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  1. I use them on our 2016 D4 which has the later curved mirror housings, and yes, the casing does vary in width, so the little bit on the mirror pads doesn’t sit in all the gaps. But, they attach very securely in my experience, and I’ve not had one slip or drop off (yet!) despite using them for thousands of miles. If I put on the original pads, they just won’t grip (even with the later type clamps that have the rubber insert). If you do have the earlier type of clamps that are just very thin plastic wedges, try putting a bit of inner tube between that and the mirror housing. They grip much better.
  2. You can actually get some LR specific pads (Product Code 4466) from Milenco (or their stockists). I have some for our D4 (2016) and have never had an issue with them coming loose. With the standard pads, they could tend to slip (or drop off as you found). But once again, Grand Aeros get my vote.
  3. You need to measure the noseweight with the caravan level, and the hitch at the same height from the ground as it would be if hitched to the car. So, if you can SAFELY put blocks under the noseweight balance/scales........ And yes, get your wheels balanced. Manufacturers don’t ever seem to do this. If you’ve ever driven a car with unbalanced wheels, you’ll know the effect. Just imagine what a battering the caravan is taking without them balanced.
  4. Yes. I know the owner and he couldn’t believe how things have gone.
  5. No, Wellhouse Leisure, a manufacturer. A couple of weeks ago they had their best ever sales in one day apparently.
  6. First of all, a warm welcome! It depends what you want? You say 4-berth, but is that for four of you, or one that’s marketed as a 4-berth but is really a posh 2-berth with a fixed bed? Have you seen anything that you like? Do you already have a car? If so, what is it? I’m sure everyone on here will want to help you, but we could do with somewhere to start, as your question is a bit like asking where in the world you should go on holiday (not with a car or caravan).
  7. As you say, about Broad Lane, if/when they sell their current premises to Aldi, it’s not likely to be for a while, and more importantly, they are not selling up to end their dealership, they have said that they will relocate (hence the possible delay in moving out so that Aldi can move in). So, any warranty work and dealership backup will still be in place. They are a very well respected and established dealership. They will not be closing! I hope that allays your fears?
  8. Recently had ours from Saga (European cover only). Last year was £196.27, this year £201.49. But, as it’s unlikely that we’ll be travelling much this year, I doubt that we’ll bother renewing just yet.
  9. Deleted. Posted in wrong place! Doh!!!
  10. Our caravan had the heavy duty legs too, but as well as the permanent fixtures (plates the legs are mounted on etc., etc.), I also weighed the things that I wouldn’t need any more, such as the corner steady winder, levelling ramp, AlKo jack (although Ive still to remove the fittings for that from the caravan). As we have both found though, there is quite a discrepancy in actual and quoted weights.
  11. Interestingly I had the E&P system fitted a few months ago. With reference to the weight, I think E&P quote 27kg for the kit, Coachman quote 30kg, and E&P’s own fitter said that they’d once weighed it at 22-23kg. However, that’s the whole weight of the kit, not the extra over and above standard. E&P (and Coachman) were going to investigate to get some better figures and what additional weight the kit would add just before the current lockdown. When I got home, I weighed the things that were either removed or no longer needed on/in our caravan (original corner steadies/plates/levelling ramp etc., etc....) and it came to c.27-28kg! Bear in mind that the hydraulic steadies don’t have a thick threaded lump of steel running the length of them which might explain some of the weight loss. It would be good to get a definitive answer from E&P though as they (and caravan manufacturers) might be missing a trick.
  12. nigel207

    Trackers

    Although not one that’s on that list, a couple of years ago a company called Rewire Security sent me a “simple” tracker to fit to our caravan. I think that the RRP was c.£50. All that was needed was a 12v supply (it does have an internal battery should the 12v fail). You then download the GPSLive App to your phone. Within seconds of powering the unit, its position popped up on my phone. The annual subscription is c.£50 (again going from my addled memory). As an experiment I transferred it to the car (which is where it has remained), and it works very well. I am notified if the ignition is turned on, if the car moves, any speed violation(?) as well as having a map on the App of where the car is, and the routes that it’s taken. It’s as much for that fun as anything else. However, when insurance companies speak of trackers, they mean 24/7 monitored ones. It’s time for our caravan insurance renewal shortly, and I’ve been looking around. As the total cost of our caravan is over £30,000 one of the major independent insurers insist on having a tracker fitted. On our caravan, the tracker was an option, and one that I didn’t tick (if the caravan was stolen, would I want it back? I doubt it!). Having one retro-fitted just isn’t cost effective, and neither is the annual subscription when compared to the reduction in insurance premium. For a Phantom Tracker, the annual subscription (a year at a time) is £125, and the reduction in insurance premium was c£80 in my experience. Therefore, unless you want a tracker as a “bit of fun” in my experience you won’t get a reduction in premium unless it’s one of the well known ones, and even if it is, it isn’t cost effective.
  13. I’m looking for a TV for the bedroom in our Coachman 545 caravan. We have an old Technika at the moment, but the viewing angle is quite poor. Due to the location of the electrical connections the TV sits almost vertically on the mount, so when sitting in bed we’re looking up at it slightly. The picture is great if you’re on a level with it, but when viewed looking upwards at it, the picture loses its definition and there are areas that are just black. We have an Avtex for the main living area which is fine, but as we only tend to have the TV in the bed area on first thing in the morning for the news (hopefully there will be other news than that of the moment in the not too distant future), I don’t really want to go to the expense of another Avtex, good as it is. I’ve been looking at the Cello C1620F which gives viewing angles of 170/170 v/h, which sounds great, but has anyone got any experience of this particular TV please? Thank you.
  14. But not too proud to admit my error in a later post.
  15. True, which is why it’s important to follow the instructions. There are also a number of factors that have an effect on the Milenco gauge (I have one of those too), but let’s not open up that can of worms (again) eh? The bottom line is that any check, whether 100% accurate (which, under “normal” conditions you’re never likely to achieve) or not is better than no check at all.
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