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  2. Black Grouse

    not a lot changes in 19 years...

    Constructions have changed - have reports of damp caravans changed to reflect that? Caravan Club used to do regular Q&R surveys of its membership but seems to have been gagged by the caravan makers who advertise in the club magazine.
  3. Mr Plodd

    Buying a caravan and PDI legalities?

    I defy ANYONE to get ANY refund in respect of any charge made in respect of a PDI, it’s included in the overall cost in exactly the same way that when you purchase a new car delivery and PDI is included in the final invoice but it’s NOT listed as an additional item. Just try saying you will take a new caravan (with a suitable price reduction) WITHOUT it having undergone a PDI and see how far you get! It’s not an optional extra!! Personally I think it’s totally unreasonable to charge for delivery to the dealership. I would happily pick mine up from the factory, but as that is NOT an option (due to the fact that the manufacturer will ON!Y supply to “An approved retailer”) the actual price I have to pay is NOT the advertised price, there is always the “extra” for delivery etc. I would feel a tad happier if the delivery etc was included in the quoted price rather than have it lumped on AFTER I have agreed a purchase. I don’t have to pay extra for delivery when I get to the check out at Tesco’s! Andy
  4. joanie

    not a lot changes in 19 years...

    I have to disagree with your heading as so much has changed with the the construction of the 'vans in the past decade. It is nice to see the old names of the caravans, I've not heard of the Herald, has anyone owned one and was it damp free? Perhaps you could pass this on to the Caravan Club and suggest they do another survey to compare
  5. Lutz

    Towing Over 85%

    Actually, it's the University of Bath, not Bristol, but they have never got involved in the 85% recommendation in the past. Without a financial sponsor or a research contract from the industry I doubt whether they would have the resources to carry out any serious tests to establish a meaningful recommendation. Mass in Service does include the weight of the driver, yes, but it doesn't include any factory fitted options, let alone anything like a towbar which the dealer may have fitted. All those items would, however, be included in the kerbweight, as are the extra 10% fill of the fuel tank. It is highly likely that the sum of all of the above is greater than the 68kg allowance for the driver.
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  7. Blackhart

    Truck European Insurance

    Hello Synopsis: I have a Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian currently insured with Direct Line. We travel to Portugal & Spain in January with our caravan and will be staying for 4 - 5 months. I called Direct Line today and they will not extend our European cover over 90 days after that we will be uninsured. They advised me to try another insurance company and to cancel my current insurance! I have called C&CC insurance (who advertise European cover for up to 240 days or even for 365 days). However they are having problems issuing European insurance cover as my vehicle is a pick-up truck. My question is: Does anyone here travel to Europe for over 90 days with a pick-up truck towing their caravan, if so who do you insure with? Help please! BH
  8. Durbanite

    New tow car?

    We are waiting to place an order for the Brabus G63 as we feel it is the right car for us and will town the caravan easily. Just need to win the lottery before placing our order.
  9. Jaydug

    PMS4 socket/fire switch stays down

    Are you plugged into the mains?
  10. Durbanite

    Water ingress annoyance

    but not through the cone part as that will affect the sound as the cone cannot vibrate correctly.
  11. Durbanite

    Towing Over 85%

    Why don't you write a letter to the University of Bristol who seem to like doing tests with caravans and ask them about MIS and kerbweight and the 85% guideline? BTW I thought that MIS would be greater than kerbweight as doesn't MIS include the driver?
  12. Woodie106

    New Nissan Pathfinder

    Pick ups seem to be very in vogue at the moment so if you're looking for a large 4x4 then your choice is used or a pick up. Not everyones cup of tea, but they might be the only choice for those with bigger vans.
  13. Durbanite

    Buying a caravan and PDI legalities?

    The PDI is definitely charged whether it is in the price or the caravan or not. See http://www. elddis. co. uk/elddis/avante/avante-462 where it states clearly "OTR price includes PDI & delivery charge of RRP £595". Some other manufacturers like Lunar have it as a separate charge over and above the Retail Selling Price. Bailey specifically state the following; "Retailer delivery charge: Your Bailey retailer will make a charge of up to £565 to cover the cost of various additional services carried out prior to you taking possession of your new Bailey tourer. The main element of this charge will be the cost of transporting your tourer from the Bailey factory to your vending retailer’s premises. Your Bailey retailer can confirm the details of the additional services available prior to making your choice."
  14. DaveMiller

    Battery box hinges

    I use that Thetford silicone spray seal lubricant for this sort of job as well as for maintaining the toilet seals.
  15. Hi I have unplugged all the plugs I my van but the switch stays down how do I fix this please
  16. Mr Plodd

    Buying a caravan and PDI legalities?

