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  1. I can also confirm that there is definitely a timber full length behind the hinge on my 2018 840 which the additional screws went solidly into.
  2. I visited the caravan today and completed both jobs. I thought I was doing well when the front window only took 1.5hrs to complete although getting the roof light outer frame off the roof was another matter, it took me 3.5hrs in total to fully complete the roof light. For anyone else who needs to complete these jobs I can highly recommend a plastic scraper and lots of spare blades, it certainly made both jobs easier when removing the old sealant although the roof light still wasn't a walk in the park. I also used several snap of razor blades removing the outer frame. Anyway I'm pleased they're both now completed and many thanks to those who provided the much needed advice along the way.
  3. All temporary sealed now and thank goodness the roof timbers are dry. I have filled the cracks with Soudal Fix All and also gone over the top with some Gorilla Crystal Clear Tape that coincidentally I only brought to the van on this trip as I had it lying around at house and thought it may be useful, anyone would think I'd known there was going to be a leak! One query regarding how strong the sealant is, I purchased Soudal Fix All High Tack should I be getting some of the Crystal or even Flexi although Screwfix don't have the latter?
  4. Unfortunately I don't have a car suitable for towing it back to the dealer and so it was more financially viable to purchase the replacement outer frame which i've now done so hopefully I'll have it by the middle of next week and I can then get on to fitting it. It is really annoying though!
  5. I'm definitely not having much look with the caravan at the moment. During the night I felt 2 drips of water land on me. On reviewing this morning, whilst the timber in the roof is dry there was water around the screw that holds the inner frame on. I've opened the roof light to have a look and the frame where the middle hinge is located is cracked as well as in a couple of other places. I'm presuming this will need a whole new roof window? I'm thinking in the short term of gunning some of the sealant I bought for the front windows into the crack to hopefully give a short term seal.
  6. After a day walking in the fells where it's been on and off rain I'm not going to risk repairing it while I'm here and will go back when it's going to be dry. I have however been to Screwfix for sealant and sealed the screws so hopefully all will be good until the decent weather returns.
  7. Will do and I'll check the screw size out when I remove them, many thanks 👍 I've just had a look behind the seals and whilst I haven't got a moisture meter I'm a Chartered Building Surveyor and it looks bone dry to me so that's a massive relief. Really appreciate all of the advice
  8. Will do, really appreciate your advice. I'll let you know how it goes although it's drizzly here now so will have to see how the weather pans out in the good old Lake District. If I can't guarantee it'll be dry I may have to come back across next week. Just a thought. I don't really want to remove a screw to see what size it is and possibly create a leak. It's a long shot but you would happen to know what size screws I'll need would you?
  9. Many thanks, yes I'm very good with DIY. Last year I ended up replacing the aerial and also having to fit rear corner caps to the roof as some hairline cracking was identified during its service which Elddis wouldn't cover under the warranty so I'm happy with tackling it but it's not what I was expecting to do during my time away. Never mind, needs must.
  10. Many thanks for the in-depth instructions, can I ask approx how long you would expect this to take. I'm here until Saturday so I'll have to put some time aside.
  11. I thought the may be the case, hopefully somewhere like Screwfix may have a suitable sealant
  12. We've just arrived at our caravan and noticed one of the screws above the front window is sticking partially out. We've had the caravan for 1.5 years and I can only presume it was like this when we got it. Anyway the channel it holds on appears loose and I was going to put the screw back in but was wondering if anyone knows if the channel is sealed to the caravan? If so then I presume I'll have to remove the whole thing and reseal the full length in which case a trip to a diy store is required
  13. Thanks for that, it should hopefully reach then as the cable is 1.9m in length
  14. I've now bought a wired leg sensor online although when it's come the cable is rather short. I'm not able to inspect the caravan at the moment but I was wondering if anyone knows which corner steady leg it is usually attached too? If it's the rear then I'll need to get an extension cable.
  15. Thanks, that's certainly worth a look when I'm able to next get over and also re letting the insurance know. I may investigate the option of a mobile engineer as well if these restrictions prevent us getting over for to much longer.
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