New to You Caravan? How Safe Is it?

Having spent a lot of money on a new to you caravan, you need to ensure its safe. A visit today to a 2013 Elddis Caravan shows that all is not what it seems…

Supplied from a main dealer in August 2015 this caravan was reported with issues from the heating system tripping the electrics on site and in the caravan.

On closer inspection the main electrical control box had been previously repair badly and was at risk of fire.

See the following pictures to see how close to a fire this caravan was at only 2 1/2 years old.

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The main Control box has been repaired previously a 16A MBC Breaker has been replaced for the incorrect spec 10A breaker. (Marked C-PAK). The Breaker has a total of 14.5A of appliances attached.

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The underneath of the breaker shows burning from overload of the circuit also burning the PCB board below, High risk of fire.

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For an independent check on your caravan or motorhome please give us a call or contact us through the website at www.allmakescaravans.co.uk

 

 

Caravan Gas Systems – Ready For Winter?

Over the last two weeks we have been called out to many problems with gas appliances on caravans & motorhomes as owners prepare for the cold winter months.

Gas appliances on your leisure vehicle are perfectly safe to use and are often more efficient and more powerful than the electrical systems that are also fitted.

To ensure they are ready for winter and safe – “Get Them Checked”. Failure to do so can cause issues to your leisure vehicle and yourself & endanger others.

Yesterdays visit shows exactly what an unchecked appliance can do, simply by just trying to light it.

The following photos show damage after a fire underneath a space heater (Gas Fire) in a caravan.

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The underside of this Caravan fire has developed a leak and set fire to the bottom of the caravan.

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The gas valve has corroded and gas escaped under the floor, causing the explosion & fire, the white colour on the floor is dry powder from the fire extinguisher.

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Don’t let this happen to you, get you gas check by us if your in our area via www.allmakescaravans.co.uk or via www.approvedworkshops.co.uk

 

Update 2 – Avondale 390-2 Damp Repair A Very Special Lady For A Very Special Lady!

images (8)Progress on the repair to Mrs T’s Avondale 390-2, Another good week, the caravan is now dry, all damaged timber and wallboard has been replaced, awning & window rails resealed and replaced, final rebuilding now commenced. DSC_0534 Bathroom – All Wet Damaged Timbers Removed & replaced Ready for re-board DSC_0584 Front end of caravan re timbered and re boarded ready for rebuild DSC_0583 Front & Side Re Timbered & Re Boarded Ready for rebuild DSC_0582 Bathroom Re Build in progress just needs a tidy. Further pictures to follow estimated completion 4 days. If you are worried about damp in your Avondale Caravan or any other make or model contact us or see more at www.allmakescaravans.co.uk

Is the ALDE Heating System In Your Caravan ready for Winter?

 

With the colder months approaching its important that your ALDE heating is system is protected correctly to avoid failure just when you need it now its cold at night, or when you first need it next year.

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The ALDE heating system relies on the Glycol (Anti Freeze) to be correct to function correctly, and just like the coolant & antifreeze in your car if its not change periodically serious problems can occur. check out the following quick Q & A to check if your heating is okay

Q, How often should the Coolant Be Changed?

A, Generally speaking if the antifreeze colour in the expansion tank is blue this should be changed every two years, Pink or Purple every 5 years but this is just a rough guide. The time related to how long the corrosion protection works for, after this the internal system will start to corrode.

Q, How do I know if my service provider has changed the coolant at the correct time intervals?

A, This is not a standard service routine, your service provider would have advised you before, during or after the service (or maybe not if they are not aware) that it is required and an extra charge would have been made (Around £150 dependant on the size of your caravan).

Q, I have a new caravan when should the coolant be changed?

A, UK caravan manufacturers currently fit 2 year coolant to the system so if you bought your caravan in 2013 or before a change is due or over due if not done.

Q, Will I have to do this every 2 years it seems expensive?

A, That depends on your service provider and the refreshed antifreeze, We replace the coolant with 5 year corrosion protection so once done no need to worry for 5 years.

Q, What happens if I don’t have the fluid replaced?

A, The system will start to corrode from within, Pipes may split of break down, pump performance will be effected and in extreme circumstances  a boiler tank or heating element failure will occur and a new complete boiler will be required which is very expensive.

