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    Milton Keynes
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    Kia Sorento SatNav Auto
  • Caravan
    Unicorn Valencia 2 with warm bathroom!

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  1. I recently had a tow bar fitted by Towbars For 2U, thought I was getting a Witter bar but got one of a different make. The removable ball is fitted from underneath, (Witter goes in horizontally). goes up ok & nice & neat as hardly anything shows when the ball is removed, the 13 pin socket swings up virtually out of site. The break away cable is a bit tricky to attach. The fitter paired.the 2 earth wires together even though the cables were long enough to go to the chosen earth point, got that changed as had problems in this area a few years ago. Also, on my 2014 Sorento the rear bumper should have been removed enabling a crash bar across the rear of the car to be removed, not required with a tow. bar, hit it with a hammer to bend out of the way. Cost was just over £500, fitted at my home. Was quoted another £200 for an intergrated wiring harness but as my car doesn’t have a canbus type of harness I didn’t go for that. I wouldn’t have another bar fitted by them, can’t complain about the service as it was good.
  2. Is the caravan/fridge level? Sometimes fridges will work on electric & not cool properly on gas.
  3. When you you go from a paper licence to photo ID, it's a good idea to photo copy your licence before sending it to the DVLA, check thoroughly when the new photo licence arrives that all previous classes are still retained. Ive been waiting for nearly 3 months for DVLA to send my licence after having the D4 medical(my doctor charged £90). Seems DVLA weren't happy with one part of it, sent it back to my doctors who only returned it after me finding out they were holding it up. I must say that I've found DVLA very helpful when calling them, they said I was ok to drive whilst they sorted out the medical form.
  4. Re the wiring of the car 13 pin socket, I've just had a tow bar fitted to my Sorento, the fitter snap locked the 2 earths together even though both wires were long enough to go to the chosen earthing point. I changed it after he went, didn't say anything at the time as the fitter was getting very grumpy, he hadn't removed the rear lower bumper which caused fitting problems, all ok now. I'd had problems a few years ago when the fridge didn't work on electric when towing, I got the tow bar fitter to come back, he then put seperate earths - pins 11 & 13 - as it should be.
  5. About 3 years ago I had a very leaky Kampa 390 Air Pro, it leaked badly. My deLer & Kampa both 'sealed' it, still leaked. I got my money back via my MasterCard as dealer/Kampa wouldn't do a refund. I've now got the same as you, Kampa Ace Air 400, love it & it's dry. You could go down the road of asking them to reseal it but it looks to me as if it's not been made properly I've sealant missing/wrong sewing thread. Good luck in getting it sorted, I'd ask for a replacement.
  6. I drove a Corsa the other day whilst my car was having some work done, you could set a max speed you wanted to go at, say 30, it wouldn't go any faster, a useful addition I feel.
  7. I remember the good old days when, I think it was Midland Red coaches used to travel at 90!
  8. I could use a drill on my oldish Prpleline but feel it might cause an overload so use a crank handle with UJ Not to bad then, set a reminder to self: grease up mechanism!!
  9. If a tow rag decided to nick your caravan, would your passenger be able to stop them? I would put the hitchlock on & the Tracker.
  10. When using Blue Bank, when you get there, do as the signs say, Engage Low Gear now, you'll be ok. I did it last year with my Santa Fe & Valencia, no problems. If very windy, I would go along the A64 & via Scarborough, it can be a bit slow as you go through the outer part of Scarborough but roads not as hilly & much more sheltered.
  11. I've recently changed my car to a Kia Sorento, my speedo reads exactly the same as my Satnav. I've now got to be careful not to drive at say 33mph in a 30 limit whereas my old car read 2-3 mph fast.
  12. I'd write back & tell them you weren't driving a goods vehicle, got to be worth a try. I reckon that lawyer, is he called Mr Loophole would get you off.
  13. The Unicorn 2 also had switches/dimmers for the overhead LED ceiling lights, they were under the front left hand lockers. These were click on/click off type and if you held them down the lights dimmed. Release the switch & press & hold again & they brighten. Very useful.
  14. That was a bit of a catastrophe, do you know why the wheel fell off? We're the bolts torqued up after 20 miles as recommend or did the bolts fail?
  15. I find the 5 or 10 second timer delay very handy when taking those hard to get to shots, I've taken a few of areas in my car or above a crowd, you only need one hand once the timer is triggered.
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