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About Steamdrivenandy

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    Random Word Generator aka SDA
  • Birthday 06/01/1948

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    N. Staffs looking over Cheshire in awe and wonder
  • Interests
    Steam (GWR King 6024)
    Garden Design
  • Towcar
    '17 Plate Skoda Yeti 1.2Tsi DSG
  • Caravan
    2012MY Bailey Pegasus 2 Rimini

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  1. Before deleting and reloading the driver I thought I'd run the diagnostics again as per Kelpers link. It's clear that what's stopping the printer is some issue with the routers password. now i've linked all sorts of other devices using that password and I've run the routers spec page and the password I'm using is correct. However the software loads to the printer and then says it's obtaining the devices IP address and after a while the page comes up saying the password is incorrect and isn't the one used by the router, even though I have the router's page open showing exactly that password. I'm stumped.
  2. Thanks for the suggestion Kelper, I've already had a try with those diagnostics and got nowhere.
  3. I've never really thought about it before but is there a way to estimate the weight on each car axle without resorting to a weighbridge? I mean a car sits four square, so could it be said that half the kerb weight or half the MIRO bears on each axle? Obviously if that's the case it would alter as the car's loaded, but as a starter, given that the plated weight limit of each axle is known you could then sort of work out the payload available on each axle, the rear one being of most interest obvs.
  4. Many thanks for the responses, food for thought. According to HP's driver database, accessed yesterday via the printer management page, the driver is up to date, but I'll have a go at deleting and reloading. I can understand that there might be a glitch in the software on the PC, but it concerns me that the printer itself keeps on dropping into the 'error state' even when not connected to any computer. That suggests to me that there's something wrong with its basics internally, rather than something from any control system in the computer? Puzzling.
  5. Modern petrol engines provide a lot more power and torque than their equivalent sized parents from a decade or more ago. I mean who'd have thought of a 1 litre Mondeo Estate for instance, you'd expect the smallest engine to be double that. Although not towing, I've been driving a 1.2 litre Yeti for more than 3 years and it went fine. Our new 1.0 litre Scala is even more punchy. The advances in petrol engine design, with turbo's providing more torque lower down the rev range, it could be the way to tow. As to fuel costs, I can't get my knickers in a twist about them, Using £6 a gallon as a round figure and 10,000 miles a year, at 40mpg that's £1500. At 30mpg it's £2,000. An extra £10 per week and that's an extreme example. If you're running a car that does 40mpg solo and 30mpg towing then for an average 10,000 annual mileage you probably get 38mpg overall, which costs £1600, or £2 per week. Far better to worry about interest rates on finance and the depreciation costs etc than stress about fuel consumption. There again green issues also need to be considered.
  6. I'm glad that I'm not alone in this. I guess I could run a cable between PC and printer, indeed that's part of the set up procedure. Once everything is set the system tells you to disconnect the cable as all should be set to operate via wifi. However the fact that the passkey is wrong just messes the whole thing up.
  7. Now there's a challenge. Check the noseweight whilst sat on the khazi. According to your figures you have 230kg of payload to play with. That seems a lot but it depends what caravan we're talking about. The battery could be 20 to 25kg, the mover 30kg, the spare wheel may or may not be counted in payload, the gas cylinder will have an allowance in MIRO, so at least part won't be payload. 85kg seems an awful lot for a wheelchair.
  8. The other week we moved onto fibre at home and had to have a new router. Transferring everything over went fine, except for the HP Deskjet 2540 printer. It's always been a bit of a diva but try as I might it and the new router won't talk to each other. It's now taken to flashing all its indicator lights at me in unison. HP's page on said lights says that it indicates the printer is in an error state. No kidding. Their solution is to unplug power, wait and reapply power. That sometimes stops the flashing but doesn't help getting the printer online. Weirdly, you can go through the whole process, put the router's passkey in and it says it's the wrong password. I mean, I've checked it dozens of times and it's worked with everything else, so why is the printer rejecting it? I've even tried WPS to set up and all the indicators flash the right colour but after a few minutes it gives up. I guess a 6 year old printer is getting aged now, but it seems that good printers, like stand mixers are in short supply after lockdown.
  9. Except that the, admittedly pessimistic, estimate of 1% death rate is for the whole population that catch it. As you age that % increases markedly. One thing I think that the government should do is have a website where you dial up your age and get specific info on the known or suspected risk levels and what restrictions apply to that year's age cohort. Splitting it up by years means they can apply nuancing, rather than using blocks of ages where, for instance, the risk may be low at 70, but much higher at 79, whereas at present they talk about those in their '70's.
  10. And if you read the government advice those over 70 should still seek to stay away from other people, except those in their household. The same goes for those that are shielding, once shielding ends. So a fairly large portion of the population shouldn't actually indulge in pubs, restaurants etc.
  11. I once tried to run a microwave that had been sitting in the garage for several months. There was a flash and a loud bang. End of microwave. The cause, condensation causing a short. The thing had been sitting in an unheated garage and it was cold. Running it produced warmth and condensation all over the internals. So I always caution about not running a caravan microwave until the temperatures have balanced and the internals have heated through, so that condensation isn't generated.
  12. Warranty work can be done by any approved dealership or workshop, providing they want to do it. The only one who has to do it is the supplying dealer. But as inferred earlier, the supplying dealer is responsible under CRA and it matters not to a caravan owner how, or if, the dealer gets recompense from the van manufacturer or appliance maker, that's an irrelevance.
  13. I'm not sure that's what the data is actually saying. What it is saying is that up to 80% of those tested positive had no symptoms at the time of testing. That means that they might be pre-symptomatic or post-symptomatic as well as totally asymptomatic. If the period of testing positive is an average of three weeks, say, and the average period of symptoms is the middle week, then it's possible, roughly, that 27% are in one of the three categories and that circa 20% have symptoms. That, given a margin for error gets somewhere near a 25% split where a quarter of those tested positive are totally asymptomatic, a quarter symptomatic, a quarter pre-symptomatic and a quarter post-symptomatic. Of course it will never be as neat and tidy as that but it's a possibility that it's roughly around that sort of split.
  14. I agree with Reggie, the responsibility is the dealer's, how they resolve an issue with a parts supplier is of absolutely no interest to the caravan owner. BTW we used to live in the same North Yorkshire village as David Nobbs, writer of Reggie Perrin and a lot more besides. He was a lovely man who could often be found playing dominoes in the Hare & Hounds. Sadly both the H&H and David are now gone. RIP David.
  15. You pays your money and takes your choice as far as kerbweight is concerned Swirly. Skoda brochure says the minimum kerbweight with driver for the SE L trim I have is 1229kg to 1318kg and of course 75kg less without driver. As with all such things there's no explanation of why a UK SE L 1 litre DSG should have a kerbweight that varies by 89kg, I mean I know that individual cars never weigh exactly what's listed but given the kerbweight should be tested with a specified load i.e the same amount of fuel and fluids on board etc you have to think that's a fair chunk of weight to vary by.
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