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Flooded Bathroom From Corroded Heating Pipe

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Pipe lifted corrosion present making several pin holes in the pipe

Q, How do I arrange for my system to be checked

A, AMCS Can check you system if your in our service area, contact us through the website for more details we can help identify the service needed.

Q, We are not in your service areas what can we do

A, Visit www.alde.co.uk to find your nearest service centre or Mobile Engineer.

For more information or to contact us now visit www.allmakescaravans.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update 1 – Avondale 390-2 Damp Repair A Very Special Lady For A Very Special Lady!

Progress on the repair to Mrs T’s Avondale 390-2, today has been a good day most of the caravan stripped out all awning rails removed and cleaned ready for reseal.

Front End Stripped Cleaned & Repaired
Front End Stripped Cleaned & Repaired

 

Awning rails removed ready to be cleaned & resealed
Awning Rails Removed Ready To Be Cleaned & Resealed

 

Rear Awning Removed - Black On Sealant Shows Water Path Into Caravan Damaging Bathroom Wall
Rear Awning Removed – Black On Sealant Shows Water Path Into Caravan Damaging Bathroom Wall

 

Bathroom Striiping Out Started Vanity Sink Unit Removed Showing More Wall Damage
Bathroom Striiping Out Started Vanity Sink Unit Removed Showing More Wall Damage

 

Toilet Removed Damaged Wall Starting to Show. More Stripping Required to See Full Extent Of Damage.
Toilet Removed Damaged Wall Starting to Show. More Stripping Required to See Full Extent Of Damage.

 

Further Damage Confirmed Bathroom Wall & Timbers To Be Replaced.
Further Damage Confirmed Bathroom Wall & Timbers To Be Replaced.

 

Tomorrow is a day of rest further stripping out to be done Monday in Bathroom and Front Lounge

Keep checking back at www.allmakescaravans.co.uk for more updates!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having Your Caravan Serviced in 2016? – Save Money

images2OM2GT0PIt’s that time of year when many caravanners are thinking about next year, booking sites early for a discount, end of season accessories for use next year at a discount and so on.

So why not book your service for next year get in early? and secure the 2015 price in 2016. Many service/parts suppliers are announcing or planning price increases so beat them now and book your 2016 Service.

If you visit www.allmakescaravans.co.uk and click the icon in the top right hand corner registering and booking is easy and you secure your preferred date now, if you need to change at a later date just log back in and move around.

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If your on face book you can book via our page at https://www.facebook.com/AMCSLTD/app_335671906521

Booking for 2016 is easy so book now and save money for next years season.

 

 

AMCS Ltd – 2015 Investing In Improving Service & Support Of Your Caravan

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During 2015 we have invested in improving our service to you.

Its always important to know that when someone is looking after your pride and joy that they are investing in important areas to improve service year on year.

In 2015 we have invested in key areas :-

  • Training
  • New Service Vehicle
  • Tools & Equipment
  • Stock Holding – Mobile & Workshop

Training

This year we have undertaken new and refresher training with Manufactures such as AL-KO, BPW (Caravan Chassis Brakes Etc), ALDE (Heating Systems) & advanced Gas Competence (Gas Analysing).

Planned & Booked Training for the remainder of the year includes Truma ( Core Products Heating, Movers, Air-conditioning & more) & Whale (Heating & Water Systems).

Making Sure we keep up with the latest products installed in Caravans & Motorhomes.

New Service Vehicle

A Larger Fiat Scudo Van has replace the trusty Vauxhall Combo allowing better equipment to be used and larger running spares stock to be carried improving out 1st visit fix rate dramatically.

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Keep a look out for the new van as we travel around the Midlands!

Tools & Equipment

Keeping up with equipment is always difficult and investment on a yearly basis to ensure all key tools are calibrated and in working order is very expensive. This year a number of new items have been purchased and key tools upgraded.

  • Advanced Gas Analyser & Fault Finding Tools.
  • Improved Tow Tester to ensure towing tests are accurate & quick.
  • Refractometer upgrades to ensure better testing of batteries & antifreeze in heating systems.
  • Ultrasonic Technology to improve diagnosis of water ingress issues

Stock Holding – Mobile & Workshop

Stock holding has been increased on all key parts needed from water pumps to heating elements, gas burners etc, additionally a number of complete swap out appliances and loan equipment appliance units have been purchased to improve 1st visit fix times or provide loan solution whilst your units are repaired.

