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About Steamdrivenandy

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  • Birthday 06/01/1948

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    N. Staffs looking over Cheshire in awe and wonder
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    Steam (GWR King 6024)
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    '17 Plate Skoda Yeti 1.2Tsi DSG
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    2012MY Bailey Pegasus 2 Rimini

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  1. Elddis, Compass, Buccaneer, Xplore are all brands of what was the Explorer Group that was sold to HymerGroup and is now known as Erwin Hymer Group UK. The Erwin Hymer Group itself was taken over a couple of years ago by the US conglomerate Thor Industries. Hymer own a raft of caravan and motorhome brands in Europe, including Eriba (their founding caravan brand), Burstner, Carado, Dethleffs, LMC, Laika, Niesmann & Bischoff, Sunlight.
  2. 1. Some insurance companies specify weight restrictions, many don't. You need to check your policy as the definitions can vary. 2. There are a number of different noseweight limits. The car manufacturer will specify one, the caravan manufacturer will specify one for the hitch and the towbar manufacturer will state one for their assembly. The lowest of those three is the one you work to and really it's up to the driver to work out which is applicable as, again, it can vary depending on the towcar, towbar and caravan involved 3. Some caravan dealers try and fulfil their duty of care to
  3. You might get more help if you say which year and which Lunar range the van is. Got me thinking, how many potential brand names can you get from 'Lunar'. Larun Ralun Nular Ranul Ularn Nalur Rulan Ulnar None of them roll off the tongue though.
  4. The Towbar and hitch are used in all sorts of different cars and vans, just like caravan axles, which are produced to multiples of 50kg or 100kg limits. The car's noseweight limit/recommendation is based on a number of factors, just like their towing limit. It might be the strength of the bolt fixings for the towbar, it might be the propensity for bodywork to be pulled out of shape or the rear springs capacity to handle shock loads etc, etc. Just because the towbar can handle 100kg, doesn't mean the car's frame or construction can.
  5. As has been said, the car's recommended noseweight limit is not a legally binding figure and you can't be prosecuted for exceeding it, unless it causes you to exceed other legally binding limits. However exceeding manufacturer recommendations could result in refuted warranty claims and/or refuted goodwill if there are problems after the warranty period ends.
  6. Apparently the risk rating is based on the actual area plus the bordering areas. And apparently there is no English area that is low risk because those with low infection rates are bordered by those with High or Medium infection rates, hence they become Medium Risk.
  7. Lots of smaller size vans of all brands have surprisingly low towing limits. It's only when you get to Transit Custom size and above that towing limits get 'meaty'. On Honest John the Kerbweight of a Maxi Life varies substantially depending on engine and trim etc, but on a quick scan they don't seem to show a Maxi Kombi. The panel van Maxi's vary between around 1450kg and 1650kg. According to your figures the max towing weight of 1500kg is 85.7% of the van's 1750kg kerbweight, which is relatively low for a modern vehicle. It might be an idea to check the van's Gross T
  8. Mainstream UK caravan manufacturers offer very, very few original equipment cost options on their vans, so there's relatively little variation in weight for a given model/layout. Most Continental manufacturers quote a MIRO for a poverty spec. van and offer a long list of cost options. To an unsuspecting UK buyer this can be misleading. For instance Eriba Touring vans often boast payloads of circa 300kg, but if you spec. them to the same level of equipment as you've come to expect on a UK van, that 300kg payload becomes something close to their UK cousin's 150kg. They do, however, often offer t
  9. I think you'll find that van makers put a catch all phrase in their specs that says the MIRO can vary by as much as 10% + or - . From years of CT posts on the subject, very few vans, if any, are below the listed MIRO and most are 'on the button' or slightly above, which, of course, reduces available payload as MTPLM is a fixed figure. The use of 10% is a lawyer's figure and I doubt any get near that amount, but a lawyer will always advise their client to put a figure that they're unlikely to ever achieve. And for Angie's benefit, UK caravans tend to have similar, low payloads beca
  10. All major UK caravan manufacturers only build to order. However, in normal circumstances dealers place orders for stock vans in September based on their expectation of which models will sell. As customers come forward for each model they are allocated to the dealer's pre ordered vans. In times of high demand/low production there can be lots of horse trading as dealers who have a buyer for a model they haven't pre ordered or have sold through on, try and make deals with others who have surplus orders for the same model. If a model can't be found from pre ordered stock, then it bec
  11. Is the Mitsubishi quoted figure the actual weight of the particular vehicle, or the CAD based probable weight? If the latter, then the vaguaries of possible variances in material thicknesses in thousands of components can still mean the actual weight is a fair bit different.
  12. The combo sounds fine and I suspect you'll be surprised at what you 'need' to put in the van. Going out in the pouring rain to get clothes, a towel, saucepan or teacup is a mugs game (sorry). Don't forget that the van's battery any motor mover fitted and any gas cylinder over the amount used by the manufacturer in setting MIRO are all eating up payload. To obtain your van's noseweight, load as if you were going for a trip, then weigh the hitch and adjusting loading for and aft to get the weight you require.
  13. Surely the MTPLM is based on the total weight of the unhitched caravan ie. including any noseweight/jockey wheel weight? It's the weight on the axle/s that is minus any noseweight. Of course, measuring such a weight presents a bit of difficulty for regulatory authorities as to get a true actual MTPLM they'd have to unhitch the van at the roadside. Not having ever been weighed at a regulatory check I would expect the van to be weighed whilst hitched and if it was well below any limits then I'd be free to go, but if over the limit, then I'd be asked to remove weight. If I refused and a prosecuti
  14. I've not heard of such an issue before, normally the complaint is the flush just doesn't work. There can be a number of reasons for that and one is that the PCB corrodes in what is a fairly damp atmosphere and then fails. I guess it's highly likely that the PCB can act weird whilst it's corroding and that would fit with the symptoms you describe. Replacement PCB's are easily available and fitting is an easy DIY job. It is fitted underneath the 'blue button' strip which peels off, but be sure to do it carefully to keep the adhesive intact for reuse. There are plenty of Youtube video
  15. One point is that the kerbweight ratios are just that kerbweight, not loaded weight. So if you were after, say an 85% ratio then that's the manufacturers kerbweight and the caravans MTPLM. Those are two fixed, published weights. If you start trying to use actual weights it can vary all over the place. I recall that with one of my rigs the theoretical ratio was about 85%, but the actual ratio was 72%. Of course those who dreamt up 85% originally realised that additional weight would normally be loaded in the car and there was a chance that the caravan might run empty, but the fixed figur
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