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    2016 Swift Conqueror 480

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  1. Blackbird

    Vinyl Wrapping

    Hi, How’s this for a vinyl wrap. Dave Freel2com - View topic - face lift.pdf
  2. Blackbird

    Bradcot Aspire Air 2 Problems

    Hi, purchased the same awning at about about the same time from a major caravan dealer. When delivered I erected it in my garage as I have an awning rail mounted on the wall to allow me to dry out awnings if necessary. The bladders were twisted in the two legs and one of the legs would not fully inflate the last 500mm at floor level. Phoned dealer immediately and advised that I wanted to return item as it was not fit for purchase. Dealer refused and said that all air awning have minor problems and that it was their policy that the awning be returned to the manufacturer for checking. Advised dealer that they could return it to the manufacturer but I was seeking a full refund as awning not fit for purpose as it would not fully inflate. Manufacturer collected and I received an email from them advising that they had rectified the problems and would return the awning to me. Refused to accept return and advised the dealer that I had requested a full refund and not a repair. After numerous argument with dealer (all recorded by email) I advised my credit card company of the disput to be advised by them that they would not refund my purchase but that the dealer was willing to Talk to me. Phoned dealer who asked which awning I wished in replacement I said I wished a full refund, dealer still tried to say I was not entitled to one as no fault found on awning (claimed rectification different to a repair) but upon threat of reporting to trading standards and/or legal action finally agreed to give refund. Dealer said refund would take 14 days to be auctioned I told them that it was unacceptable and that unless refund in my bank next day I would report them. Money in bank by end of day. This all took three months to settle. Will never buy from this dealer again. Dave
  3. Blackbird


    Hi, My last caravan was a 2008 Sterling and had twin electrics which I converted to single 13 pin electrics. I obtained a replacement socket from a Swift dealer who ordered it for me. Cannot remember how much but not a lot. Worked very well for about six years before we changed the caravan. Dave
  4. Blackbird

    Checking the water?

    Hi, Alf the Aquatest had a remote LED then this device could be fixed to the side of the toilet flush water tank a a suitable height to give a warning that the water level is low. Dave
  5. Blackbird

    A6 allroad v freelander sd4 v xc60 v Audi q5

    Hi, Fully agree with Fireman Iain and Moorgate.
  6. Blackbird

    Two Plates on my Wagon, the Sequel

    Hi, To confuse matters even more Swift Technical Handbook 2018 gives two values for the Maximum Technical Permissable Laden Mass one is classified as the “lower limit” and the other as the “upper limit”. The following endnotes are added at the bottom of the table containing this information “The Maximum Technical Laden Mass (MTPLM) is the maximum mass allowed when the caravan is fully laden. WARNING: Under no circumstances should the MTPLM be exceeded” It is contradictory to have two MTPLM’s as you can only ever have one Maximum.
  7. Blackbird

    Things Needed For Travel Abroad

    Hi, Where in the DVLA information does it state that the wearing of glasses is notifiable. The requirements appear to be that provided you meet the standards of vision (see extract 1 below) with or without glasses that you are able to drive. At my last appointment with my optometrist consultant I specifically asked if I had to advise the DVLA and he said no as my eyesight more than meet the requirement for driving when I wore my glasses. This would also appear to be confirmed by extract 2 below. I was surprised when I was queried about this when applying for a replacement licence as I have not seen this requirement or been advised about it before despite asking the consultant at the hospital. Dave 1. Standards of vision for drivingYou must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres. You must also meet the minimum eyesight standard for driving by having a visual acuity of at least decimal 0. 5 (6/12) measured on the Snellen scale (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) using both eyes together or, if you have sight in one eye only, in that eye. You must also have an adequate field of vision - your optician can tell you about this and do a test. 2. Driving eyesight rules You must wear glasses or contact lenses every time you drive if you need them to meet the ‘standards of vision for driving’. You must tell DVLA if you’ve got any problem with your eyesight that affects both of your eyes, or the remaining eye if you only have one eye. This doesn’t include being short or long sighted or colour blind. You also don’t need to say if you’ve had surgery to correct short sightedness and can meet the eyesight standards. Check if you need to tell DVLA about your eyesight problem by searching the A to Z of medical conditions that could affect your driving.
  8. Blackbird

    Things Needed For Travel Abroad

    Hi, Just applied for my licence to be renewed at 70 and when completing the form I stated that I had to wear glasses to meet the eyesight requirements. I received a reply back stating that I had not previously advised them that I needed glasses for this purpose and could I please confirm this. On confirmation application was processed, so from this I am assuming that this requirement is recorded somewhere on the licence and in the records. Will compare with old licence when I receive the new one. Dave
  9. Blackbird

    Dorema Quattro 275 Porch Awning

    Sorry should read Foreman not Foreman. Predictive text. Dave
  10. Blackbird

    Dorema Quattro 275 Porch Awning

    Hi, I have a Foreman porch awning, not sure which model, however the front awning pole does not have any adjusting clamp. The pole can be extended by pulling the inner part out of the outer part. This can be very tight and you may need to twist the end as you pull. The two parts seem to get stuck together when left for some time. If you look carefully at the ends of the pole you will see a reduction in the size of the pole. Hope this helps Dave
  11. Hi, The only experience I have of Sargent Electrical Alarms is a factory fitted unit to a 2008 Swift. This unit is still operating fully on the original battery although it is suggested that you change it after five years. No problems at all with the alarm, key fobs or the sensors. Works first time each time. Dave
  12. Hi you could try Sargent Electrical http://sargentshop. co. uk/epages/eshop328964. sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/eshop328964/Categories/ShopHome/Alarm who provide alarms to Swift and Coachman. Dave
  13. Blackbird

    Replacement Led Side Markers

    Hi, Rather than lever the light off try using fishing line to cut the adhesive behind the light. Remaining adhesive will have to be cleaned off before new light fitted. You could try using a hair drier to apply heat which may help to cut the adhesive. Dave
  14. Blackbird

    Perplexed Regarding Tyre Pressure

    Many caravans have more weight on one side than the other and therefore the loading on the tyres is unequal. The calculations given in post No 5 assumes an even weight distribution, however if the weight is 55% on one side and 45% on the other then taking account of the additional loading on one side the calculation would become:- PSI = MAXPSI x Actual Tyre Load / Maximum Tyre Load Your MTPLM is 1286 kg ? However if unevenly distributed side to side in the ratio of 55/45 the highest loaded tyre will be 1286 *55/100 = 707 kg. MAXPSI on tyre wall of Michelin = 65 psi ? MAXTYRELOAD = on tyre wall but for load index 102 tyres = 850 kg PSI = 707 * 65/ (850) = 54. 0 psi This is very close to the figure given by Michelin however, it does not match the value given by Bailey.
  15. Blackbird

    Changing Warranty

    Hi, I transferred the Powertouch warranty over on my van about four years ago. There was a small charge (£30?) but has been worth it as Powertouch have been out to the mover to repair it and replace the main control unit.