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  1. A naked flame is prohibited at petrol stations, motorway service areas and in most tunnels. We freeze a couple of cartons of milk, which keep the fridge temperature down nicely.
  2. When I was underneath fitting a reversing camera, I found that there was quite a bit of slack in most of the wires, but it was tucked up behind the rear bumper. You may find similar - that there is slack but you'll have to delve around to find it/cut a cable tie or two.
  3. They do make them for Kia. eg. https://www.kiapartsuk.com/towbar---vertical-detachable-swan-neck-alko-sorento-2012-2014-852-p.asp
  4. THat's really a split charge relay. Something like this would work. https://www.amazon.co.uk/12V-Pin-200A-Relay-Charge/dp/B00DC7BFWK
  5. Superglue isn't great where heat and/or water are present. Loctite 319 would be better, but even that struggle if it gets too hot. Edited to add: or Permabond MS359
  6. A 110Ah battery comes out at about 25Kg. eg. https://www.thecaravanstore.com/numax-leisure-battery-12v-110ah-xv31mf/#.XWUvjmgZ5EY I make do with a 75Ah which comes out at about 19kg.
  7. Most of us with a mover transfer it from the old caravan to the new, so I don't think that'll be accurate either. I had a walk around our storage yard. I didn't see any newer caravans without a mover. They were much rarer on older caravans - maybe 40% had them.
  8. That's my experience too. I see a few older/lighter caravans without, but pretty much every caravan in our storage yard has a mover.
  9. Yes, I notice that Bailey have put the new Pegasus grande on a 1600Kg chassis. Maybe they've got fed up of paying for 'goodwill replacement' of 1500Kg and 1550Kg axles! https://www.baileyofbristol.co.uk/owning/weight-plate-upgrades The unicorns stand out as the most problematic on the list.
  10. Just to add, I understand the need for makers to keep MTPLMs low, to attract sales. They've conspired worked with the NCC to come up with these low minimum payload allowances. As a minimum, I think it's time for those payload allowances to assume that everyone will have a mover, battery, water and waste containers. And in addition, I think manufacturers should agree to fit axles with enough capacity that end users can always get at least a 100Kg weight upgrade.
  11. I've had the axle collapse on my 2015 Bailey Unicorn. Bailey are refusing the help as it's outside the 3-year axle warranty, despite it not being overloaded and them admitting previously that there is a problem with my year/model of caravan. I'm fed up with having to adapt my caravan life around the pathetic payload allowance I have. Especially as doing so still hasn't saved my axle. It's sucking all the fun away. My 2006 Senator had 250Kg payload. That worked well - I could load up the caravan before we went away, instead of having to split the load between the car and the van. A few of the current Unicorns can be upgraded slightly, but most of the 4-berth single axles have no (or marginal) upgrade ability. https://www.baileyofbristol.co.uk/owning/weight-plate-upgrades Taking a Vigo as an example. Bailey make a feature of the pre-wired mover wiring (so clearly expect people to want a mover), but but with a mover, battery, aquaroll/waste that 155Kg allowance comes down to 90Kg. A BBQ, chairs for 4 people and an awning will take most of that. Yes, I know that it's all do-able if you load the heavy things in the car, but caravanning is supposed to be about freedom and the ability to spot a nice weekend, hitch up and go. Going to a twin axle seems one solution - I can get back to 250Kg+ with a weight upgrade sticker. But I don't really need the space - I just need the manufacturer to fit a decent axle. I had a look at other makes, but they're no better. Indeed, I found an Adria with a 97 Kg payload! I shall be getting my axle refurbished, but cannnot see me buying another caravan. When this one dies I'll rent cottages instead. Rant over :-)
  12. No, the excess – both voluntary and compulsory – is the amount you pay towards your own claim or repairs, so you won’t have to pay the excess if a third party is claiming against you.
  13. As you're very unlikely to claim, set the voluntary excess to £350 or so. It essentially becomes third party, but is often cheaper.
  14. Oh I agree. The difficulty comes if Horizon Fuel help themselves to money they're not owed (eg. double billing). It's not clear who owns Horizon Fuel and it's hard to enforce a contract against a company who hide behind an email address they don't answer, a phone number that doesn't work and at an address which is home to over 1000 companies. I'm inclined to carry on using it for the savings and just hope I'm not one of the poor sods for whom it goes wrong.
  15. I'd be more interested in a decent payload.
  16. I see that the Ts&Cs have changed again. We no longer contract with PK, but now with Horizon Fuel. This is a new company, set up in June. Its not clear what its relationship with PK is, or who runs it.
  17. Oh, I don't think they have the consumers in mind! Much more likely that the MH manufacturers have told them to do something.
  18. I was talking to my mobile service chap last week (the axle on my bailey has failed), and he said that in addition to all the baileys in the storage yard with tiny clearances to the wheel boxes (so will likely need new axles in due course), he had a number of Lunar owners with severe damp awaiting repairs. He's never been busier, he said. Yep, this is how many 'phoenix' companies operate and escape their liabilities. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phoenix-companies-and-the-role-of-the-insolvency-service/phoenix-companies-and-the-role-of-the-insolvency-service
  19. Depends what you mean by 'sorted'! Mine's a 2015 model. I've been told that Bailey will not contribute as it's out of warranty.
  20. I'm going to be asking Fraser Brown Engineering to rebuild my axle with new rubbers. He says that the bulk of his work used to be 20-year old axles, but now its axles which are 3-4 years old. With a fair few only a year or two old. I can see a number of potential causes. Reduced payload allowances - we had 250Kg on our senator. Rather less on our Unicorn - so someone loading the things they've always done is in trouble. I suspect that newer axles have finer tolerances than older ones - so are more susceptible to failure when running at their plated maximums. Finally, there is much less space under the wheel arches of many Unicorns (due to the tall fridge). I'm shocked that Bailey hide behind the 3-year warranty on such a critical part of the caravan.
  21. We hugely regret trading in our Senator 5 for our Unicorn 3. Oh its definately failed. There are lots of Unicorn 3 owners who have had their tyres rub through the wheel arch liners. Bailey are just washing their hands of it "out of warranty".
  22. I've found that the clearance from the tyre to the axle box on my Unicorn 3 has reduced to 20mm. It was 25mm a few months ago, so the axle has obviously failed. Bailey are washing their hands of it as out of warranty. Currently weighing my legal and practical options. Feeling totally gutted. This was a significant purchase and meant to last us for years.
  23. Autohold on my car will happily keep the car stationary for ever. Just come to a stop (eg. at the lights), take your foot off the brake and wait for the light to go green. Then press the accelerator to move away. Great in the city.
  24. I bought some replacement seat bases from bellfield. Had them made up with springs, the way they should be!
  25. Wow - that's quite an omission. So much for Bailey's QA. Plus the dealer really should have spotted that at PDI. Does it invalidate your insurance?
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