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Be Prepared
usersteve hill
Posted: 1 February 2020 2:50 PM
Subject: Be Prepared
Pops in from time to time

Posts: 86
Location: Roller Team 707 2013 2.3 ltr

I know it seems obvious, but having travelled all over Europe in basically just one van, people should be aware that things can and do go seriously wrong with vans, what ever the age/mileage and sometimes it can be a real problem to get them fixed. It is better to know the basics of both the main vehicle and the caravan parts.
I made a list of the main items I could remember having to fix myself or got fixed over the last 25 years. When they don't speak English and you are miles from home, possibly on a beach off road, it helps. Here is my partial list to try make a point.

Van Spares Replacement Issues and where fixed

1st van Fiat Ducato from new for 20 years (180,000)

Main engine shaft bearing seal to gearbox/clutch, leak
Wishbones causing knocking
2 front sub frames rotted
Worn out alternator
All wheel bearings, some twice
Third gear synchromesh never fixed due to high cost.
All brake pipes some twice
Welding for body/chassis rot twice

Caravan side
Fridge 12V heater
Fridge mains heater
Fridge burner
Damp leaks
Blown Air Fan
Toilet pump
Whole toilet cassette
Carver boiler hot water electric circuits twice
Carver boiler gas assembly
Carver boiler case went whilst abroad

In Poland
Fifth gear

In Canaries
Fuel tank (rotted hole) (Not Available anymore bodged later replaced in UK)
Steering pipes (Not Available anymore had made)
Radiator (rotted)(Not Available anymore got from scrap yard later replaced in UK)

In Portugal
2 Shock absorbers

In Spain
2 Tyres cracked Xmas day almost blown (new tyres defective)

Caravan side in Europe
Water pumps and pressure switches x 4

2nd Van Fiat Ducato bought 17000 miles now up to 23000miles had 1year

In Canaries
Sensors then DPF
Disc Rotors and pads on front, missed on a service

Rear leaf spring bearings
Caravan side
Gas Regulator

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