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About towman

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  • Birthday 08/08/1972

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    2017 Ford Ranger Wildtrack
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    2017 Elddis Supreme 840

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  1. towman

    Travelling with hitch lock fitted

    I agree there is no legislation & therefore no right or wrong & this subject will keep going round & round, However to pick up on Borussia's post In the UK Most modern HEAVY wreckers will have at least one 30,000lbs winch (around 15t) but would be next to useless at transporting the car & caravan from the scene Most modern recovery vehicles of the type that would attend a car & caravan RTC (ie a slidebed) will have one 8000lbs hyd winch (around 4 ton) this coupled with a snatch block will have plenty of pulling power to right an over turned car & caravan if need be but the problem is connecting one cable to two casualty vehicle at the same time if they are both overturned (this is possible with enough snatch blocks, cable length & space) once the right way up the rig would need separating to be able to transport it away unless a Lowloader with a clear bed length is available to put the whole lot on
  2. towman

    Travelling with hitch lock fitted

    Sorry if you found my post rude, maybe I could have worded it better, Steve didn’t offer any advice as to why you should fit a lock while traveling just that it’s not illegal to do so so why not, my advise is based on experiences my colleagues & I have actually encountered, Can you or Steve give a good reason to advise fitting one while traveling?
  3. towman

    Travelling with hitch lock fitted

    Im not giving my advise (& that is all it is) as a “have a go hero” I have over 20years experience in the vehicle recovery industry & have encountered the problems that hitch locks cause on many occasions, so I am coming at it from the professional point of view, the fire & rescue service are not often on scene at all & when they have been are usually long gone when recovery takes place, the recovery of the vehicle be it breakdown or accident IS the job of the recovery operator & the buck stops with them whether it be a car or caravan or 44t on its side, They are the professional!
  4. towman

    Travelling with hitch lock fitted

    Only my advise has logic to it & is a very good reason not to do something yours is,,, well pathetic really You ask any recovery operator with any experience about hitch locks & I guarantee they will have at least one story of how one has made his or her job more difficult & puts them in danger for longer than they needed to be,
  5. towman

    Travelling with hitch lock fitted

    I have a feeling we’ve been here before, it would HAVE to be separated to carry out the recovery,/removal Have you tried it?? Because I have done it on many occasions! All it takes is to take the weight of either the car or caravan (depending which is hanging on which) & they can be disconnected, without too much effort at all, if the hitch lock is fitted even with a key to hand it WILL hinder the recovery process, if it’s as bad as the above you probably won’t even be there to say “the key is in the centre consol” or “you remove this type of lock this way” & before you start on about the Fire service again they are not always in attendance & will not turn out because a recovery operator cannot separate a car & caravan! My advice again is not to travel with them fitted as they will not add any benefit while traveling & could cause issues should the unthinkable happen
  6. towman

    Travelling with hitch lock fitted

    These pictures were posted by Dorset Police on their Facebook page today I agree there is no right or wrong or legality's but would your caravan keys still be in the centre console after this?
  7. towman

    Elddis 840 Brakes

    My 840 had no squeaky brakes until the first service, now it sounds like an old routemaster bus slowing down!
  8. towman

    2019 Elddis Range

    I do like the Aruba & did ask on here some time ago why they didn’t do a Buccaneer with the 840 layout, suppose id better go & buy one now 😂😂😂
  9. towman

    Urgent fridge problems!

    Update! that seems to have done the trick! cooling nicely now on gas My drive only runs down slightly so it wasn’t that tilted that much! amazed & very relived we are on our way, M5 here we come!
  10. towman

    Urgent fridge problems!

    Thanks I have just read that, about turning upside down just beeen out & removed the wheel locks & leveled up etc, i hope & pray that sorts it! Don’t fancy warm tonic for the next two weeks!
  11. towman

    Urgent fridge problems!

    Hoping someone can help here? Dometic RM8551 2017 we are all packed & ready to head off to Cornwall this morning as soon as the little one wakes, I turned the fridge on yesterday morning all & seemed normal, (EHU hooked up to the house & working) went back in to put some bits in the fridge some hrs later & had flashing lights on the panel & fridge not cold first thought was that the mains had tripped but that was all ok as other mains equipment ie heater & hob were working ok so I turned the fridge off & back on, all seemed fine again, no beeping or flashing lights checked the fridge again before going to bed & it had done the same thing so switched it over to gas to try that, get the normal clicking & firing up no problems felt the vent outside & have heat coming out in the normal way after a restless night I went out to check this morning & still no cooling in any way, in fact the bits in the fridge seem warmer than when I put them in! the gas was still lit as warm air & usual gas burning sound from the fridge, no beeps or flashing lights from the control panel, serching the net net this morning & the only thing I can come up with is that the caravan is on a sloped drive pointing front end up, (nothing to dramatic!) i would normally do a better job of levelling it but it is only there for 24hrs while we pack has as anyone else experienced this? If it is a level issue is it just a case of levelling it out & it will work again? Towman
  12. The dealer will of sent section 9 of the V5c or “bought into trade” using the DVLA web site so technically it is still registered to you but with a trade marker on the car i would call the DVLA & explain, it can take a while to get through but they are usually very helpful, like others have have said it shouldn’t effect the value on resale especially if you choose to trade it in again at some point
  13. towman

    Green Flag

    Due to tacho rules changing on recovery vehicles in 2006 a lot of recovery operators will use a relay type service even on Green Flag contracts, its not financial viable to let your driver run out of hrs & have the truck parked up miles away not earning money 💰
  14. towman

    Green Flag

    You’ve hit the nail on the head Lazydaze it is a lottery & green flag only use contractors, they don’t have any recovery vehicles or service vans or trained techs The green liveried vehicles you used to see about were owned & run by the contractors & they were contracted to have them if they were predicted to attend x amount of call outs per year, if you want your vehicle repaired at the side of the road the AA or RAC is the way to go but that is still a lottery but with better odds you could get a bad patrol or they could just send out the same contractor that GF use who has never had any diagnostic training & is only interested in towing you home because he will earn more, it doesn’t help the way GF agents have to tender for contracts, it’s all done on price per postcode & the lowest wins!