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General Discussion / Storm Arwen
« Last Post by Scorpio on Today at 09:26:47 am »
I hope nobody on here was affected too badly by the recent storm.  I feel very sorry for those thousands who have been without power and running water for 6 days.  I was also shocked to see pictures of the devastation to static caravans at the Crimdon Dene park, where some caravans were ripped apart, some overturned and some had their decking torn away.  I hope the insurance companies are on the ball to get things fixed.
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General Discussion / Re: Where’s the season gone?
« Last Post by Sparkalicious on November 30, 2021, 09:18:34 am »
So glad you had a good first season  :)

We are in our second full season and probably our first fully accessible one if you take Covid into account.

We were also fortunate that we spent oodles of time there. I had 3 months off work with shared parental leave and my misses runs her own business so we had loads of flexibility. The shared parental leave coincided with the school summer holidays so we spent about 5 weeks, almost straight, down there enjoying the weather and beach life. Very lucky  :-* The kids absolutely loved it, from the pool on site to the beaches just up the road.

When we weren't there, just like you Tonks, a member of the family was using it. Truly was fully booked with most key exchanges happening on the site from one to another.

Was a little sad to be closing down over the weekend  :'( Our site is shut for 3 months and it feels like forever until the 1st March. I'll be down there like a flash to re-open on the first weekend available.

Like you our site leccy and gas isn't too bad either. We charge probably 2 electric cars on every visit (mine and my dad's) and there isn't really a massive mark up on the unit price.

Just itching to get back and spend more time out of the big smoke
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General Discussion / Re: A question of Draindown and Central Heating systems.
« Last Post by Sparkalicious on November 30, 2021, 09:07:21 am »
That is nifty. I've watched a couple more of the install vids that I found on YouTube and run it past the misses. We are definitely ​getting one. Will take 4 years to pay for itself and, yes it's not cheap, but is a lot less faff than using an adaptor with a car tire pump. Running inside outside to pump the water out. And it's never warm when I'm going to be doing this.

Slattster, you are a star Should be on commission mate.

We reckon, with doing the turn down, drain down and jet washing ourselves we'll be saving approx. £220 a year and I'm sure the sites service fees are only going to get higher. Turn down is £5 more expensive than last year anyway.
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General Discussion / Where’s the season gone?
« Last Post by Tonks on November 30, 2021, 08:31:39 am »
Well, we have just returned from our last weekend at the van after winterising and drain down. We had a brilliant first season, getting away every other weekend (Fri - Sun) and 5 weeks of holidays.  If we weren’t there, my parents or our grown up kids and grandchildren were, so it’s been really well used.

I was pleasantly surprised at the cost of electricity and piped gas from Apr to end of Nov at £99 each and we didn’t scrimp.

We made some wonderful friends and with next years pitch fees already paid, we’re already looking forward to the beginning of March. Hope all other members are well and enjoying their last few weeks (if due to close)……
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General Discussion / Re: A question of Draindown and Central Heating systems.
« Last Post by Slattster on November 29, 2021, 07:24:53 pm »
Pic attached , all you can see is a green box screwed to the boiler cupboard wall, there is a mains plug ..which is left unplugged till needed , I unplug the boiler and plug the floe in. There is also a 10mm pipe that can’t be seen because it comes out of the bottom of the floe ,  that goes out the air hole at the bottom of boiler cupboard under the van and as close to the stop tap as possible , this is all supplied with the floe inc. a check valve to stop water running up into the floe.
If you can get under the van then it’s a doddle to fit , 4 screws to fix it to cupboard wall , cut water inlet paper as close to the stop tap as the supplied tubing will reach , then use push fits ( don’t forget inserts if it’s plastic pipe) to T off the floe tubing and run it to the floe unit and a pushfit connection there as well. I think the T might be supplied but not sure. Then follow the video.
I think I paid about £225 , it came with a 5 year warranty .

Picture is on its side, floe is below the boiler on the left hand side of the cupboard
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General Discussion / Re: A question of Draindown and Central Heating systems.
« Last Post by DaveE on November 29, 2021, 05:27:04 pm »
As well as being a member on here I’m a member of a group on Facebook where the Floe is discussed regularly. Whilst I don’t have it myself I can say the Floe 868 does appear to be a well thought of practical piece of kit.
The only criticism I see is that many have found that to install the pump as advised in the boiler cupboard and connect as instructed an air pipe extension(& joint) is required.
But it does appear once set up it works well.
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General Discussion / Re: A question of Draindown and Central Heating systems.
« Last Post by Sparkalicious on November 29, 2021, 04:03:24 pm »
By the way, found this video on YouTube. Presume the other chapters will be on there as well if you root around.



Looks like a real nifty bit of kit. Definitely on my "want" list
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General Discussion / Re: A question of Draindown and Central Heating systems.
« Last Post by Sparkalicious on November 29, 2021, 03:43:55 pm »
Our drain down is £65. That is just the pipes. They have a separate close down service.

I like the look of the floe 868. Do you have any images of your install? How is it fitted? I may grab that for next winter. How much did you pay for it if you don't mind me asking. I have found it for £230.

If you really think about it, I'm going to be there another 10 years plus so will pay for itself in no time really.
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General Discussion / Re: A question of Draindown and Central Heating systems.
« Last Post by Slattster on November 29, 2021, 11:24:42 am »
Hopefully antifreeze in traps and toilets will be part of drain down service. Once drained down you can switch the boiler off …it has antifreeze in the ch system to protect it. Have a look at the floe 868 , seems expensive but our site wanted £90 to drain down this year  , I do it myself inc. antifreeze in 15 mins . Watch the video to see how easy it is. Very easy to fit as well just using pushfit connectors.
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General Discussion / Re: A question of Draindown and Central Heating systems.
« Last Post by Sparkalicious on November 29, 2021, 09:26:20 am »
So I was down at our 'van over the weekend closing down.

Did the normal, vacuum pack all the soft stuff, move mattresses and cushions off of walls, keep all the cupboard doors open with a small bit of pipe lagging and a tray of cat litter in every room.

We have TVRs on every radiator in the 'van and they do have a frost setting. I've never used it but I may think twice about that now. When I arrived on the Friday night it was around 4deg outside. Darted in to turn on the boiler and get the heating going. Now whoever was there last (it could of been me  :-\ ) set all the rads to the frost setting. When the boiler fired up I ended up pottering about a bit until I remembered to adjust the rad in the bedroom. Could of been a very interesting night if I hadn't  ::). Well the heat was coming through the radiator in that room which means the temp must of been below 5deg to trigger the TVRs to open up.

Our place is in Cornwall and it doesn't really hit low temps often. I always make sure the water is off but I get the site to drain down at the end of the season. I may start leaving the heating on frost protection now just in case we get a cold snap when we aren't there. Just concerned about how the boiler will react. Will it start heating the water up within it constantly all winter or does it only fire up when the pump feels a pressure drop due to one of the TVRs opening up?

I must admit I would like to start doing my own drain down. I came close to it this year. Not sure I trust the site to do a proper job. I did put a dash of antifreeze in every loo and sink/shower trap but was a bit of a waste as when the site guys come down they'll flush that away when they do their drain down. Maybe next year. 
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