Monday, 17 August 2015


We have just returned from four nights at the CC site in Scarborough followed by two nights at the Bakewell Baking Festival in,yes you have guessed it,Bakewell.

The fault free honeymoon with the Cadiz has drawn to a close,not dramatically,more annoying than anything but more of that in a bit.

Scarborough CC site is a pleasant place to spend a few days,situated in West Ayton handily about five miles or so from the Park & Ride.

But beware if visiting in the school holidays and be sure to pick a pitch far away from the children’s playground,unless of course you are a masochist, as there was still shouting and screaming coming from it at ten o’clock at night which we could hear three quarters away across the site so how the poor souls went on parked right by it I don’t know.

The Bakewell Show Ground on the other hand was a rough and ready affair,a bit too rough and ready for what was charged in my opinion but anyway.For the first time we were off EHU and the Cadiz did not let us down.

The fridge and the Alde heating worked perfectly on gas and the solar panel was wonderful,recharging the battery fully the next day after an evening’s use.

Now for the problems.

Whilst in Scarborough the toilet/cassette gave up the ghost in that the flap that swings across the hole in the toilet got jammed in the open position and no amount of trying to free it with the lever would persuade it to shift,therefore we couldn’t empty the cassette,which fortunately I had emptied in the morning so we had a bit of leeway

As the thrill of tiptoeing to the site facilities at 3am wrapped in a towel soon faded it was time to call in a mobile repairer.

The chap who came ( KDR Mobile if you ever need him ) said it was a far from unusual occurrence and was due to a design fault in the toilet in that when the lever is moved whilst sat on the toilet,or leaning heavily on it,two parts of it separate and when the weight is removed these two parts don’t come together correctly and they jam ( I paraphrase this explanation by the way ).

Anyway the remedy appeared to involve inserting a metal strip between the cassette and the toilet via the cassette aperture outside and wiggling it around a bit.

I meant to observe what was done in case it happened again but wasn’t able to as all the action took place between the cassette and the toilet.

Anyway the moral of this tale is,DON’T MOVE THE LEVER WHILST SAT ON THE BOG,therby saving yourself £25.

The second minor thing was that the front of one of the LED spotlights fell off and proved very fiddly to put back.

I couldn’t do it but SWMBO managed it in the end.

The next thing was that the Al-Ko ATC light stopped working.

The ATC still worked it was just the light.

Then the kitchen blind wouldn’t retract properly.

The off-side motor mover didn’t come off whilst in Bakewell as I discovered when putting it back on to leave the site.

Finally the number plate fell off,fortunately whilst on site so it was easily remedied by the purchase of some heavy duty double-sided tape.

These problems sound worse on paper than they actually were and the van is booked in at YC Leisure for warranty repairs on the ATC light,blind and the motor mover checking over.

Luckily no great dramas and feel more confident about going electric free in future.



  1. Ian you had a few dramas.The toilet is a good one to be aware of. We had a mild panic one morning when I came to empty it; and couldn't remove the cassette .I found that the lever covering the hole had not been closed properly, by just a small amount.When closed the unit came easy.But yours was worse, good job it was empty.
    We also have just returned from 10 days away, 4 being without power. I monitored the battery voltage throughout and the main battery recharged easily throughout; we even watched TV care of a plug-in inverter for an hour a day. The battery was fully charged when we left for me to use the mover and gave confidence for the future.
    Our only defect to date is the door blind wont retreact fully, weak springs I guess , but the dealer can sought that out next time in the area.

  2. Bill,
    Unfortunately it wasn't empty,just not as full as it could have been.
    Had two grandkids with us who of course as soon as they knew the toilet was broken wished to use it more than usual.