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About Jcf1966

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  • Birthday 17/09/1966

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    Ribble Valley
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    Car Detailing, Straight shaving, Advanced Driving, Caravanning, Computors,
  • Towcar
    Jaguar XF
  • Caravan
    Hymer Nova 590GL (2018)

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  1. It is best not to heat because it will cause condensation to build up. ‘May I recommend a boat winter dehumidifier ‘when I had my caravan at home and fitted one of these the difference is amazing because everything feels dry heating the van the day before a trip was easy and made for a much better first few days. A normal dehumidifier will not work because they turn off at 8 degrees and the boat one goes down to 2 if I remember I hope this helps James
  2. I have never had anything stolen but I do lock thinks up you can buy very cheaply long steel cables they normally come with a cheap lock which I change to a comi lock. it is not so much the value of an item, though the dog pen would be a pain, as much the shock and ruining of the holiday to know some scum bag has taken something. ‘I don’t lock my water carrier though I should to be fair my max view satellite that sticks to the caravan cones come with an anti theft connection so I use the metal wire to lock that up. ‘We all can be lead into a false sense of security seeing every one leaving all these valuables left outside there caravans I have just talked to a mate who has got back from his holiday when asked how was your trip the first words were of money stolen from his hotel room. James
  3. Personally I have never had a problem with this but I agree is this happens on such a sort distance it needs sorting Are you 100% sore there are no kids, horses, farm equipment, mud on the road or how about walkers and there dogs i life in a rural area and there are many area that a very dangerous for walkers. Never assume it is clear until you know it is. Had you cut and pasted more you will see I said add poor loading, poor driving and we can have a disaster wishing you well James Correct if a person breaks the rules in the HC the first question we ask is why, did they know the rule, have they read the HC, if not why not. ‘It always depends on the case and what the Clark advices James
  4. To be fair it is a completely cash cow tax you either enter into it or you don’t seem simple to me speed limits are set set for a reason if people don’t know or can not see the reason they should go for driving lessons. ‘Personally I think all cameras should be hidden. Anyone who sees a camera and slows down is not driving correctly anyway. ‘I don’t care about someone not seeing a camera it’s the child playing that is the problem. Caravans are massively affected by wind under the van that makes them unstable this is why the speed limits are reduced. A stable unit ar 60mph can become unstable at 70mph add this this poor loading etc and we can have big problems. Wishing every one well James Foote
  5. I have a 590 and yes the bed does squeak. ‘I have not done this because it does not bother us very much though at a curtain time the squeaking did make us laugh. i was told you needed a wax not a spray My friend had bought some and on our next trip I may just borrow some and see if it works. james
  6. I understand MrPlods view but I also come from a Plod family two brothers and my farther my farther is too old for this etc but my brother and my best mate all say go for it granted more use in cars than caravans. Relying solely on insurance out can not be a good idea. I think if your caravan is in storage a tracker is a great peace of mind what is very apparent is you fit it if you want too James
  7. I am amazed people remove there tracker I ha e the phantom and would be informed within meters of the van moving but with the alarm I would know before the thing moves they may do damage to locks but not normally to the caravan, they are trying to sell it after all. ‘And forget all about the caravan I want to catch the scum bag who steal it. A tracker is just another item to try and defeat the scum who steal our beloved caravans plus we got a big discount on our caravan because it is monitored 24/7 can they be beaten yes they can and this is why you don’t advertise there’s a tracker. Mine is very well hidden away from the alarm I hope it turns out to be a waist of money but to be fair for those with a caravan in storage it is a great peace of mind. Like g7eor I know where is on my phone I also know the battery charge and how my solar panel is doing. is it worth it, depends on you, for me it’s a big yes James
  8. I have had one for years and I would recommend the peace of mind. ‘When it comes to locks they can be removed with the tracker don’t advertise the fact you have one. ‘When it come to reduced police numbers well it is an easy nick so they do come and they have to come too James
