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AlanS

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    Hants
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    Kia Sorento KX3
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    Coachman VIP

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  1. We loved the motorhomes we have had and personally, despite being ardent caravanners think that for touring holidays you cannot beat a MH. Most of our holidays are touring in France and sometimes Spain for about 14 weeks a year and we visited more places in the MH than in our caravan where you tend to stay in one place longer. In Europe (not including the UK) everything is set up for MH's. If you want to visit towns or historic places/buildings there was always somewhere provided to stop and sometimes that included overnight (some with and some without facilities). In the UK and in particular England it was difficult to take the MH anywhere and if a car park was available for MH's it was usually a lorry car park that was out of town. If we stayed on sites we had to find one that had good public transport links or either take bikes or tow a car or scooter/motorbike - which defeats the object. There was never any issue with the rest of Europe where we could travel and stop most places. There are lots of differences such as servicing as with a MH there are 2 services to be carried out, one being the habitation side and the other being the cab and running gear and not many dealers are able to do both. If you have a MH that is over 3500 kg then it may be difficult to find a Fiat/Peugeot dealer to service it - our last one which we had for 3 years was nearly 4,500 kg and 7.8 metres long and we had to use a commercial lorry dealer to service it / carry out warranty or recall work ( we found a great one that was about 20 miles from us who worked 24/7 and you booked your vehicle in and they did the work while you waited) they had about 15 bays working and wanted you in an out as there was no room to store vehicles for any length of time. Would we change back - I would love to and my wife only said this evening about a new MH she had seen in our road and one on the TV today. We were so self-contained and used all the facilities in our MH whereas we have a marvelous bathroom in our Coachman but still use sanitary blocks on site - don't know why but we do ! There are so many swings and roundabouts though but nevertheless we love our Coachman VIP and thoroughly enjoy holidaying in it. One last thing dare I say and that is we found the MH fraternity so friendly and welcoming and that went for all nationalities and our holidays was one of happy times communicating with others despite the language and making friends. Alan
  2. Yes, our 'van is 2 years old and we have the same 'problem'. We don't use the blind that much and in fact leave it in the open position most of the time with the net blind pulled across yet, we still have these little pin holes. This issue has been around for a number of years with Hekies for some reason. Personally we are not too worried about it. Alan
  3. Yes, and on his other post he said he did it in 3 hours 05 minutes including 3 sets of roadworks with speed limits of 40 and 50 MPH respectively. Not assuming - just an observation.
  4. Not speeding then ?
  5. A good result. It was with regret that we had to cancel our booking with Eurotunnel for a usual early trip to France at the end of May. I was concerned that having booked using our Tesco vouchers we would only be offered to be able to re-book the trip from the date we purchased our booking, i.e. February this year and that it would be valid for only up to 12 months from the date we boked - this meant if we don't go later in the year we would have to complete our holiday/trip before February 2021 or lose the monies. I had seen on another forum very recently that Eurotunnel were doing a limited offer for the next 6 weeks only but it is not shown on their website. I phoned this morning and the operator explained that we could have a voucher for the total value of our crossing which would be valid from todays date for 12 months and that we could book another crossing anytime during this period and that would be valid for a maximum period of 12 months, i.e. if we make a booking say in December 2020 we could book a crossing any time between then and 12 months hence. The operator told me that everything was in order and her supervisor would contact us within 2 weeks regarding the voucher - just after lunch today I received an email from Eurotunnel with the voucher reference number and details exactly as was described to me previously. I know that they still have our money but as caravanners who do at least 2 crossings a year we will definitely be going to France as soon as we are allowed and it is safe to do so whether this year or not so, trying to demand a full refund was not what we wanted anyway. As I said at the beginning it was a good result for us - but maybe wouldn't suit everyone. Alan
  6. We have a 2018 VIP and our alarm sounder is not very loud - depends on which side of the caravan you are standing on. I think this normal for the Sargent Alarm and a bit pathetic. In our previous Motorhomes our alarm system sounders were so loud you couldn't sit in the MH when they were activated.
  7. Why not just change the wheel ? A new Alko solid rubber wheel is about £30 on Ebay and whilst having my caravan serviced I spotted one in the accessory shop at £33 and they fitted it for me for free and it only took about 5 minutes. When we got home it was surprising how much easier our caravan rolled across our block paving drive compared to the original Alko 'Plastic' one.
  8. Great idea and saved lots of money too !
  9. That was some heavy coach conversion Russ - 26.6 metric tonnes !
  10. I have a removeable towball on my Sorento and can easily see the solidity of it's fit into the socket and check the connection onto the towbar each time we use it. Is it just me but there seems to be too many moving parts on this tow ball that you cannot see or easily inspect. I much prefer seeing something that is solid and which visually you can inspect to hopefully ensure everything is well with the towball, especially when you are hanging up to 2 tonne on the back of it. Also not so keen on the electric cable harness being moved backwards/upwards each time the towball is deployed. It certainly keeps the rear of the car looking tidy but time will tell to see if there are any potential issues. Alan
  11. My 312 screen is and has always been dark and much darker than the 212 we have in my wife's car. However, the play back image from the recording is absolutely perfect and sharp. I just put it down to a different rear screen material on the 312, but then it doesn't worry me as it is not there for me to look at whilst driving and I very rarely have used the dashcam to view a scene direct on playback as much better to view it either on my phone or laptop if needed. Alan
  12. We have had Coachman VIPs and our current one is a 2018 VIP Special Edition from Sussex Caravans which be bought back in March 2018. Our dealer special has additional items to the standard VIP and Sussex always have there own upholstery supplied and installed in their versions - much firmer and thicker fabric. We go abroad with ours a couple of times a year or more for 6 to 7 weeks at a time so the seating certainly gets used but ours still looks and feels as good as new. As for the Dometic oven we have had no problems and works well apart from the fan noise but that is not isolated to Dometic. The toilet was a pain to start with but we have got used to it and soon get used to the silly handle to open the seal. The only real issues we have had is the Alko brake squeal problem - common to many caravans and the Whale water inlet has been an issue with it leaking etc. - again not a problem isolated to Coachman and I have made repairs on a couple of other UK caravans who have had a problem with this whilst abroad. In all I think the quality of the furniture, fixture and fittings are very good and up to or better than previous Coachman vans. Despite initial trepidation at first with the double lockers at the front we now find them very good and amazing what you can store in them, plus it makes for a very good looking caravan in our eyes. We would certainly recommend our Coachman to anyone. Alan
  13. You can pull away on an incline or reverse it up an incline with ease with an Auto, not so easy doing the same with almost 2000 kg and a manual. Plus remember it is not only what you are towing but what is loaded inside the tow car, i.e. people plus all the heavy stuff in the boot. Anyway all the best to you in your choice. Alan
  14. Hope your Santa Fe is an Auto !
  15. We have many friends who use the Hull - Zeebrugge route as they all live up that neck of the woods and after many years of trundling down to the Channel crossings in Kent, now take the easy route with a cabin as added luxury. Whereas we southerners are stuck to the old usual crossings but our preferred choice now is the tunnel - expensive yes but worth not getting earache from she who must be obeyed. Alan
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