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  • My outfit 2nd Bessacarr Wentworth XL, and the 11th Ford
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  • Interests Business wise Arc Systems is mainly concerned with the repair and maintenance of 'Carver' Caravan products.
    Since Carver's demise in 1999, Truma have made it increasingly difficult to obtain spare parts for these very common products. This has rather played in to my hands as Arc Systems is now recognised in the trade as the leader in supplying spares or repairing these heaters. This service is also extended directly to you the caravanner if you so wish.

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  1. gary added an answer to a question Carver AR2-1 mover relay?   

    Short answers yes, I still do them as and when they crop up, direct contact is best by phone 07901 544431
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  2. gary added an answer to a question Starfire 1997 consort3 plus   

    Have you found an answer? Try a Google search for Attwood confort 3+ 
    As I understand it the '+' means it has a stainless steel tank and this is ok to run dry on blown air heating, but as I said, do a search to confirm
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  3. gary added an answer to a question Carver AR2-1 mover relay?   

    likewise to you Bob, being January and my posting times, you might guess we are currently GMT+7 doing the same old same old here in sunny Pattaya! 
    As for kids, ours all left home long ago but not very far, still got Katie now married next door but two! Mind you, now up to 5 grandkids from Alfie13 coming on 20!, to Joseph who is five. Not forgetting George six who already lives for Forest, season ticket holder and plays football for the local under 7's, that leaving Princesses Ayva 10 and Alissa 8 doing a fine job holding their own representing the fairer sex  
    Only bad news is, Ollie is no longer with us and consequently we've had no real interest in the van for four years!! 
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  4. gary added an answer to a question Carver AR2-1 mover relay?   

    You have some posh kit Andy, how long did it take to change the pair?
    Thing is I've supplied relays in the passed and even got them back from Quote; 'I have a workshop full of electronics engineers'..... unable to do it!.
    Problem then is people send board back with relay and expect me to fix it, so I simply warn people and when I then get undamaged board I don't charge anywhere near £60+P&P to fix it either.
    As for why coil fails, it;s a mechanical problem and almost always one of the two opposite end to 12v supply
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  5. gary added an answer to a question Fitting Taller Tyres into Wheel-Arches   

    The more common question on this subject regards changing from 195/70R14 to 185R14C and there are no clearance issues there, except perhaps the need to adjust motor mover if fitted?
    One other issue maybe ride height of van on taller tyres, but remember in all issues, only half the difference makes any difference.
    I would suggest you only choose standard sizes, ie no aspect ratio in the size or 80% if it is. Also they will be C grade commercial tyres and require widely different tyre pressure from your original  type car  tyres 
    Finally and should go without saying but balance them of course!
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  6. gary added an answer to a question Fitting Taller Tyres into Wheel-Arches   

    The more common question on this subject regards changing from 195/70R14 to 185R14C and there are no clearance issues there, except perhaps the need to adjust motor mover if fitted?
    One other issue maybe ride height of van on taller tyres, but remember in all issues, only half the difference makes any difference.
    I would suggest you only choose standard sizes, ie no aspect ratio in the size or 80% if it is. Also they will be C grade commercial tyres and require widely different tyre pressure from your original  type car  tyres 
    Finally and should go without saying but balance them of course!
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  7. gary added an answer to a question Help with tyres - please......   

    Following on from Maurice, there are three more suitable Comercial tyre choices, (8ply), two the same diameter and one 20mm bigger so raises van 10mm and may require clearance adjustment if motor mover fitted
    175xR14C with 99 load index and 185/75xR14C with LI of 102 are same diameter but the latter tends to be more expensive.
    The 185xR14 102 is that bit larger. but no premium on price
    Note Searching online you will need to put in 175/80R14C and 185/80R14C and all three require a different tyre pressure than your originals, I can tell you correct pressure if you give me MTPLM of van?
    Lastly and most important, all tyre should be balanced, no if's no but's!
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  8. gary added an answer to a question Truma Ultraheat   

