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BillySmart

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  • Gender
    Male
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    South West
  • Interests
    Travel, hillwalking, politics, reading and photography.
  • Towcar / Toad
    LR Freelander 2
  • Caravan / Motorhome / Static (Make and model)
    Swift Corniche
  • Year of manufacture (Caravan / Motorhome / Static)
    2018

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  1. Please read my thread on this forum about my Aspire 2 grill. I updated it tonight after finding a simple and cost-free solution to a similar problem to yours. Rather than repeat it all again, if your problem has the same cause it is easily fixed so well worth a look at my final post there.
  2. Well, the grill is sorted. I appreciate all the replies and advice and Volvovanner, yours bore fruit. I did as you suggested and ended up on a thread on the CMC website where a person had experienced the same issue. They found it was to do with the gas control knobs on the front. The grill knob wasn’t pushing the underlying pin in far enough to get the gas flowing fully. I duly took off my grill knob and lit the grill by just pushing and turning the pin. It worked perfectly. So I switched that knob for another and it all works fine. As an aside, I know how it went from working last year to not working this year. These cooker knobs have had a habit of popping off during transit so I routinely remove them before setting off. I’d obviously put them back in a different order and one was a bit different. If I hadn’t asked on CT, I probably would have spent a good bit getting an engineer to sort it. Many thanks.
  3. We picked up our latest van in 2018. Ordered at the NEC show the previous year. It was a dealer special with a number of ‘extra’ features, one being air-con. Best thing ever as we did two-month early summer tours around the UK that year and 2019, both of which had heat-waves. We’re away in it now and had 30 deg last week. What a blessing to switch on, close the door and bask in cool air. Lifesaver for our two elderly terriers too. Best ‘extra’ I ever got.
  4. Thanks Flatcoat. That does make sense as everything else lights ok. With gas, I’d be reluctant to try to fix it myself and probably would struggle unless it’s a simple pull off - push on repair.
  5. Had the caravan serviced in March ready to go when restrictions eased. Annoyingly, although it worked perfectly before going into storage for the winter, our grill now isn’t lighting properly. It will light but the gas flow is minimal and it won’t heat up properly. All the gas rings and oven light ok. No sign of damage anywhere. A mystery. Any suggestions on possible problems to check for - or solutions? It’s a Thetford Aspire 2.
  6. My new (to me) motorhome is fitted with the E&P levelling system. E&P sell fitments for the round feet but they're very expensive. I wonder if anyone can suggest commercial pads made of plastic to help spread the weight on soft ground. I could use wood blocks but they're heavy, get sodden and mucky. Plastic would be more practical I think. Any info gratefully received.
  7. Would you be prepared to risk your licence (or that of others) on that guess? Policy, including on crime, should be driven by evidence, not guesswork. The place for those convicted on guesswork and assumption was the gulags. Reading some of the pontificating and/or pious responses on this thread reminds me why I haven't visited the forums for a very long time and may not do so again for another.
  8. My 2014 car’s Satnav has been literally leading me astray for ages and updating it would cost about £200 through a dealership. I thought about getting a cheap Garmin or Tomtom until I read about the Waze app which I downloaded free onto my smartphone. I admit to being sceptical at first, it being free, but I have really warmed to it and it has been really reliable during our long trip around the country this Spring/summer. It gives real-time early warnings of traffic holdups, speed cameras and broken down vehicles on the carriageway, etc, as reported by Waze users. And I’ve saved the cost of a separate Tomtom too.
  9. One of the best (caravanning) investments I made was to buy a dealer special in March 2018 with air-con. During the very hot summer last year and this summer at times so far, It has made such a difference to our comfort. Importantly, it means our two dogs, one of which is particularly stressed by heat, are comfortable and indeed can be left in the caravan for a time in safety. I can check the status of the van remotely and be alerted if the temperature changes.
  10. +1. After about 900 miles after the shoes were replaced no more squealing. Aaaahh, relief.
