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  1. Looks like it's not just Cornwall where our bins are overflowing. What a sorrowful situation. Posted on the 27th May from Plastic Free North Devon It seems common sense doesnt prevail In MANY cases. Taking your rubbish home with you when there are no bins to actually place your litter is pretty self explanatory too most but not to ALL. TAKE YOUR LITTER HOME WITH YOU BEFORE THE SEAGULLS TEAR IT APART AND YOUR PLASTIC ENDS UP IN THE OCEAN FOR SOME OTHER MORE THOUGHTFUL HUMAN TO PICK IT Up LATER OR MARINE LIFE SWALLOW IT. Be responsible - take a moment to look where you are and do the right thing! (An Internationally recognised and protected biosphere) Ps. Sorry for the rant - we try to maintain a pretty positive social media but this needs calling out. What happened to our environmental covid 19 wake up call?
  2. As per the post above; That's normal, the laminated layer is a ply sandwich of wood-foam insulation-wood, the black finish is some form of wood treatment, probably not so effective over the years. If you look on the underside of the van around the wheel arches after you have been towing in the rain soaks into the wood and it gets quite wet, however it dries very quickly. There are some manufactures that are using a composite material for the floor (Swift) also some manufactures have done away with wooden timbers in-between the outer and inner skins (Bailey's Alu-Tech) however they all can still have issues with water ingress in some form, the likes of poor assembly and in some cases poor design. Always better to buy a used van from a dealership that will give some form of warranty, an independent damp report is also worth considering before you buy. However due to the nature of caravan design and construction damp is always an issue.
  3. At the moment, well here in Cornwall anyway; we don't have enough staff to clean and maintain the toilets as they will need to be disinfected after each use, also staff shortages due to furlough. Cornwall Council are still looking at ways to implement the 2m social distance rule when some of the toilet facilities are so small, so they may need extra staff to monitor the one out and one in policy. There is not enough guidelines, staffing, infrastructure or money for it to happen quickly. Even the bins are overflowing with rubbish at the closed car parks for the same reason. We are not ready for the influx of tourists just yet, more time and more clarity is needed and I don't think Dominic Cummings has helped the situation in any way whatsoever.
  4. Hack out what damage you can without overwhelming yourself, cut and plane new timbers (treated timber would be best if you think water ingress may still be an issue) Fit them in with a waterproof bonding glue (the likes of No More Nails) Cut and fit foam insulation to fill all the voids between inner and outer skins. Re-ft your outer skin sealing the joints with good quality sealant (the likes of Sikaflex) Re-skin the inside with something like PVC sheet, again bonding it in place with a waterproof glue, use PVC edging and corner trim to cover the internal joins so I looks tidy. Get a couple more years out of the van, for your initial outlay of a £1,000 and the cost of your repair you will have done very well. Let's get lock down over and get out there and enjoy. Good luck with the repair.
  5. Dental floss also cuts through the double sided tape for removal of the number plates, it also works well on stick on car badges without doing any damage to the paintwork or badge; if you need to remove them for spraying or the like.
  6. We had exactly the same damp issue in the same place in our old Avondale Dart, l always used to fill the toilet flush tank to the top, also travel with it full. We were told by the dealer travelling with the flush tank full is where the damp came from. No idea if that’s true or false, but always now drain down for travelling and just put about a litre back in (in case it’s needed on route) Great blog by the way.
  7. There is a couple of like for like Zig x70 for sale on eBay at the moment.
  8. We’re doing our 3rd long weekend this season in the van, just in the field at the back of the house. Great to get out of the house, both of have been working from home for far too long. Laptops pc screens, files printers, there is more stuff at home than what’s in the office, sick of seeing it as you can’t get away from it all. Long weekend in the van; thank goodness, and guess what, it’s beer and wine o’clock.
