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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Surge Damper

In a previous comment, about the non-existence of a water filter,Anonymous was asking what the white tubular affair was in front of the water heater under the right hand front bench seat.

This is it,just come across it on the Whale site,it is a surge damper:-


Monday, 24 October 2011


For any new/prospective users of the Orion 440/4,the front bed is far more comfy than the rear bed,for two anyway,not much difference I suspect if you are kipping on your own.

Both a bit of a pain to make up but we knew that when we purchased.


A Not Totally Successful Trip

We returned from our second outing yesterday,a long weekend at Beechwood Grange near York which is a CC site,and very pleasant it is,the showers are excellent.The only drawback with the place is that it is virtually an island surrounded by very busy roads with poor provision of footpaths,so if you are walkers or cyclists these need to be negotiated setting off and on your return.One of the roads is the A64 which is virtually a two lane motorway,so be warned.I have read appraisals of the site which said traffic noise was a problem but we did not find it so.The site is also a little tricky to locate as it does not feature on road signs,only as a dead end,until you are at the lane where it is situated where a CC sign is located so a bit of a recce on Google Earth beforehand pays dividends.

When we picked the van up from storage,lo and behold the motor mover would not function again,so we had to manhandle it out of our storage space as it is a bit tight for the car.I deduced that the cause was a low battery,but more of that later.Then,due to stupidity,we managed to drop the front of the van on the floor whilst hitching up,don't ask.I managed to pick it up while SWMBO resecured the jockey wheel but I could feel my back starting to go ( I don't have the best back in the world in the first place ).No  problem towing the Orion,tows like a dream.

When we arrived at the site I made a total bollocks of trying to reverse it onto the pitch ( been on the CC course as well ),so resorted to trying the mover which I thought may work as the battery would have charged a bit during the trip,hardly a peep out of it.It put the rollers onto the wheels,albeit slowly, then wouldn't remove them.Suffice to say we now know how to remove Reich movers manually,so something learned.Once again manhandled the van into position and managed to drop the front on the floor again,lifted it up,my back went.A friendly fellow caravanner gave us some assistance and we eventually got sorted.

Spent a very pleasant long weekend,all the minor faults which we returned to the dealers for have been sorted out.I imagined that as the battery had been on EHU for three days then there would be sufficient oomph in it to manoeuvre the Orion across the pitch to facilitate hitching up without causing an obstruction on the site road.

No chance,so we hitched up where we were,couldn't get the 13-pin electric plug to go in properly,air got blue,got bollocked from wife,man from neighbouring van gave me a hand.

Prior to this our grandson,who had stopped with us for one night proceeded to fill the Thetford toilet cassette up again with the content of his lower bowel after I had emptied and cleaned it,grrrrrrr.

Arrived back at storage,of course no mover so it was back to manhandling.By this time I never wanted to see a caravan ever again,divorce was looming and rancour was in the air.

I have two Elecsol batteries which I rotate periodically keeping the one which is not in use on charge with a C-Tek smart charger.When I took the van to the dealer for the warranty work to be done they checked the mover and could find no fault and in fact I had hitched up with it,parked at the dealers with it,picked it up using it and reparked at the storage with it.I then realised that the other battery had been in situ and the fault must lie with just this battery not retaining a charge.

Today I returned the Elecsol to YC Leisure to swap it and it has to be said I was expecting  a bit of argy bargy or at least a demand that it be tested first,but no just a simple swap and I was on my way.Got the new battery on charge so we will see how it goes when I swap them over.

The back is on the mend and life looks a little more rosy today,perhaps we will go caravanning again.


Thursday, 20 October 2011

No Filter

As Anonymous posted a day or two ago,the Orion doesn't have a water filter.

I have not received a reply from Bailey so checked with the dealer who confirmed this fact.


Monday, 17 October 2011


Been reading about setting the van up for winter,and one of the things was to remember to drain the water out of the water filter.

So,where is the water filter ??

No idea,so I have e-mailed Bailey to ask them,so if there are any other new Orion owners as puzzled as me watch this space,I will post Baileys reply and we can all look forward to a "frozen up"free winter.


Friday, 14 October 2011

Van Returned

Picked the Orion up from YC Leisure today,all jobs appear to have been done to satisfaction so here's to a trouble free caravanning future,hopefully.

Incidentally if anyone has trouble with the grill lighting even though there is a spark and gas,the mechanic showed me how to rectify it.The "thing" that the spark emanates from sometimes moves  so simply give it a tweak and hey presto it should work again.


Monday, 10 October 2011

NEC Show

Off to the Caravan Show at the NEC on Thursday,I can feel the credit card flexing already.


Friday, 7 October 2011

Still Waiting

Well it has been a week now since i took the Orion to the dealers and no sign of it returning yet.

Hope it's not too much longer,still I would rather wait a while and have everything done and dusted rather than keep taking it back,would prefer it if it wasn't an 80 mile round trip but never mind.