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hawkaye

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About hawkaye

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

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  • Gender
    Male
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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. Thank you for the replies. I do know where the reverse polarity light is but the builders have seen fit to hide all the lights under a bed slat. I guess the simplest answer would be to plug a polarity tester into the external mains socket, then I wouldn't need to divert Mrs H from her setting-up activities inside the van.
  2. I do too. It also stops the jockey wheel unwinding en route.
  3. I'm delighted to say we are caravan owners again. There's a lot to learn about the various systems compared to our last caravan which dated from 2000 but we look forward to going on our maiden voyage very soon. Despite the amount of excellent stuff that Swift Command does, it neither knows or cares about reverse polarity. I've fitted the recommended Thule bike rack and our bikes go on it as expected. I've sorted out the security with an Al-Ko premium hitch lock and an old Bulldog Max wheel lock (which means I can say goodbye to the Nemesis Full Stop wheel lock. I've challenged the views of a caravan tech and installed 2 x Camping Gaz bottles and I'm awaiting delivery of the (hated-by-some) Al-Ko spare wheel carrier so I can free up some space in the front locker and put the spare wheel were it belongs, under the caravan floor. The road wheels were supplied unbalanced but, despite being told by all and sundry that balancing on a caravan is unneccessary, I've had the wheels balanced. To my knowledge, this is a discussion that's been going on for 30 years; to balance or not to balance? There are 55 grams of weights shared between the wheels now and the caravan has shock absorbers as standard so I'm expecting a smooth ride and no screws loosening themselves. We shall see.
  4. I've still got a pair. Well weathered but still functional. Won't be needing new batteries for a while. They await the arrival of the new caravan. The Volvo thread names the inventor incorrectly. He was Howard Lambie from Hayling Island IIRC. He also made a wire assembly that fitted on the Lambilevel to help with reversing. Ours was destroyed when we lost control of the awning while taking it down in a wind.
  5. Mine had a used Brink detachable fitted. The bumper needed cutting to fit. I had a bit of difficulty finding someone to do the electrics because of the eccentric Jaguar negative-switched system which local fitters refused to touch, but the local Jaguar specialist bought a kit off Ebay which works OK with my gardening trailer. Don't forget to declare the towbar to your insurance company; it's a modification. Because of the S-Type's long rear overhang, I would say be careful of the noseweight. If the car needs a bit of help at the rear, my research shows that a pair of Grayston GE13 spring assisters should work. Those comprise a suspension modification. I can't comment on towing because I am caravan-less at the mo.
  6. hawkaye

    Walking Etiquette?

    Arm in arm or solo one seems to be expected to hop off the pavement into the traffic so folk can walk side by side with their dog and partner and/or puchchair and/or children. I just stop. Although I don't walk much with him, my chum (who likes his dogs) gets them to walk behind him in busy foot traffic. Never seen anyone else do that. As far as etiquette goes, my dad used to tell me to walk on the kerb if facing the oncoming traffic. Nowadays people walk into you because they are looking at their phones. There's no hope I tell you!
  7. Halfords Rapid Digital with a Clarke 900 jump start pack.
  8. Similar amount of time for me but I do a Bikesafe course for motorcycling every couple of years and I recently did an 'experienced driver' (in the car) assessment with a RoSPA instructor. Comparing the atmosphere in IAM accompanied riding (which I did in 2003-4) and the RoSPA assessment, I would go for RoSPA every time. The IAM motorbike riders made every journey hard work and stressful but the RoSPA assessment was quite agreeable.
  9. That pipe looks as if it's been cut too short and a tight bend forced on it. The bend may be enough to make the pipe distort as it enters the pump from below.
  10. You may not even need to visit. Our local council has a 'duty planner' service where someone from the Planning Dept will answer phone calls or call you back.
  11. Looks like a fold of the mattress or cushion has been trapped in the opening door. That might have allowed the door enough force to pull the hinge apart.
  12. Interestingly, the virus may have come from snakes according to New Atlas My chum from the next village is very concerned; the Uni where he lectures has just had its recent intake of Chinese students return from their Christmas break. I didn't know it had become 'deadly' yet.
  13. I did this exercise for Mrs H 6 months agoafter fitting a solar panel to the last caravan. I went for gas straighteners and bought her a token 30 watt dryer. It was on offer in the local caravan shop and I paid next to nothing for it which roughly equates to the amount of heat it gives out. We decided we needed an alternative strategy. Mrs H had her hair cut and instead of wearing a towel like a turban while ordering me about, she towelled it vigorously and the used the gas straighteners. Alternatively we went for a gentle, unhelmeted cycle ride in the sunshine. 30 watts is 30 watts; even hours googling and some bad language won't turn up a device that dries the same as an 1800 watt mains dryer. Good luck with explaining all of this ...
  14. I'm pretty sure that 'lwwarehouseclearance' is part of Catterick Caravans, a well-known Swift dealer.
  15. Sorry, I read post 1 as the pump running but no water flow and post 2 as no power to the pump. That was the basis of my conclusion.
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