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  1. Having the fridge set to mains when towing shouldn’t make a jot of difference as it will only work when you are connected to a mains supply. As others have said, you either need to switch the fridge to 12v/battery or if it has automatic detection, it will switch to 12v automatically when connected to the car and should only draw power when the engine is running (and with Smart charging systems it might only do that at random times too.). The master switch should automatically turn off when connected to the car too. Does your car have adaptive cruise control? If so, that’s what the
  2. I would suggest that the 2015 one is vastly overpriced in normal circumstances, but at the moment prices are stupid and it’s a seller’s market. Caravans that ordinarily would fetch just a few hundred pounds are going for £2-3,000 at the moment!
  3. It would have to be in true Top Gear style though with a series of tests as the Volvo is undoubtedly the quicker of the two, but the Senator would win a “drift” hands down. 😉😂
  4. Being ‘progressive’ too, you could really have fun with the Senators (on nights!!) but never had ends swapping. Like you say, each to their own.
  5. The 3.0-litre 24valve Senator was my favourite all time Traffic car. They were so predictable which meant that you could throw them anywhere and know where they would end up. When they first arrived, they were so much quicker than the cars that they replaced (2.9 Granada’s in the main). The engines were designed to use oil, they almost had an oil change between garage oil changes, and that was stated (the consumption) in the handbooks. Whilst the Volvo 850 T5’s were more powerful and quicker, they were ‘wild’ and had awful torque steer. It was telling that Volvo ‘de-tuned’ subseque
  6. One thing to bear in mind is that air awnings are heavy due to them being an all-in-one thing. We have a Kampa Rally 200 (very basic and with poles) and a Kampa Rally Air Pro 200, so both the same size, but I would suggest that the Air Pro is twice the weight (and bulk) of the basic one. Just a thought if your parents would be putting it up. A very nice gesture though.
  7. Coachman Caravans was sold to Swedish company KABE in the past couple of days.
  8. But the C&CC didn’t do anything “virtually” for 2020. The Tow Car Awards event was cancelled, so based upon past testing where vehicles were actually tested, they produced a “Used Tow Car Awards” article jointly with What Car? The dates have been set for the 2021 event, but whether it takes place is anybody’s guess. I too found the CMC Tow Car of the Year awards absolutely bonkers. I have far more respect for the C&CC cancelling the event and not pretending. There are some cars that on paper look fantastic, but when tested are dire, and vice versa. You can’t do it virtually
  9. Returning Class and Overall Winners are included in the Tow Car Awards, so the same might apply to the Tow Car of the Year? And as for selecting the cars, the manufacturers are asked to submit them, sometimes with a bit of guidance. For example, a few years ago, BMW were asked for a 320d (before the “d” was a dirty word), but they chose it send a 335d! Fantastic car, and a great tow car for the weight class, but not one that most people could afford (me included!).
  10. I cannot comment on the lunches etc., but I do have a bit of “inside” info on these events, and you’re quite right, Ford are hopeless at PR. I know that certain models have been requested from Ford for the What Car?/C&CC/Practical Caravan “Tow Car Awards” (not the TCOY!), and rarely any of them arrive. They’ve even sent vehicles without tow bars before. The XC90 wouldn’t have been mentioned because only NEW or “extensively updated” vehicles take part, and to my knowledge that doesn’t apply to the XC90 this year.
  11. Don't believe everything you hear/read! I did, and I married one (still the present Mrs Nigel207 I'm pleased to say!), but..............
  12. What is the kerbside mass of the Terraco? Providing it’s over the 1950Kg of the Lusso it “should” be ok (and will certainly be legal as it’s under the towing limit of the car). However, if it’s under the 1950kg I wouldn’t personally tow with it as the Lusso is one hell of a sail in gusty/windy weather and the Terraco is not exactly a large vehicle. The 85% guideline is just that, not a rule. I’m sure you’re aware that the heavier the towing vehicle and the lighter the caravan, the better, but in the real world compromises have to be made. I seem to recall the Terraco i
  13. These people can repair dimpled sides, I’ve witnessed it first hand - https://www.panelworks.co.uk/
  14. No doubt, but I’d already bought the “usual” Floe unit a few years before so it wasn’t all due to the Induratec (in fact I was speaking to the inventor Jason Paul about the Floe when he very kindly offered to send me an Induratec), so my NARPO pension is dipped into every now and again.
  15. Personally, I am a believer in the Floe units (and was given one of their Enduratec 636 all-in-one kits by the company to review/test a few years ago). I once had a pipe come off the back of the shower unit, and the only likely cause could have been that a bit of water froze and forced the join apart. Thankfully I could get to it fairly easily and it didn’t cause any damage as I spotted the leak immediately. However, I note in our Coachman handbook that the water system must be fully drained and any resulting damage from frost will not be covered under warranty. Could be expensive?
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