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post #41 of 48 (permalink) Old 31-05-2019, 21:44 Thread Starter
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Yes Uber Leisure. They have that ridiculous charade of only dealing with trade, but it's rubbish. They advertise all over the place so they know very well they're selling to the public. The whole point of it is they get you to state 'I'm trade. I'm buying it to resell'. I cant believe that is the law in the UK. That way they don't have to have any warranty as they would if it was a normal sale to the public. Really, it's like a private sale as far as warranty goes - you wouldn't expect a warranty from a private seller. Just get it checked out well if you don't think you have the skills. Mine had a very good MOT History too.

Having said that I did find Aaron (who I think owns it, or at least runs it) a very nice bloke. Didn't seem at all a shady used car dealer type. Which is not to say there is a chance of a van having issues as I don't think they do any prep or repairs. It just seemed they sells 'em as the gets 'em.
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Dropped the ball reporting back on my adventures on this site. After the house sit in Brittany, I left mid canicule to go south a bit, then inland at about La Rochelle point. Meandered through a bunch of Beaux Plus Villages in the Lot region, through the Ardeche to the Verdon Gorge (top nature spot), then Provence. Very hot all this time - top was 37. Got all the way to Nice and the hills overlooking Monaco (horribly built up and the beaches are rubbish compared to the Atlantic ones).

Then went via the Napolean route up over the Alps through heaps of narrow roads and hairpin bends at 30-40 kmph till I got thoroughly sick of that and went down to the lower ground around Gap, up to Chamonix via Annecy (really nice place). Popped over to Switzerland, cooked the front brakes. Got diddled for new discs and pads.

Then got shingles. Luckily not as bad as some people get them, but still very uncomfortable for about a month and by that time I was over travelling. Just wanted to go home. This is at about the 3.5 month mark. Popped over into Germany, Luxemburg (cheaper fuel) and Belgium (bad roads). Found northern France quite dull as pretty much the whole lot was decimated in the wars so you don't get the cute old villages you get further south.

Back to England and a bit of Wales and another 3-4 weeks suffering through the horrible ordeal that is free camping there. This was late August-early Sept, so any tourist spot was chock full. Couldn't even park in a lot of places.

Fridge died completely a week or so before I left. New one is about £1000 and they don't even work well once its over 25 degrees, so I'm putting in a 240 volt compressor fridge, inverter and a dedicated leisure system for it when I go back.

All up did 8800 km over 4.5 months (minus 5 weeks house sit). Lots of steep alpine roads. Averaged 9.9 litres per 100 km (28.5 MPG). I think Frances 80 kmph limit on minor roads helps a lot with that. Left the van in storage (£32.50 p.m.) and will try again this year, hopefully do more house sits. Hardest things are being harassed by yobs occasionally (the price you pay for free camping), loneliness, not enough internet (for tv).
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Thanks for the update, interesting reading!

As for your fridge not working too well over 25į Rather than go down the route you have suggested try fitting an auxiliary 12v fan to increase the air flow over the fridges heat exchanger? Itís a cheap and easy thing to do. I have done exactly that for all of the motorhomes and caravans I have owned. Fitting such a device does make a huge difference to an absorption fridge. I am sure others will confirm what I have said.

If you donít fancy a totally DIY job the fridge manufacturers sell kits to do the job, so they clearly recognise the need for them donít they?

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I did put a fan inside and had a couple of computer fans that were thermostatically controlled, but stupidly fried them by connecting them up in reverse. They may have helped a bit, but temps were often over 30 and mid 30's. Even with the fans working it still wouldn't have been great. Anyway the fridge is really dead. Can't get the parts to repair it so it has to be replaced.

When you compare a new 3 way for £1000, a 12 volt compressor for the same (plus a power system for it) versus a 240 volt fridge for as little as £100 (plus power system) it's not hard to make the decision.

I actually got an A+++ fridge for £305. Very low power use and very quiet. It's exactly the same external size as the existing fridge, so hopefully will pop right in. Putting on another 300 watts solar and a lead carbon (great spec - poor mans lithium) 100Ah battery, solar controller and B2B for it. Also a proper rear dual fan kit with a nifty little controller. I think all that will be about £1000 (haven't bought it all), 60 kg extra weight, but hey, I'll have proper cold ice creams whatever the weather. Woo hoo!
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I wish you luck but fear you may find that the battery bank is insufficient to run a 230v compressor fridge via an inverter. I am more than happy to be proven wrong BUT if itís that simple I would have expected to have heard tales of how successful that set up is.

Do keep us posted.

I have been in 30į temps in Corsica and my caravan fridge, with its computer fan drawing hot air out via the top vent, stayed lovely and cool the entire time.

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Is this a domestic 230v fridge, if so it'll probably object to speed bumps etc, as Andy has said, if it was a good solution we'd all have looked at it, especially the DIY lads.
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I've read of others that do it and talked to them. It's one of those things there's a lot of guessing and misinformation based on old, or badly thought out attempts. If you're interested have a look at the main thread about it here:

https://motorhomer.com/threads/addit...-9#post-166797


Highlights:
Fridge Beko TSE 1284 (38dB, 0.254kWh per day @25 degrees, rated for 16-43 degrees)
https://www.beko-hausgeraete.de/kueh...raete/tse-1284

Battery
https://www.alpha-batteries.co.uk/12...isure-battery/

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