Sunday, 31 January 2010

Stolen caravan

GPS navigation solution running on a smartphon...Image via Wikipedia
I've just had a call from someone who had his caravan stolen last night. It was there at midnight and gone by morning, locks and bolts cut from the gates to get the van out - very professional. If your buying second hand get a check done on the CRIS number for caravans or a HPI check on a motorhome. We need to stop dealing with these people and checking if your van is stolen is one way to do this. Consider security measures too, don't make it attractive for the scum that steal vans.

I fit GPS trackers which alert you by text message if the van moves and then you and the police can track its location. If you haven't got one fitted perhaps now is the time?
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Sunday, 24 January 2010

Van lock

Yesterday gave me an interesting challenge, a caravan lock that wouldn't open. I managed to get the customer into his van but broke the key fob at the same time. The fob was very poor, made of plastic and as soon as I applied pressure it just snapped. A job well done but I want to see if I can persuade the  manufacturer/importer to replace what is after all only a two year old lock.
Sundry key fobs.Image via Wikipedia
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Monday, 18 January 2010

MCEA

I'm proud to say that I am a member of the MCEA (Mobile Caravan Engineers Association). We are all independent engineers that choose to be members of this association. The MCEA trains its members, keeps them up to date with changing regulations, lobbies and supports us all.

In my opinion the MCEA leads and the rest of industry tries to copy what we do. After a very successful NEC show in October the association will be back in February at the Boat and Caravan Show 2010. I hope to see many of my current customers and hopefully a lot more for the MCEA during the show.

Come along to the NEC and see what the MCEA is all about.
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Friday, 8 January 2010

Winterisation

There are some simple tips to help keep your motorhome or caravan safe and secure over winter. Here are a few of my ideas for you to consider -

- Ensure you drain the water system and heating system.
- Switch off the pump and leave the taps open.
- Consider removing the habitation battery and keeping it in the garage (remember you may have a security system running from it though, so think carefully before doing so)
- Put your gas bottles in the shed.
- Keep your vents clear but try to stop the wind blowing underneath van which causes wind chill.
- Leave the handbrake off but chock the wheels.
-  Remove all bedding, towels and furnishings
- Consider running a small heater such as an oil filled radiator.
- Ensure that your door seal is lubricated to help prevent it freezing and thus being damaged when you force open the door.

Finally keep a close eye on the van and if possible go out and enjoy it during the winter.
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Thursday, 7 January 2010

Cold weather

Butane gas cylinder on white backgroundImage via Wikipedia
I'm getting calls about the cold weather and many of the problems can be avoided with a bit of preparation.

Firstly those gas appliances that have stopped working. I have found that people are trying to run on butane but it freezes in these temperatures. You need to use propane.

Damaged taps, drain down your van, turn off the pump and then leave the taps open.

If your van is on your drive consider putting an oil filled radiator in it and run it on low to stop things freezing.

Take care on the roads and don't forget to book your service now for the spring time.
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