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  1. It is well known that Coachman and other makers use the BCA power distribution system which has the battery charger situated within a small space in the top of the PDU and has very little circulating air, if any , to keep it cool, and the addition of the fan was supposed to stop the frequent failure of the charger. But it has its downside too, as you have found. There are a number of solutions but each costs money, which you shouldn't have to pay out for in the first place, but would solve your problem. First is to replace the fitted charger with a Sargent XP300 (I think that's the right number) power supply and fit it outside the PDU , Sargent do supply a fly lead to marry up with the BCA wiring. Another possibility is to drill a number of large holes in the PDU case where the charger sits to allow more air flow, BUT if you do this it creates problems with warranty.
  2. It' s not a fault, it is how it works. As the charger gets warmer the fan comes in to cool it, as the temp of the charger drops, the fan stops and so on. So, the longer you are using the 12v supply, which is taken from the battery and the charger recharges the battery, the more likely to have intermittent fan operation.
  3. From the OP's description it suggests that the burner jet is partially blocked, which is not uncommon, and cannot be removed by blowing air at it, and cannot be cleaned with any wire or such like as they are too critical in sizing. Depending on the state of the burner, if in good clean condition then a new No43 jet would be in order, if the burner is very corroded then a new burner and jet would be the way to go. Looking on line I can see the jet alone at £11.54 and the complete burner and jet at £65.47.
  4. It just pulls off, first the corner covers then the 4 main parts, but it needs a very hard tug to pull free of the fixings. Putting it back, it snaps into place, the 4 main parts first then the corner covers.
  5. Read ALL the appliance instruction books to ensure you know how each works, or should work. If collecting from a dealer, or private for that matter, make sure they show you all the equipment in the van working, DONT take their word that it all does !!!!!
  6. From my many dealings with Propex I can say that they are one of the very best when it comes to customer service. They are based in Southampton and in all the times I have had dealings with them, over 15 years now, they have always been first class. A phone call to them is all it takes to get a problem sorted or get advice on any of their products. The one and only problem I had on one occasion was not due to them, it was due to DHL not knowing that the Isle of Wight is only a boat ride away on Red Funnel,about 200 yards away from the Propex factory,and they sent the heater to Germany !!!!! Propex put a replacement on the next Red Funnel boat for me.
  7. It all depends on the access to the proposed site . If you have the room and the terrain suitable it can be rolled off the trailer and pulled into position , as the above post indicates. If the road you mention is a hard top and use as per a normal road, then you may have to apply, and pay, for a road closure whilst you unload, best check with your local council.
  8. Quite simply the answer to charging a battery indoors is a NO under any circumstances. Battery charging must be carried out in very well ventilated areas and most certainly away from family. Should the worst happen, an exploding battery is a deadly thing apart from spraying acid over everything, and everybody ,in range
  9. Version 1:- Locate the control panel & remove the 4 screws which hold the cover,locate the reset button. make sure you have a battery in the remote control unit, switch on the remoteby pressing the 2 red buttons & press the reset button on the control unit the red LED will start flashing. now on the remote press any direction arrow & the LED will stop flashing & the remote is now configured. Version 2:- same as above but whilst pressing the reset button press 1 of the direction arrows on the hand set, continue to press the direction button while the reset button is released the LED will stop flashing & the unit will start working. your hand set is now configured.
  10. There is no need to fit a new filter, in fact they are more trouble than they are worth. Just get a couple of straight 12mm John Guest connectors and a piece of 12mm blue pipe from your dealer or mobile guy and connect the two pipes together.
  11. Simply there is no hard and fast definition, it is down to the site operator what is available on any particular pitch. However, the term "fully serviced" would indicate at least electricity, water and grey water drainage.
  12. As you are using your van as a business I hope that you have the necessary legal certificates for the gas and electric installations. The gas MUST be certified by a Gas Safe Registered engineer and the Electric by a fully qualified 18th edition electrical engineer and the certificates MUST be displayed in the van.
  13. The window hinge part is not available as a spare part as they are pressed on during manufacture.
  14. The only sure way is with very fine Wet & Dry (P1200 or 2500) and lots of water. With gentle pressure the Wet and Dry will polish the GRP as well as removing the paint
  15. If you want a really good end product give Tourershine a ring.
  16. No is the simple answer
  17. No, the S is simply the model type it does not mean the fire has the Ultraheat as part of it, that is a added extra .
  18. As long as the van has been regularly serviced there is absolutely no problem using the gas fire , even overnight, as it is totally room sealed with combustion air being drawn in from under the van and the exhaust being released through the roof mounted exhaust ducting.
  19. The simple facts are that microwave ovens do not like being bounced around for miles, subjected to extremes of temperature and being enclosed in a tight space. The microwave ovens fitted in caravans are exactly the same as those sold in shops, although some model designations may not be available to the general public , as in the OP's case, but the basic unit is the same with minor cosmetic changes for the likes of Bailey. It may be enlightening to know that about half the microwaves that are initially fitted fail before the van leaves the production line and have to be replaced. Whilst it may be nice to have all the things we may have at home, some just do not like travelling and will fail very quickly.
  20. Your method using the aquaroll and float is by far the safest way. Having a direct to van connection means that if there is a problem, the water will keep flowing into the van, and I have seen this happen on a Lunar which the occupants had gone out for the day and a pipe parted company inside the van. When I arrived water was pouring out of the door and numerous other places, like gas drops and vent holes and it was a brand new van which was then a write off as the water had soaked into all the internal woodwork and would cause it all to "blow" . If your system has a fault all that happens is the pitch gets very wet until someone turns off the tap , but your van is safe.
  21. IEE Wiring Regulations state that the hookup cable be 2.5mm. Even with using the recommended cable I have seen several that have melted as they were left wound onto a cable drum . If those had been 1.6mm they would have caught fire.
  22. First of all, it is not dry rot !! It is water damage over a long period of time. It is certainly a project if you decide to attempt it, but the first thing you need to do is find out where the water is getting in and sort that out. What you can actually see is just the tip of the problem. Once you start stripping out the damaged stuff you will find that the damage is much more, but not as apparent at the moment.
  23. If it is working !!!!! As long as the wind is not too strong, or the tide is not too high or too low , or the ramps work, or the chains engage with the drive wheels, or the navigation system is working properly ( I don't know why they need a nav system, the stupid thing is on two chains!!!!!!)
  24. Why are you telling me that? I live here I know where things are !!!! What you don't say is that Yarmouth is 14 miles away from Osborne House
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