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Mr Plodd

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  • Birthday 18/07/1954

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    Weymouth on the sunny south coast.
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    Enjoying life to the max!
  • Make & Model of Towcar / Toad
    Mazda 6 Tourer (posh name for an estate car!)
  • Caravan / Motorhome / Static (Make and model)
    Bailey Phoenix Platinum 2019
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  1. Keep your eyes peeled when out and about, I have picked up a couple of (fully intact) Milenco Aero’s from the roadside so have a couple of spares now! Even if the mirror part is broken a new mirror glass is a lot less than a whole new unit.
  2. If you use a gas ring on your cooker that will produce a fair bit of moisture, as does human breath! Heating doesn’t remove any moisture from the air it just means more water vapour can be held in suspension. However once that warm air contacts a colder surface that moisture condenses out. The only long term answer consists of just three words, ventilation, ventilation, ventilation, as that removes moisture ladened air, which is what a dehumidifier does but it takes (ever more expensive) electricity to do that, opening a window is totally free! We use our caravan over the winter and have found the only solution to minimising condensation is to provide ??? You’ve guessed it, “Sufficient ventilation”
  3. True to a certain extent, but caravans are not sealed boxes, they are open to the atmosphere (gas drop vents being a prime example) Warm moisture laden air can get inside a caravan p, then when the temperature drops that moisture can condense out onto a cold surface. I have always ensured plenty of ventilation in all of my (uncovered) caravans and motorhomes and have never had any condensation problems.
  4. THE most important thing with lead acid batteries is to keep them fully charged at all times, allowing them to go flat is very harmful to their “innards” If you have had a leisure battery from new then you know how it’s been looked after, but if it’s fitted to a used caravan you have purchased then it’s a lottery! They don’t last forever but 6-7 years isn’t an unreasonable expectancy of lifespan providing it’s looked after and not left to fully discharge over a long period, as can happen in storage. A (decent) solar panel will certainly extend an LB’s life because it keeps the battery fully charged.
  5. Caravan covers is another “Marmite” situation. You love ‘em or you don’t love ‘em. Those who have them reckon they are indispensable, well they have spent money on them so feel they have made a sensible decision, which can be said for most Caravan extras. Caravan specific sat-nave are another example, along with air or poled awnings, ATC or no ATC (the list is fairly lengthy!). Only you can make the decision as to whether they are a worthwhile investment or not, you need to make your own mind up by considering all of the advantages and disadvantages and ignore other people’s “advice” (of either view point) My only comment would be that the vast majority of owners (me included) seem to manage perfectly well without them. That’s not saying they serve no useful purpose though.
  6. Ah! Now we get a bit more information, as in “You have been tinkering with the settings in the box” That’s probably where you issue is emanating from!
  7. One that is just wider than the crack, probably 2 or 3 mm if it’s a hairline crack.
  8. A huge amounts depends on the exact wording of whatever contract the OP has signed. We can speculate all we like, but without sight of the contract, that’s all it is, pure speculation.
  9. All of the BF apartments and townhouses we have used have been on reasonably busy/occupied developments, but that’s not to say they were in any way busy. We found plenty to do in and around the areas, having said that we are not that keen on busy bars and clubs, each to his own if course.
  10. At £450 as an aftermarket fit (less when factory fitted) I consider ATC an absolute no brainier. In an ideal world it will never be needed, but if it cuts in just once, and prevents a “caravan falling over” incident it’s worth every penny. If you have ever seen a caravan that has fallen over, and the utter mayhem that ensues, you would, without doubt, feel the same way. If a caravan tips over its written off! Sometimes the towcar escapes with minimal damage, but sometimes it goes over as well, and that often results in it being written off. Whats £450 as a percentage of the cost of a new caravan??
  11. I still reckon that Hydrogen is going to win out in the long run mainly due to the complexity (and pollution issues) surrounding EV battery materials being sourced and their subsequent production, and, even more importantly, the battery recycling feasibility/cost. As for the dangers of hydrogen, we’ll its much lighter than air so any gas that does leak out is going to go upwards, and not “pool” at ground level like LPG/LNG
  12. We have holidayed twice in Spain, using BF’s winter sun deals. Both times we were away in March and we found the heating to be quite adequate for our needs. Both the apartment and the townhouse we were in had blown air heating.
  13. A nice idea but I don’t think it’s feasible because cars will require the hydrogen to be in liquid form because the available storage space (fuel tank) will be at a premium (liquified Hydrogen occupies vastly less volume than it does as a gas) whereas homes will be supplied with hydrogen in gaseous form in exactly the same way as natural gas currently is. Unless of course you adopt the below “gasbag” system of many years ago
  14. Typical! But it proves the point that Hydrogen powered vehicles have been in existence for a good few years now. I also believe that hydrogen powered vehicles are the way to go rather than battery powered.
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