  9. Small claims court I am sorry to say but it will take time to list every fault and why it was not spotted at delivery James
  10. One thing to note as well is are you allowed to park your caravan on your drive. ‘A quick call to your local council will tell you. ‘’Where I live we are not allowed a caravan or any signed work van, it may sound harsh but we know this when buying our home and really liked the fact this was the case it keeps the development nice and clear. i know some will hate this but it is our home not there’s As a local councillor I have had to call on a number of people to ask them to move there van. Worth checking before a neighbor complains. James
  11. I have had some terrible quality issues when it come to caravans. ‘My first 4 caravans had damp and parts not working or falling off My 5th caravan was damp from new and the manufacturer had it for longer than I did In the end I sued the manufacturer and got all my money back plus a large compensation payment. I then bought my first German caravan a Geist, the quality was great apart from the bed runners. I had this caravan for 7 to 8 years. I then bought a Hymer the build quality when though the roof the only problem I remember is the bottom oven door hinge gave up. I had this caravan just under 12 years. Though a HYMER can leak, a friend of mine had this problem, they don’t get damp in the walls because of the construction methods used I have just bought another Hymer and the quality on this one seems outstanding but I can not comment on durability because I’ve only owned it a few weeks all you you can do is a full inspection before taking delivery of your caravan and hope for the best. The caravan industry does have massive problems when it comes to quality and I don’t know the answer. Pay your deposit on your credit card to get the insurance even use some finance to get a warranty from them as well. James
  12. When I fell ill with along term condition I had the same decisions to make, I will list what I have done some I already had others I found after my illness started. 1, Motor Mover 2. When emptying the loo use a luggage trolley cheap to buy and very light 3. A two step step, less of a jolt on the body that will little harder to get into the caravan when you moving 4. A ready made up bed, just bought new caravan with this much easier 5. Eat out or get good quality ready made meals, easy for cooking and washing up because the containers are binned 6. The caravan club have the Helping Hand Sign, it says if people offer help it will be taken with gratitude 7. Do jobs in smaller steps, there is no rush. 8. Request extra time on packing up days 9. On packing up days do most of it the day before 10. Ask for help, I know the caravan club wardens will happily help you set up and pack away 11. Ask help from fellow caravaners most seem to be a friendly lot James
  13. I have a Jaguar XF v6 2007 I took mine to a weight station and with the better battery and spare wheel etc it came in at 2050kg my hand book says tow limit is 1850kg. I had a HYMER Nova 570 and it towed beautifuly I changed to a HYMER Nova 590 and again it tows very well. James
  14. I have no idea Durbanite. I will look into it but off to get van tomorrow so busy for a while regards James
  15. Good Idea Steam I will do, however the law changed some years ago, as I am shaw you know, which means you can have your caravan serviced as long as they are NCC. If they did say there is a problem then a fight they will get with the law on my side. I am more than happy to spend £50 to go to the small claims court. But then again it would not be the first time the caravan industry tried to bend the rules in there favour. I know the stamp has stopped. I was reading up on what you can do. In fact you can do a full service yourself and get a damp test from a NCC If you then get damp you are covered but if something you have done fails it would not be covered. Interesting. In 18 to 20 years of owning my caravans I have never had a warranty job done but I can not read the future. I will Look into it and thank you very much for the advice Cut and past from Hymer warranty Water Ingress Test * During the water ingress test, your HYMER dealer or an authorised workshop, using a hygrometer, checks the entire body of your vehicle for water impermeability. The test is carried out on all connec- tions, windows, skylights, external flaps and doors. Important: The six-year weatherproof guarantee is only valid when the testing intervals are upheld. The water ingress test must be carried out on an annual basis. The water ingress test may be carried out max. six months before or six months after the date on which the test is due. For additional information concerning the 6 year guarantee against leaks, please refer to the following text. Also your HYMER dealer will be pleased to advise you. It does not say who the authorised workshop is and the law says NCC but I will confirm on picking up the caravan. James
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