Sunday, 27 February 2011

NEC Show

Just back from the NEC in Birmingham. What a busy week we have had on the MCEA stand, we have been very busy with both new and regular customers. Its been very good to see so many engineers working together for the benefit of everyone in the organisation. See you next time.

Monday, 21 February 2011

February, the weather and the NEC

photograph of entrance 3 at the NEC, West Midl...Image via WikipediaI think that we all thought that the weather was heading for spring conditions, well this weekend has really proved how wrong we were. Saturday morning the ground was white over with snow, it then became very wet and cold. I was over with some caravan club wardens servicing their caravan. I got to know them quite well over at Chatsworth CC site and I visited their home to service their caravan before they head off for the summer season. It was great to see them again and I am want to wish them well at their next site.

Tomorrow sees the start of the Boat and Caravan Show at the Birmingham NEC. The MCEA will have its own stand once again in hall 5. Please come along and say hello.
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Saturday, 12 February 2011

Breaking down.

Unofficial flag of Derbyshire. Image created b... Being based in Derbyshire there are many camp sites around me. I provide a breakdown service and often find myself called out to the local sites to help a customer in distress.

Yesterday I had an electrical problem and a water pump failure. That's two call outs and I suppose that's typical for a Friday at this  time of year. Its probably the first weekend out for many campers and the winter problems are just becomingobvious.

It amazes just how many people go away without any money or a cheque book. You don't know what is going to happen when your away so it makes sense to take some emergency funding with you just in case something goes wrong.
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Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Becoming a caravan engineer

I have lost count of how many people have called or e-mailed me about this subject. Lets not make any mistakes its expensive, you need some kind of foundation course such as the one provided by the MCEA. There is then AcOPS Gas certification and numerous manufacturers courses to go on. Then you have to turn your attention to tools which are very expensive added to that are specialised test equipment. Now add public liability insurance and hundreds (if not thousands) of pounds worth of stock and you can start trading.

Its a good job but it is much more expensive to start up than many people think.
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Saturday, 5 February 2011

Rain and wind

The rain and wind has been so bad today. The caravan I was working on was moving in the wind, I had it jacked up and could see the wind battering it. I was really glad to get it back on its wheels. The job went well but I got home very wet and chilly - glad to be back!
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