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  1. segapod


    I post my personal understanding of the reasons behind the use of bulkhead mounted 30mb regulators, not an authoritative statement of any legislation. If you want a definitive answer you'll need to do some research, I'm certainly not intending to spend my life doing it for you but I do look forward to reading your conclusions. I should also point out that my experience is based on motorhome development rather than caravans, maybe the changeover dates were different, it was certainly 2004 on motorhome. In the UK, the body dictating build standards for caravans and motorhomes is the NCC and their precise status for doing that is unknown to me, suffice it to say that they act in that capacity for all practical purposes as all the major UK manufacturers seem to comply with their build standards. Maybe it's just a desire on their part to display "NCC Approved" on their products? Presumably the NCC derive their LPG standards from their interpretation of UK and EC statutes. Also as a retired engineer I'm inclined to agree with the above and struggle to understand the logic of certain other NCC standards - but that's another matter. The situation in Germany is something I have scant knowledge of, although ISTR that they were somewhat in advance of the UK in the fitting of bulkhead regulators to M/Hs, having been fitting them for some time before the NCC caught up with EC standards. Certainly the last German M/H I owned was built in 2004 and was fitted with a 30mb bulkhead regulator. Why your 2007 caravan has a cylinder mounted regulator is not something I would like to speculate on. AFAIK the old German standard pressure for propane was 50mb, not 30mb, something that often caused a headache for UK buyers of grey M/H imports because the fitted appliances were jetted up and certified for 50mb. PS: Apologies to the O/P for the deviation, I trust his basic query has already been answered anyway.
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    Since 2004 it has been compulsory to fit a 30mb regulator to the caravan body, NOT to the gas bottle. This was to standardise the pressure setting (previously 37mb or 50mb for propane and 28mb for butane). As a result all flexible hoses are now of the high pressure variety thus eliminating potentially weak connections within the caravan structure. If a standard regulator is also fitted to the bottle then there will be two regulators in series meaning that the input pressure at the (bulkhead) regulator will be insufficient to allow that regulator to work correctly. The fitting of a bulkhead regulator along with high pressure hoses (pigtails) also allows for an automatic cut-off valve to be fitted to the bottle (usually only on motorhomes) which cuts off the gas bottle automatically in the event of a collision, thus preventing gas escaping and igniting. This is necessary on motorhomes as many of the gas appliances on a motorhome are designed to be used when being driven so the gas supply is left on when in transit.
  3. Any 37mb regulator should be fine for propane, it sounds to me as if your regulator could be faulty. Also check your hoses as they can collapse internally with no external evidence and cause a blockage. I assume you're using the propane bottle standing upright and well secured against falling over? Using the cylinder laid on its side could cause the symptoms you describe and is also extremely dangerous.
  4. Much more likely that your dish alignment is wrong. Set the dish up using the FTA box then simply swap receivers once you've established a signal and are getting BBC programs. PS: If the Freesat box hasn't beenused for a while you'll need to rescan the satellite as freqquencies have changed.
  5. Ask to see the tyres before they fit them, check the DOT code for manufacturing date and refuse to accept them if the date is more than 6 months ago. Simple.
  6. It's because the receiver is FTA (free to air) box. The other drawback is that there will be no program guide. Best thing to do is to buy a "Freesat" receiver which will come up with the usual channel numbers and a proper program guide, usually HD programs too. Beware that "Freesat" or "Freesat+" will not usually have a proper signal strength meter which you may need for setting up the dish, neither will they work with the LNBs that have the little LED light to assist with dish alignment.
  7. segapod

    Kuga Service

    Extended servicing is due in part to the much longer working life of modern synthetic oils, however it seems to me that 2, or even 3 years is too long to leave without things like brake pads and air filters being checked. I think you'll probably find that most vehicles with extended service intervals "advise" that you have a visual check carried out more frequently. Good marketing ploy?
  8. Looks to me as if it was designed by someone who has very sparse knowledge of the issues involved in towing.
  9. We've had the TT version for a few years now, we've used it with motorhome and caravan all over Europe and have been very impressed with its performance. It's never guided us down a route that was too narrow or that had a weight/height restriction BUT. ..... Be aware that they do tend to take you on slightly longer routes than a car satnav (to avoid narrow roads) so you tend to use more Autoroutes on the continent and VERY IMPORTANT - if you change your mind or miss a turn on the journey they just revert to guiding you on the shortest possible diversion, regardless of obstacles. AFAIK from talking to users of other makes of satnav they're all the same in that respect.
  10. I would agree that failure of a PCB after only 5 years is very disappointing and would expect the manufacturer to help out with replacement cost in most cases. Modern electronics should have virtually no limit to their working life unless subjected to very bad storage conditions so would suspect either bad design or poor construction where premature failure is experienced. But with regard to providing heating during the winter months, I did an exercise some years ago to compare the cost of heating a motorhome in storage by gas compared with electric. I concluded that if you used small LPG bottles (less than 47kg) at retail price it was cheaper to use electric heating (at domestic tariffs). Refillable bottles worked out more economical but TBH there wasn't much difference so I doubt if your expense is affected.
  11. My apologies, I obviously misread the O/P. The situation with Freesat is much more difficult when it comes to recording due to the absence of a useable programme guide on the majority of receivers which are FTA rather than Freeview. As someone has already stated, AFAIK Humax are about the only ones that will give you what you want.
  12. Just buy a cheap used BT Youview box, plenty on Ebay. You can use them as a DVR with Freesat+ (full HD) or as a "Smart" box if you have an internet connection. The BT ones are made by Humax anyway, they're small, work on 12v and usually have a 500gb drive so plenty of space for recordings. There is also a TalkTalk equivalent which are made by Huawei, these use a 320gb HD. You don't need a BT connection to use them and they can be swapped from home to van without a problem. A friend of mine uses one in his van, he leaves it plugged in at home and records all his favourite series then takes it away in the van when he goes to Spain in the winter and watches what he's recorded.
  13. We've stopped in hundreds of motorhome aires in France and Germany over the years but would never stay in an autoroute aire, they're the favourite haunt of toerags and opportunist thieves. If you have to use one then make sure it's on a peage section, the toerags avoid these because their registrations are recorded as they pass through the toll plazas. Always park in a well lit section and near to other overnighters. Don't under any circumstances stop on an aire off the south coast autoroutes, they're by far the worst for break-ins. Caravan security is a joke, anyone could break into a caravan with consumate ease in a couple of minutes regardless of how many locks and alarms are fitted. You can only hope to deter and persuade them to try the van next door instead. For this reason visible devices are best, the best one of all is some "beware of the dog" stickers and a large water bowl just outside the door. If you're leaving the van unattended then leave a radio playing inside the van so that they're unsure if it's occupied or not.
  14. Yes. A prolonged spell of below zero temperatures could result in a frozen tank and possible damage. If you haven't got a drain tube, pump all the contents into the cassette and empty it.
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