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  1. I have just fitted a Truma iNet and Truma LevelControl device and thought others may be interested to hear what it does and how it was fitted. I searched to try to find out what the iNet actually does before buying but details are scant, even from Truma themselves! With the announcement of the Truma LevelControl (which monitors your gas bottle - see below) Truma has an offer of the iNet control box and LevelControl for £275 for the two until 30th December; the iNet box on its own is currently retailing for somewhere around £430. I contracted three dealers asking about the £275 offer and none were aware of it and those who I asked to get me one haven't come back to me, I therefore contacted Truma Customer Service and they sold me the boxes directly for £275 with no postage charged. The installation. Firstly I installed the iNet box in the cupboard above the Control box in our Coachman 450. The Control Panel is 'iNet Ready' and this is required, older Control panels are not able to use the iNet box. I hoped that this would enable me to pick up the power and data cables from the Control Panel (CP) to feed the iNet box. I had assumed the cabling came in from above - it didn't, it runs under the van and up to the Control Panel. I spliced the live and earth cable supplied with the iNet box into the supply to the CP. It has a 1A in-line fuse that should be positioned as near to the splice as possible, but as access may be required I put this in cupboard too. By using the power from the CP it is constantly live and therefore can be used even when the master switch is off. We have an 80 watt solar panel and so had little worry about using too much power. I think the power usage when idle is very low (Truma state 40mA at 12v average). There is no on/off switch and so removing the fuse could be used to turn off if you don't want to use the system throughout the year The data cable was unplugged from the CP and plugged into the iNet box and the supplied data cable was used to connect the CP to the iNet box. The cable taken from the CP to the iNet box was at full stretch because it had to be taken up around 200mm, I therefore traced it back to the heater where there was spare cable and I gently fed this along the van, under the van and up the ducting to give a less stressed cable. I was consious that if I pulled through the ducting too hard I might damage the cable or pull any connector (if they had been used) apart and very difficult to get at to replug - all was well but if you do this you need to be careful. Once connected up it is necessary to reset the CP so that it 'finds' the iNet box. I had previously installed the Truma app on my phone and it was fairly straight forward to link the Bluetooth. It was not totally clear how to link with Bluetooth but not use a SIM for remote access (I didn't have a SIM at that stage) but somehow it did work on Bluetooth alone (can't say what I did to make this work!). I bought a PAYGO SIM from O2, they have a 'Classic' SIM that is free to supply from their shop and has calls, texts and 1MB data each for 5p per unit. You just need to use the SIM once every six months to keep it live. There is no other timescale set, ie your credit doesn't expire at the end of the month like some other PAYGO accounts. I then put the batteries (two supplied AAA batteries) in the LevelControl and attached it to the bottom of my current gas bottle - it is a magnetic attachment (you can install two, one on each gas bottle, but as we use so little gas it is no problem to move it across when we switch bottles). You then need to reset the CP and it will 'see' the Level Control. In the phone app you need to set the country and gas bottle size and type . So what does iNet and the LevelControl give you? Starting with the Level Control it will tell you the percentage of liquid gas left, the quantity of liquid gas left and an estimate of how long it will last. I'm not sure how the estimate is made. On day one, when I had the gas heating on, it said I had gas for another day, then next day, when I had no gas on, it said I had enough for 30 days. Hopefully it will look at recent usage rather than usage over a long period, otherwise the estimate will be inaccurate due to periods of non-use, anyway it is only a guide and the information on quantity of remaining gas will be enough for most people. The iNet itself is better than I had expected (although based on Truma's information my expectations were low). It allows you to set the temperature on the CP remotely, by Bluetooth when in range and by text when out of Bluetooth range; it allows you to set the fan speed as either ECO or HIGH and select the fuel source to use (gas, electric and combinations as offered at the CP). It will also connect to air con systems though we don't have one. Using Bluetooth, but not when out of Bluetooth range, you can also set the timer for heating and/or water. It will tell you on the app, when using Bluetooth, the battery voltage and gas level etc as described above, and also the state of the batteries