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    Assorted towcars over the years
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    Mostly various Avondales, currently an American RV

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  1. You mean give it a unique registration plate like the towcar? Now I wonder why that has not been done in the UK . . . I have always supported the concept of national trailer (caravan) registration as from my point of view it's a complete pain having to constantly swap registration plates between my trailers, according to which tow vehicle is being used at the time. Gordon.
  2. Usually we referred to them simply as connectors, although often the free item would be known as a "plug" even if some pins were reversed, and the fixed item known as a "socket", again even with pin connections. Plug on the left and socket on the right, even though they both contained pins and sockets. BUT as I said earlier, call'em what you like, so long as we all understand each other.
  3. I am sure I will be corrected if I am wrong but . . . My understanding is that you can legally purchase and store petrol in a can up to 10 litres if it is made of plastic, and 20 litres if metal and they are UN Certified by an Approved Test House and embossed with the Certification number. I do not believe there is a legal limit on the number of cans that can be filled but there may be a limit imposed by the fuel supplier, and common sense would dictate that you only store a minimal quantity in one location. Below are containers similar to those I use and the cans are never stored together, or filled at the same time. The Jerry can holds 20 litres and is used for fueling the boat's outboard motor tank, the green 5 litre can is for unleaded petrol used with my lawn mower, and the red 5 litre can is a hangover from the days of four star leaded petrol but is now filled with a 16:1 two stroke mix for powered garden tools. When I briefly owned a diesel Landrover Discovery I also had a 10 litre black plastic container for diesel but I passed that on when I sold the vehicle. Previously I have also owned various styles of one gallon metal petrol cans, all of which have been discarded when they started to weep fuel at the joints.
  4. I've just returned from an enforced absence from the forum with a "busted foot" and oh dear, we really have drifted off topic haven't we I've always tried to use the term "lamps" for devices that emit light (not bulbs) and "plug tops" for devices inserted into "wall sockets" but that is because of my background and I fully appreciate that alternative terms are used by the general population. I still find it grates though when I hear the term "plug-socket", as it cannot be both a plug and a socket. Sometimes connections in both electrical and mechanical engineering are referred to as a "male" or "female" fittings for the simple reason that at the time the terms were adopted, they were mutually exclusive. But I digress, and whatever terms are used, so long as we understand each other, that really is all that matters.
  5. An additional tip. Place a label giving the current each appliance draws at 220V on that appliance. That will serve to remind you not to exceed whatever the current limit is for the EHU you are using, simply by adding up the numbers on the tags. Remember that if the supply voltage is higher than 220, the current will reduce proportionally, therefore by calculating at 220V you will always be within the supply limit.
  6. Did the replacement submersible pump actually run? That is to say, could you hear the motor running. If so then it can only be a blockage in the pipework or two failed pumps if there is full voltage at the external connection point to the caravan. The pumps may both be electrically faulty, or the impellers disconnected from the motor shafts. If you suspect the caravan pipework, look for a flattened feed pipe, and check that the non-return valve in the caravan has not failed closed.
  7. We both have unidirectional LED lamps on our helmets, in addition to the lighting on the bikes. Our helmet mounted lamps are NOT focused so simply provide a red glow as an additional warning for following motorists. As a motorist myself I am very conscious of the adverse affect that over bright lights can cause BUT it is not just a small proportion of people on bikes (they do not deserve to be called cyclists) that cause this problem; some motorists are equally at fault. Specifically, there is a section of official two way cycle track near my home that is to the side of a dual carriageway. If using this route after dark, it is virtually impossible to see the track ahead as cyclists are blinded by oncoming traffic. I avoid this now and take a longer route on side roads because the dedicated cycle track is just too dangerous after dark.
  8. Yes. Help yourself to the 1994-96 version from the pinned topic at the head of this section. Gordon.
  9. Gordon

