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  2. Good clear advice to all. It highlights the attitude of many main manufacturers/dealers/suppliers. In all industries, of a mightier than thou type of attitude suggesting that THEY can’t possibly be wrong. Therefore the customer must be wrong and/or stupid and to be dismissed. Good on you for being persistent. John
  3. Indeed. Speed limit signage has become sloppy and erratic ever since a court case some years ago which undermined the old rule that 30 mph was the limit if lamp-posts and/or repeaters were closer than 200 yards. [The court prosecuted a motorist doing >30 when the posts were 210 yards apart, or something like that]. Now there are sometimes such long gaps between repeaters that it becomes unclear what the limit is, especially when other cars are piling up behind you or overtaking at much more than what you thought the limit was. There is a fork in a 30mph road near me where the left one (a minor country lane) has a de-restriction sign so close to the fork that anyone who did not know the area would think it applied to the main road to the right. The de-restriction sign is visible before the minor road itself is visible. I would be a nervous wreck trying to rely on an automatic speed contol, or any form of self-driving. I would constantly be second-guessing the system and making decisions whether to intervene. It would effectively double the stress because I would need to make two judgements instead of just one :- (1) I would need to decide what to do if I were driving manually, and then (2) I would need to decide how long to leave things before I intervene.
  4. Hi All, Has anyone used the Braemar Caravan Park lately, and used 3 mobile (I need signal when on holiday) ? Thanks all.
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  6. It's been a while since my original post but I thought i'd best provide an update for anyone interested.... In short - i'm no longer a Volvo owner! After 9 months of 'investigations' and me pushing back on numerous occasions after being told by the dealer, Volvo UK and Volvo Sweden there was no problem with either my vehicle or the towbar, Volvo finally admitted that their retractable towbar does not comply with EU regulations when fitted to a V90 with self leveling suspension, and is effectively an illegal part... They are apparently now designing & testing a new towball for self-levelling V90's (and I suspect many other air suspension cars in the range, as the XC90 courtesy car i had was exactly the same!) but i was not prepared to wait over a year from first reporting the issue for them to rectify it. I have asked Volvo numerous times what they will do for the thousands(?) of cars with illegal towbars already fitted, but have not received a straight answer... If you have a Volvo towbar fitted to an SPA car with air suspension I'd urge you to check your vehicle and if it is affected, make sure you report it to your dealer!! So I've now had a full refund and gone and bought a replacement vehicle from another manufacturer - there are aspects of the V90 i'll miss but the towing experience is certainly not one of them!!
  7. Yip, the whole section is an object lesson in why speed alone is not the only factor in causing accidents - far from it! Won’t be long before the new A14 is open, the progress has been fantastic to watch.
  8. Lunar Clubmans and some dealer specials have a Pioneer DAB radio fitted (maybe others as well) This radio may show 'Antenna Error' when you select DAB If so, then my experience (and at least one other owner that I shared this with) is the that the 'DAB ANT PW' has to be set to 'OFF' This is because, as on my van at least, the DAB antenna fitted by Lunar isn't the pioneer one, and so gets the error if the radio tries to power it (I suspect the radio is set to 'ON' out the box) Please see attached extract from Pioneer manual on how to access this option Dealers don't appear to know this (although mine does now!), so I thought I'd share this, as I suspect there'll be quite a few people with this problem
  9. I have now had my new Kia with all this tackle fitted for four weeks. I was a bit sceptical at first but am impressed. I wondered if it would misread signs on adjacent lanes etc, but it doesn't. we are currently in France and it even knows that the limit changes at the village name sign. The smart cruise control is very good except when you are held back behind something, waiting for a clear space to overtake, it does not react as fast as I would like to speed up for the overtake.
  10. Picked up the van yesterday and asked the question of the dealer. They say the bottles are over the chassis for strength within the locker and the weight distribution being central. So decided they are staying where they are. Steve.
  11. I live in southern Spain and if you own a caravan insurance is mandatory, no ifs or butts , on the other hand its not as expensive as uk caravan insurance, if they made it mandatory in the UK maybe the premiums would drop.
  12. My Kuga speedo (and therefore Limiter or Cruise COntrol) under reads by about 2mph, so you are cruising at around 65... I set mine at 72...
  13. Another 2 to add please. Knaresborough CMC site at Scotton. New total - 196. Our total for 2019 - 106. Ian
  14. I've managed to avoid using the A14 between Milton and Brampton for the past couple of years because it's got so bad.
