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  2. Babstreefern

    First time to the NEC show

    Don't be put off by expensive awnings. These apply to air awnings and top makes, eg, Isabellas. You can get far cheaper ones. For instance, we have a Kampa 260 porch awning (with the poles) which cost approx. £290 +/-, whereas the virtual same air awning can be hundreds of pounds more expensive. Are you looking at porch or full awnings. We have a, what I would call a 3/4 awning (not full, but longer than a porch) Bradcot awning which is brilliant. I've actually sat and watched people put up air awnings, and I have to admit, that I can get our porch awning up not much quicker than them, so won't bother wasting £600+ for one. Saying that, me and OH have been putting up canvas tents/awnings for over 30 years, so are dab hands at it
  3. Odd days

    Working for a pitch on site

    I had never heard of picking strawberries for free just a pitch. Learn something every day.
  4. matelodave

    Isle of white ferry

    It's difficult to know whether the yachts were moored or sailing - not enough info but good headlines. It's always a good idea to listen to the VHF radio on the port operations channel when sailing in waters where there is a lot of commercial stuff around and to take extra care or not go out when it's foggy.
  5. I too went to this service station, and followed the signs for the caravan area, but when approaching the area for HGVs (you turn right), there was no signage for caravans which was on the left a few yards after the turnoff for HGVs, so went into the HGVs by mistake. As it happens, the caravan area was full at the time, and there were a few caravans and motorhomes in the HGVs area. I got a right telling off from a truck driver, but he wouldn't listen when I eventually yelled back at him that the caravan part was full. We had to stop as my OH had to do his dialysis, otherwise, we would have just not bothered and kept going to the next services. At some services, the signage can be very misleading
  6. JTQ

    Aerial advice

    As already said the Status 530 is a good aerial, however I have had the "box" fail and needed to replace that. I replaced it with a Fringe unit. If in a good signal area and knowing the aerial is pointing about in the right direction, and after a retune for that location's signals, you still can't lock onto any channels try this. Forget connecting onto the "box" but couple the TV direct to the aerial. That might mean taking an extension coax lead. If in that good signal area the system should work without the "box"; if it does without the box, but not with it then like mine your box has most likely gone kaput. And I know I was not the only one with a Status box failure, hence replacing it with the Fringe unit.
  7. Vin Blanc

    Aerial advice

    Not necessarily so Joanie (and Shipbroker). I get my signal from the Rowridge transmitter on the I. O. W. If I were to travel 20 or 30 miles in any direction I would still more than likely receive the signal from the Rowridge transmitter so would therefore stand an excellent chance of picking up the signal without having to re-tune. Always worth a try before re-tuning! Vin Blanc
  8. The sun angle is getting low and this compounded by any tree shadows that also brings, gives a flat on roof mounted solar panel a very big challenge. That's before we consider wind blown leaves resting on it, wiping out what little there might be. Plus the 10th October was the last "good" day before a truly dreadful weekend, so unless the battery was well charged before it certainly would not have been for some time afterwards. The sooner a low state of charge battery is recharged the better [not a quick charge for certain but a prompt recharge]. Leaving our batteries severely discharged is a "killer", basically the deeper the longer and the cheaper quality it is, are all factors that make things worse. Re solar controllers; I can't remember the numbers involved, but I tested the parasitic drain of a few in low light conditions, some were less than a handful of mA, others were much higher, one into the hundreds! The owner could not understand why his battery soon went flat, we found out why.
  9. I don't find an issue with the sharp turn at supermarkets - are motorways any different? In any case, motorway fuel is mainly bought by those with a fuel card to give a sensible price - plus the occasional distress purchase.
  10. shipbroker

    Working for a pitch on site

    Yes they do. ..they are employees. Is the matter the OP brought up much different to the dozens who go down to Tiptree every year and in exchange for some hours of strawberry picking get free pitches. ..and nothing else. geoff
  11. burtspieeater

    towing weight please

    But the big question is - how many caravans on the road (due to the ridiculous loading allowances) are exceeding their MTPLM. With my previous caravan I could only just manage this by carrying the caravan spare wheel in the car, eventually I could not be bothered. We have upgraded our new van by 116 kgs so hopefully it is no longer an issue.
  12. We are just not wanted. The design of the fueling points makes it difficult these days. You just cant drive straight through on most of the pumps. You are expected to make a 90 deg turn which is impossible due to the length of the van. I feel the C&C club and the CC Club should represent us (if allowed too) when plans for service stations are submitted and provide more parking bays for cars with trailers.
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  14. Odd days

    Working for a pitch on site

    Do they not get paid a wage and a pitch .
  15. CommanderDave

    Working for a pitch on site

    Is that not like wardens when they work a summer on any site ? Dave
  16. Crannoghome

    Isle of white ferry

    A few years ago I came into East Cowes on a 40ft yacht after dark (as crew, not skipper, fortunately) and was looking for the entrance into the marina - not easy to find in amongst all the other lights of Cowes. We could see the ferry all lit up and loading vehicles; however, just a couple of minutes later we heard three loud blasts of the ferry's horn and it started bearing down on us without any further warning. Quick thinking by the skipper got us out of the way in time, but we needed a few steadying drinks in the Anchor Inn to calm our nerves afterwards. Not something I'd like to repeat. I've used both the ferry and the RedJets many, many times over the years and in all weathers and admire the skill of their crews - but they don't take prisoners!
  17. GaryB1969

    towing weight please

    Mine clearly states something along the lines of “drawing a trailer within the requirements of the law” and that’s it. I’m on a phone so I’m struggling but from what I can make out that’s caravan insurance, not car insurance?
  18. xtrailman

    towing weight please

    Tiguan can tow 2200kg to 2500kg depending on extras and load in the car.
  19. Stevan

    Truma solar panel not charging battery

    To get a battery up from 10. 5v to 13. 5v under less than optimum conditions can easily take a 40w panel a couple of weeks or more, longer if the master switch is left on. The extent of parasitic drain in a modern van can be quite alarming with the heater controls, fridge controls and aerial booster etc. each taking their bit until you turn the master switch off. Last August we spent a week off grid with just a single battery and a 40w panel with no issues at all other than a couple of laptops which were not happy with a cheap msw inverter.
  20. xtrailman

    towing weight please

    What insurance companies are those? Mine allows 100%
  21. Odd days

    Working for a pitch on site

    I guess it depends on how much your used to paying for a pitch
  22. Stevan

    Working for a pitch on site

    For anyone time rich but cash poor, 32 hours light work for one person to turn an expensive weekend away into a cheap weeks holiday for two sounds like a bargain to me!
  23. I had a leak on the kitchen tap a while ago, I took it to bits and took pictures and measurements of the cartridge, then applied a liberal amount of silicon grease and put it back together again. It hasn't leaked since
  24. bessacarr425

    CAMC

    I tend to agree with you David
  25. Black Grouse

    Isle of white ferry

    They may well have been moored at the time - East Cowes has many yacht moorings and the ferry has to thread its way among them, so one error and it's bound to hit them.
  26. Nice update and a useful photo of the part. Many thanks. Ideally I'd say you want to replace the two o-rings before fitting the new elbow. .. in fact you could replace the old one unless it is damaged (cracked) and leaking as the o-rings have probably worn and will be the cause of your slight leak? I'd advise use of silicon grease as lubricant on them to minimise likelihood of it drying out, like olive oil will.
  27. thebriars

    Elddis avante 866 stargazer light rework

    The Affinity 462 at the Elddis stand at the show had a very weak front which could be moved up and down, however not as much as ours.
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