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  1. The new engine, transmission and suspension settings on the 2010-on Santa Fe have changed the whole character of the car - the engine pulls seamlessly and never seems to run out of power, the transmission is smooth with no gaps and the handling is very unlike a SUV, it no longer rolls or wallows and can be pushed at indecent pace on country roads. The 2010-on Sorento uses Santa Fe as a basis but doesn't benefit from the suspension changes - it does get the new engine/transmissions though.
  2. That works both ways - if dealers can't sell new caravans because they won't take p/x or because the "price to change" is too big, their caravans are worthless as they're unsaleable - unless of course they think there's enough first time buyers to buy all their stock.
  3. My caravan gets plenty of fresh air through the fixed ventilation in the floor and roof.
  4. That really is the big question - despite not being a fan of AluTech I don't see how it has any direct bearing on the design issues affecting noseweight - it seems to me that a design/engineering process to evaluate weight/balance has simply been omitted which is even stranger as it was done properly for all previous Bailey caravans.
  5. Both car and caravan should be wired to the same ISO standard as illustrated by the CC. When you say the car is correct, are you checking a multimeter across the relevant pins and comparing with car light function or just going by colour coding? You may have ordered "factory-fitted towbar" but it won't have been fitted at the factory in Korea - it might have been fitted at the UK import centre but more likely by the dealer using Kia accessory parts.
  6. You're right about drop plates - under Type Approval they're only allowed on post-1998 vehicles if the towbar has been type-approved with a drop plate - this can only occur on full-size off-road vehicles where the 350-420mm height limit isn't mandatory. The reality is that only a handful of full-size 4x4 or pick-ups are permitted to use drop plates - no mid-size SUVs can use a drop plate and a professional should know that.
  7. But get real - we can't go caravanning in winter with the windiows on night vent.
  8. mro = MIRO = Mass In Running Order To answer the original question, I'd expect all standard equipment to be included in MIRO as well as gas and water tank contents.
  9. If the car has a 60kg limit you need to be at or under that. To reduce noseweight:- use lightweight gas cylinders, reduce the battery size, ensure that hot water tank is drained before towing
  10. Doesn't have to be an audible - a visual warning is just as acceptable - they can also work either way, ie tell you there's a fault - or - tell you it's working.
  11. Then it really is time to get an electrician.
  12. Can't help about roof bars but remember that Hyundai recommend covering at least 1200 miles solo before towing.
  13. Maybe the time has come to hand the problem over to an electrician?
  14. They're not happy when they pay up after dangerous driving but they do.
  15. As before, I use the household "possessions away from home" instead of caravan contents - also covers things in the car and on our persons - single item limit is £1500 and we save more on the caravan premium than the extra house premium.
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