in the LevelControl. It will give details of whether there is 230v connected. You can set up 'alarms' which will send you a text if the internal temperature falls below a temperature that you set (between -10 C and +20 C, and another if the battery voltage falls below the set figure (between 10v and 14v). It can also be set to text you if the gas is low and if the LevelControl batteries are low (you cannot set these levels though). Finally, you can ask for 'Status' reports by text for the Truma device status and the Vehicle Status. The former item tells you what devices are running, the latter tells you about the power supply to the heater. The former text has worked fine so far but the latter seems a bit reluctant to talk to me sometimes and my request for information is ignored. In the app (which is offered for Andoid and iPhone) you also have access to user manuals for each iNet appliance connected, tools and settings, as well as dealer search and news. The tools section has a couple of natty mini-apps, one helps you set up on site to get the best position for sunshire and the other helps you adjust you van for level front to back and side to side and tells you how much adjustment is required to be totally level (based on information you provide in the setup). Do I think it is value for money? At the original price of £430 for the iNet alone I would say it is very over-priced. As a package with the LevelControl at £275 I would say that it is worth it. If you store your van remotely it allows you to keep an eye on the battery and be texted when problems are looming, it would also allow you to switch the heating on when it is cold provided you are allowed to leave the gas connected when in storage. As a convenience on site it will be useful to access the controls without having to get up to use the CP but this is a real 'luxury' and really is unnecessary. When you're out touring for the day it does allow you to switch on the heating and hot water ready for your return, but again this is a luxury that we could (and have!) live without. If you like techie things, like me, it is reasonable value. Truma say they will be developing the iNet functionality and so it will be interesting to see what comes along. If only they could make the system and its functionality better known I'm sure it would gain popularity. With Swift introducing Swift Control (which does much the same but more - for example it also controls the lights) I think expectations from buyers will increase. Sorry for the long post but I hope that some will find it of interest.
  2. Can anyone give me their direct experience of filling refillable gas cylinders (Gaslow, Safefill etc..) whilst abroad, without having a dedicated fixed filling point. i.e. taking the cylinders out of a caravan or motorhome to get them filled. I have read of users being able to do this, but also some being refused in France and in Spain. If you do this, what has been your experience? I am particularly interested in other countries like Italy, Germany, Croatia and the Scandanavian countries. Thanks Simon
  3. Hi, I own a CaraOne 550 QDK and I have currently a propane bottle in the caravan. However, we are going into a site with a gas connection. However, I am wondering where can I connect the rv site gas to the caravan. I assume it's not to the same regulator I connect the bottle to as it would require the caravan frunk (front trunk?) to remain unlocked (I presume). I can't find any videos online about this so I am just looking for any comments on how to do this before going on holidays and getting stuck once I get there.
  4. Electrolux 212, works well on mains but not so good on gas. It lights easily but the flame is tiny (much smaller than I have seen before). The fridge takes nearly two days to get to temperature on gas and is then erratic at holding the temperature. Do I need o clean gas jets or something? Thank you.
  5. I'm in my second year of caravanning and have just exchanged my 6Kg Calor bottle for a fresh one. Having weighed the cylinder when I first received it and subsequently after each trip I reckon there was 0. 5Kg left. I didn't want to run out half way through cooking a meal on my up next 2 week trip. Yes, I could have purchased a second bottle but weight is an issue. My question is, can I expect to have 6Kg of usable gas in my new bottle or does the pressure drop when the cylinder is near empty? Perhaps the refills are slightly over to compensate or maybe not. Apologies if the answer is already somewhere here, but I can't seem to find an answer. I was going to phone or email Calor but that doesn't appear to be easy. Their website gives an address to write to or a phone number to contact a local dealer. I asked the supplying dealer but he didn't know. Hopefully somebody around here knows from experience. Thanks, Jeff
  6. Hi, Looking for some help with switching our water heater from gas to electric (leisure battery) as we are not sure how to do it. Is there a switch to do this? We have a Coachman Amara 500/5 2000. We have no hot water currently. Any suggestions appreciated.
