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    #16
    Originally posted by CyberCynth View Post

    When i went to collect the caravan the boss was telling me what he intended to have done to effect repairs to the floor: 'Just screw a bit of ply onto the underneath of the floor'. Right, that should do the trick then, NOT, I thought with some dismay. I may be a senior but do I look particularly stupid? I know that is not how Martin, of MRE Services would do the job and numerous other people have told me how it should be done.
    It says on the link to Jon's kit repair above this:

    "Repairing from the underside of the van is a much more specialist repair and we would recommend asking your local repair centre to carry out the repair for you."

    Now, it might just be that the caravan place is actually effecting a more specialist repair, just that he couldn't be bothered to explain in detail that he will be doing more than simply screwing ply underneath... let's hope so.

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      #17
      Originally posted by CyberCynth View Post

      This episode did make me wonder whether to sell the 'van and do something more productive with my money than keep tipping it down caravan dealers' drains. It's fairly obvious, (even to me now) that if you buy a 25 year old caravan it's going to start falling to pieces before long, unless you keep throwing money at it. I am reaching the conclusion that I may as well just accept 'bodge jobs' when things need repairing in future as it hardly seems worth spending a shed load of money on..... a mobile shed.
      Cynthia
      But it's the same with cars. And caravans, and campervans/Mohos.... There's always something going wrong with them - well it seems that way to me! I've read about people who have bought brand new caravans that have had to go straight back to the dealers with defects - and often campervans as well. It is simply a matter of how much money you want to keep throwing at them, I think. My caravan was built in 1982, (although it's only been mine for around the past 8? years) and I've had a fair few things I've needed to repair or replace over the years since I've owned it. It's still going strong! I just get things fixed as they happen. The last repair was when the roof sealant perished and let in water. That had been good for years beforehand. After resealing, it's ok for another good few years I reckon.

      It's still a lot cheaper to go camping/caravanning/mo-homing than it is to go self catering, or staying in an hotel or B&B.

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        #18
        Originally posted by jayjay View Post

        It's still a lot cheaper to go camping/caravanning/mo-homing than it is to go self catering, or staying in an hotel or B&B.
        That depends where you camp and what hotel you stay in, we’ve looked at campsites that want well over £30 per night and we’ve stayed in very nice premier inns with large heated room and en suite bathroom for less than £30 per night.

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          #19
          Jon kernowjon thanks for the link, but I think I'd be too scared to try this sort of repair on my own! Especially after reading about the tight time limit before the stuff sets. I'll have another talk to C&L when the guy comes to collect the caravan. I'm wondering whether I'd misunderstood his intentions. After all, if the repair was supposed to be such a quick job, how come they hadn't found the time to do it during the 5 weeks my caravan was on their premises!?

          jayjay If the caravan became a non-runner I'd probably just continue my membership of the Camping and Caravanning Club and avail myself of their self catering units, or camping pods, which would probably be cheaper than renting private S/A accommodation*. I'm hoping it won't come to that though.

          I seem to remember you saying, when you needed to put new sealant round the roof of your Kip, that you had someone to give you a hand with that? There isn't anyone I could think of that I feel I could ask for help with even simple repairs. My neighbour across the road is a caravanner but is a bit heavy handed; he's already broken three different items when I've asked him to help so my only option is to get professional help. MRE Services, my usual port of call is very good and very reliable, but not the cheapest! I think I need to shop around and find someone cheaper. The alternative is Plan B* but I know I'd miss caravanning if I had to sell Poppy.
          Cynthia

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            #20
            Yes, Cynthia, my ex-hubbie took the old sealant out and put the new in (bless him!). I knew how to do it myself, but doing it myself would have hurt my back. Climbing up and down ladders is not recommended! I have, however, sorted out lots of the other repairs over the years myself, including lots of sealing, replacing roof struts and other jobs. . My usual motto is, try yourself first, if you can't manage it, admit defeat and get help!! I knew I would make myself ill tackling the roof sealing on my own though, so I asked for help in the first place!

            I would tackle delamination with that kit if I needed to... but I would talk one of my boys into giving me a hand with it!

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              #21
              Meant to add, I do have a professional mobile caravan engineer on call, and who comes out once a year and checks the running gear, gas and electrics. He fixed a gas leak as well a couple of years ago.

