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Re: Sprinters was: [Fiat Ducato Merc 316 Weight Upgrade]

Carol Weaver
 

You have always amazed me

Carol

On Tue, 11 Jun 2019 at 12:20, Ernest Bull <ernb32@...> wrote:
On 29 May 2019, at 11:39, Andy Clarke <andyclarke1050@...> wrote:

Ask Tim Sinclair, he had a narrowboat and a camper for a few years.

I was made redundant when I developed heart trouble at age 52. Insurance paid my mortgage for 12 months then we sold the house before it was repossessed. Margaret was still working and we used the substantial equity to buy her a small flat on an affordable mortgage, while I used the balance to buy and fit out a 45’ narrowboat shell up in Derby, including installing the antique, 2 cylinder petter engine. That was back in ’86. I even did all my own traditional “Castles & Roses” decoration, scumble (Wood graining) and signwriting. The only bits I didn’t fit were the windows and mushroom vents because it needed to be weatherproof. I moved onto the shell on the day it was launched. I could not afford to pay B&B as well as mooring fees.

I did not go for the normal “pump out” holding tank, which were then standard on the waterways and went, instead, for a Thetford with cassette. (With the little door inside the boat, of course.)

Although I say so myself, it was a damned good boat. Certainly had a better, full size, kitchen than we’ve ever had since. And she was good enough to sail down the Severn Estuary - with the biggest tides in Britain - from Gloucester to Portishead, there to await the next tide for the run up the Avon Gorge and into Bristol Docks. Quite a thrill.

Shortly after, Margaret also had to give up work because of arthritis, sold the flat and we lived on the boat in Bristol Docks for 13 or 14 years. We came ashore for my heart by-pass. Had to sell it, Leaving a boat unattended in Bristol Docks was not an option. While I had it, though, I did all of the maintenance and repairs, bottom blacking and so on. 

Running costs were minimal. It had a wood-burning stove backed up with an Eberspacher for space heating, an indirect water tank for hot water when the engine was running and a small gas geyser for when it wasn't. The engine and Eberspacher ran quite happily on red diesel at pennies per gallon. The fridge ran on 12V topped up with a massive Shell solar panel as payment for installing a log-burner on a neighbour’s boat.

If I had thought of it when building her, I would have installed a heat pump to extract heat from the water around the boat. It would have been cheaper than the Eberspacher. And easier on the batteries.

Found in Drafts and posted in case.
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Re: Sprinters was: [Fiat Ducato Merc 316 Weight Upgrade]

Ernest Bull
 

On 29 May 2019, at 11:39, Andy Clarke <andyclarke1050@...> wrote:

Ask Tim Sinclair, he had a narrowboat and a camper for a few years.

I was made redundant when I developed heart trouble at age 52. Insurance paid my mortgage for 12 months then we sold the house before it was repossessed. Margaret was still working and we used the substantial equity to buy her a small flat on an affordable mortgage, while I used the balance to buy and fit out a 45’ narrowboat shell up in Derby, including installing the antique, 2 cylinder petter engine. That was back in ’86. I even did all my own traditional “Castles & Roses” decoration, scumble (Wood graining) and signwriting. The only bits I didn’t fit were the windows and mushroom vents because it needed to be weatherproof. I moved onto the shell on the day it was launched. I could not afford to pay B&B as well as mooring fees.

I did not go for the normal “pump out” holding tank, which were then standard on the waterways and went, instead, for a Thetford with cassette. (With the little door inside the boat, of course.)

Although I say so myself, it was a damned good boat. Certainly had a better, full size, kitchen than we’ve ever had since. And she was good enough to sail down the Severn Estuary - with the biggest tides in Britain - from Gloucester to Portishead, there to await the next tide for the run up the Avon Gorge and into Bristol Docks. Quite a thrill.

Shortly after, Margaret also had to give up work because of arthritis, sold the flat and we lived on the boat in Bristol Docks for 13 or 14 years. We came ashore for my heart by-pass. Had to sell it, Leaving a boat unattended in Bristol Docks was not an option. While I had it, though, I did all of the maintenance and repairs, bottom blacking and so on. 

Running costs were minimal. It had a wood-burning stove backed up with an Eberspacher for space heating, an indirect water tank for hot water when the engine was running and a small gas geyser for when it wasn't. The engine and Eberspacher ran quite happily on red diesel at pennies per gallon. The fridge ran on 12V topped up with a massive Shell solar panel as payment for installing a log-burner on a neighbour’s boat.

If I had thought of it when building her, I would have installed a heat pump to extract heat from the water around the boat. It would have been cheaper than the Eberspacher. And easier on the batteries.

