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Re: Insects

Darren <daz@...>
 

--- In motorhome-list@yahoogroups.com, R Cutler <r.cutler@b...> wrote:
The way I heard it was -

What was the last thing to go through Senna's mind as he hit the
brickwall - his bum
*ahem*
I think that it was a bit of suspension, a torsion bar I beleive. I
saw the crash live on TV.It was one of those events in life that will
stay with me forever. His bum stayed firmly where it should be.

Senna was one of the greatest motor racing drives this world has ever
seen. I fail to see how his death is something to laugh about.
At least he died doing what he loved.

Darren


Re: Insects

R Cutler <r.cutler@...>
 

The way I heard it was -

What was the last thing to go through Senna's mind as he hit the brickwall - his bum
*ahem*


Re: Reverse gear

Bob Ward <wardr2@...>
 

--- In motorhome-list@yahoogroups.com, "Darren" <daz@d...> wrote:
Our Talbot express based AS Harmonony (Homer) has deveolped an
annoying intermittant fault. Sometimes It refuses to go into
reverse.

I seem to remember that the Talbot range of gearboxes were prone to
premature reverse gear failure !!!

Bob


Re: [MH-list] Reverse gear

Darren <daz@...>
 

I do sense an intermittant smell of bullshit. I think this the
mechanic has just done the first thing that he thought of.
The slight slippage of the clutch was there befire it was adjusted. I
do not think that the clutch has been adjusted as it doesn't feel any
different to me.

I rand Derek at Delfin designs and he said that it was just a small
adjustmen required on a 4 inch bar on the top of the gear box. He
claims that it just a 4 minute job. The garage has had Homer for 3
days in total and tomorrow will be the fourth!

I have told the mechaninc what Derek said and the mechanic siad that
it wasn't that as if it was the problem would be there all of the
time. That is not what Derek said!!!!!!!

I have to wait for a decision from the dealer, as the salesman is off
today and he won't be in until tomorrow..... Ifind it hard to beleive
that the salesman doesn't have a boss who could make a decision.

Derek also warned me about having a clutch fitted. It's not just a
mater of fitting a clutch, there other stuff that has to be removed,
re-greased with copper slick and put back together again. I doubt very
much if this mechanic would do the whole job. If he does get the go
ahead I will inform him of the propper way to do it.... This should be
interesting :)

If, when I get Homer Back, I still have the problem, I will do dereks
suggestion myself. If that cures the problem I will ring my dealer and
let him know how simple a job it was :)

For the record the Dealer is Barry Caravans ( they have another name
when selling motorhomes). They seem a big enough company but I'm
beginning to think that they are smaller than they look.

Would I buy from them again?.... Erm probably not.

Maybe it's not them... They might be perfectly decent. Maybe it's just
the garage that is giving me this bad impression.

I'll let you know what happens
Darren
Homer less for at least one more day :(
PS, someone did ask.... Homer is a Talbot Express 2.0litre petrol.
1990 on a G plate. 17,000 miles


Reverse gear

Trevor Mace <macet416@...>
 

Darren,

Do you mean the the gearstick physically won't go the point of selection or
that it only does so with a crunch?

Trevor Mace
CI Itaca www.abacus-web.co.uk


Re: [MH-list] Reverse gear

Don Madge <donmadge@...>
 

On Wed 04 June 2003 14:31:04 Darren wrote

Our Talbot express based AS Harmonony (Homer) has deveolped an
annoying intermittant fault. Sometimes It refuses to go into reverse.
All of the other gears are fine but now and then I cannot select reverse.
===========================================================
Darren,

I suggest you contact Delfin Designs At Tel. 01202 840749.

He has an excellent reputation for sorting out Talbot/Fiat gearbox problems.

He is well know for giving advice on the telephone.
If it can be sorted Derek Findlay will fix it.

Regards
Don


Re: [MH-list] Advice on buying abroad, please.

BobbiLeFylde@...
 

hi mate... am considering the same...... I'm willing to let you have all the
info I've collected over the past year if'n you wanna exchange ideas away from
this (what seems to be) a private chat room between a dozen or so "regulars"
(some of whom, nevertheless, have been helpful). I fly to Hamburg in sept.
with £10/15,000 to peruse the market. Privately, I'll let you know how I fare.
regards


Re: [MH-list] Reverse gear

Darren <daz@...>
 

--- In motorhome-list@yahoogroups.com, "Edwards, Kerry"
<kerry.edwards@r...> wrote:

Does it grind when trying to get it in reverse?
Sometimes, but not always. When it won't go in it just won't go in.
But occasionally it will grind a little before it selects.


