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About craigderby

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  • Birthday 15/08/1974

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    Jeep Patriot Grand Cherokee
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    Avondale Rialto 530-5

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  1. Thank you for the reply, and information. It certainly paints a very positive picture
  2. Hi folks, I'm after opinions please We've seen 2 caravans we like, a 2010 Senator Wyoming and a 2011 Olympus 624. Both are ideal layouts for us, so no issues there. I'm trying to decide which is the safest bet as we want about 5 years of use. On the face of it the alutech must the better option as damp should be less of an issue, but then I started reading stuff on here and it suggests they aren't always that good. Although a lot of problems sound like build issues, which will probably have been dealt with under warranty by now. I've also seen a fair few comments that people were much happy with the build quality of pre alutech vans, but some time has passed now and age must be starting to take it's toll. So any experiances or advice would be welcome.
  3. Do you think it'd be safer with the metal step instead?
  4. We fell into a similar dilemma when we found weekends were becoming harder to come by. A lot of the time we could manage one night away, but not two. We sold the caravan and moved over to an old motorhome instead. It's worked well for us, as our daughter sails most weekends, so we camp over at the sailing club. Cheap bar, and no pitch fees! lol
  5. We use sterilising tablets, and then run it through the pipes of the caravan. Normally try to do it at least once a year.
  6. Very car like to drive. My wife used it as her runabout. The diesels are either a 2. 0 VW Unit(that's the one we had) , same as a Passat. Or a 2. 2 Merc unit. Petrol is a 2. 4, but I couldn't tell you much about that.
  7. How about a Jeep Patriot or Compass? We had a Patriot until we got a caravan which was far too big for it. Towed well, and stands out from the crowd. Added bonus that we averaged 38MPG without the caravan.
  8. This video shows it quite well
  9. Porch awning, so it wasn't too heavy. I just moved the oil filled radiator a little further forward. It drove fine
  10. I've always been very much of the opinion that a large end bathroom is a waste of space in a caravan, and that I'd rather have the extra 'living room'. However, after this weekend I've very much changed my view. We bought an Avondale Argente 640/6 in November, which has an end bathroom, but had the 6 berths that we wanted. This weekend we've had our first trip out in it, and I'm sold on the large washroom. It was great to have somewhere you could change without being a contortionist, and a sink basin you can actually get near. We didn't use the full size shower, but it was really handy for bringing the wet awning home in. So if you were like me and thought an end washroom wasn't for you then you might just be surprised if you give it a go.
  11. We're were due on a rally this weekend in the Peak District, but it's been cancelled. Last night we managed to get a pitch at Chatsworth for next weekend instead, so hopefully things will have cleared by then.
  12. I know just what you mean! We bought a car today. Just a an Aygo as a runabout, it's an ex-demo car straight from the main dealer. More than happy with the deal, couldn't get a similar one anywhere else even close to the price, but we were in there nearly 2 hours while they went through their 'process'
  13. I have a swan neck, as you can see in the photo. If you see in the picture there is a plastic cover on the towball, this did trigger the reversing sensors. However I changed it for one of the rubber Alko golf ball type covers, and it's been fine since.
  14. I fitted it myself and found it quite straightforward, I then paid the local towbar placing the do the programming. I used a proper dedicated electrics kit rather than just a bypass relay.
  15. I have a 2014 Superb with the same boot arrangement and my towbar wasn't a problem, I'm sure the later model will be the same.
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