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Driving with the Gas on

Richard
 

In another post Ernie wrote:-
Although it used to be that while one could not drive with the Truma
running in the UK, one could do so in Europe. Has that changed?

AFAIK you need something like the Truma CS regulator and hoses with hose
rupture protection. It all ends up too pricey for me so cylinders are
turned off when driving.

Richard


Re: airconditioning

Ernest Bull
 

On 19 Jul 2020, at 06:54, Sandytrax <brianinspain12@...> wrote:

Now in Athens I realise we could do with air conditioning!
We have a Roadpro fan which helps but not enough.
I found this on a google search:
https://totalcool.co.uk/product/totalcool-portable-evaporative-air-cooler/

I found this quote, which just about sums up the problem;

Evaporative coolers can be very effective on hot days, just as long as they are dry hot days. On those sweltering hot humid days, it's best just to run the fan only inside or you'll have a steam room inside – the air conditioning industry doesn't call evaporative coolers 'swampies' for no reason.

Modern weather stations give instant readings of RH or Relative Humidity, so switch off the spray function when the RH hits 60 or 70% and stop making matters worse.

I had a solar panel and cab air-con and so I developed summer and winter strategies;

In summer, I did any driving in the afternoon both to keep cool and comfortable and take the heat out of the van's interior. In winter, a hook-up could keep the Truma going 24/7, but if no hook-up, I would rely on the sun to run the Truma during the day and do my driving at night to charge the battery and cook the interior with cab heat. (Although it used to be that while one could not drive with the Truma running in the UK, one could do so in Europe. Has that changed?

HTH
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ErnB


Re: airconditioning

Jenny Wilson
 

The only thing is that it is putting water vapor into your homer making it damp. 

On 19 Jul 2020 06:54, Sandytrax <brianinspain12@...> wrote:

Now in Athens I realise we could do with air conditioning!
We have a Roadpro fan which helps but not enough.
I found this on a google search:
https://totalcool.co.uk/product/totalcool-portable-evaporative-air-cooler/


It’s not cheap at around £330 but might do the job.
There is a company in Athens that sells them.

cheers
Brian



Re: Greece

Carol Weaver
 

So pleased everything went well for your return. Such a relief for you I’m sure but also glad the Motorhome is in a good state. 

Will you continually on sites for a/c?  Generally speaking trying to acclimatise is better and use cool (damp) sheets at night.  If sites then a/c good option.  

We have a Fantastic Fan and find that works. Need it on and also another roof vent open so it sucks air in but allows the movement of air. There again I wouldn’t be in Greece in those temperatures!!

Enjoy your trip and keep us up to date

A good app (free) for friends to follow you is Polarsteps.  

Carol 

On Sun, 19 Jul 2020 at 06:47, Sandytrax <brianinspain12@...> wrote:

So here we are at Camping Athens.
Everything went very well with the EasyJet flight. Mask wearing on an almost full plane but no testing either at Bristol or Athens. All that we had to do was wave our Passenger Location forms to prove we had completed them. 

The parking company picked us up at Athens airport within minutes and took us a short distance to the parking compound. 

The parking company jump started the vehicle battery and we were on our way!


4 months parking undercover for £200 was a bargain. EParking - excellent company, part of Europcar.

Extremely hot at up to 35C and 25 at night.
So I’m researching air conditioning units!
See ‘air conditioning ‘ thread. 

Camping Athens is a fair size maybe 60 pitches. Only 6 vans here - 5 German and one Chech.
The staff are very helpful and are cleaning everything regularly.


Off to the beach!
cheers
Brian

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Re: airconditioning

Sandytrax
 

Now in Athens I realise we could do with air conditioning!
We have a Roadpro fan which helps but not enough.
I found this on a google search:
https://totalcool.co.uk/product/totalcool-portable-evaporative-air-cooler/


It’s not cheap at around £330 but might do the job.
There is a company in Athens that sells them.

cheers
Brian


Re: Greece

Sandytrax
 

So here we are at Camping Athens.
Everything went very well with the EasyJet flight. Mask wearing on an almost full plane but no testing either at Bristol or Athens. All that we had to do was wave our Passenger Location forms to prove we had completed them. 

