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  1. At the risk of stating the obvious, I assume that the drain taps were closed prior to switching on? The Whale pump that we bought to replace the pretty useless Truma one supplied in our 2015 van is really good but I've learnt that after insertion I do need to push upwards on the locking mechanism to ensure its in place and thereby ensure the contacts are in situ. Were you able to quickly borrow someone's pump on site to see if the problem was your pump or the van's circuitry? If you haven't got one I would advise always having a spare with you as they are notoriously fickle.
  2. Well that's a lot of good. I'm in the same situation. Was going to use it this week prior to having to fill up ahead of a long journey home at the weekend. But can't log in to the account, so can't access the pin number, so can't use the card, so can't reactivate the account.
  3. Wow - just seen the video on the BBC site reporting the massive hail storm down there and the consequent damage. Hope all caravaners and campers are OK. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-48668417/french-storm-hail-batters-south-east-france
  4. The anniversary of when I bought my van is in April so the annual habitation check is done pretty soon after it has spent the winter shut up against the cold and damp - albeit with an occasional airing. And I think the readings received reflect that. It does make me think I should be using the timing leeway in the warranty requirement for when the service is done so that I gradually move towards the middle of summer.
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    Van levelling

    OK I'm convinced and if I'm ever faced with a downhill slope greater than can't be levelled using the jockey wheel I'll use the steadies as temporary support in the way that is suggested. Mind you I'm not inviting those four rugby players in as in this weather down in Cornwall I need all of my beer supply to myself!!
  6. We stayed at the Domaine du Logis site near Combourg for a few days at the end of a longer break further south http://www.domainedulogis.com/en/home-sp1.php We were travelling back from St Malo on the morning ferry on a Sunday morning so had an easy, almost traffic free, 50 min cruise up the dual carriageway in the morning. Good site (although popular with Brits) with easy access to Dinan, Dinard and the delightful town of Combourg.
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    Van levelling

    Yes, I appreciate that the max load per corner steady if supporting the front of the caravan whilst repositioning the jockey wheel in its clamp would probably be 50 kg (I tow at 90-100kg noseweight). And as you say, Alko do show the steadies as having an intrinsic rating of much higher loads. But isn't the point that the assembly is only as robust as whatever it is fixed to - ie the caravan floor, which is why I always believed we should never place significant load through the steadies. Both the Coachman Handbook and the Alko website highlight the fact that they should only be used as a steady. But I appreciate that there may be a difference between temporary load bearing in the way I describe, and using the steadies as a jack which presumably imparts greater forces.
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    Van levelling

    ! I hope that isn't in an earthquake zone (Aus possibly?) cos sleep might get a little disturbed. Thanks for input Jaydug. On this occasion I have had to ramp up both main wheels as the nose couldn't go down far enough to achieve front to back levelling. Doesn't the process you suggest mean that the full noseweight of the van is taken on the steady/steadies, albeit temporarily? Always thought that could cause damage?
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    Van levelling

