Your Motor Home Is A Van Too

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  1. Geo

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    Thought these might be of use


    [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXSPqyPDZJs&list=PLsY3YDrAIIJlhCubMU52ld8u7xr90FU-r"]Van driver's walkaround check - Part 1: Outside the van - YouTube[/ame]



    [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jyp2LeuceGE&list=PLsY3YDrAIIJlhCubMU52ld8u7xr90FU-r"]Van driver's walkaround check - Part 2: Inside the van - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    He lost me when he tries to check wheel nut security by hand. :Eeek: They might feel tight by hand but would still be insecure for the stresses on the wheel while driving. IMHO. I presume this is an Expert? :Doh:
     
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    Can't believe how grey Ian has gone..........:Wink:

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    That's the point I stopped watching the video :Doh:
     
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    Suah an expert he can check wheel nuts by hand,the mind boggles:Eeek:in a word utter bulls..t
     
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    there is sum useful information for someone who has never driven a van surprising watt you can notes on a walk round check
    even wheel nuts getting a visual can you tell
    I see signs of lose well nuts on vehicles regularly can you tell just by looking:thumb:
    geo will be abill to explain nice vids geo
     
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  7. Geo

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    Tis indeed a sad testament to the lack of knowledge of those who have poo pood the wheel nut check
    Its only goes to prove how important the video is.

    How did you check your wheel nuts this morning?

    Dont answer that

    Cos you didn't check them at all:Doh:
    Those with no knowledge will appreciate the videos

    Those with a good knowledge will understand the videos

    Those with very limited knowledge will poo poo the videos
    Geo
     
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    This is something I always do, got it from pilots who always do a walk around the planes before taxiing to the runway.

    I even do it after parking after being told about your tyres getting interfered with while you are shopping.

    How many times have you seen vans drive off with vents open or electric still attached and the numpties that drive along with the Sat. dish still up? :Eeek:
     
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    I dont Pooboo the situation,i just look and see utter bull,in my day as a qualified mechanic,thats time served,before coming a full time fireman,we were always taught to check with a small toffee hammer or a large spanner and just tap the wheel nuts, you just cannot check the tightness by hand Not unless your Bionic:Rofl1:and you as a proffs can see that,and yes all good motorist's should check these at least once aweek,the you tube brought up some good points and iam not knocking that BUT the hand wheel nut check again is utter Bulls..t,
     
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    I must own up and I'm a bit OCD about it. Always check around the car/van when I drive. takes a few seconds really. I also check the brake/rear lights in the mirror when stopped in traffic - you can see the reflection, though many canbus vehicles now will tell you when a lamp fails (and my car is all LED rear lights anyway)
     
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    Surely the films were only meant to illustrate simple every day checks for something obvious, not an in depth examination.

    Like Keith, I always check round the van before we move off, just to make sure I haven't missed something like the corner steadies (usually put the handle over the pedals but sometimes forget).
     
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    I usually have a walk round the van before moving off and we check all the windows and rooflights. Once drove off with a window not secure, got up to 30 mph and looked in the mirror to see the window slowly climbing to a horizontal position. Only did that once!

    Rgds
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    Thanks Geo.
    Just got that through today.

    The video is issued by VOSA and is aimed at all van drivers.
    It's about daily walk round checks, not MOT inspections.

    Wheel nut security obviously cant be checked fully without a torque wrench, (how many of the poo poo-ers use one daily?) but physical signs can be apparent.

    Disturbed paint?
    Uneven wheel stud threads showing?
    If aligners are used, any out of alignment?

    Checking by hand will only tell you if the nuts are in immediate danger of failure, but that check alone has value.

    Don't dismiss the advice given on the premise that it's rubbish and VOSA know nothing.
    You will find different if you have a run in with them.
     
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    It is a good video. As far as I can see Its not a weekly check by a mechanic; Its a pre-drive - walk round check for a commercial driver. They are just checking for missing or obviously insecure Wheel nuts and for that fingers or the mark 1 eyeball will do.
     
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    I've always (before going away) checked the wheel nuts with a bar and tyre pressures - I do this as the Wife is loading the kit as she will not let me anywhere near that chore.:Laughing:

    I take tyres and wheel nuts serious and once away, when arrived, I have a quick check around (just in case I have to get anything). However I always have a walk around check every time before setting off, mirrors, lights, tyres, lockers, ehu etc, only takes a few minutes before setting off but gives me confidence for our next adventure.

    I think the videos produced by the past VOSA do give a 'broad brush' overview of what should be checked - one could think of it as if those wheelnuts did turn by hand then the owner would be in a 'better' position than gleefully driving off without any check and taking half the M6 with him.
    :Eeek:

    Trikeman. :Wink:
     
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    I always check the fridge is full of beer before I set off :thumb:
     
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  17. Geo

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    I as a professional saw that a visual/ hand inspection was 1000% better than none at all

    Suprised and disapointed
    You as a qualified Mech should see that also, especially with Safety being your byword as a Fireman:Doh: or do you have a Gung Ho attitude in all situations

    And before im accused of being superman
    I have failed to check wheel nuts on a daily basis, ive left sat dishes up, and driven off, ive even pulled a hook up post out
    Its a reminder and sound advice, feel free to ignore it
     
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    As above, Surely a visual check is better than no check at all.............
     
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    Spot On :thumb:
    I was amazed on a recent m/bike trip to Alasksa how little knowledge some people have and the chances they take. We met up with a couple of Americans and rode with them for a few days. One had a puncture 500 miles from anywhere and had no idea how to fix it or any kit and was prepared to spend thousands of dollars and wait days to get rescued :Eek!::Eek!:

    Guess who ended up doing it for them :BigGrin:

    Good videos Geo especially for those with little or no knowledge. :thumb::thumb:
     
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    Gung Ho:Rofl1::Rofl1:,at least i have Broad shoulders:thumb:
     
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