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  1. It seems to be a harbour for germs rather than a prevention. I have done the same as you. But either with or without a water filter weI do not drink the pumped water. We have a separate container - a large disposable water bottle. I think whatever you do you have stale water in the caravan system and this is not like a house system as it is not sealed and periodically is open to air or standing around, or even just being in the water carrier. Seems to be no problem doing this as we end up fetching the same amount of water.
  2. It is a funny world in that a meaty big estate car is not quit up to the job due to weight but then if you jack the thing up in the air on big wheels, ad an extra drive train, extra axle and a few other bits that are not needed or indeed hinder the stability and handling of the car it is then seen as fine and up to the job. But we cannot get a load of pointless bits of metal and shove them in the boot of our E class to bump up the weight by 200kg when we want to tow. Would sort out the problem much better.
  3. We bought our van for about £2000 a couple of years ago. We found- Anything under £3000 at a dealers was utter rubbish and not worth having. They strip out all the bits (awning, step, pipes and aquaroll etc) so you will buy new off them and so don't touch them. The area to head for is one of the many people that have had their van for some years and looked after it but who's circumstances have now changed. Early 90s vans were damp crude, made of hardboard and tin with rusty chassis and few luxuries. Late 90s vans have a galvanised chassis, double glazing, heating, hot water and a cartridge loo. They will also have CRiS registrastion. Ours was bought with all this and more all working as new and all have been no problem save for a split in one tap. We have replaced the carpet and dyed the curtains that had faded. So there is a fine and serviceable van out there for what you want to spend. Ebay seems fine to use to find it and then do a deal on your visit. Also autotrader have a caravan section. A degree of common sense is needed to see if it is a good one or not. Just walk away from any that have had damp or repair issues. A caravan should not be all bad. It is a collection of parts and some may go wrong same as they could if you had owned it yourself for many years. But if it is up together and can be seen working then that is a fair assurance. Over the winter I think the sales will drop down but come spring there should be a few to choose from.
  4. Hi Big hurdle seems to be the weight. With your van weight of 1650 you need a tug of around 1950kg to be within the 85%. Ideal for a motorway would be a traditional car layout. Far more comfort and better mpg. But it is a struggle to find one that weighs enough. Even my merc e class is not quite that heavy but you may find a model that is or something like a Volvo estate etc. The people carrier route may give you some options but then you are driving round a big lump of car. The 4x4 option just gives you a less comfortable car stuck on a heavy tractor chassis with lots of bits you don't need that weigh a bit and eat up lots of fuel. With the miles you are doing the fuel cost must be a huge consideration. 25mpg will cost you £5,500 in fuel each year when there are cars that will cost half that to run. If you can avoid paying an extra £2000 in fuel each year then why not get a good car for the motorway and then hire a big lump of car when you want to tow the van? A tricky one.
  5. Thanks all. I am sure it is the same engine as my car is a late 2006 and I think it was one of the first of the facelift models which had the new engine. Problem is the people you ask are the ones who want to get you to part with lots of money to fit a bit they say you need. Perhaps the idea of gearbox cooling is a bit of a thing from the past now. I have taken it on a couple of short runs and it has been fine but that has been in cool weather. The temperature gauge did not change at all. If book does not flag it up and none of you here have made any changes then I think it must be OK. Cheers
  6. Hi I have a 2006 E class 280 six speed auto diesel estate. Towbar fitted now but I have not made any changes to the engine. I cannot see any reference to oil cooling (engine or gearbox) and there is no notes I can find in the booklets that come with the car. So should additional cooling be fitted to either? Also I seem to remember something about an uprated radiator fan but again cannot find anything. Has anyone got a 280 or 320 diesel (this is the V6 new engine from 2006) that they tow with and has anything been done to the engine? My van is only a light Bailey Ranger that is about a ton fully loaded so I am towing at about 50% but I guess the wind drag is about the same as any van. Thanks
  7. I fitted a detachable witter bar to my E class merc. bought it from Towequipe on line with the electrics kit as like you I was getting silly quotes. Bar took about an hour to fit and was quite easy. Electrics (I got the relay type that does not need the car to be re-programmed) took about an hour with most of that being me not reading the instructions correctly - it has one wire to a rear light/brake light and sticks a different amount of juice down it to light up the bulb as required. Kit they sent copes with this but my brain could not cope. So all done for £250
  8. Good point. Odd that you use Jaguar as an example, they used to just write jaguar in a very subtle sort of engraved style on the chrome strip on the back of the cars. On the front it had a face-on jaguars head. Now they have changed to have a new logo on the back with a side-on leaping jaguar logo. I think it looks rather brash and unnecessary on a Jag.
  9. It is odd that 'van makers seem to want to charge us the earth to be mobile adverts for their brand. I think if I ran a caravan making business I would be happy to supply maker/model stickers to any decent looking van for free.
  10. How I look at things is not the up front cost but how much it will cost over its life. So buy an e-type for £30k, run it for five years and sell it for £30k = cheap car Buy an new Jag for £30k run it for five years and sell it for £8k - expensive car. For that reason I avoid high depreciating things like new cars (just bought the newest car I have had that is six years old) and new caravans (ours is 12 years old). People do not seem to look at it like this when buying things that will fall hugely in value.
  11. I somehow think Mr Peel should have thought about his name before he used it for a stick on graphics business.
  12. I look after my van myself. No time and fuel in running to dealer, no bills no hassle. Job done right.
  13. Why do you need level? Coming to caravanning from a tent we got quite used to life at 5 degrees out of level for a week. At home I leave the van a bit nose down so the water runs off the roof (which is never perfectly flat), and on site I ensure it is high on the nearside as the shower tray does not drain otherwise. So I don't think my van is ever level.
  14. I do sometimes poke things with a stick but I take your point. You do not get two speeding fines without speeding. The post and earlier posts indicated there to be a view that it was OK to speed and I was going in with a tough response to that. It was aimed at confronting the speeding as many people kid themselves they are a victim by getting caught. I am a police support volunteer and we set up monitors and collect data on speeders. There is perhaps 10% of drivers who not only speed but are not taking in what is going on around them (so much so that they speed past our monitor and us and a 30 limit and a school sign at 45mph). Sorry if I upset anyone. It is an important thing for me.
  15. As you see at post #60 we have a fair proportion of motorists on the road who feel that it is quite OK to drive at 40 in a 30 limit. This is known to cause death and injury especially to children. I happen to live on a road similar to the one in post #60 and have seen many accidents on it which all seem to be caused by excessive speed. I do accept I made a few assumptions about the post I responded to but sorry no it is too serious to be a joke. As I see it drivers fall into two camps - 1. Those who try and make every effort to drive within the speed limits. 2. Those who think it is OK when they see fit (if they feel the limit is too low or that they will not get caught) to drive faster than the legal speed limit. Sometime those in group 1 are caught out as we all sometimes despite best efforts may exceed speed limits. I put my hand up and say I am against those in group 2 and support most steps that will stop those people speeding. If that includes banning them from driving then so be it.
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