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Monday, 30 January 2012

EVO 4 Contd.

One of the blogs followers ( Anonymous ) has posted this in the Comment section.

I thought it worth reposting in the main part of the blog :-

 Hello just seen in March issue of the Practical caravan magazine new Evo based on 430/-4 layout with nearside fixed bed,weight has been cut & cheaper by stripping back gas equipment in favour of electricity.Gas oven gone, the duel fuel space heater has been replaced by Truma mains powered plinth heater,installed in the base of fixed bed. Gas system remains in reduced form, example one gas burner and two electric hotplates.Evo 4 on display 14/22nd London ExCel show.It has also been jazzed up with silver sides and skirts.

An addition from Anonymous:-

Forgot to mention Bailey estimates that the Evo will weigh 100kg less than the 430-4,for an MTPLM of around 1150kg. It still retains a microwave, and a whale water heating is used.The Truma mains powered plinth heater, is similar to those used in static caravans. Practical Caravan magazine has two images of new Evo 4.


Sunday, 29 January 2012

Useful Links

I have started a list of useful caravanning links on the right hand side of the blog.

These are just meant as handy information or places that I have found useful they are not recommendations as such,I don't get anything from them for posting the links.

If I ever do ( and I have no objection to monetary contributions ) I will be upfront about it and post it on the blog.

If anyone has any sites/firms etc. that they want me to add then just let me know and I will add them to the list.


Thursday, 26 January 2012

New Jockey Wheel

Finally got around to fitting the new jockey wheel with a pneumatic tyre complete with Jock Lock ( left the Jock Lock handle in place for the photo,this is usually removed and kept elsewhere ) for a bit of added security.

Painted some black stripes on the leg and covered them with clear tape and painted the centre of the wheel black so if anyone does nick them then at least I will be able to recognise it on someone elses van.

Not exactly Fort Knox security but may help a bit.

Fitted an "R" clip ( 4mm if anyone is interested ) instead of the split pin to make wheel removal much easier.


Sunday, 22 January 2012

Replacement Jockey Wheel At Last

Some of you may remember that I returned the original AL-KO jockey wheel to AL-KO via the dealers for a possible warranty replacement as the tread was coming off after only two uses.

This was over six weeks ago and naturally nothing had been heard from AL-KO so I asked the dealers to give them a nudge.Eventually I received ( well I had to go and collect it from the dealers ) a full replacement jockey wheel ( that is wheel and "stick" ).

The dealer said AL-KO had " forgotten" about me.AL-KO seem to do a lot of forgetting,like forgetting to respond to e-mails for a start.Their customer service is,in my experience,truly shocking.

As I had purchased a pneumatic jockey wheel in the meantime this new one is up for sale if any one wants it,it is £35 but probably for pick-up only due to the weight,it is on the CT forum classified section.

I also have a jockey wheel assembly ( i.e. "stick" only,no wheel ) for sale at £25,once again probably pick up only for the same reason.


Saturday, 21 January 2012

Quick Release Battery Clamps

Fitted some quick release battery clamps to the Orion today to sort out the difficulty of putting two wires in the battery clamp,worked out rather well,much neater,tidier and easier to manage.

The clamps were about £8.50 from the dealers.


Thursday, 19 January 2012

No New Orions

The new Orions weren't at the Manchester show,the first time they are aired is at the Excel show in London.


Tuesday, 17 January 2012

New Orions

Just noticed this link on CT for two new Orions:-

I will be attending the Caravan Show in Manchester on Thursday 19th.Jan,will have a look and get some photos if possible.


Sunday, 15 January 2012

Filling A Hole #1

I can't remember if I mentioned in a previous posting that I had dented/cracked the work surface where the TV stands when a ceramic mug fell on it when I opened the locker above.

I was considering replacing it when the van is due for servicing but after looking around a bit I came across some stuff called Colorfill which is £7.00 or so from B&Q which supposedly does the job.They only had a very small selection of colours,including a light brown and a dark brown so I bought the dark.I suppose it could have done with being slightly darker but so be it.

This is the result after filling with one coat :-

The instructions say it may need two or three applications to complete the job and I think it will but I don't think it looks too bad already and much cheaper than a replacement worktop from Bailey which I imagine would have been well over £100 or so plus the fitting.

When I have added a couple more applications and the job is complete I will post some pictures and impressions of the final result.


Monday, 9 January 2012

Well Let's Scotch That Rumour For A Start.

A recent poster on the CT forum had a friend who had been told that the Orion range could not have a mover fitted.

We have a Reich fitted to our 440/4 with no problem at all.

I did suggest that the 400/2 ( two berth ) may suffer from this as it is about 1m shorter than the other models in the range so may have a shorter chassis which could compromise fitment.

Someone replied that they had recently fitted a Powertouch to such a model so that is incorrect also.

So if you are told such a thing it is a load of twaddle.