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Welcome to Motorhomecraic, for motorhomers across Ireland.

Motorhomecraic was established on 24/08/2011 and was the first dedicated Motorhome website and forums for Ireland. In that short time we have had 12 million visitors and 3500 registered members!

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Hi al I'm thinking of getting a tracker for the m/h as my son got his car stole last week a 5 series bmw they got into the house and got the keys a few other things and of they went as usual the pnsi can do nothing about it even tho the child's pram which was in the boot came up on gumtree for sale anyway does anyone have a tracker how much and how good are they any info welcome
Posted on 29.09.2016 from hillton9 | Read here (6 Answers)

Anyone use an EZA system ?

Is anyone using one of the EZA lithium power packs?
I have read about them before but instead of putting the money into one we changed the van.

Now I am back looking but would like to hear from someone using one.

As far as I can see I would need to spend over £3500 before fitting to get the 130amp plus the cable and inverter.
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Posted on 26.09.2016 from mark | Read here (12 Answers)

Vantastival 2017


June 3rd & 4th

Posted on 07.09.2016 from Douzeper | Read here (1 Answers)

Sunflowerfest 2017

Sunflowerfest16 will go down in history as the best festival of the year, it is really gathering pace now and parts are starting to sell out, so get your tickets early, not forgetting your camparvam supplement.

You must load your campervan in on 27th July between 5PM & 8PM and either stay that night until Monday, or leave your van there and come back again on Friday.

Posted on 07.09.2016 from Douzeper | Read here (1 Answers)

Stolen Motorhome

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Posted on 01.09.2016 from CHAUSSON | Read here (4 Answers)

Donaghadee 10th September

From: Tourism Development Officer
Ards and North Down Borough Council

There is an event at The Commons in Donaghadee on Saturday 10 September, a large section of the car park there will be closed off and therefore the site will not be able to accommodate as many motorhomes as often turn up there. Access to the Service Point will still be possible.

We just want to get the message out as widely as possible in case motorhomers turning up have to be turned away.
Posted on 30.08.2016 from Douzeper | Read here (16 Answers)

Gas bottles

I'm sure this has been covered before so if someone could point me in the right direction that would be great.

I went to change my gas bottle at the weekend to be told "it's a German bottle and very hard to find". I've had the van for over a year and it still has the original gas bottle. I always stay on sites and don't use a huge amount of gas. I'm going to France next week though so am in a bit of a panic now. Does anyone know of a place that will swap it for me or refill it - I'm in Kinsale so hopefully I won't have to travel too far.

The guy in the shop said I wouldn't have a problem swapping it in France. Does anyone know if that is the case.

I'll try to upload a couple of pictures of the bottle and regulator.

Posted on 29.08.2016 from lookaround | Read here (18 Answers)

Happy Birthday to us :)

Motorhmecraic is 5 years old tomorrow. 24/08/2016

12.5 million hits - over 3600 registered members.

Happy Birthday MHC and thank you to all the members that have stuck with us from the start, have joined over the years and all the new ones that just keep on registering!! :D
Posted on 23.08.2016 from Douzeper | Read here (26 Answers)

Over 3500 kg MOT

To make a short story long I took the van in for MOT this morning, when booking I was aware that the ALKO chassis plate under the bonnet states that it has been upgraded to 3850kg but the tax book has no revenue weight listed. I tried on line initially to book it as PHG but vehicle was unknown, I then tried as a car and appointment came up.
When I arrived at the test centre the inspector got excited and sent for the manager who came out and said that the booking could go ahead but the emission smoke test had to be carried out as it was over 3500 kg. The emission tester was placed in the exhaust pipe and the van was revved to full throttle, a black plume of smoke at the beginning of the rev and when the throttle was released.. a fail. Despite half a dozen attempts it continued to fail. 4.2 and the pass rate was 3.0 for the turbo diesel.
He completed the remainder of the test and it also failed on the nearside headlamp, high allignment. I asked him did he think the emissions failure was down to fuel or engine problems and he said it could be either. I asked his opinion on whether I should down plate to 3500kg and therefore not have to do the emission test. We looked up the data from the axle weights when I was on the rollers for the brake test and when added together I was over the 3850kg upgrade. The van wasnt emptied for the test and along with myself and the tester. the water tank was full 160 litres and the van weighed 3940kg. Overloaded
I took the van to a diesel specialist and he suggested a conditioner in the fuel and winding the fuel pump back from "felt spec". I got my mechanic to do this and then drive the dung out of it for an hour and took it back for a retest. The burst of smoke was still happening initially when the throttle was pressed but there was no smoke from then or when the throttle was released. The tester this time was more sympathetic this time and didnt rev the dung out of it and it passed. :splits: :splits: :splits:
Now I need to notify DVLA of the PHG revenue weight and get the cheaper "road tax". I also need to identify why I have such a poor payload. Yes the water tank was full and this would weigh approx 150 kg, also the motor bike rack would add a considerable weight but other than that I need most other things already in the garage, maybe not the spare dometic fridge in the garage. The fuel tank was only quarter full.
The van itself must be inherently heavy.
Posted on 25.07.2016 from Chevy g20 | Read here (8 Answers)

