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  1. The underneath of my Sterling has a finish of matt black appearance on the structural plywood.  It is still fine after 15 years. 


    9 hours ago, Odds said:

    My car has covers over the whole underside, I wouldn't think it would be too expensive for caravan manufacturers to do the same.  How sure are you it is 'just paint' ?  ;)


    Your underside covers are probably more to do with airflow under the vehicle than with any corrosion protection.





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  2. The owner is a very keen cyclist and will give you plenty of guidance on cycling the now disused railway tracks. If your bikes get dirty the dog wash is also a cycle wash.,

    Southwell is an interesting visit with its Minster and the Workhouse (NT opens 8th February)) just outside the town is worth a visit.

    Mr Straws house in Worksop, again NT, shows you living in the 1920's, but closed for winter until early March.

    Newark-on-Trent is also interesting with its Civil War museum and Castle.

    Had some good meals in the Carnarvon. 



  3. I've found the options for watching UK tv through a satellite dish in southern Europe (in my case Italy and Croatia) are so limited that I rarely bother setting it up. I do have a Humax box which I can set to the Astra 19E satellite which will get Sky News plus a few other English speaking channels.

    For UK tv channels I can watch them with an iPad. With a wi-fi connection and the Sky Go App I can watch the majority of channels in my Sky package, the exceptions usually being +1  and BBC channels.

    I can watch BBC channels if I use the data package on my phone and tether my iPad to it. The BBC iPlayer App then works normally (it won't work on a wi-fi connection). Logic tells me a Smart TV should work on the same basis as an iPad, but I have no evidence to say it will.

    The limitations of my usage are any limits to data downloading through my phone and the 35 days or so limit on the use of Sky Go when abroad (with the proviso for wi-fi and data accessibility).




  4. I have my own designed set-up with twin fans and a temperature sensor in the bottom vent sampling incoming air. The temperature controller is set to initiate the fans at 28C. This system has worked well in temperatures up to 35C and with the fridge thermostat set at medium. Even at the highest temperatures we have encountered, the fans only run for a few minutes before cycling on and off, however I am a firm believer in good fridge performance being very closely related to correct caravan manufacturer installation. My fridge is installed with the cooling fins 18mm from the caravan wall, so within the 15 - 20mm recommended by Dometic.



  5. Not in your situation and I haven't been through or over the Dartford crossing for about 4 years, but my son is also on my account and he keeps it open with 1 or 2 crossings per year. My balance at the moment is about £5. Is it possible for you to pool another Dartford user, such as family, friend, neighbour or even forum member, onto your account to keep it open. You only need someone to make one crossing before deleting them from your account. 



  6. I am guessing you need a new tyre, but do you need the wheel as well. Getting tyres should not be a problem, but you may have to locate a matching wheel at somewhere like a caravan breakers. In a quick search Kwik-Fit came up with a choice of six tyres from about £50 each, although you did not state the load index in your original post.


    Have you been in contact with Swift for the correct specification of the wheel ie rim diameter, rim width, offset and pitch circle diameter of the 5 stud fixing.



  7. We use:-


    Elsan Double Rinse in the flushing tank.


    Elsan Blue Bag toilet sachets or Tesco Bio Washing tabs in the holding tank.


    An occasional clean of the plastic bowl with Thetford Toilet Bowl cleaner. This is brilliant at removing limescale and leaves the bowl as smooth as .................................. 



  8. We've been to Croatia 3 times, but never stayed much further south than Split. We did think about travelling as far as Dubrovnik, but the insurance problems of crossing the Neum corridor, using an alternative ferry and reports from friends of the number of visitors to Dubrovnik (cruise boats) have made us think it is too much hassle with a caravan. In the 3 visits we have made we have always found different destinations which have made us think we would like to stay longer than plans allow, even though we are very flexible with our arrangements.


    Saintjersey if you do a search on this forum for Croatia you will find examples of members experiences in the country, routes of access and travel advice for passing through other countries.


    This year we caravanned in southern Italy, but it is more than likely that next year we will return to Croatia, Slovenia and northern Italy.



  9. I changed my outboard pump to an inboard installation using a Whale Aquasmart kit. Installing meant a few changes of pipework, including a new drain through the floor and took the opportunity to fit a surge damper.


    Fitting instructions recommend the use of 2.5mm2 cable along with a 5A fuse and as I wired direct to the battery I also fitted an isolating switch. I mounted my pump on a block of 20mm mdf, which may help dampen some of the noise from vibration. We do not notice any really intrusive noise from the pump, although it is worth having a visual indication when the pump is running as when running dry the noise is a barely audible hum.


    We use the caravan on hook-up sites and temporary holiday sites without mains electric and have never noticed any variations in the performance of the pump.



  10. I always like to see a TV working in a showroom so I can check the viewing angles, horizontally and vertically. Nothing worse than losing picture definition because you are not viewing from a position directly in front of a screen.



