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  1. In a 13 pin plug/socket assembly, Pin 1 (left indicator) is adjacent to Pin 9 (permanent power) so in theory a short between them would lead to the situation you describe. If nothing is odd with your towing vehicle lights with or without the caravan plugged-in, I would first look at the plug on the caravan to see if there is a fault as described there. John.
  2. The regulations about the size of separate GB stickers, or other country identifier are quite specific. From the UNECE Convention on Road Traffic, of 8 November 1968. Letters must be 80mm high x 10mm wide and colour black. Background must be a white ellipse 175mm wide x 115mm high. Lots of stickers on ebay, but very few meet the regulation size. John. Just noticed the new thread on GB stickers and this would obviously have been better posted there.
  3. Mine is in storage and so only on a solar panel throughout the winter. Getting the caravan out of storage using the mover has not been a problem. I just make sure that our first usage in the spring is on a site with hook-up and leave the charger on for the time I am there. Never had a situation where my first usage was at a rally or THS without electricity. John.
  4. I’ve sited my caravan on a hard standing where the previous occupant (motor home?) must have had a fuel leak as there was a constant smell of diesel around the caravan. Not my towing vehicle as it was petrol fuelled at the time. John
  5. I've ordered maps from them in the past and found they provide a very good service. About to order some more maps from them in the near future. John.
  6. In 2012 we stayed at Camping Weekend near Salo. We had booked direct with the site and had a Comfort XL pitch. What we hadn't expected in early June was the site to be nearly full, mostly Dutch and I think it might have been related to one of their holidays. As you will see they have fully serviced pitches. It's not the most convenient site to get to being part way up the west side of the lake. If visiting again I would probably stay more on the southern shore, but that seems to be everyone's choice. We have also stayed near Riva del Garda, but many years ago. It seems to me the northern part of the lake is much for activity visitors, with windsurfing, climbing and mountain biking very popular. A visit to Verona is a must, although you may be too early in the year for the opera, and we have done Venice for the day by train from Desenzano. Camping Weekend is only a short walk from a jetty where you can catch a lake ferry or you may still be able to do as we did and use the campsite organised trip to Sirmione by private boat. We found Padua to be an interesting city and well worth a visit. A quieter lake to visit with just as much beauty as Garda is Lake Iseo and only a few miles to the west. I'm sure others will be along to extol its virtues. An alternative area without a lake would be to stay in the area around Bolzano, Lana and Merano. Fabulous high mountains around, especially the Dolomites, and usually easy access through ski lift chairs and gondolas still in use in the summer. The roads in these two areas also do not limit your driving pleasure through being too crowded or too narrow. John.
  7. The only problem I had with the Swift set-up in my 2005 Sterling was that the radio had to be reset and tuned every time the 12v supply to the rest of the caravan was turned off. To keep the radio memory I installed a permanent live direct from the battery (1 amp fused) to the radio, yellow connection on the Sony radio harness I seem to remember. Also make sure the 12v connections to the signal booster in the aerial are made. John.
  8. Happy Christmas everyone. I know this won't help the OP, but just relating the technology now fitted to some vehicles. Our Fiesta, as with a lot of Ford models comes with a heated screen, plus on our variant one press MAX button turns on the heated screen, aircon, car heater to max, rear heated screen, blowers to max and all air throughput diverted to screen. The screen is clear in seconds. I don't have any connection to Ford, but the technology is mighty convenient. John.
  9. I'm the opposite. Never had a problem being allocated a C&CC pitch and as you are usually escorted to a pitch the Holiday Site Manager is there to make sure you are correctly positioned and can point out the nearest water collection and disposal point. If you let the HSM's know in advance they will allocate adjacent pitches if you are meeting friends. As I'm hardly ever likely to arrive at a site before mid to late afternoon, I'm not part of the CC scramble to arrive at 12 to bag the "best pitch", but it is a pet hate of mine in the CC to be shown on a sheet which pitches should be available, have to drive around the site to find them and then collect the key for the facilities at a later time. A member of both clubs, but use both for different reasons, and good advice to join both to see how they meet your caravanning needs for sites and other services. John.
  10. I'm at present looking through the 2018 Caravan and Motorhome Club Touring Europe book. In the "Other Abbreviations" section it lists:- CC - Caravan and Motorhome Club. If CC is good enough for the club it is enough for me. John.
  11. Earlier this year I received a letter from the DVLA;- Dear Mr ______________ We have received information from a third party. We need to make confidential enquiries into your fitness to drive. What you need to do Step 1 complete the enclosed medical questionnaire Step 2 complete the enclosed declaration Step 3 return both to DVLA If you do not respond within 14 days of the date of this letter your driving licence will be revoked. etc. etc Releasing details of the notifier Under Data Protection Law, DVLA is not obliged to release any third party information that has been received. We are unable to provide you with details of the person(s) who has notified us. The Law: Section 94(4)(5)(8) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 rev Mar 18 Yours sincerely Drivers Medical Group Not having a medical condition I was surprised to receive this letter and apparently anyone can anonymously inform the DVLA of another's conditions. My brother in law, who is an optician stated he could refer drivers with poor eyesight to the DVLA, but only after informing them of his intention. Something I think which applies to all in the medical professions. It was 4 months of stress before the question over my fitness to drive was resolved in my favour. John.
