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About Leedslad

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  • Location
    Leeds West Yorkshire
  • Interests
    Hill walking. Foreign travel. Citroen A series cars.
  • Towcar
    VW B8 Passat Alltrack 2. 0L TDI 6 Speed manual.
  • Caravan
    Coachman Vision 450/2 ( towing at about 77% ).

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  1. When working out the ideal weight for a tow car for a given weight of caravan, I always understood that it was the kerb weight of the vehicle which was used as a guide along with the manufacturers recommendation which were taken into consideration. The payload of the vehicle is a separate issue, so adding the weight of wife, kids, awning etc. is not really the way to go. I'm not one to insist on the 80% guide, but think that my max. would be 100% ratio. What do others think? John.
  2. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10-x-5mm-LED-Bi-Colour-Red-Green-Diffused-Common-Cathode-3-pin/233113143691?hash=item3646a0498b:g:K6IAAOSwNShcT4Of This looks a suitable replacement. John.
  3. Perhaps ? https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/sfmcaravansltd https://sfmcaravans.co.uk John.
  4. Yes, it’s dead easy, until folk decide to make it complicated ! John.
  5. I wouldn't vote for a 20% reduction in the State Pension. Just have a care for the poor souls who have no other income except the State Pension, I don't think they'd be voting for a reduction, they're having it tough enough as things are. This is a crazy idea! John.
  6. I agree with Gary ^ ^ ^. I've run estates for a long time too, because they are more practical for the caravan user. I carry the awning and groundsheet plus outdoor table and chairs etc easily in the back of my Passat Alltrack. I wouldn't consider a saloon. John.
  7. Isn't there a split pin through the other end of the axle? If not, to release the axle, you would have to carefully straighten the little retaining tabs by bending them back with a screwdriver. There is a danger that the tab could break off though. It's possible to obtain new 20mm dia. axles but you'd need the correct length. John.
  8. You say cotter pin, do you mean split pin? John.
  9. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HEAVY-DUTY-200mm-Replacement-Steel-Wheel-for-Trailer-Jockey-Wheel-5213/202560487096?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 I've taken the plastic wheel off my standard ALKO jockey wheel assembly and replaced it with the one above. It's easy to do but it does require spacer washers to make it fit properly. I'll post a photo if anyone is interested. John.
  10. As a retired couple who are able to camp midweek and outside the main holidays, we tend to leave Bank and School Holidays and weekends to younger couples and families. John.
  11. We have a roll-up Fiamma sunshade, but acting on the advice of our Coachman caravan dealer we don't travel with it fitted. It only takes a few seconds to slide in or out of the awning rail anyway. John.
  12. Tyres now 6 years old, being replaced today with nice new 2020 models! The wheels were not balanced when new so I'll ask the fitter if he will do it for me. John.
  13. http://www.towingcapacity.co.uk/car-make-model/renault/renault-megane/ John.
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