    Currently on a lovely site in South Cornwall. The hard standing pitch that we have is great but it has the most significant downward (front to back) slope we have encountered on a site to date. We had to have several pieces of board under both main wheels to level things front to back and also had to excavate a small hole in the pitch to lower the jockey wheel sufficiently. We needed large blocks at the back for the steadies to reach. But there are a couple of outfits opposite us that have the reverse problem, ie that the ground slopes down significantly from back to front. They have been pitched with large blocks under the front steadies and jockey wheel. I’ve seen that sort of thing before but can’t figure out the technique to get that done. Do you need people pulling down on the reverse of the van to raise the nose so that a block can be inserted under the jockey wheel? I guess some may be tempted to place blocks under the front steadies and wind those up until a block can be inserted under the jockey wheel but that is, of course, a ‘no no’. Just wondered if there is a definitive technique?
  10. I'm not going to revisit the specifics of this Steve - its all described clearly in the thread previously. I've never had any problem with any wardens before and, despite what you may surmise and suggest, I am not someone who seeks out opportunities to be difficult. But the fact is that we initially fully complied with the pitching/parking instructions given to us. We were later asked to move the car to the front of the pitch with an articulated justification being that to park as we had done compromised the CMC's 6 metre H&S rule. I complied but sought out the forum's expertise on that matter and it seems, as I thought, that what I was told is not correct. Also, I had also suggested to the warden that they might take the opportunity to review the wording of their park information and pitch diagram to reflect the fact that there are evident variations in their requirements amongst pitches - that was given short shrift. You suggest that I do 'not understand the foibles of the CMC regime'. Well, if asking the questions and seeking greater transparency and accuracy to help the humble consumer understand those foibles is a failing then....guilty as charged.
  11. Thanks John and Joanie for providing the info regarding my specific question in my original post, ie the relevance and application of the 6m gap policy. It now appears crystal clear that the car doesn't form part of the 'outfit' perimeter for measurement purposes. Concerning that the wardens either don't fully understand the rules or seek to manipulate them to suit their purpose. Anyway, an illuminating discussion from all sorts of perspectives.
  12. Joanie - got it in one! If that had been the attitude from the outset all would have been OK. But regrettably not so.
  13. Indeed he is Moorgate. Reading this thread has provided a few chuckles. No need for another peg - they provide a diagram showing exactly where they want you to park and which is self explanatory.
  14. Wow, thanks for all comments guys.....the term "light the blue touch paper and stand well back" springs to mind Just goes to show what a diverse world we live in with equally diverse views....but then current affairs should have taught me that by now! As you may have guessed, I posted just after having battled through the Saturday traffic on the journey here, set up all the services, gone 10 rounds with the awning all in considerable heat. So having the rule book metaphorically thrust in my face just as I sat down wasn't wholly welcome at that time. It was all about tone, delivery etc and that can't adequately be communicated in a forum post. I still don't understand the 6m rule - the warden seemed to be suggesting any part of the outfit (ie car, van, awning), shouldn't be within 6m of a neighbour. But there are umpteen examples around this site alone of that not being upheld. And there have been so many times on CMC sites that I have been required to park on grass to comply with the required parking format so genuinely thought I was doing the right thing. I didn't realise (as one responder suggests) that there is a formal rule stating that car, van and awning have to be on a hardstanding part of a pitch. When we arrived at 12:15 yesterday there was just one other car in this line of pitches so no clues that we were doing anything wrong. Anyway, many of you will be pleased to know that I am sitting in the awning admiring the sweeping vistas of Solihull's finest output. Mind you, the colour of the car blends effortlessly into the threatening grey of the sky behind it! That is the conclusion we have come to also.
  15. Blood is boiling! We have come away today for the first night of a 21 night tour taking in Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset. First 5 nights are staying on a CMC site - have used them plenty of times before but for various reasons (mainly finding better in the mainstream commercial sector) we haven't recently. In fact the last time was at this site. But after our experience today I suspect we won't be using them at all. We arrived happy and relaxed just after 12:00am. I had a brief check in chat with the lady warden on reception who took the money and gave us the site plan and outlined the vacant pitches. Off we went, found a pitch and pitched up. I am always a stickler for the rules so had my van right on the peg (back left) with the car to the left as is always the case on CMC sites and as the diagram on the plan we were given instructed (see picture below). As I was nearing completion of the awning construction another female warden walked by, stopped and asked if I had visited this site before. I thought she was just being friendly but no, she told me that I shouldn't park my car where I had done but rather move it to be laterally in front of our caravan. I immediately queried that as it was totally against CMC norm but she said it was the case. We hate sites where you have to park with the car like that - our view, having moved the car, was a window full of LR Discovery! If we had been advised on check in that there was a different policy for certain pitches we would have selected a different one. We were both fuming as we had fully complied with verbal and written guidance and so my wife walked up to the office to try and get some context whilst I finished the awning. There she met a male warden - apparently husband of the lady who had checked us in. The response to my wife was that he strongly disputed that we were not told about the parking policy on these pitches, he recognised that the diagram on the sheet given to us indicated the standard CMC parking set up but was dissmissive of our position and asked "how am I supposed to cut the grass then" and "if I allow you to park there then everyone will want to park like that". My wife, who was taking a placatory approach might have been willing to accept if, as she suggested, he apologised that we hadn't been advised of the different parking arrangements and that it was at odds with the written instructions we had been given. In the circs (ie no good reason given) we left it where it was and enjoyed the sun in our loungers. An hour or so later the male warden came down and spoke to me. This time he had a map of the pitches that will be vacant tomorrow and where we could park parallel. He offered to help me take the awning down and move tomorrow - first sign of conciliation! We are only here 5 nights and are out all day tomorrow meeting our relations so I told him we would not be moving. We revisited the fact that we hadn't been told to park differently to the norm and that the diagram confirmed we were parked correctly. He had abandoned the earlier grass cutting and 'everyone will want to do it' objections and, instead told me that we were actually breaking the CMC's firebreak rule and that we were impinging on the ability of the people to our left to be able to sit out and enjoy the grass. The firebreak issue was something I don't know about but I asked if I could see the detail - he said I could tomorrow. Clearly, I didn't want to break such a rule and as I couldn't see it I immediately agreed to move the car this evening. I genuinely can't see that we are distracting from others' enjoyment and I would be amazed if we genuinely were too close for their firebreak rules - there are others on this site who are far closer together. Is it me or does this seem OTT? The fundamental point is that had we been told of their policy at checkin we would have selected a different pitch. I would be interested to know what people think - but would specifically like to know (from those who know about these things) what the C&CM's fire break rule is and whether (from the picture shown) it looks like I would have been at fault by following the guidance and parking as I did ?
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