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matelodave

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  1. Do you know who's towbar kit it was - I've seen that quite a few of them seem to use random wiring colours that don't actually conform to any standards so it's best to check the wiring and write down the pin wiring before hacking off the old plug
  2. Interesting that because my March 2015 built U3 only has the Tracker Retrieve and no alarm. According to the Bailey "feature" list for the new Alicanto they have a Tracker Retrieve but the detailed spec says it's a Monitor with an alarm - so I'll be interested to see what they actually fit when we get ours. Perhaps they updated the U3 with a better system as the original was a waste of space , although it's not much bigger than a mobile phone and doesn't get in the way of anything (except mine did when I installed an extra socket ) They did do a small facelift to the U3 (you can tell by the location of the van name, earlier U3's have it high up and later ones have it lower down) I might be tempted to pay the sub for the Monitor but not for a Retrieve as I can't really see the point.
  3. We've got one of these https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bluetooth-Transmitter-Receiver-TaoTronics-Simultaneously-Black/dp/B016UF7J5C?ref_=fsclp_pl_dp_3 (didn't pay that for it) which works with two sets of wireless headphones or a bluetooth speaker. Although it's "low latency" it relies on the receiving end being low latency as well and there's not much of that around - even Bose so it's a case of try one if you can borrow one. I've also got a cheap Sony bluetooth receiver (7 day shop for about £7) which I used to use with my non-wireless noise cancelling headphones and an ancient Samsung MP3 player. As Woodentop says, if there's signal processing involved there will always be a bit of a lag but I dont actually find it all that objectional although some channels seem to be worse (or better than others) to the extent that it's even apparent on some programmes, direct through the speakers
  4. I'm guessing that you didn't need to go through the whole process, look at the link I pasted - here's how to do it (go to link above to download the zip file). It's probably a shortcut to extracting the log file (I haven't tried it myself) "Having trouble getting a log file generated for your SYNC 3 update? Please follow below steps: Download this package (ZIP 44KB) and extract it on a USB stick (the USB stick needs to in ex-fat format) Enter your vehicle and switch on the engine When Sync 3 is fully loaded, insert the USB stick Wait until an “installation complete” message appears (it may take approximately 1 minute). This should now have produced a new log file Return to your PC and complete your update by uploading the log file onto the Ford website. As I said, perhaps the reason that David can't do an upgrade is because the file that Ford are sending down is a previous version because their database is unaware that his car has already been updated so it needs the relevant log file.
  5. Which version of Tracker - if it's Tracker Retrieve then IMO it's a waste of time having it because you have to notify Tracker that you vehicle has gone missing so they can activate it and start tracking. It does not (AFAIK) notify them that the van has been moved or that the alarm has be triggered - you need Tracker Monitor to do that.
  6. I'm really not sure if the 18025 build is the previous build that gets updated to 19025. (the autouinstall.lst suggests that it might) However I dont know what my previous version was or whether it doesn't work if the notification file hadn't been sent back to Ford. I didn't retain my previous update files so I cant check previous build numbers. If you check in the troubleshooting guide at the bottom - there seems to be another zip file you can download which sucks out thelog-file to send back to Ford - check here https://www.ford.co.uk/owner/resources-and-support/sync-bluetooth/update#/ Have you entered in your VIN number into the Ford Sync update website and has it told you that it requires an update. Have you then downloaded the update and unpacked the zip file to the usb drive. If so have a look at the autoinstall.lst file that's there - here's mine from my Dec 2109 update for comparison (I used Notepad++ to view it) Just had a thought - if you check your autoinstall.lst and it suggests that it's an earlier release then I'd guess that the log file didn't get sent back so you might need to do that first so that the Ford system know which version to send you. (Just be aware that mines an S-Max and yours isn't so there may be differences anyway) ; SYNC3 Consumer Assembly Upgrade - Release 3.0.13 - Only for Nav/EU assemblies. [SYNCGen3.0_3.0.18025] Item1 = HB5T-14G386-THA Open1 = SyncMyRide\HB5T-14G386-THA.tar.gz Item2 = HB5T-14G386-TCB Open2 = SyncMyRide\HB5T-14G386-TCB.tar.gz Item3 = JR3T-14G391-AD Open3 = SyncMyRide\JR3T-14G391-AD.tar.gz Item4 = JR3T-14G381-AL Open4 = SyncMyRide\JR3T-14G381-AL.tar.gz Item5 = JR3T-14G423-AB Open5 = SyncMyRide\JR3T-14G423-AB.tar.gz Item6 = HB5T-14G387-AAB Open6 = SyncMyRide\HB5T-14G387-AAB.tar.gz Item7 = GB5T-14G386-AB Open7 = SyncMyRide\GB5T-14G386-AB.tar.gz Options = Delay,Include,Transaction
  7. Check out this - https://thebatterybase.com.au/how-to-recharge-optima-batteries-with-a-battery-charger/#:~:text=Optima YellowTop Battery Charging&text=13.8 – 15.0V%2C 10 amps,%2C for 6-12 hours.&text=14.7V%2C no current limit,constant current for 1 hour.
