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Flying Grandad

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About Flying Grandad

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  • Birthday 07/05/1951

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Wherever I park the 'van
  • Interests
    Paragliding, Diving
  • Towcar
    Nissan Navara NP300
  • Caravan
    Swift Elegance 645

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  1. Should not be a problem. Spain is almost back to normal. Our Campsite (Santa Pola) is taking Spanish and foreign campers: the toilet blocks and the swimming pool are open (with some restrictions) OH and I are packed up ready to head for France tomorrow, to escape the summer heat. Today hit 35 degrees and it is set to get hotter.
  2. My Elegance 645 came with two hooks in the "bathroom". I decided that three hooks would be more useful; so I moved the two "bathroom" hooks to a more useful location and fitted THESE from a well known Swedish furniture store. We just hang towels from them so they are not heavily loaded, but the self adhesive has lasted about 3 1/2 years so far.
  3. I believe that restriction is common to static (holiday home type) sites, not heard of it relating to touring sites.
  4. Just googled "Caravan Boat Hybrid" and got this, https://www.google.com/search?q=Caravan+Boat+Hybrid&oq=Caravan+Boat+Hybrid&aqs=chrome..69i57&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 Perhaps the manufacturers could teach the caravan industry about water ingress
  5. I did some research on this subject when I was considering having a static sited in my back garden. Planning regulations make no distinction between a Static and a Tourer. Subject to covenants and local by-laws, you are entitled to park a caravan an your property. Without trying to remember or quote all of what I discovered, one of the main points is that "residence" is not allowed. Use as a dormitory, however, is acceptable. The difference is where the occupant/s take their meals. So long as you eat in the main house then you are not considered resident in the caravan. My nephew slept in our's for three months, No problem. As said above, picky neighbours could try to have a moan.
  6. Apologies for not checking your location. It seems that your regulator is suitable for the gas bottles available where you live. The set-up in the photo was common to all 'vans prior to 2003 type approval. The only problem is the date on the hose.
  7. Dealer fit. I think it was farmed out to an independent workshop. I even took it back for the workshop to have a look. They said they had rewired it but it made no difference. Did without fridge charging until I spotted this workaround. A few hours at a time on the road was not a problem so long as the fridge and contents were cold when we set off.
  8. While we are talking about the Nissan Navara, I think it is worth mentioning that, (on mine at least) due to the truck's intelligent alternator dropping the charging voltage to below 12v once it detects that the battery is fully charged, the fridge does not work properly on 12v whilst driving. There is a work around. You can (I'm not saying you should - at your own risk as they say) disable the "intelligent" alternator set-up. If you look on YouTube there is a video. The Navara is the same as the Patrol in this respect.
  9. Excuse me for gainsaying you Wispman, but yes that is a regulator. The adaptors (I have both) have the same attachment ring, but are a different shape and colour of body. Looking closely at the photo, I can make out the On/Off lever, which the adaptor does not have. I do agree that the hose is out of date. Should you decide, Irishboy, to connect to the bulkhead regulator, don't overlook the requirement for a high pressure pigtail (Hose) such as THIS and the appropriate (propane or butane) bottle top adaptor. The first photo is of my kitchen tent bottle, with a regulator and low pressure hose. The second is in my front locker with an adaptor feeding the bulkhead regulator via a high pressure hose. Having said all that, are you in UK Irishboy? If so the regulator you have in your locker will not fit UK bottles.
  10. Too many drivers fail to use their car's standard mirrors. Why go to the trouble and expense of fitting extension mirrors if you're not going to use them in the first place?
  11. An overall length of 7.5 mtrs, including A frame (ie; shipping length), is quite legal to tow with a sub 3500 kg vehicle.. A body length of 7.5 mtrs, is not. Go HERE, and scroll down to where it says Width and Length
  12. I'm considering taking a seasonal pitch in UK. Possibly within 25 miles (ish) of Bournemouth. Any suggestions?
  13. Elddis Sirocco (circa early Eighties), with and without Bradcot awning. Volvo 265 tow-car. Knew nothing about weights and percentages in those days: just thought a 2.7 ltr V6 should do the job and we didn't take a lot of kit for a few days at a time. Towed well enough. No mains, but we did have the luxury of a gas fridge and fire and two 120 ah batteries. Those are two hang-gliders on the top of the car!!
  14. Don't overlook the fact that Calor gas is not available in France or Spain. We spent our summers n France and our winters in Spain. We acquired a French butane bottle (available at most large supermarkets) with the appropriate adaptor (Not regulator. Don't make my mistake, if you have a bulkhead regulator, of using a regulator on the bottle), such as THIS. The site we stayed at in Spain has Spanish bottles available for which you will need one of THESE. It will be less complicated if you acquire the adaptors before you go.
  15. Bear in mind that the gas has to be "pushed" through the length of hose. Taken to extremes (One kilometer?), you may loose enough pressure to affect the operation of the Cadac to the point where you do not get a high enough flame. I have regularly used 3 mtrs or so, with no detectable loss of performance.
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