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General Discussion / Re: Gas oven recommedations
« Last Post by Slattster on January 16, 2022, 03:50:37 pm »
I agree with others , the caravan cooker isn’t the best but it does do everything we ask of it , we do have the oven a bit higher than we would at home . I don’t know the make and model but have a look here https://www.static-caravan-spares.co.uk/index.php?route=common/home. for some ideas.
For better makes and models it might be worth going to a caravan showground and see what the higher end van have in them.
General Discussion / Re: Gas oven recommedations
« Last Post by Scorpio on January 15, 2022, 08:54:08 pm »
Our static has a Spinflow Enigma oven and it works perfectly.  Heats up in good time, thermostat is fairly accurate and, unlike some ovens, does not lose heat from around the door.
General Discussion / Re: Gas oven recommedations
« Last Post by DaveE on January 15, 2022, 07:13:12 pm »
Caravan gas (LPG) ovens don’t have the best reputation for reliability of results. Many ‘van owners give up on them and go the route of halogen oven, ninja cooker etc. rather than suffer the vagaries of trusting in LPG.
This is the way we’ve gone and have found it far more rewarding.
General Discussion / Gas oven recommedations
« Last Post by FatAGAIN! on January 15, 2022, 06:35:45 pm »
Hello all,
I'm new to the group and only a recent owner of a 10 year old static caravan, so apologies if this has been asked before - does anyone have recommendations for gas ovens? We have real problems with distribution of heat and end up with food burnt on one side and almost raw on the other.
What are the better makes/models and any preferred suppliers?

Many thanks in advance.
General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year!
« Last Post by Sparkalicious on January 06, 2022, 10:39:50 am »
Right, that makes sense now. So not all the modules are in their website just the motorised stop valve. Was kind of confusing.

Think I will install a Floe for now and then later on the motorised stop valve from Caraguard, especially if I buy another outdoor storage shed which will probably make my stopcock a little inaccessible. Will have the same effect but will be using different companies components. The process for drain down will probably be very similar to yours Dave.
General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year!
« Last Post by DaveE on January 06, 2022, 10:17:23 am »
The Caraguard website does not explain it properly to my mind.  It is what I would call a modular system.
The 1st bit is an electrically operated stopcock that is fitted closely just after the manual one under the ‘van and is operated by a switch unit fitted inside the ‘van. ( Mine is immediately above the light switches next to my main door ).
There are other modules available and I have the drain valves option which auto open when the switch is turned off and taps are opened.This releases the water pressure in the feed pipes which though this doesn’t totally empty these pipes (as the floe does) what little water might be left cannot create enough pressure to “blow” pipework causing frost damage.
So to leave the ‘van we follow the steps —
1 Switch the stopcock off
2 Open taps (incl. shower)
3 Flush toilet cisterns
4 Put anti freeze in all sink & shower drain plugholes, toilet bowls & cisterns.
Total time spent is normally less than 10 mins and all within the ‘van.
 As I said it works for me.
General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year!
« Last Post by Sparkalicious on January 06, 2022, 09:42:37 am »
Cheers Slattster.

OK, I need a bit of schooling on this. for the Caraguard system is it just this?


That one outside unit and the box for inside? It is only £140, so almost £100 cheaper than Floe. Does it actually drain down the system or just shut the water off? Their website is a little vague.
Does appear to be a motorised valve for outside and a internal control box. I have a feeling this would work in parallel to the floe and would save me having to go outside to get at the stopcock. Have I got that right?
General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year!
« Last Post by Slattster on January 05, 2022, 09:56:37 pm »
Any problems installing the floe give us a shout but very easy to do.
When we retire … we’ll be needing a new van by then , I plan on doing what you have done Dave , we are on a 12 month site , so we could use it in winter without the fear of pipes freezing overnight but will do a drain down when we leave.
General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year!
« Last Post by DaveE on January 05, 2022, 04:54:29 pm »
I decided to go for the Caraguard system ( incl. drain valves etc. ), professionally fitted along with trace heating to protect from freezing pipes whilst we’re at the ‘van. Decidedly more costly than the Floe but with me not fancying crawling about under the ‘van it worked both in installation and as a working system for us for when we go to the ‘van in the colder months.
General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year!
« Last Post by Sparkalicious on January 05, 2022, 02:11:25 pm »
Dave, hope the recovery is going well and that you are up and about in not time.

Which drain down system did you plum for?

I'm sure all our 'vans are calling us. I am quite literally counting the days. Have a wall planner for all the bookings and I can literally see the opening up day. (already delayed by over 3 weeks for my eldest's birthday and some other functions  >:( )

Just want to get down there and give it a good once over so the rest of the family can enjoy
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