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  1. Ha ha Gary! We're in danger of re-igniting a long running Marmite arguement here. There is one other Buc on site here which is semi-perm and has a vast, extended Air awning with a floor and domestic furniture within. Now that is courage I'd say! (Notice tenuous link to OP's original large awning subject). 😄
  2. ......and 14 minutes till that ominous hissing sound....😄
  3. Footnote. Given the additional depth of the Flint awning it will of course make the annexe space considerably greater than that in our previous annexe.
  4. Poor wi-fi here so I'll be brief. Universal 420 was excellent and experienced assembly gets it properly sealed against the van before pegging sides and front. Use of awning verandah poles to brace centre of wall seal also worked well. External mudflaps are a pain on hardstanding as little grey pegs break easily. Rain noise from roof drips also much louder. We have Magnum 340 on this van and would of had 400 if window and hatch layout would have suited. I wont cross either. Had bedroom annexe on 420 and it was great...when properly put up. I did find it a bit of a challenge to avoid pulling wall seal out. Oops. Anyway do ask if any more questions or PM me but be patient waiting for reply. Graham
  5. Ian, thanks for that kind offer. I think our dealer is going to get us a new replacement mattress and Duvalay topper. At the moment I think I can get the old ones dry enough to use next week. If I fail I may call you up. Cheers Graham.
  6. Oh Woe is me! Despite my sealing the 2 Heki cracks and storing the van very nose up I got there today to find the Duvalay topper and Ozio mattress beneath soaked. Reason was that another crack had formed in the leading edge of the Heki of which I was not aware. Could kick myself for not removing bedding and installing drip catcher. But as I had fixed it in July I did not expect anything fresh. Doh! and Grrr! Does the team think that Irwin Hymer will cough for the consequential damage to the bedding? Are they liable I wonder as dealer could not programme in repair till October. Off to Cornwall for a month on Monday. Bedding in room with 2 dehumidifiers on full blast, hopefully usable. Off out with the Sikaflex as soon as the rain stops! Graham😧 Footnote to above. Just "fixed it" with more adhesive and realised that in this case my storing the van nose up has worked against me as water can collect in the small recesses on the front edge of the Heki where this latest crack had formed. So those who do likewise might want to check their Heki by pulling off the small grills around the inside edge and checking for cracks in the frame. You can see daylight through them! Graham.
  7. Oh Woe is me! Despite my sealing the 2 Heki cracks and storing the van very nose up I got there today to find the Duvalay topper and Ozio mattress beneath soaked. Reason was that another crack had formed in the leading edge of the Heki of which I was not aware. Could kick myself for not removing bedding and installing drip catcher. But as I had fixed it in July I did not expect anything fresh. Doh! and Grrr! Does the team think that Irwin Hymer will cough for the consequential damage to the bedding? Are they liable I wonder as dealer could not programme in repair till October. Off to Cornwall for a month on Monday. Bedding in room with 2 dehumidifiers on full blast, hopefully usable. Off out with the Sikaflex as soon as the rain stops! Graham😧
  8. Well, we're on our 4th Buccaneer since 2011 and our issues have been well reported on CT. We had a new side on the Clipper and 3 new fronts on the Caravelle, our Commodore is currently awaiting a replacement rear Heki rooflight which are noted for cracking. Am I downhearted? Not a bit. It's a great place to be in for all the reasons Jezzerb outlined in his opening post. I'm a retired engineer and not averse to fixing things myself but crucial to our enjoyment of the van has been cultivating and keeping a good relationship with our dealer who has never let us down. Wd have never lost a day of holiday due to van unavailability. We can't think of another van we would like to own and still look forward to every trip. GB.
  9. Heard today that Hymer have "approved" the Heki replacement and dealer has parts on the way. So that's all worked through quite promptly. Probably not be able to get it in for the fix and delayed service for a month but I've glued up the cracks so no water ingress expected. Got the wife to shut me in the front locker today so I could investigate water ingress there. Did not take long to see why. Very poor design to expect those 2 seals to mate effectively. Not much I could do but check fit and spray with seal lubricant. (She did let me out.) As an aside the dealer told me the factory are currently unable to meet demand for new vans and the knock on effect for availability of second hand will be impacted. Good to know the demand is there anyway. Graham
  10. Quite agree. Local resident told me Mevagissey was rammed last weekend, so we'll be avoiding that. Great weather down here and just nice to be actually out in the van at last.
  11. We should form a survivors club and meet up every year to exchange stories VV. Thanks Ian. Good to hear you are back on the road with a new van. I had a centre only E&P system fitted to our Caravel by Conrad Anderson in Birmingham. Never been without since. The help and advice I have gotten through your thread have been really useful and I hope I have contributed in return. It's a team activity owning a Buccaneer! I'll monitor the damp closely as that is obviously the biggest threat. All the best. Graham.
  12. Yep. 1st trip out this year and we are pitched up in Cornwall in Commodore we've had for 3 years. Just love it. Magnum porch and cosy corner up just as we are expecting 10 days of good weather. What's not to like? Perhaps the cracked frame on rear Heki roof light dripping water on wife's side of bed? Nah, fixed it temporarily and dealer is on the case with a warranty fix. Not dented our enthusiasm one bit. It's the lifestyle we bought into and we'll enjoy it no matter what. GB.
