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Bulko1

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    Bulkington, Warwickshire
  • Interests
    Football, Walking and Caravanning
  • Towcar
    Ford Kuga
  • Caravan
    Avondale Avocet

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  1. First of all I apologise to Flying Grandad as your statement 'trigger operated head' obviously did not compute with brain. It looks like a great bit of kit and well worthy of consideration as a solution to our requirement. Second, apology to Grandpa Steve for posting for a second time in the Bailey section. In my defence I was advised to. Your idea also seems a great idea with the advantages of being able to leave the shower head in situ, being able to utilise the existing shower head and it is a cheaper option. Both options will be put to higher management today for her consideration and deciding vote. Jezzerb, We are working towards a routing that suits us and we will get there especially with all the advice from all the helpful people within this community. You and yours have seem to have established a good system. By the way we bought our first caravan in October last year. An Avondale Avocet 2008. We love it. I just hope we love it twelve months down the line.
  2. Thank you all for your help and advise. After discussing all your contributions with my Wife we have decided on an initial plan as follows: As it is our first year caravanning and as yet not showered in the caravan, we are going to try what seems to be a standard showing procedure as stated in detail by DeeTee; 'wet hair and turn off water, apply shampoo, turn on water and wet body, turn off water and soap body, turn on water and rise body and finally hair. Turn off shower'. A minor improvement on the method would be an on/off switch on the showerhead so the mixer tap could remain in position. What I would emphasise is this is an initial plan and I reserve the right to fine tune it in line with senior management (Wife's) instructions. I have also taken Flinty's advice and posted the blog on the Bailey forum.
  3. I have been advised to post this blog on the Bailey forum as I am led to believe that these shower heads are fitted as standard on Bailey caravans. I would like to hear from any members that have used an EcoCamel Jetstorm Shower head in their caravan or motorhome. I'm interested in buying one as they employ a mix of air and water during use, thus cutting down the amount water is used per shower. I have read reviews of the product and they get a mixed result. However, all the reviews focus on house showers that seem to be in low water pressure areas. I am more interested in how effective they are in a caravan and as a water saver. Maybe there is a better product on the market for caravan use that you know about? Thanks in advance for your advice and help.
  4. I would like to hear from any members that have used an EcoCamel Jetstorm Shower head in their caravan or motorhome. I'm interested in buying one as they employ a mix of air and water during use, thus cutting down the amount water is used per shower. I have read reviews of the product and they get a mixed result. However, all the reviews focus on house showers that seem to be in low water pressure areas. I am more interested in how effective they are in a caravan and as a water saver. Maybe there is a better product on the market for caravan use that you know about? Thanks in advance for your advice and help.
  5. Hi Organman, I must admit that I didn't know that fact. At the moment we will be quite happy to become competent with our present set-up. I guess if I we change the car or the caravan or both in the future some adjustments will need to be made to cater for the new set-up. Thank you for the tip anyway. Bulko
  6. Towing Solutions Limited of Macclesfield (apologies, can't remember his name) 01625 433251 07712626584 mail@towing-solutions.co.uk My advice would be to arrange to have the course on a Saturday/Sunday MORNING. Do not, if you can, ask for the afternoon. You pick up the caravan from his pick-up/drop off point. You actually meet up with him at his local pub as where you pick up the caravan isn't on sat nav. He will take you. Its stored in a barn, and thankfully, he will hook you up, and then get you out of the place. Its a damn sight easier than putting it back. When you've finished the course, and provided there is someone to do the same thing in the afternoon, all you'll have to do is drive to the pub, unhitch, and you go home. The poor sod who follows you will have to put it back. I don't know where you live, but if you live elsewhere in the country, there'll be a firm closer to you, so check on the CMC website, they give details of who does the courses in your area Thanks for supplying the information and tips Babs. Have a great weekend. Bulko
  7. First of all thank you all for of the reply's. The thread got lost some what in the middle but the humour was great and we can't be serious all the time. What I would add is that my wife is sharing the towing duties so I might be the one standing at the back of the caravan that the driver can't see. I like the idea of using industrial estates Saturday afternoons and Sundays. I will be checking out suitable sites. I think supermarket car parks would be a no go around here. Babs, the instructor you used seems worthy of checking out if we can't progress under our own efforts we will look at the possibility of using him . Is it possible to supply me with his details. Me and the good lady's plan is to repeat the brief maneuvering course at the caravan and motorhome show at the NEC Birmingham this month and build on what we learn there. Ldsundance, I will write to MIRA to see if they will allow us to use their facilities. I must add that a common comment I hear regularly is: take your time, proceed slowly and think about what you are trying to do. Wise words. Thank you everyone and if there are more helpful ideas they will be gratefully received.