  9. Flamma do a range of onboard tanks, we have a 23 litre onboard tank on our Bailey has a manual lever to switch from the outside Aqua Roll to the Flamma onboard tank. There is a plastic moulding screwed to the floor behind the locker door that matches the underside of the inboard tank to stop it moving. Link below to Flamma water tanks with sizes. https://www.fiamma.it/en/caravan-en/comfort-1484244274/water-pumps-and-tanks-1097128144/blue.html
  10. I work for the renewable energy sector of a university, we have a policy that if you live inside a 5 mile radius of uni you cannot have a car parking space. Unfortunately l am just inside that radius, albeit the road distance is just over 6 miles. To get to a bus stop means walking along twisty roads with no footpath and had a couple of close shaves with traffic in the dark winter mornings and evenings I used to cycle to uni but with the narrow trunk roads and heavy traffic and having been knocked off the bike by white van man (transit flatbed actually) the bike is off road leisure use only these days. l used a motorcycle for a few years but the winters are hard especially when you have days and days of cold winds and rain and you are putting on wet gear from the day before. last year l treated myself to a pure ev as this is an exception to uni’s car parking rule, plus free charging. So one size won’t fit all, but we are all very resourceful and will find our own solutions.
  11. I have a few bikes, 1985 Honda XLR 185, 1990 Yamaha SRX 400 Super Single and a newish Yamaha YBR 250 daily commuter, plus lots of frame and engine bits and pieces, but also still like to ride for pleasure in the drier warmer months. The reason for this purchase is my first bike was a BSA C15 S which I had for about 5 years from leaving school to ending my apprenticeship, after that I could afford to buy an old car (FB Victor) The C15 I had always leaked oil, was difficult to start on cold mornings and handled badly in comparison with the Japanese rivals at the time. The plus side, apart from a couple of punctures, snapped rear chain and running out of petrol a few of times it was very reliable, always passed its MOT first time, so very cheap to run and good on fuel. I always said I would get another C15 S at some point, so just having sold my 1990 Mini Cooper giving me some garage space now was a good time to start looking. I looked at a few but hard to find a C15 S, however saw this one, although registered as an S it’s not a true S as the originals had 18” rear and 20” front wheels, this has the standard 17” front and rear wheels, plus the original fuel tank on the S was slightly shorter (2 gallons) this has the later slightly longer eyebrow tank (2-1/2 gallon) The frame and engine numbers are both an S model though. The difference in the frame on the S are the engine mountings are bias to the left by about an 1” so the rear chain has a greater clearance for a wider knobbly rear tyre (if fitted) and the swing arm is an 1” longer to take the larger rear wheel. The S engine has a close ratio gearbox, 10:1 compression ratio as opposed to the standard 8.5:1, larger inlet and exhaust valves and a different cam profile, this adds to the engine starting difficulties, but obviously better performance. The bike looked really nice with a lot of new bling parts but mechanically pretty rough underneath. Jobs done so far after the strip down: New fork bushes and seals (play in the stanchions and leaking seals) New headstock ball bearings (as 5 were missing) New swing arm bushes (old bushes worn as the grease nipples were missing so not been lubed for years) New front wheel bearings (old bearing had play) New piston rings, valve seats lapped, all new engine gaskets and seals. I also am converting it from 6 to 12v which will include electronic ignition and LED lighting. Although the bike is road tax and MOT exempt I will still be taking it for an MOT when it’s finished just to prove its road worthiness. Waiting for delivery of some more parts at the moment, but just designing and drawing up a new wiring diagram to go with the new 12v charging system and electronic ignition. As you say, if you calculate the hours and money spent it will always far outweigh the finished value of the bike, however I love working on and refurbishing old cars and bikes, the down side with cars is the space needed while you are working on them, plus when finished the amount of space needed to store them. However bikes; I could probably squeeze another 4 in somewhere as long as the boss doesn’t find out.
  12. Not a car but a bike, bought it of the internet 2 weeks ago, paid buy BACS and had a transport company deliver it, the V5c in my name arrived from the DVLA before the bike did. Unfortunately because of lock down I couldn't take it out for a blast, so I started to take a few bits off for cleaning. The danger of time on your hands; the bike is now in a thousand pieces, but now just started to rebuild it.
  13. If you have it up on stands with the wheels removed, see if you can find a cheep 2nd hand wheel rim (no tyre) that your wheel lock fits. Not only would a thief need to have a set of wheels but would still need to get the locked rim off, this will also satisfy the insurance company as you have the appropriate wheel lock fitted.
  14. I think C&CC were obligated by the current situation to return your deposit anyway as they can't offer the service, we booked a site for 10 nights over Easter (not C&CC) as the pending event escalated we were unsure before the lock-down and asked if we could cancel and have our deposit returned. The answer was no, but we could move our deposit to another date of our choice. One week after the lock- down and a couple of weeks before our cancelled trip date we received an email from the site saying our deposit had been re-credited back to our payment card. Strange times!
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