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  1. I deal with this problem in a different way....... I have a table top compressor freezer which is a cheap highly efficient cooling device like this one. I use it to cool down drinks and food before longer term storage in the caravan fridge. It works very well used in this way and helps the caravan fridge to maintain it's correct working temperatures. It has great ice making abilities so no problem with cold drinks and will rapidly cool wine bottles and beer cans. This is in addition to the normal usage of storing frozen food. You do need to have a caravan layout that will accommodate the freezer when in use. I have a 6 birth twin rear bunk caravan only used by the two of us.....so the freezer sits on the lower rear bunk if I take it on a trip......obviously it could be sited in an awning. There is also a weight penalty .....I can carry it in the caravan but could carry it in the tow car. You will hear people say that transporting a domestic fridge or freezer will damage the workings........mine has travelled thousands of miles and is 12 years old and still works as it did when new. Not for everyone but great in very hot temperatures.
  2. There is freezing and then there is freezing! Be prepared for very low temperatures.......we experienced minus 17deg C and deep snow on a Hogmanay trip to Edinburgh in 2001/2002. The campsite was one third statics and two thirds touring and was surprisingly full. There was only one working fresh water tap on site in the heated service block....all the other taps were shut off. The site's electrics kept tripping to the whole site as it could not cope with demand.....that also meant the service block heating failed. We were glad we arrived with plenty of propane gas to use during the times with no electric power. The site ran out of gas cylinders quite early on so couldn't resupply. The site roads had a layer of thick ice so movement was dangerous without a 4x4. Most of the people in the statics abandoned their stay and went home as their toilets were frozen and the exposed water supply pipes burst. Our caravan did well as it has an on board water tank and I made sure no waste water was left in an outside container for long as it would have soon frozen solid. I added car screen wash to the toilet flush to stop that from freezing. We still enjoyed the trip and we toasted in the new year from the top of Arthur's Seat with a great view of the city and all the fireworks. GMak7.... what with global warming........ you might need sunglasses and shorts on your trip
  3. .........have you left your drain valve open? Your pump will suck in air instead of water if you have.
  4. ..........that could be the reason Ern but a new one on me! Just checked CMC site again and the quote is £605 return logged in as a member. Just also checked BF site and the quote is £478 return ...... very weird. Never the less the BF quote of £478 return for 2021 is a 100% fare increase on my 2020 fare. Bear in mind that I have made the same crossing for two years......out end of January back first week of March with the ferry one third full on the vehicle decks and me normally the only caravan on board. Whoever decides BF pricing policy must think they can make money from running near empty ferries at that time of year and perhaps they think Covid 19 and Brexit will increase the numbers using their ferries!
  5. I have been using the Brittany Ferries route Portsmouth to Caen for the last two years. Travelling out with a 12 meter outfit end of January and back first week of March. 2019 trip cost me £200 return. 2020 trip cost me £230 return. Just priced up the same for 2021 using Caravan and Motorhome Club to book........£630!!!! I will be leaving it late to book in order to weigh up all the issues..... one thing is already decided. Won't be travelling on Brittany Ferries. .
  6. You have bought a kit for a vehicle such as a motorhome where the leisure battery can receive the full output from the vehicles alternator once the vehicles starter battery has been fully charged. Heavy cables are required. A caravan system charges the caravan battery at much lower current and requires much thinner cable via the standard caravan 7 or 13 pin car connector. Here is an example
  7. .......some of those mentioned are currently active on another forum. Some using the same ID and some not.
  8. The UK introduced EU type approval for caravans in 2012........manufacturers now have to build caravans to EU standards and be issued with a certificate of conformity. This certificate enables UK built caravans to be sold and registered anywhere in the EU without further testing. The fitting of amber side marker lamps on caravans over 6meters long, is one of the material changes that had to be met in order to gain EU type approval.
  9. UK caravans built after 2012 and over 6 meters long have had to comply with EU regulations regarding amber side marker lights. UK caravans built before 2012 do not have to comply even if they are towed in the EU as long as they are not a permanent import requiring registration in an EU member state. The OP's caravan escapes the requirement due to it's build date.
  10. .........a 2008 Swift Challenger will be fitted with a habitation relay. When the vehicle engine is running, this relay prohibits any 12 volt systems operating in the caravan except the refrigerator, caravan battery charging and alko ATC if fitted. The car position allows the 12 volt systems in the caravan to be powered from the vehicle battery, when the engine is not running. I make uses of this facility, when off grid with my Challenger, using a 3 meter extension cable to electrically connect car to caravan. The refrigerator is not powered from the vehicle battery under these conditions and will not work on 12 volts. I have a battery monitoring system to manage the drain on the vehicle battery to allow for engine starting.
  11. .......my 19 year old Nissan Terrano has an indirect old school diesel engine. It's turbo is water cooled as well as being cooled by it's lubricating oil.......so the technology has been around for sometime.
  12. For interest ........in 1973 I fitted a 1.5 BMC diesel engine into a Wolsely 16/60 as at that time diesel fuel was 2/3 rds the price of petrol. The converted car would return 45-50 mpg as opposed to the previous petrol engine's 25-30 mpg. The car was quiet and drove quite well despite the diesel engines low bhp. Not many filling stations of the time sold diesel and those that did often needed confirmation that the car required diesel before they would switch the pump on!
  13. Towing with a Nissan Terrano 2.7 TD long wheelbase ........bought new in 2001 and currently on 157000 miles. Towed to the Arctic circle and the Costa del Sol and anywhere in between. PS............... Don't forget the 1.5 diesel engine developed by the British Motor Corporation and fitted into Morris Oxford's as early as 1961 and popular at the time as a taxi. Also fitted in many van variants and legendary as a marine engine.
  14. My previous caravan ran on 13 inch rims for 23 years and never had a puncture and it was towed for 85000 miles. What pressure are you using in your commercial specification tyres?
  15. ....the facts are that driving licence categories for road vehicles with four or more wheels grade drivers for their ability to safely control weight on the public highway. It is well known that some drivers will always argue that their particular license is too restrictive for one reason or another. They have always had the option to upgrade to a heavier category but often resent the extra effort and expense involved. I personally found upgrading to a heavier license category, when younger (up to C+E), much much easier than accepting the loss of categories due to age. I am now down to just B+E
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