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Bob From Dunstable

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    Dunstable, Bedfordshire
  • Interests
    Caravanning, golf, Grandchildren, steam trains, sport.
  • Towcar
    Mercedes Benz E220 AMG LIne Estate
  • Caravan
    S4 Unicorn Cadiz

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  1. Xtrail asked how towing with the E220 Estate compares with my previous car, a CX5. Well I have only towed once with the 220, a 100 mile tow to our Dealer near Nottingham for some warranty work. I initially towed at a slightly slower speed, about 56 on the M1 (part of the way restricted to 50 by roadworks) to avoid too much overtaking until I discovered how good or bad the towing experience would be with a different car. However I needn`t have worried as it towed very well, very similar to the CX5, so I soon increased to 60 and overtook a lot of lorries. Plenty of power and very stable. Very undramatic. 30 mpg achieved, maybe slightly better than the CX5 but difficult to compare after just one tow. I was very pleased to note that the car was very quiet and comfortable, virtually as good as when driving solo. Bob
  2. Thank you Guys, very useful information. It looks like sport mode and 40/34 will be what I use, this is what I had planned to do if I had not had any first hand advice, Bob
  3. Hi ! The caravan had it`s second annual service last month and some bad news. The drain down valve situated behind the Alde boiler under the front offside lounge seat has failed and has been leaking for some time soaking the floor in the immediate area which will have to be cut out and replaced. The area is quite small (about 18 ins by 12 ins) as there is a ventilation hole close by which has allowed most of the water to quickly escape so none flowed into the seating area. We have been blissfully unaware of it ! The Engineer carrying out the service showed me that pressing down on the floor covering you could feel it give whereas in other areas it is firm. So it`s a trip back to the Dealer this coming week and they require the van for two to three weeks. The Alde boiler has to come out so quite a lot of work. The warranty claim has been accepted without any hassle I am pleased to say. In future I will be checking for any pipework leaks more often. Bob
  4. Hi ! I have recently changed to a 2018 E220 AMG Line Estate fitted with run flat tyres. I am about to tow the caravan for the first time with it and would welcome some advice from other E220 Estate owners. Firstly do you increase the tyre pressures from 32 psi, normal loads, up to 36 psi front and 44 psi rear ? These seem to me to be pretty high but that`s what the tyre pressure plate on the fuel filler cap says for full loads. Secondly which engine/suspension mode do you use ? I normally use Comfort but I seem to remember reading somewhere that Sport is best when towing. Thanks for reading this and any advice you can give me based on your own experiences would be very welcome, Bob
  5. Had the annoying dripping noise on our S3 Cadiz. It was rain running down the roof curve at the rear and dripping onto the ledge as suggested by Fredsautos. Bob
  6. Did you specify which series Valencia your van is ? They change shape from series to series. If you did then it should fit very well, we have one for our Series 4 Cadiz and it is excellent, Bob
  7. Thanks for your replies everyone. I`m still confused so I think I will wait until I`m about to make a decision and then try and get quotes for the particular vehicle before making a purchase. I don`t want to have to pay over £2000 for a towbar. Bob
  8. Thank you very much everybody for your suggestions, I will be taking a trip to Ikea on Friday. Bob
  9. Our Unicorn Cadiz 4 also has squealing brakes but I don`t believe it affects their efficiency. I haven`t bothered about getting it fixed, at least others can hear you coming !! Bob
  10. Our Unicorn Cadiz 4 is excellent but the one thing we miss from our previous Cadiz 3 is the lack of a shelf in the shower. OK, they supply a wire basket caddy that hangs on the shower upright but I hate it with a passion. I have tried fitting a small shelf, fixed with double sided sticky tape which worked OK for a while but as the tape got wetter it fell off ! It didn`t look very good either. I am considering buying a shower shelf as fitted in the Cadiz 3 but cannot remember how it is fixed. Can anyone with a Series 3 please let me know please. Is it screwed ? If it is I wonder whether it would be OK to fix it with screws in a Series 4 ? Very reluctant to use screws on any part of a caravan without being certain it would be alright. Has the lack of a shelf bothered any other Series 4 owners and if so have you successfully fitted a shelf ? Bob
  11. Will be changing my excellent CX5 for a 2 year old replacement (budget considerations) in about 6 months time. I have a short list of 4x4 vehicles in mind but I am also considering an E220 Estate or a Jaguar Sportbrake as I like the thought of a quieter, more comfortable car. I have previously read about problems with having tow bars retro fitted to these cars and would appreciate hearing your experiences. I have heard that it can be very expensive as oil coolers are necessary ? Is this true and have you had any other problems, I have a Witter detachable at the moment and would probably have the same again. Bob
  12. Have had four Unicorns and the S4 is a clear winner in all departments. Just had it`s first service and I did not have any issues that required attention. Bob
  13. I read this item with great interest as the owner of a January 2018 Cadiz. I had noticed the small clearance from top of tyre to bottom edge of wheel spat from very early in my ownership but was not too concerned as I thought the problem of faulty axles applied solely to a batch used on Series 3 vans. When I tried the test as described I had difficulty getting my hand in as far as the first knuckle so was concerned. I then read through the original post on this subject entitled "Alko Axle/Bailey Caravan Problem " and found, on page 14, a post made by "Oldboy" dated 30/03/2018. He posted a copy of an official Bailey Visual Aid created on 20/11/17 showing Dealers how to measure the clearance from tyre to wheelbox. This shows that the important dimension is the clearance from the top of the tyre to the underside of the black wheelbox liner. It advises that if this is less than 25mm Bob or Daryl should be contacted. (Presumably Bailey employees ). I have measured the clearance on my Cadiz and it is 30mm on the offside wheel and 35mm on the nearside wheel. The wheelbox liner is 23mm higher than the bottom of the spat on the offside and 27mm higher on the nearside. From this I conclude that there is not a problem with my axle although it was a tight fit to push my hand in as described in this post. The caravan is due for it`s first service in January so I will ask for the axle to be checked but my initial alarm has changed to monitoring the gaps. I drew up a list of what goes in the van whilst being towed to make sure I am not overloading. I`m not but it is surprising how quickly the payload allowance is taken up once the mover and battery is deducted. We carry the awning, awning carpet, pegs, hammer, chairs, sundry tools, all of our food, wine and beer and all of our clothes in the car and we have about 20 kgs left. I thought it would be more like 40 kgs ! Bob
  14. On our Powrtouch mover you have to hold down two buttons simultaneously and watch the green lights come on before the directional buttons will work. Bob
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