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5-year fluid standard in all Alde-equipped UK caravans

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As you may be aware, Alde and our user base (possibly you amongst them) have been keen for UK caravan manufacturers to fill with a 5-year heating fluid as standard, for many years.

 

We're very pleased to announce that for 2020 MY onwards all UK caravan* manufacturers will fill with the same spec 5-year heating fluid.

 

To facilitate this change in industry practice, Alde UK carefully vetted a range of heating fluid products, each conforming to VW TL-774-J specification (more commonly known by the product code G13).

 

This process created a list of Alde-approved heating fluid products, shown below.

 

  • Alde Premium G13 Antifreeze [Pre-mixed/ready to use]
  • Comma Xstream GG40 [Concentrate]
  • Fuchs Maintain Fricofin V [Concentrate]
  • VW Branded G13 Coolant [Pre-mixed/ready to use]

 

For end users, this should remove any confusion about what to top up with. i.e., Any of the above.

 

All Alde-approved heating fluid products are magenta in colour, protect down to -35 degrees Celsius when properly mixed, and provide 5-year corrosion protection.

 

Alde then partnered with Fuchs Lubricants UK to produce and supply an exclusive product to UK caravan manufactuers and dealers. Fuchs Maintain Fricofin V 50, a ready to use variant of their concentrated product, pre-mixed 50:50 with deionised water.

 

This initiative will have huge comparative benefits for our end users and the environment.

 

Environment

 

  • The Alde-approved heating fluid is delivered to UK caravan manufacturers in Intermediate Bulk Containers, that are collected and reused when empty, reducing plastic waste where drums were used previously.
  • Alde-approved heating fluid uses 20% glycerin in its base, reducing the amount of monoethylene glycol required to produce and dispose of.
  • Over 7 years of ownership, Alde-approved heating fluid's longer life immediately cuts the amount disposed of by 66% compared to the blue 2-year fluid preferred by the industry in the past.

 

End User

 

  • Not only does Alde-approved heating fluid meet strict criteria for performance and quality, with direct supply to UK caravan manufacturers and dealers, mixing takes place in dedicated, quality controlled facilities. Less chance of problems down the line.
  • Each new Alde system will be filled with Alde-approved heating fluid, so top up with Alde-approved heating fluid. It's all magenta in colour. Less chance of confusion.
  • Over 7 years of ownership, Alde-approved heating fluid's longer life equates to only one fluid change, rather than three for the blue 2-year fluid preferred by the industry in the past. Much less cost!

 

Alde thanks you CaravanTalkers who have shared your opinion on this subject over the years. It's an out-and-out improvement that we hope everyone can get behind.

 

Note: Travelling abroad? Perhaps you're in Australasia with an imported UK caravan, and are wondering where to buy Alde-approved heating fluid? Visit any car dealership in the Volkswagen Group, they should have their VW Branded G13 Coolant on stock. (If ever you wanted an excuse to walk into your local Lamboghini dealer!)

 

*Also includes UK motorhome manufacturers.

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At last common sense, just two years late for me!

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Just now, xtrailman said:

At last common sense, just two years late for me!

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Great result Alde UK.

 

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Great result - now all Alde needs to do is to get caravan makers to adopt the Alde guidelines on installation of convectors to allow the correct amount of air to circulate - keep up the pressure Alde!

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How good it is to know that at least one of the companies doing business with us is respectful of our needs. Environmentally good news too. Well done Alde.

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Not before time is it! Still, better late than never. 

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one year late for me though.

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Well done ALDE!

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Thank you for responding to customer needs - a listening company, much appreciated.

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On 24/07/2019 at 16:03, Alde UK said:
  • only one fluid change, rather than three for the blue 2-year fluid preferred by the industry in the past. Much less cost!

 

Over the quoted 7 years of caravan ownership,  exactly the same cost:   as it is only one change of fluid (from 2 year to 5 year). ;)  

 

Those who change caravan at 5 years old may now get a dealer 'cost of fluid change' reduction in trade-in valuation on top of the new tyres reduction?

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Some people are never happy are they.

I'm hoping to keep mine 10 years...

 

And for those changing every three that a saving also.

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