Saturday, 22 December 2012

Merry Christmas

christmas paint
christmas paint (Photo credit: cassie_bedfordgolf)
Chatsworth Motorhome & Caravan Servicing would like to wish all of their customer, colleagues, suppliers and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

A break before Christmas

Derbyshire (Photo credit: ~~Tone~~)
Do you want to escape the Christmas hype? If so why not spend a few days in Derbyshire. We have a number of camp sites that open all year around and its a beautiful time to see this amazing County.
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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Christmas is coming

Christmas in the post-War United States
Christmas in the post-War United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
With Christmas only three weeks away you still have time to buy your motorhome or caravan a Christmas present. You can visit my on-line shop and you will find everything you need

We have an excellent emergency kit for breakdowns and continental touring

What about a new hitch cover

There is a nice little cooler to keep the beer in

Finally the best way of aligning your TV aerial

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Chatsworth Christmas Fair

English: The river, bridge and house at Chatsworth
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Its Chatsworth Christmas Fair this weekened. Its a great day out so you should go if your in the area. Just one warning the roads in the area are very busy so avoid them if you can. If you do go be prepared to queue.
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Friday, 16 November 2012

Servicing in 2013

English: Caravan Site With the River Ouse and ...
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So here we are at the back end of November and people are busy winterising their motorhomes and caravans. Time will pass very quickly and before you know what has happened it will be springtime.

Its and unfortunate fact of life (and there is no good reason to do so) that most caravaners and many motorhomers want their vehicle servicing in Spring.

So if you want to book your service for spring then now is the time to do so. Please don't leave it until Spring as you may well be disappointed
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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Buying a motorhome

Commer fc campervan motorhome
Commer fc campervan motorhome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I have been looking around for a motorhome over the last few weeks and I can understand how people get disheartened. How I wish for clear pricing, clear trade in prices and please drop the used car salesman attitudes.

Some dealers have been excellent, some just awful and others actually disinterested - how can that be the case in an industry that needs every sale that it can get.

Motorhome sales have been falling since there peak although the signs are that things are starting to recover slowly. For me the key to better sales is excellent customer service, a no nonsense approach, honesty and the desire to be the best. So go out and support the best but also tell the no-hopers why your not dealing with them.

So if you have a favourite dealer why not drop me an e-mail to let me know who and why they impressed you.....
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Saturday, 3 November 2012

Winter in Derbyshire

November has arrived and winter is on its way. It is time for caravaners and motorhomers to start taking precautions against frost.

You need to drain as much water out of your van as you can, turn off your water pump and open your taps in-between hot and cold.

Look after your battery. Its really bad for your battery if you let it go flat. If you don't know what to do then talk to your engineer about your options. These include solar panels, trickle chargers or simply removing the battery.

Look after your toilet - lubricate the seals and clean out the cassette.

If your unsure talk to your engineer about what to do.
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Friday, 19 October 2012

NEC Birmingham

English: Atrium Entrance 2, National Exhibitio...
English: Atrium Entrance 2, National Exhibition Centre. One of the entrances for the higher numbered exhibition halls at the NEC. The new halls have entrances which look much more interesting, and less warehouse-like than the older ones. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Today I will be travelling down to the NEC in Birmingham to attend the Caravan & Motorhome Show. If your looking to buy a vehicle, parts, accessories or servicing then the NEC is the place to be.

Come down to Hall 19 and look for the MCEA stand and you should find me there.

Members of the MCEA are mobile engineers that can service your caravan or motorhome at home, your storage site or even on your holiday pitch. Many MCEA members are also members of the NCC Approved Workshop Scheme (AWS) which means that they can service new caravans and motorhomes even whilst under warranty.

If you are in Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire or South Yorkshire then look me up and give me a call- just Google Chatsworth Motorhome & Caravan Servicing.

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Monday, 8 October 2012


English: Chesterfield
English: Chesterfield (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today I found myself working around the Chesterfield area. The day started out very misty with the spire peaking out. During the day the temperature improved and it turned in to a fine day in Derbyshire.

