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  1. Even back in the 80s it was commonplace to leave chargers on 24/7 when the van was in use. Although they were not smart chargers they were set to only maintain a float charge of about 80% charge with little or no gassing.
  2. Compulsory free education is surprisingly recent and levels of illiteracy were incredibly high until as late as the mid 20th century. A great many birth, marriage and death registrations were made without any knowledge of how previous generations spelled the same names
  3. You can expect to pay for certificates, but they are available starting about 70 years ago and generally contain more info than you already hold. Getting hold of later certificates which may hold details of people still living is much more difficult. Research is generally interesting and sometimes surprising. More often than not the various sites will tie you into research that others have done, so sometimes you can go back many years almost at a stroke. In my case it lead to a book that had been published, tracking on of my ancestors back to the first Baron of Nantwich who came ove
  4. It could well be a female connector with the male on the trailing lead from the mast. It does bear a passing resemblance to the inner section of a co-ax plug.
  5. Karting is a great way to learn something about over and understeer, under relatively safe conditions, a skill you hope to never need on the roads. Skid control courses are available (Covid permitting!) and not too expensive, to better that skill. I enjoyed one and it helped my hands and feet learn what my head already knew. OOPS! Fred drift strikes again!
  6. Absolutely, if the whole understeer v oversteer issue becomes important on the roads it is because something has already gone spectacularly wrong! Even then, seldom is steering out of a problem safer than braking, although it can happen.
  7. I always put any new tyres on the rear, and transfer the old rears to the front, that way they all get equal use, otherwise for a low mileage car the rears are in danger of age cracking before they wear out.
  8. For a skilled and trained driver the better tyres on the front probably does result in more control. However for a typical driver it is safer to understeer off the road than to leave it sideways or backwards! In an understeer circumstance there is a reasonable prospect of regaining control after some speed is scrubbed off, but once the car is facing the wrong way recovery is very unlikely.
  9. In which case it will be coax cable and the other end will likely be inside the van, probably a TV aerial socket.
  10. You seem to be confusing being unable to help with being uncaring. Yes, the OP feels put out by losing his caravan, and I am sure that we all understand that, but "Mourning the loss of the asset" is not something any of us can help with! Yes, it is unfortunate that for a number of reasons a repair is not financially viable, even if parts were available. However, several of us believe that the offer made by BH is fair and reasonable. His financial loss is broadly equivalent to the depreciation that the van would have suffered had the faults not existed and is also reasonable in v
  11. There are several different models, yours looks to me like a fairly early AL-KO AKS3004, but I could be wrong.
  12. It is certainly not anything commonly fitted to caravans as it stands. To have any real idea, we need to know what sort of cable it is. Bowden cable? Electrical cable? Something else? And what the other end connects to. It might also be relevant what age of caravan and what type. The fitting on the end does not look right for either a Bowden cable or an electric cable.
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