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    Caravanning & Enjoying Retirement
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    3L Auto Nissan Terrano
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    Swift Elegance 530, 2018

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  1. 1, as far as I know all LCD-type TVs run at 12V, when plugged into the mains a voltage reducer is usually built into the plug. So to work off 12v only needs a suitable feed wire. 2, the Avtex TV is indeed expensive but that is quite probably because they are of much better quality & will stand considerable rough handling. Being bounced around in a 'van does the electrics no favours at all! My Avtex ''van TV' is now 9 years old and gets a lot of use, so far totally reliably. Another one that I bought 2nd hand (for my daughter's kids use) is even older & still works perfectly even though it gets considerable abuse. Surely this points to the old saying 'buy cheap, buy twice'? I'm all for buying British (i.e. Cello) but not when it's of inferior quality. I only like things that actually work (so God nows why I bough a Swift, LOL,: not).
  2. There is apparently no hard evidence (it must surely be easy enough to prove?). If there is I would dearly love to see it. I strongly doubt that they work with alloy wheels anyway (just try changing a tyre by hand. It's fairly easy with a steel wheel but it's impossibly difficult without seriously damaging an alloy wheel. The alloy does not have a deep well (as per steel deigns) to allow the tyre to easily come off. In most cases the tyre with Tyron also gets ruined by running dry or even shredding. If you want to improve your chances of surviving a deflation without damaging either the wheel or the tyre (or the 'van!) then use good quality tyre sealant. If nothing else it's 1/10 the price, easily applied yourself & won't need spacial tools to take the tyre on or off. Over many years at least I have personal knowledge of it's positive effects. To anyone who 'loves' Tyrons unquestionably I would simply ask 'have you ever tried sealant?' or are you just a firm believer in the hype?
  3. The ultimate test is to check your tyres cold, loaded as per normal, then tow approx. 30+ miles (or until the tyres feel distinctly warm) then check the warm reading. Compare this to the original cold reading, if it's 3/ 4psi higher then pressures are ok, if more than 4psi then pressures are too low. This may nead repeating until the results are correct but from then on you know you've got it right!
  4. Can some-one inform my local dealers then, as they ALL use pick-up trucks to transport caravans around. I'm even less surprised to note that the majority of manufacturers' I've seen use commercial vehicles to deliver their 'vans & I've yet to see one with ANY sort of cushioning tow ball fitted. Does this mean the 'vans they have possibly sustained damage even before we buy them? It might explain a lot. Get your act together some-one, or is this another instance of 'not fit for purpose'?
  5. It would be interesting to know if any comparative tests have been carried out regarding the ability to withstand high winds. Purely by my own experience the air awning would win. I have never felt the need to deflate mine no matter what the weather, however, I have had pole awnings blown down & extensive damage caused.
  6. The only way to find out is to fit a known good substitute.
  7. When I had a Thetford fridge of this vintage I found out the hard way that there is a sensor connected to the fins inside. After 49 hours (don't ask why) this senses the build-up of ice & will shut the fridge down if it is excessive. If it then won't restart then this is the likely fault.
  8. 1, he 'hearsay', as you call it, turned out to be true though didn't it & it saved me from buying one! Actually, in two, instances it came from reliable 'insider' sources; but I don't feel free to say any more on that subject. 2, think there's more chance of winning the lottery than getting a fault-free 'van. 3, Wish I had your luck in buying 'vans 'with no real problems', then again luck shouldn't come into it. Not really but I wouldn't go any higher LOL.
  9. On my MK1 Valencia I had the same problem. Cured it by removing the 12V 7A battery & linking it's wires together, so allowing the alarm to still work.
  10. Surely if we look far enough ahead private car ownership will cease to exist anyway. The advance of autominous (& relatively expensive!) vehicles will likely bring with it a totally different way of transport: effectively a 'taxi' type of experience. When a vehicle is required it will be ordered by 'phone & then take you to your destination. The result is vastly less, infrequently used, private vehicles (& depreciation of same). The new infrastructure required would be enormous but would revolutionize public transport by replacing a little used (but very costly) type with a much more over-all efficient, sustainable & financially viable one. The abilities, & licence type, of the present-day 'driver' would cease to exist, as would most of the transport problems we have now. Bet the powers-that-be manage to foul it up though LOL. Just a thought.....would caravans go the same way?
  11. Not quite true. When I bought my Swift 17 months ago I originally was going for a Loner, but thought better of it due to their very poor quality record & numerous rumours doing the rounds (some from dealer sources!). Despite this I was offered an exceptionally good deal so was sorely tempted. Am I very glad I didn't buy one!!!!! It just goes to show that all rumours are not false. I have to say they got what they deserved as their products & customer service are even worse than the industry norm. Just a repeat of the 1970's car industry syndrome? Now being in a similarly worrying position (my dealer has closed down), as regards warranty claims, I can really feel for any Lunar owners. Without softening my words at all; I'm of the (totally experience based) opinion that the whole caravan industry (in this country) is second rate. After 39 years of 'van ownership (6 'vans) I've watched the quality gradually reduce to it's present abysmal level. If (& it's a big 'if') I ever buy another new 'van, I'm sorry to say, it will not be a British-made one!
  12. Is the air awning man deliberately doing things the hard way? The fact is that air awnings require ALL their weight to be manoeuvred through the rail but are then easily erected. The advantage with pole awnings is that their weight is split so only the fabric has to be manhandled, but they then take extra time to assemble the frame. I've also found air awnings to be more resistant to high winds & don't risk damaging the 'van's side. So, basically, the smaller the awning the quicker it is, comparatively, to erect an air awning. Then again, pole awnings don't get punchers LOL.
  13. Has any one noticed that a flat-to-fully inflated tier (at say 35psi) will 'loose' significant pressure (I've seen 3 psi drop) after a few hours as the newly compressed air cools down?
  14. A tip when using portable solar panels: use a regulator that has a live display of the input amps etc. That way the panel can be set to give the best input- which is not always facing the direction of sun. Sometimes reflection off the clouds give more much power. It also proves quite entertaining/satisfying to see the actual input being produced. Almost as entertaining as some soaps LOL. Be warned though, it can become quite hypnotising as the regulator display flips between input/output/load, input/output/load................
  15. As I've always said; if you've got a good one & it does what you want don't risk changing it for a (potentially fault-ridden) new one. The only thing you'll gain is a hole in your bank account LOL. Only wish I'd taken my own advice!
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