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  1. Truma Or Carver Fire, What Have I Got

    It puts a bit of pressure on the microswitch and gives a contact where previously it wasn't. Lucky you!
  2. Avondale went out of business in 2008 partly because the recession began in that year. But also they had a production problem in that front and rear panels were cracking around screw fixings. . In the years previously to that they had built a reputation for building quality vans. The one I own at the moment is a 2000 model and apart from a little damp repair which I've had to do around the toilet, it gives no problems. Previously I've owned two other models - one from 1987 and the other from 1994. Check it over well before purchase.
  3. Easy access fuel stop

    I'll lend you my map Geoff. On it Neufchatel is 100 miles from Calais and 32 from Rouen. ..
  4. Easy access fuel stop

    If you leave the A28 and head into Neufchatel-en-Bray, not only is there a nice overnight camp site but also a Leclerc supermarket. After Rouen if you're heading to the A154, in Igoville there's a Super-U with very easy access off the roundabout.
  5. Whale of a Time!

    I wouldn't have expected such a large movement of the needle on the gauge. That much drop imo points to a short circuit.
  6. Caravan Storage around Burnley

    I don't know its name but there is one quite close to the town. I know this because I arranged to meet the owner's daughter of my present caravan. I examined it, did the deal and towed it away - through the town.
  7. A Spanish Winter 2017-18 Part Five.

    I'm at Almeria now and getting behind with my writing. I'll be at El Pino any day now.
  8. Saturday 11th My two nights at Coll Vert had cost me just €28. Now I had 190 miles to do to reach Cartagena so I left the site by 9. 15. Within minutes I was on the local main road heading north towards Valencia. Having reached the ring road my next direction sign was for the V31, the motorway heading south out of the city. After eight miles I reached a point where I had a choice between the toll-free A7 or the peage AP7. I chose the A7. After about 30 miles my Tomtom directed me to leave the A7 and take the A31. After a couple of minutes of indecision I decided to go with Tom’s suggestion. In another 20 miles I was directed on to a road with two way working which was in the process of being converted to motorway. However that didn’t go on for long before I joined the A31 which eventually rejoined the A7. The Spanish highway authority has done a wonderful job with their motorway system except for the fact that they’ve omitted to build any rest areas alongside some of them. All the more amazing when you see the amount of uncultivated scrub land alongside most routes. All they have are signs directing drivers into a nearby filling station – very often in a nearby village. After driving for around two hours I was becoming desperate to find somewhere to stop and have a stretch of the legs. But there was nowhere. Finally after about 120 miles I arrived at a picnic area with a cafeteria. It was time for either a late coffee break or an early lunch. I decided on an early lunch and a beer – followed by 30 minutes doze. Back on the road, and before long I was seeing signs telling me that it was 60Kms to Cartagena. But what I’d momentarily forgotten was that my destination was another 16 miles along the coast – and over yet another range of mountains. That last 16 miles was particularly slow because much of it was along quite a narrow, steep mountain road with some nasty bends in it. Finally, down on the coast road I found that Tomtom and Google Earth had taken me to the very entrance to Camping Los Madriles. I checked in with my ACSI card and was given a plan of the site with the available pitches marked with green pen. There weren’t too many of them. The central road through the site is on a fairly steep gradient however, the lanes to both sides of the road are in terraces with all the pitches being flat and levelled. I found a suitable one close to one of the toilet blocks. None of the pitches could be described as large. At 6. 4 metres long, my van had just sufficent space both behind and in front, but a longer van would have difficulty. Also width wise – it was a tight fit to comfortably squeeze the car alongside. Each pitch was separated by hedges and on each there was a water tap and a drain outlet. The electric power supply box – which was locked – was on the next higher level so to connect and disconnect was quite a long walk. Toilet blocks had the usual equipment which was modern and clean. However no toilet rolls were supplied. At 5. 30, noticing the position of the sea in relation to that of the sun, I decided to drive a couple of miles along the coast road. I was just in time with my camera. Sunday 12th I drove the fifteen or so miles up over the mountains and into Cartagena. Tomtom took me to the entrance of the underground car park, but then I drove on along the promenade. Eventually I arrived at a piece of waste ground where parking was available. But then having looked at the map, realised how far it was to walk back along the prom and into the town. I decided to return to the underground park and pay the fee. Out on the prom again, I stopped at the enquiries for the Tourist Bus. I thought it might be my solution to getting around the sites, but I discovered it didn’t make stops so I rejected the idea. I took a walk and found the Roman Theatre. The dedicatory inscriptions to Gaius and Lucius Caesar and Augustus places the date of this theatre to before the birth of Christ. It was built on the same lines as most Roman Theatres with three sections of tiered seats. This particular theatre was only in use for 200 years before gradually becoming buried with newer buildings being erected over it. Only in 1988 when a 19th Century building was being demolished was the Roman work discovered. My next stop was to see the air raid shelters built during the civil war. Cartagena being a seaport, was one of the main routes for incoming food supplies and also armaments for the fighting taking place in Madrid. For that reason it became a frequent target for Hitler’s and Mussolini’s air forces and navies. The museum mentions one particular air raid on the 25th Nov. 1936 which went on for over four hours. The whole civil war period must have been quite bewildering for young children. By the time I’d made it back to my car, I’d had enough. It was time to head back to the caravan. To be continued. To see this blog with more pictures go to https://jondogoescaravanning. com/a-spanish-winter-2017-2018/
  9. Diesel tax increase and fuel duty

    But aren't most countries the same. Here in Spain, most roadside filling stations are selling diesel at €1. 15 per litre. But on Saturday I filled up at an Eroski supermarket at €1. 03p. ltr, and a few days earlier in another supermarket at €0. 975pltr. I'm sure the supermarkets are not selling it a loss.
  10. Stabiliser

