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Re: [MH-list] Useful Auxiliary Engine

Fredthegaffer <fredthegaffer@...>
 

Ern
Thanks for trying to help. However I would see this as a false economy due to the excessive wear on my brakes. :p
Regards
Fred

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From: "ErnB" <ernest@ebull5.orangehome.co.uk>
To: <motorhome-list@yahoogroups.co.uk>
Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2008 12:03 PM
Subject: [MH-list] Useful Auxiliary Engine


Pop one of these on a trailer, Fred, and you would be able to run a really
big generator and keep those batteries up to full power.

http://tinyurl.com/nkfre

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Re: What choice of well-equipped 4WD campervan?

beachguildd
 

I don't know what happened there - Yahoo deleted all my text - I'll try
again!

Horizons Unlimited offer a 4WD version of the Cavarno2 and Cavarno4. We
have had a Cavarno4 (Front Wheel Drive version) for 4 years now and
have been delighted with it and by the dealer, Roy Wood Transits. See
http://www.horizons-unlimited.co.uk/cavarno2/index.html
The only thing is the 4WD option doesn't come cheap, it was some £6000
to £7000 more last time I enquired about a year ago.

I have managed to get the Cavarno stuck a couple of times in mud and
sand, we also have a Mazda Bongo which was with us on both occasions
and didn't get stuck at all!!

We are upgrading our Cavarno now for an Autosleepers Windsor coachbuilt
(RWD) because eldest daughter has outgrown the upper bunk on the
Cavarno, otherwise I'd love to have a 4WD version.

--- In motorhome-list@yahoogroups.co.uk, "Dave Lewis" <dave@...> wrote:


Re: What choice of well-equipped 4WD campervan?

beachguildd
 

--- In motorhome-list@yahoogroups.co.uk, Pet Human <pethuman@...>
wrote:

I have been looking for a while at getting a campervan or small
motorhome. Not just a summer weekend vehicle, but something capable
of
being used away from campsites and in wet weather, whilst still
being
reasonably manoeuvrable.

I don't need a huge white box: there's only me and my dog, and one
woman+hound doesn't need acres of space. I do want a well-insulated
vehicle with a decent heater, and preferably with double-glazed side
windows to reduce condensation, enough water storage to last a few
days
with careful use, and a bit of storage. I need a double bed where my
small dog can stretch out beside his human hot water bottle, and
while I
don't mind a fold-out bed, I do want something where I can use the
loo
at night without having to dismantle the bed. I'd like a shower,
but
that may not be achievable in a compact vehicle, so I could make do
with
a sink with a hot water tap.

The problem I find is that this sort of spec sits in between two
fairly
well-defined genres: the weekend campervan (usually with very little
tankage and a fold-out double bed which takes most of the
floorspace)
and the coachbuilt motorhome, which is usually a much larger
vehicle.
Crucially, nearly all coachbuilts are significantly wider than than
the
vans on which they are based, making them a bit of a handful in
tight
spaces.

The compromise genre which I thought would provide the answer was
the
panel van conversion. There's wide choice of sizes, from the
deliciously
compact Romahome Dimension up to long wheelbase hightops like the
Timberland models. They are usefully narrower than the
coachbuilts, can
be disguised as an ordinary van, and

However, nearly all of these panel van conversions share a problem
common to the coachbuilts, in that they are front-wheel drive.
Great on
the road, great for providing a low floor inside, but pretty
useless in
slippery conditions. I have tried one, and it struggled on wet
grass; a
friend camping in France in October watched several of them getting
stuck when they tried to move off flat grass pitches ... and since I
don't intend to make much use of campsites, that's no good for me.

I think that rear-wheel drive might do better in marginal
conditions,
since a camper tends to carry a lot of weight at the back, often
overhanging the rear axle, but 4-wheel-drive would be better.
However,
I can find no 4WD panel van conversions currently in production,
and the
only RWD van I have found is the Mercedes Sprinter-based La Strada
Regent (very nice, but very expensive, even secondhand). Ford does
make
an AWD Transit van in various sizes, but I can't find anyone
building a
campervan on it.

So far, all the 4WD options seem to be secondhand and Japanese. In
some
ways, that's good, because I like the reliability of Japanese
vehicles,
but the choice is limited. At the lower end of the scale we have
the
Mazda Bongo and Toyota Granvia, which are great vans but a bit
small.
Stepping up a notch, all that seems to be available is the Toyota
Hiace.
Thoroughly reliable, but most of those available seem to have
rather
poor interior designs: even those that are big enough to hold a
shower
etc still seem to be converted minibuses with single-glazed
windows, and
the cab-forward design means no walkthrough from the front seats.

My needs may be unusual, but I'm sure that they are not unique.
Are the
really no other alternatives, or have I missed something? At the
moment, I think that a hi-roof Toyota Hiace will be my best bet,
but I'd
welcome any other suggestions.


