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About clarkey1984

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  • Birthday 11/01/1984

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    2002 Volvo V40 T4 Sport.
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    1990 abbey 516 gt.

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  1. I had a great one today... Emptied the cassette of our porta potti earlier, and after unseizing the impeller of the pump in the flush tank (again, it's a 6 pound generic eBay one, it's rubbish) I thought well I'm down to under a quarter full, better refill it. Got it full to the max fill line, went to put the cap back on afterwards, and for those not familiar with these, the filler hinges outward to give access for filling, which means there's quite a lot of leverage on where this fits into the tank if you were to do something that involves some downward pressure, such
  2. Our old abbey had a whatever the factory fitted gas oven was, 2 hours and 40 minutes after putting some fish fingers in to cook for our then three year old, they still weren't cooked, the oven was removed when we got home and replaced with microwave, which has since been replaced again with a microwave which also doubles as an oven, although we retained the original gas grill and the hob, as those still work fine. My parents had an early 80's eccles when i was about 14 and our home oven heating element broke.... on christmas day, after some jiggery pokery breaking the bone of it so
  3. Is it just me, or are the roads leading to a heck of a lot of sites really narrow, winding, uneven, contain really tight corners, or all of the above? We are now on the second leg of our break, and while both places we've stayed have been great sites, both of them have had ridiculous roads that combine all of what I've just mentioned, ie, the worst surface and situation you could possibly think of on which to pull a caravan, on our first site a poor bloke in a camper coming the other way had to reverse for nearly a quarter of a mile as we arrived because there was nowhere to go on
  4. She made it, we're now at our second location of our little break just outside king's Lynn, after visiting Hemsby first, all repairs have remained good, she appears to have stayed solid, although this will still be the last year for this van.
  5. Actually, despite being told it's a 2003, my boss has sent me some photos of it, and to me this is of a similar vintage to my current 1990 abbey looking at it, so this may well be academic, as from what information I can find this would appear to be lighter than the abbey anyway.
  6. Oh yes of course, that's 1310kg, I just couldn't remember if it's the MRO or the MTPLM that I need to use, as I was under the impression that if my car's max braked towing figure was less than what I now know is the MTPLM then I can't legally tow it, although I do have a B+E license so that wouldn't be an issue, looks like this van's a no go then, Ahh well, there's another one I'm going to see that has a MTPLM of just under a tonne as it's a lot shorter, a 91 elddis tornado XL, that'll be much more suitable.
  7. Hi all, I have been offered a 2003 award transtar, which I believe is made by abi, and the figures are, MRO:1184kg, MPTLM: 1423kg, and I can't for the life of me remember which one is the figure I need to use to calculate whether my car can legally tow it or not, to me the MRO makes the most logical sense, as there's nothing to say I need to have a 250 odd kg payload, my car's max braked towing weight is 1310, so it'll either be close or impossible. Many thanks in advance
  8. I've used Evo stik 007 on a multitude of different things, it's a sealant and adhesive, a very good all rounder.
  9. Oh the plan was always to retire it this year anyway, it's done us well for nearly 7 years, and we only paid £350 for it I think it was, I've probably sunk double that amount into it but it still breaks down to good value for money really, it's been our little home from home at the end of the drive during lockdown as well, I found that the worktop with the sink and hob covers down is exactly the right size to fit a DJ mixer and 2 turntables, it's been great.
  10. It actually wasn't anything to do with that floor joint afterall, I've been on it this afternoon and it's the timber that sits below where that piece of wood has come away, which can be viewed from underneath if you stick your head in the front lockers and look upwards, it's just rotted away, so if I can remove those pieces and match the shape on new timber, which I think I can, then it might manage one more trip, I imagine that the rotted piece was bonded to the grp outer shell in some way, but as I'm not overly concerned about looks at this point in the caravans life, I'll just screw through
  11. Oh absolutely agreed, I don't see how this can be rectified, I'm just considering any preventative measures I can potentially apply to another van when we get one, there's one at work in one of the new units, it was used by some tradesmen a couple of years ago when the units were built and they didn't want it afterwards, it's still a 4 berth and although considerably smaller than the current one, it's in pretty fantastic condition, I shall make some enquiries tomorrow.
  12. Very direct there Silversurf, not a bad thing, I quite like it, what I don't get is how it's deteriorated like this though, as it spends its life on hard standing and is shielded on both sides to a degree as there's a fence one side and the house on the other, the joint I mentioned underneath between the front wall and the floor that had some attention previously seems to be nice and solid still, so I'm trying to figure out what's actually gone to result in this current state. I've also just noticed that my topic title has been changed, erm, ok. 🤷🏻‍♂️
  13. Hi all, despite some repair work to the joint between the front wall and the floor a couple of years ago consisting of glue, screws and extreme determination, I sadly report that I believe this old 1990 abbey is beyond help now. The problem I had before was the bottom apron part under the front lockers was flexing around and colliding with the a frame over bumps, I also had telltale cracking in the pictured areas inside the van, but just look at it now, i don't know of anything that is going to be able to repair this, especially given that in the last 2 photos, i can push the front
  14. Definitely a good thing, as although i appreciate that everywhere is different, most garages near where i live remained operational throughout this lockdown period, and even though i do understand that everyone's circumstances aren't the same, i wouldn't say this exemption was fully warranted in most cases, and given that i've worked in a garage as an apprentice years ago and seen first hand some hideously dangerous cars come in for remedial work after failing an MOT, it's even more important that vehicles that have gone over do get checked, as there are a great deal of people who treat the a
  15. You can't tell us that you own a Sierra and then not post a photograph of it, that's just teasing, a 1992 car is right on the changeover year as well, so i guess could be either a pinto or a CVH.
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