  8. Just checked mine from the dashboard - Ver 3.0 (the update auto install file says its ver [SYNCGen3.0_3.0.18025] Build: 19205 Map ver: F8 Sync Ser No: LWAN003P Interesting that my Map version has a different format to Scooby's (possibly coz mines an S-Max and his isn't) Don't forget to remove the drive when it's finished updating otherwise it will try doing it again the next time you start the car - guess how I know
  9. I've done it twice on my 2018 S-Max and it's a long drawn out process. The last time was in Dec 2019 - there haven't been any updates for my car since then - I'll nip out to the car later and see if I can get the software ver from the dashboard (I've only kept the zip file which isn't a great deal of help) I didn't reformat the USB drive just deleted everything on it before loading the contents of the zip file. The info on Ford's website is reasonably clear but you do need to have plenty of time to do it - my first time took nearly an hour of driving so you need to have a lot of patience and do not give up halfway through because you think there's nothing going on. If I remember correctly the first time I did it (around Feb 2019) I had to stop, turn off the car, lock and unlock the doors and then restart for it to go through the complete update TBH although the maps got updated the auto-speed limiter is much more random and less reliable than it was before I did the update BTW dont forget to confirm the update on the Ford site when you've done it - A confirmation file gets written back to the usb which you have to send back to Ford
  10. Interestingly this is what is on my dealer's website - Bailey seem to be the most generous We are very pleased to confirm that all of our Caravan Manufacturing partners, in addition to ourselves have extended the required service intervals affected by this unplanned closure. Coachman – extended by 90 days EHG UK (Elddis/Buccaneer Statement). “During this period, EHG will not penalise Customers for a late service, provided that the service is carried out as soon as possible once the situation is resolved.” Bailey – extended by 6 months Raymond James Used Warranty service intervals – extended by 6 months
  11. I don't know where you live, but I guess your government's website would be the best place to find out rather than hearsay on the forum - just my opinion you understand but there does seem to be a lot of wishful thinking going on. Do your own interpretation of the rules, rather than relying on someone else's. Here they are foe England - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
  12. Assuming that they are allowed to - they are making plans and hoping for it to happen but it's not set in stone, especially if recent event cause an uplift. You have to read all the words not just the headlines Here they are In line with the latest UK Government & Administration announcements, we are very pleased to share with you our intention to open the majority of our campsites in England from 4 July and in Scotland from 15 July 2020, subject of course to further confirmation. The timescales for reopening our Club sites in Wales will be published once we have guidance from their Administration. Plan for the worst but hope for the best
  13. It's a lot more than I would (although that said I do have a socket tester). What do you expect, a full insulation and earth impedance test as well.
