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  2. Some German caravans have a large, pre-drilled, wooden block attached to the roof frame between the outer panel and the ceiling board in the wardrobe. This can be used for mounting a pole through the roof with a watertight gland allowing a sat dish or terrestrial aerial to be rotated/adjusted from the inside. Roof mounting I'm not aware of any UK vans have such provision but the link below is a video showing a sat dish being fitted to a UK caravan where the load is spread over a large plate screwed and glued to the roof.. sat dish fitting
  3. Not a con! It is just necessary to read what is actually there and give some thought to what it really means. 99% of the population means just that, 99% of the area is something different altogether!
  4. They are multi use. But with all bolts they should not be overtightened as this can damage their ‘elastic’ properties. I have no idea how much more torque would be needed beyond the recommend setting to do that. Look at their web site for more info. http://www.wheel-solutions.co.uk/SAS_bolt/SAS_bolt.html John
  5. A con - hardly! There is always (well, nearly always) the opportunity to use satellite reception called Freesat.
  6. Address: Hilltops, Long St, High Ham, Langport, Somerset, TA10 9DN Phone: 01458 250455 We stayed for three nights (June 2019) on the Hilltops certified site which is an immaculately mowed field with at least a 20 feet separation between caravans, and all for £14 per night. No nearby road noise. Quiet. Pets are welcome. Very nice views for miles. Brian and Shelley are friendly and helpful. Brian is renovating a traction engine and he has a small museum which he was pleased to show me, mostly engineering and guns, so herself read a book while I disappeared for an hour - or two. Glastonbury is twenty minutes away and Wells is not much further on, whose cathedral is well worth a visit together with the oldest street in Europe. Dorchester is worth visiting as well. Plenty of 'stuff' going on so look on the web for events in the area. All in all, recommended, and we will return.
  7. Excellent advise had the same problem in our Bailey Verona 2014 with a flush problem carried out all the tests for power etc then took the pump out 2 screws, a quick tap to free up the impeller, a wiggle with a screw driver and a quick test all working fine no need to dig the latrines out the back 😄😄😄🚽🚽🚽🚽
  8. Because in the UK coverage is rated on population, not geographical - yet another con from the industry!
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  10. Its really good that he passed this information on. Hope they enjoy using it.
  11. I know how you feel and sympathise. We to had a similar event while collecting our Sprite caravan from the service center in Preston 18 months ago. I had traveled about 500 yds from the center approaching a roundabout (so traveling slowly) when the nearside wheel came free and the caravan fell onto the mover etc. We considered ourselves lucky in that in another 10 mins and we'd have been on the M6 travelling at 60 mph with potential disastrous results. Obviously the engineers at the service center had failed to tighten the studs. The service center repaired the van at their cost but it was never the same afterwards and I traded it in for another van last year. It has left me a little neurotic as regards testing the studs which I now do before each outward and return journey and in between sometimes. I should add that at the time we contacted the technical dept at the cc who were helpful in advising what remedial work they considered necessary in such an event.
  12. The Swift already has an onboard Flojet pump, not a submersible ultraflow.
  13. just doing the same to my van, all drilled ready to go. did anyone consider varnishing/sealing the floor before putting down the vinyl ? using green poly bond, so should be fine when finished.
  14. Carnac area was for us...La Baie was a favourite. Geoff
  15. Ha Ha! Some years ago on holiday in an apartment, I heard screaming and shouting next door and was close to phoning the police when a different sound clearly indicating a high level of involvement in the practice of procreation, pierced through the adjoining wall.
  16. Heatwave in the Dordogne !!!! we left there last Monday and had three weeks of horrible rain, are you sure you were in the Dordogne. Not been there myself but Benodet is highly recommended
  17. Hi James and Caz i have successfully used a hose direct into the inlet on my van, but it should have a pressure reducer or you could blow the fittings apart inside the van. The contradiction to that is that if the water pressure is too low then you may get insufficient flow. Before you buy an Ultraflow submersible pump, you may wish to consider fitting an onboard pump, which is more universal and therefore easier to replace. I have just had a problem in France when my Ultraflow pump packed in and I was unable to get a direct replacement even from an Truma dealer. A helpful Frenchman fitted a non-standard pump for me which will be fine till we get home.
  18. Only you could make the call, if it sounded violent, ring the Warders
  19. WSL bolts here. Never yet needed adjustment over a number of years. The one shot nuts are those that hold the brake drum so your WSL bolts are, of course, lifetime.
  20. Don't wind me up Borussai with regard to the Clowns in Cardiff Bay, laughingly called The Welsh Government/ The worst move we have ever made was to return to Wales, they could not organise a a you know what in a brothel. The latest news today is that the Clowns knew about the Ford Plant Closure in Bridgend eight months ago but did sod all about it,
  21. I'm away in the motorhome at present so I'm unable to check the original tyre specification for you, however you can download an owners handbook for your 1999 Avondale from here. Gordon.
  22. We visited Jorvik today and got 20% discount! £10.50 down to £8.40. We produced our club membership cards.
  23. During a short break on a club site, a couple in a neighbouring caravan,during the small hours, was involved in a heated argument. Should I have phoned 999 and recorded the argument for the benefit of a national newspaper, or do as I did, accept that most couples sometimes have an argument and ignore the whole incident.
  24. I have been using a direct connection for over twelve years now, with no problems. Except that the the pressure valve in the Whale watermaster is set at a lower level than the caravan internal one. To get a decent flow I had to run the internal caravan pump as well. I suspect that if there was any weakness in the water system it would blow under the caravan pump pressure rather than the watermaster.
  25. Alas, the only pool we have at our hovel is one where I didn't quite get the levels right on the new parking/turning area for car and caravan ... . I need to increase my aspirations; perhaps my next towcar could be an Austin Tatious [replete with hydrolastic suspension ...]. The night skies and sunsets are really beautiful, as is the local insect and wildlife [apart from Mr Mole, aka M. Taupe, who insists on aerating what's left of the lawn during his nocturnal excavations. Tunnel vision is overrated ...]. Over the last 2 weeks, we've had humming bird moths on the lavender bushes; a red squirrel who literally popped his head round the corner for a quick look at my attempt at bricklaying ... And Buzzards and Red Kites that fly from the abandoned village quarry that is a haven for wildlife. And, my favourites, the wee lizards that run riot amongst the rockery stones and garden wall crevices. A very simple and peaceful life that never fails to please [until we realise that it's after12 noon and the local DIY store has just closed, or that we've forgotten that it's Tuesday and the village baker is closed, and we've no bread - again! Post-retirement changes the definition of stress and aggro quite profoundly! Steve
  26. Thanks for that info about the WSL bolts John , I looked back into your posting in 2015 & they seem like a good solution as well as giving the all important peace of mind . One thing I’d like to ask you , are they multi use not one shot ? . I am just going out to jack up the van & remove the wheel again , bit safer this time 😄 , I need to take it to the local tyre depot & get it rebalanced as all the balance weight were ripped off in the incident , I’ll get them to give the rim the once over as well as the tyre . I am also going to check the shock absorber mounting as well as the motor mover brackets just to be sure they are ok , anything amiss & it might become an insurance job , if everything is ok I’ll probably refit the wheel arch myself .
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