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  1. I have a simple mnemonic for checking departure...WAVE GOODBYE Wont bore you with the full list but the WAVE part is for the interior. Windows, Aerial, Vents, Electrics (off or set to 12v). That said, a couple of years back I managed to drive off and leave our large Milenco caravan step. How can you miss a big black step?? 🙄
  2. There’s still hope it might be recovered. 😉
  3. According to my mobile engineer, more than 70% of non functioning toilet flushes he encounters are down to toilet flush fluid left to dry out in the pump impeller and seize it up. You don’t say which model of thetford toilet you have, but you might want to google how to access the pump in your model. Remove the pump and turn the rotor blades with a small screwdriver. This often frees the rotor...it did on mine. If the caravan isn’t to be used for some time, I always flush the pump with clean water before draining. (I often leave this clean water in the tank to submerge the pump, if the storage period is not in frosty period.)
  4. We had 2 Isabella Comfort chairs stolen from outside the caravan on a Loire campsite 2 years ago....first time in 20 years we had anything stolen. Sign of the times. We now take steps to remove temptation. On a slightly different tack....has there ever been an account of a caravan stolen from a CMC campsite? We tend to use CLs in the UK but the last couple of nights we stayed at a CMC site and were quite surprised the lengths people go to, clamping hitches and wheels with all manner of devices. This is despite the site having keycard barrier entry/exit. And yet they have open awnings full of removables not to mention aqua roll and wastewater containers there for the taking. I understand that most insurance policies require people to secure their caravans when not in use. I can also understand when the caravan is sat on a drive, parked unattended in a service station carpark or locked in a (supposedly safe) storage site, it could be vulnerable to theft. But when it’s sat on a secure access campsite in use...just seemed a bit OTT.
  5. Thanks for that, have forwarded the advice ‘Talk with DVLA’. Its just that his intended tow car and caravan have a combined maximum train weight of over 3500kg and he never pursued the license entitlement continuation at 70....so his plastic license doesn’t show the B+E.
  6. Forgive me if this is a resurrection of an old theme, but my question is perhaps slightly different to the usual ones on this subject. My brother in law didn’t renew his Grandad entitlements when he reached 70, a few years ago. He’s been using a camper van (under 3500) since then but is now wanting to go back to caravanning. What is he NOW entitled to tow? Is he now limited like people who passed their test after 1972? Does he have to do the towing test to get back the ability to tow heavy combinations? Thanks for your advice.
  7. The quickest way to establish if the noise is coming from the ball/hitch interface is to stop raise the hitch off the ball, wipe the ball with a wet tissue, lower the hitch and see if it’s still making the same noise. In my experience that’s sufficient to temporarily quieten even the noisiest connection. Then you will either have identified or eliminated one possibility.
  8. That almost matches Joanie’s formula of .....”take off vat and then £1000 a year”. (£17500+17.5% vat=£20562.....then minus 11x£1000)
  9. The other source of air leakage is from the BACK and inside of that connector. The supply tube is attached to the housing on a plastic spigot with a basic jubilee clip. This connection can work loose causing the tube to slide of the spigot and thus enable air to be sucked rather than water. Pull the two halves of the housing apart and check the tube fitting.
  10. Is this the ‘popular’ detour of which you speak?
  11. You don’t say what time of day you were travelling. I towed down that stretch last Wednesday at 11am and although mind numbingly laborious I had no such problems with close overtaking lorries.
  12. I assumed he meant the originator of the thread.
  13. We buy the model that best suits our needs and shouldn’t need to consider if one layout is safer than another. ...that should be a given. Although manufacturers supposedly add safety margins in their tyre choice, I’ve long suspected these margins are quickly eroded on one wheel by layout loading constraints. As a result I HAVE, for future reference, discounted some layouts for this very reason.
  14. Swift apparently build to a 45:55 weight ratio side to side limit. That COULD mean on a 1200kg caravan, the heavy side is 120kg more. (Mine is 52kg different). This difference increases once a battery is added, fridge contents and water heater are filled. So I religiously cram all our clothing and personal items especially heavy stuff on the lighter nearside. I suspect, but don’t know , the offside loading is close to its maximum so I want to do everything I can to offset the risk.
  15. Swift maintain that their caravans are within a 45:55 ratio side to side weight distribution (ex works). In the case of a 1250kg (Miro) caravan this means there could be up to a 125kg difference in side to side loading...before you load your personal effects. The problem with many caravan layouts is there is often insufficient opportunity to correct the unequal ex works loading by adding personal effects on the lighter side. In the case of the 480, the oven, sink, fridge , toilet AND wardrobe (an obvious place to add back some ballast) are all on the same...offside. ( not sure which side the water heater and microwave are positioned) Whilst manufacturers and many members are unconcerned by this level of imbalance, to my mind, maximising stability is often down to the minor details. And if side to side weight loading could be even, it must help.
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