Category Archives: Evil The Caravan

Stuff that broke!

And….. the TV aerial has blown off somewhere along the way. 

The car aerial broke off pretty early on the Glasgow – Donington leg (possibly due to the addition of a foam pirate flag).

So…. the list of stuff to repair is currently:
Waste water connection mounting.
Bed slats.
New TV aerial.
Possibly water pump.
Car radio aerial.
Possibly Audi air suspension compressor.

Mr Happy Charger

So we bought an adaptor thingy that turns a cordless drill into a “stop knackering your back winding the corner legs” doodah.  £5 from The Caravan Shop, Gt. Western Rd.   Now all we need is a cordless drill!

There were quite a few in Homebase, ranging from cheap and cheerful to black and yellow and menacing.  The kind if thing Darth Vader would use to tighten his scrotum bolts.

Settled on a cheap one and was surprised when it came with Mr Happy Charger!  He really wants to keep your battery charged!


React in haste, repent at Leisure (battery)

So, it was pretty fraught on Tuesday, we’d had battery problems previously,  so we made an assumption.

What does an assumption do…..?

After hooking up Evil to the electric in Belfast overnight, we had a flat battery in the morning – although still working ok with the motor mover.

After checking the battery this morning with a multimeter, it’s charged but not getting a feed from the caravan.

Long story short,  blown fuse on the loop that feeds the caravan……. that’s why no power and why battery was not charging…..

On the one hand, I’m thinking that we didn’t need a new battery after all – BUT – we wouldn’t have got enough charge into the existing one to get us on the road on Tuesday anyway – and with leisure batteries,  if they fully discharge, you only have a 50/50 chance of getting it back, so given the circumstances,  even if we’d known the root cause, we would still have had to buy a battery.

Curse you tiny yellow fuse and your evilness!!!

Important safety tip

Make sure ALL caravan windows are closed before setting off.  We’ve just driven 30km flapping kitchen roll out the back window,  like some drunk woman with bog roll on her shoe!!!!!

Elapsed Travel Time: 00:05:14
Km Driven: 266
Petrol Used: 18.4 lhk
Show Tunes Sung: none but Fish just got the boot
Fights: 0.3 – I was mildly chastised for laughing at the flapping kitchen roll since windows are my job!
Cars held up – none
Cars that held us up – 5
Number of “Haste ye Backs” – 8