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  1. All hail the cordless drill, especially when it's raining. Anything which brings aperitif time a little nearer is always acceptable. However, I still use the brace to fine-tune the steadies.
  2. I bought a pair of 195/70 R14 reinforced tyres from blackcircles in September 2017, £103. Looking at their web site you can still get a pair for just over £100, only a few quid more expensive than non-reinforced. Had them fitted at an ATS depot; I don't have Tyrons but the question never arose.
  3. Some of the replies in here sound suspiciously close to a wind-up. Can't get decent wine/cheese/bread/meat?!? I haven't yet taken my van sur le continong, but if I did I would be going full-native, as we do when we holiday in Europe. At most my wife will buy a box of Lipton teabags to satisfy her tea craving, but rarely drinks more than one or two cups over a fortnight.
  4. Well, I don't have a windshield, but I do have a windscreen and I use tepid water - a 2 pint plastic milk bottle holds enough for the windscreen and side windows. A quick look out the window usually tells me if there's a layer of frost to be dealt with. In extreme conditions I'll run the engine for a few minutes as well, but modern diesels are so efficient that there's not a lot of spare heat to be doled out. De-icer sprays just add to condensation problems, and chances are it will run out when you're most in need of it. I used to use a plastic scraper but grinding a paste of frost and road dirt across your windscreen doesn't do it much good - I remember when I had to get a new windscreen after a few years, it was noticeably clearer.
  5. You must have massive lockers. I don't think our bedding would fit in ours, so it stays beneath the seats. Never had any problems with damp. To my mind it's more convenient to have stuff you need throughout the day in the overheads, rather than having to ferret around underneath the seats.
  6. Glengavel

    Gas Locker

    Inspired by this thread, I opened my gas locker, shuddered, closed it again and tiptoed away. Maybe next year...
  7. I wonder if something like this would be useful: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adapter-Extension-Attachment-Screwdriver-Adaptor/dp/B07PP7ZK73 although for £7.49 I'd worry about its strength and/or durability.
  8. In a similar vein, 99% of all photographs ever taken, were taken in the last 12 months. Or thereabouts. And I'm guessing 99% of them will never be looked at more than once.
  9. The Thetford C200 doesn't have a hose, just a bung which when pulled releases a jet of water whose angle and velocity depends how much is still in the tank, so you have to be dextrous with the catching receptacle. First time I tried it I ended up with an embarrassing damp patch down the leg of my jeans.
  10. I recently replaced my leaking regulator/hose combo and decided to get a hand-wheel regulator. As with the nut type, it's a bit of a pain to get it started but eventually I got it seated and it's worked fine. Certainly easier than trying to wield a spanner in the confines of the gas locker. By the way, anyone want to buy a spanner? For some reason my dad (whose van it was) had managed to acquire three of them. The regulator came with two spare rubber tips, which will no doubt end up in the black hole of "now where did I put those".
  11. My car plates are screwed on. I would have thought it would be easier to get a set of plates printed than to go to the bother of stealing a set. I know there are various rules and regulations about getting plates made but I don't believe for a minute that these are rigorously enforced. Even so, ten minutes with a colour scanner/printer and any old V5C and Microsoft Paint, and you could knock up a fake document that would pass a cursory glance. My caravan plates are held on with double sided sticky pads. When I changed cars recently I just stuck the new plate on top of the old one because I couldn't budge it - I felt something was going to break, and I didn't want it to be the caravan rear panel!
  12. Glengavel

    Gas Pains

    I've got a can of leak check foam anyway, which is how I found the original leak. You could smell it the instant you turned the valve on the cylinder, but couldn't hear any hissing. I'd previously tried soapy water without success but I suspect the mix wasn't right. https://www.arctic-hayes.com/Catalogue/Aerosols-Grease/GAS-LEAK-SPRAY-400ml-PH020 It gets everywhere if you're not careful, and you need to wipe it off a bit to see what's happening. It eventually showed a tiny crop of bubbles where the hose joined the regulator.
  13. Glengavel

    Gas Pains

    Thanks for all the helpful replies. Yes, I'm intending to replace the hose as well.
  14. Glengavel

    Gas Pains

    Thank you both for your response. I've got the horrible feeling my dad (whose van it was) might have fitted the propane regulator (he always preferred it to butane) and probably picked one up at a vintage car rally! Although the hose was secured with crimped fittings rather than jubilee clips, which suggests it wasn't him. However, he did have the van regularly serviced up until a few years ago so you'd think it might have been spotted... See my response to JTQ above. It's a screw-in POL fitting, propane bottle. I'm going to follow JTQ's advice (and my own instinct) and fit a 37mbar regulator. And then next time I see my dad I shall ask some questions!
  15. Glengavel

    Gas Pains

    I had a small gas leak where the hose connects to the regulator (propane). The spigot, or whatever you call the nozzle that the hose connects to, has some deep-ish scratches, and the paint is flaking off the body of the regulator, so I've decided to replace it. There's no date stamp on the regulator. However, the regulator is marked with a "50mbar" label . There's nothing in the caravan handbook to indicate what the recommended pressure is, and the only appliance with a rating plate is the fridge, which recommends the usual 28 for butane and 30/37 for propane. I did once start up the fridge on gas and it eventually worked (manual piezo ignition) after a long period of cursing and swearing (but I remember that from my youth as being normal !). The Truma heater will also run on gas. The only thing I really use the gas for is the cooker, and it works fine. I have heard that some 'grey import' vans were set up to run on 50mbar, so is this the case with mine? It's a 2002 Ace Award.
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