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    2018 Volvo XC90 D5 R-Design
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    2014 Buccaneer Schooner

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  1. Great product, comes in white too which may suit. The Range sell it too if that easier for you.
  2. Thin plastic sheet or even thin sheet aluminium (available from Wickes/Screwfix etc) would be stronger than duck tape. I used thin aluminium strip fixed with double sided trim tape to strengthen the A Frame fairing on a previous caravan - worked perfectly. If i was reaffixing it I would use stainless steel small nyloc nuts and bolts + a washer either side - again as I did on the previous caravan. Screwfix sell packs of s/s machine bolts with domed heads to accept a hex bit - these look very neat in size M4 or 5 - they also sell the s/s nyloc nuts and washers required for not much money.
  3. Has the caravan had a service lately (within last 12 months) if not that would be a good thing to do and they could sort the gas issue at the same time. Did you buy from a dealer in which case will likely have been serviced? If not you could look up a local caravan engineer who would ensure it is serviced correctly and is safe.
  4. Does your rafter have a plastic cap over the end which goes to the caravan by any chance? I suspect it does and ironically this has to be removed to allow the rafter to fit into the receiver attached to the bag. This worked for us but I did not like the ‘raw’ end of the rafter potentially coming into contact with the side of the caravan so i bought a plastic ‘bung’ with inside diameter to fit tightly inside the rafter and outside diameter exactly the same as the rafter tube so that one was sorted. How ironic you should post this re partial opening as only last weekend I was thinking how good this would be. Our issue is that the wall mounts would have to be mounted above the locker doors so would be quite high up side of van. I then started thinking about the stresses exerted on side of the caravan which would i feel be greater the higher up the van wall they were mounted. There is a brace near where either bracket would have to be on our side walls but then I considered the exact issue you have found of the door opening fouling on the angled canopy. On yours, could you not increase the length of the side supports sufficiently to push up the height of the front and thus clear the door....and your head?
  5. Hi Griff When we had our 2009 Crusader i swapped the caps like yours (mine had a stuck-on Elddis badge on where yours is Buccaneer) for the later date ‘solid’ Elddis badged version and it was a straight swap (ie no separate centre and stuck-on emblem) My current 2014 Buccaneer has the ‘solid’ B silver centre caps and same wheels as yours so yes the later versions will fit. The very latest models have dark anthracite centre caps which may not be good with your silver wheels though.
  6. Agree totally, have used Whale Customer Support myself in the past (including over a bank holiday weekend) and they were there on the phone and we pin-pointed the problem and as caravan under warranty required parts were sent and delivered next day. Superb service, good products, helpful support when required and they proactively seem to monitor this forum. Well done and thanks Whale. (Have found Alde v helpful too).
  7. I did this switch and did not use the additional separate filter - it was fine without it. Possible some installations require the filter hence it is included. If I remember correctly i did initially install that external filter but system did not work so well with it so simply removed it to bring back to original spec. Was about 5 years ago now but we had that caravan for 2 years after i updated the pump and all was good.
  8. You should be able to get to the float in the Dometic tank easily; Remove tank from caravan and pull back (away from the slide lever handle) on the green plastic ‘saddle’ that covers the slide/hole in the tank (the saddle is sprung loaded but will def pull back) Now you can pull the slider open to look into the tank. You can remove the whole slider/saddle unit, leaving a large access hole in the top of the tank if you hold tank still and turn the slider/saddle assembly anti-clockwise. Cleaning the rubber sealing rings in both ports and then applying some silicone spray lube or olive oil on the seals will improve the ease of use of the slider and make it easier to remove the access port next time. Push the saddle back into place and cassette is ready to go back into the caravan. I did not like my Dometic loo originally but over 4 years now it has worked well (once i could see how to get it apart when necessary).
  9. Cant answer re the Caravan but Reads are a caravan maintenance company so they should know what they are talking about. What I can say is I have used the Soudal Fix All they recommended and it is excellent and is sold by, among others, The Range stores if you have one locally. Approx £5/the from memory. Most dealers will sell Sikaflex but make sure you buy a (dated) tube which is still in date.
  10. Mine has them too and have wondered the same. My only thought is they help anchor a Volvo towball mounted bike frame????
  11. Exactly as Deno says, you do have the 13 pin socket....once the 7 pin adapter is twisted out. I have same factory fitted bar and electrics on my XC90. It is very good.
  12. What are you going to fill it with? My suggestion would be Sikaflex or Soudal fix-all. Both easily available in white and will be hardly seen up there. Nothing to lose and just keep an eye on it you may find it is absolutely fine now you have prevented it cracking further. I would do exactly the same as you have rather than go to the cost and potential ongoing issues with a new rear panel. You could i guess even apply a small piece of plastic trim over it if necessary but you may find filling it is fine. Good luck.
  13. As Andy has mentioned, it is the fridge which ticks at times in the middle of the night in our Bucanneer (Dometic fridge). Sounds like water dripping from somewhere but is def the fridge.
  14. I agree Super Resin Polish does have a mild abrasive action plus contains ‘fillers’ which mask for example swirl marks in paint (having improved them via the mild abrasive also) and is very good but as has been said it requires a wax over the top to give it some longevity. Autoglym also manufacture Extra Gloss Protection specially for this use which is a sealant (easy to apply and remove too) and this seals in the benefits of the SRP. I have used both for may years on cars and aluminium sided caravans + my grp (silver) sided caravan for last 4 years. I do however use a specialist grp polish (applied by hand) on the grp front panel.
  15. Up until March 18 we towed our Bucanneer Schooner (2000kg) with my 2014 Touareg V6. Great car with or without the caravan. Mine did have air suspension but you will be fine with standard springs. Is it a factory fitted towbar and if so do check the cooling fan has been uprated too (it should have been at the factory when they fitted the towbar but not all were uprated it seems). Have a look on the Mytreg forum for the full details + lots of helpful info re everything and anything Touareg related.
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