Yesterday I managed to fit a semi-flexible solar panel to a motorhome roof. I have been waiting for weeks for the weather to be right as the panel has been bonded to the roof. Whenever I have planned the installation it has rained. This weekend was sunny and warm so the panel was fixed and is working well. The motorhome sits in storage and the battery flattens very quickly, this should help. It will also let the customer go off-grid when they go away.
A photovoltaic (PV) module that is composed of...
A photovoltaic (PV) module that is composed of multiple PV cells. Two or more interconnected PV modules create an array. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Sunday, 30 September 2012

Looking for a break

English: The West Front of Chatsworth House at...
English: The West Front of Chatsworth House at Sunset (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Although Autumn is here there is still plenty of opportunities to get away for a few days. Derbyshire has so much to offer so why not book a camp site and take a look.

You could visit -
Chatsworth House & Gardens
Hardwick Hall
The Heights of Abraham
The Tissington Trail
The National Tramway Museuem

There are hundreds of tourist attractions open in Derbyshire. Why not let me know your favourites.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Autumn arrives

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Well we have made it to the end of September and its raining big time. Many of you will now be thinking of putting your van away for the winter. Before you do consider having it serviced in the Autumn, we are less busy and you stand a better chance of picking a day/date that suits you.

If you need your caravan or motorhome servicing in 2013 then now is a good time to book your service. Please don't wait until April - do it now.
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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Carbon Monoxide

"Beware of carbon monoxide" - NARA -...
"Beware of carbon monoxide" - NARA - 513966 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Carbon Monoxide has been in the news recently due to some tragic deaths over the last few months. Every year people lose their lives to this silent killer which can't be smelt. Anything that burns in a caravan or motorhome has the potential to give off carbon monoxide. This includes charcoal and LPG (butane and propane).

It is so important to be aware of the dangers and you can take some simple steps to protect your self.

Never take a barbecue into an awning, caravan or motorhome. A warm, smouldering barbecue gives off plenty of poisonous carbon monoxide (CO), which can kill.

Never use a fuel-burning appliance to heat your awning.  Stoves, cookers and barbecues are designed for cooking not space heating. Never use the cooker to warm up your caravan or motorhome.

When using your cooker or stove inside a caravan or motorhome ensure that you have plenty of ventilation and that you follow the recommendations as laid down by the manufacturers.

Never run a generator inside an awning.

Don’t cook inside your awning, unless there’s an area specifically designed for this purpose and you’re sure that there is adequate ventilation.

Don’t use any other gas, charcoal or liquid fuel appliances inside an awning. Gaspowered fridges and lamps, for example, also need plenty of ventilation to prevent them producing poisonous carbon monoxide. Awnings aren’t generally designed with this in mind.

Fit a carbon monoxide detector in your motorhome or caravan or if you don't know how then ask a caravan or motorhome engineer to fit one for you.

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Sat Navs

I have started to test a new sat nav that is designed for caravans and motorhomes. You input your size and weight and the routes are calculated taking in to account your size. The units also have lots of POI's programmed in with relevant sites such as camp sites, over night stopping places and waste water drop points.

The main manufacturers are now all producing sat navs that use this type of data. Let me know if you have used one and tell me what you think.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Lead time for spares

Spare parts can be very difficult to obtain at times. I think most customers expect it to be the same as for cars - you go to the dealer and get your spares in a day or two. It is simply not the same in the leisure vehicle market. Most things we can get in a few days but its not uncommon especially in spring time to have to wait many weeks. I have waited 12 weeks for parts on a few occasions. My appeal to you all is have your caravan or motorhome serviced as early as you can so that if there are any problems then we stand a chance of getting the bits that we need.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Practical Caravan

You just have to go and buy a copy of Practical Caravan, I'm on the page about Chatsworth........ Take a look and let me know what you think.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

The weather!

It feels as if we are in 40 days and 40 nights of rain. Engineers have had to be towed from fields and I have seen caravans sitting in many inches of water. Its really important that when we come to jack up your caravan that we have some solid ground for our jacks to sit on. It is even likely that some services will need to be rescheduled if the ground is too wet. I hope that you all realise that safety is very important and we must ensure that you, your vehicle and we are safe.

