Legally you can’t connect a 15Amp Caravan lead to a 10Amp household power point. There are two options available for you. Option 1. Get a licensed electrician to install a proper 15Amp Power Point at your house, he will make sure that everything is compliant, however you can’t take it with you when you travel. Option 2. Purchase an ‘AMPFIBIAN’ which is a portable device and the second legal option for you. They have two versions. The first is DIY Caravan Adaptor which has a 10Amp Circuit Breaker built in and this will isolate the house from the van if the power requirements in the van exceed 10Amp. These are not water proof and should be used under cover. Being portable you can take it with you when travelling. I’ll give a couple of examples of where you might find a use for them. Some showgrounds make themselves available in busy times or for special events and normally are only able to supply 10Amp Power or you may be travelling and a relative invites you to stay at their house. Owning an ‘Ampfibian’ will allow you to do this legally and in the knowledge that their house circuit is protected. The second device is the ‘Caravan Power Adaptor’ which is Fully Waterproof and as well as the 10Amp circuit breaker also has an Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker for added protection, making it the most popular unit for this application. Call us for more detail.
DIY Power Adaptor
Caravan Power Adaptor
Yes, absolutely they need to be clean and clear of dust and leaves etc. for them to be able to produce maximum input. To do this of course you would need to access them. We sell collapsible ladders that would fit the bill. These ladders utilize innovative ‘Telescopic’ technology and a smart automatic locking mechanism.
The TXP Telescopic Ladder Range are lightweight, compact and strong. All TXP Telescopic Ladders feature the “SURE LOCK” system which prevents the ladder from contracting while in use. From the contracted position simply pull the rungs to extend your ladder up to 3.2m high; or any height in between!
TL320 – 3.2m
VERTICAL Extended height = 320cm’s
Contracted height = 71cm’s
Lay Flat height = 80mm
Width = 52cm’s
Step Width = 36mm
Max Load = 150kg’s
Weight (approx.) = 10.3Kgs
Colour = RED – Comes with storage bag. This ladder would allow you to access your panels for cleaning even whilst travelling and of course that is precisely when you need your panels to perform at their best. Call now for price and availability!
precisely when you need your panels to perform at their best. Call now for price and availability!
In our many years of practical experience the best value for money and best performing toilet waste tank additive is a product we’re proud to be associated with and that’s ‘Odour-B-Gone’. We have found this product to be extremely popular with our customers and it is a very versatile and inexpensive product. It is available in packs of 20 or 40, the 40pack the most popular and most economical. For the normal cassette toilet tank you only need 1/2 a tablet, breaking them is easy, just hold a full tablet in one hand and strike it with another and you will finds it will break fairly easily. It doesn’t need to be exact so just pop it into your clean waste tank and add a cup of hot water. This will not only deodorize the tank but will also decalcify the tank as well.
Box of 40
Thanks for asking, our experience suggests the following sequence for a Thetford 402 Cassette Toilet. Other brands and models may vary in mechanism removal but the principals are the same. When you are finished your holiday you should clean out your cassette tank thoroughly. Not many people have been shown how to do this properly.
After emptying and flushing thoroughly, sit the tank on the floor and remove the swivel spout by rotating fully.
Swivel Spout around
Pull UP & Remove
To remove the Mechanism, rotate the arrow shown from the solid circle on the top of the tank to the open circle.
Then pull UP & OUT as shown in the photos below.
Once the items are removed you will have much better access to clean the tank to make sure all waste and paper are removed. Lubricate all the seals as shown with silicone grease or silicone spray, even olive oil if you don’t have silicone product. Don’t forget the seal in the spout cap, if you have a spray it won’t be difficult, if not smear product on the spout and it will transfer to the cap seal.
Definitely DO NOT USE ‘Vaseline’ which is a petroleum jelly and will damage the seals. Stand the tank up against a wall to allow the tank to AIR DRY for about 48 Hours.
Then you can reassemble the lubricated spout & mechanism back in place, and store until required. The air drying stops the development of odour causing bacteria which will stop the tank from developing a smell.
Anodes are only used in ‘Suburban’ Brand imported American hot water systems. Models come in LP Gas Only and LP Gas & 240Volt models, usually 23litre capacity. The ‘Sacrificial Anode’ protects the water storage tank from electrolysis and will degrade to a white powder as it is consumed. This will settle into the bottom of the tank and needs to be flushed out when changing out the Anode. There are a few important things to remember before attempting to change it.
For both models the procedure is identical except for the requirement to completely isolate the 240 Volt prior to draining the water out on the Gas/Electric Model.
Turn off the gas supply, switch the unit off. If the unit has been on you would be wise to wait until the internal water temperature has cooled sufficiently so as not to scald anyone during the draining of the tank.
Once cooled, switch off the 12 volt water pump, disconnect the town/city water hose then open a hot water tap/faucet to relieve any pressure and leave this tap/faucet open. Then open the pressure relief valve on the hot water unit (External).
Using a suburban anode/element tube spanner (available from Coastline RV) undo the hexagon nut on the face of the hot water unit, unwind and remove the Anode. The water will then drain from the tank. Check the anodes condition and replace if required. Flush out the tank until all residue of the anode is gone and the water is clear. Reinsert the new Anode and tighten firmly. Then you will need to fill the tank with water which will take some time and will be evident when the tank is full by the water exiting the pressure relief valve.
When this occurs close the pressure relief valve and allow the water to run through the internal tap/faucet until no air is evident in the water flow. Turn this tap/faucet off. The system will now be full and you can turn on the LP Gas and or the 240 Volt power to the electrical element in the hot water.
Your system is now ready to use. Periodical checks of at least twice a year is recommended as the degradation of the anode is affected by the various water quality used when travelling. High mineral content and high saline content will degrade the anode faster. Here are some photos of the hot water unit itself and the tool, and anodes in their various stages of degradation.
Location of Anode