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  1. We had a caravanstore which we liked. However a violent storm in the Massif Central (while we were out at lunch) ripped the canopy and bent one arm into a banana shape. Apart from this however it served us well for over 10 years. We've replaced it with an Isabella Eclipse which seems very robust and gives a bigger shaded area. They're expensive but we managed to get one on ebay.
  2. I've always been very conscious of the low level and width of the actuating hexagons on our Reich so am always extra cautious around high kerbs especially when there are sharp turns involved. I've been lucky in the 15 years we've had the van that so far no hexagon / curb interference has occurred.... I would probably agree that insurance might be the best way forward as without removing the mover you can't see what damage has been done.
  3. It will continue to do so I'm sure. I lost out recently - in early October I hired a car in Crete and had to leave a €900 deposit. At the time the £ was low. Eventually, after lots of prodding, I had the refund of €900 but due to currency fluctuations this worked out at about £40 less than I'd paid once converted. The car hire was quite cheap - £75 for 2 weeks - but I could have done without the extra hit. Most car hire firms only block the amount rather than actually deducting it so one to watch for.
  4. If you mean the ones that fit in the awning rail, we had a couple included when we bought the caravanstore. That was a while ago of course.....
  5. We had ours fitted without any pads for more than 10 years and no damage. It actually rested on the awning light but didn't cause a problem.
  6. Britannia uses subcontractors like many others. As far as I know they don't have their own dedicated breakdown vehicles. On the few occasions I've used them I've been very happy with the service.
  7. Towball covers - I just have a very simple one made from semi rigid plastic which is open at the bottom so it doesn't collect water. Like this:
  8. If you're taking the wallboard off I'd leave them in. Trying to drill them out will probably only spin them causing further damage. An alternative would be a dremel with a thin cutting disc to cut the heads off.
  9. When we visited a couple of years ago we chose Herculaneum as Pompeii can get very crowded and is a much bigger site so possibly quite exhausting to cover the whole place. We're pleased we did, also there is an interesting museum a short walk from the site: https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/herculaneum-s-museum-of-relics-finally-opens-its-doors-44-years-on Whichever you pick, well worth the trip.
  10. Caravans are built from the inside out and cupboards etc are part of the structure so it can, as you've realised, be tricky to dismantle them.....
  11. The likelihood is that this is due to the front ABS panel having cracked where the screws holding the awning rail go through as apparently pilot holes weren't drilled(!). We had a very similar problem with our 2005 Pageant Vendee, and had to have the front moulding replaced. It may be possible to repair any cracks but not an easy or cheap job. I, like you, thought the problem with ours was the side window but it turned out not to be the case - but you may be lucky. We bit the bullet and had a new front as we've owned the van from new and love it.
  12. No filter, no sterilising solution, drink the water straight from the tap and have been for 15 years. Also still alive.
  13. We too much prefer Crystal Palace as it's in a much more interesting and diverse area. As said, getting to the centre is very easy. The clincher for us coming from the Midlands is avoiding the dreadful M25 (although I have to say the South Circular can be "interesting"). I don't know what the current status of the ridiculous "improvement" scheme is but am glad it's been scrapped at least for the time being.
  14. I seem to remember that you need to register a credit / debit card with TFL but I may be out of date. It's a couple of years since I did this. Of course anyone with an English over-65 travelcard can uses buses FOC.
  15. This is often said but in over 50 years of soldering motorcycle (and other) connectors I have yet to have one fail in this way. You do of course have to solder properly, not just "stick" the bits together, and be careful not to overheat and let the solder run up the cable. I believe soldered joints to be superior in every application I've used. In my view, crimps were introduced to deskill the wiring process as any idiot can make a serviceable job given the right kit whereas soldering needs a modicum of skill.
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