The parking company picked us up at Athens airport within minutes and took us a short distance to the parking compound. 

The parking company jump started the vehicle battery and we were on our way!


4 months parking undercover for £200 was a bargain. EParking - excellent company, part of Europcar.

Extremely hot at up to 35C and 25 at night.
So I’m researching air conditioning units!
See ‘air conditioning ‘ thread. 

Camping Athens is a fair size maybe 60 pitches. Only 6 vans here - 5 German and one Chech.
The staff are very helpful and are cleaning everything regularly.


Off to the beach!
cheers
Brian


Re: Sat Navs

Alan Morris
 

On Sat, 18 Jul 2020 at 15:08, Bennett Family via groups.io
<martin.bennett47=me.com@groups.io> wrote:

Further to my Sat Nav test - route from St Austel to Pentewan I see this campsite sees the need to highlight the problem.
I recall many years ago while travelling in the motorhome close to the
River Seven, seeing large signs about not entering a narrow lane due
to Sat Nav instructions.

The lane stopped at the edge of the river, where a foot passenger
ferry operated to the opposite bank.

Alan


Sat Navs

Bennett Family
 

Further to my Sat Nav test - route from St Austel to Pentewan I see this campsite sees the need to highlight the problem.



Martin Bennett


Re: New Stay-the-Night sites in Scotland.

kenny.macdougall
 

From: motorhome-list@groups.io [mailto:motorhome-list@groups.io] On Behalf Of Andy Clarke
Sent: 17 July 2020 11:26
To: motorhome-list@groups.io
Subject: Re: [motorhome-list] New Stay-the-Night sites in Scotland.

 

This has been in development for a while, the launch was held up due to the lockdown. It's a trial, with the agreement of the Scottish Government, ending in December, after which it will be assessed. 

 

My email to the address on the website also bounced, I've reported it to my contact within Forestry and Land Scotland.

 

We're off to Scotland next week so will visit some of the locations, we have used a few of them on previous occasions.

 

Andy Clarke

 

On Fri, 17 Jul 2020 at 07:52, Bennett Family via groups.io <martin.bennett47=me.com@groups.io> wrote:


Re: New Stay-the-Night sites in Scotland.

Andy Clarke
 

This has been in development for a while, the launch was held up due to the lockdown. It's a trial, with the agreement of the Scottish Government, ending in December, after which it will be assessed. 

My email to the address on the website also bounced, I've reported it to my contact within Forestry and Land Scotland.

We're off to Scotland next week so will visit some of the locations, we have used a few of them on previous occasions.

Andy Clarke

On Fri, 17 Jul 2020 at 07:52, Bennett Family via groups.io <martin.bennett47=me.com@groups.io> wrote:


Re: Need a Sat-Nav?

Buff and Hugh
 

Thanks, Alan.


Re: New Stay-the-Night sites in Scotland.

Paul and Merle
 

Thanks Martin looks a good site.


On Fri, 17 Jul 2020, 07:52 Bennett Family via groups.io, <martin.bennett47=me.com@groups.io> wrote:


New Stay-the-Night sites in Scotland.

Bennett Family
 


Re: Need a Sat-Nav?

Alan Morris
 

On Thu, 16 Jul 2020 at 20:53, Buff via groups.io
<huffbuffforums=googlemail.com@groups.io> wrote:

How easy is it to export/import POIs between the Garmin and a spreadsheet? Is that done via BaseCamp? (Perhaps your links will tell me?)
Hugh I prefer to use GPSBabel

<https://www.gpsbabel.org/>

for conversions.

It has a Windows graphical interface, but as an old DOS user, I prefer
to use it's Command Line interface. This means that I can use Batch
files. So clicking on 'GPSBabel CSV to GPX - V2·00.bat', all .csv
files in that folder are converted to .gpx. I have a few other format
conversion Batch files. I make many sets using Excel and open them in
BaseCamp, then into the 276Cx.

I also use an online conversion program with Excel. I type into Excel
many UK Postcodes. Convert to Lat/long on-line and then add the
result into Excel.

