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VOLVOVANNER

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    Norwich
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    DIY, Caravanning, Cars
  • Towcar
    2018 Volvo XC90 D5 R-Design
  • Caravan
    2018 Buccaneer Cruiser

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  1. Yes I get this as if the service history is not up to date they will not honour the warranty so no point paying the £50 to transfer the warranty. If it was serviced by a main dealer I think the service is updated on the ‘Gateway’ which Elddis can see. If not serviced at a main dealer they would need to see proof of the service dates.
  2. Have Elddis told you this? I am now on my third Elddis/Buccaneer caravan purchased privately secondhand and with each one I have just copied the change of ownership page in the back of the handbook and sent that completed with the cheque for £50 to Elddis (no request for any proof of purchase or invoice, even the previous owner details are not obligatory) and within a few days I have received confirmation of the change of owner/warranty from the manufacturer. My father did same with a s/h Compass (still and Elddis caravan) just before christmas.
  3. Totally agree, well done Alde, I have found them really helpful when sorting problems ‘over the phone’ Have also found Whale v helpful. Help direct and quickly from manufacturers is v rare in our caravanning world and is to be congratulated. Our current caravan thankfully has both Alde and Whale equipment installed.
  4. Ok thanks for update. Dometic said 5 years ago when mine was done that it needed a whole new control unit as the disc not available separately so be good if you can now source one as i guess £28 not too silly.
  5. Ours was set into a wooden panel and was held in by spring loaded clips so i inserted a trim removal tool around the edges until I could get my fingers behind it. I changed mine for same reason as you I guess ie the ‘button cover’ had broken. Managed to get mine done under warranty, have you or have you sourced one yourself?
  6. Yes, the lower fixing screws are accessed just inside the recess when microwave door is opened. Then run your fingers along the front inside edge of the cupboard above the microwave, you should find 2 screws or perhaps holes which contain screws. These screws have been driven in at a 45 deg angle and sometimes ‘pull’ into the woodwork so you have to have a dig around in the hole to find the screw head with the screwdriver. Remove all 4 screws and you can get the surround (and then the microwave if you wished) out.
  7. Must be some lady, Mrs VV would be bored of that after 2 minutes.....actually, make that 1 minute
  8. Are these the Heki roof-lights with the metal handle to open? If so then as others have said it is possible water has pushed up under the clear dome and in but do have a look at the plastic frame attached to the roof of the caravan carefully. These are known to crack which will let in water. Also the seal to the roof had gone on a Heki on our previous caravan - I had it removed, cleaned up thoroughly and refitted with new bedding /sealant.
  9. Last June we bought a 2018 Buccaneer privately from the 2nd owner. The first owner had it new and was diagnosed with cancer and subsequently passed away having used the caravan vvvvvv little (I did some research and can see he did sadly pass away in the time-frame as explained). The 2nd owner used it for one weekend and hated caravanning so sold it........to us. So 16 months old and 2 owners but no issues. Last Nov I bought a 13 month old Compass for my elderly parents. The 1st owners bought it new, used it just a few times and decided they did not want to make up the beds each night (2 berth) so traded it in for an older, lower spec model but parted with no extra cash). We bought it from the dealer who traded it in. There can be legitimate reasons for previous ownership but is always best to be vigilant and wary. a CRiS check online will advise number of previous owners and date registration changed each time.
  10. Previous buccaneer was grp and was v pleased with it after the first aluminium sided caravan. Newer van is 2018 Buccaneer and they are back to aluminium sides. I would have preferred grp again but as you can see did not stop me buying the Ali sided one because I liked the caravan. So imho grp if you can.
  11. I read it as if the OP had already bought the car Ian, but maybe not?
  12. If you go down the 3rd party towbar route do def consider having them fit a genuine Volvo wiring kit so that the car can adjust certain parameters as aware towball is in use. I’m no expert but I do know the genuine kit will disable the rear park sensors + side collision avoidance system (if you have it fitted) but I also believe it alters gearbox and braking parameters to allow for the expected additional power/stopping required when towing what could be a weighty trailer. Also the new SPA models are very complex and if not a specific Volvo loom and you encounter electrical/sensor issues you could find yourself with Volvo blaming the towbar fitter and vice versa And you being stuck in the middle between a rock and a hard place. I know from experience how good the new Volvo models are but how the various sensors are extremely sensitive. Had factory fitted swinging tow bars on previous VW and current Volvo XC90.
  13. Had a Touareg new in 2014 until 2018- great car solo and towing. 3.0 V6 changed to a new xc90 last year and equally pleased. Like the upgrade able tech in the Volvo. Was concerned a 2.0 4 cylinder engine wd not be up to towing our 2000kg twin axle Buccaneer even though power specs on paper almost identical to the VW - I need not have worried if anything the Volvo is quieter than the VW and ‘just gets on with it’. Had air suspension and factory tow bars on both.
  14. These are the locks you will require (you can almost certainly get them elsewhere this was just 1st site i found with them)
  15. You can buy a Fiamma Zip awning in a bag which fixes to the awning rail. As others have said you will be restricted to the max straight section of the awning rail as they cannot tolerate any bends in the rail. As others have said the canopy itself is ok in calm conditions but not great in wind. Zip the sides in and it is much more stable. The zip in sections are ok but rain comes in around the door/windows through the stitching so only good in light showers too. Kampa make one (called a Revo) and Westfield made one until quite recently (called a rollaway I think) and would be interesting to hear any experiences of those two.
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