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About ericmark

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    North Wales
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    Photography, Radio
  • Towcar / Toad
    Kia Sorento XS Year 2007
  • Caravan / Motorhome / Static (Make and model)
    Elddis Odyssey 524 Year 2002

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  1. Really old Kia Sorento 56 reg, that is really all it is used for, think around 163 BHP and the other car a Jaguar XE is I thing 165 BHP so nearly the same power, but Kia can tow 3000 and Jag 1800 and much more room in Kia and can put bikes and caravan on at the same time. Some time in the future the Kia may go, but in the mean time it saves wear and tare on the Jag.
  2. My van also some variations, there is a master switch and isolator, one would expect isolator off and all off, but no it only does the motor mover, and the master switch was by-passed, even when is removed by-pass found there are some items not turned off. One is the radio as if connected to correct supply every time you plug in the car the relay works switching off radio supply for a few seconds which in turn caused the radio to switch on in demo mode, so needs to have power all the time. I was intending to swap the batteries on a regular basis, but with the lock down no access s
  3. There are maintenance free, and absorbed glass mat or valve regulated lead acid. Maintenance free has extra electrolyte and a system which tries to recombine the hydrogen and oxygen so water loss is reduced, but other than not needing to top up, no real advantage, they are still a flooded lead acid battery that means more electrolyte than required. The AGM or VRLA is a completely different beast, the acid is absorbed into a fibre glass mat and only just enough is used, there is no free electrolyte, the first advantage is they will not leak, and with stair lifts for example they ar
  4. Main problem is sulphur gets harder over time, and the only way to turn it back into sulphuric acid also takes time, I have had a battery seeming to do nothing for 2 weeks, then like as if some one had flicked a switch, it recharged. However while the battery will take no charge, my Smart charger will not charge it, It trips on either under or over voltage, so some way we have to trick the charger into working. Since the cells will not allow any power through them, if one cell is short circuit, we have no way of knowing. So we need some method to limit how much energy
  5. It seems we would be on the English vulnerable list if we lived in England we both fit the criteria, however although we shop in England we live in Wales, so the Welsh law does not list the criteria and we have not had a letter and the Welsh shops do not run the deliveries they are run from England, so the vulnerable list means we can't get a delivery, as all the English get it first.
  6. I was at the point where I would swap battery, however the spare was not at this house, so by time I had brought the spare to this house and charged it, the storage facility had closed, so can't swap it. The spare was not that good to start with, it was the old one off the car, it has been put on charge and remains at 13.4 volt day after day, being charged at 0.1 amp, so since holding steady it would seem natural discharge is 0.1 amp. However having been left before that not being charged for it least 6 months, I would have expected that a charger with maximum output of 3.8 amp to
  7. I have every intention of swapping the caravan battery, still moving house, so got spare battery from old house ready to swap, and charged it up, but storage facility now in lock down, the fobs no longer work, can't get access to caravan, so battery now over 6 months since charging, and seems likely will be a year, so it is likely the battery and maybe whole caravan will be in a state before we can even check what it's like, so wonder now if any point, likely battery is a right off, and possibly caravan as nothing has be checked for 6 months.
  8. During the summer going to forest of dean camping and caravan site there was no problem reversing the caravan onto the pitch, but in winter one has to be careful to keep wheels on road or hard standing and the access road was too narrow to reverse in without ending up with one wheel on the grass, so had to use motor mover to ensure did not churn up the grass, and putting car on the pitch only just enough room. I can see with a MH where you have limited lock it would be tight. On another site in the North of England we were not allowed to have car at caravan, once carava
  9. I have been surprised on how batteries can recover. The main problem is my charger will not charge a heavy sulphated battery, the auto charger auto turns off when disconnected, many do this, so with heavy sulphated battery it sees it as no battery being connected. So I had to cheat and put two batteries in parallel, and charge them as a pair, one fully charged the other completely discharged and heavy sulphated, it had been left completely discharged for around 6 months, the charger was a Lidi smart charger it would normally charge at 3.8 amp, but once the charge rate had dropped
  10. It depends on the car, if no stop/start then simple relay in the car will allow a little charging, if it has stop start then it needs an inverter to charge second battery. I found a split charging relay will on starting car charge the second battery at around 15 to 20 amp, but within 15 to 20 minutes it's dropped to 2 or 3 amp, so with a 110 amp/hour battery half charged you would need to be towing for 12 hours to do much good. Many boats have DC to DC inverters to charge the bow thruster battery so it may be possible to use that? Main thing is:- 1) Som
  11. I would say with the consumer unit in the bathroom the risk not doing it is less than the risk doing it. How they get away with a consumer unit in bathroom I don't know? The problem is it varies caravan to caravan, with mine, if plugged into mains with RCD and MCB on then battery is charging, it does not matter if master switch off or on, other caravan master switch must be on. One would think the battery isolator did just that, and isolated the battery, but no, all it does is isolate the motor mover. And having the radio receiver active on the motor mover will discharg
  12. Over simplified, modern smart chargers have different ways to ensure battery is fully charged. One can select a make of charger and detail what happens when, however as you move make to make the whole system changes.
  13. I have an energy monitor, so I tried charging some sulphated batteries while monitoring the input to charger, it sat there for 10 days doing as it seemed nothing, then as if a switch had been flicked over an hour it went to full charge rate for that charger, OK only 0.8 amp, it continued to charge for Ah/charge rate, then ramped down again, and the battery seemed to be fully charged. This was unexpected, did not expect after 10 days it would do anything, but repeated this with other batteries 3 times, 4th however failed, it seemed to be following same pattern then voltage dropped
  14. Are you sure actually turned off, with my caravan there was a large isolator in the battery box, great I thought turn that off, and battery disconnected from everything. Wrong. It seemed it only turned off supply to motor mover. There was also a master switch, however some one had bypassed this, so turning it off did nothing. I found the link and the reason for fitting it, a blown fuse. However once corrected then a problem with radio, if you loose the permanent supply to the radio it defaults to demo mode, so each time car ignition switched off/on the radio switches on
  15. We did use old pans from kitchen that no longer work since we fitted an induction hob, but now use induction hob in caravan, so pans need magnetic base. The comment on handles makes a lot of sense, if handles remove, can also be used in oven, and since using gas in the main, easy to burn handles, although we take an induction hob with us, it depends on hook-up, so all pans need to work with gas, and since gas is so slow (compared with induction) thin light pans means faster reaction times, so really the pans used with induction not really any good with gas as too heavy.
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