MrsMozart

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  1. Thank you. I didn't know that could be done. We got cheap basic ones as the plan was to go to wind turbine and solar soonest possible. Now though I think we'll be going mains when they're doing them again - didn't need a holiday/car/to eat anyway I'll put it to husband, see if he can work with the info so kindly given here.
  2. Thank you very much all! So sorry for my delay in responding, Life has been doing its thing. The washing machine will start and run for a few minutes, then the F6 error comes up. It's a Hotpoint. We've not tried any other genny (we can borrow a basic but powerful one to try) or running off the inverter as yet - had snow and ice and snow and ice and wind (repeat ad nauseum...).
  3. Ticks to the hooks - we have many of those! Power torch - half a tick as doesn't work off the same battery. Will sort! Hardcore - many ticks! Tonnes of the stuff. Need more but waiting 'till pathway design sorted as that stuff is not cheap 😳
  4. Thank you. Having two retired horses of our own we know the pull on the heart strings only too well. Very much looking forward to having some more old (and not so old) souls come and share the place with us.
  5. Good point. Lots of water pressue. I don't know what the technical figures etc are for it, but it comes out of the tap pretty fast.
  6. Thank you! Fingers are crossed indeed. It was a caravan specialist electrician who came out months ago, but I can't see how things have changed from him saying everything was okay.
  7. I'm new to the forum - I've posted this in another spot, but when I saw 'Boffins Corner' it seemed like a very good place to ask the question! Please tell me off gently if it's wrong, I'm feeling somewhat frazzled at the moment. I admit in advance that I know very (very!) little, but I'll give all the info I can think of in the hope that someone can help: We live in a static caravan completely off-grid in Scotland. It'll be 2+ years before we can go for house planning, so in the meantime it's a generator. There's a new small wind turbine waiting to be put up when the digger etc. can get in. Hope to have solar as well. We have a Clarke 3kw petrol generator (https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/clarke-pg3800a-euro-5-3kva-single-voltage-230v/?da=1&TC=GS-010617852&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-4Hbu6iC7gIVGevtCh3oBQy5EAQYAyABEgJKWvD_BwE) that goes to 4 x 12v 120ah AGM in a 2s 2p layout. It runs everything just fine as a rule, however the new Hotpoint washing machine won't work on it. The washing machine engineer tested the electrics and said the live and neutral was reversed, but he's not an electrician so couldn't say anything more than that. Initially only the inverter was earthed (via a stake) and now we've earthed the genny (also via a stake), but it's not made any difference. The washing machine was being run direct off the generator not via the inverter. We've tried off both the Clarke and the spare genny (a Hyundai 2.2kw generator), with the same result, i.e. washing m/c saying F6 (note: it does start, but then stops and throws up the error). We've also tried different power extension cables in case that was causing an issue. A socket tester of the 3kw gen shows 'live neutral reverse', which it also shows in the sockets in the static caravan (the washing machine is out in a shed), other than one socket where the tester couldn't make up its mind. All the electrical items in the static caravan work fine, including laptops, tv, etc. When I spoke to both the Clarke repair shop and our own local repair place, they both said the issue was due to the gen having a 'floating earth' and that's just how they're made. Our next plan is to try the washing m/c plugged direct into the inverter. Husband says it'll drain the batteries very quickly so even if it works it's not a sustainable option. We had another washing machine and an engineer out to it - the engineer's tests didn't show an issue with the electrics then; and, we had an electrician out to check all the electrics not long after we got the static caravan and he didn't find any issues with it. Anyone have any suggestions on what we can / should do with any of this? The thought of not having a proper washing machine for the next couple of years is not filling me with joy.
  8. Husband says: the Hyundai is a pure sine wave one, but it didn't like that. The Clarke isn't a pure sine wave. He doesn't know if the inverter is or not, though it's a 4kw so yes, big enough - it's due to rain/snow here tomorrow but dry on Wednesday so we'll try it direct from the inverter then.
  9. Hello A nice lady on an FB self-build page suggested I ask a question on here (washing machine v. generator), and it reminded me that I'd joined a while ago, but life got in the way. We sold up the family home, bought land in Scotland, and we're in the process of setting up a retirement livery yard. We've got planning to be here in the static (called 'Gertie') for up to three years whilst we prove there's a need for our business here. There's much to do in the way of stables, shelters, tracks, and all the other bits and bobs needed for such a venture. It's been interesting moving to such a new area and into a static during a pandemic... I've been in tears a few times in Screwfix car park as I tried to work out what it was I needed and how to order it. Some lovely folks have helped and we've somehow bumbled along to this stage. I hope to learn so very much more and to help others where we can.
  10. I'm new too! You're way ahead of me though. We're still two years off getting a house.
  11. I admit in advance that I know very (very!) little, but I'll give all the info I can think of in the hope that someone can help: We live in a static caravan completely off-grid in Scotland. It'll be 2+ years before we can go for house planning, so in the meantime it's a generator. There's a new small wind turbine waiting to be put up when the digger etc. can get in. Hope to have solar as well. We have a Clarke 3kw petrol generator (https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/clarke-pg3800a-euro-5-3kva-single-voltage-230v/?da=1&TC=GS-010617852&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-4Hbu6iC7gIVGevtCh3oBQy5EAQYAyABEgJKWvD_BwE) that goes to 4 x 12v 120ah AGM in a 2s 2p layout. It runs everything just fine as a rule, however the new Hotpoint washing machine won't work on it. The washing machine engineer tested the electrics and said the live and neutral was reversed, but he's not an electrician so couldn't say anything more than that. Initially only the inverter was earthed (via a stake) and now we've earthed the genny (also via a stake), but it's not made any difference. The washing machine was being run direct off the generator not via the inverter. We've tried off both the Clarke and the spare genny (a Hyundai 2.2kw generator), with the same result, i.e. washing m/c saying F6 (note: it does start, but then stops and throws up the error). We've also tried different power extension cables in case that was causing an issue. A socket tester of the 3kw gen shows 'live neutral reverse', which it also shows in the sockets in the static caravan (the washing machine is out in a shed), other than one socket where the tester couldn't make up its mind. All the electrical items in the static caravan work fine, including laptops, tv, etc. When I spoke to both the Clarke repair shop and our own local repair place, they both said the issue was due to the gen having a 'floating earth' and that's just how they're made. Our next plan is to try the washing m/c plugged direct into the inverter. Husband says it'll drain the batteries very quickly so even if it works it's not a sustainable option. We had another washing machine and an engineer out to it - the engineer's tests didn't show an issue with the electrics then; and, we had an electrician out to check all the electrics not long after we got the static caravan and he didn't find any issues with it. Anyone have any suggestions on what we can / should do with any of this? The thought of not having a proper washing machine for the next couple of years is not filling me with joy.