  7. Hi, I'm in the process of getting the caravan ship shape for summer and thought I would give the fridge a once over. It's an old Electrolux RM212 & runs fine on hook up, but I have never been able to get it going on gas. I followed a tutorial to clean out the jet / burner / flue and reinstalled the fridge, gave it a go and hey presto - it worked! Whilst turning it off and packing up my tools, I could smell a faint whiff of gas so I pulled the fridge back out of its hole, got a spray bottle of soapy water, found the leak and got it sorted - all good, apart from then the fridge wouildn't light again! I can light it at the back with a match, and it will stay lit - so gas supply / valve and thermo-coupler seem fine, which leads me to think its the electric igniter. I was thinking maybe the contacts were dirty and needed cleaning up, but it worked to light the fridge on the first go, so not sure. about that. Then I thought maybe some of the soapy water may have gotten inside the igniter module - so I left it a few days to dry, came back today and switched it on. The light on the rocker switch flickers, and several rapid clicks can be heard as the piezo fires. But this clicking slows to a stop, then nothing. If I had the gas turned on it would have lit for sure, but the intermittent nature of it is really bugging me. I'm going to be going to a few places this summer where EHU isn't an option and need this to be working reliably. Its obviously got electricity and the contacts must be OK or it wouldn't work at all - so why is it so temperamental? Parts are not so cheap so I'd rather not change them through a process of elimination until I get to the right one! Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? Any help or nuggets of wisdom appreciated! Thanks Brew
  8. Hi I'm totally new to all this caravan stuff and dealing with an old caravan so please bear with me. I am trying to get the gas working for use with the cooker only. I have switched from Butane to Propane due to the cold weather, the gas is coming through on the cooker but it's very weak. Do I need to change the regulator for Propane? It has a mounted 30 mbar regulator already, new canister and hose. Trying to work out the problem, any advice would be appreciated! Thanks, JP
  9. Can't seem to find a way to attach the pipe to this point - it's different to the one on our previous Sterling. Didn't want to force anything and risk break something. Anyone have experience of this type and can advise?
  10. I have searched and searched but cannot find John Wickersham's video of calculating the amount of gas left in a cylinder using the tare tag info. (Hope that makes some sense) Can anyone point me at it please?
  11. Sorry, but the more I trawl through, and try searches in the gas threads the more confused I am getting. There certainly seems to be some negative comments about Calor but having been away from caravanning for some time I am so out of date. Anyway, my 'van came with a 6kg red propane cylinder and I am planning to "hire" another cylinder and "buy" the gas within. Is that right? The reason, if I am off grid and the gas runs out, I would like the luxury of switching over to another and can afford the extra weight. So, how much should I expect to pay for another full 6kg cylinder or is there a completely different path I should tread. Final thought, this year is UK local but next year we are hoping to spend several months in Spain. Thank you. Edit: fat finger typos
  12. This is going to be a really newbie question, I am planning to be "off grid" ie without EHU and wanted to know when running the Carver Cascade on gas, would i leave it on all the time? Does it have a system to light the burner and extinguish it as and when needed or once lit does it just burn all the time? If i leave it on will it use a lot of gas? Sorry for the newbie questions
  13. Went into my local engineering supplier yesterday to change 2 13kg propanes only to be told they don't have any in stock. I asked if this was due to the holidays but he said no Calor are restricting us to only 2 bottles at a time. Next delivery is Monday so I will be back on Monday but the fact they are limiting stock and offering cash back on empties does suggest that there is a country wide shortage of bottles. Ian
  14. We have a 2006 Sterling Europa 520 from new. It has been regularly serviced. Every now and again over past 5 year, gas has not got through to the oven/hob, then inexplicably starts working again. It works 95% of the time. It may be the microswitch in the hob lid, but there is no rhyme or reason why it should be. We always set up and pack away in the same way. Sometimes, it appears just moving the van sorts the problem. Now its has got to be an issue with me. I have changed the gas bottle and regulator, checked gas is getting to the manifold inside the van, which it is. After that I am at a loss as to why the fridge, space heater, hob and oven will not light. I have been through Forums and read the Haynes manual, but nothing suggests what to do next. Please can you give us some advice and help. Many thanks. John Keith
  15. Went away at Easter & all was well, however have come away this weekend & . ..! Both the heater & hot water will not stay on! The heater has the initial ignition butt when I come to turn on after 10 seconds it goes our, gas appears to be there. The hot water behaves them same. The fridge however is ok as is the hob & oven. Any suggestions would be a help.
