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german in the blood

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  1. Had an email today from Morris leisure about the dates they are reopening , Shropshire 14th July and the welsh sites 1st August . Hope they will as there nice sites. We had booked the riverside site a couple of years ago and had to cancel, due to the wife having back problem. I rang and explained and they were very helpful, We went last year and really enjoyed it.
  2. Philip697 Try Peter Smythe at Sutton in Ashfield, They have there own test centre. Not sure if he's still offering discount but register on Trucknet and use your user ID for discount. Good luck David
  3. Well I have to agree with Tuningdrew on both accounts, In my opinion much better for the long run.I did comment on hear about doing the test and a member said the cost was about £750. While your currant car doesn't seem heavy enough, One thing I found is that when choosing a new vehicle, look at one which may be capable for the next caravan it might be heavier than this one. Might point its a big cost changing both if the towcar isn't heavy enough. Enjoy the search for your family, I'm some of us still get a buzz out of buying a new vehicle. Cheers David
  4. Hello telegan It should be OK, but with that bhp it going to be a bit slow on hills. If you can i would try and find one with a bigger bhp giving you more torque which is the most important thing. We towed with the older T4's with 102bhp but 5 cylinder and then a 204 bhp v6 petrol. Our caravan also weighed about the same as yours, When windy and on steep hills had to change down on the diesel one. There are a lot of members on here with T5's or T6 who will have more up to date experience. I think it will be fine, but if you change your caravan for a heavier one then you will also have to change your VW only in my opinion. If VW did the v6 diesel from the car range then i would buy another if affordable. Hope it works for you. Regards David
  5. I like you have had Audi's for a very long time, my last one being a A8 4.2 tdi, Now have bought a Mercedes GL 4ltr diesel its still old, but I want a new caravan a Adria or German so had to compromise with my car. Son has a Audi a2 but hasn't passed his test yet, so i keep the battery charged. Wife has a Fiat 500 Abarth newest car and costs the least to mantain, to my suprise being Fiat. Doing your B+E should help you in the long run. Do not worry about the reversing part of the test, Most training companies have markers to help you when to turn when manoeuvring towards the box. The longer the trailer the easier to position as the distance between hitch and the axle is longer. Adria have only included the aerial in the last couple of years, If I remember rightly. Good luck and enjoy your time what ever make you buy. Cheers David
  6. I believe that you own a German car, So why worry, Its a matter of choice as others have said. I voted to leave and would like to see English made goods instead of made in ? That said I wouldn't buy a English made car. I now own a Swift Bessacarr caravan and did own a Adria so like chalk and cheese. The Alpina range does seem to white compared to the Adora range.Only now have Adria made the Altea longer giving more space, These models are much improved . After all its a lot of money and you want to enjoy using and being away in it. Enjoy looking and trying different models i'm sure you will know when its the one. Good luck David
  7. Its gone up in price, I take it that you passed all OK. David
  8. Hello Cadej88 I would recommend a B+E test and it costs around £500, Or it did a couple of years ago, You have to reverse a trailer into a box this will be good practice when you have your caravan. Also remember that whilst on your test your driving is assessed and people do fail on their driving, Basic things like speeding not using your mirrors. So any bad habits have to go out the window and think back when you past your car test. But lacking the nerves as you can drive, the trailer follows you, You need to allow for that when passing anything . The company that i can recommend is Peter Smythe Transport Training in Sutton in Ashfield. If you live more than 70 miles away he will put you in B/B for free. Also if you register on Truck net you get a discount . They have there own test centre that you can practise your reversing on. Hope i haven't put you off but any instructor will go through everything with you. I did work for this company a couple of years ago, So the price might have changed. hope you get sorted and good luck which you choose. Regards David
  9. Well i like some of your comments Andy our combination is a oven it could do all, But i like jacket tate's done on a BBQ and also salmon. Stevan hadn't thought about that one. We kept our Adria for 12 years using this method, but like Ukzero said it did give off heat outside is best, but when it was inside at the front we opened the large window. Cheers David
  10. Our first caravan was a Adria that did not come with a oven only 4 ring hob and grill plus a extractor fan. We use to take our combination microwave from home, it was quite heavy and large, If the awning was up then it would sit on a table, If not then in the caravan at the front. The microwave only stopped working last year, Had it for nearly 20 years. As for it tripping the electric nearly all C/C sites used 16 amp, so not a problem. What can a oven due that the mircowave can't. Our new caravan now has both fitted as standard, But adds extra weight. Regards David
  11. We have a Bessacarr 625 and it fills from the aqua roll, When you switch a tap on the internal pump works. If you go on a full service pitch, then i only bought the cheaper type hook-up hose as no electrics are needed. Before we had this caravan we had a Adria with a on board tank, but that had a 2 pin socket and filler neck. Very basic, but worked well in the winter. Back to the Bessacarr the filler pipe from your aqua roll only fills the internal tank on mine, i had to replace the pump last like the one shown in the photo above. I might be wrong with my comments, But i do not need any pump externally when using the taps. Very much like the Adria. Hope this helps. David
