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in Hi. Please take a couple of minutes to say hello here Fri Jul 14, 2023 10:00 pm
by Johnboy | 26 Posts

Thanks - unfortunately one of the stages you mentioned you now need to make sure the damper is not compressed on the van which would show up as the rubber gater being compressed. currently means very little. So much to learn. First I need to find out about compressed dampers.


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in Hi. Please take a couple of minutes to say hello here Fri Jul 14, 2023 10:13 pm
by eribaMotters | 5.277 Posts

John, do not worry, the learning curve is steep but it levels out very quickly on the basics.
Behind the caravan hitch you will find a rubber gater. or bellows. Have a look here:- https://ukshop.alko-tech.com/search?q=bellows
You will soon be able to tell if they are compressed or extended.

Colin


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in Hi. Please take a couple of minutes to say hello here Fri Jul 14, 2023 10:37 pm
by Johnboy | 26 Posts

Thanks Colin. Ive just been reading up on van braking systems and its starting to make sense. My old Campervan was certainly easier but my Eriba is going to be so much more fun Im sure. Great forum and really appreciate the support. Tickets to watch my first attempt at unhitching and getting my van down the drive will be on sale soon. 😀


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in Hi. Please take a couple of minutes to say hello here Sat Jul 15, 2023 8:24 am
by eribaMotters | 5.277 Posts

John, if you have an odd bit of 9mm plywood lying around I would advise you to make a protective panel like the one shown to the right in this photo.
Now that most cars have swan neck tow balls and not the flange mounted ones with a couple of big bolts, they are lacking any bumper protection from a back plate if the van happens to roll forwards slightly.
My bit of plywood has a couple of rubber pads on the back and now has a slot at the bottom. I slot it over the swan neck and slip an elastic band around a point on the hitch then into the slot to hold it in place. It's a bit primitive but has served me well.

Colin

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in Hi. Please take a couple of minutes to say hello here Sat Jul 15, 2023 10:09 am
by Randa france | 12.844 Posts

Quote: Johnboy wrote in post #16
Thanks - unfortunately one of the stages you mentioned “you now need to make sure the damper is not compressed on the van which would show up as the rubber gater being compressed. “ currently means very little. So much to learn. First I need to find out about compressed dampers.


Hi John. Here's a photo of a "compressed damper". As you can see, the rubber gaiter bellows that protect the damper within, is tightly compressed. To pull the damper from compression to tension, it'll need to be pulled to the right (see arrow). Please note that the picture shows the tow hitch and damper upside down and the red ball in the picture is not there when towing. It's part of a tow hitch locking system.

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in Hi. Please take a couple of minutes to say hello here Mon Jul 17, 2023 8:39 am
by Johnboy | 26 Posts

Thats very helpful thanks. Its all becoming a little clearer 😀


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in Hi. Please take a couple of minutes to say hello here Mon Jul 17, 2023 8:42 am
by Johnboy | 26 Posts

That seems like a good idea and solution thanks


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in Hi. Please take a couple of minutes to say hello here Mon Jul 17, 2023 9:09 pm
by dinky | 211 Posts

we have no hot water however we do have a super kettle airpot (believe superkettle website is no longer) amazon have airpots around same price point.
we fitting a mini dishwasher sometime, once get measured up, to save needing to stand awhile to wash and save time energy heating water to wash up. they around 800watts and 6litres of water poured in top, so no plumbing required only need a bucket to collect.
am thinking of getting a induction hob vango sizzle are 800watts reading reviews only work with pure sine wave inverters..
we have solar inverter and a battery. there lots of eriba options, they had a gt pack may wish to look into. that used to do blow air heating with the ultra heat.
congratulations on finding your eriba.


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in Hi. Please take a couple of minutes to say hello here Tue Jul 18, 2023 8:03 am
by Johnboy | 26 Posts

Thanks Colin Im going to copy and paste your guide and print it off. Good man 👍🏻


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