Re: [MH-list] stolen motorhome

Carol Weaver
 

Mike, I would at least have thought your pets would have been thrown out and
someone take them in....you must feel devastated and it is all made worse
when in a foreign country and with the language barrier..... Have you
managed by any chance to get the media, be it tv, papers involved, at least
then your pets may come to light...?

Carol

2008/11/5 Michael Hambleton <mikehambleton@btinternet.com>

Hi Fred and all,

Well,

Nothing so far as of 15.47 5/11/2008.

No van no pets no gear.

But thanks to every one who has responded to our plight.

Regards,

Mike H.


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Re: [MH-list] stolen motorhome

Michael Hambleton
 

Hi Fred and all,
 
Well,
 
Nothing so far as of 15.47 5/11/2008.
 
No van no pets no gear.

But thanks to every one who has responded to our plight.
 
Regards,
 
Mike H.
 


 





Any news on this???
Fred















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Useful Auxiliary Engine

ErnB
 

Pop one of these on a trailer, Fred, and you would be able to run a really
big generator and keep those batteries up to full power.

http://tinyurl.com/nkfre

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Bristol


Re: [SPAM?]Re: [MH-list] Lille Christmas Markets

Ernest <ernb@...>
 

On 5/11/08 10:19, "Neill King (MH-List)" <yahoo@motorcaravanning.co.uk>
wrote:

I'd talk to the local Marie's office or tourist office nearer
the time - our experience of this during festivals has been very good.
I could not tell you the name of the Bristol mayor, and yet I have met
several in France, for they are strictly the "hands-on" sort. Twice I have
been asked for my opinion of the town, its aire and of the facilities for
camping-cars.

Imagine that happening in England.

Witness my reception in Weston-s-Mare.
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Bristol


Re: [SPAM?]Re: [MH-list] Lille Christmas Markets

Neill King \(MH-List\)
 

I don't know the story with Lille but it is common in France to close all
the central parking and aires during a big 'bash' (they're used for the bash
itself and for parking the vehicles directly involved).

But being France they usually set up temporary car parks elsewhere, often
including one or more for camping cars. When we did the Mimosa festivals on
the coast they set up temporary overnight parking for over 300 camping cars.
If I were you I'd talk to the local Marie's office or tourist office nearer
the time - our experience of this during festivals has been very good.


Best regards

Neill
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Re: [MH-list] Which is best?

Fredthegaffer <fredthegaffer@...>
 

I have a dealer special version of the Elddis 200, bought new on a Boxer in 2004.
Just after I bought it I was disappointed in the build quality. Reporting my disappointment to Barrons I was told that perhaps I expected rather too much for my 25k
But I have been living in it permanently for 2 years now and apart from the gilting flaking off one of the cupboard handles, the sealant from around the sink needing replacing and a few other minor problems, It's still in great shape inside.
I'm surprised but pleased to how it's stood up to constant use.
Saying that, some of the minor problems seemed bigger at the time as it was my first new van, and it was brand new. Looking back they really weren't big problems.
Prices for replacements for things vary a lot too. 7 or less for the valve for my fresh water tank, 11 for a new door hinge. However a replacement fibreglass rear bumper is a whopping 475 and it was almost 300 for the small window above the cab.
I think you';ll find good and bad points with all vans no matter what you choose. I wouldn't know where to start if I was looking at another one and would probbaly make the decision again in the same way as last time....I picked this van for it's layout.
HTH
Regards
Fred

----- Original Message -----
From: "B WEBB" <woodlake21rry@btinternet.com>
To: <motorhome-list@yahoogroups.co.uk>
Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2008 7:48 PM
Subject: Re: [MH-list] Which is best?


Budget? We'll probably do what we always do, like something and then
spend the kids inheritance, they can argue it out amongst themselves
when we're gaga and in a home.
We have provided a certain amount in trusts so it won't be quite as
bad as it sounds I add in self-defence.

On 4 Nov 2008, at 18:44, Carol Weaver wrote:

Incidentally what you have failed to specify, is your budget...




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Re: [MH-list] Alde engine heat exchanger?

Andy Clarke <andy@...>
 

On 04/11/2008 23:33, calypso155 wrote:
Hi All,
Has anyone got an Alde engine heat exchanger setup? Does it work well?
I am looking into the supply and fitting of an Alde engine heat exchanger setup (see: http://tinyurl.com/64rlmj) to a 2006/06 Frankia T7300 GD Mercedes Sprinter 416 based motorhome? The motorhome is fitted with an Alde 3000 compact boiler / wet heating system.
The idea of such a setup is to be able to use the engine heat / coolant to transfer / exchange heat to the motorhome living area whilst we are driving during the winter months. Also if we ever get round to going skiing in a van to somewhere like Sweden then we could use the Alde boiler to protect the engine against extreme freezing.
I am having difficulty in finding an Alde agent that is knowledgable and confident about quoting for and undertaking this job. I would consider a DIY installation if it was feasible. Does anyone have any advice on this?
We have a similar system with our Webasto wet heating system except that at the moment there is no hot water storage. The Webasto circuit is integrated into the engine cooling system and the heat exchanger provides hot water on demand as long as the Webasto is running. I'm shortly going to change that by fitting a Surecal calorifier which will give us 22l of hot water storage, heated either by the Webasto, the engine, or an immersion heater.

