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  1. As it is a LPG /12v heater it should be quite capable of being fitted by any of the Approved Workshop mobile engineers, one or more of which should be within your area. Look at their website "Approved Workshops"
  2. This subject has come up numerous times and still the old information is provided. Turning a fridge "sometimes" seem to work , but it will only be short term as the coolant is not "stuck" at the bottom, it is rust blocking the matrix, and turning can loosen it and move it for a short time. There is absolutely no reason to "leave it hour" , that just prolongs the work time and does no good whatsoever. If there is coolant in the system you should hear it gurgle down to the lowest point, turning back upright,,,again you can hear the coolant running back down, then just start it up as normal. As I have already said, the "fix" is very temporary and certainly not a long term solution.
  3. Yes it was unsafe !!!
  4. There are lots of reasons NOT to try travelling with the fridge , or any other gas appliance, on. First is the safety aspect of should you have an accident and the gas hose fractures you will have a flame thrower incinerating your van, and anyone nearby ! Secondly is that you cannot go anywhere near a filling station with a naked flame burning for, I hope , obvious reasons !!!! If travelling on a ferry , if you have the fridge running on gas you will be charged with endangering the ship and all the passengers,,,,,expect to spend a long time in prison !!!!!!!!! and the crew DO check flue temperature during a crossing to detect such a stupid action. It is most likely that the gas flame would be blown out with the van being towed at 60 MPH
  5. Brecon

    Gas Pains

    There is no need to "flood" anything !!!!!! A small amount of washing up liquid is all that is needed, but make sure you clean it all off after as it is corrosive !!!!!!
  6. Brecon

    Gas Pains

    Come on folks, lets get real here. It is quite within the realms and ability and law for an owner to change a cylinder mounted regulator, and everything should be fine, just check with soapy water that the connection of the gas hose to spigot Is gas tight, just make sure the hose is fully covering the spigot ridges and use a stainless steel gas jubilee clip (they have a smooth inner surface so that it does not damage the gas hose). No need to tighten the jubilee clip within an inch of its life, gas tight is tight enough. The only thing that it should be on a caravan is , depending on gas being used, for Propane a 37Mb unit and for Butane a 28Mb unit. 50Mb regulators were primarily used on commercial vehicles and some motorhomes, never on touring caravans , even imported ones.
  7. Yes there is the need !!!! Unless you know exactly what you are doing you should not attempt to fix it yourself where gas is involved. You mention £200 but what is your life worth? if less than £200 do what you want to do but don't expect detailed instructions to be given on a Forum.!!!
  8. Take the drawers out and look for the securing screws , usually going into the front bulkhead, then lift the unit out. Replace in reverse.
  9. There is a very good reason why such information is not available on line,,,,,,,,,SAFETY!!!!! Being "pretty practical" is absolutely no use whatsoever regarding gas appliances, you either know exactly what to do , or if not, leave it to a certified gas engineer to sort out.
  10. Don't get bogged down with Talk about the towball. The extended neck Al-Ko towball is only needed for a fixed flange type towbar, detachable and swan neck are absolutely fine as they are. The problem will almost certainly be with he towcar electrics, or to be precise, lack of certain pins being wired, which is a common problem with car specific wiring looms for towbars, many do not include the necessary live pins that are needed. Unless you specifically asked for the 13 pin socket to be FULLY WIRED, it will not be. A trip back to the dealer, or get a good towbar fitter, or auto electrician, who knows what to do, to sort it out.
  11. Whilst the original post is several years old, it has been found and brought back to life just an hour ago, so quite current. As for the posting by William Goddard I am afraid that you do not have a leg to stand on regarding warranty etc. The facts are that you bought a 3 year old caravan . Two seasons into ownership makes it 5 years old and from what you have told us, no servicing had been done by the previous owner, thereby voiding the makers warranty. Unfortunately when buying a caravan , particularly a second hand van, it is essential to see all service records and damp reports, and if these are not available you should have walked away. Whilst it may be true that "many back panels had been changed" that does not mean that ALL back panels had to be, and actually it was not "inferior plastic" to blame in most cases, it was the method of fixing that was, and still is, the problem. You say that you had the van serviced when you found a crack in a window, did you have the van serviced in the previous years?
  12. Oversealing, that is putting new sealant over old is a complete waste of time and money as new sealant will not stick to old. To reseal it is necessary to remove whatever it is you want to do, for instance a roof vent, thoroughly clean all old sealant from it and the van, prime both , then apply new sealant and refit. As has been said Sikaflex is OK, but better, in my opinion, is Soudall Fixall.
  13. The only place that may give you such information is the maker, in your case, Swift.
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