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    Mercedes ML 250 Sport (2013)
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    Elddis Affinity 550 (2018)

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  1. I would be very very reluctant to get involved at all in assisting with the sale transaction privately of his Caravan. As mentioned let him get Trade offers and then let him decide what to do. However for what its worth ..... We have previously used Caravan Finder & Autotrader (Caravans) for successful private selling of our own Caravan(s) over a good many years - buyer & seller beware but mutually financially beneficial to both parties.
  2. Hi, We have stopped at the Municipal at Macon which is very handy for the A6, 44 miles north of Lyon & 299 onward to Frejus. https://www.macon.fr/Tourisme/Camping They seemed very used to one night stopover visitors and we found the site fine, just on the edge of town so near to food, fuel & supermarkets. Just an idea.
  3. It is not my understanding that it is restrict to entering certain listed Cities only but await comment. According to the Crit Air website I found - https://www.crit-air.fr/en.html It states within the initial text (copied and pasted) :- "In addition, new environmental zones will be set up in 2018, each covering a whole department, and come into force according to the level of air pollution. These include in particular the departments around the respective cities of Orleans, Chartres, La Roche-sur-Yon, Annecy, Chambery and many others."
  4. For what its worth, FWIW I doubt it would be worth you undertaking a restoration to get it back on the road and you will be very likely out of pocket. However from what I have seen on Ebay and the likes I think you will be surprised as to how much this project van may fetch, a few hundreds at least would be my thoughts. Beware of scams though but scrap it is not. There is an active market for older vans as projects or even to use as garden sheds or kids play houses etc so the un-roadworthy aspect is only a delivery issue. I can see it now painted pink in somebody's garden giving much pleasure again. Await progress and news.
  5. Hi, sorry to hear, do remember reading your outward trauma post in March as our UK long stay neighbours in Spain were caught without the return ferry to go back on and ended up driving France after arriving at the Port. We Eurotunnel & drive and do Leeds to Capmany, over the Spanish border, in 3 days / 2 stops but then do a slower pace on the Springtime return. We have driven dreary mid winter France to Spain twice now and intend to do so again this coming winter - roll on. Apart from the issue with us having a dog and needing a pet cabin or Kennel we have yet to enjoy a Ferry crossing except when disembarking even when they do run to time in fair weather. Good luck for Thursday !
  6. My Elddis Dealer goes visibly very pale when anyone chats about fitting such things - even fitting one onto the newer Swift group vans with the external starter blocks. As said the main issue is actually finding and securing to the internal battens which were not designed for a bike rack installation, unlike Swift have. I did once see an older Swift with a bike rack through bolted on the back panel - he had bolt heads showing above his fixed bed headboard. He had his dealer find his battens but through bolt (so drilled & weakened). In any event there are greater issues regarding stability & payload & noseweight with hanging weight off the tail end. There are some 'a' frame systems but they also have issues for most shorter A frame UK built vans. Lots of the Continental vans are designed for rear hung bike racks installing but you do often see them using A frame fittings and assume compensating with loading for the noseweight.
  7. Ditto small simple basic tool bag stowed in Caravan with spare fuses, bulbs & a few misc bits etc. Little used but essential when needed. Small tool box in car to assist. Tripping out when overloading or a fault - think most have had it - we often check at Reception on arrival for access to box info to self-reset if needed. Some sites do fine (charge) you for a call out to un-lock & reset !! Budget conscious friends cope easily with a 6 amp (circa 1.5 kw) supply when long staying in Spain, they even dont really use the gas ! They just get used to switching off and on when needed and even use it for their 1kw overnight heating as well. Rarely tripped out. 6A unlimited is included in the 14 euro nightly site pitch fee ! Other friends average 3 trip outs per weekend when on the CMC 16A / circa 4kw sites.
