR SERVICE Hi, on reading the other reviews I was sceptical about using this company. However i emailed the company and immediately received a reply from Lyn to every question i asked. So I ordered the part I needed at lunchtime and received it first post the next day! Exactly as described, exactly what I wanted. Excellent service 5 star. I'm sure any problems are behind this company and would have no hesitation in using again and will recommend to everyone. RalphM-19 16 Sep 2017 you must be a family friend or just dead lucky PaulG-474 10 Aug 2017 β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… Avoid this Scammer Report review One star is one too many for this scammer. I had the misfortune to order from them and as other note nothing arrives. Their emails were rude and unhelpful. They/he kept a charge fee. Avoid at all costs! JakK-1 02 May 2017 β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… Either scam, or very badly run Report review Trying to get back money for an order - no answers to emails or phones for months. Might have to get police involved. Heard from elsewhere of difficult family situation of the owners, but that's not an excuse - just shut down the website if you can't cope! AlanW-220 02 May 2017 β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… Awful - 1 star is too good for them. Report review Paid and never received the parts (which I discovered later I could have got from elsewhere for fraction of the cost!) They don't respond to emails, they don't answer the phone! Mobile number went through to someone who said he was a brother, although not connected to business. If he passed my message on, I never got a reply anyway. Do not use this useless company!! ShellynP 31 Mar 2017 β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… Terrible Company Report review Terrible Company........Had exactly the same experience as below, waited over two months for part & when we were able to contact company (which was extremely difficult by the way, they do not answer either the phone or their emails) we were also told part was on its way from Denmark. Eventually after waiting another month we had to cancel as our customer had given up & sold their caravan. A refund was requested for the item not received but was not issued, have now had to take up a claim with Paypal who have been very helpful. Only gave 1 Star as there was no option for 0 stars. DO NOT on any account use this company!!!! PeterJ-210 08 Mar 2017 β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… bad company Report review I ordered and paid for a part from this company in October 2016 with the understanding that the part would arrive in about three weeks on the next delivery from Germany; Some weeks later I was told that the part would arrive in the next week in there delivery from Denmark. At the beginning of March 2017 the part has still not delivered. despite many emails I have received no reply from this company and my request two weeks ago for the order to be cancelled and my money refunded has been meet with silence. I would not advise anyone to deal with this company. ShellynP 31 Mar 2017 β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… Terrible Company........Had exactly the same experience as above, waited over two months for part & when we were able to contact company (which was extremely difficult by the way, they do not answer either the phone or their emails) we were told part was on its way from Denmark aswell!!! Eventually after waiting another month we had to cancel as our customer had given up & sold their caravan. A refund was requested for the item not received but was not issued, have now had to take up a claim with Paypal who have been very helpful. DO NOT on any account use this company!!!! StephenSa 26 Nov 2015 β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… useless Report review this company must be the worst ever, how they have stayed in business is beyond me, first email back was rude, when asking what exactly was i after, then have sent them 6 emails since then and never have they bothered to reply xbembemx 20 Jan 2015 β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… steer clear of this company Report review WORST COMPANY I HAVE EVER DEALT WITH - do not attempt to order anything from this company, I cannot believe the poor level of aftersales you receive, the rude manner of their staff and if you have any problems with your purchase you will just waste your time trying to get your money back.