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Dandycrush

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Join date : 2013-06-14

Hi Fellow Dandy Campers

Post by Dandycrush on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 3:22 pm

Hi& all,

Myself & my partner have just got our first Dandy which we pick up on Saturday.
It was love at 1st sight BUT we have no idea about so many things. Thats hopefully where you lovely people come in........
We want to make "Sugar Candy" our own so have lots of ideas of how to change it in to something that suits us BUT can someone help with quesions we have?
1- Where do you take the camper for electrical service as this is a concern for us & what is the rough cost of this? We live in Plymouth Devon by the way.
2-Our 6birth 80's Dandy has no awning but we would like an alternative awning with fitted groundsheet. Any ideas?
3-What kind of electrical lead do we need & how do we really ensure all electrics are safe?

That will do for starters but ANY handy tips will be much appreciated.
We have read so much,watched several videos but it's all a bit daunting.

Many thanks

S&B
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mike
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Age : 69
Location : north east lincs

Re: Hi Fellow Dandy Campers

Post by mike on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 3:49 pm

Hi& all,

Myself & my partner have just got our first Dandy which we pick up on Saturday.
It was love at 1st sight BUT we have no idea about so many things. Thats hopefully where you lovely people come in........
We want to make "Sugar Candy" our own so have lots of ideas of how to change it in to something that suits us BUT can someone help with quesions we have?
1- Where do you take the camper for electrical service as this is a concern for us & what is the rough cost of this? We live in Plymouth Devon by the way.
2-Our 6birth 80's Dandy has no awning but we would like an alternative awning with fitted groundsheet. Any ideas?
3-What kind of electrical lead do we need & how do we really ensure all electrics are safe?

That will do for starters but ANY handy tips will be much appreciated.
We have read so much,watched several videos but it's all a bit daunting.

Many thanks

S&B


Welcome to the forum,if your new dandy has the electrics fitted you could get them checked by any electrician just to satisfy yourselves,even if you could get an awning with fitted groundsheet i wouldn't do it as some sites only allow breathable sheets,as for the lead a caravan sales shop would have one its an electric hook up lead. 

Dandycrush

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Re: Hi Fellow Dandy Campers

Post by Dandycrush on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 4:56 pm

Thank you very much.
Our Dandy does have electics. Does the hook up cable just plug in to the van then hook it up on site? Does that enable you to use plug sockets as you would at home?
Does the electrician have to be specialist?
Thanks for your help.
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Tow Itch
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Join date : 2011-06-20
Location : Leigh Gtr Manchester

Re: Hi Fellow Dandy Campers

Post by Tow Itch on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 5:11 pm

Second question first awnings. Try reading as much of this section as you can first [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] yes there is a lot but it covers most options that people have thought of.

 Electrics. It all depends on what you have. Most older Dandys' electrics have been wired by previous owners. The standard is variable. The 240V wiring on factory wired Dandys tend to be OK but the 12V wiring is not great and we have not found any to standard. (Just to confuse there was more than 12S plug wiring standard)

 Who can inspect it for you. A caravan sales establishment with a workshop could. it could also inspect your gas and service the trailer. The electric and gas checks are part of a Habitation Check. Though what the qualifications of the service section to do these tests are???? Also it wont be cheap.

 To confuse things. Caravans are included in the 16th and 17th editions of the electrical wiring regs tents are not. Trailer tents and folding campers are a hinterland. Your wiring could not be up to spec but not necessarily unsafe though we would recommend wiring to regs.
 A tame electrician who you know might be OK but unsure of conditions as it is a special installation.  [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]  might help him and  [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] became our collected thoughts on 12V electrics.

 If all you have is a consumer unit and two or three double sockets all is easy to check through it gets more complex if you have a 12V system as well and you would have to ask your tame sparky if he did much with 12V.

 Don't be tempted to ignore the 12V side thinking it's only 12V. 12V is really good at causing fires. 

 Devon???? Don't know how far navver goes into Devon to see his son you might offer to cross his palm with silver or throw beer at him. This is his sort of stuff.
 

 The hook up cable should 16amp cable with "Commando" connectors of 25 metres length and have wire of a 2.5 mm2 cross section. 


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 Sorry not to give a simple answer but the easy answer is usually the expensive one.

 By the way what have you bought. We love photos. You can't post photos on site for 7 days but you could send them to [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Dandycrush

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Re: Hi Fellow Dandy Campers

Post by Dandycrush on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 6:48 pm

Wow, thank you for your help. I feel like I'm studying for a degree in all things Dandy. Haha

navver

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Re: Hi Fellow Dandy Campers

Post by navver on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 7:01 pm

If you can tell us what electrics you have and post a few pictures it would help. At the moment we haven't a clue what you have.

Dandycrush

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Re: Hi Fellow Dandy Campers

Post by Dandycrush on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 8:26 pm

When we collect her on Saturday we will get round to sending pics.
Thank you.
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Phoenix
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Location : South Norfolk.

Re: Hi Fellow Dandy Campers

Post by Phoenix on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 9:49 pm

Hello and Dandycrush.


Bet you can't wait to pick it up.Smile

Mr Itch, Navver and Peridot are probably your best people at covering the electrics questions.

We eagerly await your pictures, we all love pics here.lol!
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peridot
Dandy Admin

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Location : Newport

Re: Hi Fellow Dandy Campers

Post by peridot on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 11:31 pm


Hi and welcome Dandycrush.

I remember how daunting it was when we got our first Dandy from a caravan dealer who had taken it in part exchange and didn't even know how to fold it down for us to take away.

However we quickly got to grips with it, as we are with the new larger one we've recently acquired.

As the others have said, take plenty of pics including some close-up ones of the electrical 'bits' and anything else you're unsure about and we'll be able to offer lots of advice.

Some of it might even be sensible rabbit


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Helen
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Join date : 2011-06-12

Re: Hi Fellow Dandy Campers

Post by Helen on Fri 21 Jun 2013, 6:22 pm

Hi and welcome to the Dandy Campers ....... sorry it's a late hello but I'm away at the moment
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Caz1960

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Location : Cardigan west wales

Re: Hi Fellow Dandy Campers

Post by Caz1960 on Tue 25 Jun 2013, 10:39 am

better late than never   and    cant wait to see your photos and to hear of your adventures to come 

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