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Hi I’ve recently bought a Willerby Westmorland, 2001, 6 berth and the gas fire was fine when we first used it, but this has changed. The fire now hardly gives any heat out, even on the top setting. We asked the site owner to get out the gas fitter, who changed the gas bottle regulator. This didn’t alter anything, so we mentioned it again. We were told that the fire is not designed to go very high and is doing what it is supposed to, but we can leave it on all day and are still not warm by evening. Are there any other owners that have experienced the same thing or know whether the fires have a regulator that can be altered? I would be grateful for any advice anyone could pass on.
Have decided to return to caravanning & have just bought an excellent later model (96) of the 93 Compass Lynx 340/2 we used to have. This one has had the original spec Carver 1800SC gas fire removed & a free standing 240v oil filled radiator put in its place. I can only imagine that a previous owner got the willies on hearing about an unfortunate but freak death caused by Co2 poisoning from an earlier incarnation of the 1800 & had it removed. I have just bought a used 1800SC & was hoping to install it ASAP myself. I'm not a complete novice as I'm a joiner & even used to be CORGI registered. Having just unwrapped the fire & inspected it I felt there might be one or two problems so phoned the Caravan Dismantler I bought it from who said that although the fire was tested & found working before it was removed from the caravan, he'd give me a full refund inc P&P if I wanted to return it. You can't say fairer than that. Now I come to think of it though. ............ I bet he didn't check the flame failure device was working. These are the "problems":- - The peizo igniter doesn't click. I am assuming right, aren't I? That the ignition is just like the earlier Carver 1800, being a peizo one that makes a loud click when you turn the control knob anti-clockwise & press down? The supplier said that it needs a 12volt connection to make it work but. ......... the earlier model used a peizo & didn't have any 12 volt connection I was ever aware of &, in any event, peizo's just don't need power. .... they create it when struck. Even if I'm right, then what's the cable for? - The gas knob just goes round & round in the non-depressed mode. Is this normal? - The main gas valve that's bolted to the bottom of the control assembly & directly operated by the in-line control rod is held onto it's oval mounting flange with two set-screws. These screws are not tight enough & the gas valve is wobbling about on its mounting. Although this probably does not compromise the safe functionality of the gas valve, I hardly think it's OK to leave it like that but it looks like attempting to try & rectify it could involve opening a potential can of worms what with rusted on bits & bobs & Truma reputedly being not very obliging with bits for Carver models. Maybe I should send it back but. ........ these 1800SC's are hard to find. Will another model fit without making irreversible & aggravating adaptations to the caravan. I always think that "as original" is always best. John There's a lovely, helpful & very knowledgeable chap called Gary of Arc Systems comes on here. .......... have I caused enough ripples in his pond to provoke an answer? John