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  1. You can get a 13 pin plug with a facility for connecting two cables. However the two cables together are not very flexible. A better way is to explore where the existing cables terminate in the caravan and replace with a suitable length of 13 core cable using terminator blocks if necessary. Be aware that the cores in the 13 core cable are arranged in the same order as the terminations in the plug if you use the correct end. The wrong end of the cable is a mirror image which makes it difficult to connect to the plug. Brian
  2. EHIC may still be valid as there are already four countries outside the EU who use them. These are Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It all depends on what is agreed in the negotiations whether the UK can continue using them. Brian
  3. You can easily check the socket on a BMW just by a visual look. Lift up the flap and you should see 12 pins silver coloured and one pin that it just a black hole which is the one not used and not required. The showing of twelve silver pins is not a guarantee that it everything will work as there may be faults elsewhere but at least it is a start. BMW used to wire just 10 pins (and maybe still do!) so in this case you will see three black holes. Brian
  4. As from this week, any old time remaining on your old passport will not be added to your new passport. Previously any time up to nine months could be added. https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2018/09/passport-applicants-hit-out-after-being-given-shorter-than-expec/ Brian
  5. I had the same problems on my previous caravan, a 2007 Bailey Bordeaux, which had F&S MCB's. If they are F&S then the only solution is to change them. I had difficulty in finding replacements that were the same physical size to fit in the box. Brian
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    Towcar electrics

    Not exactly. Battery charging is from pin 9 - permanent live. However there is a relay in the caravan sensed from pin 10 - fridge supply- which effectively switches the caravan battery into the circuit when the engine is running. Brian
  7. Quote.... Concessionary bus passes from outside London If you're from outside London and have a bus pass issued by another English council, you can use it, at any time, to travel free on buses displaying the red roundel. You should show your pass to the driver; at the moment they can't be read by the yellow card readers. If the bus you're on doesn't display the red roundel, check with the driver if you can use it; most will let you travel free between 09:30 and 23:00 on weekdays, and at any time on weekends and public holidays. English National Concessionary Passes issued by English councils outside London can't be used on Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail or National Rail services..." Unquote https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/adult-discounts-and-concessions/freedom-pass Note: only passes issued in England can be used in London. Passes issued in Wales, Scotand and Northern Ireland cannot be used. Brian
  8. The only true weight limit is that to be found on your particular car. This is usually located inside the door recess and shows four weights. 1. Front axle 2. Rear axle 3. Car gross, or max weight 4. Train weight The difference of 3 and 4 is the weight you can tow - in simple terms Brian
  9. It has to be dark to see the northern lights, which means going in the winter months. Apparently, March is a good time. However at this time of the year, temperatures can be -20C in the far north. Not ideal for caravanning. Brian
  10. You can start the car and the fridge will start cooling straight away on 12v assuming your car is fully wired. Obviously it will take some time before it fully cools so it is best to run the fridge on gas or electric for a couple of hours before. Brian
  11. Battery charging will not operate without the fridge supply. There is a relay in the caravan which switches the battery into the circuit. This relay is sensed from the fridge supply I.e it only operates when the engine is running. Brian
  12. Some information here https://www.caravantalk.co.uk/community/topic/58577-insulating-underfloor-heating-pipe/ Brian
  13. Duplicate topics merged Brian
  14. Pins 3 & 7 should be separately run and connected to earth on your car. Dont know what diagram you are looking at but for your 2005 caravan you should be looking at para 3.3 in the caravan club link given previously. Brian
  15. Pin 2 used to be used for battery charging but this was changed in 1998 to pin 4 controlled by a relay triggered when pin 6 is live. The leaflet issued by the Caravan club gives all the details and changes made over the years. https://www.caravanclub.co.uk/globalassets/pdfs/content/advice-and-training/towbar-wiring.pdf Brian
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