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  • Towcar / Toad
    VW Tiguan 2017 4 Motion SEL Diesel
  • Caravan / Motorhome / Static (Make and model)
    Swift Challenger Alde
  • Year of manufacture (Caravan / Motorhome / Static)
    2016 Swift Challenger 480 Alde

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  1. It depends on the construction of the roof panel. Loose lay were made by laying a roof panel of aluminium over a frame so the aluminium would expand/contract with the weather, whereas bonded roof is a composite panel of styrene with aluminium bonded to top side of it. The panel brackets were bonded and screwed through the roof of loose lay caravan roofs. Bonding the panel brackets to the bonded roof with no screws has become the norm in recent years. You can tell the difference by the appearance of the roof. A bonded roof is dead flat, but a loose lay is flexible and appears uneven.
  2. The rails on that caravan are positioned and clamped into place with screws and bonded. The bonding is tremendously strong and by the time the rails are off, they will probably need replacing with new ones. We had one rail (half the length of the caravan on one side) replaced on our 2019 Swift because it was damaged in a small accident (I reversed it into a steel post).
  3. It sounds as though you haven't bled the air out of the hot system. You may already know how but i will describe briefly how I do it. Open kitchen tap on cold, and let it run smoothly, then move tap gradually from cold towards hot - you will hear gurgling which is cold water coming into the hot tank. let it gurgle away for a couple of minutes and gradually it will splutter and spit cold water from the hot tank. Keep moving the tap lever slowly back to hot and cold and the water will start to flow smoothly from the hot tank. Run the hot a little longer and air pockets will splutter out and even
  4. My boss rides shotgun with the road atlas and any anticipated errors by the driver or sat nav are addressed with counter instructions. Speeding offences are terminated with a slap on the leg. Discourteous drivers nearby are spoken to with appropriate sign language enhancements.
  5. Have you bled the air out? Do you normally when refilling on site? The hot water system is inclined to hold air because of the tank in the Alde. Sorry if you already know this, but we don't know how much experience you have.
  6. We had a Hobby 750 tag axle motor caravan and didn't like it. Our son took it over and loved it. We then had a largish caravan for winters in Spain, but this phase ended, and we downsized to our present 2 berth caravan with upgraded payload. We had to de-clutter so dumped the awning in favour of a bagged roll out sun canopy which saved a massive amount of weight when the awning paraphernalia is taken into account, and is very quick to deploy or stow. For touring we use 2 x 18L water containers which weigh almost nothing and live in the front gas locker if not in use, and we find these ample f
  7. I had a badly leaking window seal on our last caravan. The AWS caravan techy advised me to replace the seal, and to do it on a warm day. I bought a length of seal from my local dealer, and it came with the sealant already on it with a peel off paper cover. I am no expert on the subject, but I suggest you fit new seals with sealant included. When the new rubber is fitted, the sealant compresses and displaces right to the edge if you push it down with a block. Avoid damaging the rubber edges, which are like a lip seal on the skin of the body panel.
  8. That's interesting LE. Our oven thermometer is similar. It takes 15mins or so to reach the "set" temperature, but the temperature is spot on. What we find a bit misleading, is the markings on the temperature control knob. Get the hang of that and it's fine. The Oven is an Aspire 2. We always use Propane. We verified the thermometer at 180C using the oven in the house.
  9. Have you tested the battery with a multimeter on the posts?
  10. We should go all electric. Get rid of the bottled gas system completely, and the oven/grill/hob. Simply have microwave and induction hob. If you want more, buy it as a plug in item. Get rid of the gas fridge, gas heating. Get rid of the 12V system and huge batteries completely and use rechargeable batteries for the motor movers (same as power tools). Look at all the weight saving and cost reduction !
  11. Yes I see. Its clearly visible that the vent on one side is there. I would replicate that on the other side. I doubt that is the cause of the leak though. The roof appears to be well stained in the corner, so the roof joint could be what is really leaking. Some of the wood frame looks quite new so, you may not be the first to investigate this leak.
  12. As the caravan is about 55 years old it would probably have been built by the "stick and tin" method. Wooden frame clad with aluminium sheet outside and wall board inside. The cavities were sort of insulated with matting but were cavities which needed to ventilate. I think the vents you see may be there for that purpose. Some pics would be very interesting. Have you tried to find an owners club with members who know the intricacies of the caravan?
  13. The roll pin will come out easy enough if it's done properly. As Silversurf said, you need a roll pin punch, or fettle (bench grinder) an ordinary punch to provide the correct form. You also need someone to firmly hold a heavy hammer head behind the shaft so that the energy of the punch impact is not lost. If you get that in place and then carefully locate the punch, a single thump will usually break the bond and the pin will punch through fairly easily. While I agree with Jaydug there is little point in removing the assembly from the caravan to replace a winder nut, if you really want t
  14. Gravity. Woops! Just read the following posts.
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