  11. 10 minutes ago, Les Medes said:

    Us too have just arrived home from Catalonia where we spent the month of September, I can honestly say that it was the worst weather we have experienced in 20 years of visiting the area. we had 10 days of high winds The Transmontana, I renamed it the Tramadol.as it gave me a headache !! within the 10 days we had three days of continuous rain, then great weather for a few days and then a full day of very heavy rain where the site roads were flooded, some unfortunate campers awnings were flooded out, Platja d;Aro is only 20 miles or so from where we were !!!  so you were very lucky


    Apology due to memory lapse. We did have one day of rain at Platya d'Aro. A Saturday where it never stopped all day. Our apartment was at the top of the hill close to the telecoms mast, so the rain which fell on us quickly drained away! Must have erased such bad weather from my immediate memory.


    Brilliant weather every other day.



  12. I'm just back from a 3 week driving trip to Catalonia, staying in an apartment. Only rain we had was in the last but one day driving towards Rouen. Perfect weather every day in Spain around 25 to 27 degrees. Not many visitors around Platya d'Aro with campsites we passed closing down for the end of September. Motorhomes about and parked (sited) along an open street through wasteland with tables and chairs defining their pitch.


    Before we left the UK I filled the car with V-Power diesel  at £1.389 / l. In Platya d'Aro V-Power diesel €1.359 /l (£1.21 /l)  .


    A very pleasant 3 week holiday on smooth and quiet (traffic and road noise) roads. Very relaxing.



  13. I have refitted a 400mm x 400mm rooflight from the inside of a caravan. Provided it is the pop-up type, you remove the four screws holding the lift up part and lower it into the caravan at an angle. I had to stand on a step with my head and one arm through the opening and using a chef's palette knife go around the frame to break the seal of the existing mastic, being careful not to damage the roof. If your light is already leaking the frame may be easier to remove than you expect. Clean all the existing mastic away and refit the frame with new mastic. I used W4 mastic sealing tape for convenience.





  14. Our holiday patterns have become fairly regular in the last few years. So basic costs for 2 of us at the moment are roughly:-

    £30 /night to use the caravan for 7 or 8 weeks of the year, mostly abroad in low season, including fixed costs, but not depreciation, initial cost etc

    £60 /night to use a European wide portfolio of apartments for 3 weeks of the year, including a fixed annual charge, but not any initial share purchase cost.

    Various hotels depending on need and comfort level,  cost from £70 /night upwards.


    Travel, living costs and other expenses eg. insurances are not part of these calculations.




  15. 19 hours ago, Black Grouse said:


    Alko make a low-line conversion to suit the Fiat/Peugeot/Citroen chassis cabs - they receive a two-wheeled cab from the van maker and add the central/rear chassis and rear suspension


    I have been at Southam and seen the chassis cabs. They look very strange fixed back to back for transportation. No idea how they are moved.



  16. 1 hour ago, Babstreefern said:

    Never been, but heard that pitches are very tiny

    I don’t see a comment based on what you have heard as being very positive to the gist of the thread. More helpful if you give us an example of a tiny pitch in Italy you have been asked to site a caravan on. In over 10 visits to Italy with a caravan over 7m long I’ve never been unable to find a site with a suitable size pitch. Some pitches may be small, but ACSI do list the sizes of pitches available for those who may have some reservations over size. There can be issues of spacing between units, but to counter that I have never been instructed as to the orientation a unit should adopt on a pitch except where the physical nature of a site such as trees etc determine how to pitch. 


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  17. 4 hours ago, ascsbe said:

    Hi. Thanks for all the info. Cannot find when looking at the Humix whether I can go in and look for other Satellites in case we go deep into France and lose Astra 28.2.    Been setting these up for about 30 years so got a good handle on how far into France I can pick it up. But would like option of picking up the European satellites.

    I have a Humax Freesat box which I have used in Non-Freesat mode to pick up signals from Astra 19.2 east when as far away as Croatia. Obviously mostly continental channels, but can get Sky news. German Eurosport is FTA as long as you like hand ball in the evenings. No problem either to pick up normal Freesat in the Netherlands. 

  18. In the late 1990’s events conspired to give us just over 2 weeks summer holiday in August. So left the folding camper at home and we headed to a mobile home at the southern shore of Lake Garda. Friday night ferry from Hull to Rotterdam. Saturday through Germany to overnight hotel in Strasbourg. Sunday through Switzerland to Italy and mobile home. Lots of Italy to explore from Garda including Venice (train is the best way to arrive), Verona and the lake itself. Similar route for the return. With some planning the motorhomers could still be with you. 



  19. I have a black bucket from B&Q cost about £1. Also seen similar in a local hardware store. Only for use on the continent and never had a problem fitting under the waste outlet, even on a mildly sloping pitch. Don’t take a Wastemaster abroad with me as not always convenient to empty. 

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