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Gd485

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About Gd485

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  • Birthday 08/06/1954

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Bedford
  • Interests
    Real food!
    Baking & cooking.
  • Towcar
    VW Tiguan 2. 0 tdi 4motion DSG 2015
  • Caravan
    Coachman Pastiche 470/2 2019

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  1. Hi We use an Isabella awning with our 2019 Coachman Pastiche and the fix-ons work fine. We used the same awning on our previous 2015 Vision without any problems. Unless the VIP uses a different awning rail ( your picture seems to show the same rail) then all should be ok.
  2. One solution would be to connect the lamps in series. That way the voltage across each lamp will be half the supply. If I remember correctly this reduces the light by more than half. It would mean two lights would come on together and if one bulbs fail both would go out. Like Christmas tree lights!
  3. Does your Orion have LED or Halogen bulbs? If you are thinking of fitting a dimmer then make sure the one you buy is correct for the lamp type. The lights are 12 volts. Some LEDs are not suitable for dimmers. If they are filament halogen bulbs there are a wide range of power (wattage) available. So, swopping the bulbs my be the solution.
  4. Water pooling on roof is very common as the top sheet of aluminium is "loose laid" and not bonded to the underlying structure. This causes the roof to ripple a little and form puddles. Some 'vans do have bonded roofs which helps to overcome the problem a bit. Since the trend for caravans having a flat roof and the up turned "boat" roof went out fashion pooling has been a problem. CharlieBoy has a solution that I use too, just park the van with one end slightly lower. It looks as though a buyer has been found for Lunar. Maybe they will honour the warranty for existing customers. However, any claim you make for repairs under warranty is against the suppling dealer not Lunar directly. Lunar has (had) an agreement with the dealer to supply parts and pay their labour. Most Parts on a caravan are made by third party companies and their warranty should be unaffected by Lunar's problems.
  5. Does adding shock absorbers to the Alko axle include bump stops? The standard axle is free to move until the rubber spring becomes so compressed it virtually becomes solid. Alko shocks work the opposite direction to most conventional car systems, on a caravan they compress in droop. My reason for asking is: Would fitting shock absorbers limit travel and stop the axle being overloaded when hitting a pothole?
  6. My last Tiguan was a EA189 engined car and It had the diesel recall done. The car drove just the same and fuel consumption was unchanged. No reliability problems either. The car had a hard life and in 5 years it had done 170K miles including 30K towing miles. The recall mod was done at 70K miles. the only thing that when wrong was the ERG valve at 150K miles. I swopped it out for one of the last 5N Tiguan's with DSG 150ps 2.0tdi 4motion with AdBlu. Both very good cars that suits are needs well.
  7. I use the SANEF tag. They charge a monthly subscription but this is used against the tolls. I go to France maybe once a year. So, in effect a prepay my tolls.
  8. I'm on my second Tiguan. The first was a 138bhp 4motion Tdi and I towed a Coachman Amara 450 which it managed without a problem. The caravan was changed for a Coachman Vision 575 weighing 1540kg. The Tiguan towed some 6000 miles in a year without a hitch. I changed the Tiguan for another. This time it was a 150ps 4motion with a DSG auto gearbox. Euro 6 (one of the very last 5N Tiguans). This is a brilliant tow car, the 7 speed auto make towing relaxed and easy. Fuel consumption is much better than the manual. I swopped the caravan for a Coachman Pastiche 470/2 weighing 1350Kg. We have towed to France twice and once around Ireland plus some 3500 miles in the uk without a problem. Cruising at 60 mph returns around 31 mpg when towing. With the manual gearbox I found the best towing performance was obtained keeping the engine spinning around 1750rpm. Tiguan's make great stable tow cars and a good car when running around locally.
  9. To shift the green ......Wash the van with Bio-washing powder and hot water.
  10. Gd485

    What's changed

    Just like the democratic method used to select our next PM.... Democracy is a buzz-word used be politicians trying to convince us their idea is brilliant.
  11. Gd485

    What's changed

    For politician read egotistic, self obsessed, boastful, self-interested individual.
  12. Gd485

    What's changed

    Steve ... and now to get his tory mates to vote from him he's going to give the higher paid a tax boost...... bye bye £350 million.
  13. Hi Phillic, That's a bit strange. I have a Alko chassis caravan (not hymer) with shock absorbers and there is plenty of room for the Powrwheel mover to be fitted. Sometimes movers are placed behind the axle to lessen the nose weight a bit. Doesn't the cross bar of the mover get in the way of the spare wheel carrier?
  14. Gd485

    Vacuum Bags

    Hi BOAC "all the items packed are lighter too since you have sucked out all the air, of course" Will my caravan be lighter If I suck all the air out?
  15. To get a significant voltage drop of 20 volts when drawing 6 amps over a 4 mm cable the length of the cable would need to be nearly 1 kilometre!
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