TIPS – Toilet pump replacement

Need to replace the pump in your Thetford C200 toilet then worth looking at this video at

I found some useful tips how to do it when I recently replaced the pump.


GADGETS – Water filler loop

Next time you get one of these with your new washing machine either hang on to the old one or use the new one to clip onto the filter hose pipe. Ideal for looping into the water tank filler hole rather than having to stand there holding the pipe in place.

MODS – Aux Socket fitting to radio

One of the problems with the earlier Peugeot cd/radios is that there is no auxiliary to plug and iPod our iPhone into to play music.
I have tried an fm transmitter device but the sound quality was poor and with interference.
I finally bought an fm modulator that plugs into the aerial socket at the back of the radio providing a direct hard wired input on a specific wavelength to tune one of the radio channels to. There is plenty of space behind the radio to locate the modulator out of sight.
I found an auxiliary socket on ebay that also has an independent on/off switch to switch the modulator on when I plug in my phone.
I now get excellent sound quality through the radio system and very pleased with the results.

INFO – Reverse Polarity electricity supply risks abroad.

When touring abroad from our experience about half the campsites we visited in France had the positive and negative terminals wired the wrong way round – ie. reversed polarity. There is a warning light on our electrical control panel that warns us or you can buy a “plug in” polarity checker.
To correct the supply you need an adapter which is basically a short electric hook up cable with its positive and negative wires reversed to correct the supply.
Generally most electrical equipment will work OK on reversed polarity (they have to be designed and tested to do so) BUT there is a safety risk especially with things like toasters.
When a toaster is switched off on reversed polarity the internals remain live! so if someone starts poking out the toast with a knife whilst still plugged in to the supply they risk getting an electric shock.
So it is good practice to unplug equipment from the supply when not in use or best to be safe and correct the supply with an adapter.

These adapters are available from many places or simply make one yourself plenty of instructions on the internet.