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  1. Hmm mm. Saw this earlier and was going to post but I thought someone with more up to date tech savvy might help. I could be spouting rubbish - it wouldn't be the first time! So, my immediate thought was that as you switch off the pump (or it gets switched by the pressure sensor), the pump will still turn for a (very) small period under its own inertia and the flow of water. This means that the motor on the pump is now acting like a dynamo, and producing a voltage. I would suggest that if there is a poor earth somewhere (good luck with finding that one 😊) the voltage spike produced may be enough to fire the LED into action. Rather than a resistor across the pump, I would suggest a reverse bias diode across the pump terminals will swiftly damp any ringing caused by pump overrun. To reiterate, I could be talking rubbish. Little knowledge is dangerous!
  2. Depending on buying power and production schedules, you may find higher rated XL tyres to be cheaper too.
  3. The Winterhoff - now BPW - hitch is a straight swap too. Just remember the dowel in the rearmost hole. The BPW one has the required bit win the box hen purchased new, along with a selection of sleeves, spacers and rubbers that will reside forever on a shelf in the garage!
  4. You may need to question the towbar fitter you spoke to. You can have a battery connection to the van permanently live. This on its own will not charge your battery, but it will provide power to the ATC. You need a fridge connection fitted to allow the van battery to be charged - irrespective of whether you have the fridge on or not. The fridge connection needs more hardware so is a little more involved to fit (read this as "more expensive") The permanent live is simpler. My (non Ford) OEM wiring just has the permanent live, so I make do without either fridge or battery charging, but the ATC works. You need to assess your usage and budget before taking the next step!
  5. I'm looking at buying a KTM that has a Lithium battery and I'm concerned about its low temperature performance. I can cope with putting on the Lidl charger prior to my riding day - assuming that the Lidl charger won't fry the battery. Most of my riding is in the winter, so sub zero morning starts are frequent. I may just buy a lead acid replacement if the Lithium one is problematic - it's only a small one so £20 isn't going to break the bank!
  6. As I live on a very steep hill, with a single track road, bounded by stone walls and no footway, blocking the road is the only way for me. I have to drive uphill and reverse in to the drive - downhill is not an option due to sharp bends and buildings. I can just about reverse in, although usually it takes a few goes, so I tend to stop and run the van into the drive on the mover (drive is uphill from the road ), leaving the car on the road. Most people are OK and not having seen a caravan motor move are often quietly amused. Those that get shirty tend to have to wait a little longer..... Going out of the drive, it's physically impossible for me to drive my current outfit onto the road because of the aforementioned stone walls. I push the van out onto the road, downhill, then run the van down the road, downhill, on the brake, as it is quite steep, to my car which is further down where the road is wider. My road is a bit of a rat run through town, so is well used. The more timid drivers don't use it because it's narrow and there are few passing spots. But it's amazing how many people can't reverse solo. Rarely a month goes by without me having to help push a car off the bank just up the road.
  7. Stop the van at an angle to the pitch Chock the "uphill" wheel. Put ramp next to "downhill" wheel Release the brake Swivel the van on to the ramp to level it. Apply brake but note that you'll need a good tug on the brake to overcome the reverse mechanism if you've put the ramp in front of the wheel. Swivelling the van is a lot easier than tugging or pushing.
  8. As it's your first van, get as many opinions as possible on van layouts. Our preferred was end bathroom so dog sleeps in the shower but there may be arguments as to which twin gets the top bunk! Rear bedroom means kids can be shut away in the evenings. It may be wise to get an older van at around half your budget and intend to keep it a year or so. If you do want to upgrade then, your cash loss will be less and you will have a better idea of what you really want as there's no substitute for your own experiences. Putting £7k into a van and then finding it's not best suited to what you want may mean a £1k drop after a year to change.
  9. I'm not worried, just don't see the reason for causing any unnecessary stress on any mechanical part. I realise that two people (both in excess of 75kgs!) won't put the car or van at breaking point, static or not. For me, with electric drill winder, I don't begrudge the effort of winding - although I used to do the same before rechargeable drills were invented. I'm not saying that you're all wrong in not winding down the steadies, just that I'm right 😀 until the wife says otherwise......
  10. Sorry to go against the flow, but I wouldn't entertain going in the van in a lay by - or anywhere - without all 4 steadies and jockey wheel down. For the sake of a couple of minutes, don't put undue stress on your car and towbar. Think if your car has an 80kg nose weight limit, and you run your van at 75kgs. Add two adults at say 75kgs each walking around the van, sitting at the table or whatever, you are putting at least another 100kgs static load on the bar. Over the top maybe, but that's me. I'll qualify the above as I would go in the van, steadies up, hitched or unhitched briefly to adjust something or close a door that has come open. A wee or lunch stop, absolutely not.
  11. I did my lessons over a 5 week period. My instructor was an elderly large lady who never stopped talking from the moment we got in the car. She had been a driving instructor but her lack of qualifications meant she couldn't teach officially - she was a friend of the family. After completing my test in the £25 Austin A40, the examiner said "Mary Baldrey taught you didn't she? We can tell. Congratulations on passing", One of her more memorable comments whilst I was on my lesson; It was summer and I was admiring the female scenery. "Keep your eyes on the road and off the ladies. You're as bad as your Brother. And your Father! " One bad habit she didn't get me to break 😊
  12. My "big" 42 inch TV stands on a desk, and remains there when we travel. Rock solid and it rarely moves. We don't do TV in the caravan 😀 Stemming from the days of children, so they didn't associate caravan with TV. Now it's a good excuse for me not to have to endure mindless soaps.
  13. Transformer not needed. If you're thinking of the heavy box type as used on construction sites, these are to drop the voltage to 110 volts for power tools and can be identified by the yellow round plugs and sockets. The blue ones won't fit these. The 3 pin domestic type socket will be for appliances used within the awning for example, and is an outlet, not an inlet.
  14. Needing a feeble excuse to take the car for a blast - it's a nice sunny day 😊, I went to our storage place and connected up. Sure enough, the van habitation electrics worked fine with no van battery connected. Or at least most of them.... The alarm and associated awning light switching didn't work, and, I think the fridge electrics didn't either - I couldn't see the light, but that may have been my eyes rather than the fridge. Note I mean the panel lights, not the fridge itself.
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