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  1. When I was an ADI I suggested to DSA that the laws were changed to allow 16 year olds to undertake driving instruction with an ADI in a dual controlled car and that they were not allowed to take their test until age 17 and a minimum of 16 lessons spread over the 12 month period so that they experienced a wide range of weather and lighting conditions etc. It invoked a few comments but nothing serious.
  2. If it's only the green light flashing the mover is saying the battery voltage is too low. 12v isnt enough.
  3. It seems that the Institute of Advanced Motorists dont rate intensive courses.... https://www.regit.cars/car-news/graduated-licence-proposal-to-cut-young-driver-deaths_72541?utm_campaign=regit-100919&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter A graduated license too.
  4. As requested earlier, what colour is the flashing light? If it's a red one its the PCB overheated, if it's a green one its the battery voltage is too low, see the table above. Without more information were just guessing here.
  5. Every time you switch the mover off it loses the power completely so it wont be caused by the leisure battery being disconnected. We need to know which light is flashing and what the sequence is if any. I think that must be a yes, flashing light? I think that must be a yes, flashing light? What colour / sequence of lights are flashing.
  6. Your 7N plug needs attention It will allow water ingress etc, it looks like the cable clamp has failed in some way.
  7. Yes and superb sound too, not the cheapest but theyre very, very good.
  8. Easy way to improve sound quality is to install a car underseat compact sub woofer, it will improve the mid range and bass which is sadly lacking in the standard setups. If you want a bluetooth speaker, go for Bose, absolutely amazing for the size.
  9. If it has a USB input get a 2.5" Disk Drive and dump your Blueray onto it, lighter, easier to carry lots of media around on a single drive.
  10. Any worse than people sat around in awnings, talking louder and louder as the night goes on and their alcohol intake increases? Why? Its almost like some people consider TV to be anti-social, why on earth would you not want to take TV? I have a media system too installed with loads of music and DVD's, I can have whatever music, film, documentary or TV Box set I fancy when I want, enhances my holiday etc.
  11. 3Kw gennys are on the heavy side, mines a Honda EU20i, easily manageable. I did always wonder about my state of mind LOL, my awning is under the bed.
  12. Let me assure you that 4wd mover, especially turning my 1800kg caravan is just a tad more than 20A, much nearer that per motor! Generator is easy, in the back of the car and on occasions Ive used it mainly for charging aircraft and drone batteries but it's there if I need it!
  13. I have no experience of the mechanism used on the Bailey, the Ford Galaxy MKII however had a spare wheel suspended underneath by a wire and a winch type mechanism. As with all things underneath the weather took it's toll and rendered the wire rope useless. Ford wanted silly money, I purchase 3 metres of suitable stainless steel wire rope from a local ironmonger for £3 and overhauled the winch installed the new wire and it was still working fine 16 years later!
  14. Thats not quite right, its far from a true picture, I and many more people have used motor movers for example which take more current than many inverters completely without issue. On 26th July you said "As I have a lithium I don’t have to take a gas bottle any more- after flicking on the inverter from an easily accessed and discreet switch on the bench seat, I can use the microwave to heat my drink - all because the SPs have done their work" so why did you switch back to lead acid? I have used a 3500w Inverter for several years and the movers of course, all taking north of 80 amps when in use and my battery is still fine. You should limit the maximums but it's by no means guaranteed that you're going to destroy them by operating inverters and microwaves etc. My microwave runs at around 80 amps, motor movers can be as high as 90 amps, on site (not when movers are in operation) I do have a second battery attached which does reduce the current flow per battery but is there to boost capacity.
  15. It should cover it easily provided of course where it's parked isnt shaded hevily by trees etc.
  16. It makes you wonder whats the point in having the solar panel? If it cant keep up with the tracker, theres no chance when out on site. What wattage is the panel?
  17. They do, but is it a good measure? An instructor could hang on to students longer than really necessary a) to guard their 'pass rate' and b) to generate more income. Another instructor could stack em high, sell em cheap and put people in for tests that havent been trained fully. Then theres the middle of the road instructor who does thorough training and when they judge youre ready for a test put you in for the test, their 'success rate being above the national average.. It really will depend on your sons ability to learn for extended periods. I used to do intensive courses on behalf of another school and for me, it doesnt work for many students, theres information overload and you get to stage youre just driving for the sake of it and knowledge being gained is reduced as the hours go on. There is also experience, learning to drive over a longer period you experience differing weather and traffic conditions. I turned up to take students in fog, snow, ice (within limits) etc and often got 'oh I thought you would cancel' in my view it was valuable experience and later they all agreed it was worthwhile. If your son does do an intensive course and is successful on the 17th (good luck, fingers crossed) please encourage him to do the pass plus course as well. He may or may not know he is allowed to have his instructor in the back of the car during the test, some students find it reduces test nerves, others dont like the idea. It is useful if the test is unsuccessful for the instructor to witness first hand what went wrong.
  18. I fly on a regular basis a heavy lift drone (19.8Kg inspecting wind turbines, that has onboard 2 x 16,000 mAh 6S batteries which are flat in 14 minutes! I understand what youre saying about LiPo's and parallel charging. a 3s LiPo will have a difference of 3.6v between full and flat instead of the 0.75v for a lead acid. LiPo's with a burst rating of 80c do have very low internal resistance for sure, the tracks on the parallel charging board dont compare to some decent sized cables. On my setup Ive never seen anything greater than about 12 amps when taking the battery from the car and connecting to the caravan, try it with a set of jump leads and a clip on ammeter, it works for sure. I use an Anderson connector to connect the portable battery.
  19. A common mistake, in fact its not massive at all. A fully charged battery will have a terminal voltage around 12.65v a flat battery will have a terminal voltage of 11.89v or thereabouts. A difference of only 0.76v now assuming the terminal voltage of the flat battery doesn't rise (it will) and the fully charged battery doesn't drop (it will too) if we assume the connecting cable has a resistance of 0.05 ohms (very low and would have be good quality connectors) the current flow would be 15 amps maximum, the likelihood is that a) you wont have the flat and full scenario b) the resitance will be greater than 0.05 ohms all of which will reduce the 15 amps. Try it with a clamp meter, your will be surprised.
  20. How much would it cost to run the edges on a belt sander for 30 seconds?
  21. Hi Andy, I did read his post carefully. I used to work for a company making packaging machines and the lengths we had to go to to protect people from injury was extraordinary hence why I asked do they not have a duty of care. Im interested in what LE has to say because what would seem common sense and obvious to most of us the law is different, I'm just trying to understand and learn more from an expert. Thanks L.E. informative as always, appreciated.
  22. Hi Ched, You can achieve what you want by various means, I have solar panels on my roof and a 3500w Purse Sine Wave inverter. I have one 110a/h battery installed in the caravan and another in a portable box that I can strap down in the boot of the car or my van. It then plugs in to split charge system for the towbar and as I drive around in the day or evening it charges that battery from the vehicle. Back at the caravan it plugs in and is in parallel to the existing caravan battery. You can find suitable boxes in marine shops for speedboats etc. I do also have a Honda EU20i as a backup, I was going to change it over to LPG and plug it in to the BBQ point but never bothered, I dont have to use it very often, when I do it's quiet anyway. AJG
  23. Thanks for the info. Just one point, doesn't a manufacturer have a duty of care to it's customers to make sure their products are safe? clearly this one isn't and is a flaw in the design (are Baileys designed or do they just happen?) in terms of likelihood, bare feet, children I would have said are the likely candidates for a mishap.
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