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Just got back from four nights at the C&CC site at Moreton near Dorchester, we really had the great weather at long last!


The Moreton site is conveniently near the train station, we had days out in Poole, Dorchester and yesterday, Weymouth. No surprises that the latter was rammed!


The site itself was almost full (about 98% throughout the weekend). In spite of this, it didn't feel overcrowded, I think they may have removed some pitches to increase the social distancing but I've no real evidence for this.


The sanitation blocks are now open which has brought out the tenters, watching some of them set up or pack-up you can tell that for some of them it's their first time, they're so clueless but I guess we all have to start somewhere, fortunately I joined the military and learned properly!


I had a conversation with one of the tenters this morning as I was cooking breakfast on the Cadac, he had a clear case of Cadac envy, I told him of my old boss who'd felt likewise when he was tent camping,


"How did he overcome it"? he asked,


"Bought a motorhome" I replied ( it's true, he bought a Benimar Mileo 243).


It was a bit of a bittersweet trip though, it was the last in our beloved Bobby the IVth, a Bailey Autograph Approach 745, finger's crossed, our next trip out will be in our new Bailey Autograph 79-4i! We've really loved Bobby the IVth, we've been as far north as Copenhagen, to Potsdam in the east and Mimizan Plage to the south. The furthest west we've been is either Brest or Devon. It's been great but it's time to move on!
 

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We're off on the morrow, only 2 days though, have to be back for Friday thing, so tax it in the morning, down into town for grub, I'll go up to the tarn to see whats working or not, need the fridge mainly, so you won't hear from me for a while, not expecting a signal don't all clap at once, play nicely.
 

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We are off on Friday for 23 nights - our first big trip of the year.


2 nights in Cheltenham so we can see Mrs GMJ's dad and our son (who lives in Gloucester). We can't get the old boy out for lunch these days as he is wary of the Covid. Fair enough.

Then 11 nights in Cornwall near Mevagissey followed by 9 nights in Devon near Dawlish. Then 1 night in Malmesbury on our way home.

Fingers crossed for some nice weather and good health, after the last aborted trip!
 

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Kev's just posted on another thread that the fridge is not working on gas :(
Can you point me to the thread please?

I seem to recall in our first motorhome the fridge wouldn't work if the MH wasn't level within reason, for the life of me I can't remember whether that was on gas or electric but it is the reason why we still level our MH when out and about.
 

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I came down to Donaghadee which has a French style bourne and was a lovely place to stop overnight. Apparently too lovely as it's now forbidden to use the parking from midnight to 6am

Donaghadee's loss cos I know a lot of folk used to park up n go for a meal in one of the harbour-side restaurants.

The reasoning seemed to be that with a bourne and people staying over, you really have a campsite, and there are special rules governing campsites.

So I came on down to Millisle, another lovely spot on the Ards peninsula.
 

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We are on a forest car park mprth of Helmsley, going to see some birds of prey tomorrow.

Fridge lights okay and stays lit as long as the button is held in, this points me to the wassaname being duff, can't think whats called but the flame gives a current which holds the gas valve open, not a big job for a fit person so I'll just get it looked at in case I'm wrong, the Nordelectric control panel seems to have a mind of its own (Italian made so no surprise there then) and the LB is at 11.9V so I need to get a meter on the terminals to see if it is charging, otherwise it's okay so far.

Oh yeah tyres are pumped up way too high so going to check them tomorrow, door label says 79psi ffs.


Despite having only a 5 speed box its not too bad too drive below 60ish, MPG shows as 28.8 but I'm sure i can better that, its supposed to have had a service recently, I'm not convinced so I'll give all the filtets a coat of looking at when I get home.


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We are on a forest car park mprth of Helmsley, going to see some birds of prey tomorrow.

Fridge lights okay and stays lit as long as the button is held in, this points me to the wassaname being duff, can't think whats called but the flame gives a current which holds the gas valve open, not a big job for a fit person so I'll just get it looked at in case I'm wrong,
That'll be the thermocouple then.
 

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Kev's just posted on another thread that the fridge is not working on gas
Can you point me to the thread please?

I seem to recall in our first motorhome the fridge wouldn't work if the MH wasn't level within reason, for the life of me I can't remember whether that was on gas or electric but it is the reason why we still level our MH when out and about.
Suspect the levelling issue is allow the internal refrigerant gas to circulate correctly.

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Thermocouple, the very chap. Apart from at home we have been parked pretty level.
 
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Fridges are reported as having a + or - 5 degrees tolerance. We level our MH using a small amount of water in the kitchen sink - if it drains properly that’s OK and the fridge will work. Much easier than using spirit levels as the water is from the tap using the residual pressure from when it was switched on previously.

Cheap, quick and reliable.

It works for us (as does the fridge) using the level supplied by the water draining evenly.
 

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We are on a forest car park mprth of Helmsley, going to see some birds of prey tomorrow.

Fridge lights okay and stays lit as long as the button is held in, this points me to the wassaname being duff, can't think whats called but the flame gives a current which holds the gas valve open, not a big job for a fit person so I'll just get it looked at in case I'm wrong, the Nordelectric control panel seems to have a mind of its own (Italian made so no surprise there then) and the LB is at 11.9V so I need to get a meter on the terminals to see if it is charging, otherwise it's okay so far.

Oh yeah tyres are pumped up way too high so going to check them tomorrow, door label says 79psi ffs.

Despite having only a 5 speed box its not too bad too drive below 60ish, MPG shows as 28.8 but I'm sure i can better that, its supposed to have had a service recently, I'm not convinced so I'll give all the filtets a coat of looking at when I get home.

Signal is pants here icon is H+ I have to hold phone high to send.
I'm glad you got away Kev. Hopefully the weather will be kind to you.
 
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If you're in Yorkshire why do you need a fridge Kev? Just put the milk outside :) :) :)

I tried yesterday to get a booking, somewhere nice, for Chris's Birthday. Nothing available unless I want to pay £42 per night. Now I love him dearly but £42 for a patch of grass? Our local CL belongs to a farmer friend. He has installed leccy and water on every pitch and only charges £18. He is booked solid for the rest of the summer and into the autumn so I think we are stuffed.
 

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We spotted some Spaceships travelling over us near Matlock Bath yesterday ........

 

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Level not a problem. I have yried it in a few plsces even car parks. The forest carpark last night had 2 owls which sounfed to be getting jiggy with it. We just haf lunch at the walled garden in helmsley. Off to some castle next.
 
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