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  1. Blisters are a little worrying. Often a sign of damp in the wood beneath, has it had a recent damp check? If the blisters are from damp in the timbers each one covers a little hole, and the repair work is more than touching up the paint. Sorry, I hope that I am wrong!
  2. First step is to get the noseweight right, as heavy as the car and van limits allow. Second. check your car and van tyre pressures. If that fails, there are several other things to check, but not so simple.
  3. It is not unknown for the pipes to fall off the connectors. It is also not unknown for the air pipes to be connected to the wrong outlets on the heater. Sometimes there are two outlets, one intended for the front vents, and the other intended for the rear vents with a higher flow pressure.
  4. Allergies are a very complex subject and only occasionally have simple answers. Before doing anything drastic like changing the caravan you need to see if you can identify the cause. Could be, amongst others:- Different soap to usual in your caravan or facilities block. Unusual vegetation near the van. Different laundry products on your caravan bedding. Different air fresheners. etc. If you are normally prone to allergies then you already know how complex it can be and some likely causes.
  5. Some people also need them for essential medical equipment, oxygen machines etc.
  6. The internal light and the fridge controls run off entirely separate circuit boards so a fault in one but not the other is not uncommon.
  7. But what does the OP want to run? Intended use may well affect choice of alternative power source.
  8. What do you want to run off the generator? As previously stated most things necessary for a typical weekend can be run off gas or 12V.
  9. Typing error. Reading above handle was 10%

  10. I am concerned about the "0" it suggests that you may not be using the meter correctly! Normally 0 is only found in freshly kiln died timber, and normal dry timber is more like 5-10%. Unless you have a very sensitive nose a musty smell is more than one damp patch!
  11. If the TRVs are working correctly, the system is balanced properly and the outside doors are draught free, it should make no difference, unlike a house where, because warm air rises, the doors leading to the stairs should be kept shut.
  12. The heater element failing is the most likely cause, but the most difficult and possibly expensive to fix. In some vans the heater connects to the 230V supply via a normal 13A plug and the charger via a kettle type plug, in which case they are easy to isolate just by pulling the plug out. Sometime it is not that easy! I do not know about your particular van.
  13. Constant current can sometimes be effective in getting a totally flat battery to start charging but MUST be under tightly controlled conditions and be cut off before or as soon as gassing starts.
  14. MCBs are easier to replace than heating elements and it could be either at fault.
  15. Definitely on the right lines, but some scope for debate over the precise numbers dependent on the weather and time of year. At the end of a long wet winter they could be a little higher and after a prolonged warm dry spell should be lower. If you find a "barn stored" van you will need to look for other signs, softness, uneven surfaces, staining etc. As to where, water can and will get in through any joint that has failed and/or through any fixing point that uses a screw, nail or staple. Check all corners, round windows, doors etc. and along the joint between roof and wall. Better still, get someone who knows how to do it show you the first time.
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