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Pickled Onion

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  • Birthday 27/03/1950

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    North Staffordshire
  • Interests
    Fishing, beer, caravanning, sudoku.
  • Towcar
    Honda CRV MK4.
  • Caravan
    Bailey Pageant Burgundy S7

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  1. Hi Irishboy, I’ve just seen your other post and photos. Your damp issue is much worse than mine was, however, the principals remain the same, rectification work although it looks drastic, is relatively straightforward and cost effective as you are supplying the labour. First and obvious point, but not always easy, is to find the source of the leak and rectify it. After that, dismantling furniture and fittings to gain access, gutting of the rotten materials, treating what is suspect, drying out and then the rebuild. The end result should leave you with the sound van you hoped you had bought in the first place plus the knowledge that it has been done right. Good luck. Dave.
  2. I had a similar damp issue just starting one side on my 2009 Pageant, it was damp and soft at the top of the wall and slightly so on the roof. I thought I’d try lifting the roof strap first as it was easier to do singlehandedly. It was screwed down with stainless steel screws that go into the wooden frame underneath the aluminium, the awning rail similarly screws into a wooden frame of the wall plus roof. Although I couldn't find an issue I resealed it with W4 mastic strip of the correct width. All seemed well but it was only the good summer of 2018 hiding the problem so last year my son and I decided to remove the front half of the awning rail. Tip - I used some stainless steel cheese wires obtained from FleaBay to cut through the mastic without damaging the paintwork. Be careful though, it can and will cut the aluminium sheet too if your not. After removal and cleaning the whole area, ( with white spirit, then clean the residue of that with methylated spirits) the problem showed up as a hole where all three panels, roof, front and side wall meet. There was no sealant at all in that important area, so, plenty of Sikaflex squirted into it then the awning rail refitted with W4 mastic of a slightly smaller width. All screws threads have a liberal amount of Sikaflex put on them plus a blob over the screw for good measure, especially the roof strap screws and end caps. Don’t use as much on the rail as the rubber insert, (which I replaced with new) has to be able to fit correctly. Its not rocket science and any competent DIYer can do it, with help, as the awning rail mustn’t be bent in any way or a new one will be needed. Dave.
  3. Well done, a much better design than the original too. Dave.
  4. I got my set too, came in a nice drawstring bag as well thanks again. Dave
  5. You are fairly lucky that a leak was the only problem with this pipework so far. The same 'U' bend arrangemant saw numerous pumps fail over the years due to the water that was inevitably trapped in the loop, freeze and smash the pump, that was why Thetford introduced the drain hose to it. Anyone else still with this arangement should contact Thetford and get the mod done, it's free, a quick and easy to do, and could save you forking out a hefty price for a new pump. Good luck. Dave
  6. Ta for that kiaboy, I had looked at the Colapz website and the support pegs are sold out there so I've ordered a set from your link plus they are even cheaper, thanks again. Dave.
  7. The Colapz metal support pegs are that popular they have sold out, I've emailed them to see if they will be getting some more in. Dave.
  8. My van is 7.2M overall and I've always put it down as 7M and never had a problem with Brittany Ferries all the years we have travelled to france, either through Portsmouth or Plymouth. As already mentioned It's those who have blatently tried it on that they are after as deck space is money to them. Dave
  9. After looking at the limitations on the sheet above I've had a closer look at mine and it's not a Michelin 12262, it's a 92412, which a higher performance one but looks very similar. It says it has a 5 bar (around 72 PSI) limit so can cope with my van tyres ok. Dave.
  10. Like Griff I use the same Michelin one, tyre pressures of 51PSI and it does it with ease. I tried a cheapo one before that and it blew up internally. you get what you pay for. Dave
  11. Wire them in parallel, otherwise you will split the voltage between them and they will only be about 6volts each and if they do run they wont be fast enough. To answer an earlier question, what temperature to set as switch-on and where to mount the sensor? I mount the sensor at the bottom vent so it's sampling incomming ambient temperature as it's high ambient temp that is causing the issue. Non-compressor fridges, (absorbsion types) can cool to about 20 degrees from ambient, therefore I've set it swich the cooling fans on at 20C, this gives me a little wriggle room on minimum setting. I've used mine in France and one fan just wasn't good enough, with 2 on last year during that hot spell, we were ok, but not brill, and the fans were running almost 24 hours a day so we opted for a compressor type in addition. In my opinion, that is the only real answer if you are going to be living for any length of time in a very hot environment, warm beer is one thing but food poisoning is no fun at all. Dave.
  12. The one I had problems with happened to be a Service Door 5, however, the same push/rotating ratchet bar system is common to quite a few doors in the Thetford range. Dave.
  13. Stafford North is also quite a treck to the toilets/shops from the caravan parking area but, if you look in the opposite direction you will see a path through the bushes to the trucker's filling station where there are goodish toilet facilities plus the usual snacks, coffee and stuff in the shop. Dave.
  14. There are some interesting videos of people still living in the zone by 'bald and bankrupt' on YouTube. Dave.
  15. Ours is attached to the chassis at the rear but not fixed to it so it can pivot up from that point and still exert quite a force on the floor it overtightened. Rear corners are prone to getting wet from rain water not dropping off the bodywork cleanly and there is a good chance of rot establishing over time. The first time it's noticed is when the corner steady rips the floor off of the wooden outer frame. Dave
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