  12. Andy I never tried the display in any position other than over the mirror as I didn't want anything in the windscreen and covering part of the mirror seems logical to me. I would say my sensors are about the 7m limit from the display. The only problem I have had with sensors is replacing the batteries after about 2 years, but they have been used for long motorway journeys to countries like Croatia. Best to have spare batteries with you as I found buying a replacement in Germany was far more expensive than in this country. John.
  13. To get the best signal in my A6 I have made a mount so that the display covers the left part of the interior mirror. The display is just using its internal battery which is I find only needs charging after a few days use. I would add a photo, but the Tyrepal is in the caravan in storage. John.
  14. I think Hankook when caravan new and replaced (all 3 tyres) with Bridgestone and then Michelin. John.
  15. My caravan has had Tyron bands from new in 2005, but in the past 2 years I have the Tyrepal TC215B/2 system as well. At the next change of tyres I will ditch the Tyron bands and just use the Tyrepal. One system may save you some trouble after a tyre deflation, the other warns you of the deflation before trouble occurs. I do get an insurance discount for having Tyron bands fitted, but on an a 2005 caravan the discount is something I can manage without. If you are thinking of purchasing a Tyrepal system and are a member of the Caravan and Motorhome Club then look at the website for an offer available to members, ends 31/12/18. John.
  16. We had a Conway Cardinal Clubman folding camper for 8 years up to 2000 and towed it with a 1. 6 l petrol Peugeot 405 saloon. Towing was never a problem, it never needed a hitch stabiliser and it came with us to among other places southern France, Hungary, Austria and Italy. Because of the stability we never thought about the weight. I would add that at the time we were in work and basically used it from Whitsun to the beginning of September. Can echo other posters comments about drying out and storage. Ours had an "under bed storage tent" which meant we always had space on short stops to store an awning, sun canopy, chairs and other items we carried in the body of the trailer. We could use ours on both the major clubs sites, with the added bonus of using it on tent only sites in the C&CC . We sold ours to a couple who were taking it to southern Spain to use as temporary accomodation while they looked for work. John.
  17. Three types of seal on my caravan. The underbed locker door is a Thetford Type 5 with Thetford part number 26610. The toilet cassette door is a Thetford Type 3 with Thetford part number 26601. The Thetford battery box door and the external access locker door have a seal to 3 sides and the seal is:- https://www. leisureshopdirect. com/caravan-accessories/rubber-and-plastic-parts/door-and-locker-rubber/thetford-type-battery-locker-seal John.
  18. In my experience a breakaway cable with a carabiner clip is the same length as the spring clip type, so with this "new" arrangement of the attachment eye you may find your cable is now dragging on the ground. My carabiner clip cable attaches to my "old" style Westfalia under the detachable socket and even then it is nearly long enough to be catching on the road surface. I hope you don't have the same problem, but it does seem that one problem solved creates another. John.
  19. Like you I have a damp inner panel on a locker door and I am in the process of replacing all the locker seals on my 2005 Sterling Eccles Onyx. I am surprised at how easy it is to close a locker door with an old seal compared to a new one. Fortunately I seem to have caught mine early enough so there is no deterioration of the inner panel. John.
  20. When I had my tyres changed at the storage facility Kwik-fit fitter used an inflatable bag type jack under the axle. No problem. The vans are fully equipped to remove tyres, replace them and balance wheels. No hassle as far as I am concerned. I guess other mobile fitters are the same. John.
  21. Sustrans have produced a book "Traffic-free cycle rides, 150 great days out". Each route has a map so shouldn't be too difficult to link each to nearby caravan sites. John.
  22. Thanks Andy. Puglia next year, so will brief the passenger to keep a look out for these. John.
  23. John19

    Power drain

    No modern electronic devices in my caravan, but if the power supply switch is left in the "caravan" position a relay in the PSU is live and causing a battery drain. Always leave the caravan with this switch in the centre "off" position when in store. The other switch position is "car" which I have never had to use in 13 years with the caravan. john.
  24. 10 second search brings up this:- https://www. leisureshopdirect. com/chassis/electric/towing-plugs-and-sockets/13-pin-plug-holder-plastic Personally I just use the standard green cover and hang the cable over the hitch. John.
  25. Further afield in Italy and Croatia you may have a problem with pitch sizes, slopes and manoeuvring a unit onto a pitch . It's not every site, but you might have to investigate each intended destination carefully rather than turning up ad hoc in the hope of being able to pitch. In 7 weeks this year camping in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy I saw very few t/a's either on the road or on-site. John.
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