    I am pretty certain that as a customer you are NOT charged for a PD! it’s absorbed in the price you pay the same way as you don’t pay “extra” for a spare wheel. As it’s not a TOTALLY SEPERATE cost there is nothing you can claim back if it’s not done to your satisfaction. Andy
  17. Lunaruser

    Battery box hinges

    Thank you, useful point I didn't think of that. It is literally in chunks I'm afraid after less than four years.
  18. Durbanite

    Buying a caravan and PDI legalities?

    Surely no one want want a refund for the repair of a fault that is identified however you would want a partial refund on a PDI if you then discover obvious stuff like a mark on a cabinet, a crack in a panel, 12v not working etc. Either of these issues would clearly indicate that a PDI had not been done. A PDI is an inspection prior to taking delivery and at that point any issues should be rectified and before the consumer takes delivery. It must be remembered that part of the PDI covers the delivery of the unit to the dealership. The only time a PDI sheet is handed to you is if you ask for it and then some dealers tend you give you a blank sheet as they never used the PDI sheet to tick off each item!
  19. Lutz

    Towing Over 85%

    Absolutely, yes, but then organisations like the clubs must make the first move and refrain from using the term kerbweight in their weight ratio recommendations and replace it with something like mass in service which is readily documented in the V5c. It may require a slight adjustment to the 85% figure as kerbweight is almost invariably greater than mass in service. Maybe 90% would then be more appropriate.
  20. Stevan

    Towing Over 85%

    There is, of course, the option of simply stopping using it! It is actually a pretty meaningless figure anyway and all the variations in methods of calculating it prove that point. The only practical value of it is for commercial vehicles which require a defined permissible payload, where the difference between kerb weight and MAM (with a suitable margin for error) must fit the user's requirement.
  21. Gordon

    not a lot changes in 19 years...

    Interesting but unfortunately not really surprising given the number of complaints we read about dampness in caravans. Gordon.
  22. CommanderDave

    New Nissan Pathfinder

    As said it is down to demand and as the figures show about 500 a year sales for the Pathfinder family from my link . Is it worth marketing them here if they are not the numbers sold ? I think we will see sales for big diesels dry up . Dave
  23. IanV8

    2018 nights away

    Another 4 to add please. Camping Castillo de Baños. New total - 612. Our total for 2018 - 251. Ian
  24. Lutz

    Towing Over 85%

    There has to be a common understanding on the definition of kerbweight. One cannot have a legal definition as laid down in UK Construction and Use regulations and a different one for Mazda or any other manufacturer. There simply is no such thing as a legally binding document quoting the kerbweight of any vehicle because no manufacturer is obliged to publish it. What’s the point of having a piece of paper supposedly stating kerbweight if there is no common agreement on what it does or does not include?
  25. Borussia 1900

    New Nissan Pathfinder

    Yep, I think you're right. I was looking to change my Euro 5 2015 Shogun, Mitsubishi have now stopped making it . I went to my local Mitsubishi dealer the other week to ask when the new Shogun (Pajero) Sport is coming out in Germany (its already out in the UK), apparently it's not . I might have to think about downsizing my caravan instead.
  26. Woodie106

    New Nissan Pathfinder

    Exactly what i do with my shogun. Mate of mine has a Navara after his range rover blew its engine. He loves it. Sadly i think the days of big jap suv's are numbered.
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  28. I have not got a big red, but I have something similar. See the link! http://www. dorema. co. uk/en/sun_canopies/canopy_nice. htm I purchased an extra pole so I have 2 shorter ones and longer ones. It has the advantage that I can arrange it with a vertical side at the front or the back of the caravan to act as a wind break or sun shade, whilst giving cover overhead. I changed the guy ropes over to florescent green ones?
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