Can you get it in reverse with the engine
off?
No. When it wont go in it makes no difference if I turn the engine off.


Can you get it in reverse using just the shaft at the transmission
with the linkage disconnected?
I haven't tried yet. I'll wait for the garge to finish messing around
with it before I have a go.

I don't get the usual "knucles hitting the dash" that is normally a
good sign of linkage wear.

A Peugot mechanic told me that the problem could be the reverse idler
gear playing up, but he wouldn't have thought so after only 17,000
mile, even if the van is 13 years old.

All of the other gears are fine. It goes through the box very easily.
There is little play in the gear stick (no more than in any long
stick). I never have to stir the box or anything that normally show wear.


Darren


Re: [MH-list] Reverse gear

Simon Whitehead
 

Hi,
I remember talking to Derek of Delfin Designs (Modified Gearchanges) about the clutch and he said that they have a tendency to go suddenly. The typical case would be the need to adjust the clutch, then again a few days later, and then again. Soon there would be no adjustment left. 60,000 miles is what he reckons the norm is. It is worth remembering that the machine is always fully loaded.

This concversation took place when Derek replaced my somewhat sloppy gearchange for his uprated design. Very tight and car-like it is. He showed me the old linkage and there were a number of not-so hairline cracks in it which looked as if they would cause me problems soon. One of those problems might be failing to fine a gear.

You could do worse than to give Derek a ring at Delfin. The number is in any of the MMM mags (not to hand here at the mo.)

Simon

On Wednesday, Jun 4, 2003, at 14:30 Europe/London, Darren wrote:

Our Talbot express based AS Harmonony (Homer) has deveolped an
annoying intermittant fault. Sometimes It refuses to go into reverse.
All of the other gears are fine but now and then I cannot select reverse.

I have spoke to my friend John (a fellow list member) and he thought
that it might be the linkage.
The dealer sent me to the garage who does it's work for them and they
just adjusted the clutch. This seemed to work, but a few days later it
happened again.

The garage has had Homer back now for a second time, but cannot find
anything wrong. The mechanic says that the only thing left to try is
fit a new clutch. To do this he has to get authorisation from the
dealer. As he can't say for certain that it's the clutch at fault, he
thinks that the dealer might not be too happy about this.

Homer has only done 17,000 miles. That's a very low for a commercial
vehicle's clutch to go, but the mechanic seems to think that the low
mileage could be the reason for premature failiure. He say that
Clutches can harden if not used.

I have no problem with a slipping clutch, but the slightest depresion
of the clutch pedal will cause the clutch to slip. This usually only
happens when going up through the box.


Does anyone on the list have any thoughts on this problem? As I say it
only happens now and then. The last time it happened I thought that
I'd have to push Homer into his parking spot.

TIA
Darren
Homer less for 2 days and counting :(





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Re: [MH-list] Reverse gear

Edwards, Kerry <kerry.edwards@...>
 

I'm not familiar with a Talbot, but it seems to me that the kind of clutch
problem that would cause you not to get reverse would be a clutch that was
failing to release, but the symptoms you describe seem to indicate a clutch
that is releasing too easily. With that low a mileage, it would take a lot
to convince me that the problem is in the clutch. I would look elsewhere.
Does it grind when trying to get it in reverse? If it does, this would be a
good indication that the clutch is not releasing. If it doesn't, I don't
see how it can be the clutch. Can you get it in reverse with the engine
off? Can you get it in reverse using just the shaft at the transmission
with the linkage disconnected?

Kerry Edwards

-----Original Message-----
From: Darren
To: motorhome-list@yahoogroups.com
Sent: 6/4/2003 7:30 AM
Subject: [MH-list] Reverse gear

Our Talbot express based AS Harmonony (Homer) has deveolped an
annoying intermittant fault. Sometimes It refuses to go into reverse.
All of the other gears are fine but now and then I cannot select
reverse.

I have spoke to my friend John (a fellow list member) and he thought
that it might be the linkage.
The dealer sent me to the garage who does it's work for them and they
just adjusted the clutch. This seemed to work, but a few days later it
happened again.

