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About hawkaye

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    "A safe pair of trousers"
  • Birthday 28/09/1952

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    near Richmond, North Yorkshire
  • Interests
    Caravanning, family, swimming, motorcycling, cycling.
  • Towcar
    2004 Citroen C8 SX 130 6-speed
  • Caravan
    2000 Lunar LX 2000 524

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  1. hawkaye

    New Buccaneer Collection Drama by Newbies

    Neither do you mention which of the Catterick dealers you bought the van from. Care to enlighten us? A very good report showing you and your family are made of stern stuff! When we started caravanning we joined forces with my mum and stepfather and my wife's parents to get us launched.
  2. hawkaye

    safety cut out on hob

    We don't have a cut-out on our year 2000 Lunar with gas-only hob. Our safety feature is that I usually stack the pans on the hob after washing up so there is minimal chance of the glass going down on a hot hob.
  3. hawkaye

    CMC's new ESSO fuel card

    Filled Mrs H's car up at Scotch Corner services last week without a hitch, but I've yet to see the transaction in my bank account. The pin on my account seemed to work OK. Update! The search for garages has changed! I know know which is the nearest Esso garage, just in case local knowledge fails me.
  4. hawkaye

    Solar Panel Update

    I fitted the Truma 60w panel, as seen in Tandem Man's post, at the beginning of the year. Our local caravan dealers had them at a discount. It was relatively straightforward. The hole I drilled went into the top of the drinks cabinet and it was then a short route to the battery box. I got into bother with the black adhesive which went stringy like cheese and decorated the roof in the breeze on fitting day. I also saw that I'd grazed the outer insulation of the front-to-back mains cable as I drilled the hole in the roof. The instructions were spot-on and there was more cable than enough in the kit. As installed, it's a fit-and-forget solution, charging the batteries (it's got facility for 2) even on a cloudy winter day and not overcharging them according to my multimeter. We are not heavy users by any means with no winter caravanning, no TV, only radio use, and Carver blown air heating.
  5. hawkaye

    CMC's new ESSO fuel card

    Just come back from a fortnight away, got the card in the mail. The card number field in my profile is blank; is that an issue does anyone know? Also has anyone got the 'find your nearest station' tab to work?
  6. hawkaye


    Have you checked the gas tap for the heater is turned on?
  7. hawkaye

    Battery Charging

    A whole litre? The above is a tale cautioning you to include the battery electrolyte level in your monthly checks. If the battery is sealed or 'maintenance free' and you need a hammer and chisel to access the cells to top them up (yes, it can be done), get a traditional battery next time. Dad had the village garage in the '50s. Batteries were delivered dry and filled up by him from a 10 gallon (I think) glass carboy of sulphuric acid. The carboy arrived in a steel cage padded with straw. Batteries were then charged by equipment the size of a small filing cabinet which buzzed and ticked when working. Having the battery plates visible and uncovered by electrolyte was a major crime.
  8. hawkaye

    Truma water heater gas 1980ish

    Looks like I've got the model numbers wrong. Apologies. My first Cascade had the familiar square shaped cover on the caravan exterior. If that was removed, the burner plate had a flap top right under which was a wheel to set the water temperature. Stamped into the metal was "Switch off and allow to cool before adjusting" or similar. From my fragile memory, this was a gas-only heater. My current Cascade, although similar to the first from the outside, has no flap and no adjustment on the burner plate, but has both gas and mains electric heating.
  9. hawkaye

    Truma water heater gas 1980ish

    I believe the temperature wheel was restricted to the Cascade 1 which I had on a 1989 Leda Malvern. My 2000 Lunar has the Cascade 2 with no adjustment.
  10. hawkaye

    PMS4 socket/fire switch stays down

    Difficult to be certain of that without knowing the make/model/year of the van. My heater connects to an isolator and the isolator is wired to the PMS4's MCB.
  11. hawkaye

    PMS4 socket/fire switch stays down

    I have a PMS4; just to add to the previous sound advice, if it's the heater MCB, it's more likely to be 16 amp.
  12. hawkaye

    Twin Axle Questions

    "Can also be used to fit snow chains on a tandem wheel trailer." For extreme caravanning only I presume.
  13. hawkaye

    12 volt Electrical problem

    That suggests there must be a PSU on board to run a 12v pump. If that's true you must have used the 12v system before even if you didn't realise it. Is it just the lighting that blows the fuse? Post a pic of the switch and panel where you "switch to 12 volt".
  14. hawkaye

    Draining down water when laying up for the winter

    Open taps and shower and remove the Carver boiler drain. If I remember, when I'm putting the caravan on axle stands, I'll do the left side first so there's a downward slope towards the boiler. It drips for the time taken to have a cuppa. I've had the shower head crack once when I was surprised by an early hard frost, and I froze the Mid Service Centre pressure switch the first year I had it. For neatness I had installed it on its side next to the boiler but that meant it didn't drain properly; it gave me an epic leak when I filled up the system next.
  15. hawkaye

    Condensation/leak rear o/s lockers

    It is. The wind was making the lead vibrate as I took our loan dog out for a walk this evening. Going to get worse tomorrow according to the Met Office. Just when I need to be sweeping leaves up!