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    At present France
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    Life, especially the bad things
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    2014 Discovery 4 - HSE
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    Lunar Clubman SR

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  1. Hi thanks for the response, but I fixed the problem simply by straightening the door catch, simple, nothing to do with condensation or micro switch’s or greeting anything up Thanks ours has the same light sensor, problem fixed though by straightening the door catch pin, simple
  2. Dear All, not sure if the following will help anyone but we hope so. The story so far. We own a 2014 Lunar Clubamn SR, not that the Van has ought to do with the problem we have been experiencing. It did come with a Dometic TALL slim fridge and for want of a better word supposed freezer, the freezer does freeze but I’m guessing you know what I’m alluding too. In around October last year - 2019 our fridge on the odd occasion would alarm, beeping madly for twenty seconds or so then stopping. At first I thought (as you would ) that the door was open, so we would open and close it and the alarming would stop, however, as time passed the frequency of alarm got more and more, we tried closing the door, pushing the door, opening and closing the door, some times it would stop and sometimes it would continue on for as long as it had a desire to continue on. Research he said, I’ll do some research, just to see if others may have experienced the same problem, and lo and behold, YES, it’s a common problem. Solutions I said, search for solutions and YES, there where some indicators of what may be wrong, some people said it’s condensation on the wires, some said it’s condensation on the light fitting it’s self. Write to Dometic I thought, so I did, NO ANSWER, so I wrote again, still no answer, I have to say it’s the third time of writing to Dometic only to be ignored, do not bother wasting your time, that’s the first tip, don’t write to Dometic they won’t respond, they are useless. So I took the control panel off the top of the fridge, the wires were dry, I took the light unit cover off, dry, I wiped every thing, but to no avail, now it was alarming constantly or when it felt like it, we had a deacon in the fridge, if we put the heating on it would alarm, if we put the cooker on it would alarm, I thought gas issue, no idea why I thought that, we tried it on electric, ALARM,we tried it back on gas, then on 240v, then on 12v then on gas again, it alarmed in the night, it alarmed whilst we watched tv, it ******* alarmed at will. I started to Talk Ro it, I begged it to let us sleep, yes yes I know what you’re thinking turn it off, we had stuff in it, I decided to call Keith caravan fitter at our caravan dealer in desperation, and he said, “no idea” I laughed hysterically. I can’t be the only one I said, he said take a look at the door latch it may have a micro switch in it, so I did, no micro switch that I could see, still nothing from Dometic, however, whilst checking the latch I happened to observe that the catch was, wait for it, slightly at the minutest of angle, possibly as a result of the latch catching the catch as it closed, so I straightened it up, undid two screws and squared it, guess what, we slept all night to the tune of yes you have it. NOTHING, silence, no alarm, no sound from the fridge. So remember if your fridge starts alarming when it shouldn’t, don’t bother trying to get an answer for the manufacture Dometic, take a look at the CATCH first. It might just be squiffy a bit like me as I celebrated a good nights sleep. We truly hope this helps unlike those that work for Dometic. we are currently in Spain it’s the end of January and hot, we have ice in the freezer and the G&T are very tasty, it’s been 20 degrees today, here in sunny Benidorm. regards all
  3. Thanks for your input, the location is possibly okay how ever a lower siting of the actual thermostat would be better, it can be 28 degrees at head height but cold at knee heights when sitting in the lounge I appreciate the difficulties but when the cooker is on the lounge area is warm whilst the bedroom is freezing, my suggestion would be somewhere lower and maybe in the bedroom area of a clubman Sr Thank you for the response however, However the lounge in the Sr and at head height does not create consistency indeed it creates inconsistencies because at head height it can run easily at 28 degrees whilst at knee height it’s 18 degrees, as a result you then have to turn up the heating to warm up your knees, the bog standard Aldi heating system only allows for one sensor at head height in front of the door, it appears this has been placed here without thought, better to have a sensor mid height I’d like to thank everyone for their responses, I think I’ll invest in a 12v fan, any ideas which is best
  4. Hi people, help needed, we have a 2017 lunar clubman SR which has the Aldi heating system installed, it may be a daft question but here goes. Q. The small control panel (3” x 3”) for the hot water / heating system is located inside the door as you enter the van at head height, is the thermostat for the heating located inside that small panel, OR, is there a thermo probe located somewhere els in the van? if there is another prob does anyone know where that might be? As always your help would be greatly appreciated
  5. Yep, we think that’s the way of it, but as I said, up to now there have been no repercussions for staying longer than 90 days, I’ve even attempted to find out what exactly the penalties might be via various government websites but to no avail , it appears that historically there are no fines, no imprisonments and no president, I was hoping that someone might have an idea. The are thousands of people in Europe on long stay breaks, that is longer than 90 days, ah well.