The Alde installation doesn't look too difficult, I imagine the trickiest part will be connecting up to the engine cooling system and routing the pipework.

Andy Clarke
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Re: [MH-list] What choice of well-equipped 4WD campervan?

Ernest <ernb@...>
 

On 5/11/08 09:01, "Don Madge" <don.madge@tiscali.co.uk> wrote:

In the desert we used strips of PSP if and when we got stuck. Brilliant
stuff but a bit heavy for the average motorhome. Not sure how well they
would work in mud though.
I took the kids to watch the aeroplanes at Heathrow, and parked my Rover 90
on the wide grass verge along the A30. Along with a whole load of others.
Came time to get home for dinner and everyone was stuck in the mud. Some up
to their axles.

But it was in the good old days - and I was a lot younger. Took the spark
plugs out, put it in reverse and wound it out with the starting handle. I
still remember how easy it was.
--
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Bristol


Re: [MH-list] What choice of well-equipped 4WD campervan?

Don Madge <don.madge@...>
 

On Wed 05 November 2008 08:44 Barry wrote

When I was doing a lot with land rovers we used to carry some metal
grills that we could put down in front of, or behind, as appropriate,
with a length of wire attached to the vehicle so that when we got
moving we didn't have to go back for them , just pick them up when we
were on reasonable ground.
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In the desert we used strips of PSP if and when we got stuck. Brilliant
stuff but a bit heavy for the average motorhome. Not sure how well they
would work in mud though.

Don


Re: [MH-list] What choice of well-equipped 4WD campervan?

B WEBB <woodlake21rry@...>
 

When I was doing a lot with land rovers we used to carry some metal
grills that we could put down in front of, or behind, as appropriate,
with a length of wire attached to the vehicle so that when we got
moving we didn't have to go back for them , just pick them up when we
were on reasonable ground.

Cheers

Barry Webb

On 5 Nov 2008, at 07:21, W3526602@aol.com wrote:

The answer is not to dig in. Once you know you are in trouble, drop
the
clutch. Then try to reverse out along your own tracks. But stop as
soon as it
becomes obvious that you ain't going to move.


Re: [MH-list] Testing

Ernest <ernb@...>
 

On 4/11/08 16:45, "Don Madge" <don.madge@tiscali.co.uk> wrote:

Yes I'm here in a very wet and dismal East Yorkshire. It has not stopped
raining all day.
Left a sunny Bristol yesterday (Monday) to visit in Kent. The last 125 miles
were in solid, drizzly, fog. Headlights and foglights on at midday. Worse
coming home. The roads around M2, 20, 25 and 26 were gridlocked. It was
either just heavy traffic or silly accidents.

And, at long, long, last, *some* of those M'way signs are actually working.
The problem now seems to be keeping the information up to date. From Reading
onwards we were getting notice of a serious incident and delays on the M25
Jnct 8 to 10. Even when we were approaching Jnct 8 - which was clear. No
signs of any problem there.

The same coming home. Sign after sign warning of congestion because of an
accident between Jnct 15 (For M4) and 16. Approaching Junct 15, the limit
signs were off and traffic was flowing far more freely than usual.

7 weeks and 6 days to the "OFF"
Have a good one, Don.
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Re: [MH-list] What choice of well-equipped 4WD campervan?

W3526602@...
 

In a message dated 04/11/2008 23:37:04 GMT Standard Time,
lists.reg@googlemail.com writes:

Getting out in 4x4 after the 4x2 has done the digging in, is not so
easy.



Hi,

The answer is not to dig in. Once you know you are in trouble, drop the
clutch. Then try to reverse out along your own tracks. But stop as soon as it
becomes obvious that you ain't going to move.

602


Re: [MH-list] What choice of well-equipped 4WD campervan?

Reg <lists.reg@...>
 

Posted by: "Ron Sutton" ronvsutton@mac.com ronvsutton

I have seen (and been impressed by) the efforts of PRV, which I have
seen at shows and mentioned in Motorcaravan mags. They use Landrover
and Toyota 4WD chassis. I wonder if they keep in touch with their
customers and know (or facilitate) when they want to sell on.
PRV closed down about 5 -7 years ago. Their quality of work was very
good and ideal for a demountable to be used in summer for the odd
weekend. But their insulation was not as good as I later discovered on
German products.

