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  1. Yes, I bought the dealer special as well, Joanie. Solar panel, extra carpet, wheel lock, rugs, cushions etc. I also had a motor mover fitted...wouldn't be without one these days. Interestingly, I thought the bed was way to firm as well, but as you say, it's not too bad now I've slept there for a few nights.
  2. I bought a cable adaptor to fit my twin 7 pin outlets on the car to allow me to connect to the 13 pin connector on the caravan. However, the cable (with a heavish plug/socket at the end) does not sit easily on the hitch area. I'm just wondering who has clever ideas to keep the cable secure and not fall on the ground but also keep it reasonably tidy/ I am using a couple of short bungees at the moment but it isn't ideal.
  3. Thanks everyone. It took me a while but I settled for a new Bailey Phoenix 640. Perfect with island bed at the back with no bulkhead to restrict your feet sticking out the end of the bed, central washroom in the centre, and a further bed option at the front. This means we can both sleep peacefully as the snores don't travel through wo doors that well LOL I have already taken the caravan back to United British Caravans for a fridge door panel replacement, then a replacement door (there was a visible gap where it didn't seal and the light could be seen at night) and also a replacement burner unit as the gas fridge kept shutting down every 15 minutes. Hopefully, that's it...
  4. For 2019, I'll be looking for an island bed configuration. I currently have a Bailey Pageant Bordeaux and like the fixed bed, but at a tad over 6 foot I find it just a bit cramped for sleeping and access is not always easy (middle of the night pees [not me, my partner!]) The island bed concept appeals as I like a larger bed and as I'm no expert on the models available, I hoped people could advise me what models to look for. There's only two of us and I'm looking for second hand rather than new.
  5. I think many of you are missing the point. The original post was a simple heads up for a very compact, £29 affordable device to operate the corner steadies. As simple as that.
  6. That is the case with Ni-Cad batteries and to a point with NiMH, but not with Lithium Ion. In fact Lithium Ion batteries are better kept charged.
  7. I don't get the point of your comment. You're suggesting paying £46 for a drill and two batteries as opposed to the drill I bought at £29 plus, if I wanted, a spare battery at £12 making a total of £41, which is £5 less? What is the point you are making?
  8. Spare batteries are £12. ...not that I need two batteries to wind the occasional steady here and there :-)
  9. To be honest, I've had decent enough service from Aldi Workzone items. But you are wrong on the 60 day thing. ...they may try that one on, but the law says different ;-)
  10. Moving up the age scale gradually, I have always coped with manually lowering the corner steadies. However, I do occasionally cheat and take my expensive Hitachi cordless drill with me. Today, this one jumped out at me from the shelves at Aldi. I love the compactness of it. Small enough to stow away easily and at £29 it didn't break the bank. Lithium Ion battery too. More than enough power for the job. I guess the drill and screwdriver bits can be considered a bonus :-)
  11. I only once used a Caravan Club site. ..at Bellingham. Afraid that experience encouraged me to find CLs thereafter. Then I later joined the Camping and Caravanning Club and almost exclusively use CSs. I'm more than happy with this current arrangement but I can see why people stay members of both organisations to increase the available pitching opportunities. I'm sure other CC sites are perfectly good and I'm sure even Bellingham may have changed (it was five years ago). But I like the C&CC and I like the availability of CSs
  12. I was thinking the same, John. My 330 looks about the same size and weight as that monster so I was also wondering if it is a lesser fabric.
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