Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Sutton Bank & TomTom, Tut Tut.

Not really Cadiz related but it was brought to my attention whilst reading a forum that the TomTom Caravan & Camper  sat.nav produces routes that go via Sutton Bank where caravans are seriously discouraged from going.

If you want to try it for yourself if you have such a unit as we have then ask it to plot a route from Thirsk to Pickering whilst in " caravan" mode and see where it takes you.

Anyway I have contacted TomTom via their Map Share Reporter site and asked them to stop it.

I will post again with the result of my plea when it arrives.

( Just had a thought,Sutton Bank is in North Yorkshire.
Rather xenophobically you always  seem to think that everyone knows where these places are).


Gone Hooking Crazy.

Since I purchased the suction hooks to hang keys on just inside the door I bought a few more and found other places where they are useful ( well I think they are,others of course may disagree ).

Might give someone a few ideas.

As I mentioned in a previous post they will only attach to the GRP walls and not to the "woody" bits.

Tried to put a couple in the wardrobe to hang a dustpan and brush on but they fell off in a couple of minutes despite appearing to be firmly fixed.


Monday, 21 September 2015

Berwick Sea View

We have just come back from four nights at Berwick Sea View CC site in Northumberland which is a very pleasant place right on the coast just south of Berwick upon Tweed.

We managed to get a pitch with a perfect sea view,which not all pitches have :-

A couple of things to bear in mind though if you decide to stop here.

One is that it is a linear site which backs on to the East Coast Main Line so there are trains going through from early morning till late at night.Strangely although you can hear them it doesn't seem to be a problem,well not to us anyway but there were one or two comments in the visitors book.

Secondly,as previously mentioned the site is linear and there are about four "dead ends" with no turning space so if you go down one and don't fancy any of the pitches you will need to reverse out with one in particular being quite a distance.

As for the Unicorn,no problems encountered apart from losing a rubber bump stop from the leading edge of the cooker,Thetford are putting a couple in the post.

We did observe that when the heating was on in the evening the locker door just to the rear of the concertina door on the off-side caught slightly on the wooden upright,it was OK during the day so we will put up with it,not a big deal.

The Alde heating was excellent,even SWMBO was hot ( no not like that ).

Now,the Paintseal.

This lived up to its hype.

The van had a bit of road dirt on when we pitched but a wipe with plain water using a  microfibre cloth followed by a final polish with a clean cloth brought it up gleaming.

As can be seen from the above picture,we have an Isabella door canopy.

Whilst watching an Isabella video of this product,the presenter said at the end that some vans wouldn't be able to secure one of the fasteners in the awning rail as the wheel would be in the way.

Isabella Door Canopy Video 

This is the case with the Unicorn so as suggested in the video I rang Isabella and an extension strap was was put in the post to arrive next day,free of charge.

As we came to hitch up to begin our journey to Berwick I discovered that one of the rubber clamps on the Milenco mirrors was missing.

SWMBO came up with the ingenious idea of replacing it with a flat pebble wrapped in a bit of egg box to stop it scratching the door mirrors.

This stop-gap worked splendidly both there and back.


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Fridge Door Catch

I have been asked to clarify which door catch on the fridge ended up broken.

Here is a picture to clarify matters :-


Friday, 11 September 2015

Got It Back.

Retrieved the van from the dealers with the warranty work completed ( just waiting for a part for the ATC but when I connected it up to leave the dealers it worked !!).

Window blind repaired,bit of covering trim in front of toilet door on the ceiling reattached properly and the motor mover checked/sorted out,all OK.

Had the Paintseal applied and it looks like they have done a good job.

The only slight problem is that they didn't open the windows to do around the frame under the glass so it all got missed,not a big deal but annoying for the price charged.

Have e-mailed Paintseal so we will see what becomes.

When I got back to storage the clip that keeps the fridge door ajar broke,one now on order.

Note to self :- When I go to dealers do not stuff face with the delicious cakes in the cafe and purchase yet more Isabella items.


Thursday, 3 September 2015

Warranty & Paintseal

Have dropped the van off at YC Leisure for one or two small warranty jobs doing.

Namely,fixing the AL-KO ATC light which doesn't work ( the ATC does ),when I connected it up in storage it came on for a minute then went off so it can't be the "bulb",probably a duff connection somewhere.

Repairing the kitchen blind which has lost tension.

Gluing,sealing,or whatever the cover strip over the roof join just in front of the washroom door which has a small gap.

Checking the off-side motor mover which didn't come off when we were last away but has been OK since.

Whilst there I decided to take the plunge and have the van Paintsealed ( exterior only ).

Paintseal are doing it on Monday so I will update on what it looks like next week.