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Gavin Smith

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  • Location
    UK
  • Towcar
    Nissan Qashqai
  • Caravan
    Elddis 1990s caravan

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  1. Thank you for all the advice and pointers. In the end, my little 75Ah battery seems to be knackered, it's not holding much of a charge. I'm not hugely surprised. I decided to bite the bullet and I bought a new one - I chose a Numax XV31MF 105Ah battery https://www.tayna.co.uk/leisure-batteries/numax/xv31mf/ which I thought was decently priced. One last question - should I pop it on the charge before using it for the first time?
  2. Thanks, I just had no idea what was behind this old Clipsal socket. Okay, so that seems very easy. Do you think a fuse is required? Some of those 12v USB sockets seem to have an inline fuse and some don't. I'll only be charging phones on it. Yes, good point. I'm now hunting on Google for dual USB sockets, with switches, preferably in white I'm getting picky now.
  3. My old 90s Elddis is going to see some off-grid caravanning this year. I'd like a USB socket installed somewhere in the van to charge phones and I've been researching the easiest way to do this but then it occurred to me that there's a weird two pin (at slight angles) socket near the door. From some Googling, this appears to be a Clipsal 2-pin socket. I'm not sure if there's a more correct term or not. Anyway, my caravan is in storage at the moment but in a couple of weeks I'll have it out and I'm wondering what I might need to convert that socket to a USB socket. I found this: htt
  4. I'm the OP and I really appreciate the replies to my newbie message. Earlier I said that the battery had reached 14.5V and was coming back down but it turns out that I was incorrect. It's actually going back and forth between 14.5V and 14.4V every 15 minutes or so. It's now been on charge (on 12V STD mode) for maybe 11 hours or so and it got to 14.4V hours ago. I'm not sure what to do now - should I leave it on overnight? If I stop charging now and leave it at 14.4V, will that damage it?
  5. I appreciate the comments, thanks for all the pointers. It says "Leisure Power" on it so I was hoping it was a leisure battery and not just a car battery. Either way, it's not going to be enough capacity for off-grid getaways, but I'm hoping it will be enough to provide a bare minimum to get started as money is tight. I do intend to upgrade to a good AGM leisure battery in a few months, probably something like this: https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/15901771/platinum-agm-plus-leisure-battery-agmlb6110l-100ah-15901771 The Maypole charger is a 4-stage "smart" charger. The batt
  6. I bought a little 90's Elddis starter van last year, which we used on pitches with EHU, which I understand means the battery is usually charged to about 80%. Over the winter, I finally removed the battery and brought it home, as we're doing some off-grid caravanning this year. It's charging on a 4A Maypole charger at the moment but I had a few questions if someone could help me. I've Googled and read lots of stuff on this forum but I read conflicting messages, usually about whether the battery should be vented or not. So, here are my amateur questions: 1. I've attached a photo of
  7. We bought an old 1990s Elddis caravan this year and I'm wondering how we use Flogas Gaslight cylinders with it. At the moment we're using little 4.5kg Butane Calor cylinders. I've been researching for several days but it's hard to put the info together for these old caravans. I think I'm right in saying that I don't have a bulkhead regulator. We have a screw-in regulator (unsure of correct term) and it says on it Butane LR2108 29mbar on it (photo attached). So can anyone tell me what I need to do to convert this old van to the new Gaslight cylinders? I've read of simple pigtails fo
  8. Thanks everyone. I'll turn the gas off but leave it connected. That's one less thing to do! Appreciate it.
  9. Hi, I'm a bit of a beginner with caravanning and have a newbie question. This is our first year with the caravan and I've done a few trips. I have disconnected the gas completely with the spanner every time before leaving a site and reconnected when arriving on the next one and I'm just wondering if this is necessary? Is it okay to drive with it physically connected (but obviously switched off)? It's a small 4.5kg butane tank on an old 1990s Elddis caravan, if that makes any difference. It would be nice to just switch the gas on and off rather than disconnecting it altogether but obviously I w
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