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  1. 2 hours ago, Johnboycash50 said:

    I have got an Elddis Typhoon Ex2000,  I am struggling getting the diameter of the brake drums, all I know is it's an AL-KO chassis , any help or advice would be appreciated. 

    Are you sure your van has an AL-KO chassis as Elddis used BPW until relatively recently.

  2. When buying from a dealer your contract is with that dealer, who is then responsible for any problems during the warranty period, which is why it is sensible to buy as locally as you can !!

    The warranty runs from the day you purchase the van, not on its build date.

  3. 53 minutes ago, R0nnie said:


    Trying to get my caravan sorted for a break away Friday everything seems to work OK but I noticed it stinks of gas and it's coming from the boiler it's stuck open once lit I don't think it'll turn off unless I turn the gas bottle off? 

    Really don't want to cancel this break as its my missus birthday and we are both really looking forward to it. 


    Very simple answer, get the leak sorted by a qualified engineer and do not use the van until it has been.

    There will be an isolation valve near the heater, but it may not look like one and needs a special key to operate it.


    Trying to use it as it is would be very foolhardy at best, maybe leave you dead at worst.

  4. I am somewhat surprised by the mobile mechanics stance.


    The high level lights are stuck to the caravan with either RV61 or Soudall Fixall, both of which are removable but are difficult and require care.


    They need to be cut through using a plastic sealant cutter, NOT anything metal.


    Another way is to use fishing line and saw through it, or dental floss also works.


    The bigger issue is what you may find once the light is free and it is quite common to find the wiring embedded in the same sealant and the hole it goes into also full of it, then it is a case of very careful picking out until you can get to the connection of the light to loom spade terminals, which can take a long time.


    Refitting is application of the same mastic and enough to squeeze out all around the edge of the light ensuring the wiring hole is also watertight. 


    Is it a good way of fitting a light? yes if the light works, no if you have to change it.

  5. Static vans are not included in the CRiS scheme which is for touring caravans, but as it is being sold by the site then they would have ensured that no finance was outstanding.


    As far as static vans are concerned regarding annual servicing there is not the same requirement as a touring van, but you will need to factor in annual Gas Safe certification and Electrical testing certification.


    On top of that there is the normal general checks that you can carry out to pick up on possible problems and get them remedied by suitable people.

  6. Just because it is a newish (how newish?)battery does not mean it is a good battery, they can fail at any time.


    However, even with the master switch off certain items can still draw power, like the fridge unless that is turned off at its own controls.

    Also a radio will draw power to retain memory unless that is isolated itself.

    Already mentioned, if a tracker or alarm is fitted and active, then that is drawing power as well. 


  7. 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.

  8. 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 an old bolt and cut two grooves in it and slowly ease it into the thread. Keep bringing it out every turn to remove any debris.

  9. 5 hours ago, Claireavan said:

    Ok I’ll try that but I’ve some more problems facing me next... the “run off” lid came away in my hand and is stuck inside... 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️




    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 .

  10. 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 !!

  11. 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.

  12. 4 minutes ago, Legal Eagle said:

    I'm not disputing the standards applied by responsible contractors and fitters but your assertion that the legislation applies is incorrect.


    In addition the IET wiring regulations are not legislation but an industry standard.  The NICEIC states:


    Industry Standards are voluntary codes of rules written by the industry to which they apply and approved by a nationally recognised body.  They are aimed at simplifying the terminology, processes and procedures used within that particular industry.


    Standards (whether International, European or British) do not form part of law, nor are they legally enforceable, except where they form part of a contract.  In a contract, the relevant standards will normally be stated as the standard of work required to fulfil the contract.

    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 !

  13. 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.

  14. 6 minutes ago, johntog said:

    You don't need to be Einstein to work out that putting any electrical item that may produce a spark if a fault were to develop alongside a cylinder of gas that may develop a leak is a really stupid idea. I can't believe this is even being questioned. You don't need the exact legislation, it's common sense. :angry:



    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.

  15. 1 hour ago, mark-w said:

    4, any link to the law? Or just a caravan myth?

    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.

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