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  1. Stevan

    Battery box hinges

    Are you sure that it is not the charger at fault? If it is overcharging it will cause the battery to give off gas and this gas carries traces of acid which if not vented outside will cause metal hinge pins to "dissolve". Worth checking!
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    Limited battery life

    There is a specific offense relating to improperly secured loads, most commonly used for instances of lorries shedding, or likely to shed their load. However it could be used for items which could slide around in the boot of a car into the back of a passenger, I do not believe that there is a detailed, and all encompassing legal definition of what constitutes "properly secured", but what you describe sounds like secure to me.
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    Limited battery life

    It is illegal to carry a battery in the boot unless it is "properly secured" ( as with any load). There is also the issue of damage potentially arising from any acid fumes, and the potential for explosion unless properly vented. The likelihood of any problem is low, but the risks are there. . He is just watching his back!
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    Caravan gross weight, a response from Bailey!

    I did! The sixth post in this thread on 9 November at 13. 03!
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    Caravan gross weight, a response from Bailey!

    Over a year ago, in a very similar thread, Legal Eagle asked the DVSA a very similar question, and their answer is here:- https://www. caravantalk. co. uk/community/topic/126368-two-plates-on-my-wagon-the-sequel/ Hardly clear and unequivocal is it?
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    Buying a caravan and PDI legalities?

    I understand that the CRA also applies to services, but, like the paint, you cannot return the paint alone, the car has to go together with the paint.
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    Buying a caravan and PDI legalities?

    Actually, the PDI is a scam, a common one and apparently a legal one, but a scam nonetheless. The van should be fit for purpose on handover even without a paid for PDI. Anything that the PDI discovers would be covered by the CRA anyway! I'm not sure that you can reject the PDI, because you cannot actually return it! I suppose that it could be compared to paying extra for a different paint colour on a car, you cannot reject the paint without rejecting the car.
  8. Stevan

    Electric Motorhome .

    To charge an EV overnight and run your heating on electric requires a lot of electricity and very few sites can handle that much as they stand if there are more than a few EVs. I suspect that many sites will down grade their bollards to 10 or even 6 Amps to prevent overloading the site supply, and those that choose the upgrade route will incorporate individual meters in the bollards.
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    Electric shock

    It should be the Neutral that completes the circuit not the Earth. That's why Earth Leak Circuit Breakers were invented!
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    Electric shock

    Fixed it may be, but I would still be a little concerned that there was some leakage to earth. The earth connection should be a safety measure and I don't think it should routinely be carrying any current at all. Any experts care to comment on this? A qualified electrician will normally sign off his own work!
  11. Stevan

    Tata JLR

    And using a FIAT engine does not make it a FIAT 500X either!
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    Electric Motorhome .

    But you can fill a fuel tank in under 5 minutes whatever car or MH you drive, and this is only a small inconvenience once every 200 miles or more. Even with the fastest charging currently available you cannot get even close. I suspect that it will be a long time before you will be able to fill a battery with 70Kwh (or anywhere near) in anywhere near 5minutes. And where would a filling station get the electricity supply from for (say) 8 such hook-ups! 6,700Kw supply needs some heavy duty infrastructure! Don't believe my figures? A Tesla S battery is around 70Kwh and that is currently the nearest to a typical fuel tank. To fill that requires 70Kw for one hour, or 840Kw for 5 minutes. A typical filling station has about 8 pumps capable of all running at the same time, so 6,700Kw. You can juggle the figures if you like, such as allowing for the hook-ups never all being in use simultaneously, but they still remain staggering! Even to fill such a battery on site overnight, in say 10 hours needs 7Kw i. e. Two 16A hook-ups with not enough left over for a domestic kettle!
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    Tata JLR

    FWD only and only 140bhp! Not really in the running as a Disco substitute!
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    Electric Motorhome .

    A slightly pessimistic viewpoint either gives the satisfaction of being proved right or having things turn out better than expected. A win win situation!
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    Electric Motorhome .

    That very much depends on how much range is required from the batteries! More batteries, more weight. Yes, the vehicle technology is advancing in leaps and bounds. However the same cannot be said for power generation and distribution or it's infrastructure.
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