  8. Assume you or your dealer have already calibrated your pump ? Google for instructions. Assume your water pressure has also been correctly set and adjusted for your system ? Common issue - google for instructions. If set too high it will cause pulsing as it tries to maintain an over high pressure
  9. Not surprised mark68. If you have a 2017 / 18 Alko axle like mine then the Alko bulletin seems to say new shoes + new (old style drums) + lube to specific points. We had new shoes fitted & a full clean out on part one repair - no change within 500 metres ! More reading on this subject & 62 replies from post started 3/6/18 - enjoy !
  10. Hi, sorry to hear, also got two t shirts on this one - Alko 2017 /18 axle. Did start a post last year. Was on with this same issue 12 months ago which was early days for the problem. Alko at least were fully up to speed on this subject by last Autumn 18 and seem to have accepted responsibility. On our 2nd Alko bits fix Dealer did as told and fitted new old style drums, new spec shoes & put Alko superlube on certain points following the Alko fix bulletin instructions issued to the dealers. Since 2nd fix the slow speed squealing has gone - 4,500 miles to date. Seems change of supplier, sub standard shoes causing scored drums & also poor lube has caused it. I feel that maybe your dealer has perhaps only done half of the job that Alko recommend because it should have fixed it. NB No out of pocket expenses are payable for your hassle.
  11. We can and have easily used 20gb a week streaming TV on dark nights in when abroad. We binned all our contracts. We have previously therefore chased such deals but nothing has compared to this offer which is way above and beyond anything currently available, as Andy has also said. Typo or scam or actually a contract - not sure Ebay seller mmmm Positive feedback mmmm
  12. Tip perhaps ? Re-fit new one into a Motorcycle metal type tax disc holder so you can remove from glovebox and slide it into place on Offside (drivers side) when in France and remove when not so it doesnt obscure your field of vision when elsewhere or back in UK (potential MOT issues).
  13. I live quite near to these roads and sites so am familiar. Have noted you're a 2.5m Caravan with 2.5m plus mirrors. The roads it that area are no worse in my opinion to say Devon lanes with their high hedges. I would choose rustic lively Mason's if you can get a pitch, over any others, especially given your meeting up with other enthusiasts. The adjoining Craven Arms is the major reason that Masons are also so busy - it's one of the Yorkshire Dales very special old rustic pubs - see trip advisor 4.5* rating. Have very much regretted having to moderate & drive to and from that pub from other sites on many occasions. http://www.craven-cruckbarn.co.uk/ The plastic pub adjoining the tidy, but East Grinstead regimented, Wharfedale CMC car park site is not on the same wavelength. The stone archway at Bolton Abbey is quite a bit bigger than your unit when your straight at it so will very easily take your unit with care along with the countless others it does daily. Have a look though on google street view to then approach Mason's from the Burnsall end (another glorious Dales village) and as recommeneded by the Mason's website. Would still approach Burnsall up from the Bolton end though. That routing to Masons would not phase me. Enjoy and hope this helps ! Dilema's dilema's ?
  14. We were wanting an aftermarket hanging rail to go into our shower cubicle as seen in many new vans Buccaneer etc Dealer told me do not start to screw one into the ceiling as you may not have or be able to find the bracing struts and ceiling alone is not strong enough. New vans fitted with them will have had struts fitted to screw the rail into for fixing. So we ended up with a spring load & screw adjustable white curtain rod, available in many sizes and from many sources but this one suited our shower https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00429VVY4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Minor mod to the ends so it slots into the shower door rail. Will need removing for showering in our van and with our chosen position. Will be fine with lighter items or perhaps a single coat for drying in shower etc.
  15. IH, a very respected Motorhome builder had a go with an upmarket futuristic monopod Caravan in about 2011 onwards at a £41995 starter price. Faded away very quickly. https://UKCS/articles/view.asp?id=501 Autosleeper, another respected Motorhome builder, had a go http://www.auto-sleepers.com/as-caravans-getting-plenty-of-attention/ Not too steep on price, fairly traditional styling, but faded away again.
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