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  1. Users of woodburning stoves have a tendancy to buy stoves much bigger than their requirements. As an indication of the heat output of these stoves the Carron Ironworks https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carron_Company produced a flat pack stove for the migrants heading west in their covered waggons😊. I saw one of these stoves in a visit to their museum 30 years ago the stove was tiny -less than 1 cubic foot in size.
  2. Hi all my Swift Conqueror is presently stored for the winter. I removed its 5 year old dead battery during the easing of the lock down several weeks ago. Its new battery lies fully charged in my garage. Not only is the temperature going down to -7C and lower up here but its going to be like that for several more days. We have bright sunlight most days just now so the solar panel will be active. Will the lack of battery have any detrimental effect apart from no charge to the alarm battery?
  3. I tow my 1660 K Swift Conqueror 560 with my 4x4 Seat Taracco diesel. Your big problem-apart from relative weights-is going to be noseweight. Reccomendations in the Seat literature are vague to say the least. Variously in my drivers hand book 80 kilos-85 kilos and never exceed 100 kilos.
  4. Unfortunately there are 4 different sizes! My Swift Conqueror has the biggest wheel size that fits-so only the biggest carrier would do. Regarding old and new I will be sliding it out annually so a new one should slide out for five seasons at least. By then I will be 79-old enough for cruise liners😂.
  5. Just spent £126 on a spare wheel carrier for my Swift Conqueror. Never liked the spare wheel located right at the back of the caravan under the bed. Now its low down behind the axle improving stability. I agree that its a pain sliding it out and lubricating the slides every year-which is not recommended by AL-KO. You do not need to bother sliding it out in a flat tyre situation just remove the split pins and pull the carrier plus wheel out. It was not easy to fit by disabled me but I got there by balancing the spare wheel and carrier on my 2 ton trolley jack😊. The instructions are useless. The RAC person will have to cope with using it in the event of a flat tyre. Weight of mine is 7.5 kilos.
  6. ancell

    Mobility car

    Motability vehicle insurance contract is the same length of time as the contract-3 years. In my experience its been extended 3 times due to the replacement vehicle not being built before contract end. You must identify ALL drivers who intend to drive the vehicle. Only named drivers are insured. The rules have been tightened in recent years because of serious abuse of the system eg named drivers living in London claiming to drive a vehicle"used" in Glasgow. There is now a geographical limit on named drivers.
  7. ancell

    Mobility car

    Now on our 4th motability vehicle ie Citroen Picasso Grand Ford Galaxy Citroen Picasso Grand Seat Taracco 4x4 150hp diesel To qualify for Motability you need to be on the highest level of mobility disability. Vehicle comes complete with Full service for three year contract. Replacement of tyres. Glass replacement. RAC cover breakdown-recovery-accident recovery. Towing considerations. Our caravan is 1660K MTPL so very few motability cars can tow this weight. Just changed to our very impressive new tug Seat Taracco so up to date on Motability requirements. First you can specify a factory fitted tow bar. Downside-you are going to wait 6 months plus on it being built! Second you must inform Motability you intend to have a tow bar fitted. It cannot be D-I-Y😊. Get advice on tow bar fitters my local Ford dealers "approved fitter" was out of his depth on modern electronics. You now MUST phone the insurance company and inform them you have fitted a tow bar. Are caravan flat tyres covered by RAC cover-No/but Yes. The RAC sub contract cover in rural areas and in my experience the recovery garage has been quite happy to change wheels-always carry an inflated spare😊. Damage-ALWAYS contact the RAC. They are the arbiter on the vital repair time-if it goes over 24hours you will get a replacement hire car. In my experience in the same day of breakdown! Modern tow bars are not cheap! Mine cost £575 including removable tow ball. I always have dedicated electrics fitted ever since my experience with the Ford Galaxys non dedicated loom. Remember its always good practice to follow guidelines regarding "running in" miles before towing as stated in your vehicle hand book-in the Teraccos case its 500K. I did 50 but its not advisable.
  8. I have been holidaying in the Valle Gran Rey for three decades of winter sun. The track that was covered in cliff fall is well known as being unstable to the locals. The people that use it are tourists completely unfamiliar with the islands dangers. Unfortunately the track is very convenient to the harbour beach and the excellent sea food restaurants. Parking space is non existant so the unwary park on the narrow unstable track. There are fallen rocks all over the place the dangers are obvious. Rock falls are common 30 years ago you would drive around a corner and find half the road had fallen a thousand feet into the sea. The warning was a white painted line around the rim😊
  9. We tour in Scotland you can forget antenna reception on the sites we use for reliable reception eg anywhere along the west side of the Kintyre peninsula unless you like the dire offerings of Irish tv(in our opinion) Its got to satellite for us postcoded for our own local area of course😊 From the theft point of view ebay dish £26 quad LNB £16 Satgear tripod £20 inc cover. 3 seasons use who would pinch that set up? Connected to Humax twin tuner and very heavy Panasonic tv.
  10. Now done several hundred towing miles towing our Swift Conqueror 560 MTPL 1660K. Moved the spare wheel under floor to assist stability-it sat right against back wall under fixed bed. Needed to shift stuff around to get down to maximum nose weight of 80K ( hand book is vague it states max 80k on one page and never exceed 100K on another? I fly RC aircraft on our local RAF base this requires using about 2 miles of VERY off road tracks in offroad mode the Taracco deals with the mud grass broken tarmac and pot holes no problem.
  11. Dash camera s push SD cards hard as the card must cope with deletion of old files while almost simultaneously storing new files. My experience with SD cards bought on fleabay etc is they either upset the camera or do not work or both. Buying SD cards from Asda Tesco Curry s etc have solved my SD card problems. I am currently running front and back Next base cameras supplied by Halfords and wired in behind door and window gaskets. Cameras now on their 3rd year.
  12. Club sites in Scotland? Read the Covid rules for up here. It appears I can caravan within my area West Lothian. Do nt know if the gate on our CASSOA Gold site will be in electronic lock down from today though.
  13. Plus Boris s dad Stanley Not forgetting Jeremy Corbyn Or Margaret Ferrier (SNP MP) Or Nicola s Chief Medical Adviser Dr Catherine Calderwood. These are the one s caught out-so far😊
  14. Just get the frying pan out a smear of butter or oil bung in the bread turn on gas/electric-perfect toast. As taught to me during my sail boat racing days 5 decades ago😊.
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