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  1. Personally I don't bother. My spare wheel is checked and the pressure reported on once a year when the caravan gets a service. As I always carry an inflator with me I can set the pressure in the spare wheel if and when it has to be removed from its carrier (hopefully never). The valve is there to maintain pressure and prevent air escaping and to me any device which makes the valve redundant, but adds additional connections and another seal, is just something else to go wrong. I have the same opinion about tell-tale valve caps. John.
  2. After a number of years of being stored on the same flat grass pitch, the wheels of my caravan sit in two small depressions in the ground. It hasn't moved yet and there's plenty of wind in the East Riding of Yorkshire. So much as there is a wind farm just up the road. John.
  3. Forgive my question, but do they? The variations in indicator bulb failure systems show to me there is only one way to be certain how a vehicle will react to such a failure. Attach the electrical connection from a trailer, caravan or lighting board to a vehicle and simulate a failure by removing a bulb or fuse from the attached device. Note the result. These variations lead me to think that we insist on a physical demonstration of an indicator bulb failure system, at the handover stage when a towbar is fitted to a vehicle. The fitters must use a lighting check board, so a simple switch fitted into the indicator circuits of this would show us the failure system they have fitted. John.
  4. Snaxmuppet Should have added in my reply last night that the steadies are also down to prevent the caravan moving as the handbrake is off. Wasn't really thinking straight with the excitement of the winter Olympics and the prospect of a gold medal. Congratulations and well done Amy. The subject of handbrake on or off has been the subject of much posting in the past. John.
  5. Always wind mine down, but only just in contact with the ground to give some stability to the caravan. John.
  6. 5 Years ago I had an Isabella awning for sale. The first question the couple who bought it asked was, "Has it been altered? If it has, we don't want it". John
  7. I hope if you use these when placing your caravan on a pitch, when you engage reverse gear, you use yours to announce "This vehicle is reversing"!!!!!!!! John.
  8. Get onto the Isabella website, where I am sure there are instructions for the use of their kit to use your awning as a part awning. They will supply you with a kit which I think contains a pole or similar device to bring the awning vertically down the side of your caravan, as in a porch awning. You have to make a cut in the cord which goes into the awning rail. I have seen two Isabella awnings used like this and the results look very good and much better and cheaper than having an awning extended. Edit. Look here http://www. isabella. ...ns/fitting. html http://62. 242. 39. 22/...ries/Acc004. pdf Diagrams 3 & 3A show you the extra pole and fittings you need. I think you will have to contact Isabella direct for the BS pole, PVC profile and Foampad, John.
  9. Makes me laugh the number of times I see a caravan being hitched to a car, the lighting plug is fitted, then the driver gets in and switches something on and the person at the rear of the caravan shouts "YESSS". The shout of "YESSS" is repeated a few times and then the outfit and passenger drives off. Have they some telepathy between them about what is being switched on? For us, person at the rear of the caravan gives a sign to the driver what they want to see and only when they see the light(s) functioning is the thumbs up given. Arm out left - turn left, arm out right - turn right, both hands pushed forward - brake, both hands circling - ordinary lights, hands over eyes - fog. No noise, simple. Fortunately the car has a trailer module fitted so the driver information system shows any faults in the trailer lighting as well. Although I fitted the towbar myself, a franchised dealer did charge me about £100 to connect the trailer module to the vehicle wiring and do the necessary computer dialling-in. John.
  10. I am going to be cynical here and think this is a bit of a marketing ploy by Right Conn. to sell some of their C2 systems (and yes I've looked at the products in their website). Is it not just visitors to Germany and Austria that might be affected at the moment and then only older vehicles which don't have a bulb failure monitoring device? If I thought this might affect me, I would have the car and caravan connected and begin removing some indicator bulbs to see the effect it had on the system, just to be aware of what to expect in the event of a failure. I just cannot see though that it is of a high priority. BTW my car is German with a manufacturer supplied towbar and electrics, so for me I should not have a problem. John.
  11. John19

    Tyre Pressures

    I cannot give you a Freelander answer, but the tyre pressure instructions for my car are quite specific. A loading close to the maximum means increasing the tyre pressures. However, only you will or should know the extra mass you are placing on the rear of your vehicle. In my case, if I load for a long stay, say abroad with at least the following loaded at some position in or on the car; detachable towbar including caravan noseweight, full awning and groundsheet, levelling blocks and ramp, wheel clamp, caravan jack, roofbars and cycle carriers, 2 bicycles plus other bits: then I know with the weight of one passenger I have added about 300kg (I have to guess the weight of the passenger) and I am within 175kg of the cars maximum loading of 2260kg. This for me is enough to increase the tyre pressures to their maximum. It is also my opinion that the outfit is more stable with these higher pressures. John.
  12. jwa Regularly use P&O from Rotterdam to return to Hull. Almost always stay at Camping Auf Kengert in Larochette, Luxembourg (we are normally travelling from the Beaune area of France). Leave there between 9 and 10 in the morning and arrive at Europort about 3 or 4 in the afternoon after a steady drive. I would say it is about the same length of journey to Zeebrugge. If this is not on a viable route, why not look for other sites close to motorways in Luxembourg or near Trier in Germany. John.
  13. I have just rung the C&CC Clubcare Insurance and after explaining that I have the caravan manufacturer's authority to fit a wider tyre, they have checked and do not require notification of such an amendment. However, now having notified them of the change, it will be recorded on my policy and will mean in the event of a claim resulting in the tyre(s) needing to be replaced, the new size of tyre will be fitted. Other insurance companies or individual's circumstances may be different, so would always recommend a call to check. John.
  14. You are sounding like a clone of Clarkson, Havers and Martin. Ok, I see the smile, but too many cyclists have been killed by "careless" drivers turning left. John.
  15. Totally agree. Left foot braking - great for rally drivers - not for anyone else driving on snow or towing a caravan. Left leg is far too insensitive resulting in over-braking. Can only lead to an incident. John.
  16. Martin I will assume your 175R14 have a load index of 99/98. These will give you a total load capacity of 1550kg. I am about to change the tyres on my 2005 caravan (MTPLM 1500kg) and will increase the size from 175(80)R14 as above to 185(80)R14 load index 102 giving a total load capacity of 1700kg. I have just received an e-mail from Swift to confirm that there will not any clearance issues with these larger tyres. I would contact the manufacturer of your caravan to get the same confirmation and the tyre pressures to use. With regard to which brand of tyre to use, there are always conflicting opinions of which is the best to fit. I have searched for comments on the internet and am considering purchasing Bridgestone R630 as I have seen some positive comments about wear rates, braking performance, fuel economy and the construction of the sidewalls (who hasn't towed a caravan over or into a kerb when cornering). John.
  17. John19