Found in Drafts and posted in case.
_______

ErnB




Re: IceCrypt Sat-Box Problem

Ernest Bull
 



On 11 Jun 2019, at 11:16, madjaxy@... wrote:

I am so very pleased, that at long last you have found something that has gladdened your normal dourly self

Actually, I am an invariably happy and genial chap. Optimistic, too. e.g. I do the lottery every day except on Sundays. LOL!
___________

ErnB


Re: IceCrypt Sat-Box Problem

madjaxy@...
 

I am so very pleased, that at long last you have found something that has gladdened your normal dourly self.

madjaxy@...
07526018851

On 11 Jun 2019, at 10:21, Ernest Bull <ernb32@...> wrote:

I have an old s3500 PVR Sat-Box and I think that I may have reported that it was crashing and that the EPG could only display a Now and Next at best.

The IceCrypt company is seemingly defunct and it looked as though I would have to get a new box.

And then? An idea! When switching on, it offers a System Download, so I was thinking what if I re-load the penultimate system V2.12.18?

It worked!!! It doesn’t crash, it refreshes the EPG when in Standby and works better than ever.

A Delighted ErnB, Bristol.


IceCrypt Sat-Box Problem

Ernest Bull
 

I have an old s3500 PVR Sat-Box and I think that I may have reported that it was crashing and that the EPG could only display a Now and Next at best.

The IceCrypt company is seemingly defunct and it looked as though I would have to get a new box.

And then? An idea! When switching on, it offers a System Download, so I was thinking what if I re-load the penultimate system V2.12.18?

It worked!!! It doesn’t crash, it refreshes the EPG when in Standby and works better than ever.

A Delighted ErnB, Bristol.


Re: Who was looking for a mh?

pj_home
 

Its going to be a 5 ton 6 wheel Fiat or a 4.6 ton 6 wheel Merc. Must have an overcab bed at the front and another over a garage preferably with 2 couches at the front end. Autotrail Chieftain or Cheyenne 696 is a perfect layout for us but not many A class vans laid out that way. One other thing the shower needs to be reasonably large as we will full time in it and im not small :)

Paul

On 03/06/2019 11:24, pdqsoft@... wrote:
What are you looking for Paul? We will probably be selling our 2007 Hymer B654SL (Fiat 3.0) soon…
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Watch your speed in Luxembourg.

Nick
 

On 1 of the motorbike forums that I'm on a chap and his dad have just returned from a tour of Europe. They were clocked going 1 klm and 2 klms respectively over the 70 klm speed limit and both fined €49.00. Seems a strange amount to be fined but have no reason to doubt them.
Nick.


Re: Fiat Ducato Merc 316 Weight Upgrade

Carol Weaver
 

On Mon, 27 May 2019 at 12:15, pj_home via Groups.Io <paul.f.jackson=virgin.net@groups.io> wrote:
Hi all

I am looking for a second hand van but really need something that can
carry some weight. I need around a ton payload.

I would like something on a Merc 4.6T chassis and it must have a garage
but theres nothing much around at my budget around £30K I have almost
ruled out a tag axle Ducato like an Autotrail Chieftain because they are
so long and not great for wild camping in Spain.

So an Autotrail Cheyenne 696 has the right layout (two couches at the
front a bed over the garage) but the weight at 3850KG is a bit low. They
do these on Ducato and also Merc 316 but Ive not seen anything over 4T

So does anyone know how much that weight can be improved how to go about
it and what docs would need to be sorted.

I dont mind looking into air ride extra springs etc as long as I can get
a van and do the changes within my budget.

Cheers

Paul

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Re: 17 Tourist Routes in France in french

Carol Weaver
 

I recently changed my iPad 2018 to the new iPad mini. (Which I’d wanted to replace but not the old model! So got the 2018 full size one but much prefer the mini

Carol

On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 14:44, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:
On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 13:29, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

> Doesn’t that mount damage your iPad?

No.  But when I bought the iPad, I also bought Apple's cover, which
shows no sign of damage - just looked.

> Never tried it must admit but I seem to recall on automatic on Rapido it couldn’t be used. Never tried it on this one

Our Fiat is a 2017 automatic.  The only problem is that the lower edge
of the iPad, covers the top edge of the dash monitor used for radio,
rear camera, GPS etc.

> I use my phone. iPad has no sim from choice

My iPad has no SIM, but every time it gets switched on, it always
reports no SIM.  So much for being smart!  It's one with a GPSr.

Alan.



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Ipad without sim

Roy Coldrick
 

I have been reading the thread re routes in France and noted that the topic had moved to the issue of using an IPad in the van.

