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About hawkaye

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    "A safe pair of trousers"
  • Birthday 28/09/1952

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    near Richmond, North Yorkshire
  • Interests
    Caravanning, family, swimming, motorcycling, cycling.
  • Towcar
    2004 Jaguar S-Type 3.0 SE
  • Caravan
    2019 Swift Eccles 480

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  1. Nothing out of 10 for product knowledge. Maybe Hyundai Customer Service can help. 0800 981981
  2. hawkaye

    Oil change

    I do oil changes for our 3 cars and the motorbike; they are all done annually (including filters and bleeding a quantity of brake fluid through each nipple) because none do enough miles to warrant a distance-based oil change and none has a counter to tell me when to do a factory-recommended change. Mrs H's Citroen C3 is due later this month; son's Skoda Fabia is due in November and my Jaguar S-Type is due in January. I do brakes, some ball joints and exhausts as well; nothing complex. There is a suction device in the garage but only ever used on the Jaguar's predecessor, a Citroen C8, to reduce the oil level between changes. It went through a period of not doing its DPF regen properly and topping up the engine oil with diesel. Oil spots on the drive? Never; all changes done above a large sheet of cardboard. Fortunately I still enjoy the process; when I don't or become infirm, then the local indie will take over.
  3. I've had the advantage of having our last caravan for nearly 20 years so each permutation of fan(s) has been directly comparable. Without detailing everything, I started off thinking there was always cooler air to be had under the caravan; that's where you put the put the beer after you've brought it back from the supermarket, right? So, to start with, a big fan where the gas drop hole used to be and a smaller one blowing over the fridge fins. Without doubt the final and most effective fan arrangement was a pair of fans mounted on the top grille, connected in series (to reduce noise) and through an Ebay normally off analogue thermostat. The gap between fridge and cooling fins had been shrunk by a shaped bit of foil-backed insulating foam. That seems to agree with the weight of opinion on here, whatever Dometic say on the subject.
  4. Quite straightforward although my tip is to make sure the grey cable is beefy enough for a modern fridge. The specs on the grey cable seem to have changed over the years. My car had a towbar and 12n/12s electrics fitted from a 2001 model and the white earth wire from 20 years ago looked way too small. So the job increased in scope from changing the 12n and 12s sockets on the car to fitting a modern grey cable as well. Good luck.
  5. 2004 Jaguar S-Type 3 litre petrol towing (so far for about 2 miles) a 2019 (but unused) Swift Eccles 480. Took delivery about a week before lockdown; magnificent timing, eh?
  6. I've my own theory which I tentatively offer for discussion or flaming. I belive gas heating is more consistent and therefore colder because of the manner in which the respective thermostats work. The gas thermostat reduces the amount of gas as the temperature falls to the set point on the dial. The flame never goes out (until you run out of gas). Because the flame is always there, the circulation of the ammonia mixture in the fridge cooling circuit is, I suspect, always moving and balancing the cooling loss through the fridge insulation. The evaporation and absorption cycle continues at a reduced rate until perhaps the fridge door is opened, the thermostat asks for more gas and cooling increases. The electric thermostat simply shuts off the heat to the cooling circuit when the thermostat set point is reached, leaving the circulation in the cooling unit, I suspect, to stop shortly afterwards. When the thermostat asks for more cooling, the element switches back on, but the cooling cycle has to restart, taking a while and allowing the fridge contents to heat up until the absorption cycle is effective again. I've often wondered if electric fridges would be more effective if they always passed some current to the element, equivalent to the gas flame on its lowest, when the thermostat was satisfied. If you're still awake, well done.
  7. Repeating yourself? Are you losing it Mr P?
  8. Last year I bought a pair of these Can't go wrong at £9.99 the pair with a 10 year guarantee. The tailgate was fine when I sold the car - honest!
  9. I manage single handed by unzipping the bag and unrolling the awning. If one end is rested on the ground I can do one rafter pole on its first click, and one leg without extending that leg. At this point I'm only holding half the weight of the awning. Repeat at the other end and then adjust the legs to give a good slope to get rid of the inevitable rain. Then tension both rafters, peg out the guy ropes and feet. Ideally, Mrs H then hands me the table and chairs and we're ready for a cuppa or wine depending on the time of day. The storm strap goes on before bedtime. We have the privacy room but it's just as much faff as a normal awning so best avoided I find.
  10. From memory, the weight limit on the Thule Bike rack, which Swift approve, is quite low. 50 kg I believe. Might be a challenge getting 4 bikes within that.
  11. Another recommendation here for the Machine Mart digital torque adaptor.
  12. Just had an email to say Catterick Caravans are opening on Monday 01/06/20. I assume that means Tyneside Leisure and Ebor Leisure as well.
  13. My PMS4 was in a Lunar LX2000. It was mounted in the bed box and got very hot in normal use, especially abroad. I cut some vent holes in the bed box to circulate a bit of air. The unit failed because the genny it was connected to had a runaway voltage event as it ran out of fuel. The 270v(I think) voltage clamp blew and I (knowing nothing about electronics) replaced it with lots of help from a guy* on another forum which has now closed. After the repair the PMS4 contined to serve without fault until I sold the caravan in September 2019. Good luck with the project. * Gary at ARC systems
  14. We have towed a 1300 Kg Lunar LX2000 with a 90 bhp Citroen Synergie 7-seater. It was fine. The long hill on the way to Poole needed 3rd gear if I remember but all was well.
  15. Point taken. Ithink we all hope it hasn't been under water.
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