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  1. Good summing up of the discussion.
  2. It is all a bit weird. Recently purchased a new Swift. 1481kg beneath the door. !500kg in the gas locker with conformity paperwork showing 1500Kg. On querying this via the dealer Swift said "The weight plate in the gas locker is the plate that gives you the details of what the chassis can take so to speak. (essentially the upgrade). We purposely place a lower MTPLM as standard as it gives the customers flexibility to have a smaller car, or of course upgrade if the car they have will tow more." So, £60 later I now have a 1500kg sticker, with an extra 2 PSI on the tyres
  3. A cheap low wattage one from Tesco is as good as any. A tenner will do it.
  4. If average means a measure of central tendency i.e. in the middle somewhere in a range of tow cars in terms of power and weight then the car in discussion whilst a good tow car for a suitable weight is in reality a below average tow car or lower quartile at least of the range of cars that tow.
  5. Depends definition of on older. c 1990- 2008 I was told this on good authority, but confidentially, that the weights were all over the place.
  6. Agreed you are correct in term of enforcement but if MIRO is inaccurate it overstates payload and can then as a consequence cause people to overload unless they take the van to a weigh bridge. Many people just weigh their stuff and add it to the MIRO to calculate how close they are to MTPLM whilst potentially flawed this approach is common,
  7. The MIRO of older caravans was imprecise, especially Lunars apparently, so the pay load was often grossly over stated resulting in frequently exceeded MTPLM by many users being blissfully unaware,
  8. Or sensible and considerate use. Back to gas heaters.... I remember as a student their use in student houses; gas calor heaters pumping water out and the walls dripping in condensation....
  9. More electric use higher prices.....
  10. Heating awnings is not a popular practice with site owners who pay the "leccy" bill....
  11. The black cylindrical bit looks like a signal noise filter.
  12. In following on from my above comment having now read the SWIFT user manual - it is raining today- it says quite specifically that for Swifts a car battery is not suitable.
  13. I suppose if you buy a car battery and it survives and does the job against the tasks set against it then all's well. If it fails in a short time then you know to buy a more expensive leisure battery next time, It is the off grid issue with repeated charging that the heavier plated leisure batteries come into play. Being that car batteries are not that expensive relative to leisure batteries then a bit of speculation isn't going to be the end of the world.
  14. As many people service there own vans as they get older a service record becomes less and less important, What would be important is a service report from a recent service. It will show as, hopefully dry, and the brakes etc will have been examined thoroughly and rectified if required. Don't forget the age of tyres.
  15. There are three potential nose weight limits the lowest of which must not be exceeded, They are: Car. Caravan chassis Aftermarket tow bracket if fitted. AL-KO frequently quote 100kg on the caravan which fits in mostly with the 5-7% estimate. A low nose weight if imposed by the lowest i.e. the car in the threads example , will make for a poor towing experience - that is polite wording. In the example here a 55kg car noseweight means a caravan at 1,100 kg (5%) or 785kg (7%) if my maths is right! would be stable - a low weight inde
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