  6. On behalf of our friends I would like to thank those of you that gave a positive response
  7. So here we are again, the dreaded Brexit, we have friends who are currently in sunny Spain, and they’re panicking about Brexit so here’s the outline of the question or possibly questions. normally, apparently the law says that you can only spend 90 days in 180 days in Europe, up until now most people have ignored this fact and so have the authorities, BUT, and here’s the rub, with Brexit possibly kicking in tomorrow will the blind eye stop? Will the authorities take people to task for going over the 90 term, and if so what are the penalties likely to be. DOES ANYONE KNOW, whilst this is an approximation we’re guessing that at present there are possibly hundreds of thousands of people that would normally stay for up to 180 days of winter sun. Will this end up being another cash cow for the government’s your answers if you have any would be appreciated
  8. Well well, happy days, I only say that because we thought we had a problem with our Theford Aspire 2 grill, clearly we don’t or at least we’re not alone with our 25 minute not coloured-up toast, it must be Thefords way of attempting to keep us all healthy, unfortunately what’s good for your health is not necessarily good for the environment because as we attempt to slightly colour our toast the gas is running for hours. Maybe some one might come up with a booster for the grill, just a little more pressure at the burner end of the grill perhaps. At least we know that Theford are not on the case and that they really couldn’t give a flying ****. You know what I mean. However, I wonder what they say when you explane to them that the grill is not fit for purpose unless it sole use is as a plate warmer when the oven is on?
  9. Great thank you both for the responses, 2 x 6 mtr lengths it is then, I’ll put the front cover on for trolling with, and simply remove the awning side when we’re on site.
  10. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your comments, van sorted no more shocks still no idea
  11. Hi everyone, yes this is your opportunity to aid and assist a moron with a fairly simple problem “to cut or not to cut?” And, if you cut “where to cut”. Also, “to cover the front ?” Or, “not to cover the front” So here it is. We own a Lunar Clubman SR, 7.2 Mtrs in length, the awning rail being considerably longer taking into account the up drop and the down drop, we also own a front cover and I have just purchased an awning strip witch is 12mtrs in length. I purchased the strip with this in mind, we are about to travel to Spain for a well earned break. Under normal circumstances I would use the front cover whilst travelling, however, the last time we did this we felt a little insecure when we stopped along the way whilst taking a cuppa and a sarnie sitting in the van unable to see the car, (paranoia) yes. So mooching around in our local caravan supplies I spotted the 12mtrs awning strip. 1st question, should I use this instead of the front cover? My thoughts are that we would be able to see the car along the way if we stop, sorry when we stop for a break, paranoia issue resolved, front of van covered in dirty rainy water possibly ? 2nd question does the awning strip really work in preventing water marks down the van when travelling? 3rd question, where to it length wise, should go for one long piece 8 mtrs in length and one piece 4 mtrs in length this would mean that when on site the awning, was side would be protected without a join whilst the 4 mtr length is stored, or should I just go for cutting it in half? your thoughts and opinions on the above would be appreciated
  12. Hi all, assistance required if possible. We’re just about to take our 2017 Lunar Clubman SR in for its second service tomorrow, whilst cleaning every thing out yesterday a got a shock, yep, I mean a real shock albeit very small, at first I thought it might have been static but I took my electrical tester out this morning and put the live stabby little pin, I’m not an electrician, I put it on the metal plate I believe this is aluminium in the gas locker which sits at the rear of the gas bottles and I put the negative little stabby pin on the tester on the metal hinge on the locker door, at this point I got a continuous beep from my tester, as I said I’m not an electrician, but, Im not sure if this is correct, can any one tell me what it might signify, I’d like to know before it goes into the service shop so that I’m not blinded by science. Any advice would be welcomed, thanks in advance. johnnyboy
  13. Hi all, I guess this has been talked about before but I thought I’d raise the topic again. Caravan levellers, NOT, I hasten to add the plastic block types, but the Bulldog, Milenco type. I appreciate that they are hard to use, I also appreciate that although the manufacturers say you can use a rechargeable drill, you can’t, that is unless you’re lifting your child’s plastic John Deere trailer. And, I know you need a ratchet type wrench to effect the lift, however, does anyone out there have any experience using on of these and if so how do they perform, please
  14. I would like to thank you all for taking the time and trouble to reply, I’m off to the local brewery shop to get some acid, cheers
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