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  1. 53 minutes ago, Ern said:

    According to your avatar you have a 2004 Swift Challenger. I'm not sure whether the finish was the same as the current Swift Challenger which your photo shows.  It depends on whether you want to match the finish. 


    I've looked at doing something similar in my 2005 Sterling Eccles Onyx, but I came to the conclusion that with the curved shape of the worktop and the profile of the edging it would just not be possible to fit a drop down worktop extension. 



  2. 10 minutes ago, shipbroker said:

    Great Municipal in Beaune.




    My first visit to Beaune convinced me I needed a motor mover.


    I found it a bit tight on some of the pitches and on a drive through pitch, could drive in, but not out at the other end so had to use the mover and block the exit route for a while. Usually a lot of leavers every morning and there is always an impatient Dutch person wanting to leave in a hurry. We have a saying "never get in the way of an impatient dutch caravanner".


    Thanks Borussia for your information on Zeeland.



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  3. 12 hours ago, outnumbered said:

    Would a rear view camera surfice. 

    I have one fitted and i can see very clearly. 



    My answer is a loud NO and I do not have any considered response to Fireman Iain.


    You need to be able to see what is alongside your caravan.


    Whilst cycling on an open road I have twice been effectively been run off the road by an overtaking caravan pulling over into me, where the driver didn't have mirrors which gave vision down the side. I doubt the drivers hadn't a clue as to the result of their actions. 


    Maybe its time for me to fit a camera on my cycling helmet.





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  4. It may be a bit north of Dijon, but 12 km from the A5 near Langres is the municipal site at Arc-en-Barrois (Camping le Vieux Moulin). Easiest to leave the A5 at junction 24. Turn up at the site whenever, find a suitable spot and next morning about 9 someone will come to the site to collect the fees. Arc-en-Barrois is a lovely french village. 




    Just read a review for 2019 and the cash (only) is collected in the evening.



  5. I have a 13 pin socket and two lengths of cable with clips to fit onto a (spare) battery. The socket doesn't need a front sprung cover or rubber gasket at the rear. I just connect to whichever pins I need to test and plug in. Done the brake lights (pins 6 & 3) and the permanent live (pins 9 & 11) to reset the ATC memory.



  6. 2 hours ago, Borussia 1900 said:

    Lol, have you met my wife 😂😂😂😂


    We didn’t take the fridge freezer, hired it here 60€ for 2 weeks 


    Enjoy the extreme heat in the next few days. Beer in the fridge?



  7. 5 minutes ago, marchie1053 said:

    Tefal Ingenio teflon bowls with one detachable, shared handle to save space and make stacking easier. Also have aluminium bodies to reduce weight. Teflon is toughened by a stone appearance finish that works well against the surface scratches etc.



    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.



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  8. 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.




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  9. 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. 



  10. 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. 



  11. 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.



  12. 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. 



  13. 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. 


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  14. 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.





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  15. 11 hours ago, Stevan said:

    Dependant on the original you may need one with a built in switch to inform the car electrics that a trailer is plugged in. This is likely to be dearer.


    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.




    The socket shown in the picture has the manufacturers logo of Menber's , who I and others consider to be the best available.



  16. 2 hours ago, Stevan said:

    Just shows how little relevance these numbers really have!


    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.  

  17. 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.



  18. 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.



  19. 1 hour ago, JCloughie said:

     The service man did say that some movers have a link which runs a signal through the brake light filament as some sort of safety control.  I am pretty sure the Truma does not have anything like that.  For safety my mover will not operate unless the 13 pin plug is inserted into it's dock. 




    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.



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