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    2016 Hyundai Tucson 4x4 2. 0 CRDi 185ps Auto
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    Bailey Senator S5 Louisiana

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  1. Might have been, I’m always banging on about something! I was very pleased with the deal, prices have certainly come down for unlimited mobile broadband over the past few years Self levelling only adds 17kg as the old steadies are removed so not as bad as you might think, we also thought a mover would be essential but twin axles move and react so slowly and deliberately I soon got used it and decided against it, my advice would be to go and have a play on an empty retail park and see how you get on
  2. No, handy I suppose but we don’t have one, twin axles are a bit easier to reverse and manoeuvre anyway. You need to consider the extra weight that a motor mover adds, personally I’d rather have the payload. What we did have fitted that we found a great bonus if you’re moving around a lot is E&P hydraulic self levelling, just push a button and the van levels itself, also very handy for fitting both wheel locks. Yes it’s a router with a SIM card in, details here http://www.three.co.uk/Discover/Devices/Huawei/HomeFi?memory=0&colour=Black I already have the box so I was able to get the unlimited data deal for £20 - it’s £22 if you haven’t got the box it looks like, reception has been very good we’ve found with 3. The router is mains powered but actually runs off a 12v power supply so you can just get a 12v stabilised supply and run it off the van if you need to.
  3. Check the voltage of the horse box. Most horse boxes are trucks and are 24v so you want to make sure you’re keeping the 24v and 12v systems separate, you can still get split charge relays from 24v to 12v
  4. https://www.apple.com/uk/shop/product/MD826ZM/A/lightning-digital-av-adapter - 5% off if your ex forces - every little helps!😝
  5. Victron do some excellent kit https://www.victronenergy.com/solar-charge-controllers/mppt7510
  6. I was surprised my 2003 4.6 litre V8 has no charge, never really liked chemistry at school so I don’t understand how a massive old petrol engine is ok and a relatively new diesel might not be!
  7. Fortunately managed to avoid any serious belts during my time working on live panels on ships but did see a few colleagues thrown across machinery spaces which focused my mind on being careful and wearing the rubber gloves! Thought although this is probably one of those threads that won’t result in anything happening it was quite interesting, I thought some sort of current sensing breaker or relay could be used so I posted it on an electrical forum I go on occasionally - here’s a suggestion from a chap on there: You could use an adjustable current sensing relay such as this: Current monitoring relay Selec 900CPR-1-1-BL-230V-CE - https://www.automation24.co.uk/current-monitoring-relay-selec-900cpr-1-1-bl-230v-ce or one of the many similar devices. Whatever you use, it ought to be true-RMS sensing, as MCBs respond to the RMS current value using resistive heaters. You would have to set it to the worst-case MCB curve with a compromise delay, as it won't track the actual curve. The monitoring relay would have to operate a contactor or power relay to disconnect the caravan loads, or at least the ones capable of causing an overload (e.g. the charger and 230V lighting could stay on). To prevent the cycling you describe (I queried about a control circuit to stop the breaker re-making as soon as the current fell off), you could use a manual reset button to latch the contactor in, until an overcurrent releases it. However, it would have to be manually reset after a supply loss. Using the monitoring relay to trigger a shunt-tripping actuator on an MCB would give you a manual reset that remains engaged through a supply loss. Alternatively, the recovery time on the relay I linked can be set to 99 seconds, giving you time to switch off the offending overload before it re-energises. I've used a much simpler method in my boat. I have a couple of MCBs that can be switched in optionally, on which I have adjusted the tripping current to be about 10% light. Because the curve will match that of the shoreline MCB fairly well, I haven't had to make it unduly sensitive or fast, just enough of a margin to cover any temperature difference if the bollard MCB is in the sun and my MCB isn't. So far I have had about five incidents, on a couple of different shoreline supplies, and my MCB has opened first each time. Obviously this method does not give me the luxury of tripping off only part of the load being monitored.
  8. Crikey, can’t even get away with a bit of thread drift on here, don’t suppose fatgit will be that bothered - he asked the question 3 years ago!
  9. Hi Gordon, what’s the weird device with a hose lock connector on? Looks like some curious torturous stethoscope for cleaning one ears out!
  10. If the weather holds out I’ll be spending Saturday trying to get the rust off mine, they’ve been silicon sprayed every few weeks but 4 years in salt air they can’t handle!
  11. I run a cleaning company and I would be horrified to hear about it, we always tell our drivers to make sure they don’t gesticulate or get into an argument with anyone when in company vans even if someone cuts them up etc, it’s all about the company name so I would definitely want to know.
  12. Let’s hope they’ve got a good deal on text messages, if there’s 1.6 million text messages to pay for next weeks fuel will be going up 😝
  13. We’ve had a 16 Plate for 40000 miles or 3.5 years, tows a twin axle 1800kg Senator fully loaded with no complaints, the 4WD also has diff lock and has performed well on wet fields that I thought we’d be stuck in. Also towed out motor homes from sloped grassy fields on a couple of occasions. Ours only has standard Hankooks on but I was amazed during the snowmageddon how well it handled the remote snow covered road to the mother in laws house - benefit or not? - you decide! Gets about 30mpg round town, 40mpg on a sensible run, and given it’s not a sports SUV takes off like a scalded cat in sports mode 🚗 💨 I did test drive the less powerful version at the dealers and felt it was a bit lacking, our van is at the weight limit for the auto but it handles it well and doesn’t struggle at all. If your van is only 1500kg I would imagine you’ll forget it’s there. No real problems, annoying glitches in the electronics sometimes - occupancy alarm on seats that are not occupied, screen for camera or radio sometimes doesn’t flash up properly, need to turn the car off and on again to sort it- kind of a 3 or 4 weekly thing, iPod controls are a bit clunky and long winded, car silences text alerts when the phones connected - just daft things really!
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