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  1. Spent over three and a half hours with two of the Inos designers going over the fine detail of our build this morning. They were very helpful and proactive. And a very small part of the outcome is that the condensate drain pipe I made up will be fitted and they are happy to do it It's nice to see that the huge cost of the Inos is matched by the personal service.
  2. There is a bulkhead between the kitchen and the bedroom which has a box section for mains sockets etc. This is close to the AC unit on the roof. I have made a small flange and solvent welded it to a 2.4m length of 21.5mm overflow pipe. This would drop from the top of the roof right down through the floor. No bends and no joins (I don't regard a well welded solvent joint as a join). This can be rodded easily. The flange on the rooftop is then sealed and for good measure clamped down by two stainless penny washers /screws also sealed. I will then ensure that the existing seal around the AC unit is to my satisfaction and then using 6mm tall upvc fillet create a low dam around the AC. If water collects it will flow down my pipe and out under the van. Material cost about £6 in total. Only concern is that the van has underfloor heating so will need to miss pipes going through the floor. Did I mention I might be a bit OCD? 😁
  3. Thanks. Condensate drain it is for this self confessed OCD caravan tinkerer.
  4. Question if I may.... Do any of you good folks have a roof mounted A/C unit and if so, when it has been operating for some time do you have experience of condensate (which is discharged onto the roof) trickling off the roof during use? Or does it all evaporate before running off? I ask because we will soon be having our last pre-build meeting for our Inos caravan and I am planning to have a condensate drain I have made installed and wondered how hard to push if the design team are reluctant. Thanks.
  5. We have a Kampa Rally Pro Air 2020 which has the following features: 2.00m wide, 2.5m deep. Room for boot box, table and 2 Isabella recliners or to hang up coats'n'stuff. Being a small air awning it is easy to slide into the rail and quick to put up. Allow 2 minutes to erect and then the much longer task of pegging out as with all awnings. Being air it just deforms and springs back in high winds. Will occasionally get condensation if you don't leave open the all weather vents, but condensation is not brand related - it is basic physics relating to temperature, humidity and ventilation. It hasn't leaked even during seaside driving rain. We have use it three times and because our new caravan will have a fixed motorised awning and Panorama room it will be surplus to requirements in 8 days from now....... Quick pic here: https://www.ukzero.com/awning.jpg
  6. I agree that a 5kg noseweight difference alone would probably be impossible to measure in terms of stability unless you had a load of sensitive test gear installed. I have simply found that our van tows best at as near to the maximum allowable noseweight as I can get it. I choose 95kg as a benchmark as this is near, but not knowingly going over the 100kg limit. If it reads 90 or 99kg I don't start moving stuff about. If it reads 50-60kg I probably would. I suspect (though I may well be wrong) that a stability/noseweight relationship is far from linear.
  7. Wandering far off piste here, but thank you for those kind words. Staying off piste and possibly straying off the mountain completely we are buying an Inos. Given the semi-bespoke nature of their build process I have already spent nearly a day with the design team added a number of little personal tweaks (like extra cabling/water pipework changes - but won't call them upgrades - personalisation might be a better term here) to our caravan before it's even built. More will follow. I guess I'll link to these in the "Other" category of caravan models as there won't be enough interest to have an Inos, or more properly, Fifth Wheel Co section. Slewing wildly back onto topic, the consequences that might concern me about not following noseweight recommendations would be warranty (as mentioned) and insurance issues.....
  8. Our single axle is heavy for a UK single axle (1750kg) and runs very close to that when towing. From experience the outfit (now there's caravan-speak for you) tows best at just below the 100kg nose weight limit (I'm with LITW on this one), so before leaving home AND any site I whip out the gauge and check I am in the 95kg ballpark. That way I know that it will tow as well and as safely as possible. Do other caravanners on site notice me checking? From the occasional mocking comment I have had, certainly. Although the new caravan we have ordered comes with the fancy AL-KO jockey wheel with the built in gauge I will still use the Milenco gauge to help calibrate the AL-KO and check it from time to time when at home.
  9. OK OK. I think 2 X "Rubbish" is enough to make the point. In my post I made some assumptions and generalisations regarding "harm". I wrongly assumed that as the OP was after a powerful solvent, Acetone's flammability and being a powerful solvent (which would of course include being a solvent of sebaceous oils) would be a given. My notion of harm was that in the world of powerful solvents Acetone is not classified as being poisonous and/or a known carcinogen, which cannot be said for many many other organic solvents - I am guilty of using petrol now and then..... I apologise unreservedly for the offence my statement clearly caused to "ericfield". However, to avoid anyone being misled further I feel it important to second Legal Eagle's statement that Acetone is not a known carcinogen.
  10. So I get a notification telling me one of my posts has been quoted and the first word I see is "Rubbish". Well that's put me in my place. I stand corrected. At least I'm in very esteemed company Neither the UK government, the US government, the WHO or a host of other organisations who classify hazardous chemicals appear to know that Acetone is a carcinogen either. I've been using it for years and until now I was only worried about the fire risk....
  11. The new caravan we have on order is also 8.163m overall length. The body is 7m, so just at the limit, like most bigger twin axles, so it doesn't look any longer in the flesh, but again the A frame looks to be slightly longer than normal. It is also 2.25m wide on the road (rather than 2.4/2.5) and so again doesn't look as big as many eight footers (until we get to expand the slide out for the first time I guess). I had assumed that because the law doesn't include the A frame that sites wouldn't either. I can see why ferry companies would need to know overall length I must confess that I hadn't considered that it would be considered too long.....
  12. Problem solved! They are the external pumps, but I made a simple, but profound and embarrassing error. I made the flawed assumption that if you apply 12V to a Truma external pump, and it pumps water into the caravan you have the polarity of the connections correct. Nooooo. The pumps will produce flow in the right direction whichever way round you connect +/-, but of course the chamber design around the impeller is much more efficient when the impeller spins in the right direction. So I have swapped the connections round and all now works as it should. D'oh!
  13. Suddenly my Truma external pump system has lost pressure and can't deliver any better than 1.5 litres/min (less than a quarter of it's previous normal flow). Background: I installed an electric autochangeover system using two Truma Ultraflow inlets, two pumps and two Aquarolls complete with float sensors. This has worked flawlessly for the last year switching automatically from one Aquaroll to the other as they empty. We have taken a deposit for the sale of our caravan and with full knowledge and agreement of the buyers have removed the autochangeover control circuitry (it's quite complex, a prototype and if it went wrong it's very unlikely regular service personnel would be able to fix it). In its place I have installed a changeover switch panel with LED indicators. Both Aquarolls and both pumps are still connected and filled. When one runs out, flick the switch and the other kicks in - so still a very useful "extra". Everything works as it should, except the flow rate, which was fine but is now terrible. What have I tried? I wondered if a pump was faulty. Changed pumps (I've got 2) - no change in flow rate. I wondered if one way valve in inlet was faulty/blocked. Changed inlets (I've got 2) - no change in flow rate. I wondered if power supply to the pumps was an issue. Fed 12V through a 30A cable direct to the inlet contacts from a fully charged battery - no change in flow rate. I wondered if there was a problem with the in-line pressure switch one way valve. Dismantled and cleaned - no change in flow rate. I wondered if there was a blockage elsewhere. Switched to internal pump and all ran as normal. Back to external and still pathetic. Blew air through the system and it made no difference. This is where I am hoping someone one step removed will suggest something obvious that I have missed???????
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