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  1. I had an 06 x-trail dci which is a renault engine and i towed a 26ft twin axle bailey senator carolina and it towed with ease. It would sit at 65-70 mph in 6th gear no problem. So i don't think you have anything to worry about.
  2. But surely it is up to the restaurant to make sure that customers stay at their restaurant and not go elsewhere.
  3. A thing to bear in mind would be the depreciation value when they decide to sell the van. They are changing it from a 6 berth to a 5 berth, or a 5 berth to a 4 berth (I'm not sure of that particular layout). But if they intend keeping it for a long time, then I suppose it wouldn't matter. At the end of the day you have to do what's right for you and everything depreciates in value eventually. VM
  4. The light you would lose would be very little as the omnivent is fitted in the kitchen area and are a great asset when cooking etc. You can also open the omnivent to a desired position to allow extra air flow.
  5. As it has the full service history, being the manual gearbox you should have no problems at all. 130,000 miles is nothing for these, they go on forever providing they are serviced regularly. Also a great car for towing. cheers Volvoman
  6. Is it manual gearbox or automatic? Also bear in mind if it is high mileage auto you have to watch the auto boxes. I've owned several volvos, the v70 and v40 and the best one to go for is the V70 D5 in a manual. The timing belts are every 90-95,000 miles. If serviced regularly these can easily achieve 250,000 miles with no troubles. hope this helps cheers Volvoman
  7. Firstly, I have to say that despite everything my family and I have been through (and are still going through), I have never shouted the odds on this forum. I believe I have spoken in a polite and rational way. But when the health and safety of your own child is at risk, any responsible parent would feel angry at some point. cheers Volvoman
  8. The way things are going I may even take my caravan up to the NEC next week and leave it there! I've had enough of this now. Volvoman
  9. David sent me a PM today saying that he would talk to my dealer at the NEC next week. But that simply isn't good enough! They will all be far too busy at the NEC trying to drum up new business to worry about us. We may get a little mention in passing but that will be about it. This could be all sorted over the telephone, instead of letting us wait at least another fortnight again. This has been dragging on for way too long and is causing us considerable anguish. I have sent an email to my dealer today, rejecting my caravan. But personally, I do not feel that my dealer is at fault which is why I am asking for Elddis' involvement in all of this. Absolutely NO WAY will I be part exchanging my caravan. I am requesting a replacement That is the only resolution to this ongoing problem.
  10. We feel exactly the same way as you, Hounddog. It is such a shame that Elddis are too busy concentrating on getting new customers to buy their solid vans yet they seem to forget all about the customers that they already have. We will get to the bottom of this, one way or another. cheers, Volvoman
  11. Hi Hounddog, No we don't use the top bunk any more, it is simply not fit to be used. It's not safe to let a young child sleep in such conditions, with condensation dripping onto them while they sleep and also breathing in mould spores. This is not just a case of faulty caravans, but there is a serious health and safety issue here. We have to put up an extra bed (the table bed) for our daughter, while the top bunk is just there. ...empty. .. and unfit for it's purpose. So much for a triple bunk van!! cheers Volvoman
  12. Hi Gaz, Like you say, a child's health always comes first before profit. This photo was taken after the window had been fitted and is pretty bad really considering that the van is only two years old. What will it be like in another two years? Probably a right-off. We have wasted a lot of money, a lot of time and gained a load of heartache. This has seriously put a damper on our caravanning which we have enjoyed for over 20 years. cheers Volvoman
  13. This is what I have found out about mould from http://www. healthych. ..?article_id=523 Mold and Moisture Problems in Childcare Mold is a type of fungus found both indoors and outdoors. It can grow anywhere there is moisture or humidity, moderate to warm temperatures, and an organic food source, such as paper, dust, or animal dander. Mold “spores,” which are comparable to tiny seeds, carry mold through the air. When spores attach to damp surfaces, mold begins to grow. Mold may have a black, “speckled” appearance, it may be slimy, or it may have a white, stringy appearance. There are different types of mold. Some molds, like those used to make medicines and cheeses, are useful. Other molds can be harmful; some molds produce chemicals that are toxic. When mold is found indoors, it may be a health issue. Mold in a childcare setting can cause health problems for young children and caregivers. It is important to know the problems mold can cause, where it can develop in your childcare setting, and how to eliminate it. How Mold Affects Children’s Health Young children have an increased risk for mold-related health problems. Young children’s immune system and lungs are not fully developed; this leaves them particularly vulnerable to air pollutants, including mold. For their body weight, children breathe in four times as much air as adults. Children who have allergies or asthma are at even greater risk because mold can be a trigger for reactions. People react to mold differently. Some people are unaffected, while others are highly allergic or sensitive to mold. Symptoms may include respiratory problems such as congestion, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include headaches, watery or burning eyes, fatigue, nosebleeds, loss of balance or memory, trouble speaking, fever, and skin rashes. How a child or adult is affected by mold depends on several factors, including the type and amount of mold, closeness to the mold and how often they are exposed to it, and the person’s age and personal sensitivity to mold. In large and concentrated amounts, some generally harmless molds can reach dangerous, toxic levels. LOOK AT THE PHOTO OF THE MOULD IN OUR VAN TOP BUNK CORNER WHERE YOUNG DAUGHTER IS SUPPOSED TO SLEEP!
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