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    touring, jet skiing, water skiing
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    Mazda CX 5 Auto
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    Amara 520/4

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  1. Try taking off the shower hose from the thermostatic valve in the shower turn the temp control to its highest setting and turn on the water if water comes out hot and does not go cold after a few minutes it will probably be the thermostatic cartridge in the shower valve. These can be replaced as long as you know the make of the shower. It is also very easy to change the whole valve, TURN OFF THE WATER AT THE STOP COCK, then unscrew the valve from its back plate, replace with a thermostatic shower valve with the same centre (usually 150mm). These are generally not too expensive (£40) and are available from Screwfix or almost any plumbing supplier. Plenty of videos on you tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo2d1Tfp018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbn_SJi5Sas https://www.screwfix.com/c/bathrooms-kitchens/shower-valves/cat820336?cm_sp=managedredirect-_-bathrooms-_-showervalves It is also a good idea to remove this after draining down for the winter as just dropping the shower head into the tray does not drain the valve, this water could freeze during cold weather
  2. Could you get a door from a caravan breakers yard and use the part you need?
  3. Ford no longer fit the 3.2 diesel in the Ranger, only a 2 ltr with 2 outputs, it can be had with the 10speed auto (see this weeks autoexpress ).Top of the range is over £40K
  4. terve

    Rear number plate

    These will do the job https://www.towsure.com/self-adhesive-yellow-number-plate-style-background https: //www.towsure.com/number-plate-style-letters-and-numbers
  5. I had a 2010 2.2 diesel auto for 5 years and it towed my Coachman Amara 520/4 without problem ( 1475kgs), tended to hunt between 4th and 5th (5 speed torque converter box). Lower towing limit for auto (1500kgs v 2000 kgs for manual) MPG aroung 25 when towing
  6. If you are a member of Which magazine or know someone who is a memberthey did a survey end of 2018 published in early 2019 of 27 breakdown providers
  7. Kids will probably find the caves at Casleton interesting, also very good walks at Ringinlow just outside Hathersidge. Derwent dams may be worth a visist. https://www.visitpeakdistrict.com/things-to-do/attractions/caverns-and-caves
  8. Glad you got it sorted, suprising what brute force can achieve.
  9. Have a look in the handbook for emergency release of the tailgate, it is usual for there to be an emergency release mechanism, as previous posts, drop the back seats and find the lock, (it may have a cover over it). There will probably be a lever that can be operated to release the lock.
  10. terve

    Mazda CX 5

    I have a 2016 2.2 sport nav AWD auto and tow a coachman Amara 520/4, the CX5 tows it no problem Reliabilty has been excellent, only one problem with the parking brake not releasing in sync, replacement caliper and motor fitted under warranty (apparently this was a fairly common issue). If you are thinking of a new one the waiting time could be quite long, I ordered a new petrol auto Sport Nav in Jan this year and was told delivery would be 12 weeks. In late April was told delivery would be mid June , ie 18 weeks from placing order, hope to take dely next week. Decided on a petrol as the extra cost of a 150 hp 2wd diesel could not be justified due to only travelling about 6K/year includind 1K towing. Low annual mileage due to fact we have 2 cars (other car is a 2017Mazda 2 GT sport)
  11. I think some cars do need a laptop plugging in to change the rear pads easily, this applies when the electronic parking brake comes on automatically when the car stops ,it does not release until the car is started and starts to move. If the appropriate laptop/diagnostic tool is not available it will be necessary to remove the electronic servo motor that operates the parking brake. This make the job much less easy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqbLIJHh28Y
  12. This maybe of some help although it is for a Bosal detachable, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbfS3VYKE5Y
  13. I have a Mazda CX 5 auto, it has a 6 speed torque converter gearbox ,it can be used in manual mode also . The Mazda 3 and CX3 also have a torque converter if autos, I believe the Mazda 2 also has a torque converter if auto although these are not very common. The auto box does not lock up at 5 mph and change to a DSG
  14. As per post from WispMan Vat at 5% will be charged if gas is metered, if bottle gas is used then 20% Vat will be payable.
  15. In cold weather you can easily use a 47kg gas bottle per week, electricity charges per unit cannot be more than the site is paying for it but they can and probably will make a standing charge for the electricity meter. As other posts ,it is not possible to give an accurate figure for the cost as you do not state which 9 months of the year you will be staying in the van. Check whether site fees include council tax as this will be several hundred pounds. If on" mains" gas there will be a standing charge on the meter, if on bottle gas which tends to be more common it is usual to have 2 bottles with a change over valve . It is usual to pay for bottle gas as you go not billed every 3 or 6 months. It is a good idea to fit skirting around the caravan as this restricts cold winds blowing under the van, if you do this do not forget to leave some ventilation grids and have an easily removable section to allow access to drain taps for the water system.
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