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About LittleGreyCat

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    Touring UK and Europe
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    VW Touareg 2009 SE
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    Hymer Nova 580 2016

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  1. LittleGreyCat

    Tyres for towing with rear wheel drive

    Nokian Weatherproof on my Touareg, and very pleased. I had to source them from mainland Europe and had them fitted by my local ATS.
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    Caravan and Motorhome Club - not insurance?

    Ah. Thought you were posting on behalf of CMC, not relaying information from them.
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    Caravan and Motorhome Club - not insurance?

    Thanks for that - it would have helped enormously if the words "Discretionary Mutual" had been included in the explanation of the change. That is a term that can be Googled (or Binged or whatever). At first reading of the renewal document it says a lot about what you aren't, and not a lot about what you are. A particular gem is the paragraph in the document about discretion which effectively tells us nothing. Your explanation above covers that clearly and logically. Perhaps you might consider including your explanation with renewals?
  4. We are insured with the Caravan and Motorhome Club and it is coming up to renewal time. Apparently things have changed, and it is now called Caravan Cover. The documentation includes the magic words "In other words the Club, whilst it is not an insurer and Caravan Cover is not an insurance policy, will now undertake the activities previously performed by insurers.". So it is no longer insurance but. ....? There is also a paragraph about "How Will the CMC Exercise Its Discretion?" which basically says it has the rules in place to exercise discretion. Over what is not clear. If I had encountered this on an unknown "Caravan Cover" web site I would have steered well clear, but this is (or at least was) a club with a long and fine reputation. Has anyone else taken out this not insurance cover? If so, have they claimed?
  5. LittleGreyCat

    Selling your caravan and depreciation

    We bought our caravan at around the time of the Brexit vote. This was stock that had already been imported by the dealer and was at a reasonable price. Looking on two years, and the new value (imported from Europe) is far higher than the price we paid, and second hand value looks to be significantly higher as well. At the moment it looks like negative depreciation. Insurance value on the "new for old" policy is significantly higher than the price we paid but it should reflect the replacement value.
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    Eriba Touring 820

    Our Hymer/Eriba at 2 tonnes isn't THAT far off. I've had a quick skim but I can't find the length of the body (not including the hitch) which has to be 7 metres or less not to fall foul of UK towing regulations. I know we started looking at large Hobby and Tabbert vans before we discovered the legal issues of towing with a normal vehicle. Out Touareg would certainly pull that. I doubt it would fit on the drive, though.
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    NDS Energy Sun Control charge regulator SC 15-240

    Just to note a couple of things: (1) All readings for the habitation battery were spurious because the 30 amp fuse had blown some time ago. All I was seeing was the voltage from the charge circuit. (2) At the point that the charging voltage for the vehicle battery rose to an indicated 15. 8 V, I concluded that there was a fault in the charge controller. Solar panel charge controller now disconnected pending investigation.
  8. I'm helping a friend diagnose a potential fault with MotorHome electrics, but this charge controller is for both motorhome and caravan (I think). The SC 15-240 is supposed to charge the habitation battery first, then switch over to the vehicle battery once the habitation battery is nearly charged. Looking at the battery levels (Sargent EC450 controller) the habitation battery is at 13. 8V. Looking at the LEDs on the solar controller it has stopped charging the habitation battery and switched to the vehicle battery. The vehicle battery is showing 14. 5V flickering towards 14. 6V and a discharge rate of -0. 1V to -0. 2V (that is, it is charging at 0. 1V to 0. 2V). Talking to technical support at Sargent about various issues, the first thing I was asked is "do you have a solar panel?". Apparently they have had problems with failed solar controllers in the past. My initial diagnosis (following the chat with Sargent) is that the solar controller switched from charging the habitation battery to charging the vehicle battery when the habitation battery was at 13. 8V. However it doesn't seem to have backed off from charging the vehicle battery. The literature mentions that there is a Shottky diode. I expect there to be diode to stop reverse flow from the battery to the solar panel but I am still trying to work out where all the solar energy goes when the batteries are fully charged. In theory there should be something in the solar charge controller to limit the voltage to around 13. 8V once it goes to trickle charge, I think. Possibly this isn't working. However I would like to know if the actions described above (including the charging with a voltage of 14. 5V to 14. 6V) is expected or abnormal behaviour. There doesn't seem to be any way to turn the solar controller off. Sargent suggested turning of the mains charging component so that it doesn't flag an error if the solar controller is over charging. Comments and suggestions welcome.
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    Schaudt CSV 413 controller - solar connector?

