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    Llangollen North Wales
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    Kia Sportage
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    Elddis Affinity 554

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  1. As an update to my original post ,we have know owned the 554 for 21/2 years . First service it sailed through and we had no problems to report either. Then just before it's second service the seats went flat , Elddis wouldn't give an answer on warranty until it was serviced, why I haven't a clue. At the second service the front windows were leaking because the screws had come loose because Elddis use a straight rail on a curved surface , so the screws are always under tension and the mastic had split on the kitchen Heki roof light causing another leak. All the leaks were fixed at the service with new wallpaper fitted later to cover the water stains. Elddis refused the warranty claim on the seats as it was too late, only covered for 12 months but the seat manufacturers after the dealer badgered them are replacing the stuffing as a goodwill gesture. Apart from these faults everything else has been ok but know we dread the next service .
  2. You would have to be a magician to go to left or right at the entrance and not have to reverse back into the entrance.
  3. We stayed there going down and coming home last year. It's a nice clean and quiet site, although there was a party for all the static owners when we there that shut the restaurant early and was noisy until about 12. They did warn us when we arrived but its a bit late then. They take the usual 2 hour lunch and reception is closed . There is nowhere to wait if you arrive early, we had to go into the car park and then reverse back out into the roadway by reception. After trying it and le bein assise we prefer Chateau du gandspette out of the three .
  4. We went to Sango sands , Durness this May. We stopped at Blair Drummond on the way up, then went up to Sango sands in 1 go . It was a long day . we left at 8 and got there at about 3. If you book they seem to reserve you a pitch at the front with wonderful views over the beach. All though the last 16 miles are single track but there are long site lines to the next passing place and the etiquette of waiting turns was good apart from an idiot who insisted on coming on even though we were halfway along, but you always seem to get 1. I would say it,s perfectly doable in 2 weeks.
  5. This sounds good ,but my car has a built in satnav. Can you put the files onto it somehow. It's a Kia which I think uses TomTom software and has a sd card on the dash. Or can it be put onto a smart phone Thanks
  6. Unfortunately the 3 caravans we've owned have never worked out to be keepers otherwise we would have. The first was a 1998 Swift Classic Silhouette , the outside panels were starting to dissolve , then we had a 2009 Lunar Ultima that also had a leak at every other service. This was changed in 2017 for a Elddis Affinity which was also found to be leaking on it's 2nd service, all 3 were fixed under warranty .
  7. We have the same car but auto version. We find that it's powerful enough for our 1460kg caravan and never feels under powered. We put the back tyres up to the recommended for full load and try and get the noseweight up to 90-95 kg and and it tows really stable. I think were going to have to get used to lighter and lower powered towcars in the future as cars are going that away. The sportage now is a 1.6 litre unless you buy the mild hybrid which is 2.0 litre.
  8. Russ, A bit off track ,but what facilities are there for the dog to go to the toilet as it where. 19 hours is a long time for a dog to hold on. Frazer
  9. After spending a lovely 3 nights at Blair Drummond we travelled yesterday up to Sango Sands at Durness. After the good advice given especially by Black Grouse we came up the A9 stopping at Rallia for breakfast, then refuelled at Tesco,s Inverness. We then went via Ullapool and Scourie up to Sango Sands. As most will know the last 12 miles are single track with lots of passing places, with everybody bar 1 driver , who thought it funny to come up to us in between passing places and reluctantly went off the tarmac so we could pass each other with a big smirk on his face, behaved with good manners. This road is not for the faint hearted but is perfectly doable if you take your time and just look ahead. The weather wasn't the best coming up but was ok with plenty of snow on the mountains. So thanks for all the info.
  10. We stayed on this site from Sunday 13th to 20th of April . We would agree with everything you say in your review. Lovely site with good facilities and friendly wardens. From Sunday to Thursday the site was busy but quiet but come Easter Friday a different species of camper arrived with rules not for them, a father and daughter playing football with a heavy casey in between the caravans in front of the no ball games sign being 1 example of deteriorating behaviour for the rest of our stay , which was not corrected by the wardens. I would love to return but would only go out of holidays which we had to do because our 10 year old grandson was with us.
  11. Thanks for all the helpful advice on our route to Sango sands. Does anybody know what tv and phone reception is like up there and at North Ledaig on our way back down. Also is there anywhere to stop for a meal between Blair Drummond and Sango sands via Ullapool and also from Sango sands to North Ledaig. We would ideally like something cooked for us but if that's not possible we could stop and eat our own if there's not somewhere suitable. Thanks in advance.
  12. Isn't that a different site. We would rather stay on Wood Farm as you can walk down to Charmouth front, admittedly the walk isn't for everyone as it's a bit steep coming back.
  13. The caravan is parked completely inconsiderately with no thought for anyone else and is typical of todays society. Can I ask how macafee 2 parks at a NHS hospital. At busy times at Wrexham hospital cars are strewn everywhere because there's too many people trying to park, yes even Range Rovers.
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    Just had our 2017 Elddis Affinity 554 in for it's 2nd service and it's leaking in 2 places. One is from the window bar over the front windows and the other from the sealing around the skylight above the kitchen. Apparently the window bar across the front is a known problem, in that the bar is straight and the front curved with only 4 screws holding it tight. This then comes loose as it doesn't bond properly with the bodywork, only with the bar and the screws at the outer end come loose allowing water in. They said the skylight is a rare problem as the seal doesn't often go. There are readings between 25 per cent and 30 with staining of the board inside. They have repaired the window bar properly and resealed around the skylight and put a claim in with Elddis for repairing the board and stripping the skylight properly. Also we tried to claim for the seat cushions going flat , this has been refused as the warranty is only 12 months on the seats. We are absolutely gutted about both problems, and it seems this is the price of choosing a British made caravan as the last Lunar we had also leaked but after 4 years. We were also told Elddis are developing a new window bar for the front but because they have so many of the old ones in stock it will be some time before the new one will be used- so beware. Please don't tell us to buy a foreign caravan as we don't like the look or feel of them inside, that's why we say it's a price you have to pay for a British caravan and just accept it's going to happen and prepare to be gutted and disappointed in equal measure. The only alternative for us would be to give up caravanning reluctantly as we enjoy it so much.
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