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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. 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'?
  2. 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.
  3. The only way to find out is to fit a known good substitute.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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................
  12. 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!
  13. On my present Swift the fridge to wall gap is about 35 mm (on my previous Bailey it was over 50 mm!). There is a recommendation (from the manufacturers) of 20 mm max! In both cases I made up a strip of hardboard shaped to be approx. 5 mm clear of the fins & pipe work thereby greatly reducing the gap. A bit of DIY skill needed here but it's worth it! This was attached to a thin alum. 'L' shaped strip which was then held inside the vent surround by 3 screws. I'll try to get a photo in the near future. This proved effective especially in hot weather, & the fitting of a fan then had even greater effect. The removal of the fine mesh panel fitted to Thetford & now Dometic fridges doesn't help either : first thing I removed! If the weather gets toooo hot (promises, promises LOL) removing the grills works wonders- which just goes to show how much restriction they cause on their own. Another poor design feature (now on my Dometic as well) is the lack of a proper exterior exhaust outlet. (Bet they saved several pennies doing this!) This terminates (as Thetford always have) inside the grill (but at least THEY didn't have a choice) so all the fumes have to find their own way out! The hot air can't fail to have a warming effect on the adjoining fins so I've made a baffle that clips around the chimney & directs the flow away from the fins & towards the grill. When it comes down to it the fridges (like everything else in modern 'vans) are made down to a price. What really annoys me is that they get progressively gimmickier at the cost of acceptable performance. But apparently this is Ok as people like flashing lights & gimmicks, more importantly it helps sell 'vans. Bring back the Electrolux fridge designs of 30 years ago, I say, they actually worked! (But they didn't have any, apparently essential, flashing lights- just reliable manual switches). Amazingly cheap (approx. 1/2 the price!) portable 3-way fridges actually work, so that rather makes the point don't you think?
  14. I've been using the Aldi version for many years & it has always had an LCD display. Don't see the point of paying many times more for a fancy name that does the same thing (apart from the bragging rites LOL). Power cuts are very rare around here so I wont be panicking over the possibility, & it's hardly the end of the world if we do get one.
  15. Thanks 'jetA1'; Took your advice & 'phoned them again, (only 20 mins. wait this time, but if you hang on long enough surprisingly they have a free call-back system-brilliant!) Turns out I need to take out a new 'recovery+personal' cover policy for my Terrano (Dec2003) @ £63 & for my Astra (Jan 2003) @ £67, which seems very reasonable. My daughter's car will need it's own policy @ about £118. Don't understand the costs as they were all covered under her car's policy @ £118 originally. But at least my cars will be covered (@ a yearly increasing cost no doubt!) until they are 99YO!!!!!!! I've only managed 27 years in the past so I don't see this being a potential problem LOL.
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