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DaveA

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  • Location
    Somerset
  • Interests
    Caravanning
  • Towcar
    Hyundai Santa Fe 2. 7 LPG
  • Caravan
    Bailey S1 Cadiz

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  1. DaveA

    RAV4 Hybrid AWD as towcar

    The mass in service of a current RAV4 AWD hybrid is 1815 Kg according to my V5, so towing 1450 Kg gives a ratio of 80%. The towing limit is 1650 Kg and the max train weight is 3920Kg. I may be missing something but I don't see the problem. The 85% recommendation for new towers is just that, no more. Dave
  2. DaveA

    RAV4 Hybrid AWD as towcar

    Many thanks for your replies. Dave
  3. DaveA

    RAV4 Hybrid AWD as towcar

    Has anyone any experience of using a RAV4 hybrid AWD Excel as a towcar. It has a towing limit of 1650kg so should manage my Unicorn S1 Cadiz adequately. I am used to driving a hybrid as my wife has a Prius. I also realise that the engine will be working almost continuously when towing, so mpg will be nothing like the adverts. We want a hybrid for general use if we decide to come down to one car in the future. Dave
  4. DaveA

    Kampa Breeze Pump

    I have a Kampa Breeze pump which I have used to inflate my Rally Air Pro 330 three times so far this year. It takes at least 10 amps so a modern caravan cigar socket is not rated high enough to power it. I added a 20 amp rated socket to the extenal power box on my Cadiz, fed from the main battery to distribution box, fused at 15 amps. This works perfectly and inflates the awning to just under 11 psi ( my setting) in under 5 mins. A car socket is usually rated to 10+ amps so should do the job equally well, but you may need the engine running to keep the volts up. Hope this helps, Dave
  5. DaveA

    Kampa Breeze Pump

    The cable on my Breeze pump is approx 15 feet long (460 cm). Rather than lug another battery around, I installed a 20 amp 'cigar' socket under the external mains socket on my Unicorn. This is a 15A fused spur off the main 20A feed from battery to distribution box. It works a treat. It is best not to run the pump whilst the charger is supplying 12v as it is a very inductive load, the battery will not be worried by such a load. Dave
  6. We have a Fiamma Caravanzip fitted to our Unicorn Cadiz for the last year. It stood up to the "strong" south westerlies of Cornwall last April and September and the winds and rain of Anglesey in July with no problem. The fitting of the cassette to the van is very strong. The only water ingress we experienced was from behind the cassette, the dealer added sealant saying it was the first one he had installed on a caravan so he was climbing the learning curve. In terms of usage it is very robust, we have used it on both grass and hardstanding, and the only additional tie-downs I used were cord guy ropes on the front corners. We are very pleased with the awning, it is a bit more "utility" looking than some of the other makes, but it saves my poor old back from lugging roof sections around and threading them through awning channels! Hope this helps, Dave
  7. DaveA

    Santa Fe 2.7, V6 Auto

    I've towed with an 03 plate 2. 7 V6 petrol automatic since the vehicle was new. I have had an LPG conversion fitted so it is now dual fuel. To date I have had no towing problems at all, the permanent 4WD is invaluable on wet grass (especially last weekend!). I currently tow a Unicorn Cadiz so you should have no problems at all with a lighter van. Being petrol you do need higher revs than a diesel to keep on the torque curve, but that's normal. Hope this helps. Dave
  8. DaveA

    LED Strip failures in Alutech vans

    Hi 635wmd I plan to add a double strip on either side along the length of the berths. I haven't done a detailed inspection but the clear strips usually can be prised out of their mouldings. Problem at the moment is sourcing some of the little round switches, Bailey parts are out of stock. As the current drain is only milliamps I shall take a feed from the spotlights. I might also improve the light over the kitchen by changing the existing single led strip to a double and extending it over the hob area. I shall probably have a go this weekend - I'll keep you posted. Dave
  9. DaveA

    LED Strip failures in Alutech vans

    There are single and double LED strips available from the Bailey Parts website http://www. bailey-parts. co. uk. I have just got some of the double strips to augment the front berth lighting on my Peg 514 but haven't fitted them yet. Dave
  10. DaveA

    Ford Galaxy

    I towed with 2. 3 (auto) Galaxies from 1997 to 2003 and found them to be very stable towcars. We toured UK only but from Cornwall to the Scottish highlands with no bother. No vehicle towing a van is going to have sparkling performance, but the petrol engine was always up the job as long as you kept the revs in the right part of the torque curve. The van weight was 1400Kg, but the Galaxy could swallow awnings and other heavy equipment, which would keep the van weight down. Dave
  11. DaveA

    13 Pin Caravan Wiring

    I can confirm that the 13 pin plug does detach without damage when my van (Senator 5 - 1500kg) parted company from the tow car, at low speed thankfully. The breakaway cable did its job, pulled the brake on, then parted leaving just the 13 pin socket attached. This broke free immediately thereafter. We reconnected everything, it all worked perfectly and we resumed our journey. Had no trouble since. It's a vast improvement on the 12N 12S system. Dave
  12. DaveA

    Pneumatic Jockey Wheel For A Senator?

    I have used a pneumatic jockey wheel on several vans, including my S5 Arizona. It does hang a little bit lower than the solid wheel but was no problem until we moved house and now have a steep drive. As I use a motor mover to store the van I had to revert to the solid wheel as I needed every millimetre of clearance front and back when the main wheels were in the dip between the gradients. Other than that I would still be using the pneumatic jockey wheel. Dave
  13. DaveA

    Hyundai 5 Year Warranty

    The windscreen washer pump on my 2003 Santa Fe failed at 4 years 11 months. The local Hyundai dealer's response was "Bring it in, we've got to get it fixed before your warranty runs out". First class attitude and service. Dave
  14. DaveA

    Santa Fe Any Good ?????

    I can't comment on the engine from my own experience, but we have towed with a 2. 7 V6 Santa Fe for the past 5 years. The vehicle has done everything we have asked of it with no problems. Current van is a Bailey Senator 5 Arizona, 1500Kg. I have just had an lpg conversion fitted so intend to keep the Santa Fe for a while longer. Incidentally, it's done 45000 miles so far on its original tyres so I'm very happy. Dave
  15. DaveA

    Long Tv Poles

    Mitch, It's pretty easy to pick up Sky when on site, as long as already mentioned, there are no trees (or mountains) between you and the satellite. You don't need expensive sat finders, a compass and the built in signal strength meter in Sky will suffice. I would recommend that you check David Sullivan's first class website www. satelliteforcaravans. co. uk for comprehensive info. I've been using Sky and Sky+ boxes with an old extendible mast clamped to the jockey wheel shaft plus a second-hand sky dish for years. It's not as difficult as it seems. Dave
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