Our National Caravan Council Annual Assessment has also been completed without issue and a commendation in or focus area of customer care!

Hopefully you will see we are improving our service all the time year on year

We will keep improving and posting updates here at www.allmakescaravans.co.uk

Avondale 390-2 Damp Repair A Very Special Lady For A Very Special Lady!

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Today we started an extensive damp repair project for a very special lady.

Mrs T is 92 years old and still enjoying Caravanning with her family. Proving your never to old to get out in your favourite place your caravan!

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Unfortunately at the moment her 2006 Avondale Argente 390-2 has water ingress problems in several areas, no problem in a few days she will be as good as new.

Front End extensive damage stripping in progress Dark Timber Indicated Structural Damage Is Occurring.

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The front side also has damage from this leak caused by the top window rail this will also be repaired.

Additionally the Bathroom wall is damage extensively from a leaking window seal.

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Pimples on the wall always indicate water ingress so any signs like this get them checked ASAP.

As the repair unfolds we will post more pictures at www.allmakescaravans.co.uk

If you suspect you have a water ingress problem, don’t wait contact us ASAP.

 

 

 

Bailey Pageant Vendee – Water Ingress Damp Repair

In the workshop at the moment a 2005 Bailey Pageant Vendee. Water ingress has caused internal damage to timbers & wall boarding. Full repair & restoration is in progress, keep checking back for further progress,

2005 Bailey Pageant Vendee Front Windows & Rail Removed
2005 Bailey Pageant Vendee Front Windows & Rail Removed

 

Interior Wall Board Removed Ready for Timber replacement
Interior Wall Board Removed Ready for Timber replacement

 

Bailey Pagent Vendee Water Ingress Point Confirmed

Front Timbers Dry & Confirmed Okay - Just New Rubbers Required
Front Timbers Dry & Confirmed Okay – Just New Rubbers Required
Side Window Stripped & Removed
Side Window Stripped & Removed

 

Keep checking back at www.allmakescaravans.co.uk for further updates.

Need a Satellite System – Fully Automatic – SR Mechatronics – Nice Bit Of Kit Contact Us

 

We fitted today a very good fully automatic Satellite System from SR Mechatronics.

We have been very impressed with these units, build quality, speed, very low noise, Simple to use and a good value for money price.

Fitted today a ASR 680 Flat System with LED control panel. A very good mix of reliability and simplicity of use. Fully fitted with 3 years guarantee for £1499.

With a Pan European support network if your home of away you will never be far from a service centre who can help if you ever have a problem.

Todays Install on a 2012 Bailey Unicorn Cadiz.

Satellite Ready to Install on Bailey Unicorn Cadiz 2012
Satellite Ready to Install on Bailey Unicorn Cadiz 2012
SR Mechatronic ASR 680 Flat Auto
SR Mechatronic ASR 680 Flat Auto

The 680 Flat with LED control Panel is perfect for all UK travel and reception in Northern France on Astra 2, further a field other satellites are available.

22mm Hole Carefully Drilled In Roof
22mm Hole Carefully Drilled In Roof

Cables inserted through new hole in roof carefully positioned & drilled.

Satellite Raised Ready for Dish
Satellite Raised Ready for Dish

Satellite Positioned on Roof ready for dish, protective coverings used to avoid roof scratches.

Dish Installed Testing Before Mounting on roof
Dish Installed Testing Before Mounting on roof

Located Astra 2 & Astra 1 all functioning okay now to fix to roof.

Dish & Cover Mounted & Sealed
Dish & Cover Mounted & Sealed

System mounted & sealed, minimum distance achieved between dish & entry point to avoid future problems

Simple Control Panel Installed Its Easy To Use
Simple Control Panel Installed Its Easy To Use

Control panel installed by door, Nice & Simple to use just up & down. All Fixed On Astra 2 (28). sky TV being received.

For the full range of automatic satellite systems for your caravan or motorhome from £1499 fully fitted please visit www.allmakescaravans.co.uk and contact use with your requirements.