Our first three days away in our Lunar Motorhome...

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  1. lilacben

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    Well just come back from North Devon after our first trip out in the motorhome... Everything was going well until they put us on pitch under a tree....on a very bad slope....so we asked to move...which they let us do..next pitch ..seemed ok.. but then found we was still sloping ,downhill... ok,we can make do. I had read people say that they do not blocks under the wheels as have never had to use them.? Are they just lucky?... then found out the lovely cold fridge was going warmer and warmer? that never worked at all while away... all our fresh food after two days had to be thrown away. Oh dear not a good start... then one night hubby going down ladder to go to the loo suddenly disappeared half way down... asking where he had gone and the reply was on the floor....he had slipped of the ladder.! But are we pleased to be home ?? NO.! despite everything we had a great time.! Brenda
     
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    Oh well Brenda......it can only get better!!

    Where are you going next time so we can avoid you....?
     
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    Things can only get better enjoy.
     
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    Oh we did enjoy ourselves....it was so funny seeing my husband suddenly disappear.... ! One day everything will be fine but then maybe not so enjoyable.! lol
     
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    Glad you managed to have fun on your first trip in spite of the slope :)
     
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    Don't believe everything you read, of course there are times you need blocks, maybe not so often but you will, plus your fridge on gas won't like being on a slope. If it gets too bad it may stop working. Hubby and ladders? Perhaps one with wider rungs might help? Errrr, that's the ladder not hubby. :LOL:
     
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    Yep watch them ladders I fell off when we had our first Bessie with a overcab bed and broke my heel bone. first week away in France of an eight week trip so I limped around for the next seven rather than go to hospital thinking it would get better or a cast perhaps and not be able to drive. Pete
     
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    oh dear! better luck next time :)
     
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    Pre-chill the fridge and its contents at home for at least 24 hours before setting off, stick ice packs in the freezer overnight then put them in the main fridge compartment during the day, especially if it's hot outside. Keep the MH (and thus fridge) level, and when on gas try using the middle setting on the thermostat which is generally most efficient. Don't overfill your fridge.

    The 12v mode when travelling is unlikely to make it colder - it will just maintain whatever temperature it is when you set off.

    To be honest most factory-fitted MH fridges are nothing special and struggle to cope with ambient temperatures above the low 20s, but careful fiddling around can help here.

    When you said Lunar Motorhome I had visions of

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    now that really is a magicsurfbus!!! love your thinking! :D
     
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    What make of Lunar have you got? We have a Roadstar 720.
    We are sitting on the shores of Loch Lomond at the moment with EHU & Gas on with the red light flashing on the fridge. worked a treat on 12v on the way up and when the gas was on for lunch!!
    As said earlier, being level has a lot to do with it.
     
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    Flashing light probably means the electricity power is too low - at least that's what it means in our MH. Just put on gas.

    Denise
     
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    Thanks Denise, Fridge has a mind of its own! Switched off & on three times and now working. Must have seen the Lump Hammer in my hand!!
    Can go and retrieve the net of beers out of the Loch.
     
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    Thankyou all for your replies...I found them all entertaining!..especially the Lunar Motor home photo.! Very good..lol.
    Hubby is now pleased he isnt the only one to fall on his first trip out...not so good for you though Pete.!
    Our fridge was on electric but couldnt get it to work on anything.
    Ours is a Lunar Moonstar 570... 2009. Hope your fridge is now working and your beers are nice and cold. That was the only thing Bill was upset about..his got warm and he couldnt drink it ! Never mind he can have one tonight.!
    Cheers! Brenda
     
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    Hi Lilacben

    Whichever you select, gas/electric, you need to be reasonably level for an absorption fridge to work.

    Our driveway slopes - not hugely - but enough to stop the fridge working. Before going away I usually do what magicsurfbus suggests and put a 2l bottle of frozen water in the fridge the day before to get the temp down. I sometimes put the levelling blocks out at home but generally stick with the frozen bottle.

    Wouldn't be without the levelling blocks when away. Most times we don't need to use them but there's definitely been occasions when they were needed (some campsites descriptions of 'slightly sloping' could win awards for poetic licence!)
     
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    Ok thankyou will remember that in future trips... now can I ask a question please ? which levelers have you all bought? I am now looking to buy some but would like a recommendation as so many. Thankyou Brenda
     
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    I have the Malenco 4 level quite heavy but very good. Pete
     
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    I have fiamma wedge and step type one which I have used with the caravan for donkeys years and will be using then with my motorhome from now on. Very few places are level. Good luck, it is fun even when it is exasperating.
     
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    Milenco Quatro for us too. Quite often up on the top level.

    Denise
     
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    Glad it did not dim your enthusiasm,

    1. It is no fun parking on a slope and after a couple of days can make you feel quite ill. Levelling blocks are the way to go

    2. Quite right your fridge won't work properly.

    3. The ladder, go to B&Q buy some of that foam they put around pipes, fasten them on the rungs of the ladder with cable ties, this should stop any slipping.

    4. If you are given a bad pitch ask to be moved to a better one, if not find another site, its supposed to be a pleasure and a poor pitch makes for a poor weekend.

    5. Good on you for not been put off enjoy your Motorhome that's what it's all about.
     
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