The garage has had Homer back now for a second time, but cannot find
anything wrong. The mechanic says that the only thing left to try is
fit a new clutch. To do this he has to get authorisation from the
dealer. As he can't say for certain that it's the clutch at fault, he
thinks that the dealer might not be too happy about this.

Homer has only done 17,000 miles. That's a very low for a commercial
vehicle's clutch to go, but the mechanic seems to think that the low
mileage could be the reason for premature failiure. He say that
Clutches can harden if not used.

I have no problem with a slipping clutch, but the slightest depresion
of the clutch pedal will cause the clutch to slip. This usually only
happens when going up through the box.


Does anyone on the list have any thoughts on this problem? As I say it
only happens now and then. The last time it happened I thought that
I'd have to push Homer into his parking spot.

TIA
Darren
Homer less for 2 days and counting :(






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Re: [MH-list] Reverse gear

Martin Villar <MARTIN@...>
 

Darren
sounds as if the clutch bite is still too high and needs further adjustment.
If this is the case it is always most evident when selecting reverse as it
is the only non syncromesh gear.
One way of getting into reverse is to move the gear lever into reverse
position then pull the gear lever back(or forward) depending on reverse
location as you raise the clutch and you will normally find it will slip
into gear.
Hope this helps
Martin

----- Original Message -----
From: "Darren" <daz@dazcaz.co.uk>
To: <motorhome-list@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2003 2:30 PM
Subject: [MH-list] Reverse gear


Our Talbot express based AS Harmonony (Homer) has deveolped an
annoying intermittant fault. Sometimes It refuses to go into reverse.
All of the other gears are fine but now and then I cannot select reverse.

I have spoke to my friend John (a fellow list member) and he thought
that it might be the linkage.
The dealer sent me to the garage who does it's work for them and they
just adjusted the clutch. This seemed to work, but a few days later it
happened again.

The garage has had Homer back now for a second time, but cannot find
anything wrong. The mechanic says that the only thing left to try is
fit a new clutch. To do this he has to get authorisation from the
dealer. As he can't say for certain that it's the clutch at fault, he
thinks that the dealer might not be too happy about this.

Homer has only done 17,000 miles. That's a very low for a commercial
vehicle's clutch to go, but the mechanic seems to think that the low
mileage could be the reason for premature failiure. He say that
Clutches can harden if not used.

I have no problem with a slipping clutch, but the slightest depresion
of the clutch pedal will cause the clutch to slip. This usually only
happens when going up through the box.


Does anyone on the list have any thoughts on this problem? As I say it
only happens now and then. The last time it happened I thought that
I'd have to push Homer into his parking spot.

TIA
Darren
Homer less for 2 days and counting :(






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Reverse gear

Darren <daz@...>
 

Our Talbot express based AS Harmonony (Homer) has deveolped an
annoying intermittant fault. Sometimes It refuses to go into reverse.
All of the other gears are fine but now and then I cannot select reverse.

I have spoke to my friend John (a fellow list member) and he thought
that it might be the linkage.
The dealer sent me to the garage who does it's work for them and they
just adjusted the clutch. This seemed to work, but a few days later it
happened again.

The garage has had Homer back now for a second time, but cannot find
anything wrong. The mechanic says that the only thing left to try is
fit a new clutch. To do this he has to get authorisation from the
dealer. As he can't say for certain that it's the clutch at fault, he
thinks that the dealer might not be too happy about this.

Homer has only done 17,000 miles. That's a very low for a commercial
vehicle's clutch to go, but the mechanic seems to think that the low
mileage could be the reason for premature failiure. He say that
Clutches can harden if not used.

I have no problem with a slipping clutch, but the slightest depresion
of the clutch pedal will cause the clutch to slip. This usually only
happens when going up through the box.


Does anyone on the list have any thoughts on this problem? As I say it
only happens now and then. The last time it happened I thought that
I'd have to push Homer into his parking spot.

TIA
Darren
Homer less for 2 days and counting :(


Re: [MH-list] Insects

Den <dmm@...>
 

sorry if this is inapropriat(sillings are bad) if you take some elder
leaves and mash them up, aply the juice to your hat/head arms etc,
this will keep flies away sorry to interupt Den--- In motorhome-
list@yahoogroups.com, "Marty" <camping.car@n...> wrote:
What's the last thing a fly sees as it hits your windsreen?
....................................................................
........
.........
....................................................................
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....................................................................
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....................................................................
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....................................................................
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it's bum!:-)

Marty

-- The Camper House, sole UK importers of new Autostars & approved
used
Autostar imports via network .
-- Tel. 01865 427900. Fax 01865 427576. P.O. Box Oxford 432,
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-- All comments herein are only the personal comments or opinions
of the
author.


