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    Ely, Cambridgeshire
  • Interests
    Sailing, walking, caravanning, reading & drinking beer
  • Towcar
    2018 2. 0 Tdci S-max 180ps Powershift
  • Caravan
    2015 Bailey Unicorn 3 Cadiz

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  1. Wilko do a version of Patio Magic which is just as good and a bit cheaper (I've used both an they equally effective). I find it's OK on concrete and gets rid of alge in a couple of days but doesn't seem to do much for block paving with black mould for some reason. The block paving still looks a bit black and I reluctant to use the pressure washer on it coz we've got a lot and it doesn't ever come out ever so even (or it doesn't when I do it) I've got some stuff from Screwfix which works on the decking, I've not tried it on the block paving yet
  2. Dunno about a Kuga but the kerbweight on my S-max is a pretty decent 1750kg and I'd be a bit wary about towing an 1800kg van at 103%. I've happily towed at 95% when I had a C-Max, however i'ts obviously up to you if you feel comfortable towing at over 100%. Regarding the power/torque, there's more than enough. My old S-Max would tow 1650kg with 140ps and about 320nm without any trouble (actually so did the C-Max with the same engine).
  3. I'm guessing that at places like Tewkesbury and other places where flooding is a possibility or even a regular occurrence they are pretty well clued up and the wardens will be aware of what is going on and do their utmost to shift people off the site before the event. It's the places where it's either never happened or not happened in a very long time that have the problem. We were at River Breamish caravan site a few years ago when it rained continuously for a couple of days, the river rose to a considerable height (I'd guess at least 6ft (2m) above where it usually flowed and the warden shifted us up to higher ground - bridges were washed away and the local village was flooded out - in fact we had to stay a couple of extra days because the roads were impassable. I'm sure it was an unusual event and I guess that it wasn't just the rain that fell where we were but further up in the hills and moors. We live in a defended area in the Fens, and the fact that it hasn't flooded on our side of the river in living memory doesn't make us totally complacent. The last time there was a serious flood was in 1947 and it happened on the opposite side of the river during a very severe winter when the ground and rivers froze over, the snow melted and had nowhere to go. There's not really all that much that you can do about that.
  4. The voltage across a resistor will vary according to the current flowing and the voltage applied to the circuit, so if the applied voltage varies between 13.8 and 12.5, the voltage across the resistor and the strip will vary in the same proportion whereas the buck converter stabilises the voltage. All you need to do is adjust the output voltage to say 11.5v and it will stay at 11.5 even if the input voltage varies.
  5. you could use one of these to control and limit the voltage - https://www.amazon.co.uk/LM2596-Converter-3-0-40V-1-5-35V-Supply/dp/B01GJ0SC2C, they are cheap and work well. I use a couple to run 12v LED strips and a 5v Raspberry Pi from the 24v power supply on my 3D printer
  6. of course its half full and it will continue to dehumidify the planet unless you block up all the ventilation in the van. Removing moisture from the van interior will just suck even more damp air in from outside to keep the unit working. I've got one in my Man Cave and it runs for a few days and fills up quite quickly when it's first put on around the end of October and then doesn't need emptying for a couple of weeks or more, but that's coz the cave doesn't have any ventilation openings unlike a caravan which is like a colander
  7. we've been away when its dropped to -15 and all the site taps have frozen. We put the aquaroll on a slab of polystyrene and wrap it in a central heating insulation jacket (it was about £6 from B&Q a lot of years ago) and put some pipe insulation on the pump pick-up pipe. We don't leave the pump in the aquaroll overnight and keep a 5 litre container in the van just in case. The aquaroll hasn't frozen but has had a skin of ice on the surface
  8. We dont put ours up at this time of the year
  9. A couple of years ago I had to borrow a Kuga with a towbar whilst my S-Max was having some work done and although I enjoyed driving the Kuga (180ps with 19" wheels) I did find that it felt a bit hard and jiggly when the van was on the back but I guess that some of it may have be due to the shorter wheelbase than my S-Max (180ps with 17" wheels) as well as the low profile tyres. I still fancy a Kuga but I personally would opt for smaller wheels with fatter tyres. My wife wont let me have one, she likes the S-Max (this one is my fourth since 2009) My bro is on his third Kuga and reckons that smaller wheels with fatter tyres are much more comfortable. Again, it's just an opinion, others will differ what wheels and tyres has it got?
  10. Fortunately we've got a drive that will comfortably accommodate two caravans and 5 cars (six if we push it a bit) and we dont have neighbours close enough on our side of the road to bother anyway. The only fly in the ointment is the pillock over the road who lives with his wife in a static caravan in his MILs front garden, they have two obnoxious dogs and park his van and two cars on the road dead opposite out gate so we cant get the van out without getting him to shift it all. The reason he parks on the road is because he cant be bothered to open the gate.
  11. Not necessarily, although a voltage of around 12.8v indicates a fully charged battery, it doesn't give any information about it's remaining capacity. For that you need to do a discharge test
  12. What sort of trickle charger have you got. If you've flattened the battery (and 8v is flattened) then you really need a decent multistage charger to try and recover it. It needs something like 14,v-14,6 volts across it for several hours. Assuming you've got 100a/h battery then it will need around 120a/h to fully charge it - a 2amp trickle cahrger, wont actually charge it fully but will take around 50 hours or more Even a so called trickle charger should try and get it up to around 13.6v, so you need to leave it connected to the charger for a long time, at least 48 hours until the voltage has actually reached 13.6-13.8v. You then need to disconnect the charger and leave the battery for around 6-8 hours and then check it's voltage - it should sit at around 12.7 and remain there for a couple of days - if it doesn't then the battery is knackered
  13. Bailey dont send you a reminder - it's down to you to sort it out. Some dealers do send a reminder. You need to have your first and second service carried out up to 6 weeks before or 6 weeks after the purchase/registration anniversary date but the third and sixth service must be completed within six weeks before the anniversary otherwise you'll lose the benefit of the warranty. It's pretty c;early laid out in the warranty book
  14. what about one of these - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Automobile-Engine-effectively-prevent-starting/dp/B00RB1VLQ8/ref=pd_sbs_263_t_0/259-4260621-1369046?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00RB1VLQ8&pd_rd_r=0cc55af4-51f3-4ca6-abbb-fcd816c0bc13&pd_rd_w=vjw6B&pd_rd_wg=HY1Jw&pf_rd_p=e44592b5-e56d-44c2-a4f9-dbdc09b29395&pf_rd_r=0NG30XFP6KWBX5XFP3PE&psc=1&refRID=0NG30XFP6KWBX5XFP3PE
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