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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 10-08-2018, 09:13 Thread Starter
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hi all after driving 650 miles through europe in 1 day a couple of days ago around 35c and even at 60 mph the air outside was worm

we need cab aircon as it just gets to hot for the wife

has anyone delt with alpinair.co.uk they gave a fair quote and are not far from home

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Nope and sorry Barry but would be interested in any replies.

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hi ray

i have had a quote of £1650 plus the dreaded

from a company in london they say its virtually the same as fiat use but what is virtually the same

im in east germany at the moment and up till this morning it was b hot but around 20c this morning and overcast, thunder and lightning last night

im keen as the van is great for us but julie suffered tuesday on the long trek

and anyway its the kids money

also fancy cruise control

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No current details but I vaguely remember this was discussed by some people about 10 years ago and was tried but the outcome was unsatisfactory....

I will do some digging and see if I can find anything but it does involve the dreaded "old site" so the search engine may not work.....

From what used to be a rival;

https://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum...-aircon.24645/

http://www.automotive-electrical.co....ning/motorhome

http://forums.outandaboutlive.co.uk/...Air-Con/21521/

I reckon this next thread has some excellent details in it the company listed above (automotive-electrical) also gets a mention. It appears there is an imported kit available for just this so there may well be many people that have done it.

http://forums.outandaboutlive.co.uk/...air-con/36971/

There are many more threads on different forums hope this helps

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We did have cruise on the Hobby but only used it once to make sure it worked. I felt it really wasn't suited to the power to weight ratio of our van.

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Retro fitting of cab air con is a lengthy and costly operation and you are unlikely to see any of that investment back when (if) you decide to sell. If you are happy to accept that the cost will probably be “lost money” then crack on. Just be VERY sure the quote is for cab and not habitation air con and Add the VAT so you know the size of cheque you will have to write (very close to £2000)

Not knowing what sort of age your current MH is I will ask the question Maybe it’s time to consider changing your MH?? I realise that’s a more costly option but PERHAPS it’s worth considering??

Mrs P fell in love with a MH some years ago, I dismissed it totally solely because of the lack of cab air con. Our next Continental trip was in scorching heat, at which point Mrs P saw the wisdom of my refusal to consider it. I would not consider any vehicle that doesn’t have air con these days.

Cruise Control is MUCH cheaper. I have it on my car and use it ALL the time, even in 30/40/50 limits, it’s a licence saver! Then again I have friends who only ever use CC on motorways!

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hi andy
thanks for your advice

we are not reckoning on getting rid of the van soon as it meets what we want in a van except the 1 thing (air con)
we got the van for a cracking deal when we got it4 years ago private so look at the 2k as part of the price

and to be honest would rather fork out 2k than change the van

we have started to spend some of the kids inheritance on ourselves and recently got 2 ebikes that we are very pleased with and aregreat hear in eastern germany as they are setup for bikes

some friends have had a ride and are impressed as to how well they go


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I agree re ‘leccy bikes, had a couple for a good few years now, they are old enough ones to have “Twist and go” too. Really great things, they make hills disappe !!

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hi andy


yes these are really great

they are the latest pedalec type where they only go if you turn the peddles

mine has 5 speed settings and we use no 2 which switches off the motor completely above 10 mph
but as a hill comes up it progressively turns up the power to the motor as the speed decreases

we tend to ride around 12mph so a lot of the time the motor is off but there if the going gets a little steeper

i was following our friends on there scooter yesterday and they pulled away from us up to around 18 mph

so i turned up the power on the controller to max and it really shot forward and was soon upto 19mph and surprised them that i was so close behind them

i have found that the controller settings are accessible and can adjust the max speed or even turn it off but i think that 19mph is about all the motor will go to

even the importer and dealers did not know it was accesable

nice and cool in east germany at the moment a bit of rain and around 22c

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Nothing that sophisticated on my bikes!!! Pedal assist is “all or nothing” that’s why we tend to use the twist grip which offers a bit more control. They were some of the earliest available (and, compared to the modern stuff) pretty cheap at £550 apiece.

They are 20” wheeled folding bikes as at the time of purchase our MH didn’t have a garage so they had to go in one of the lockers. If I was buying now I would go for non folding full sized bikes as the gearing on these does make them a bit slow when just pedalling.

We still use them with the caravan, they travel in the back of the (estate) car in bike bags (caravans have rubbish payloads!!) They also get used at lot at home to nip to the shops (when it’s not raining!)

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