  14. That must have been quite frustrating but it does look as though you will get to use it this year - enjoy it, you deserve it
  15. Depends how handy you are and what sort of alarm you want. If it requires a lot of wiring then it's not all that easy to run it all round the caravan without it being visible. There are wireless alarms that might do the job and you should be aware that you'll probably have to connect them into the van's electrical system or battery. As the U3 has a solar panel it shouldn't be a problem with discharging the van battery (unless you put a cover over it or store it inside a building. I'm sure that a dealer or alarm fitter can do the job for a fee
  16. I'm not sure but I think each mirror can be counted as a separate offence, perhaps LE knows for certain
  17. It probably has, coz no one is buying fuel and a lot of other stuff - if you really read the stats then the price of food has gone up but a lot of other things have gone down. Inflation is based on a whole range of stuff not just Dulux paint or bags of cement I'm also guessing that there was a bit of a rush on swimming cozzies and beach balls earliera few weeks ago - it's likely to be brollys and sou'westers this week and the sales will depress the figures as well. Talking to my neighbour who is a builder he reckons theres a real shortage of stuff, especially plaster and apparently the Celo-Tex insulation factory in Germany isn't due to restart until mid August which means that unless he pays extra for the dwindling supplies he wont be doing much building work
  18. As Fraser600 says there is no alarm on the U3. The U1 had one (Tracker Monitor), dunno about the U2, the U3 definitely does not and I'm not sure about the U4 either. The Bailey Handbooks seems to cover all options (a bit like car ones) so the fact that there's info about it in the handbook doesn't actually meant that one was fitted
  19. The series 3 Unicorn only has a Tracker Retrieve, which as far as I'm concerned is as good as useless. You have to know that the van has been nicked and then you need to contact Tracker to get it activated. It's only got a life of between four and five years - we never bothered with ours in our Cadiz (in fact it's now not even in the van anymore) IMO It's a bit late if it got pinched a fortnight or a month ago from storage or even overnight from your drive - they'd be well away by then. See here and then determine whether £149 a year subs is worth it - https://www.tracker.co.uk/products/retrieve-battery-powered Unicorns do come with ALKO wheel locks and the WSL wheel bolt should have an adapter - they aren't really locking nuts as all the adapters are the same but they'd certainly slow someone down who didn't have one
  20. This is what the law states - near enough isn't good enough - if you cant see down the side of the van (especially on the nearside) then you wont see the dozy cyclist who creeps up into your blind spot
  21. I doubt that many (if any vans) have a chassis return nowadays - virtually everything (including the road lights) has a dedicated ground(earth or or whatever you want to call it). I guess that the chassis will be connected to ground but it's unlikely to be used as a return conductor for stuff in the van TBH there's not really a lot of chassis to return to, especially if the van is mainly GRP
  22. I'd guess that there's more chance of it increasing rather than going down He need to rake in a lot more tax rather than less
  23. You may not understand why some of the rules have been implement but it's usually to try adn accommodate the cretins who cant follow simple common sense and need to be policed with a heavy hand. Unfortunately it also affects the rest of us who do still have a some of what we were born with
  24. Never, with either the caravan or my boat although a couple of years ago we did get some crud in the caravan supply which took a lot of clearing to get it back to acceptable (we didn't drink it whilst we had the problem). I've got a pretty robust gut but my wife is quite prone to getting problems if water or food isn't clean and she's never be affected. I just give ours a flush through with Puriclean once a year but when we had the problem I had to use AquaSol as well and the system needed about five treatments before I was happy that we'd got rid of it all (it manifested as black algae and clogged the taps). I now put a measure of Aquasol in the Watermaster for the first couple of fills when we are away - haven't had any problems since. The boat had an on board water tank which would have water in it for a whole year or possibly two, so I used to chuck in an Aquatab or Steritab when it got filled just to make sure. In my opinion the worse culprit for gyppy-tummy or problems is with an inboard filter - if you want filtered water use a Brita jug. You dont need to wash your pots or body in filtered water so a jug for drinking water is more than adequate. We use one at home and in the van but mainly to get rid of any chlorine tastes (our tapwater at home smells like a swimming pool)
  25. Have a look for dinghy inflators - they might have something that's compatible. Use the little hole in the tab to tie it to the pump to stop it getting lost. The biggest problem is identifying the correct item because all the manufacturers have decided to do their own thing so all the orifices are of a different size or configuration here's a selection - lots more on t'interweb, just search for dinghy inflators or adapters - https://www.force4.co.uk/department/inflatables-tenders/pumps-inflators You could probably do a similar search on awing inflators and adapters and get another dozen or so
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