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About matelodave

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    Ely, Cambridgeshire
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    Sailing, walking, caravanning, reading & drinking beer
  • Towcar
    2018 2. 0 Tdci S-max 180ps Powershift
  • Caravan
    2015 Bailey Unicorn 3 Cadiz

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  1. some might find this interesting - https://cleantechnica.com/2018/08/26/the-secret-life-of-an-ev-battery/
  2. Its a good assumption though. I guess most of us find that our towing range reduces and fuel consumption increases by around 30-50% whether we are using petrol or diesel so it would be a reasonable guess that an EV vehicle would perform similarly. However battery capacity is also reduced when higher loads are drawn from them - Puerkert's Law applies to Lead Acid batteries and I'd guess that there's a similar reduction when pulling more current from a Li-on battery and I'm sure that heaving an extra ton(ne) or more around will hammer the batteries a bit more than usual. Have a look at this - I'm not suggesting that the battery management system in an EV would act like this but it does show what happens when you increase the current drain to both the capacity and cycle life of the battery so towing may have an adveres effect on the longevity of the battery pack (even if it just increases the number of charge/discharge cycles)
  3. I've always had two keys with my Bailey vans - they've usually got a number stamped on them which I write into the handbook so I can get a replacement if one gets lost or damaged, Most dealers keep replacement keys as there aren't all that many differs, so you can just give them the number and they should be able to match it or get a replacement
  4. The TPM's fitted to Bailey caravans are TyrePal, so you can get a display from them or any other vendor that supplies TyrePal. Regarding the lifetime, I suspect that it's around 5-6 years, which is roughly the amount of time that the tyres on the van are predicted to last. Most advice is to change tyres after five years and not keep them for more than seven. AFAIK the whole sensor has to be swapped and it might as well be done when the tyres are replaced as the batteries are not replaceable or accessible unless the tyres are removed. My U3 Cadiz is just coming up to it's 5th birthday and I shall be thinking about replacing both the tyres and sensors sometime in the spring. TBH I wasn't everso sure of the value of TPM's as on one hand they will give you indication of low pressure or tyre deflation but on the other, the info given when blatting along on a hot day (high temps and high pressures) can be somewhat alarming. My tyres get up to 70+psi and 50 degrees which did worry me a bit in the beginning but I'm now used to it.
  5. I guess the charge time is dependent on the capacity of the battery and type of charger thats available at the time you need to charge it. Parked on the drive overnight it doesn't really matter unless you've discharged it during the day and then have to make a unexpected or emergency journey before its been replenished. It becomes more problematic if you are on a journey that's close to the range limit and you've either got to wait an hour or so for a fast charge or even worse find that all the chargers are in use and you've got a couple of hours to wait until one becomes available. We could probably manage with an electric car for our general running around but we've got frequent journeys of 30 miles or so, with an uncertainty of being able to top up at the destination. Once a month I visit a daughter who lives 100miles away for a couple of hours (as part of another journey) where it would be impossible to get sufficient charge in the allotted time to get home unless she installed a fast charger (unlikeky). Likewise our other daughter lives 140miles away and although we'd probably stay over night, the car is parked on the road so it wouldn't be possible to string a cable across the pavement overnight to recharge it. We also do several thousand miles a year towing the van and going to other places (three trips to Scotland last year) and we wouldn't want to prolong the journeys by having to stop two or three times for an hour or more to keep topping up, so as far as we are concerned, it has to be an ICE or at the very least a hybrid.
  6. No, we've got an EcoCamel that came with the van and, as SWMBO liked it so much, we replaced the shower head in the bathroom at home with one as well I checked the flow rate and it's about 6 litres a minute compared with the 12lpm one that we had. so it's definitely saving water and we like it as well - what more can you ask. As we already have a water softener we don't feel a need something with magic beads (not that I believe that they do much anyway)
  7. Depends whether the Merlot slides off the table. However it's nice to not have toe hang onto the side of the bed to stop you rolling out but to avoid that you could always use lee cloths.
  8. You could always use summat like one of these https://www.amazon.co.uk/Inclinometers/b?ie=UTF8&node=1939096031
  9. CMC sites at Commons Wood (Welwyn Garden City) about 16 miles or Wyatts Covert (Denham) about 12 miles. We've used both and they are both pretty good. Commons Wood, is an easy walk to get a bus to the train station at either Welwyn or Hatfield. Wyatts Covert is close to Denham Airfield and there are a few helicopters about.
  10. matelodave

    tuning box

    The other thing to take into account is the capability of the transmission as well as the engine. Exceeding the torque rating could have the undesired effect of finishing off the gearbox, clutch or final drive especially with dry twin clutch boxes. I'm sure that a reputable manufacturer/tuning company will take this all into account but I'd be ever so wary of just getting off t'interweb. It could prove to be very expensive.
  11. Yes - the ALDI heating system doesn't heat the hot water directly so it's perfectly safe to run it with the water tank drained down. Just check the circulating fluid level is between min & max in the header tank (usually in a wardrobe or cupboard)
  12. caravan water heater store around 8 litres of water and when mixed with cold at the shower this will give about 12-16 litres of water at showering temperature. Which as you say will only last for 3-4 minutes so you've got to be more frugal and spend less time luxuriating under the water flow.. We find that there's plenty of water for both of us to have a shower without using the boost function. We use the wet, soap, rinse method, turning the water off whilst soaping ourselves rather than letting it run all the time. However, even at home I only spend about 90 seconds in the shower - it's plenty of time to have a decent all over wash & rinse, including my hair. Even my wife only takes around three minutes.
  13. he capital cost of a heat pump is much higher than that of a most other forms of heating, even more so if you've got to dig up vast areas of you back garden or dill 100 metre deep boreholes. Living by a river might work but even then you've got to extract the heat from the river. You really need to have a heat pump to get to know how they work rather than just reading the hype. Dont get me wrong I'm happy with mine which I've had for nearly 10 years but the system was properly designed together with the heating system. It suits our lifestyle, ie at home all day so it runs virtually continously. It wouldn't suit the sort of system that most peole have where they have a quick blast in the morning before they go to work and then another in the evening when they get home. If we let out bungalow get too cold it can take 24-36 hours to reheat it
  14. Most of the day if you are at home all day, or going full blast when you get up or get home from work (and all day Saturday and Sunday unless you are out). If you look at my graphs above, you'll see that my consumption is around 1000kwh in December, January and February. If I didn't have a heat pump but used a flow boiler, you could double or even treble that consumption - just do the sums, I use 1000kwh at 12p = £120, multiply that by two or three - £240-£300 a month plus whatever it cost to charge your car I guess you also be cooking your dinner as well and unless you are very diligent you'll probably plug in you car to charge when you get home, rather than nipping out and plugging it when you go to bed
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