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About angus

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    Halifax, God`s own county.
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    BMW F11 520D M-Sport Touring
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    2016 Swift Challenger 565

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  1. Had a detachable bar with full electrics (BMW harness) for less than 400 quid (OK, Nearly six years ago) with a lifetime warranty (as long as I keep the car) on the bar and electrics. Powers all the lights, fridge, battery stability system etc. Can`t believe how much people are happy to pay............
  2. This was our pitch on the CL, in the `meadow`. Just about big enough(!), the only pitch in this section, and no road noise. The other sides of the field are just hedges. Would go back tomorrow.
  3. Not stayed at the site in question, but had a good look around and was pretty unimpressed. Looked busy and frankly a little scruffy. We stopped at the CMC CL next door, which was excellent. If you NEED a cafe and shop on site you can use it anyway as it`s only a matter of yards from the CL toilets
  4. No, it`s the correct link..... I have had a senior moment, and my bike does have a Shimano Steps crank motor... DOH! I did try a couple of bikes with hub motors but couldn`t get on with them (didn`t feel `right`, and the front wheel drive ones felt extremely odd) Thanks for pointing out my mistake, it makes a change from my wife doing it. If anyone is interested I got mine from Cycle Gear in Halifax, they will let you have one to try for a day by arrangement which is useful when you`re spending over a grand.
  5. Wife bought me one last year, brilliant bit of kit. After much research, settled on this :-https://whyte.bike/products/coniston Motor in hub so it rides like a normal bike, really well designed and put together with quality components and loads of range. Whip the battery off and it`s light enough to lift onto roof bars (had bikes in the vans before and it was a pain to get them in and out without damage, and used up the loading margin). I managed to get `last years model`, which was brand new, identical except for a little flash of colour, and £700 off list price.
  6. If it doesn`t show a profile (175/60 14 etc), it is an 80% profile.
  7. Anyone used `Wet and Forget` on their van roof? I`ve used it on pebbles, tarmac, PVCu window frames and fascias/soffits and it has always produced a better result than I expected. Just thinking a quick blast on the roof will remove any crud and algae so making the post-winter wash much easier.
  8. The tester was doing his job, following procedural guidelines. You can`t blame him for failing a car which shouldn`t be on the road! The car may have passed the emissions test if it had been given a good hammering to clear out all the crud from gentle running prior to going for its test, but even a more modern car with fewer miles will struggle to pass the test if it only does short, light journeys.
  9. I used a dehumidifier on an Award Transtar I had years ago. The van was bone dry and I wanted to keep it like that, but it was such a pain blocking all the ventilation holes, drop out holes, sealing up the holes in the roof vents, making sure the plug holes were in place etc, that I stopped it after a couple of years. If I hadn`t completely sealed the van I would have, in effect, been trying to dehumidify the entire Northern hemisphere. This would have been pointless, stupid, and more than a little expensive.
  10. Amarok and Ranger are identical apart from the body. And chassis. And engines, axles, brakes, gearboxes, interiors. Actually, there are no major common components between the two. Maybe a fuse, or a nut, but thats it. So, actually, they aren`t even similar
  11. This is probably more common than we think it is, just that the dealer was honest enough to tell it like it is. I had a similar problem with a Peugeot I got as a company car years ago. From brand new it was deafening at motorway speeds, so at its first service I took it back to the supplying dealer and asked them to sort it. When I picked the car up I asked them if they had found the problem, and they replied they couldn`t find one. I challenged them as I had checked the mileage when I dropped it off, and the car hadn`t been driven. When pressed they admitted "Peugeot pay us for rectification, not for the time in finding the faults"! Tell them how to fix it and they will, otherwise they don`t care until you need another one. This should be a case of `name and shame` as dealers like the OP is dealing with don`t deserve our custom. Sadly, dodgy dealers take precedence of posters on here.
  12. The Shogun Sport is an L200 with an integrated rear end so it looks like an estate (like the old Shogun Sport). Drives and rides like an L200 (OK for a pick up, not nice for a `car`). The one I saw was advertised at a few pennies under £40K which seems optimistic in the extreme! Many, many better ways of blowing £40K IMO, be interesting to see how many we see on the road.
  13. We had our Passat broken in to in Aigues Morte in 2001. Bastille night, they did a few cars as the alarms couldn`t be heard because of the fireworks. Was the front passenger window, and as we faced a 660 mile run back to the ferry (then another 240 miles in the UK) contacted the insurance company to get it replaced. We were due to travel back the following day, but managed to postpone the ferry for 24 hours. The car was only 3 weeks old, and we were told there wasn`t a replacement window anywhere in France. Best they could sort for us was a plexiglass replacement. Anyway, we got the address of the company who could help, but we had to go to Montpellier to get it fitted. So we set off, and in Montpellier got promptly lost, ended up on a small, pretty rough industrial area and down a dead-end. We stumbled across a little auto screen replacement firm in a glorified shed, and thinking he would know where the competition was located, I stopped and tried to make him understand what I wanted. I failed. Dismally. Instead, the guy went to a rack and produced a piece of glass - which just happened to be for my Passat. Correct window, correct tint, and a genuine VW item (marked glass) to boot! I never made the chap understand what I was after, but he had it fitted in 45 minutes and only charged me 60 euros. I was gobsmacked. So much for `none in France`!
  14. None of the `inane` answers are as `inane` as the original post, I`m afraid. I did look at having my previous 5-series re-mapped, and the local, very experienced, re-mapping company were happy to it. They also told me not to bother, as in their (extensive) experience `you don`t get owt for nowt`. Their biggest market was people more concerned with numbers than how their car drove, how economical it was, or how reliable it was. Car manufacturers don`t simply fit different maps for the sake of it. My old Passat TDI sport had 130bhp and 229 lb/ft of torque, the SE model had 130bhp and 216 lb/ft of torque. Why? The SE used a 5-speed gearbox that was nearing its maximum torque handling figure, the newer six-speed had a far greater torque capacity. No doubt some SE owners have had their cars re-mapped (or chipped) without knowing (or caring/realising/understanding) what potential damage they are doing. Of course this will have been pointed out by the re-mapping/chipping companies. Ignorance is bliss, and there are lots of blissful people about.
  15. For every good report I`m sure you will get a bad one. We had a 2006 Elddis Avante which was pretty good. We did have one problem which was the furniture in the centre of the van coming away from the walls. This was fixed under warranty with no problems (It was a `524` layout, quite a few of this design had the problem and the manufacturer had a fix for it), and we kept the van for 10 years and the issue never arose again. We had the van serviced every year, and sold it very quickly and for good money, as we had all the service sheets which showed no damp. We never had any cracking of panels, and nothing stopped working at any time (heating, water heating, cooking etc) during the 10 years we had it. It is possible that we were `lucky`, but looking after our succession of cars and vans and ensuring they are meticulously maintained seems to have helped with our `luck`.
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