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Dannyp

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  • Location
    West Yorks
  • Interests
    Caravan , Scuba Diving
  • Towcar
    Santa fe
  • Caravan
    Swift Corniche 21/4 635

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  1. I doubt the knowledge is any more, we just happen to have better more powerful cars, if cars hadn't developed people wouldn't have stopped towing caravans. its just easier and safer now. Danny
  2. It was possible then , its still possible now. I am not saying its ideal, but it is doable, not everyone want to go out and buy a big diesel engine car. the torque of a 1.3l Escort wont have been any less that the 1.4 kia in the OP, you will have to use the gears more thats all. if its legal it fine, if its 85% its even better
  3. Your all very negative, my dad used to tow a 4 berth caravan down to Devon every year for years behind a 1.3l Escort in 1990 ( probably no more than 75bhp) the van probably only weighed 1100 kg, the car struggled up some of the big hills but it got there in the end, that was with 2 adults 2 kids and 2 dogs The new 1.4 with easy be over 100bhp so will hopefully fair a bit better. Danny
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    Sad news, my local dealer, never bought a van from them but plenty of other items over the years. they always seemed to have plenty of business. I would have used them for service but they wouldn't do any warranty work for me at the same time so never bothered booking mine in. Shame they had a good reputation Danny
  5. if its not a 2017 van it wont be recalled, just have a look inside the front locker and check all the screws in the corner brackets are still in place as some 2016 vans are reported to be affected too. If I was selling my van( and not been very honest) I would say I not had the recall too, it would be your issue once you have bought it. Danny
  6. I just fitted a set of Firestones to my twin axle £220 fitted at my storage by tyres on the drive. I always like to fit a brand I have heard of, they don't do many miles so wont wear out but I do want them to last 5 years without cracking, the value ones that came on my swift only lasted 18months ( swift paid for my new ones btw) avoid Avon's, they don't like been sat about and tend to split too or did on my last van before they were 12 months old. Danny
  7. Hi Was it flooded in storage? if so are you trying to insure it for the same place? only a fool would insure it again for you at the same spot, the likely hood of having to pay out again must be massive. try a different location Danny
  8. Its just 2017 Challengers and Sprites and dealer specials based on them. circa 6000vans The conqueror and elite are not built the same so not affected by this. people are claiming its other years too, but swift have only recalled the 2017 vans. Danny
  9. That's not how to work out your % its your kerb weight you need to compare with not max towing capacity I'm guessing with a big Merc you will be ok for weight Danny
  10. We use a caravan store roll out, a 440 or 460 from memory Never had the issue that the above have but its always tied down with some storm straps and the pole are pegged too. Its been out in 60mph winds, it flaps a bit and can be annoying at night if its really windy. ( we roll it up if the wind is forecast to be above 30mph these days so we don't have to listen to it. we love it and use it all the time so we have a dry place to dry off dogs and hang wet coats. It can be put away wet any damp marks this just wipe off next time I open it . Best thing we ever bought. Danny
  11. Hi all. My van is a 2017 van. Late made June if I remember correctly possibly July. I didn't buy it until Oct 2017 Its done around 2000 miles. It's not had it easy behind the car as I don't hang about. It is a twin axle van so that may make a difference as I don't put much pressure on steadies when on site as it's not as rocky as a single axle van. It will hopefully be inspected by swift in the coming month or too so I can confirm it's ok or not. Just been and had a look under my van. I got the letter last week and couldn't wait to go see. Today was my first chance. Well I think mine is ok. All screws inside gas looked are still in place. Floor looks solid and no signs of movement. All screws are still in under the van too.
  12. Just been and had a look under my van. I got the letter last week and couldn't wait to go see. Today was my first chance. Well I think mine is ok. All screws inside gas looked are still in place. Floor looks solid and no signs of movement. All screws are still in under the van too.
  13. You are correct, kx1 and kx2 have 17" wheels the kx3 has 18 2010 -2014 I feel mine kx2 (2014) tows better with my summer wheels which are 18" rather than the 17" I use in winter. Danny
  14. Have a look at the upgraded Pedders rear suspension kits, its about £280 for replacement shocks and uprated springs. loads have done it to the MK2 santa fe and said its been spot on since.
  15. But its only for workshop staff and will be covered by the risk assessments for other processes they do.
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