Saturday, 25 July 2009


Its time to go away on holiday and you get the van ready and what do you find? - Something fails to work. So many people ring engineers right at the last minute to try and sort out a problem before they go on holiday. What people fail to consider is that the engineer might be out looking after someone else's vehicle.

Do yourself a favour check your van at least two weeks before you go away, that way you stand a better chance of getting an engineer out to you and if parts are needed it allows time for delivery.

If you run into a problem check the MCEA for an engineer near to you.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

My area

People are asking about the area that I cover. If you put in mark in Bakewell and draw a circle that's 25 miles wide then that's my normal area. I will work further away but there may have to be an additional payment to cover my additional travel costs. In that area I cover big towns like Chesterfield, Buxton, Bakewell, Alfreton, Derby, Matlock, Bolsover, Ripley and Belper as well as all of the surrounding towns and villages. Its a big rural area with a lot of camp sites due to Derbyshire being a big holiday destination.

Its a great part of the world but it can be very challenging in the winter.

See my area here.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009


I am probably biased but I think that Derbyshire is one of the best places to stay in England. The Peak District is within easy traveling distance of Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, South Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, The potteries and many other areas. That means that millions of people are within a couple of hours of the National Park area.

There are some great places to stay and the big clubs have some great sites. Don't forget the independent sites and the CL's and CS's.

So if you you want a weekend away or a full week then take a look at Derbyshire and the Peak District.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Bike rack

I took a call today from someone wanting a bike rack fitting on his motorhome, normally straightforward. However the motorhome had a rear bathroom and this makes fitting a bike rack very difficult. You wouldn't want to drill through the shower wall now would you?

Why don't motorhome manufacturers fit mounting points in the factory, it would make everyones life so much easier?

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

The weather

I'm going to be very British today and complain about the weather. Its no fun working outside on caravans or motorhomes when its throwing it down with rain. Just remind me didn't the weather men say we were in for a good summer??? Here in Derbyshire its really throwing it down and we have had rain for the last four days.
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Tuesday, 14 July 2009


I took a call from a customer this morning asking about Tyron Bands. They aren't something that I deal in as you really need a tyre fitter not a caravan engineer. However Tyron Bands are an excellent safety feature and one that I am happy to recommend.

The conversation turned to tyres and it turned out the customer had a change of shape in the tyre wall. This sets the alarm bells ringing and that really needs looking at either by a tyre fitter or a caravan engineer who will give advice.

Its a good reason to let an MCEA engineer carry out a service on your caravan as we check the tyres as part of our routine service. You should consider a service as an essential safety check every year.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Why can't we park?

I find it so frustrating that when I arrive in a town that I can't park because of height barriers at the car park entrance. Or even worse signs that say no caravans or motorhomes. When did the country become so intolerant? I excuse Scotland from this because they do seem to be more tolerant than the rest of the UK.

When you ask the local authority they seem to be paranoid about travellers and the result is the majority suffer because of a few people that cause problems. Surely we should be tolerant and if people step out of line then the force of law should be used.

What do you think?
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Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Is a service necessary?

How many people scrimp by not having their caravan serviced regularly, perhaps it only did a thousand miles last year so they think its not needed. How wrong they are, a service should be seen as an essential safety item. just look at this article.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Smells from the waste tank.

Smelly waste tanks are mainly a problem for motorhomes as very few caravans have internal waste tanks. In this hot weather its easy to get smell rising up through the plug holes from the waste tank. Many motorhomes don't have have traps to stop the smell. Don't despair there are things that you can do to sort out the problem.

Firstly you can buy tank fresh products from the main manufacturers such as Thetford and Elsan. They are very good and certainly resolve the problem.

You can pour in a bottle of cola, drive around to slosh it around and then drain it and rinse with fresh water.

Biological washing powder, this seems to work well and is cheap.

Any other ideas welcomes. Please blog them or visit the web site of Chatsworth Motorhome and Caravan Servicing and e-mail your tips to us.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

New information

I am trying a new blogging tool called Zemanta which helps you to track down relevant contnet for your blog. I am using it today to find some useful information on Caravans, motorhomes and our hobby.

As you know Chatsworth Motorhome & Caravan Servicing is a mobile service business that will service or repair your caravan or motorhome. We are now in the heat of the summer and the roads are full of vehicles, just think when was the last time you had the safety of your gas or electricity checked. When did you have your caravan breaks checked, is your breakaway cable in good condition. How many of the caravans and motorhomes on the road in front of you today have not been checked recently - its a scary thought.

Hopefully below this article you will find something useful to read.

A European CaravanImage via Wikipedia

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