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  1. I also have , as above, many certificates for the various items I deal with on a daily basis, and like your son in law I am regularly inspected and tested and have to re sit the entire qualification process every three years. Not only is his, and my,livelihood dependent on those certificates, so is everyone life dependent on the quality of work I do. Gas does not take prisoners, it kills without a second thought, which is why the pass mark for gas qualifications is 100%, nothing less is good enough !!!!!! Google is your friend! Yes you are quite right in quoting that, but that only applies to the private individual who can butcher or change anything on the gas side of a caravan , providing that van is used ONLY by himself and no one else. However, all installations are carried out to a standard and the makers have stuck to the recommendations as per GSIUR as that is the safest and best way of having a conformity of product that is proven to be the best. In my work I come across quite a lot of dangerous bodge jobs done by owners who think they know best, but actually know the quickest way to kill someone. Upon finding such things I have no option but to insist on remedial action or if that is refused, to cap off the pipework so that the system cannot be used.
  2. No, there is not, as the "advice" uses "should" be turned off and not "Will" or "Shall", which would make it mandatory, but sheer common sense would suggest that it is the safest way. However, common sense seems to be sadly missing or just plain ignored if it does not fit with a persons view.
  3. Yes. CCLP1 (B), CCLP1(LAV), CCLP1(RPH), HTRLP2, HTRLP3, REFLP2, WAHLP1, WATLP2, CENWAT, CKR1, CPA1, HTR1. The following are taken from the Swift Handbook, Page 77: WARNING: Unless en-route heating is in use the LPG cylinder valve should be closed when travelling. WARNING: When travelling using the en-route system all other LPG appliance shut off valves must be in the closed position including the fridge, cooker, water heater etc. WARNING: It is dangerous and illegal to operate other LPG appliances when travelling. It must be noted that en-route heating is model specific, it is NOT fitted to every model.
  4. I have nothing to apologise for. The Truma information clearly states " The integrated crash sensor allows you to heat your vehicle safely while you're driving. It prevents gas escaping should you be involved in an accident." It does NOT say that you can operate any other gas appliance. That information is quite clear in that it relates to motorhomes, with an addition of a recommendation that a crash sensor system is considered for caravans. The crash sensor is just for that reason, to stop the escape of gas if involved in a crash, but the rule for transporting gas is that the shut off valve must be closed, which makes it rather redundant. As a footnote, I have nothing more to say on the subject as I am totally amazed at the advice that is seemingly so wrong is given out and flies in the face of safety
  5. Rule 1 Transport of gas cylinders...……...the main shut off valve MUST be in the closed condition. Dometic, Alde and Thetford went to all the trouble to put 3 sources of working in their products. 230v for when connected to a mains supply, gas for use if no electric is available and 12v to operate the appliance on the move.
  6. Having that system does not mean that you can use gas appliances whilst moving as no one is allowed to be in the van on tow ! The crash sensor is just that,a crash safety sensor. So what?
  7. As a Gas Safe registered engineer and a fully qualified NCC Approved Workshop I am very aware of gas safety regulations and what is safe and what is not. You may be something to do with legal things but never ever try and tell me what is right or wrong regarding gas safety. Yes there is a system which was designed allow heating to be used in motorhomes, but it was not designed for anything else and was never designed for a caravan. A fridge would never work in either vehicle as the flame is so small that it would blow out as soon as the vehicle was moving. The heater in a motorhome however has a different flue arrangement to stop this , but the fridge does not. Also the flame in a heater is totally enclosed , the fridge flame is not and there have been several instances of fires in the burner area , and they were on sites, not moving ! Another point is that with a naked flame one would never be able to stop at a fuel station without first switching it off, and should you travel by sea and left the gas appliance on, you would be liable to be charged with endangering the ship and passengers,,,,get out of that !!!!
  8. Are you for real????????????????? It is so stupid to suggest that . All gas should be turned off during transit for safety and it is totally irresponsible to suggest what you have.
  9. Just to qualify the point I raised about price, it was not meant to be a negative but I know that it costs you a lot of money to do the magic job that always do, with the specialist products. You have explained in detail why and that is so refreshing and clarifies the reason that it is more expensive than trying to use "ordinary" products and hope to get anywhere near your finish. The extra cost is well worth it and in no way was I trying to decry you.
  10. The information needed is what make of van is it and what make of power distribution system does it have. If it has Nordelettronica system then there are well known faults that happen.
  11. I agree, and I would be one of the first to applaud a realistic study, but this one is not one of those. It is superfluous , and a cost that is simply trying to fix something that is not broken. If a researcher gets negative criticism and negative judgement that alone should send up red flags and make him or her realise they are on the wrong course.
  12. It may be so, but it is flawed from the start. Why would one want to pay extra to install a product that duplicates what is already present, and has a proven track record. I see no benefit in the product , just something else to go wrong, or its power supply compromising other items.
  13. I have looked at the questions and find them totally worthless. I do not know of any car that does not have bulb failure warning as that is a requirement in cars today. Secondly, with the adoption of the 13 pin system it would be a duplicate system and not worth the cost to install. I am afraid the OP has a failure before he starts.
  14. Doing that will totally negate the friction element of the hitch stabiliser and make it useless !!! Thorough cleaning of the towball and hitch head is all you can try , use brake cleaner every time you hitch up after rubbing the towball with a piece of fine emery paper or a scourer. If you only encounter the noise when moving slowly on site just release the friction on the towball. When driving on the open road and it happens at roundabouts, just ignore it !!!its only a noise, it is not going to kill anyone !!!!
  15. Hi Pat, sorry to have raised your hopes, but I guess Paul may baulk at travelling all the way over there. However, I do know that he primarily uses Autoglym products if that is of any help. Perhaps it would be worth contacting him and asking him for his advice.
  16. Quite a lot of people use a company called Tourershine as he is amazing in the results he achieves on caravans. He does cover the whole country but you may have to wait a while until he has enough in your area to make the journey worthwhile. It is not cheap , but very very good. Have a look at his website.
  17. The fridge that uses the type of burner described is not a Dometic unit, it is a Thetford unit. As for the original question, what make and model fridge have you got?
  18. The very best person to Talk to is Gary at ArcSystems.biz. Give him a ring on his mobile during the day . He knows the Carver systems inside out and can help with repairs or spares.
  19. Yes, I know the site very well, and just how awful it is when wet. Unfortunately most of the island is clay and blue slipper so the rain has nowhere to drain to , making some sites, especially those with steep pitches or roads, quite difficult to get on or off.
  20. Which site are you on? I was looking at the 16 day forecast for the Island and it is not good !! The first dry day at the moment is 19th October. However, that will probably change as we tend to have our own Eco System, being an Island.
  21. Regardless of what others may say, the only people who can answer your question is YOUR insurers.
  22. In your situation, and with the prospect of your daughter using the van, as you have no idea when, or if, it has been serviced and everything checked to ensure it is safe to use, I would get a mobile caravan engineer to come and service it and show you how everything works. Yes it will cost a bit but what price do you put on your safety and that of your daughter?? If you search "Approved Workshops" you should find a local engineer to help you.
  23. As has been suggested, Celotex or Kingspan would be good.
  24. As it is under warranty let your dealer sort it out or you may void the warranty on any part you interfere with.
  25. First bit of advice: If by "resealing" you mean applying a bead of mastic around the fitted rooflight, forget it !! It will not work and is a waste of time and money. The only way to deal with resealing is to remove the rooflight and clean all the old mastic from both rooflight and caravan, then apply new mastic and refit the rooflight.
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