    Level Caravan

    Hi For circumstances such as a sloping site, I carry a box with 4 pads roughly 170mm square x 25mm thick, plus 2 blocks 140 x 140 x 140mm (these are fabricated and not solid for lighter weight). I can usually place a combination of these under the steadies to give a secure base. The box also has 2 large wedges to act as wheel chocks. To me it is essential they are used on any sloping site. In an extreme case I have seen the use of bottle type screw jacks at the corners to support a caravan on a sloping site, but are they something you would want to carry about with you? I wouldn't. John.
  18. Turn white screws 1/4 turn and carefully lever vents out from the screw end. John.
  19. You might have to remove the part of your existing vent from inside the caravan to get a definite answer. There might be 8 screws to remove. I think I can safely say the outer part of the vent will not move as it will be held down with mastic. If it is any help my year 2000 Sterling Onyx did have the wiring in place. If you are fitting your new vent yourself, you will need access to the roof of your caravan and to cut through the mastic seal to remove the outer part of the vent I would recommend using something like a chef's pallette knife. You will then need a product like white spirit to remove the unwanted mastic from the caravan roof. When I have refitted a roof vent I have used Carafax IDL 99, a non-drying bedding sealant, as recommended by my dealer. John.
  20. I've had the same problem as you and have solved it the same as SBS. Try to follow the run of pipe from the sink outlet to the outlet under the caravan. Although you may have rigid pipe in some places it will be fixed to the underside of the floor with no fall. These rigid pipes will be supplemented with runs of convoluted pipe running through the chassis members or over the axle etc. I would bet that these convoluted pipes are forming air locks in your drainage system. I reckon that it has cost me about £30 in pipe, fittings and solvent, plus a days work to replace the manufacturers waste system with 32mm ABS domestic pipwork. Should a manufacturer install such a system? Probably not possible with the constraints of a production line or the additional cost would be absorbitant. I tested my system with a full sink of water and it drained in about 12 seconds. John.
  21. Speaking to people on CC sites is all very well, but only gives an opinion of those who are "in the system". In my opinion the group of people to have their views listened to are those who are not on CC sites. As you have constantly stated there are far more members, than available site places. The minority are on sites, the majority are not and whether vociferous or silent deserve to have their opinions heard. Some of us in the majority as I have described, may benefit from a change in the booking system. John.
  22. If you do not have easy access to a "local" tyre fitter and have to use a national chain, you might try looking at Kwik-fit online. I have been advised by my local branch to choose and buy online, you state your local depot, the tyres are delivered there and either you have a pre-arranged fitting day or the branch will contact you to say your tyres are ready to be fitted. Most importantly online prices are cheaper than paid for in the branch and you will get a broader range of tyres to choose from. The only downside is you might have to remove your wheels and take them to the local depot. My local depot has a large parking area so they will be getting my caravan taken there. Please note I have no connection with Kwik-fit, other than a good working relationship with a depot which is managed and staffed by mechanics and fitters I used to teach. John
  23. Just to go back to Pete's original posting. The Netherlands is a country I frequently drive through, but is not in his list. It is my "understanding" that the motorway limit is 90kph for an outfit with a MGW of less than 3. 5 tonnes and 80kph for an outfit with a MGW over 3. 5 tonnes. Other lower posted limits may also apply in some areas, notably urban motorways. In built up areas the limit is 50kph or less as signed. As the Dutch Police also seem to have the highest profile for catching speeding offenders I want to be as certain as possible that I am not in that category. Any positive evidence that my understading is incorrect? I have looked at the previous thread started in April 2009 by David Klyne on this same subject, Wikipaedia has some information, expatica. com has a newspaper report, but I have not seen anything positive from bodies such as the Dutch tourist informaton service. Cheers John.
  24. beejay My translating source agrees with you with reference to the "transport de personnes. etc" and thank you for your posting. So it looks like I shall be staying with the 90/80/50kph limits, although in a way I am quite happy, as at these speeds I am saving some fuel with improved mpg, especially with the price of petrol in France. Mrs doesn't think much though to having to put two speed stickers the size of dinner plates on the rear of the caravan. Cheers. John
  25. Steve thanks for your investigation and the links. I can see that someone reading through the Code de la Route would come to R413-8 and rightly think the clause applied to vehicle /trailer combinations over 3. 5tonnes and to assume it included cars with caravans. It is only if you continue reading that you see R413-8-1, where passenger carrying vehicles are included, which must obviously include cars and other similar vehicles. Cannot see any reason to disagree with your figures, but to be sure in my own mind I will be asking a French colleague of mine for a lay persons translation of the clauses. Cheers John.
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