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  1. Only a bath towel stolen in Budapest in 1992. It was left out overnight on a drier. Camped and caravanned now for 40 years. John.
  2. Good quality pans, but not cheap. You may find them cheaper in an outlet such as the Designer Centre, York. Our caravan has an odd collection of pans, which work well for us and would probably replace with Ingenio when they wear out. John.
  3. On holiday in Italy recently a German registered car with a Sprite Cruzer 520SR caravan pulled in next to me. Basically the caravan is the Swift Challenger 560 layout with the door on the other side and a similar level of equipment. The weights from the website for this model are interesting:- Gewicht fahrbereit 1405 kg Maximal zulässiges Gewicht (Standard) 1600 kg Auflastung möglich auf (Option) 1750kg My interpretation of these weights as ready to drive, maximum weight and charged option goes to show that a British manufacturer makes a model for the continent with considerably more payload than for the home market. Just as an aside the caravan did not have any visible weight plate on the exterior. John.
  4. Mine with C&CC went down £5. Market Value. John.
  5. We have Borris mats from Ikea in our caravan. Two under the plastic cover to stop it squeaking, two on top for foot comfort. The two mats in each case do have an overlap, but the width is perfect. Another Borris mat is at the entrance door. Colour blue/grey goes with the decor of our caravan. John
  6. As a comparison, we’ve now been in Italy for over 5 weeks and at last nights count we had shared a site with 11 other units from the UK, most of them motor homes. Not stayed on any large sites so fellow brits easy to spot and cannot see that any sites have been full. Most visitors are Dutch and German. John
  7. When I bought my caravan 14 years ago they were really the only tyre safety device available. Now with the advent of reliable tyre pressure monitoring systems the need for Tyron bands is much reduced. I now have Tyron bands and TPMS, but when the tyres are replaced the Tyron bands will not be refitted. I am sure the tyre fitter will also be relieved. With some insurance companies you will receive a discount for having Tyrons fitted. Not sure about the same with TPMS as some people find they are unreliable, which insurers may have picked up on. Mine have been 100% reliable over many 1000’s of miles. John
  8. Shame not to see him in the TdF. His injuries do sound very serious and I don’t expect him to be racing again this season. I presume he was on a t/t bike and this goes to show the instability caused by deep section rims and the lack of leverage from t/t bars. The ride was “only” a recce, but goes to show the complete need for concentration at all times. Brad Wiggins expectation for a t/t was lungs bursting, legs on fire and face covered with snot. Don’t know if he fulfilled this in a recce. John
  9. I’m in the south of Italy in Gallipoli (Puglia). All site connections we have made on the journey here through the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and in Italy have been the blue connectors. However many of the site supplies have only been 6A which has hindered my wife’s use of a hair drier. With all the sites from San Marino south having sockets in the facilities with the three connectors in a row then an adapter to a Spina connection would have been useful. Off to a shop tomorrow for a Spina plug to begin prep for my next project. John
  10. Hi GAS Stayed there last week. Overbrook was very quiet with plenty of spare pitches, most likely because in a shoulder period between Easter and May Day. Very hard working and pleasant owners. On-site facilities are excellent. Site is a disused railway station on the closed line between Scarborough and Pickering.Thornton Dale is very picturesque and only one of many other sights in a lovely part of Yorkshire. If you have any interest in heritage railways do not miss a journey on the North York Moors Railway from Pickering. Road cycling over the North York Moors can be very challenging (see last week's Tour de Yorkshire, stage 3). The vale of Pickering has lots of interesting cycle routes when away from the main roads. Dalby forest just to the north of Thornton Dale is excellent for off road cycling including specific downhill courses. John.
  11. Have you tried here for a possible repair? https://www.arelectronics.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d18_Caravan-Mover-Repairs.html John.
  12. New fees for Veteran membership of the C&CC have just been posted in magazine and are £23 pa + extra for special interest groups. John.
  13. If you do not need a socket with a microswitch as above, then have a look for one of these from Screwfix which I have fitted to my vehicle. https://www.screwfix.com/p/maypole-mp129-13-pin-european-trailer-board-socket-w-gasket-12v/48923 The socket shown in the picture has the manufacturers logo of Menber's , who I and others consider to be the best available. John.
  14. V5 for my A6 3.0 Tdi Quattro also aligns with the handbook at 1795 kg. According to the handbook this includes 75 kg for driver and tank 90% full. On a weighbridge without a driver, half a tank of fuel and the addition of an aftermarket tow bar the weight is 1860 kg. All it means to me is the extra weight is lost payload in the car from its gross weight of 2330 kg, but again from the handbook "When towing a trailer, the gross vehicle weight and the maximum rear axle weight may be exceeded by up to 80kg". Interesting, and may be fun explaining if stopped at the roadside for weighing and the car axles are over 2330kg. The gross train weight is 4410 kg, so not a problem when towing 1500 kg, or even up to 100% kerb weight , whatever that may be.