    The Winterhoff instruction manual says "Note: when uncoupling, the overrun device must be released i. e. the bellow is stretched."
  11. Thursday 9th This next leg of my journey was 120 miles down to Valencia. As I said previously, the seven miles closest to Albarracin is a twisting, mountain road down to the junction with the road I came in on. Instead of taking that road which goes north to the motorway, I took a different one going south. For twelve miles the road went arrow-straight, across a slightly sloping plain, down to the motorway. Obviously it was a fairly recent build. Far over to my left I could see what looked like an airport because I could make out the tail fins of aircraft. But it was strange! As I got closer instead of seeing one or two, there were dozens of them. All closely packed together. Eventually I arrived at a T-junction and saw the sign “Teruel Airport”. Within another few minutes I’d reached the motorway – but for a while I couldn’t help but wonder why a small provincial airport had so many planes. Next day I Googled “Why so many planes at Teruel.” Being Google – they had the answer! Unlike the rather depressing average fuel consumption on the day of my arrival from Zaragoza – 25. 4mpg, the drive from Albarracin to Valencia was generally downwards, so I ended the run with a much better showing – 36. 2mpg. The only thing to mar the journey was that my Tomtom chose to take me through the city centre. Hair-raising just about covers it. From several ACSI sites around Valencia, I chose Coll Vert which is on the coast road, south of the city but close to the Albufera Lake. The site was quite busy mainly with motor vans. After check in with my ACSI card being accepted for €14 per night, I was directed to a pitch which had tennis courts behind. On the other-side of the courts was the main road with occasional traffic noise which some campers may find intrusive, but with my poor hearing, was no problem. Toilet blocks were clean, having all the usual facilities but were looking somewhat tired, however everything was fully functioning. Free wifi was available close to reception but a login key which gave reception on your pitch was available at €2 for 24 hours. I decided to pay for one day but my connection was still available after 36 hours of use. As it was still only mid-afternoon I drove the three miles down to the landing stage at the Albufera. Fortunately there was a parking space empty. What a beautiful view across the water. And what an amazing place. A huge stretch of fresh water covering an area of around 80 square miles which was once a salt water lagoon but by building sluice gates at various spots, to control the outflow from the lake, the water has now lost it’s saline content. And yet the sea is only a few hundred yards away across the dunes. Fresh water fish abound in the waters which local fishermen catch in large tunnel nets. Also some salt water fish make it through the sluices when they are open to the sea. The wetlands surrounding the lake are ideal for growing rice and because of the rice production, paella is a favourite dish in the area’s restaurants. There are even Valencians who claim that paella was first invented around the lake. Who knows – they may be right - but rice was first introduced into Spain by the Moors when they arrived in Spain. As I stood and admired the view I heard someone mention the sunsets which could sometimes be seen. As it was a fairly clear day, I decided to return at 5. 30pm. I wasn’t disappointed! Friday 10th Early on Friday morning with the coordinates of a couple of car parks in the centre noted down, I set out to drive into the city – some nine miles away. What a disaster! I couldn’t find a parking place anywhere. After picking up a few necessities in a Mercadona, I returned to the site and went to talk to the receptionist. She told me about the route 25 bus service which ran from the site entrance into the city. I returned to the van, had an early lunch and was at the stop in time for the ten past one bus. It took half an hour and cost the princely sum of €1. 50. With the aid of a map also given to me by the receptionist, I set off to walk to the cathedral. After what was to me a long trudge up a busy shopping street I arrived in a plaza with the cathedral at the far end of it. I have never seen so many beggars congregated around one entrance. There must have been ten of them, some making the most of their deformity. Most parts of the cathedral were built during the period between the 13th and 15th centuries. A previous nearby mosque was dismantled as the cathedral was being built. In a chapel behind the high altar is what is claimed to be the chalice used by Jesus when he held the last supper with his disciples. Experts however are of the opinion that it’s no older than medieval. Another gruesome exhibit is that of a severed mummified arm. It is said to be the arm of St. Vincent the Martyr who was imprisoned and tortured by the Romans in the third century. As a wood-worker myself, I stopped to admire some of the wood carvings which were so beautifully worked. One cannot help but wonder at the skill of those ancient craftsmen. As I came out of the cathedral two of the beggars were just packing up for the day. Amusedly I watched the two women load all their belongings into a two wheeled shopping trolley, light up their cigarettes and go off home together. After a walk around the outside of the cathedral I returned to the bus stop. On my way back I couldn’t resist photographing what must be the biggest pair of knockers in the entire city. Tomorrow I move on to Cartagena. To see this blog with more pictures go to https://jondogoescaravanning. com/a-spanish-winter-2017-2018/
  12. Extended holidays

    Of course parents come first. My mum was 94 and as fit as a fiddle when she died in 1990 but even so, I didn't feel comfortable with being away more than about three weeks at a time. Not until after the death of her sister, to whom I was also close, did we begin to spend longer periods away from home.
  13. Extended holidays

    I'm away for four months and my two girls are left in their respective homes. I can't say I've ever wondered how they feel. No doubt envious and maybe looking forward to the time when they can do the same sort of thing. I do know they are looking forward to joining me at Christmas & New Year.
  14. Renewing Car Insurance

    Agreed! In the past - especially talking to a company found through a quote search - when you ask if they cover for foreign travel, will say they do. It's only when you ask "Is that full comprehensive?" that they admit that it's only third party. I would venture abroad without full cover.
  15. Renewing Car Insurance

    That must have changed since last April because then they charged me extra.