  15. I'd take the results from the NCC with a pinch of salt, a large pinch. Have a look at this link from aandacaravanservices http://www.aandncaravanservices.co.uk/campaign-for-battery-change.php
  16. The vast majority of us understand their questions
  17. We loved our Avondale with the spare wheel (as per your piccy) I cannot understand why dn't all manufacturers off er similar system. When we had a blow out in Spain last year, there was no way I could get the spare wheel out from underneath the van, I called Red pennant who sent a local garage, even he had problems getting the wheel out even with a Trolley Jack, and before anybody asks, the carrier is greased every year
  18. Its well documented (and I did the links years ago) that the oil is the plasticisers displaced from the rubber hose by the LPG gas, the advice then as now was to use the stainless steel hose. At the time it was advised that the regulators were fitted higher than the bottle so the liquid drained back to the bottle rather than cure the plasticiser problem.
  19. I have just replaced the 13 pin plug on my caravan. I don't know whether all manufacturers abide by a standard colour coding, but at least in my case it was as follows: Left indicator - yellow Rear fog lamp - blue Earth for pins 1 to 8 - white Right indicator - green Right lights - brown Brake lights - red Left lights - black Reversing light - pink Permanent 12v - orange Ignition switched 12v - brown/red Earth for pin 10 - white/blue not assigned - grey Earth for pin 9 - white/red
  20. It is not necessary town/cities that are enforcing Crit-Air, if you look on their map you will see that whole departments have declared that they are adopting Crit-Air, it may not be legal YET, but belt and braces say get the sticker. When I was told about it I said i had no intention of driving in Paris,Bordeaux,Toulouse and other major towns and cities, and I was told "just look at the Crit-Air Map"
  21. Presumably, both Calor and Flogas buy their gas from the major oil companies as the gas is a fraction of the crude oil. Re Safefill, I now fill mine out my local Morrisons less than a mile from where we live and currently 55.7p a litre, so 6kg costs approximately £7. However I have seen the tanker that delivers the bulk gas and it says Calor all over it. So if you think that the gas is the source of the oil then I can’t see that what I put in my Safefill is any difference to the Gas in your Calorlite. I would assume that the Auto change over fitted to the Buccaneer is also the regulator, this looks identical to the one I have fitted. For you about as useful as a chocolate teapot, for me the second best gadget ( after the solar panel ) I have ever fitted. Just goes to show that we all use our vans in different ways. Regarding the oil filters, these look the same as the one fitted to compressed airline to trap oil, it would be interesting to know the price difference. I don’t think anyone has really got to the bottom of the oil problem but it did seem to correspond to introduction of pigtails and bulkhead regulators.
  22. I appreciate what you wrote, but sticking 100% to the way the relevant questionnaire that Griff cited is formulated, it wouldn't even exclude a domestic accident, although Jaydug's example is a little more specific in that respect. As you say, the insurance companies have cleverly worded things to their advantage. As my premium is potentially at stake, I would therefore expect them to say exactly want they want first and not leave it open to query in order to clarify. The very fact that I may have to seek clarification before answering could already have a negative effect on the insurance premium. I would therefore not consider any insurance company that requires any more than a clear statement from me regarding any vehicle insurance claims made, either by myself or by a third party against me.
  23. As a regular on the A14, the pleasure definitely deminishes when vehicles travelling at the same speed come into contact with each other.
  24. Hi my green light isn’t working on my blower heater , just blowing cold air , checked all the fuses and replaced the 10 amp for a new fuse , still nothing , any ideas and if you had same experience was it a costly repair thanks in advance
  25. Yesterday
  26. I am not sure that is correct. I believe that those suffering consequential losses would have to be able to prove negligence on the part of the owner/user of the first caravan.
  27. I always seem to have a list of things to fix after we've had the grandsons over for the day!
  28. When I bought my Freedom Sunseeker brand new in early 2010 I removed the 13 pin plug and replaced it with a 7 pin to tow with my existing electrics. I am getting 13 pin electrics on my new car and am having difficulty working out which wire is which as the colours are different from any diagrams I have found. The road lights seem standard but I have had to try to work the others out. I think that I have found the fridge (brown and red) and fridge return (thick black and white) cable by connecting a car battery to the most likely candidates and seeing it come on (when I flick the red switch on the fridge with a picture of a battery on it- I assume this wouldn't work with the leisure battery disconnected and the continuous 12v circuit but not the fridge circuit powered?). There are two cables left. I suspect that the thinner white one must be the return for continuous 12v power and the remaining 2-tone (I cant remember what colours now) wire the supply for 12v continuous power, but when those two are connected to the battery nothing comes on (surely the interior lights should work?) and there is a spark, perhaps suggesting a short circuit or a big draw? So, firstly, please could someone with a similar caravan tell me which wire is which and , secondly, do you think I should just tape up the presumed 12v continuous wires and leave them disconnected or might that cause problems elsewhere?
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