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. Bathroom – All Wet Damaged Timbers Removed & replaced Ready for re-board Front end of caravan re timbered and re boarded ready for rebuild Front & Side Re Timbered & Re Boarded Ready for rebuild 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
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.
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.
Flooded Bathroom From Corroded Heating Pipe
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 :-
- New Service Vehicle
- Tools & Equipment
- Stock Holding – Mobile & Workshop
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cables inserted through new hole in roof carefully positioned & drilled.
Satellite Positioned on Roof ready for dish, protective coverings used to avoid roof scratches.
Located Astra 2 & Astra 1 all functioning okay now to fix to roof.
System mounted & sealed, minimum distance achieved between dish & entry point to avoid future problems
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.
Its always good to see when my customers are out and about in their Caravans or Motorhomes! Safe and sound.
Please visit http://kenspastimes.co.uk/ to see Ken Bainbridge out and about in his Lunar Roadstar Motorhome. It also includes some trips abroad with and without the Roadstar.
Ken keeps his Motor Home in to condition and she’s a credit to him.
Remember Your Annual habitation Services ensure you are safe and sound whilst out on your travels.
~Book yours now at www.allmakescaravans.co.uk. and don’t forget to visit http://kenspastimes.co.uk/
For many of us Easter is the 1st trip out of the year so make sure that your wheels stay on the caravan by making sure the wheels bolts are tight to the correct torque setting laid out in your instruction booklet. Its a quick and simple check that should be done before every trip, why not do it at the same time as checking you lights?
Question. I haven’t got a torque wrench so what do I do.
Answer. Buy one.
Torque Wrenches don’t cost the earth for the occasional user I recommend the following from Machine Mart. https://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/product/details/cht141-1-2in-drive-torque-wrench at £23.98 its a worthwhile investment.
On this mornings service I was pleased when Mr A produced one he had bought after I recommended it last year.
Mr A Has a beautiful 2013 Bailey Pegasus GT65
After I completed the brake service and refitted the wheels to the correct torque (130nm) on this model Mr A double checked them with his new purchase.
Don’t forget your tyre pressures too, these are also in the handbook or on newer caravans on the data plate by the door with your weights etc.
For more information on our Caravan Services please visit http://www.allmakescaravans.co.uk/caravan-service-derbyshire.php