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Ts1 Marty

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A neighbor has asked me if i can test his caravan that has been stood over the winter. As i've never been ask to test a caravan before i was woundering if any one else has and what niceic test sheet do i require.

Cheers Marty
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Shakey

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Presume you are doing a perodic?., then a PIR would suffice (or whatever the NICEIC choose to call theirs)
 
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EasyFox

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Went to do just this sort of job yesterday.
Customer called asking if I could issue a cert to proove that the caravan hadn't caused the small electrical fire on the site where it was stored :eek:, as the site owner said this van had caused the supply cable of the next van to burn out & catch fire :rolleyes: & had to be removed from the site asap & repair costs paid.
The site sparks said it had to be this caravan that was at fault because the rcd at the supply end had tripped :confused: & the state of the internal wiring just confirms his suspisions.
The most major of faults being that the main switch in the caravan (40amp 30mA rcd main switch + mcb's for circuit ocpd's) it is over rated at 40amp, this alone could cause major problems with all the wiring & is probably what is causing the rcd to trip :confused:.
All that advice & fault diagnosis given in the time it took him to smoke his fag, he didnt even need to get a meter out apparently, all for the princely sum of £20.

Anyway I digress. So I Turned up & customer says " yes we bought it very cheap because it was owned by a squaddie in Germany & he had it rewired to use over here.

On the initial look around found:
(1) mix of sockets some were German shuko type others uk 3 pin.
(2) lights & sockets on same ocpd 10amp type C mcb
(3) all neutrals crimped together outside of small cu showing some bare conductors.
(4) scotch loc used to connect new cable to battery charger (+ve 24v) & its burnt out/melted
(5) cu & all cable joints located directly behind the gas fire (3" between them)
(6) uninsulated spades used for 230v termination into battery charger & no barrier
(7) charger left loose on the floor behind gas fire
(8) singles used for mains supply to charger, not enclosed & drapped over the gas pipe.

Starts to test;
(1) no cpc at any sockets, they have all been cut away.
(2) Gave up at this point & told the chap that I'd only charge for fuel used to get there & his best option would be to have the thing sorted before using it again.

I thought this was going top be such a simple ...bish bash bosh...heres the cert & invoice type job.:(
At least the compliment from customer was " thank you I appreciate the no bulls*** approch you have". :cool:
 
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Ts1 Marty

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Nice Write up EasyFox. Its has put light upon a dark area in my experience. So i guess this is not a straight forward inspection that i anticipated but i guess it going to depend on the age of the caravan. So i think i might give it some time as i fancy something a liittle different might be fun.

Thank s Marty
 

ian.settle1

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My way of testing a caravan is to put a lump of plastic explosives under it and set it off.:eek:

The test would then be to see how high you can get it and into how many pieces.:p
 
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Ts1 Marty

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My way of testing a caravan is to put a lump of plastic explosives under it and set it off.:eek:

The test would then be to see how high you can get it and into how many pieces.:p
You Watch to much Brainiac mate !
 
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Moog

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I could line them up and see how many I can jump over in a car:p:D
Thanks for this if I ever buy a caravan I will be testing the electrics before paying over any cash. The chap was lucky not to have killed someone with that setup
 
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