  15. I use this type of cable for any alterations and additions I make to my 12v systems:- https://www.autoelectricsupplies.co.uk/product/70/category/114 John.
  16. We have travelled to Croatia from Rotterdam for the last 3 years. Our route is not direct as we usually visit friends near Passau. First night stop is near Koblenz, either Camping Wolfsmuhle (ACSI 806) or Campingplatz Burg Lahneck. Wolfsmuhle is the cheaper of the two, but is next to a river in an enclosed valley. Access is not the easiest through the town and an ungated crossing over a railway line. Burg Lahneck is not part of any reduced scheme, although you can book through the C&CC, but its plus point is its situation high over the River Rhine with lovely views along the valley. We leave Lafnstein by heading east for the Autobahn towards Frankfurt. Our second night would be near Regensburg, but this is away from any direct route to Munchen or Salzburg. Last year in May we found the road works on the A3(?) past Frankfurt airport and onward to Wurzburg and Regensburg to be nearly complete and we had little disruption to our journey in either direction. You may not want to stay at this site, but if you have time ACSI 928 to the south of Wurzburg is delightful. Very friendly owners, easy pitching and a very reasonable on-site restaurant run by the family. Rattenburg and Wurzburg are both very different and well worth a visit. To head for Croatia we would head for Salzburg with the intention of staying at Lake Bled with almost certainly the need for an intermediate stop. South of Villach you will come to the Karawanken tunnel for entry into Slovenia. There is always a tailback of HGV so on the approach slopes keep in the outside line. Like Austria you will need a Vignette for Slovenia and I have seen the Slovenian Police with binoculars looking for vehicles without the Vignette. It is an easy drive from Lake Bled past Ljublijana towards Croatia and Istria. Hope this helps. John.
  17. Please be aware that if you are travelling to Dubrovnik and stay on the mainland you will have to pass through a stretch of road in Bosnia Herzegovina. It is referred to as the Neum corridor. I was planning on doing this route 2 years ago until I looked at my car insurance policy which did not cover me for vehicle use in B/H. I never took it any further, but my insurer did say they would check with an underwriter if an extension to my policy would be possible. It is possible to avoid the Neum corridor by taking a ferry to a nearby island (Peljesac) and return to the mainland via a bridge further south. I would guess there are some people who just take the risk either knowingly or otherwise and just drive the few miles through B/H. Croatia is a lovely country to visit with warm and friendly people. We have visited for the last 3 years in May and June. John.
  18. John I have the Truma installation instructions from when my Mover SE was fitted at home. I would say your service man is correct. If you are docking your 13 pin plug into a Truma socket then I would check that the two Truma wires from your mover control box are attached to pins 3 & 6 within the socket. Red stripe wire to pin 6 and black wire to pin 3. This is classed as a Safety Socket Connection and passes a current through the brake lights and the mover can only operate when the 13 pin plug is inserted into the socket. I don't know if it is possible for a short to occur within the Truma socket, but I would say it is worth checking. John.
  19. Possibly not the answer you are looking for, but our bowl stands above the level of the sink as well. My wife's answer was to cast aside the sink cover and leave it in the garage. To her having easy access to the bowl is more important than having a piece of wood or plastic to cover it. Our caravan has now been like this for 14 years. John.
  20. I have an aftermarket tow bar, Westfalia, fitted to my 2011 3.0 A6 and as I have previously posted have never had a problem with engine running hot when towing. This includes many miles of continental use in temperatures up to 35 degrees. John.
  21. Are you watching the drama series Shetland on BBC1? DI Perez is driving around in a V90 in the present series. Series finale on Tuesday 19th March, but will be on BBC iPlayer for sure. V90 does look good with a lovely interior, but don't know if his car is an R series. John.
  22. My 2 car policy with Aviva has increased by £4 this year. No complaints from me. John.
  23. I cannot think of anything better to say than, don't you use the old fashioned tried and tested method - look to see how flat it is at the bottom and give the tyre a kick ? John.
  24. Nope. Only too happy to redo the maths. The results are in:- Fuel, Koblenz (D) in May €1.13 to the pound. Fuel, Obernburg (A) €1.13 to the pound, Fuel, Bled (SL) €1.11 to the pound. Yesterday, still the same €1.1639 to the pound. All purchases using Halifax Clarity Card. John.
  25. You ask how accurate the system is, well it's within 2 psi at 60 psi if your digital pressure gauge is accurate. Do you want more? It's your choice what to do with it, but don't you want to know if either or both of your tyres are deflating because of a puncture(s). My caravan has Tyrepal and I do not think it paranoid or distracting to know what the pressures and temperatures are of the tyres. John.
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