  8. Reversing onto a pitch, drive or even in a straight line to get yourself out of an awkward situation is often talked about in the forum as a feared event by the less experienced of us caravaners. I know that that part of on site entertainment is to watch the antics of the less experienced caravanner trying to reverse onto their pitch. I have done a course but this needs to be backed up with practice. So I would like to take my caravan to an area where I can practice these maneuvers in a roomy, quiet and safe space to save my blushes when arriving on site. I do have a motor mover but I really would like to be proficient in all aspects of caravanning. Most of the car parks around here have height restriction barriers which prevents me taking the caravan into these areas. Do any of you fellow members from the Bedworth & Nuneaton area (20/30 mile radius is fine) know of an area that would fit the bill. Any polite helpful even amusing ideas/suggestions would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks Bulko
  9. Yes the Caravan is 12 years old and I purchased the caravan in October. As part of the terms of the sale it came with a 6 month warranty that covers everything. The purpose of my initial post was to make sure that I was not missing the obvious before approaching the dealer. I did consider looking at the switch but have since decided against it due to invalidating the warranty. No one has pointed anything obvious out that I have missed so it must be something a bit more serious with the switch. Thank you for your help and advice.
  10. John That's the one. I will try and tease the switch out and give it the once over for an obvious easy fix.. If there isn't, I'll get the dealer to have a look at it under the terms of the warranty. Eric
  11. I switched off my charger switch on my 2008 Avondale Avocet caravan's PSU 2005 electric control box when I closed it down for winter. I removed my battery and put it on charge at home to make sure it was well maintained. The caravan is going to the dealer on Thursday to have some warranty work done on it so I have put the battery back on. When I come to switch the charger switch on, it would not switch to the on position. I am reluctant to put to much force on the switch in case I brake it. As I am new to the caravan and caravanning, this post is to save me making an embarrassing mistake when pointing the issue out to the dealer and him pointing out a simple and fundamental thing that I should have carried out. From reading the subjects on this forum, I know that this community has a great deal of experience and knowledge across a range of subjects, so I'm confident that any fundamental things that I may have missed will be pointed out.
  12. Thanks for the info and supplier links both. I will either get the data off the bulbs or as you suggested take photos and place an order with the most cost effective supplier.
  13. I have just been reading an article in a caravan magazine on 'How to Tour With No Hook-up'. Part of the article covered conversion of older caravans to LED lighting. My Avondale Avocet has a couple of halogen spot lights and various ordinary lights. The article stated that it is relatively simple to upgrade the lights to LED and that it may be as simple as replacing the existing bulbs with LED bulbs. No more in depth instructions are given in the article. I'm no electrician, so I am seeking advice from anyone that has carried out this type of conversion on their Avocet or similar Avondale caravans. Your advice and help will allow me to assess if it is within my capabilities (relatively simple) or I get an electrician to carry out the conversion.
  14. For my near neighbour Micktheshed's information and all of you very helpful forum members, the company is 'West Midland Caravans and Motorhomes'. They are based at Springhill Ind Est Old Arley, near Coventry (next door to Jacksons). I have dealt with John from the after care department and he has carried out work to iron out any issues that I have found in the first two months that I have has the caravan with no quibbles at all. This work has involved the fitting of a new water pump, a new Whale water system and the fixing of the electronic toilet flush. I am taking the caravan in later this month for the tyre replacement and he is also going to fit a new door seal as there was a slight water ingress during the deluge of rain we had recently. I recently purchased an ALKO jacking system and he has agreed to fit the brackets to the chassis at the same time free of charge. I am very pleased with the service this company has given and I will reward them with my continue custom post expiry of my warranty.
  15. As promised I can now provide you with the response I received from the dealer reference the old tyres. I am delighted to report that the dealer is more than happy to replace the tyres and the caravan has been booked in for the work to be done. Thank you all again for all your thoughts and advice.
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