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    Hyundai Santa Fe 2. 2 CRD CDX Auto.
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    Freedom Jetstream 1st class 2009

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  1. Just been down to the Calor Gas retailers who told me that Calor Lite bottles are no longer available due to H & S. Anyway, they offered to change my 6 Kg bottle for two 3 Kg bottles, and although this takes up more space in the front locker that negates the need to know how much gas is left in the 6 Kg bottle. Is this a good idea weight wise I ask myself? Some kind sole on the forum will share their thoughts I hope.
  2. Hello Pebble, There is no need to switch off / disconnect your PSU. Just put the C-Tek on to the battery. They are designed to be left on 24/7 and they will extend the life of your battery. I have a PSU / Trickle charger on my van and the C-Tek is permanently wired in onto the battery terminals. Don't forget to unplug the EHU while you are doing it. Is your battery a sealed one or not? Don't forget to check the cell water levels if its a wet acid type - especially during summer months. Pete
  3. If you are looking for help with questions click HERE Here's to more happy trips in the future
  4. That will do the job nicely. Good information. It would be interesting to know how many manufacturers still fit a trickle charger to their caravans instead of a smart charger.
  5. Many caravan inbuilt 'chargers' do not actually charge the battery. They only trickle charge the battery. Although the caravan charger system is sufficient, the technical disadvantage is it never fully charges the battery to its full capacity. The charge voltage is cut off prematurely at 13.85 volts. Whichever type of battery you use, the in built charger will give a maximum charge to within 80% of the batteries original capacity. Over a period of time, this can cause sulphation of the plates in leisure batteries, due to under charging. Over charging occurs when the battery remains on charge after it has reached full charge (14.40 volts). Overcharging causes excess heat that can cause the plates within the cells to buckle and shred their active material. The battery will also react to the overcharge by producing excess hydrogen and oxygen as the water within the electrolyte breaks down. The water that is lost due to overcharging can be replaced in a non-sealed battery. In a sealed battery, the water loss is permanent and will drastically shorten battery service life. The illustration below is helpful. The C-Tek range of chargers has a good reputation. The MXS 7.0 is the perfect universal 12v. charger. It is ideal for charging larger batteries such as caravan, motor home, boat and car batteries. These types of vehicles often demand features that can solve a broad range of battery related problems. The MXS 7.0 offers features such as battery diagnosis, which shows whether a battery can receive and retain a charge, a special reconditioning function which restores stratified and deeply discharged batteries, unique maintenance charging, a mode for optimised charging during cold winter days and the charging of demanding AGM batteries (i.e. Optima). It also has a power supply mode which allows the battery to be disconnected from the vehicle without losing important configurations. The MXS 7.0 is a fully automatic 8-step charger which delivers 7A to 12V batteries from 14-150Ah. The charger is IP 65 classified (splash and dust proof), designed to protect vehicle electronics, non-sparking, reverse polarity protected and short-circuit proof. The MXS 7.0 has a 5 year manufacturer's warranty. Anyway, have a look at the range of C-Tek chargers. They vary in cost. I have a C-Tek that is permanently connected in my caravan and the battery is now nine years old which is the proof of the pudding.
  6. Sounds as though you only have a trickle charger - NOT a battery charger. More info for you HERE and look under BATTERY
  7. Thats what I thought at first but time and experience has taught me otherwise but if dirty clothes are used then it might scratch.
  8. Odd!! I and others as illustrated above have not experienced this. Would the manufacturers still be making it if that is the case? I can truly say that you are the first person in the seven years I have been using GL to condemn it. To test GL initially way back I tried it on caravan windows and it did not scratch them what so ever. Now - THAT - is the most indicative toughest test anywhere. Each to their own opinions though.
  9. No, you dont need an adaptor. It comes with one. As said above you will need a good internet connection with a download speed of above 12 Mbps (Mega bytes per second) for Netflix although they state a much lower speed of 1 upwards. They should know but in practice that is what my home system works best on. How are you going to connect up to the internet then? Have a click on THIS I hope it will clarify.
  10. Yes, I saw that too undoubtedly it works but I dont want water in the locker or the bother of removing the bottle and although it might work in the summer I have doubts about the cold winter months. I have just tried BFM's method. It shows promise.
  11. Thanks for that. Brilliant I should imagine that requires learning though but that's the best idea yet. If the BR wheel tappers can do it then so can I. Gold star BFM.
  12. None of the above really. I just want something to tell me when the bottle nearly reaches empty so I have a warning its time to buy a full bottle.
  13. You have to use microfibre cloths to apply and then to polish off. Its best to apply sparingly, the effect you want to achieve is a slight haze. Squirt the Greased Lightning onto a cloth and wipe on to a panel. It does not matter if the panel is dirty. Trust me, it works. I use it on dirty caravan windows and does NOT scratch. Then take the clean cloth and simply buff the polish off. Job done. More on GL HERE VIDEO 1. BUY 2. BUY Enough said I think. I REALLY do not understand the hose and water brigade - the time - the hosing - the rinsing - the drying and wet trousers when all that you need the GL way are two clothes and a bottle. It will leave you a lot of spare time to do the bidding of her indoors. H'mmm. Pete
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