  16. We have just bought a 2012 Bailey Olympus 460/2 caravan. We are new to caravanning and are still working our way through all the appliances, the handbook, etc. We haven't taken the van out as yet. I'm wondering where the gas heater is located. Is it in the hot water tank itself? Also, in the handbook, it says to remove the outside cowl cover when using gas to heat the water. Am I right in thinking that this cowl only needs to be removed when the gas heater is use, but not when other gas appliances are in use, such as the cooker, hob or heater? Many thanks.
  17. candlefish

    Swing it upwards

    From the album: Hobby Excellent 540 Ufe 2015

    I didn't know that I wanted an up-swinging gas locker door until I saw this. The old one used to drip rain on my neck.

    © D Candlish

  18. My U3 Vigo fridge is really quite (not quiet) noisy when running on gas - it has a right roar from the burner which is annoying to say the least. Anyone else care to rehearse their experience - is this just a 'normal' sound due to the fact that the fridge is somewhat larger than I am used to
  19. Emptied one of my gas bottles on Saturday morning so visited the local caravan site to get a new calorlite, guess what? Calor do not distribute calorlites in Northern Ireland. The site were very good and have given me a loan of an ordinary 6kg, which we will use as we are not on EHU, to be returned on Tuesday. The site owner said he is frequently asked for them but Calor will not stock them. Ian
  20. Hello guys I have a 1969 baily caravan im restoring. Im nearly finished with the kitchen area and just cleaned the vintage B600 super calor gas oven, but for the life of me I cant remember or figure out how the lid fixes on. All the bolts and screws have been replaced with new ones and this is all i have left. Can anybody help? Many Thank Andy
  21. Hello everyone, Just bought a Lunar Premiere 417 (1995). Drove up the road in some severe wind and weather and looks like I've lost a couple of bits. I noticed there is a flue comes out of the roof (See attached photo). Anyone any idea what should be covering this. Done several searches online and nothing is coming up, and yes the roof could do with a clean Any help or point in the right direction for spare parts, much appreciated, regards,
  22. Hi I have an old caravan, Kanus 530. I'm renovating it and it doesn't have a hob or oven at the moment. Can anyone give me advice about gas cookers? I'd like one that's about 40-50cm deep and 60cm high. I've heard some ovens are more efficient than others. What make would you recommend that really does cook things in the oven rather than just heating up ready cooked meals? I've heard that the milibar pressure can make a different to the efficiency of the oven. because its an old caravan I guess it's 28 not 30 milibar pipe work. Do I have to get a 28 milibar pressure compatible oven or can I get anything? Because I'm renovating the caravan the pipe work is accessible. Is it simple to change the pipe work to 30 milibars if need be? I'll be living in the caravan (it's not just a holiday home) so I'd like a good cooker. Thanks Abi
  23. Hello all, This is my first posting so hi to everyone and I need to ask a question!We recently bought an Elddis Supreme 2 berth caravan which is a dealer special based on the Avante. The question I have is on the external gas tap connector. On our previous caravan a 2 berth Swift the bbq point was a quick release type and I thought the point on our new an was identical. How wrong was I ? It looks the same,but it won't push up and there is insufficient room to connect our existing pigtail into it even if it did push up as there is not enough room as the bottom of the housing is in the way. I am completely mystified! I am obviously missing something completely or it has been fitted incorrectly. As the dealer we purchased from is up north a good 4 hours away I'm not quite sure how to proceed with resolving this! Any ideas fellow caravanners? All answers gratefully received! K 😳
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    Anyone know of reports concerning caravan fires caused by fridges running off gas. First day of holiday van completely destroyed by fire. From witness reports appears to have started at fridge. Caravan 2000 Abbey with Electrolux fridge. After 20yrs with caravans now reluctant to get another until we work out what may have gone wrong.
  25. Hi all, maybe a silly question. I have a 2011 Bailey Unicorn Barcelona and have noticed that there is no yellow tap below the regulator to shut off the gas supply. The regulator is a Clesse type. Is this normal please? The manual states to turn the gas off on the yellow tap below the regulator but I don't have one! Any ideas please?
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