  11. My 2018 Swift Corniche has the two control panels, Swift Command and Truma. Last year it all worked fine. Not being tech savvy, I kept to basic settings and used the Truma app to remotely check/control heating and air-con. I used the Swift command app to control lighting from the bed. This year, on our first outing, it all went wrong. Space heating, and more-so the water heater, played up relentlessly, turning themselves off apparently randomly. Waking up to cold water and having the space heater stop was bad enough but re-starting them only to see them switch off again within seconds was seriously annoying, not to say worrying. This happened when using either the app or the manual controls on the Truma panel. I contacted Truma Service who told me it was a Sargent issue as the Swift command panel was over-riding the Truma panel. This despite the Swift heating control being set to ‘manual’. On to Sargent who said (predictably?) it was not their control panel and I needed Truma to sort it. How often does that happen, eh? I refused to play piggy in the middle and pressed Sargent’s tech ‘advisor’ for more info. After telling me all the other things wrong with my van (see below) from his remote analysis he said he’d speak to ‘someone’. A few minutes later he came back and said he’d done something that might work but no guarantees. It’s worked perfectly since then. My fingers are tightly crossed as I write this. The things, apart from heating, the Sargent advisor warned me about were; The Tracker battery was almost flat My Swift command system required a software update The Swift command comms unit needed changing All of these require another trip to a dealer workshop. I’ve been there three times already for repairs in the last year and another for its first annual service, where curiously they didn’t detect or correct the Swift command issues. I feel almost like one of the staff I see them so often. This is my first and last Swift, I’m afraid, not just because of that. Only a few weeks into a long trip, I already have a sticking bedroom door, a faulty exterior door seal, something’s dropped off the front locker hinge and cooker control knobs fly off while travelling and the ‘securing’ clip has gone missing on one. It’s a comfortable and well laid out van but after several fault free Bailey’s this is not the build quality we expected of a big-name brand. On to something else shortly.
  12. Politicians of all stripes are basically cowards and (more often) opportunists, many both. They pander to the green/eco lobby to make themselves appear ‘concerned’ for their constituents and the public, taxing us as much as they think they’ll get away with to fund schemes that NEVER produce results that satisfy the greenies - they always want more. Politicians are also too afraid (or gullible) to admit present measures will not bring about the Alpine fresh air Utopia they claim as population increases, local and worldwide, are exponentially outpacing energy and food resources. We replace efficient generation methods with inefficient and more expensive technology like windmills and solar panels. There is no avoiding your assertions about population growth but that is too much for the UN and most national leaders as capitalism depends on an economic growth model. Therefore we are spun, openly deceived, exhorted, restricted, taxed to the hilt and all for nought. A case in point in the UK; while politicians and the media ALWAYS spin our NHS’s struggles to meet increased demand on an “ageing population”, we also have “a housing crisis” that requires millions of new homes to be built across the country. As far as I can see older people do not require multiple houses and the pressure of mass immigration is considered off-limits in the chattering class. Unless we see a ground-shift in our political class who finally wake up to reality we will change little except upping our blood pressure in frustration.
  13. What we can all be confident of is that there are companies, individuals and government departments spinning data and “facts” to forward one agenda or another. Manufacturers to gain some commercial or financial advantage; individuals to gain personal advancement and/or financial gain or simply to keep their jobs having received instructions from higher up the chain. Government departments? Does anyone seriously believe ministers (and now even civil servants) are not trying to appease eco-warriors whether or not there is any justification in their demands? sadly it is often difficult to determine truth from spin so truly independent analysis is vital. Wisdom requires critical thinking and scepticism of received thought. If not, Copernicus would be a forgotten man and the Earth would still be considered the centre of the Heavens.
  14. I think Rookesbury Park CMC site might be worth a look. It has ferry pitches with late arrival facilities. We stayed there recently and it’s nice. There may be closer suggestions but this one is not too far out.
  15. Thanks for that info CommanderDave. Any advice on how to get the setup you have would be welcome. Never had any experience of mifi.
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