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  2. Just what makes up the % noseweight that the tables suggest? Surely the only noseweight illegality is if you exceed the plated limits on the hitch or towbar and they're in kg, not a %.
  3. We go for 16 nights and I’d be less keen to do the south of France - I suppose if you got off at Caen overnight you could do it in 2 days and the same on the way back!
  4. Ten days to go to and from the South of France AND have a holiday is REALLY pushing it, especially with children of that age AND towing a caravan. Remember you have a lower speed limit when towing! Realistically it a three day drive down and a three day drive back. That doesn’t leave you much of a holiday out of ten days does it? I know there are some who say it can be done in a shorter space of time but you are looking at 760 miles from Calais to Nice. You will be lucky to average 45mph even on the autoroute so that’s the thick end of 17 HOURS driving with no breaks! Spread over three days that’s still 6 hours driving per day! I suggest you have a serious rethink. Andy
  5. South of France is an awful long way for a ten day trip. Four days, two each way. We do it regularly and spend four days travelling each way, out of a 28 day break!
  6. We've got our caravan and I've convinced the other half that we should take the two kids (9 & 10) on a 10 day trip down to the South of France. No idea where, I just want it to be sunny/warm. I'd happily drive all the way to Spain, but that's not fair on the family, so the compromise is S France. I'd like for us to be near the sea or a nice lake and ideally something to keep the kids amused, water slides etc (But not essential) I remember doing the Italian Lakes as a nipper and have great memories from that, but not sure if the extra drive heading over the Alps is worth it if there's something worth going to in France. Does anyone have any recommendations/insights of their own that I can take a look at? Thanks Benn.
  7. We've got our caravan and I've convinced the other half that we should take the two kids (9 & 10) on a 10 day trip down to the South of France. No idea where, I just want it to be sunny/warm. I'd happily drive all the way to Spain, but that's not fair on the family, so the compromise is S France. I'd like for us to be near the sea or a nice lake and ideally something to keep the kids amused, water slides etc (But not essential) I remember doing the Italian Lakes as a nipper and have great memories from that, but not sure if the extra drive heading over the Alps is worth it if there's something worth going to in France. Does anyone have any recommendations/insights of their own that I can take a look at? Thanks Benn. Sorry admins, just seen that I've posted this in the wrong section, how do I delete it?
  8. So you are saying that the new axle and brakes cost £576? That's certainly nothing like I was quoted. Also it took some time to get the price because they had to contact the manufacturer. If the price they quoted was around the price quoted by Fraser Brown Engineering I would not have gone for the re-furbished axle. Alan
  9. Well, we tow our loo behind us!
  10. The fitting is identical! The thing you MUST remember (and the BPW has the requisite part (and instructions) in the box) is to put a peg into the rearmost bolt hole as you withdraw that bolt. This saves the damper from moving rearwards and can save a lot of time!
  11. Thank you folks, very enlightening. There is indeed a very in depth manual, it does appear to go over things with some presumed knowledge mind! Or it could just be my inability to read instruction manuals...I'll go and have a play.
  12. Why should I have to pay for a replacement item that is clearly defective?? (Even if it is minimal cost) If the replacements go rusty I will have ANOTHER set out of Bailey! Goods must be “fit for purpose” I accept its a small thing but if Bailey choose to use an inferior component then that’s their choice, any replacement needed is down to them not me. Andy
  13. Freight uses a totally separate check in area at all ferry ports, they would never get through the car check-in booths on width OR height anyway. Daft comment Andy
  14. Was just this minute speaking to somone about the bpw one so think i may be going with that one by the looks of it hopefully not too hard to fit
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  16. A stabiliser is not essential. I've accidentally towed without the friction handle down/engaged with no ill effects on a few well-loaded caravans. One 'van did the infamous brake and the handle is disengaged trick until I bent the handbrake lever to rectify that problem. The Witterhoff 3000 stabiliser is suitable for a range of drawbar diameters including 45mm https://www.towsure.com/winterhoff-stabiliser-3000kg but has been superseded by this BPW one according to the seller here https://www.westerntowing.co.uk/acatalog/BPW-iSC-ZKAS-3-0-1-Stabiliser.html which also has the shims for different draw bar diameters.
  17. The Q5 has the longitudinal DL501 dual clutch gearbox. In my opinion the best mainstream dual clutch gearbox. Although even the DL501 gearbox is not man enough for the new more powerful and torquey engines and more Audi models are starting to get the ZF8HP conventional auto.
  18. OK so here’s the simple fix I spoke about yesterday to ensure that water from the fridge drain doesn’t overflow the evaporation reservoir. All that is need is a short length of aquarium tubing with an internal diameter of 8mm (very common size for fish tank stuff.) You push it onto the end of existing drain tube and position as in the photographs. The top top picture shows the set up as it leaves the factory, the drain tube can be seen disappearing into the cream plastic receptacle. The bottom picture shows the short length of tube pushed over the original and secured by the existing clip at the bottom of the vent surround. And liquid then exits to the outside so there is no chance at all of it getting onto the floor and causing damp. No idea if it’s necessary or not, but the tube cost me 30p so hardly expensive.
  19. more desperate I am for the loo ...........................
  20. Not just affecting the locker door but the entire front panel.
  21. I have to say (and its probably not going to be liked) but it would like you ringing Ford UK and getting them to send you a plastic clip, they wont do it, and this just isn't how the process works, I understand its frustrating, but they have to keep a consistency in the procedure otherwise it will work out to be a logistical nightmare. They likely get lots of these types of calls/emails a day, they would have to dedicate multiple members of staff just to deal with this sort of thing everyday, on top of already employing multiple staff to administer warranty claims that go through dealers, and the time it takes to collect the details and administer a claim, it just doesn't make sense.
  22. Just checked mine, no rust on any hinges in washroom, nor wardrobe. 2.5 years old. Of course if manufacturers didn't penny pinch on the products they buy in and had good quality management procedures, warranty claims would be fewer, much fewer! But they see that the initial costs of a quality management system seem high and so won't do it, even if the end result would produce greater profits. None so blind as those who will not see!
  23. Back in the old days when I was working and when no one was really concerned with weights, I towed a TA with a 2000cc Rover. The hill on the M5 South of Bristol was a pain as we would slow down to around 40mph. When I changed to a 3000cc merc I just put the cruise control on 60mph and that is what we did - apart from looking out for slow moving caravans! Now, I'm retired things are very different. The longer we take to arrive somewhere the better, we will see more en route and drive in a more relaxed manner, thats both at a slower speed and fewer miles per day. I let lorries overtake us and I'm not bothered about overtaking them. However, having worked on Motorways, I wouldn't like to travel at less than 40mph and we generally travel at around 50mph. Our legal limit in Spain is 80kph so I'm used to and like that speed. When we tow, our actual train weight is always around 4000kg so we have 38.5 bhp per ton. With this combination we have towed 1000s of miles, Spain to the North of Scotland, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany etc. We have been up and down mountain passes without any problems and have towed on continental motorways with long, long steep hills where the lorries are in the crawler lane with hazard lights on doing about 20mph. I have little interest in theoretical figures, preferring actual figures (weighbridges) plus the feel of the towing combination. Yes a heavier and more powerful car might feel "better" when towing - but when you consider the number of days you actually tow against the number of days of non towing and the fact that I don't want a bigger car, I'm very happy to maintain the status quo. So Paul, maybe you should consider the figures for the proposed new caravan with your existing car!
  24. I already have a stabiliser simelar to the bulldog but the attactchment wont fit to my swan neck tow bar because of the angles of the bar itsself
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