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german in the blood

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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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. .
  10. 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 ?
  11. 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.
  12. Could anyone recommend a site in the area, as we've never visited this place before we are CMC members. Our visit would be in the October half term. Would like to be able to walk into local village, go out for a drink and that sort of thing. Thank you
  13. Thanks for that, will have to down to Venture again and have a look.
  14. Hello Just wondered those of you with the Isonzo, is getting past the bed a squeeze, like British models which I have had a look at today not impressed with the lack of room. We have owned a Adria for 12 years, our only caravan until the one we have now, I would have bought another but wife wanted bigger bathroom and there's another issue. Thanks David
  15. Hello, Regarding your B+E try ringing Peter Symthe in Mansfield he may be able to help you, free accomadation over 70 miles, I worked for him and has a very good reputaion . Why not a static caravan? or have I missed that answer. Be careful buying a Hobby.
  16. The main reason I bought one is the weight, I am struggling to get the nose weight under 100 KG with a large battery. We bought the largest one and its a tight squeeze getting it in, should have gone for the next size down. The caravan was put on a seasonal pitch at clumber for 3 months, only needed to refill once at the garage on the A57 near plaxton's yard. Garage even offered to help me, but the mechanic was refilling one of there propane cylinders for heating. Cost were not going to get that back, as its been in storage for 3 months now. Hopefully more garage's will let you fill up then I think it will become more popular. The green bottles cost less but more to refill. Homebase I think they are sold from. Good luck in your choice.
  17. Not sure how new your looking for, but Skoda did a superb estate outdoor & plus model around 2012 also a Limited edition model to celebrate cycling. I liked the blue colour but its not heavy enough for my caravan.
  18. Thanks for all your help and advice i will contact Powrtouch and see if there's anything they can do. When we bought the caravan last year the fitter told usse that wire's from the battery have to be wound together which they were, because the positive came off when putting away. So from there it must be wired wrong. I think the mover's been on since the caravan was new which is 2009. Its a good job I can reverse, Thanks everyone David
  19. Yes only found out today that the control panel in the caravan had to be on soon as I turned it on the motors engaged. My wife started to move it from its space and couldn't get it to turn while moving, not sure it the battery was fully charged. Only bought last September came with mover. New storage site much easier to hook-up and use car, so it may not get used or will throw it in the bin. Never needed one for last caravan as it was much lighter to push and didn't have these wheel locks.
  20. Well if we were on a campsite you would all be laughing, I'm not very impressed to say the least at these things. At the beginning of the year we took the caravan to a site which I would stay for several months, now coming to pitch-up thought we would line up the bolt for Al-KO lock its a twin axle, couldn't get the rollers to engage so gave up and just pushed into position. Now back in storage come to move to new site, the battery was not fitted at this point about a month left in the van, there's a reason. Fitted battery turned on the power red handle, still no movement found out that a caravan power has to be on, is this normal ? Then it wouldn't turn as well as move forward you could only use one button. Now the reason for the battery not in its locker is nose weight cannot get it under 100 kg with that in place. If I had put it back then might be at full charge due to solar panel on roof. So should you be able to turn as well as go forward or backward seems very strange if not. Any help and tips would be grateful. David
  21. The model I was referring to is the prestige 620 cl bought new, which I think Kenzo has just bought. Not sure of the older models, I went to look at that model at Ambergate but it was sold. The brochure has options of Alde heating and other electric gizmos which would be near the spec for me. First time with Alde heating and very impressed, for us this is a must for the next van.
  22. Sorry should have made it clear, I currently own a Bessacarr before that a Adria for 12 years. The hobby would be a contender next time. The Adria's are very nice at 8 ft wide but wish they would put them on a twin axle for us in the UK. I missed the Knaus twin axle at the NEC. Cheers David
  23. Well if you need or want over 200bhp, then my Audi has 326 v8 and weights about 2 ton. Not quite what your looking for my caravan weights 1900kg and is no problem. I would have liked the Merc ML or R class as you sit higher up. The problem is I travel to Mansfield from Stamford every day so fuel cost is important. My next car on the wish list is a Merc GL V8 weighs more than 2 ton and more be more than capable for a Hobby 620. I'm sure living in Suffolk speed is not essential. Good luck with your purchase and enjoy it,
  24. We've had our caravan now for a month and just been away and noticed a few things, its second hand but the dealer has given a years warranty. I would like to try and sort this out myself if possible, its the gap at the bottom of the door, I'm sure these doors had a fault but can't find anything. Does anyone know if its just realignment I know I might sound a bit thick, but I was sure there was something about these doors. Next issue does anyone have any problems getting the nose weight down to 100 kg, had to remove the battery so that it was at 95 kg for our car. The chest of drawers is now under the bed battery in place still 105kg. No water in the tank. Its a 2009 625 with motor mover. Hopefully someone will know the answer. Thanks David
  25. I don't own one, but the new ones look very big and should pull your van with no problem, How does the Audi compare weight wise I've just bought a Audi a8 with a Bessacarr although a v8 tdi and nearly the same weights so far its OK only the nose weight to sort out. I personally prefer sitting high up in the past have owned two VW T4's for towing. Good luck with your choice. David
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