Although operating from the same town as Land Rover (Solihull) they had
no connection with Land Rover. Interestingly, their main base vehicle
was Tata pickups, who now own Land Rover.

As for the other suggestions, like use a Tirfor, the OP is a lady on her
own (+dog) and having been trained in the use of Tirfors and used them
safely, I'd not recommend them for MH use.

They are very heavy, in part due to their use of a steel rope.

I had planed to buy one for our 4x4 MH, but discovered that the weight
of an electric winch with a plastic rope was a similar weight (we have a
very large payload, being well under 3,050KG UL). I would not have to
ever carry a Tirfor and store it. The bumper mounted winch however has
all it's weight at the very front of the vehicle - where else better on
a MH!!!

However a coil sprung Land Rover being a good 4x4, with diff-lock on the
third differential, and used correctly will be far superior. Other 4x2
part time 4x4, will often fail as they are driven into in 4x2 mode!
Getting out in 4x4 after the 4x2 has done the digging in, is not so
easy.

The Azalai is a good camper, it's dimensions are similar to mine. It
maybe ideal for the OP as it's plastic internal build would be ideal for
dogs and folk with muddy feet. But it's Thetford cupboard is not ideal
for regular use (no rude comments; please). It does however have the
advantage of being able to answer a knock on the outside door while in
use!!!

Insulation is again, summer only. The wife and I want winter luxury
even in Norway in winter so we bought a Tischer.

Reg


Alde engine heat exchanger?

calypso155 <varden@...>
 

Hi All,

Has anyone got an Alde engine heat exchanger setup? Does it work well?

I am looking into the supply and fitting of an Alde engine heat
exchanger setup (see: http://tinyurl.com/64rlmj) to a 2006/06 Frankia
T7300 GD Mercedes Sprinter 416 based motorhome? The motorhome is
fitted with an Alde 3000 compact boiler / wet heating system.

The idea of such a setup is to be able to use the engine heat /
coolant to transfer / exchange heat to the motorhome living area
whilst we are driving during the winter months. Also if we ever get
round to going skiing in a van to somewhere like Sweden then we could
use the Alde boiler to protect the engine against extreme freezing.

I am having difficulty in finding an Alde agent that is knowledgable
and confident about quoting for and undertaking this job. I would
consider a DIY installation if it was feasible. Does anyone have
any
advice on this?

Cheers, Steve V.


Re: [MH-list] Help Please - Trusted Vets in France Please

KFX <kfx@...>
 

I always use the tunnel with my three shihtzu --but have only ever paid 90 return --30 each !
I did put a couple of vets names and addresses in a previous post-- !
There is a reasonable vet in Calais that use often and parking over night is easy to find in this area !
Keith F

----- Original Message -----
From: "antoinette_upton" <antoinette_upton@yahoo.co.uk>
To: <motorhome-list@yahoogroups.co.uk>
Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2008 6:07 PM
Subject: [MH-list] Help Please - Trusted Vets in France Please


I plan to visit France (next year) as just now waiting for Pet
Passports (and mine)?? I would like to travel on Eurotunnel as I have
never been overseas before and will be taking my 2 Westie boys and
little Yorkie girl when I go.
As a newby (and a pensioner)can someone help me out with a good but
reasonable Vet in France. I also heard it will cost me 90 for the 3
dogs each way?? not sure if that is on the tunnel or the ferry.
I know you are a clever lot so know you will come up with right
information and any advice would be very greatfully received.
Also as early as it is my I wish you all a terrific Christmas


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Re: [MH-list] Which is best?

B WEBB <woodlake21rry@...>
 

Budget? We'll probably do what we always do, like something and then
spend the kids inheritance, they can argue it out amongst themselves
when we're gaga and in a home.
We have provided a certain amount in trusts so it won't be quite as
bad as it sounds I add in self-defence.

On 4 Nov 2008, at 18:44, Carol Weaver wrote:

Incidentally what you have failed to specify, is your budget...


Re: [MH-list] Which is best?

Ernest <ernb@...>
 

On 4/11/08 19:00, "Pet Human" <pethuman@gmail.com> wrote:

I know it's German; ....
But is it? My Hymer Tramp M655 was built in France on a German Mercedes
base. The balsa ply, wood effect, paper covered furniture was manufactured
in Italy. Had I paid the full price - some £53,000 or so in the UK - I would
have really peed off, but at £35,500 for a brand new bus, it's OK.

The strange thing is, when I took it to French Hymer agents for repairs
under warranty, they wanted no part of it. I was practically ordered off of
the premises and referred back to the Munich Hymer agency where I bought it.
But most of it got fixed OK and I am happy with it.

As an aside, I reckon Eura Mobil to be the best fitted out vans, with
Carthargo a very close second.
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