  12. I used to move mine around my garden with a Kubota tractor with a plate on the front for the hitch, made life much easier to negotiate around my property. My caravan was a twin axle. I think that some dealers use something similar. It should be OK, if it picks the front wheels up then you know it won't work. Regards David
  13. Yes didn't it run two pipes out the middle, Can't remember if the latest is capable of having a towbar, but seeing a clip on pistonheads going up the runway (that's nice) wouldn't want a caravan on the though. I wonder how a vehicle like that would corner at speeds greater than our max speed limit. I did try a summit 64 plate but couldn't afford that and wanting to change the caravan as well. Wife didn't like the pax side felt she had to keep her legs to the side, seat to close to the tunnel, did you find that? Have now bought a old Merc GL David
  14. Grand Cherokee SRT with either an Adria or German made van with a proper width bed 5ft wide not the UK rubbish 4ft 3 or 5. This is my biggest gripe with UK vans, and longer front seating. The Jeep is fast big and bold, not what a caravanner is looking for. A Porsche or SQ7 would be the sensible choice. Not in the right area but I wonder what will happen to the market this year, Discounts on vans or even worse cease trading. I would like a new Adria but wife doesn't like colour scheme inside to white, compared to our Bessacarr. David
  15. Hello I would recommend Peter Smythe transport training near Mansfield , you do your training on Saturday or Sunday and then test on Monday . He is on trucknet if you want go on there , and then can find out a bit more about his pass rate and the whole experience. They have there reversing area and is also a test site. Please feel free to mention my name as I worked for him. Good Luck Regards David
  16. I tow with a Audi a8 pulling a swift bessacarr, my criticism is sitting low down, as before we had a vw caravelle, I looked at a v90 last week with 21" wheels very nice but dealer didn't know the unladen weight. Why not get a newer volvo. Good luck with looking for a new car, I have considered changing but I would like to change the caravan first.
  17. Have a go yourself, then at least once its fixed you know it will last. There are several places that do wall board, your just going to have match as best as you can. There's not going to be much on show after the curtains and cushions are in place. Take it all apart carefully and your joiner friends should be able to help, you may find more damp tough. Its got to be better than losing the money you paid for it. Good luck And take photo's.
  18. Surely you only need to purchase the 13pin wiring loom, I have noticed that new detachable bars have the 13pin socket on the bar itself, mainly German cars.
  19. I too have a Westfalia which I fitted myself it doesn't have the hole for a breakaway cable. Electrics cost more than bar, very good kit on my opinion. David
  20. I've got a couple of shovels, just need some miners, then we can have 24HR electric, or should we just carry on importing wood chippings from aboard which pollute the air like coal, but that's kept quite. Where I live you have to park where you can, so how will we be able to charge our cars, perhaps the government will every family a one car? If everyone else can see problems with all this why are the government not seeing it. At present I have a v8 diesel, but I might consider a petrol version.
  21. I've had two T4's towing a twin axle for over 8 years, very good tow vehicles, as yours is only 4 cylinder it will lack pulling power. I had a Caravelle and a Mulitvan the auto gearbox was a problem with one until I fitted a cooler. If your happy with that then you should be fine. Sadly VW only put the 4 cylinder in these vehicles which is a shame, as I would go back to one, much better driving position.
  22. That's a nice choice I like all three, allroad has air which I find comfortable. There is someone with a newish a6 allroad that tows a twin axle, so should be more than capable given your weight. My ex boss bought a sport with all options and the detachable tow bar stuck out, Not as good as his old Alltrack press a button out folds the tow bar.
  23. It must be a first for me to start a topic, but here goes. A little while ago we went to Raymond james to have a look at next years models, After looking In a few different makes can't remember which one, but it had the Alde heating pipes quarter of the way up the wall, Opposite the transverse bed, was not impressed it looked out of place, ours runs just above the floor. It seems the long front seating has got smaller by most British makers to make way for everything else, that's one thing I liked about British vans. The drawers on some makes didn't go in and out very well either. Adria models still don't have that luxury about them on the inside even on the Alpina, another annoying thing with adria is that they are 230mm short of the maximum body length, which is a shame. So to sum up my opinions I am biased towards Adria having owned one for 12years but now own a Swift built Bessacarr, Yes they are worlds apart in luxury, but will have faults and cost over £30 grand. I cannot afford that even if I could I wouldn't buy one though Wife has different opinion. How do others view what's good value and a quality made product. .
  24. We also store ours in the shower, its a swift built bessacarr. So it seems most store this way, but the shower tray cracking this is a debate for a new topic ?
  25. Thanks for your replies, not a member of the CCC hadn't thought about CL'S. We don't use our facilities in the caravan, apart from night time.
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