Hi All,
I can remember those plastic boat shaped butterflies
that fitted
on
the bonnet, deflecting the air and insects away from the
windscreen. I had
one, as did many others and it seemed to work quite well! Perhaps
they
should be tried again.
Regards,
Dave C.


Re: [MH-list] Travel in Russia

danielmedleyuk <danielmedleyuk@...>
 

--- In motorhome-list@yahoogroups.com, "Mike Bull" <Mike.Bull2@b...>
wrote:

Many thanks Don. We think we're going to give up on the idea of
Russia and
limit ourselves to Belarus and the Baltic States.
Mike,

That is very interesting. If you can let us know how you get on in
Belarus I would love to know.

Danny


Re: [MH-list] Fenwicks New window cleaner

Alan Cocks <aec@...>
 

In article <124.2274d60d.2c0ce7ef@aol.com>, U32npave@aol.com writes

Ihave just sen a advert for Fenwicks window cleaner. If it's as good
Is it intended for plastic etc windows?
--
Alan Cocks Berkshire UK


Re: [MH-list] Re: Hilary's worms ( o.t. )

Alan Cocks <aec@...>
 

In article <bbg3b8+h792@eGroups.com>, Hilary <musicalj2@yahoo.co.uk>
writes
I use the worms for emphasis as in this format you
cannot write using italics or underlining
I usually use an *asterisk* for the emphatic condition - I never did get
to know how to pronounce ~tilde~ in fact I did not even know it was on
the keyboard for years, thought it was some sort of error.......

--
Alan Cocks Berkshire UK


Re: [MH-list] Insects

Jenny Wilson <j.wilson@...>
 

At 11:05 04/06/03 +0100, you wrote:
What's the last thing a fly sees as it hits your windsreen?
............................................................................
.........
............................................................................
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............................................................................
.........
............................................................................
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............................................................................
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it's bum!:-)

Marty
Marty is obviosly feeling better.

Jenny


[MH-list] Reverse gear

nhrluk
 

Woops pressed wrong 'button' try again


Darren,
I am not a skilled 'technician' but have been working on motor vehicles of
all sorts for too many years. My comments inserted below>>>>>>>

In a message dated 04/06/03 14:31:58 GMT Daylight Time, daz@dazcaz.co.uk
writes:
I have spoke to my friend John (a fellow list member) and he thought
that it might be the linkage.
If it's not a direct gear lever into gearbox style it could well be. If it's
one of those dash mounted levers even more so. I drove a Fiat van like that
recently and it was the worst gearchange I've ever experienced and I've driven
some 'dogs' in my time. It was hard to get any gears at all most of the time.

The dealer sent me to the garage who does it's work for them and they
just adjusted the clutch. This seemed to work, but a few days later it
happened again.
Hmm..... did it need adjusting I wonder, or was it 'poke and hope' ? but see
further down...

Homer has only done 17,000 miles. That's a very low for a commercial
vehicle's clutch to go, but the mechanic seems to think that the low
mileage could be the reason for premature failiure. He say that
Clutches can harden if not used.
This sounds to me like what is commonly known as 'bullshit'....... If the
clutch is cable operated, it could be a binding cable, or any of the mechanical
pivots binding, if it really is a clutch fault, that is. I assume it is cable,
as a hydraulically operated clutch would be self-adjusting anyway.

I have no problem with a slipping clutch, but the slightest depresion
of the clutch pedal will cause the clutch to slip. This usually only
happens when going up through the box.
This sounds like a maladjusted clutch. Was it like this before the mechanik
adjusted it, or only after............
There should be a slight free play on the pedal before anything happens:
usually about, say, a centimetre, but depends on the vehicle.

If it is being assumed that your clutch was not dissengaging properly,
causing your problem, there is no reason that I can think of which would cause the
problem in reverse gear only. I think that there probably is nothing wrong with
the clutch; or wasn't before it was 'adjusted' causing your 'slip' problem (
that is assuming that it wasn't there before ).

