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  1. I miss shops like that, very useful for all sorts of stuff, not the same buying online but guess there’s going to be an awful lot more done online now & after lockdown finishes as a lot of businesses will go under - a great shame, I feel for them.
  2. I’m over 70, got to Tesco at 9am Friday, got in ok, security were stopping all those who didn’t look old. Seemed to work well, only problem was coming out at 10 there was a large crowd waiting to get in. If I go again I’ll try & come out a bit earlier or might be better to wait till the crowd has come in. Must increase the risk of being infected though, maybe wear a mask.
  3. I guess you could use the spray on surface cleaners as used on worktops. Reckoned to kill 99% of known germs.
  4. Thanks for the info, will get one ordered soon. Not certain when I’ll be using the ‘van again, I’m an older caravaner classed as vulnerable re Coronavirus & don’t want to risk my health.
  5. I need a new one for my caravan, I’ve had a few pneumatic wheels but seem prone to puncturing or going flat. The rounded tread runs much better on my gravel drive. I found this on Amazon, looks ok to me. AB Tools Pneumatic Puncture Proof Jockey Wheel Flat Free Caravan Replacement 260mm https://www.amazon.co.uk/AB-Tools-Pneumatic-Puncture-Replacement/dp/B07PDZFV6X/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_img_6?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=KQ6WVP41PAP42EK0HXSE
  6. Tow bar fitter came Thursday. I’d just had the caravan serviced & my dealer checked the lightning-no fault found. Connected car to caravan & showed them what was happening. Then noticed that when the caravan lights went off(after revving the car up) the left hand tail light went off where the power for the caravan sidelights - 11 lights on a Valencia There must be some sort of overload protection. The tow bar fitter hadn’t come across this problem before & fitted a relay powered by the left rear light which draws power for the lights from a separate live feed. Problem now solved - strange though but good outcome - legal when towing now, better than using the fog guards!
  7. Flexplus says: Caravans & trailers - your cover includes any caravan or trailer that is attached to your vehicle(doesn’t include help at the home address or within 1/4 mile radius)
  8. They will take you & up to 7 passengers (pets excluded for some reason)to your destination of choice in the UK. Caravans in excess of 8mtrs including the A frame are not covered, Motorhomes in excess of 8mtrs & 7.5 tonnes are not covered. Must have a 50mm towball & if a tyre has blown you must have a suitable spare or inflation kit.
  9. I’ve just upgraded to Flexplus, costs me £13/month. I’m over 70 with some medical conditions & had to pay £200 for holiday insurance. This covers me worldwide for a year. With this account I’ve also got breakdown insurance so can now cancel my Green Flag recovery which will offset the cost a bit. I have 2 vehicles on this, Flex Plus covers any vehicle I’m in.
  10. It was fitted back in April & has been ok till now. It was a universal loom fitted by a mobile company. My car - 2014 Sorento-doesn’t have canbus type wiring, no light failure warning system on it. I took the plug & socket apart & checked all for tightness. Tried it again & no change. With the engine off the side lights work, start the car, the side lights give a quick flash then go off. Brake, fog gauged & indicator lights all work. Very odd, I’m on a caravan site at the moment, will see if I can get someone to connect there car to my caravan.
  11. I’ve got a similar issue with the caravan side lights(Unicorn 2) was ok in the summer but now not working. Tried reconnecting & still no joy. Had to put the fog guard lights on as weather on the M6 Thursday north of Staffs was dreadful. I’m going to take the plugs apart & check the wiring as one poster did. Will get it done before I go home. Could possibly ask someone on the site to connect there car to my caravan.
  12. +1 Also bought a griddle plate, good for eggs & onions.
  13. Specialised Cover on my Bailey Valencia. Easy to fit & keeps the front clean & could well stop damage to front of caravan. You need to ensure the front of caravan is clean before fitting to stop possible abrasion.
  14. You say you tripped the mains out, if it’s the bollard you’re tripping it could be that you have several electrical items switched on & are drawing to much electric? I did this on a site in Norfolk recently, supply was only 10amp.
  15. Hairyspinner


    Could be a Sante Fe, looks like it’s hit the side of something, maybe a truck? If it is a Sante Fe then the weight ratio would be ok. A recent post on here mentioned outfits doing 70+ mph, easy to get into snake if passing a large vehicle at that sort of speed.
  16. Think I would consider using 2 Nemesis locks, a lot less hassle than Alko locks on a twin axle. You would need to check your insurance but the Nemesis appear to have the same security level as the Alko ones. Get the dealer to supply them FOC
  17. Honest John, who is a well respected motoring advise always recommends changing the oil at yearly intervals. I guess if your not going to keep the vehicle for a long period you might service at the manufactures recommend intervals.
  18. You need to go back to your dealer & ask them why the fluid is blue. They may have used a different brand than Alde.
  19. My Valencia used to bubble away in the wardrobe, have the pump set on 2, I spoke to Alde & they said to overfill the header tank by about 10mm, solved the problem, hasn’t caused it to overflow when hot. I run mine at night on 1kw, find this tends to stop the system switching on & off as it takes longer to heat. I don’t think bleeding will make any difference as you said it was the header tank that was noisy. A great system, wouldn’t want to go back to blown air.
  20. What with pot holes, so called traffic calming(more like traffic jam makers) speed bumps, these must all contribute to shaking our vehicles & caravans to bits. Broken springs, damaged tyres. I hit a kerb a couple of years back that marked the protruding edge of traffic calming, combination of unpainted kerbs, low sun on a wet road. Tyre instantly deflated, fortunately the rim was ok, still expensive though on a 4x4. I guess there is a need for these safety measures, maybe it needs vehicles to have speed limiters on them, I don’t like the idea though, any other suggestions?
  21. My Sorento does, I leave it on auto & adjust the temperature as necessary. Vauxhall used to say to get a rapid cool down switch to recirc then turn off once cold enough. I used recirc coming back from Sheringham last Sunday, muppets had decided to tar & grit the A47 near Kings Lynn, thought something was on fire as I approached as there was so much dust in the air!
  22. There’s another recent post about tow bars, see: Tow bar fitting company Hope this helps.
  23. 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.
  24. Is the caravan/fridge level? Sometimes fridges will work on electric & not cool properly on gas.
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