If your having problems and looking for an approved workshop then look no further than Chatsworth Motorhome & Caravan Servicing if your in Derbyshire, Derby or North Nottinghamshire.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Easter time for caravan engineers

The Caravan Club
I hope that you are all enjoying Easter but please take five minutes to think about your local caravan engineer who will be having the busiest time of the year. I am having customers ring me expecting an immediate response but they are one of many and its very difficult to offer our normal call out timescales.

I was at Poolsbrook Caravan Club Site a few days a go on a call out and three other people approached me whilst I was there. Oh and one other thing - we do have to charge you, we don't come over and try to fix things for the "I'll give you a tenner" brigade. We have to make a living and a tenner only just covers your diesel these days.

This time of year also brings out the best of people. Twice this weekend customers have turned up with a flask of hot tea for me. It was received with gratitude because its been cold and wet in Derbyshire this week.

Happy Easter.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Servicing your caravan or motorhome

Main gate of Chatsworth House, England                       Image via Wikipedia
It has been a beautiful day in Derbyshire and its been very busy for Chatsworth Motorhome & Caravan Servicing.

I have had numerous calls over the last few weeks with people asking to have their caravan serviced "next" week. Any good service company is going to be very busy in spring as everyone gets their van out and ready for the new season.

Please plan ahead or consider having your van serviced a bit later in the year.
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Thursday, 1 March 2012

Caravan Fire in Lancashire

We have reached optimum CO levels(Photo credit: HeatherMG)

I think that this once again shows the importance of a caravan service. Caravans are very flammable in their own right and add to that LPG then you have a real risk.

Fit a smoke alarm, CO alarm, service your van and check it over before every journey.
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Saturday, 25 February 2012

IMPORTANT NEWS FLASH - Bailey Alu-Tech caravans

I am pleased to say that we are now able to service Bailey Alu-Tech caravans at any age. Previously in year three the van had to go to a Bailey dealer for a specific type of service. This is no longer the case and Chatsworth Motorhome & Caravan Servicing is now able to service Bailey Alu-Tech caravans at any age and still maintain the warranty. You no longer have to hitch up your caravan and tow it away for a service, I will come to you and service at your home, storage site or even on a pitch.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Damp Caravans

I have put this post together to show just what a damp caravan looks like and more importantly how much work is involved in repairing one. The workshop belongs to my friends at S & C Caravans who carry out the damp and bodywork for my customers.

 The start of the process, the windows are out and the cupboards are being removed.

This is the rear of the caravan and we are starting to see the extent of the damp and the damage. Its not possible to predict the full extent of the damp until you start removing wall boards. You can't tell from the photograph but the wall was actually wet.

This is the rear panel with all of the insulation and timber removed. You can see the damp spores on the back panel. At this point the smell is very unpleasant but you can't smell it until you have broken through the wall boards. We often hear customers say that my van isn't damp because I can't smell anything - you wont until you expose you it.

This is the front panel and when the awning rail and sealant is removed you can see the fractures in the panel. There is no doubt that damp gets in this way. This will be plastic welded before the van is resealed and made water tight once again.

This is the back corner that is in the earlier pictures. We have started to replace the wall boards and the furniture is starting to go back in. It took a long time to strip out and clean but the reconstruction went smoothly although the extent of the damage was far worse than expected.

You can now see the rear of the caravan which is waiting for the window to be refitted.

At this point the back end is almost complete and attention has turned to the front of the van. As you can see the water heater has been removed along with all of the furniture. The damp is significant but it hasn't spread as much as it had in the rear of the van. There is still a significant amount of work to repair, reseal and make good.

So here we go with a selection of pictures which show the finished job. Once again another great job by S&C Caravans and Chatsworth Motorhome & Caravan Servicing. If you look at the photos below you will see that the front windows are back in, new seals have been fitted, the awning rails have been refitted and the lights have been put back in place. The final job was putting back all of the soft furnishings and cleaning up.

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