  13. Somewhat comforting I guess VV. I stuck my head out this morning and checked the Stargazer frame which although typically "wavy" on it's long axis, was not cracked. I do dislike the way muck collects above the curved front rooflight panel as well. Difficult to access and clean out. Looks like a mountain of mastic down there. I'm not sure how much inclination might be required to ensure roof drainage whilst in use but I suspect a consequence might be we'd end up leaning forward going up the van to achieve it.😃 Dealer has responded this morning and put in a warranty claim to Hymer, so we'll wait and see how long that takes. (For the extractor fan housing it was very quick.) Fingers crossed Graham PS: I started looking at the start of this thread and saw all the excitement and optimism therein. It seems to have diluted a bit with some like Pete parting company with their Van's.
  14. VV/Pete, thanks for your expansive and informative replies. This van has been our best Buccaneer (fewest faults!) and until the extractor fan housing leak fault I have previously reported most minor things I fixed myself. I'm a retired engineer and enjoy fixing things so it's all part of vanning to me. BUT. I am very aware of the roof issues and the commonly found dip at the front around the Stargazer is very apparent on ours. Hence I store it nose up. We also have the front locker waterfall feature which I have not bothered about too much so far. So I keep my damp meter handy and my wife's eagle eye often spots issues promptly. I have also reported my good relationship with Pearman Briggs without which we would probably be having a very different conversation. We intend to soldier on with this van as Ian McH used to say "we can't think of anything better". We have a ten year old Discovery 4 (80k miles) and a driver pushing 68, so we are expecting this combination will see us out towing!🤣 Graham.
  15. Oops. IT skills again.🙄
  16. Blimey Pete. 5 places on the one hatch? What was the combined wisdom as to the cause? Roof flexure? Adhesive choice? Brittle frame moulding? Rubbish assembly process? I noted this on removing the blind assembly. Hideous roof profile really, like the lake district! Cheers for advice, Graham.
  17. So. Another familiar fault which has been discussed on this forum before. Rear top hatch cracked through in 2 places. It was ok when we put it in store in September, jacked up front to improve run off. Just a drip (not me) on Mrs Chief this morning revealed the issue! Sealed it temporarily with glue. No damp in the ceiling, all 4 sides below 4%. I'll report back when I get a response from the dealer. I know this thread is old but I think those of us who still have the Van's might benefit from pointers as to what to look out for as time goes on. Here in friendly Cornwall on first trip out looking forward to weather upturn. Filling the time with van maintenance and practicing local accent to blend in...🤣 Graham.
  18. Totally agree Mal. I think Steveie has definitely got the Rose tinteds on. Talked to a site operator in Devon yesterday who had been open in March up to lock down. She said she had no clear idea of when they might reopen and clear guidelines were awaited. (We agreed that if the 4th July is allowed that the M5, A30 and A38 would not be places to be seen!) More worryingly and relevant to Steveie's post she said she was amazed and disappointed by the poor hygiene standards she witnessed around her facility areas with people not even washing their hand on leaving let alone wiping basins down despite awareness of the growing virus threat. I think relying on users to clean up after themselves is fool's gold. If we go we'll be using all on board facilities but at the moment I expect that the July 4th live date is barely 50/50 likely, particularly for Cornwall and even if it is allowed by Govt I am concerned about local attitudes. (Being stoned whilst towing through St Austell does not appeal somehow.) GB.
  19. Likewise. Our first booking in Cornwall has shifted from May to June and now to July and I doubt that will go ahead. However, for once I may be ahead of the game, having "panic bought" two bottles of Thetford Blue and 3 packs of happy Bowl toilet liners! Just in case. (Hopefully, like the Nightingales, they'll see little use). WRT storage, our compound has remained open throughout but I kept away till this week when I was pleased to find all was well and the solar panel had the battery up at 13v with the rat repeller singing away as I had left it.
  20. At this point it's quite easy to become over philosophical about the future and how "things might never be the same again". But maybe a reassessment of priorities national and personal might flow from this....or perhaps it'll all drift back to the previous status quo when our own situation improves. The next few weeks should bring things clearer....at least at home. The international picture, particularly the 3rd world situation might be the charging elephant we won't focus on soon enough as we, naturally enough, look to ourselves. To return to the OP's point, those if us who picked peas and beans as kids to earn pocket money in the school holidays (it's how my wife funded her own school iniform) might relish a stint in the fields....if our backs are still up to it.😖😁 GB.
  21. Is the screwed up face bloke just doing it on this and other threads because: A. He is genuinely confused or B. He thinks the screen is a mirror?
  22. Albert, knock it on the head will you please. If you stay at home you only have to mitigate the minimum. It's what we all should do. Then we can sit and carp at panic buying hoarders with true piety. I have to take the van for a service 20 miles down the road next month (within one day) and am concerned about being stoned en route. That's enough.
  23. Its a bit like the pubs situation, until the Govt closed them down it was not taken seriously. NB: The C&MHC are still claiming to be "there for us" so implying nationwide availability. Further ambiguity. We are booked into a Cornish site on 5th May at present but would not fancy being stoned by the locals on our way through St Austell en route. Looks like 2020 is going to be Cntrl-Alt-Del The sooner everyone realises that and knuckles down the better.
  24. I like your stoic and well reasoned attitude. Sending son up to the 'rose to get a good Côte de Rhone. I heard that the toilet roll lunacy was triggered by a social media post saying all paper products may be in short supply. Boom.
  25. Latest: Lifesure phoned up and we closed it out at £296, so another fiver knocked off. GB.
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