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  1. All gas water heaters must be balanced flue units , the old style open flue appliances are illegal now and cannot be repaired or fitted. You would be best to look at a Morco unit, which is what most static vans have that provide hot water and central heating. As long as your brother is gas safe LPG certified he can fit the new one, but if he is only NG certified you will need to get a LPG certified fitter.
  2. There is a way to remove the broken plug without damaging the heater. Using a junior hacksaw blade with the pins on one end removed, gently make 5 cuts through the plastic stub. When cutting the plastic it should be a smooth cutting action with no drag, as soon as t you feel the hacksaw teeth drag STOP. Then using a small flat bladed screwdriver, ease one of the segments you have just made out making sure it comes out and not pushed back into the heater, the other segments will come out easier. The thread will need cleaning up and towball bolt will do the job , use
  3. Looking at these pictures you certainly do have problems, none of which you can attempt to repair and you need a mobile caravan engineer who knows how to deal with these heaters. First of all the drain plug has sheared off and getting the remaining bits out is difficult at the best of times for someone who knows how fragile these are. Secondly the burner module is severely corroded and most likely will not work and needs replacing, but spares for these heaters are very hard to find .
  4. What water heater? what caravan?
  5. On club sites it is every day !! Others may be different.
  6. On most, if not all, sites require any groundsheet to be breathable, and to be lifted regularly to protect the grass. Obviously that does not apply to hardstanding with no grass, but on a lot of sites now, hardstandings are made of a honeycomb material filled with soil and grassed over. As for your assumption that breathable will allow moisture through, yes they will, and mud !!
  7. Find me a caravan of any make with a makers fitted battery in the gas locker (or as you want to rename it a wet locker) and I will show you a live Unicorn ! LPG rules state that no gas cylinder shall be placed where there is the possibility of an ignition source.
  8. So, what you are advocating is that anyone can do anything they want and have no regard for safety, of themselves or others.......well done !!!! I despair !
  9. And can I point out as a caravan engineer of over 20 years that whilst the regulations do not apply strictly to the touring caravan, ALL gas installations are done to the same level of compliance and are strictly adhered to by caravan engineers for the safety of owners and others.
  10. Exactly, but some folk seem to think they know best. Gas + Spark (from any switch or battery terminal within the gas locker) = very big bang, no caravan left and probably no owner left alive, or anyone near them.
  11. Corner steady pads spread the load of the steady which are quite narrow and stay on the caravan all the time once installed. https://www.caravanstuff4u.co.uk/towing-levelling/2839-caravan-feet-pk-of-4-fiamma-jack-pads-8004815313623.html They are certainly well worth getting and fitting.
  12. Gas Installation and Use Regulations, Electrical installation regulations. It is NOT permitted by law to have a battery, or any other electrical equipment, in the same compartment as the gas cylinders, even in a battery box. It is no use trying to do things that would put you and others at risk just because you "think" it is OK.
  13. Elddis have not "fobbed you off", they have simply told you the way things work , your contract is with the supplying dealer. not Elddis. Your van is now 9 years old so getting any replacement parts is very unlikely.
  14. Google is not your friend and you have taken what suits your agenda to promote unsafe and illegal practices as far as gas and static vans are concerned. I am not even prepared to go into domestic houses situations with you. Yes there is a lesser qualification available for caravan engineers and it is legally required. You stick to your thinking but do not advise others to do the same . Just out of curiosity, are you Gas Safe LPG qualified?
  15. Where is your proof of what you say? As a Gas Safe LPG engineer I totally disagree with your interpretation of what can and cannot be done. As far as privately owned touring caravans are concerned an owner may do anything with the gas system as long as the van is not used by anyone other than the owner, anyone who charges to do work MUST be qualified to work on the relevant systems.
  16. Where do you get that idea from? Static vans fall under Gas Safe regulations and as such must be worked on by a Gas Safe LPG engineer.
  17. This is what I always use when replacing static van regulators: https://www.bes.co.uk/natural-gas-lpg/lpg/propane-changeover-kits/clesse-two-pack-automatic-changeover-kit-with-opso-21472/
  18. You can blame yourselves, the caravanning public for wanting everything they have at home in a small tin box and wanting more advanced controls so that they can play with their smart phones, as well as keeping the caravan engineers busy . No delicate electrical equipment such as PCB's like being driven around in a very bumpy wobble box , they prefer a static environment, with relatively constant temperatures, not subjected to extremes of heat and cold.
  19. The PCB is inside the control box at the back of the gas fire, it is part of the Ultraheat unit which is a bolt on addition. With the probability that it is the PCB, given the very restricted access you have and the need to remove the gas fire to get to the Ultraheat control box I advise getting a mobile engineer to undertake the work as he will have all the necessary test equipment and seals to ensure safe reconnection of the gas fire, which would also be a good time to have the fire serviced.
  20. The problem with any tyre sealant is when the tyre needs replacing and a lot of tyre places refuse to deal with the mess inside the tyre. Also, unless the puncture is very small, like a nail in the tread, they are more or less useless, and most caravan tyre failures are sidewall damage which is irrepairable anyway. Not worth the money.
  21. You say the green light on the control switch does not light up, this is supplied with 12v from the transformer in the fire control box, so it looks like a new PCB
  22. Ok, so on to the right item.............. The Ultraheat is a unit located behind the gas fire and if it has a reset switch, which not many had, the you need to get access to the control box which is at floor level at the back of the gas fire. If the fire is located in the wardrobe area then there should be a panel in the base of the wardrobe which can be removed to give access, however, if it is located in the drawer unit then unless you can remove a drawer and with a mirror and light you may be able to locate the reset, otherwise it is a case of removing the gas fire and all that en
  23. First of all , Truma water heaters do not have a trip switch as such. What they do have is a thermal cutout which operates if the heater has been switched on without water in it. It only works a few times before it fails completely. On the majority of vans there is the MCB on the main distribution panel that needs to be in the up position, and also an isolation switch near the heater , usually low down near the floor in the seating front panel. That needs to be on also, but only switch on if the water system is full. If it still does not work on electric, ,the
  24. Have you checked the battery voltage? I mean at the battery itself, forget the on board indicator, they are not good enough, if it works at all. Have you got a multimeter?
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