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  • Birthday 08/06/1954

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    VW Tiguan 2. 0 tdi 4motion DSG 2015
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    Coachman Pastiche 470/2 2019

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  1. The idea of a caravan becoming an effective Faraday cage that's able to specifically block or attenuate mobile phone signals does not sound like a serious possibility. It reminds me of the motor bike thieves that operated in London during the early days of trackers. These clever chaps used refrigerated vans to lift bikes from the streets and due to their heavy insulation and alloy bodies the tracker signal was untraceable. This bought the thieves time to find the tracker unit and disable it. So I suggest the same vehicle maybe suitable to the OP! P.S. why mobile phone signals, not radar, digital tv, military radio, aircraft, emission from power cables, lightening, explosions, MRI scanners, microwaves, cars, computers, cosmic radiation, gamma rays, the sun or the remnants of the big bang....................et al.
  2. Gd485

    Hybrids Towing

    You'd certainly know what an alko chassis looked like as the body would be still sitting on the drive!!!! It's wonderful what's been made possible, a 3 cylinder engine has poor secondary balance. The four stroke cycle and 3 cylinders in line needs good balance compensation. The power stroke last some 120 degrees which leaves 120 degrees before the next one. Thats is why six cylinders are so smooths the gaps are minimised and a flat six overcomes the secondary balance problems.
  3. I have fitted those as well and they do make a difference. What I tolerate as a problem may will not be a cause for concern for many other users.
  4. I try not to speed but not always 100% successful but as an aid I now use the cruise control as much as possible. It's really useful in lower speed limits as I can concentrate on driving rather than just my speed.
  5. I've not used the Falcon version. The idea seems good. I think the Car's mirror housing plays an important part in the success of the extension mirror, without a good foundation the extension mirror just exaggerates to problem due to the length of the arm and how that arm functions.
  6. There's no such thing as a perfect 'van. When choosing a change of 'van there is always a bit of doubt about the make/model selected. Everyone has second thoughts. Any choice is a compromise on many levels. I try to identify the key reasons for changing and try to find a model that addresses those points. As far as repairs go it all depends on what you expect, what you fix yourself and what you call a problem. Some consider a lose door handle a need for a court case whereas another owner consider the ingress of water a minor hiccup. Good luck with your choice and hope you have many trouble free holidays.
  7. There has been some Talk on France Bleu Radio that the speed limits changes are being discussed for France. I think the driver ( no pun intended) is reduction in emissions.
  8. I think it's the rubber block inserts that are different, some are stepped to overcome rim of the mirror housing. In my investigations I found the main areas that caused the wobbles were the arm tube and the clamp body. The bend in the arm seem to cause some of the problem. I tried a straight arm and this reduced the wobbles a bit and swopping the tube material from thick wall aluminium and things improved a bit more.
  9. I recently tried the Go Outdoors at Bedford but they didn't have any 6kg propane bottles at all. The local Calor dealer says they have been withdrawn for sale competly that was in June last year. The supply of these bottles seems to be a bit intermittent. I got my last one from the C&CC club site at Dartmouth in October.
  10. I have a 2015 VW Tiguan and use Milenco Grand aero mirrors. These mirrors fit well and work OK but they wobble a good bit. So, I decided to try to improve on the already good design. Here are a few photo's of what I managed to do. I just re-engineered what Milenco have already done. The clamps, shafts and brackets are made from HE30 Aluminium. I made the clamps about 10mm narrower than the originals as they "follow" the curve of the mirror housing better. The stability has improved but not completely as the door mirror housing seems to be the culprit now. I think Milenco have done a good job and like all designs they are a compromise on cost, material, function and universality. All I've do was taken a good idea and tweaked it a bit. Anyway who would pay for a pair of mirrors that would cost £300+ per pair!!!
  11. Hi Dave, The Guardian is prone to a slight bias!!! Like most countries, the UK is a worldwide operation not the old model a isolated stand alone island, those days ended between the wars and accelerated since the proliferation of the internet. There is some truth in the saying " America sneezes, we get a cold". The irony is China (US political enemy) sneezed and the world got a cold!
  12. I agree that people are the cause of pollution and global warming. This country has a financial policy that rewards more than one child. Family allowance, tax credits etc. The time has come to reward those that have less children not more but we live in a world where continual expansion and growth is seen as a benefit.
  13. I have been down this route with a leaky Eldis a few years ago. I contacted the the factory but they chose not to reply. There is a helpful company in hull called O'Leary's motor homes ( they are on the web). I sent a a sample of the rotten board by post and they located a very close match. O'Leary's seem to get hold of end of line wallboard and hold a good selection in stock. Good luck and I hope that helps.
  14. Gd485

    Problem campers

    My concern was based on the difficult job the site management has to do and the implied responsibility. I can see that stopping a camper from entering the site is relatively easy, but how do they evict troublesome campers? Apart from asking nicely I can’t see what they can do. Some time ago I went to a site that was plagued by the traveller community had managed to get in, they had a lot of hassle to get them off. At the time the site positioned two staff on the approach road to check the approaching vehicles and stop them entering the site.
  15. This summer I was on a club run site and two large Campers parked on pitches opposite ours. The occupants were middle aged couples. It became obvious that they were new to camping as they had household extension cables to use for the hook up. They set up their chairs and table along with a barbecue as most people do. At about 2.00 am I was woken up by the shouts calling their dog that was allowed to roam the site. Both couples got involved in lighting the barbecue and turned on the music and the cooking started. This continued until about 7.00 when they final went to sleep. The campsite manager was knocking on their door at 9.00 and asked them to leave then. The site staff cleared up the drinks cans and bottles. They also helped them pack up to get them off site as quickly as possible. My questions are: i) What can campsite staff do to evict a troublesome camper legally? Can the police be asked to assist? ii) When the campsite staff were “assisting “ the troublesome couples it was noticeable they had been drinking heavily. So could the staff be prosecuted for allowing an intoxicated driver to take a vehicle on the road?
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