Alan.


Re: Need a Sat-Nav?

Buff and Hugh
 

Thanks very much, Alan.

How easy is it to export/import POIs between the Garmin and a spreadsheet? Is that done via BaseCamp? (Perhaps your links will tell me?)

Hugh


Re: Need a Sat-Nav?

Alan Morris
 

On Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 12:02 PM, M Stevenson wrote:

OziExplorer OS maps
I've also been a power user of OziExporer, which has a number of
support programs for producing and manipulating maps. Alas it's now
no longer being supported, but the older versions still work very
well. I have many GBs of OziEx maps covering the whole of Europe.

I had an old set of MM OS maps when it was possible to export the OS
maps in a format used by OziEx. But the current MM OS maps can't be
converted. I have the full set of MM 2020 OS maps, which as well as
working on Windows, also runs on my old iPad. I eventually found a
good use for the iPad with these maps! The iPad fits very well in the
Hymer above dash lift-up support for moving map display with a visible
track display.

Alan.


Re: Need a Sat-Nav?

Alan Morris
 

On Wed, 15 Jul 2020 at 19:47, Buff via groups.io <huffbuffforums=googlemail.com@groups.io> wrote:

> We're still using a 12 year old TomTom because when I was wondering a few years ago about a replacement I found that several of the features that we rely on had been removed.

Unfortunately this habit of removing essential features from hardware and software is most annoying.  Almost every company does it. I'll mention TomTom's decimation of their .ovr files to .ov2, removing most of the data for waypoints.  Now we have to use the bloated .gpx format.

> We make very extensive use of POIs that we create ourselves.  When I was looking it appeared that more recent versions of TomTom would not allow:
> - creation of POIs on the device (adding a selected point on the map to a user-defined category of POIs, and naming each POI)
> - exporting such POIs to a PC
> - importing sets of POIs from the PC

> Does anyone here make extensive use of user-defined POIs and itinerary planning? If so, what device and/or app do you use? And how convenient do you find it?

I've got hundreds made over many years.  Was forced to change when TomTom killed their .ovr format.

Jump a few years and I'm now using Garmin's BaseCamp.  Not the latest version, as that has removed the ability to view waypoints and tracks from selections within BaseCamp, on Google Earth.  (BC calls GE and returns, leaving both programs as they were.)

BaseCamp is not as good as the program it replaced - MapSource - as too much is missing and has not been included in BaseCamp.

I use a Garmin GPSMap 276Cx - and others.  It's an up-to-date copy of their original 276, but incorporating newer technology, where it has an advantage over the older technology.  So to mark a waypoint as one is driving past a place, one just presses the "Mark" button.

Itinerary planning is easy in BaseCamp and quickly uploaded to the GPSr.  From Garmin's website:-

More Navigation

Together with appropriate mapping GPSMAP 276Cx offers additional navigation features such as the well-known Drive-mode for on street navigation or Curvy Road routing for motor bike riders, that highlights smaller and more fun roads to ride. Used together with TOPO PRO maps, the device can select from a number of recreational routing options that choose appropriate road classes for each activity or vehicle. And for people that prefer navigation on courses and tracks the new 276Cx also provides advanced track navigation.

Read about it here:-



ExpertGPS for use with Garmin:-


Get it's manual:-


Another program I am considering buying:-



Alan.


Re: Need a Sat-Nav?

Buff and Hugh
 

On Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 12:02 PM, M Stevenson wrote:

Thanks for all that information, Max.
OziExplorer OS maps
I tried following the link relating to Ordnance Survey maps on https://www.oziexplorer4.com/maps/europe_maps.html but it the OS website gave a "502 Bad Gateway" error. Where did you get your OS maps from?

Hugh


Re: Van Respray

charlie.green@...
 

When I needed some paint work redone I also had to take it to a place that dealt with commercial repairs as the 'oven' area where they cure the paint wasn't big enough at your average car repair place.


Re: Van Respray

David McGarry
 

Hi, I took mine to a commercial lorry repairers for a spray to front and rear - they use ‘proper paint’ not the water based rubbish that car sprayers have to use.
Dave

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