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    Gloucestershire and London
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    Renault 5
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    Bailey Senator

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  1. Thanks, I looked at the Propex website and it wasn't clear whether the companies listed actually do installation work or just supply the part (HS2000) I'd like it to be fitted to my small converted micro camper. Having said that, although a local fitter would be convenient I'd be prepared to travel anywhere in the country for a good job.
  2. Hi all, I'm looking to get an HS2000 fitted in Gloucestershire. Happy to buy the unit I'm just struggling to get anywhere in terms of installers that can actually do the fitting of it. Google is mostly giving me either companies that do caravan habitation checks or youtube vids on how to fit a propex DIY, Any suggestions?
  3. Hi all, My friends van used to be an Ex council meals on wheels van. There's some left over bits from those days including a spare tyre type gas tank plus connections and filling point. He wants to reuse it for running a burner hob in the back of the van, can anyone have a look at the installation and see if they think its possible or not? The one thing that concerns me is they've DRILLED the filling point directly into the tank? Also, the output pipe is BELOW the filling point. For vapour use this seems nonsensical. Cowboys perhaps. I stand to be corrected. .. Ken
  4. Well I'm raising a case on eBay about the shoddy battery. It's a no-brand battery called Energy XL. Serves me right for not spending a few quid extra and getting a Hankook from down the road. Absolutely no idea how I'm going to return a leisure battery though. Definitely won't fit inr my local post box. .......
  5. Bought a new 110 AH battery from the bay. ..however on my doorstep it was reading just under 12. 2v!! So I've ran it under the CTEK overnight for the first time and come morning the positive terminal was really powdery. I've cleaned it off with sodium bicarbonate now. Should I complain to the seller, is my battery basically defective now? Thanks
  6. This will be a really easy one for you 12 volt guru's out there. Basically, I'm out of one type of wiring. (1. 5mm² 21 Amp Red/Black Cable) Would I be safe to join onto that wiring (either solder or fiddly fingers) on to this type of wiring on to it? https://www. screwfix. com/p/nexans-speaker-cable-2-core-x-24-strand-50m-black-red/8160t I won't be drawing more than 21 amps from my whole circuit at any given time. Thanks!
  7. Quick question from the in law. What type of car battery to leisure battery arrangement do people go for here? The CTEK charger or the traditional split charge relay? The CTEK looks great my but goodness is it pricey! Any thoughts?
  8. Well, alas nothing has become of the saga. Much bother about nothing (Peeks out window as typing, notices van being pushed down road. ..) well, hopefully not anyway. The odd thing about talking to the chap in my encounter is he made zero eye contact, always looking away very bizarre. I know I'm and ugly ***** at times, but even still. So I think the best policy is just to be as polite as possible to them. Even going on about the Virgin Mary, religious talk and proclaiming mortal devotion to the Catholic church can also win respect so I have heard as some of them are very "religious". I hate to be negative, hence my concern but I for one know if they want it they'll have it. I'm convinced that all those alarms, chains, alko locks only buy you a small amount of extra time. The good ones know how the gadgets work "....tinkers" and I'm sure 30 minutes is all they need for anything. Can't argue with 3 or for guys with gas torches and bolt cutters. ..I even read somewhere of a caravan behind reinforced bollards being lifted out on a crane. And that's probably why I'd never spent over 5 grand on a van. For those spending 30k+, put another 30m aside to build your own fort knox!!
  9. £5 places are an absolute gem!! Rarer than hens teeth though these days. Completely agree, it would be ideal if one could filter on things they don't want. 99% of what I'm finding looks like Pontin wannabies. Defeats the point of caravaning / camping IMO, the concept of getting away from it all and just enjoying nature in peace. No EHU needed. I'm a one man band for the most part so my power use is very limited especially in summer with my modest solar setup. Just to clarify, being a non club member this means I can't use their facilities, right? Or are there some that are an exception to this rule without having to pay 3x per night.
  10. It seems like *UKCS* is swamped in holiday parks and only club sites! I'm only interested in the really basic independent ones and prefer not to pay more than £10 a night. You know, the good old really quiet back to basics in nature type with only a field with a tap in it. Finding them seems to be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Can anyone give me any pointers on how to find these ones only? Trouble is, I realize these ones are less likely to put ads on websites as they don't the money to justify it.
  11. I did. The 5kg cylinders are. Too big Actually, rather than the pricey gaslow system I've been looking at the fix fire extinguisher shaped tanks on ebay. I'm thinking if I could attach an under slung gas tank inside my locker, that may be way cheaper. I wonder how feasible this is. I have much more horizontalyl space than vertically which is what limits me to these eeny weeny teeny bottles.
  12. True, but back in the day my original calor bottle was one I rescued from the local tip, then swapped it for the calorlite I have today. It's slightly odd that you can change any old bottle without showing any I. D or paper work. But hey ho. Plus from what I've read here, calor don't sound like they really play fair much either. Yeah, I would think that would be the case. The only issue I've got is the 6 kg bottle is way too big for my locker. It would be practically touching the road if I were to cut through my gas locker. In an ideal world I'd have 2 of the 2. 7kg bottles (so 5. 4kg of gas in total) as my locker was designed for 907's. But I'd have to buy two bottles. And they're only about a tenner cheaper than the 6kg bottles. So I'm forced to pay almost double for less capacity! Sigh. No idea how they worked out their pricing policy.
  13. Ugh. Does anyone here know off hand if it's possible to swap down a bottle size. I've seen a 6kg bottle second hand, but it's too big. Most of what i see second hand are the 6kg size. I'm looking for the 2. 7kg bottles and I'd love to buy a larger one and exchange it down for a smaller one. Also, any idea what a 2/3 full bottle of calorlite would sell for? One of the recalled ones that hasn't been replaced yet. It's basically buy one get one free. In a perfect world I'd give that away for a 2. 7kg gaslow plus a few bob on top.
  14. If you find a bunch of gaslow 2. 6kg bottles on the heap let me know!!
  15. I have a couple of Gaz 907's that I can't seem to shift very easily. The refills are too dear so have had a calorlite for a couple of year. I have a bunch of metal that needs to go and I wonder if they'll take this blue pair as well. In an ideal world I'd get a couple of 2. 7kg gaslow cylinders as my locker height is very low. But blimey. £130 each! Takes the monkey especially as the 6kg is only slightly more dear. I've no idea how their pricing policy works. 6kg fits fine, laid on it's side. Shame I can't use them like this. Much more efficient use of space.
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