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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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  3. 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 !!!!

  4. 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.

  5. 19 minutes ago, Hounslow said:

    .Put some bowls of salt around on Friday and will check in a few days.

    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.


  6. 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.

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  7. 42 minutes ago, zeersplat said:

    Oh no it won't


    adjective. not transparent or translucent; impenetrable to light; not allowing light to pass through.



    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.

  8. On 04/02/2020 at 13:29, beejay said:

    Are  post 2003 appliances now rated and plated at ONLY 30 mBar?


    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.

  9. 1 hour ago, outnumbered said:

    On the caravan control panel above the door there the habitation  panel does this have to be switched  to car.


    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.

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  10. 5 minutes ago, Sea&Sand said:

    What is illegal in PandR's set up, is it the 'Tee piece' or the Pol to Butane adaptor or both?


    I understand that Tee pieces fitted with a non-return valve can be purchased, would a Tee piece having a non return valve  prevent different gas types from mixing?,


    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.

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  11. 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.

  12. 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. !!!!! 

  13. 5 hours ago, George&Ade said:

    This was your earlier post stating that it was the important part of the law and should not be placed in the swept part of the windscreen.


    Now its,

    If I can see it......its a serious offence.


    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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  14. 33 minutes ago, George&Ade said:

    It wouldn't be illegal if mounted in the correct position,i.e. outside of the sweep of the wiper blades.

    What bit of "If the screen is on and the driver can see it, this is classed as a serious offence." do you not understand??????????? 

  15. 3 hours ago, George&Ade said:

    If the screen is on and the driver can see it, this is classed as a serious offence.

    That is the important part of the law.

    The positioning is simple, nothing should be placed in the swept area of the windscreen.


    I really fail to understand why you seem so keen to see on a screen what you can see in much more detail by simply looking out of the windscreen?

    To deliberately put your licence at risk, never mind other road users simply to have something illegal in your view is beyond belief.

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