    Bike lighting

    I also used to cycle to work (about 11 miles each way) until I retired. I am now able to cycle for pleasure, so if possible choose days when it is not raining! I had everything you list above but as I said in the opening post, front reflectors and reflectors on the spokes are only advisory and the same applies to reflective clothing. The lights are obligatory between sunset and sunrise. I'm not saying that this is ideal as all in your list I believe should be obligatory but that is what is required under UK law. It was the same at my two schools. Bikes could only be brought onto the school premises by children who had passed the proficiency test. I expect the "Bikeability" test is more encompassing now but we all had to learn and obey the rules of the road, and prove that we could retain full control of our bikes, particularly at slow speeds. There were also spot checks carried out periodically on our bikes at the school to ensure that brakes worked efficiently, and lights, bells etc., were all operational. The main thing that was different from today is that we didn't wear cycle helmets, or high-vis jackets, because to my knowledge, such things did not exist when I was a kid.
  10. The important words in that report is "able to be fitted"I wouldn't worry about it, I am sure they will provide sterilising wipes to clean the blow pipe between users - Oh I forgot, they will of course be alcohol based Never mind, we won't be allowed to drive our own cars anywhere soon the way if our lords and masters have their way.
  11. The important words in that statement are of course "recommended" and "guidelines". As I said in my earlier posting, I have towed with both high and low weight ratios, and while the latter implies greater trailer control, a light trailer can become very skittish and bounce all over the place without a reasonable payload. My boat while not heavy, can easily become unstable owing to the heavy 60HP outboard in the worst possible place (right at the rear) even though the axle is set well towards the back of the trailer, while our last twin axle caravan was the largest that could be legally towed on UK roads was both heavier, and much more stable. Towing is not just about legal limits but also applying a degree of common sense. It is similar in some ways to legal speed limits; there may be a national 60mph limit for cars but only an idiot would try to take a 90 deg turn at that speed! Gordon.
  12. I think many of us here can say the same all the same.
  13. Gordon

    Bike lighting

    I came across the quotation below in another thread and wondered why it could not be obligatory for all bikes to be sold light already fitted. There is no legal requirement for lights on a bike during the daytime (except in poor weather conditions?) but given the increase in DRLs being seen on other vehicles, this has served to make cars without DRLs, and cyclists in particular who do not show lights, even more vulnerable than before. I know that some cyclists now show lights at all times, and it certainly does make them more visible but there must be a cost owing to battery replacements. Some cycle lights can now be charged at home from a USB connection but again there is still a requirement to remember to do this. I have both battery and dynamo lighting on my bikes, consequently I am never without lighting should the batteries run flat. Howerver I came across a system recently that uses a permanent magnet connected to the spokes that when passed close to a mounted lamp, induces a current that illuminates a LED. There is a capacitor that is charged at the same time that allows the lamp to remain illuminated until the next revolution of the wheel tops up the charge. It does extinguish quite quickly once stationary but the principle that the light is always on when riding the bike works well, and there appears to be less drag than is caused by the traditional dynamos driven from the tyre side wall (we hardly see hub dynamos these days). The one disadvantage I can see is that the spoke mounted magnet can strike the chain of a derailleur system in low gear if mounted on the right of the rear wheel but it does provide free lighting that is clearly visible in daylight when mounted on the left of the wheel. Mounting on the left means they will not comply alone with the UK law, and so an additional light will be needed on the centre line or to the right of the wheel. The legal bit: Between sunset and sunrise bikes should show a white light to the front and a red one to the rear, both mounted on the centre line or to the right of the cycle, and these can be steady lights or if flashing should flash between one and four times a second. The bike must also show a red reflector to the rear and if manufactured after 1/10/85, amber reflectors front and rear of the pedals (a white reflector at the front is advisable but not compulsory). In the UK there is a fixed penalty of £50 for not complying with these regulations.
  14. The opposite is true on some sites - they stipulate a maximum length of outfit even though they could accommodate longer units. Their site - their rules, even if they're not always logical.
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