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  1. If there is no profile marking then they are 80 as that is the normal. So your tyre would read 185/80 R14 104N
  2. Not actually true in every case. Most , if not all, caravan taps come with microswitches already fitted but not necessarily used. If it has wires coming from the tap and they are connected to a power feed wire, the the microswitches do control the pump. If not connected you have a pressure switch system.
  3. It sounds like the car relay needs adjusting.
  4. I would not expect anything. It was not the sites idea to lock down, it was the Government who mandated it, but the site still needed looking after with no income from rented units, and the annual safety checks still had to be done, which all cost money as well as the business rates etc.
  5. Going right back to basics. When you connect up the pump and drop it in the aquaroll, with the yellow tap as in your photo in the closed position, as it is, and taps closed, when you activate the pump switch , the pump should run and start filling the water heater. Open a hot tap and let the water run until no more air comes out as well as water, then shut the hot tap and open a cold tap until the water runs without air. Do this in turn to each tap in the van. Then the pump should then run on for a short while to re pressurise the hot water tank, and shut off. Your van runs on a pressure switch system which is controlled by the adjuster in your photo to the right of the blue inlet pipe. Adjust this to stop the pump, whichever way works , clockwise or anticlockwise. These pressure switches are vulnerable to the power available to them and you may notice a difference between when hooked up to the mains power and when on battery alone. Although nothing to do with the water system, the red tap in your photo is a gas isolation valve for the water heater, in its ON position.when turned so that the tap sits across the pipe it is OFF.
  6. This will give you an idea of cost : https://caravanpanels.com/cps-eld-003-a-frame-cover-1753-p.asp
  7. The makers use Soudall Fixall or Sticks Like Sh*t. I use Soudall Fixall all the time, its easy to apply and very reasonable in price. I know Michelle has used the Bondrite product but that is never used in the trade.
  8. I agree that with a caravan, or any trailer that is wider than the towing vehicle, towing extension mirrors are a must. However, the OP is using a much narrower trailer which does not impede his rear vision through his wing mirrors.
  9. The high level brake light is not required for a trailer, the lighting requirements are for brake lights to be one on each side of the vehicle or trailer, the high level one is not actually a legal requirement. It is classed as an additional light. As for vision, if you have wing mirrors and can see down both sides of the trailer, and the trailer is not as wide as your car, then you dont need extension mirrors.
  10. It is not a wheel lock in the sense you are thinking. It is a security lock to stop the wheel being removed without the key
  11. In addition to the very good advice by Legal Eagle , I offer the following to help you in getting your money back. First of all I would get an Approved Workshop Mobile Engineer to give the van a thorough inspection and test of all the equipment and give you a comprehensive list of the faults. If it comes to a court situation, then having such a report is worth the money to have it done, and you can claim that cost in your claim. Another point is any "dealer" offering a 4 week "warranty" is a joke, and a vey bad one at that. As for them saying that their "warranty" covered everything but the brakes is yet another sign that they are not a dealer at all. It may also be worth contacting CRiS with the VIN number to find out if there is anything of note against the van, such as a previous write off, flooded, etc etc . As a AWS engineer I have helped several people in similar situations and once the seller is aware of the comprehensive report they have made full restitution to the purchaser.
  12. The answer is "how long is a piece of string?" You have to consider lots of things, the cost of the van, the cost of storage if you cannot keep it at home, Insurance, Servicing, extra fuel when towing and extra wear and tear on the vehicle. Then add in the equipment you will require , gas cylinders, toilet chemicals, water containers, both fresh and waste, bedding, cutlery etc etc etc the list is almost never ending depending what you want. The cost of site pitches varies considerably but generally main sites are expensive, both private and Club sites. However, both clubs have Certified Locations or Certified Sites which tend to very small with very basic amenities water and a waste disposal point but are a lot cheaper. Then take into account that should anything go wrong with any of the van equipment, spares are very expensive. The amount of use you get out of the van tends to dictate whether or not it is reasonable , but it will never be "Cheap"
  13. The only things that affect the value of a van is condition.
  14. Brecon

    No water flow

    A few points to note: First is that the on board voltmeters are notoriously rubbish, you need a multimeter to get true reading of the battery state. Next is if as you say the van indicator dropped to below 10v then it is in need of a long charge, at least 48 hours, or it is passed its useful life. To check if your van charger is working, using a multimeter (which you have just been out to buy) check the battery voltage with no power on to the van. Then switch on the power and make sure the charger is ON, and check the battery voltage again. With power on, and the age of your van , it should be around 13.8v. Going back to charging the battery at home, when fully charged it should, if in good condition, read around the 12.8 to 13v mark, but do not check immediately after disconnecting the charger, leave it for a few hours to settle first. A battery at 12.5v is a flat battery.
  15. Brecon

    No water flow

    With a 1998 van you will have the Carver Crystal inlet which has filter, as you say, above the water inlet. First thing to do is remove the actual filter from the cap (it just pulls off) and replace the cap .(Do Not overtighten) Just inside the van behind the inlet should be a pressure switch (looks like an oblong box with a knurled nut on the top and two wires connected to it). Try adjusting the setting, turning anticlockwise will reduce the pressure needed to operate the switch.. Do this with one cold tap open and see what happens. If the pump runs then shut the tap and see if the pump stops almost immediately, if not, adjust the pressure so that it does shut off as soon as the tap is closed. It will take some time to fill the hot water tank (probably a Carver Cascade). Once you get water running, run the hot tap until the water runs without spitting and BEFORE turning any water heating on. Let us know how things work out before going into more detail.
  16. As long as the water is kept on the roof, and by looking at the amount of sealant you have used, it is, then that's fine, its not getting into the van and as soon as you move the van it will run off.
  17. The same is happening here, the numbers of known infected is rising as is the death number. Having said that, there are a lot of idiots who think it will not get them and gather in all kinds of places, like in farmers fields, the local cemetery etc etc with their bottles and cans of booze and music players.
  18. You do realise that you have replied to a post over 2 years old !!
  19. I have only been working on caravans for about 30 years, so you can do as you please, but I know what I work on .
  20. I know I am right. Having removed and resealed more than I care to think of, they do NOT have a herzim strip, regardless of what it "looks like".
  21. The roof strap does not have a herzim strip.
  22. Well done and congratulations on your efforts. The screws that did not tighten will be held by the Sikaflex once cured, so you will probably get away with any further problems. When you see how rippled the roof skin is under the strap, it is no wonder it is prone to leaking and tends to show the lack of care and expertise in the workmanship during build.
  23. The BCA units are fitted to Bailey vans and others and have proven to be very unreliable and have a high failure rate, but it is the way they are fitted in the top of the main power distribution box which has very little ventilation. You may be lucky if you fit the unit where it has very good ventilation. Just a comment, buying cheap has its downfalls, it is not always the best idea.
  24. Brecon


    Leisureshop Direct is one supplier that I use frequently. It must be noted however that no matter where you buy one from they are not very good quality, some last a long time, others much less, but there is no way of knowing what your purchase maybe like until it fails again.
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