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  1. It might be worth waiting until you've been out a few times. If you're new to caravanning you might actually find you enjoy relaxing and doing other things so much you don't really watch TV. Our TV rarely comes out of it's bag, and if it does all the free channels are easy to obtain on the normal aerial.
  2. We've had no problems at all with it this weekend, found it all very straightforward. My wife started with a cough on Thursday, so as she's a Type 1 Diabetic she booked a test for Friday evening as the cough remained the same. She was in and out of the test centre within 10 minutes. Results came through early this morning to say she was positive. No much later my phone app pinged to say I'd been in close contact with someone and need to self isolate. Today I've not been able to taste a thing, so decided a test might be a good idea. I went on the app to make the booking which took all
  3. If you do decide to change it don't go asking for recommendations! You'll get about 200 options with everyone convinced theirs is the best! lol
  4. It will certainly pull a caravan. I think the concerns are more around stability. A high sided wedge of caravan can have quite an effect on a car if the wind gets up. Do you know anyone who has a lightweight caravan who might let you have a tow of it? That would at least give you a chance to assess if it feels right. If it was me then I'd probably change the car if I could. This would also open up the range of caravans you could consider.
  5. If it has a limit of 1200kg, then you can't tow 1250kg. Although not ideal you might be best to look at changing your car.
  6. There's no problem at all with collecting it. Only people in Tier 3 areas are advised not to travel outside of their area, along with people not travelling into a tier 3. No issues with going from a 2 to 1. This covers what you can and can't do https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know
  7. We have an Energas bottle, not as widely available, but we're lucky in that there's a depot in Derby. If they don't have any bottles on site ready filled they refill your existing bottle for you. I got a fill up last week and it was £17 and some pence.
  8. Thanks for the reply and feedback. In the end we decided not to risk it and have bought a Vango instead. It was more expensive, but we've been happy with it.
  9. Having had a quick look all of the towbar manufacturers appear to say a bumper cut will be necessary, but I believe it's where the bumper goes underneath the car and isn't visible. It looks a relatively easy one to fit. I've not yet had a towbar which interfered with the parking sensors. It sounds to me like they're trying to push you into a more expensive removable bar.
  10. Well we did a bit of shopping last night, and ended up with neither! Instead we've bought a Freelander 2, so slightly different to the plan, but the good lady is happy enough and it should tow the caravan without too much issue. I suppose I should sell the Range Rover Sport now, but I might see how long I can get away with keeping it as a weekend runabout lol
  11. Yes the MOT info updates straightaway. When I had ours tested the other week I'd been able to pop on and see it had passed before the chap came to tell me the result.
  12. My main reservation with an E class is the noweweight limit of 84kgs. I would need to be run dead on it, as our caravan isn't happy under 85kgs, and normally I have it at 95
  13. Yes the GLC is more money than we're planning to spend. A GL would be a possible, but it's really down to an E-Class or ML.
  14. I'll not make that mistake again! I thought it would be a nice surprise, but her face when I rocked up with the RRS was a right picture
  15. Thanks for the feedback. Looking through a few old posts you're not the first to question the stability of the E-Class, so I'm thinking that might not be the best choice.
  16. So until recently we had a Grand Cherokee. It pulled the caravan lovely, and the wife was more than happy to use it during the week as her car. For some reason in a moment of madness I decided to sell it, and replaced it with a Range Rover Sport. We've been away with the caravan, and it tows it's without fault. It even all works! The problem is that I didn't ask my wife's opinion before buying it, and she hates it, so it's going. She's come up with two replacement options, which I'm happy to go along with. Either an E-Class estate, will be around a 2012 model, or a 2010ish M-
  17. I'd agree with others and say it's something to do with the window. Definitely start by resealing that
  18. We got all excited when we saw another Sprite Quattro EW at the motorway services, it was the first time we'd seen another one. We were a little disappointed that we couldn't get the space next to it for a photo opportunity
  19. We had a 2014 Superb, but it was with the 2.0L engine. That pulled the 1350kg caravan we had the at time beautifully. I can't comment on the 1.6 engine, but as a towcar the Superb is superb!
  20. The main issue I'm seeing with a lot of cars is the noseweight limit. On the Jeep I tend to try and have it around 95kgs, when I lowered it down to 80 as an experiment it definitely didn't feel as good. Things are up in the air at the moment as we're having a disagreement over what to get. My wife drove my Dad's Range Rover Sport yesterday and says she wants one. I'm already have cold sweats at the thought of maintaining it! I'm trying to remind her we're only parting with the Jeep to get something a little more economical, but so far it's falling on deaf ears
  21. Thanks for the info everyone. It looks like the CX-7 is a bit of unknown quantity, so I'll cross that one off the list.
  22. A lot will depend on the size. A small single poled one is less of a problem. This is the Sunncamp one we use for weekends, and that works fine. Our larger Kalari 420 was on a pitch the other week which went upwards from the caravan, which resulted in it not being as tight to the body at the bottom.
  23. I'd discounted them as possibly not being heavy enough for the caravan. We have the dog in the boot, so the awning and caravan stuff can't go in the boot to move some of the weight across.
  24. I'd read a couple of bits about them being softly sprung on the rear, which is a little off putting. Although I've got a lovely looking E320 on my radar at the moment. I might be able to forgive the suspension in return for the performance!
  25. V90s are lovely, but unfortunately more than we're spending. It won't be our main car it'll be towing once a month and then any local running round my wife needs to do. Current list of possibles is, in no order Sorento Santa Fe Freelander 2 CX-7 E Class estate 5 Series estate Vivaro crew bus Vito Dualiner Other ones I've thought about, but wouldn't really be any more economical X5 XC-90 Range Rover Sport
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