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  1. Brecon

    Gas problems

    There is no danger of gas escaping in regard to that picture as the regulator and pigtail are not attached to anything. What is missing is a photo of what is in the gas locker right now. It is possible that the previous owner has had regulator failure and has removed the one in the picture and fitted a cylinder mounted unit instead of the bulkhead mounted one, which as long as it is the correct one and fitted correctly is not a problem. What is not known is whether the OP is trying to use the items shown in the picture. Also, regarding the yellow tap, that is there for test purposes ONLY. It is NOT a main shut off tap and should never be used as one. The only person who should ever use it is a gas engineer when pressure testing the whole system. My advice is to get a mobile engineer to sort out your gas system, it is NOT something you should attempt without knowing EXACTLY what you are doing.
  2. You need to check the clearance of the mover roller to the tyre, it should be 20mm. Your symptoms suggest that the clearance is too small and the roller is not engaging into the tyre as it should, or that you are not putting enough pressure on the lever to lock it into place. They always make a clunking noise on disengagement, as the spring pulls the cam back, make sure your hands are not above the lever, it hurts !!!!!!
  3. Yes , any of the AWS mobile engineers will do a chassis service.
  4. You could try caravan breakers as probably the most cost effective source, otherwise you need to take out a second mortgage for a brand new one,,they are not cheap !!!
  5. There should be a manifold , most likely at the bottom of the cooker with several shut off valves for the various gas items.
  6. The control for the blower has 3 markings on it, A, O and what looks like a tadpole. If set on A (Automatic) the fan will cut in and out as the temperature of the van changes, on the tadpole setting it is on all the time at the speed you set. If you have problems with the way that is working then it may be the switch itself. Probably your best bet is get a mobile engineer to look at it and only replace any item that is faulty, rather than buying bits and pieces in the hope you solve the problem.
  7. Walk away, don't touch it !!!!!
  8. The most common cause of the Truma heater not working as it should is the position of the thermostat, which is located in the wall switch, which is usually mounted close to the fire itself, in a cupboard side wall such as the wardrobe or similar. What happens then is as the whole van warms up, the space where the thermostat is get sup to the set temperature and the fire switches off, but as the van cools down, the thermostat is still in a place that keeps the heat in , and will not switch the fire back on. The solution is to fit a remote sensor to the control box of the Ultraheat (the electric heater) and secure it to the gas sensor at the front , bottom of the fire.
  9. What fuel source are you trying to use? mains or gas heat? The fan runs on 12v and is basically a separate unit to the fire.
  10. If you have a 0 reading then you are not using the damp meter correctly. If you got 0 then the wood would fall apart as even "dry" wood has a moisture content. Pimpling of the wall board is a sure sign of long term damp problems and the wall board is rotten. Quote " The bathroom had a small issue at the bottom of the wall which would need addressing. The wall is spongy with no water or damp to the touch, however read at 70%. " That is anything but "small problem", it is going to be much more advanced and spread than appears on the surface. Walk away,,,it will only end in tears if you buy it !!!!
  11. Given the amount of rain we have had recently , then the couple of days of sun, I expect the high reading is due to condensation in that corner.
  12. An extension lead should always be fully unwound when in use.
  13. A 10 year old van at 23000 is ridiculous !!!!! and when you try to sell it all you would get is scrap value. Whilst the van may be near the amenities now, as it gets older it will be moved further away as it will look out of place, and you will have to pay for the move !! You need to fully read and understand the terms and conditions attached to the van and what happens when, and what exactly you will have to pay. Is it a worthwhile thing, no.
  14. Brecon


    It is a waste of time using salt in bowls in a caravan, in fact it can do more harm than good as any water that does get attracted to it, when it evaporates it will be heavily salt laden, leading to rusting of untreated metal. In a van with no damp present all that is needed is good air circulation. If you have a damp problem then that needs fixing first.
  15. 99 times out of 100 when the mover keeps cutting out , it is a leisure battery problem, which may be a faulty battery or the battery not being charged for some reason.
  16. Brecon

    tuning box

    There have been many cases of engines being ruined by these "plug in" tuning boxes, mainly because all they do is increase the amount of fuel going into the cylinders, which does not get burnt and ends up in the sump. The only safe way is to have a proper remap done by a person who knows what they are doing, and more importantly the engine capability.
  17. I don't know what you are trying to prove. Opaque roof vents have been fitted to caravans for years and years, and they do let a lot of light through, but you cannot see through them, which is why they were mainly fitted to bathrooms. I suppose to be very pedantic the correct name for them is translucent, but most people refer to opaque. Rather similar to people calling gas cylinders "bottles",,,,,,they are not, they are cylinders.
  18. No. As most gas appliances such as fridges, heaters etc are used in many applications, not just caravans, they are plated for the use they are used for , which may just be on Butane at 28mb, or Propane at 37mb, or as in the case of harmonisation with caravans at the 30mb pressure when the bulkhead regulator was introduced. The jetting is the same for the three pressures. There are some gas appliances rated at 50mb, but these are specific to certain uses.
  19. It makes no difference whether it is on or not, that is isolated by the habitation relay when the engine is running. The car setting is for if you need to have power to a light or flush pump when connected to the car with the engine off, it then draws power from the car battery.
  20. The T setup that he has is the illegal part as there is a possibility of having a mix of both gases at cylinder pressure. The only legal way of having two cylinders feeding the regulator is with the correct dedicated changeover system , a non return valve in a T piece is not allowed to be the primary control.
  21. When you connect the van to the car and run the car engine the habitation relay cuts all 12v power except for the battery charging circuit and fridge circuit. However, this will only work as long as your car socket is fully wired , which if you had the towbar fitted with a car specific wiring loom, then in all probability the connections for the charge and fridge are not included.
  22. The connection being referred to as a "port", is NOT, EVER to be used to introduce gas to the system. It is a TEST connection only to a special hand pump to test the tightness of the system, after the diaphragm has been locked. Whatever system you may decide to try and use you MUST ensure that neither gas can get to the other cylinder under ANY circumstances. The only safe way to use different gases is to use one at a time with the correct pigtail. The photo of the setup in P&R's post is illegal if one of the gases is Propane and the other Butane. !!!!!
  23. Please don't alter what I said in that post to suit your agenda. What I said in a quote was " If the screen is on and the driver can see it, this is classed as a serious offence" I then said that nothing should be placed in the swept area of the screen. You decided to omit the quote and make my point about placement the main focus, which it was NOT. As far as you are concerned, I don't care what you do, its your licence, your problem if it means points or more. What is so annoying is that despite giving the correct information according to C&U Regs, you don't want to abide by those rules, so everyone else has wasted their time responding to your original post as you were determined to be "right" whatever the law says.
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