My Ipad doesn't have a sim but I always thought that it was remiss of Apple not to allow me to use the GPS capability of the Iphone and to send that GPS data to the IPad thus enabling it to be used for accurate mapping apps. I looked high and low for an app which would do it but the only one I found had been removed from the App store. However, I was then told that what I want is now standard on IOS so it doesn’t require an App and it has been standard on IOS for several years - so much for me being up to date.!!

As usual I am probably a bit late to that particular party but I have tested it and it works.

Essentially IOS on the IPhone allows it to transmit it’s GPS data to the IPad via Bluetooth and the Ipad also has the ability to accept that GPS information for use by any mapping application. The settings are tricky and if anyone ( who is out of date like me) wants to do it and can’t work it out , let me know and I will check my notes.

- and while I am here …..

On the subject of Maps.

Over the years on my Android and later , my Iphone and Ipad, I have used various packages to display O.S. maps and mark waypoints etc.
I used Viewranger on Android but it didn’t have a version which ran on the PC running Windows  so I subsequently used Anquet Maps which had a version for Windows .
Anquet then started to convert their software to all platforms in parallel and we have now , almost reach the stage , where the software runs on Windows, Android, IOS and MacOS. In truth the complication of producing cross platform code has made this a long and frustrating journey but it is now almost in place. I rely on the MAC version but more recently I have been made aware that O.S. themselves do software for all those platforms too so I have started to use that and I am very impressed.

The advantage of the O.S. solution is that you don’t have to buy the UK maps at all because they are always online and uptodate. To anyone that enjoys maps I recommend having a look at the O.S, pages online at https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/ ; I think they have a 1 week free trial system but the full feature set of the Premium edition is not that expensive. Of course this solution only works for UK maps so cannot be much help overseas.

Roy


Re: 17 Tourist Routes in France in french

andyowl2004
 

Excellent French routes.

Thank you.

Andy Owler


Re: 17 Tourist Routes in France in french

Alan Morris
 

On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 13:29, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

Doesn’t that mount damage your iPad?
No. But when I bought the iPad, I also bought Apple's cover, which
shows no sign of damage - just looked.

Never tried it must admit but I seem to recall on automatic on Rapido it couldn’t be used. Never tried it on this one
Our Fiat is a 2017 automatic. The only problem is that the lower edge
of the iPad, covers the top edge of the dash monitor used for radio,
rear camera, GPS etc.

I use my phone. iPad has no sim from choice
My iPad has no SIM, but every time it gets switched on, it always
reports no SIM. So much for being smart! It's one with a GPSr.

Alan.


Re: 17 Tourist Routes in France in french

Alan Morris
 

On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 13:23, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

I think it’s probably most of us
That includes me at times!

Peter S via Groups.Io <pstallwood=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Will have to go through thoroughly to see what we have missed over the years.- not too much on a quick look. There are some places that we have seen on the signposts but have driven past without stopping without realising what gems we were missing.
I've just looked at one using Google Translate
<https://translate.google.co.uk/>, but I'll let my wife read the rest
as she can still remember most of the French she learnt, unlike me!

I will make these places into waypoints with short notes. Travelling
from where we are in the direction to anywhere, we can then see where
they are in relation to our planned route and deviate if it's not to
far out of our way.

Alan.


Re: 17 Tourist Routes in France in french

Carol Weaver
 

Doesn’t that mount damage your iPad?

Never tried it must admit but I seem to recall on automatic on Rapido it couldn’t be used. Never tried it on this one

Not being a member of the CC can’t help on that one

I use my phone. iPad has no sim from choice 

Carol

On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 14:23, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:
On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 13:05, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

> I downloaded from link and have saved it in Evernote and iBooks. Both ok

That doesn't surprise me Carol.  I don't think that Apple bothers with
filename extensions, just like the old Psions I'm still using
everyday, even though two decades old.  Windows must have the correct
extension.

I spent most of yesterday afternoon sorting-out my little used iPad
Air.  I updated it's OS and all the apps, some now don't work on the
new OS, until the app programmer does a new version.

I only use my iPad in the motorhome, displaying OS mapping while in
the UK.  It displays the track of our travels and we can see more for
planning routes on the move.  The maps (50K & 25K) are 2014 versions.
I bought 2019 versions and updated my Windows PCs immediately, but
only updated the iPad maps yesterday.

The iPad is mounted on the Fiat's built-in dash mount, so is ideal.  I
also have the National Trust app for locating the nearest NT places.
But the CMC app for campsites has a major fault - it only works in
pictorial mode and not landscape mode.  At a recent show, I was told
by a club official that I needed to update the app, then it would work
OK.  I did an update, but still no screen rotation.  I reported to
CMC, but they replied that they had no plans to correct the problem.