    Hello! it's me 
    Pilot problems are rare on Truma fires, mainly because the thermocouples 'cold' connection into the bottom of the gas valve is brass into brass so does not corrode. But no harm to grovel under the van and unscrew the 8mm nut which you will find holding the braided wire thermocouple into the valve, now simply clean the soldered tip of thermocouple and brass threads of nut, then replace and see if it holds on then?
    After that or indeed before you start!, looking through viewing window, is flame big enough? and nice and blue?
    Also, make sure control knob movement is not restricted so not pushing safety valve fully open, and therefore fully in contact with magnet?
    On this score, the valve is cleverly held into the base plate by a rectangle of cast aluminium, ensure this is firm and it and the whole valve does not move under the pressure of pushing the knob down?
    What I doubt is there is any need to replace thermocouple and no chance valve needs replacing.
    BTW, anyone that knows my habits of this time of year should know I'm GMT+7 in the sunshine, back, (suitably bronzed), 8th Feb 
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  9. gary added an answer to a question CBE heater switch burn out   

    2000W at 240v pulls about 8amp through a 10A fuse if fitted or generally now 13A as 10A are now 'non preferred' so less common.
    Whatever though, the housing itself should be rated at 16A so well within it's capacity, however! it is actually quite common for switch spurs to cause problems...in caravans?!

    More usually it's the fuse holders that become loose breaking the connection but spade connections is a new one on me, then again, the same current is being pulled though other spades within the circuit and these often cause a problem, but via their riveted connection to the thermostats and melting the plastic there.

    My reasoning is vibration starts it off and once high resistance comes into play, the heat generated does the rest

    Truma told me they blame loose fitting female spades, the way I think, that's a symptom not the cause
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  10. gary added an answer to a question owners manual   

    Water heater and possibly gas fire manual will be on my website, link below
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  11. gary added a post in a topic Caravan accident thats been doing the rounds on FB   

    Forward vision is the most important, of that there is no doubt and why I'm so against speed cameras that make you watch the speedo more than what's ahead.
    But, I was taught to watch my mirrors almost as much, infact for the test, I was told to adjust the mirror so I had to move my head and the tester could tell I was using it

    Now the truck has far better rear view than a car, not only because of the collection of far bigger mirrors but also they start 6ft of the ground and go up to 8ft!
    Same goes for the clear view of the road from that dash cam, the caravanner would not have anywhere near so clear a view or as far!!

    Tell you the truth of it, to get the best ecomomy, truck drivers are taught to drive on the limiter and not feather the throttle, had he bothered to be more aware and backed off a tiny bit, this very serious accident could well have been avoided
    Like I said, no doubt the caravanners fault but certainly helped by lack of awareness of the truck driver
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  12. gary added a post in a topic Caravan accident thats been doing the rounds on FB   

    It's alright saying the caravanner is at fault for not backing off but it takes two to tango?

    Point being, if you study the acceleration of the truck, it starts very, very slowly and just prior to the van coming into view the acceleration increases. Now this may well be perfectly in keeping with and normal for the trucks abilities, but that is too discount the drivers abilities to read the road himself and moderate this acceleration having seen the potential problem himself. Something the dash cam speedo clearly shows he did not!

    So yes the caravanner was in the wrong by starting it, but the actual collision was aided and abetted by the truck drivers lack of concentration.

    My opinion anyway
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  13. gary added an answer to a question Wheels   

    I was rather hoping you were going to say it's the tyres size rather than it's rim diameter that was causing your problem?
    I know in the mid 90's British vans were often fitted with now hard to find 195/70R14 tyres while a more suitable tyre is still readily available and cheaper!
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  14. gary added an answer to a question Wheels   

    Technically I doubt there will be a problem, I've even had 4 stud drums re-drilled to take a 5 stud PCD without problems, however personally I would stick to steel and wonder why your struggling to find 14ins tyres to fit?

    For a start steel wheels don't leak air out half as much as alloys and given what I read wheel loss is probably far less likely, that's not to mention if alloys look scruffy it costs ££££££ to get them re-coated as opposed that is to a fiver for some new trims!
    So three simple reasons to stick with steel, what issues have you got with finding tyres?
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  15. gary added a post in a topic Truma Space Heater   

    Thanks Glenn, puter troubles at the mo, email don't work so phone only at the moment

    As for problem, lack of a green LED is mostly the transformer on the pcb that has popped!, but it can indeed be lack of mains voltage to the pcb. Either a faulty isolation switch if fitted or a cheap three pin in-line plug connection in the mains flex leading to the pcb, are the most likely other causes to check
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