    Is there a smart controller involved anywhere? From my Motor Home days there was supposed to be an additional controller. What happens when the battery is full? Does it effectively just stop charging or can you boil the battery? I think I can see that a solar panel and an intelligent controller can manage charging one or two batteries from a solar panel on their own. What I am not sure of is the safe conditions for feeding solar power into the Schaudt controller which is already potentially managing charging from a 240 volt hookup.
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    Schaudt CSV 413 controller - solar connector?

    Thanks - Google found them but not my specific controller.
  11. Our Eriba/Hymer caravan has a Schaudt CSV 413 controller for charging the batter from the mains and no doubt other wonderful things as well. There is a 3 pin connector for solar input. Internet searches turn up a lot about the Electroblok for Motor Homes and how to fit an additional charge controller to integrate but I can't find anything in English about integrating a solar panel with this control system. Has anyone come across this controller and sourced the extra bits?
  12. A long time ago, but still. ..... Has anyone used one of the Coolmycamper units in the home? If it fits in a caravan window then it might be possible to fit over the cill of a double glazed unit (although doing that upstairs might be "interesting)". Main question; The obvious place for this unit on out caravan is on the A frame. However this will prevent the opening of the front locker, which could be fun if the gas runs out in the middle of the night. Has anyone found an easy way to open the front locker, or do you just have to lift the inside unit out, then back in again afterwards?
  13. This question arose on another thread. Some of us use a motor mover to get the caravan on and off the drive and hitched/unhitched. This means that for a period of time the caravan is on the public highway but not attached to the tow car. Does anyone have a view about the insurance cover for this time? It is relatively easy to clip a car (moving or parked) when you are moving a caravan. Possible to hit a push bike or knock down a pedestrian, or to hit a garden fence or wall. In all these circumstances there could be a 3rd party liability. Ignoring the motor mover, the same could apply if you were moving the caravan by brute force as in olden days. So does anyone know what the usual cover is for this? Once hitched I think 3rd party liability goes with the car insurance.
  14. LittleGreyCat

    Parking on the road - lighting

    A lot of argument about legalities but only one person who has actually wired a caravan up to display lights as legally required. I can think of a few reasons to have to leave a caravan beside the road overnight, mainly to do with issues with the tow car but possibly also issues with the caravan including brakes, wheels/tyres, and chassis. The query was prompted because we might want to have a skip on the drive over a weekend and there isn't (quite) enough room to get a skip and the caravan on the drive at the same time. Previously when we had this issue we had a motor home and so could park it legally on the road but caravans are a little different. One option would be to have the caravan on the road outside the house for a couple of days, but to be legal it would require the lights to be on overnight. The lights could also be powered from a spare car battery, but it seemed that if I was going to go to the trouble of fixing up the lights then using the leisure battery would be a long term solution which would also cover emergencies. Icing on the cake would be a photo sensor to turn the lights on and off automatically. Confirming that parking on the road did not invalidate the insurance cover would be sensible, as would clarifying the position with regard to third party liability when the tow car is not connected. That would be interesting anyway if you had to park the caravan in a lay-by unhitched from the car for any reason. Again this could be due to a mechanical with either the car or the caravan. I assume that unhitching to turn the caravan round in a tight space (already done that once in a cul-de-sac) or using the motor mover to get the caravan on and off the drive would have some third party cover. You are effectively driving the caravan along the public highway under its own power with no tax, MOT. I'm not sure that you even require a driving licence to move a caravan by hand or by motor mover. Hmmm. ..if you used the motor mover to move the caravan off the drive and then you hit a car (or a car hit you) which insurance policy would cover you?
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    Parking on the road - lighting

    As I understand it you can legally park a caravan on the road as long as it is facing the correct way and is lit at night. The obvious way is to connect the side and rear lights to the leisure battery. Presumably you could run a cable from the battery to the tow hitch and connect to the 13 pin plug there, instead of finding and patching into the wiring harness. Has anyone done this?