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Old 21-06-2013, 15:59   #1 (permalink)
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I have a list of things i think i need before our first trip abroad in mh any advice on better options etc will be appreciated .The list is to long so just a few here if you dont mind.

TV i read on here about a good 12v tv a while back but lost the link it needs to play dvd`s and avi films of usb stick not bothered about tv channels cause prob wont get many progs we know in france ?
Two i found
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12V-19-Inc...item27d2398edf

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ultra-Digita...ref=pd_cp_ce_2 any good ?

Portable power supply i was thinking of solar panel but little time and know of none around here fitting though ive got a small maplin windscreen solar to top up the batteries also thinking of kippor genny but noise running and weight is a factor ? Chatter had a good idea one of those portable power pack engine jump starter packs with 12v lead to power tv & laptop .
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Portable-1...item2ec86c9941

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Car-Jump-s...00931055937%26

Tyres they are michelins 215/70 R15C XC at the moment with loads of tread and very minor cracking on side walls but due to thier age of 9 years and being a bit spooked by coments on forum ive decided to change them all had a quote for new michelins 135 each but Hancooks which i read on forum as being decent for 350 for 4 !

Also changing cam belt kit, water pump and brake fluid and checking pads & discs because not known if done before i got mh & not stamped in service book .

Booked ferry through Dover exchange flexi ticket, but guy seemed unsure about dogs he recons free dover to calais, but 25 - 30 each on return ?

If your still with me i`ll hold it right there for now . Any opinions welcome thanks.
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Tv, www.kogan.co.uk few on here got them as well as us, can't fault them
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Portable power supply

If you are traveling about, shouldn't need one
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Old 21-06-2013, 16:43   #4 (permalink)
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I have a list of things i think i need before our first trip abroad in mh any advice on better options etc will be appreciated .The list is to long so just a few here if you dont mind.

TV i read on here about a good 12v tv a while back but lost the link it needs to play dvd`s and avi films of usb stick not bothered about tv channels cause prob wont get many progs we know in france ?
Two i found
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12V-19-Inc...item27d2398edf

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ultra-Digita...ref=pd_cp_ce_2 any good ?
most cheap tvs use the same screen manufacturer but the build quality varies wildly between brands. we have a cheap Aldi bought tv that runs on 240v or 12v cost under 100 with 3 year warranty

Portable power supply i was thinking of solar panel but little time and know of none around here fitting though ive got a small maplin windscreen solar to top up the batteries also thinking of kippor genny but noise running and weight is a factor ? Chatter had a good idea one of those portable power pack engine jump starter packs with 12v lead to power tv & laptop .
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Portable-1...item2ec86c9941

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Car-Jump-s...00931055937%26
cheap little solar panels such as the maplin one are more a novelty than useful. using a jump starter pack wont last long. all they are is at best a 30amp hour battery in a plastic box. get a second leisure battery and charge it with your other one. generally would recomend a 100a/h so 3 times the capacity plus


Tyres they are michelins 215/70 R15C XC at the moment with loads of tread and very minor cracking on side walls but due to thier age of 9 years and being a bit spooked by coments on forum ive decided to change them all had a quote for new michelins 135 each but Hancooks which i read on forum as being decent for 350 for 4 !
hancooks are excellent value for money. essential you change tyres if splits are showing their dangerous

Also changing cam belt kit, water pump and brake fluid and checking pads & discs because not known if done before i got mh & not stamped in service book .
common sense to protect your investment dont forget the oil change too

Booked ferry through Dover exchange flexi ticket, but guy seemed unsure about dogs he recons free dover to calais, but 25 - 30 each on return ?

If your still with me i`ll hold it right there for now . Any opinions welcome thanks.
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I had one of those Maplin panels - useful as a chocolate fireguard

For a proper solar panel contact Dave Newell and get Funster discount on the job. Telford is only about 3 hours from you and you could combine the work with a couple of days away.
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Thanks guys .
kogan was the one i wanted nice one chaser

The little solar dash panel has kept both batteries at around 12.5v since its been standing still since early may but obviously no good for normal use. If i cant find a reputable firm around here i will defo ask Eddie van bits to fit proper panels if able to find time before we go.
I have one 110ah leisure battery and will be using aries mostly so will be moving a lot so as you say maybe enough to run lights, tv, laptops etc for upto 4-5hours a day ?

I had the oil changed last July around 3,000 miles ago does it need changing again so soon ?

Do they do rissoles in france ?
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I suppose it depends on what you call a rissole, from what I remember welsh so called rissoles are corned beef and mashed potato not a patch on the real thing. Certainly nothing like then that I came across.
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Thanks guys .
kogan was the one i wanted nice one chaser

The little solar dash panel has kept both batteries at around 12.5v since its been standing still since early may but obviously no good for normal use. If i cant find a reputable firm around here i will defo ask Eddie van bits to fit proper panels if able to find time before we go.
I have one 110ah leisure battery and will be using aries mostly so will be moving a lot so as you say maybe enough to run lights, tv, laptops etc for upto 4-5hours a day ?

I had the oil changed last July around 3,000 miles ago does it need changing again so soon ?
Yes changing the oil at minimum 12 monthly will extend the life of the engine. Engine oil becomes acidic over time whilst in contact with metal and loses viscosity. 3000 miles does not seem much on the scale of the life expectancy of the engine but think how many times the engine turned in that time. say 2000rpm or 120,000 rotations per hour. 3000 miles at 50mph is 60hours, so 120,000 rotations for 50 hours is 7, 200,000 rotations in total.

Also standing time does the oil no good as it drains toward the sump and into any sludge left there. a normal oil change doesnt include a flush after all, so it tends to build up. the bottom line is though, changing the oil regularly is the best way to maintain your vans engine.



Do they do rissoles in france ?
Bet your pleased you asked now
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