Quality Electric Bikes for Sale

High quality Electric Ebikes for sale at Anchor Point Motorhomes. Durable and well made European Manufactured bikes that stand the test of time:

Gepida Electric Bikes
Gepida make durable, high performace E-bikes with Bosch battery, motor and control system. Bosch are the leaders in of ebike system on the European Market. The "tailwind" effect provided by the BOSCH ebike system currently brings momentum to 50 top European brands including Gepida delivering the highest standards in performance and comfort. Gepida e-bikes also come with hydra forming alloys, antishock suspension, hydraulic brake systems, the reputable Shimano gear system and a choice of rear and front wheel drive with approximately 100km range.
Price: €2,699.

Prestige Electric Bikes
Prestige are European designed E-bikes with full Aluminium frame for rugged yet light construction with suntour shocks and powered by a high performance 36V 12A 432Wh Lithium Ion Battery. Prestige electric bikes are also fitted with reputable 7 Speed shimano gear with 250 Watt front wheel drive motor capable of a 25kph assist over a 40 to 80km range. Folding option with similar spec also available.
Price: €1,499
Posted on 06.07.2016 from AnchorPointMotorhome | Read here (0 Answers)

Heated waste water tank

This comes as an additional option on a model I'm considering. Is it worthwhile having it.
Posted on 04.07.2016 from JMAC | Read here (7 Answers)

big day

well our big day has arrived! we head for rosslare soon and on to our first overseas trip to corwall,
really looking forward to the trip. all loaded and all checks done and if I forgot anything we can do without!
Posted on 03.07.2016 from oldautotrailer | Read here (11 Answers)

Reversing camera

Is it possible to add a second monitor on a reversing camera I need to monitor my boat and trailer and leave my existing camera as it is
Posted on 03.07.2016 from paddyx | Read here (3 Answers)

Weight of your Motorhome

Do you know the weight of your Motorhome ?
Do you know the amount of weight you are legally allowed to carry?

It has amazes me how many don't know or don't care,
Posted on 03.07.2016 from mad max | Read here (17 Answers)

Vineyards around Royan to Bordeaux

We are doing a family holiday soon and will be in La Palmyre kind of between Royan and Bordeaux. One of the things we would love to do would be take a time-out from the kiddie stuff and drag them to a vineyard for a half day somewhere. It would have to be reasonably kid-friendly, reasonably priced and accessible by camper van. Is there such a mythical place?
Looked at packages for Bordeaux vineyards and they all seem to be organized visits at 80 or 90 Euros each. I was more kind of hoping we could turn up at one of these places, eventually get brought around the winery, and then be shunted off to buy their stuff?
Posted on 01.07.2016 from danduffymallow | Read here (10 Answers)

Off to France


going to France 10th July - 1 night Mont St Michel, 7 nights La Palmyre, 5 nights Jean de Mont. If anyone travelling in this direction would be good to say hello ...
Posted on 01.07.2016 from danduffymallow | Read here (8 Answers)

Puncture in France

Going on the premise that there is no such thing as a stupid question .........

Are punctures easy to fix on a 6 berth Fiat Ducato campervan? Worried about what the hell to do if we get a puncture in France - pretty good changing in a car but never done it in camper. Roadside assist? (or am I just a big girls blouse?)
Posted on 01.07.2016 from danduffymallow | Read here (31 Answers)

Portaferry Campsite

Disused Portafery campsite is sad to see, pity no one can get it open again as we enjoyed last weekend in Portaferry but had to park (with permission) in one of the primary Schools.

Shower blocks etc all vandalised.

Posted on 22.06.2016 from Douzeper | Read here (11 Answers)

Motorhome Parking Ireland APP

(iPhone app to follow in 2-3 weeks approx)

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Motorhome Parking Ireland has hundreds of Points of Interest for motorhomers in Ireland.
POIs include Aires de Service, free overnight parking spots, bars and restaurants that welcome motorhomes, as well as campsites. Most POIs have information and many have user reviews so you can see what other users' experiences have been before you head off. Once you select a POI you can then call your favourite navigation app to help get you there.
- Over 400 POIs
- Information on POIs
- Navigate directly from the app
- Add new POIs
- Add Reviews of POIs
- Regularly updated with new information daily

Free version provides information on Aires de Service, plus all other features. A yearly subscription will give you access to over 400 POIs.
Posted on 25.05.2016 from Douzeper | Read here (108 Answers)
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