Monday, 26 October 2009

Advertising

Are the current advertising mediums dead? By this I'm talking about local newspapers and Yellow Pages. By far the most important source of business for me is Google, I've used adwords and they work beautifully. I've now just come across classified ads on ebay, yet another interesting way to advertise.

So if you want to find an engineer, how would you find one?

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Freezing

Its ffffffreezing this morning. Its a good job that modern motorhomes and caravans are so well insulated and come with good heating systems. If your not using your vehicle don't forget to drain down - you don't want to pay me to fix your taps do you.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

NEC Show

I'm just back from the Caravan and Motorhome Show 2009 at the NEC in Birmingham. I started by visiting the Mobile Caravan Engineers Association stand (mcea). I was very impressed at how busy the stand was and the team did a great job. I'm sure that we will all pick up work as a result.

I was also interested to see Stealth Caravans, they are interesting and different. I really hope they succeed and shake up the industry. We need an industry with lots of variety to attract all sorts of different people in particular young people.

The motorhome industry continues to innovate but the exchange rate seems to be really affecting them. This has forced up prices and I hope this doesn't kill off any of the manufacturers.

Great show and I look forward to seeing you all back at the NEC in the spring.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Derbyshire

My patch is Derbyshire and there are some great places to visit in the County at any time of the year. I've just been looking at which sites are staying open throughout the winter and I have to say there are quite a few.

Location of Derbyshire (red) within EnglandImage via Wikipedia

So if you want to climb the hills, walk in the dales, visit a Stately Home, check out one of our fine towns, eat well or simply visit a great camp site then there is no better time than now.
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Saturday, 10 October 2009

Is Caravan Design Changing

Caravans haven't changed much in the last ten years but could things be changing? Caravaning and Motorhoming is attracting more and younger people all of the time. I'm not convinced that the industry has kept up with this. However we now have a new manufacturer - Stealth Caravans with what looks like a unique product. I can't wait to see it at the big show at the NEC. We also have Bailey showing a new type of construction method which looks very exciting.

The challenge is now on for all manufacturers to adapt to the younger and stylish caravaners.

Motorhome designers have tried some new things but even they need to adapt.

I would welcome your thoughts.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Gas hoses

It shocks me how old and damaged some lpg hoses are in a van. It costs so little to have them changed during a service and your life could depend on them. There are two types of hoses now - low pressure hose that leads from a cylinder based regulator and high pressure pigtails that connect a gas bottle to a 30mb bulk head fitted regulator.
Its my policy for low pressure hoses to change them every year. Its amazing how much damage there can be after just one year.
All hoses should be thoroughly checked during a service, a gas pressure check carried out on the system and a leak check on the fittings. Remember its your life that matters.
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Gas

If you take your motorhome or caravan to Europe then you have to think about your gas supply. UK cylinders are not available in Europe so if you run out of gas then you have a problem. There are a number of solutions and it depends how old your van is and how often you intend to tour in Europe. Here are some options -

1) An LPG refillable system. You can install cylinders in your van which have a filler that enables you to refill them at an LPG filling station. You will need to purchase the adapters to convert the UK filler. The most popular systems come from Gaslow.

2) If you have the new fixed 30mb regulator then you can buy a new pigtail to fit a continental bottle or an adapter for a UK pigtail.

3) If you have the older cylinder mounted regulator then you can buy continental clip on adapters.

We can advise on the best option for you.