Anyone else find this annoying?


Alan



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Re: 17 Tourist Routes in France in french

Alan Morris
 

On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 13:05, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

I downloaded from link and have saved it in Evernote and iBooks. Both ok
That doesn't surprise me Carol. I don't think that Apple bothers with
filename extensions, just like the old Psions I'm still using
everyday, even though two decades old. Windows must have the correct
extension.

I spent most of yesterday afternoon sorting-out my little used iPad
Air. I updated it's OS and all the apps, some now don't work on the
new OS, until the app programmer does a new version.

I only use my iPad in the motorhome, displaying OS mapping while in
the UK. It displays the track of our travels and we can see more for
planning routes on the move. The maps (50K & 25K) are 2014 versions.
I bought 2019 versions and updated my Windows PCs immediately, but
only updated the iPad maps yesterday.

The iPad is mounted on the Fiat's built-in dash mount, so is ideal. I
also have the National Trust app for locating the nearest NT places.
But the CMC app for campsites has a major fault - it only works in
pictorial mode and not landscape mode. At a recent show, I was told
by a club official that I needed to update the app, then it would work
OK. I did an update, but still no screen rotation. I reported to
CMC, but they replied that they had no plans to correct the problem.

Anyone else find this annoying?


Alan


Re: 17 Tourist Routes in France in french

Carol Weaver
 

I think it’s probably most of us😄

Carol

On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 14:18, Peter S via Groups.Io <pstallwood=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thanks Carol. 

Downloaded OK.

Will have to go through thoroughly to see what we have missed over the years.- not too much on a quick look. There are some places that we have seen on the signposts but have driven past without stopping without realising what gems we were missing.

Peter S

On 03/06/2019 14:05:19, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

I downloaded from link and have saved it in Evernote and iBooks. Both ok

Carol

On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 14:03, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:
On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 10:12, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

This works OK:-
> https://storage.googleapis.com/1displaycpgf/CCM/SUPPL%20BELLES%20ROUTES%20TOURISTIQUES%20FRANCE_CCM%20298.pdf

This arrives as a file named '0'.  Rename to 'anything.PDF' and then it works:-

> Attachments:
>
> SUPPL BELLES ROUTES TOURISTIQUES FRANCE-CCM 298.pdf

Alan.



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Re: 17 Tourist Routes in France in french

Peter S
 

Thanks Carol. 

Downloaded OK.

Will have to go through thoroughly to see what we have missed over the years.- not too much on a quick look. There are some places that we have seen on the signposts but have driven past without stopping without realising what gems we were missing.

Peter S

On 03/06/2019 14:05:19, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

I downloaded from link and have saved it in Evernote and iBooks. Both ok

Carol

On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 14:03, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:
On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 10:12, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

This works OK:-
> https://storage.googleapis.com/1displaycpgf/CCM/SUPPL%20BELLES%20ROUTES%20TOURISTIQUES%20FRANCE_CCM%20298.pdf

This arrives as a file named '0'.  Rename to 'anything.PDF' and then it works:-

> Attachments:
>
> SUPPL BELLES ROUTES TOURISTIQUES FRANCE-CCM 298.pdf

Alan.



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Re: 17 Tourist Routes in France in french

Carol Weaver
 

I downloaded from link and have saved it in Evernote and iBooks. Both ok

Carol

On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 14:03, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:
On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 10:12, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

This works OK:-
> https://storage.googleapis.com/1displaycpgf/CCM/SUPPL%20BELLES%20ROUTES%20TOURISTIQUES%20FRANCE_CCM%20298.pdf

This arrives as a file named '0'.  Rename to 'anything.PDF' and then it works:-

> Attachments:
>
> SUPPL BELLES ROUTES TOURISTIQUES FRANCE-CCM 298.pdf

Alan.



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Re: 17 Tourist Routes in France in french

Alan Morris
 

On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 10:12, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

This works OK:-
https://storage.googleapis.com/1displaycpgf/CCM/SUPPL%20BELLES%20ROUTES%20TOURISTIQUES%20FRANCE_CCM%20298.pdf
This arrives as a file named '0'. Rename to 'anything.PDF' and then it works:-

Attachments:

SUPPL BELLES ROUTES TOURISTIQUES FRANCE-CCM 298.pdf
Alan.


Re: 17 Tourist Routes in France in french

Carol Weaver
 

Glad it’s useful to you

Carol

On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 12:38, Tim Atkinson <tim@...> wrote:

Just grabbed a copy - many thanks

Cheers

--Tim A

On 03/06/2019 11:12, Carol Weaver wrote:

Attachments:

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