Having said all that; a slight difficulty engaging reverse gear from
stationary sometimes ( er, when else would you? ) is not uncommon. The reverse gears
are normally 'straight cut' and when attempting to engage the gears, if the two
teeth line up with each other they will not 'push' themselves into alignment
as will happen with the other gears.

My wifes Peugeot 306 is bad in this respect and often the gear will not
engage or will do so with a bit of crunching.
The remedy is simple. Before engaging reverse, select another gear, say
first: so, depress clutch, select first then while still holding clutch down bring
the lever into the reverse position. 'Snick'.

You say it is very intermittent, so I think this may be all it is: I hope so:
try it.......... if not........
My son is a senior technician at a Peugeot main dealer: he works on cars
mainly but may know your vehicle....If you need to, let me know exactly what it is
('Homer' may not be very meaningful to him :-)) ) and I'll ask him if he
knows of it being a comon problem.

Nigel

Does anyone on the list have any thoughts on this problem? As I say it
only happens now and then. The last time it happened I thought that
I'd have to push Homer into his parking spot.

TIA
Darren
Homer less for 2 days and counting :(


Re: [MH-list] Travel in Russia

Mike Bull <Mike.Bull2@...>
 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Don Madge" <donmadge@tiscali.co.uk>
To: <motorhome-list@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2003 9:59 AM
Subject: Re: [MH-list] Travel in Russia


On Tues 03 June 2003 09:22:36 Mike wrote

We are hoping to take our Elddis Aotoquest to Russia to visit Moscow and
St
Petersburg. Have applied to Russian Embassy for visas, but understand they
need a detailed itinery. The problem here is that no-one seems to know the
location of campsites (if any), so it's difficult to plan in detail. Also
the AA tells us that there is no (or very little)unleaded petrol in Russia
and we run on this. Will we wreck the engine if we use leaded fuel?
Any tips and hints would be welcome.
============================================================================
=
========
Hi Mike,
We wanted to visit St Petersburg but after much planning and taking advice
from different organisations we decided to do the trip by rail from
Helsinki
It's also possible to do a round trip Moscow/St Petersburg from Helsinki
as
well.
We were unable to get van or recovery insurance for the trip anyway.

We found it was a lot cheaper and easier to organise the trip in Helsinki
(the main tourist office have a section for such trips and are very
efficient).
The trip (visas etc) took about four/five days to organise. In the mean
time
we took a trip on the fast craft to Tallin, Estonia.

There is an suitable site in Helsinki where you can leave the van

We got a great deal of misleading information from tour companies in the
UK
who do package tours to Russia.

I can give you a rough idea of prices if you are interested.

Regards

Don







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Many thanks Don. We think we're going to give up on the idea of Russia and
limit ourselves to Belarus and the Baltic States. Even these will be quite a
long haul in four weeks, but we so enjoyed Poland a few years ago, that we
want to go East again. Funny chaps these Russians - you'd think they wanted
people to visit now, especially to St Petersburg's 300th anniversary. But
they don't seem to encourage anything but trips arranged by tourist
agencies.
Cheers Mike


Re: [MH-list] Reverse gear

nhrluk
 

Darren,
I am not a skilled 'technician' but have been working on motor vehicles of
all sorts for too many years. My comments inserted below>>>>>>>

In a message dated 04/06/03 14:31:58 GMT Daylight Time, daz@dazcaz.co.uk
writes:

I have spoke to my friend John (a fellow list member) and he thought
that it might be the linkage.
The dealer sent me to the garage who does it's work for them and they
just adjusted the clutch. This seemed to work, but a few days later it
happened again.

The garage has had Homer back now for a second time, but cannot find
anything wrong. The mechanic says that the only thing left to try is
fit a new clutch. To do this he has to get authorisation from the
dealer. As he can't say for certain that it's the clutch at fault, he
thinks that the dealer might not be too happy about this.

Homer has only done 17,000 miles. That's a very low for a commercial
vehicle's clutch to go, but the mechanic seems to think that the low
mileage could be the reason for premature failiure. He say that
Clutches can harden if not used.

I have no problem with a slipping clutch, but the slightest depresion
of the clutch pedal will cause the clutch to slip. This usually only
happens when going up through the box.


Does anyone on the list have any thoughts on this problem? As I say it
only happens now and then. The last time it happened I thought that
I'd have to push Homer into his parking spot.

TIA
Darren
Homer less for 2 days and counting :(

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