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                #22
                Originally posted by CyberCynth View Post
                Jon kernowjon thanks for the link, but I think I'd be too scared to try this sort of repair on my own! Especially after reading about the tight time limit before the stuff sets. I'll have another talk to C&L when the guy comes to collect the caravan. I'm wondering whether I'd misunderstood his intentions. After all, if the repair was supposed to be such a quick job, how come they hadn't found the time to do it during the 5 weeks my caravan was on their premises!?

                Cynthia
                Cynthia - the time limit is only on what you have mixed Gluey type stuff and hardner - you do not use the whole kit in one go.
                Unfortunately I no longer have the instructions, but they tell you how far apart to drill the holes - so you measure and mark the spacings, then drill all the holes using the correct drill only about a half inch - so you are into the cavity.
                Then mix the specified quantities of hardner and glue - the 35 minutes has started when you put the 2 together Mix it then using a syringe inject it into the holes when it comes out of another hole move to another hole and push in one of the supplied dowel plugs as soon as you have exhausted what you mixed plug any over flowing holes. Have a break clean the syringe and measures - then start again!

                Yes I had looked at the underfloor method - this involves injecting expanding foam - which will continue to expand and requires an expert not for an ameteur like me!
                Jon
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                  #23
                  Thanks Jon kernowjon . Ah, so you drill from the inside of the caravan with the method you're describing? What about the lino? Would I have to take that up or would I drill through it and hope it doesn't look too weird with a load of dowel-tops showing? (Though I suppose I could always cover it with a mat or a runner, but for me that would probably represent a trip hazard) Otherwise the lino would have to come up, which would be a bit of a job as it's in one piece, obviously laid before the fittings and furniture were put in. The other thing I wondered about was the ease of cleaning the syringe after the mixture had been used in it. Glue mixtures, in my experience are very difficult to wash off.

                  Anyway, some good news, Campers and Leisure rang me again today to say the boss would be at mine by midday to collect the caravan. I shall see what sort of job they make of it before deciding whether to do anything further with it myself.
                  Cynthia.

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                    #24
                    Yes you take up the lino - I guess if you are reusing it you would cut up to the edges with a Stanley Knife (other craft knives will also do the job)
                    Cleaning I cannot remember but I know we did do it - it took us a couple of days - one to drill the holes and then the next day was non stop mix and fix knock in the dowels then before relaying the floor covering sand them flush. But stick with the professional job it will be a lot better.
                    Jon
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                      #25
                      Well, Campers and Leisure boss Pete bowled up at mine as promised this morning, complete with the bottle of Pino Grigio he'd promised me as compensation for my troubles.... He was a little early, I was just checking the tyres when he turned up. As the pressures were a bit low both sides I was using my electric inflator, but only got the offside tyre done when he said 'That'll do! It's got enough in there to get me back to Ringwood' Gulp. He seemed in a bit of a hurry to get off and when we checked the caravan lights were OK the offside indicator wasn't working. He went off in it anyway. No trade plate either.... Flippin 'eck.... Not that I'm worried or anything.. To cap it all he said, on leaving, 'Oh, by the way, our technician is on holiday next week so I'm afraid you won't get the caravan back for a fortnight or so'. Getting a strong sense of deja vu here. Not a very happy bunny just now, or am I expecting too much?
                      Cynthia.

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                        #26
                        A fortnight is ok, it's the '...or so' bit that's worrying! Finger and toes crossed for you.

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                          #27
                          Originally posted by jayjay View Post
                          A fortnight is ok, it's the '...or so' bit that's worrying! Finger and toes crossed for you.
                          That's assuming it gets back to Ringwood in one piece! The tyre pressures should be 36psi but the nearside only had 29 in it, then there's the potential for an accident to occur, as there is no offside indicator on the 'van. Fingers and toes well and truly crossed....
                          Cynthia.

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                            #28
                            Originally posted by CyberCynth View Post

                            That's assuming it gets back to Ringwood in one piece! The tyre pressures should be 36psi but the nearside only had 29 in it, then there's the potential for an accident to occur, as there is no offside indicator on the 'van. Fingers and toes well and truly crossed....
                            Cynthia.
                            You would think they would be very particular about those things... It doesn't fill you with confidence exactly, does it?

                            No consolation, I know, but I recently paid for a car service with a different chap... said all was ok, but 'we' would 'need to keep an eye on the front brakes'. Well how would I know how to 'keep an eye' on the brakes? See today's thread!
                            Last edited by jayjay; 11-01-2019, 12:14 PM.

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