Thursday, 19 January 2017

Manchester Caravan Show

Attended the above show today and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Nothing to report on the Cadiz front.

Took a look at the new Bailey Pursuits and the Unicorn Pamplona and Cabrera, both the latter with the centre washroom which appears to be fashionable at the minute.

I think Bailey have missed a trick here as the rear double bed is only 5' 10" long in both the new Unicorns so would be no good for me and probably a lot of potential buyers.

I was very disappointed to observe that all four were continuing with the ridiculous prone to leaking roof join

I am afraid it doesn't bode well,in my opinion,for the Unicorn Four.

If I was considering upgrading to a U4 when it appears I certainly wouldn't do it whilst this join persists in its present form.


Thursday, 12 January 2017

It's The Awning & Annex Again.

Before I put them on E Bay,one last try for the Isabella Magnum and Futur Annex.

I will reduce the Magnum to £500 for collection or buyer sorts out delivery,then they can do it the cheapest way they can find.

The Futur Annex down to £175 on the same terms.


Wednesday, 11 January 2017


Don't forget to check the gas appliances whilst the van is laid up over the winter.

I usually run the Alde and fridge on gas for about 15 mins. or so every once in a while to burn off any cobwebs or debris in the jets.

Don't forget the hob,oven and grill.

Any problems and you have time to sort them out before your first trip.

Glad to say ours was all OK.


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Yes They Are Still For Sale.

In case anyone has forgotten,our 2011 Isabella Magnum and Futur Annex is still for sale ( see a few posts back for details ).

Doubtless you gentlemen will be looking to give your loved one,or perhaps even the wife,something for Valentines Day in a few weeks.

Forget the perfume she doesn't like,the underwear that never fits,the chocs that don't go with the diet.

What better than a new awning for the upcoming season,you know it makes sense.


Alde Fuses

I am publishing this post just in case anyone is/was a bit confused regarding the fuse at the top of the Alde boiler under the black plastic cover.

I thought I would order some off E-Bay as they were cheap enough, £2.75 for a pack of ten.

When they arrived I was concerned they they were labelled at 250V as opposed to 12V which is what I thought they should be.

I checked with Alde and it is OK at 250V.

The specifications are:

Slow blow
20mm x 5mm

I got them from here:-

Alde Fuses

of course there are other outlets.


Monday, 2 January 2017

Midwinter Maintenance

For those of us who aren't using our vans over the winter months,don't forget to do a bit of winter maintenance/checking especially if,like us,your Cadiz is in storage.

It is all too easy to forget about it if it is not plonked on your drive.

Today I called over to storage and firstly let a bit of air into the van hopefully to keep any damp at bay and also gave the solar panel a wipe to remove any dirt.

Then I moved the van a couple of feet to even out the pressure on the tyres and hopefully avoid a flat spot,also checked the pressures.

Swapped the battery for a fresh fully charged one ( yes I know this isn't strictly necessary because of the solar panel,as someone pointed out last time I mentioned it but we have two batteries left over from our Orion days so I swap them over a couple of times a year ).

Don't forget to remove the solar panel fuse prior to doing it.

Put some Contralube on the mains hook-up pins and finally hooked it up to the car to check the electrics and ATC.

I would rather check it now rather than wait till we come to use it and have little time to sort out any problems,anyway all OK.

Roll on spring and some decent weather.