Beautiful day at Wareham, Dorset, England.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Keinton Mandeville, Somerset, England.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Birmingham, England on May 19th!

Thursday, August 26, 2021

News from Germany

We had left Max at the dealer in Germany with a list of items that needed to be done. Most were minor warranty things, but they weren't even really that important. The important one was the upgraded refillable propane system that I want to have installed. 

Their service unit got back to me yesterday with a price of €1900 ($2,800 CAD, $2,250 USD) which is ridiculous. I had been expecting a price around €1,000.

Apparently the problem relates to the TÜV, which is the German safety certification system. Yes, just like Canada, Germany has a lot of rules. More so than France, Portugal, or the UK where these systems can be installed as cheaply as €600.

So I'm still trying to figure out how we're going to do this. I could buy the parts and the tools and do the job myself. It's not that difficult if you have the right tools, and even with the cost of the tools I could do it for under €1,000. Or, I could buy the parts and try and get an RV service place in Slovenia to do the job. But, I still have to do the research to see what the rules are there. Plus, it would be a pain carrying all the parts down. The tanks take up a lot of space.

We'll see.

Yesterday, we went back up to the house. Once again, we have had no time to relax and do our own thing. But given that, we want to get this house sale out of the way as soon as possible. So we will probably be up there every day for the next few.

I got all the windows cleaned inside and out. Ruth worked on the leftover auction stuff. It's hard to believe that we are still getting rid of useless junk. The rest all gets donated or trashed. She also got about half the kitchen cupboards scrubbed out. 

Today, I have to measure all the rooms for the listing statistics. And get some prep work done on the basement to get it ready for painting.

Still having some hot weather, so we're doing our power walk first thing in the morning.

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  1. What is the app you're using to track your walks? I'm always interested to see if there's one I like better than the one I use.

    1. The one I'm using is called Geo Tracker.

    2. I tried All trails but it didn't seem user friendly so I trashed it. I tried Gaia, found it user friendly, nice graphics.

    3. We had looked at AllTrails too but to get what we wanted from it you had to pay, now we are glad we didn't buy it. Kevin will have to have a look at Gaia, although we strickly use GeoTracker for the measurement of our hike/bike ride not for finding actual trails.

  2. There must be adapters available at the local RV outfitters as people travel around to other countries. We had the same problem when we cruised with our Canadian sailboat (and Cdn propane bottles) in Europe and the Mediterranean. Used adapters and a hose in-between and filled our tanks by turning the other bottle upside-down. Worked great.

    1. Yes, there are adapters available. But the idea was to get tanks that could be refilled at a normal LPG vehicle pump because it's much cheaper in the long run, and a lot more convenient. But if you can't buy the system at a decent price to begin with, then it might not make sense.


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