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Lutz

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    Hochheim am Main, Germany
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    Foreign travel and technical issues
  • Towcar
    2016 BMW X4 30d
  • Caravan
    2008 Dethleffs Beduin 545V

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  1. No matter where you are, whether at home or abroad, infection rates are for the most part greatest in areas of high population density or where there are large congregations of people. That's why we've been touring this year in more out of the way regions and avoiding contact with others on the campsites where we have been staying wherever possible. With so many people reluctant to go abroad because of Covid, campsites at home have been too busy for our liking and we have felt safer going abroad. It's so much easier to keep clear of neighbours and the rest of the family when you're up in the h
  2. We've been more than lucky this year, having been able to travel abroad twice and returning each time only days before our destination was declared a high risk area and we would have had to quarantine when we got home. I think our luck is about to run out though and it's going to have to be a gloomy winter at home. There's no way we're going to use the caravan in the cold.
  3. At least you will be only the safe side, because mass in service is almost invariably less than kerbweight.
  4. Just as on the caravan, there must be a towbar type approval label on the car, either on or near the towbar, displaying the noseweight limit. Just be aware that a kerbweight in a handbook can only be a rough guide as the handbook is not specific to the vehicle in question.
  5. Correct. The noseweight limit for the car must be displayed on the towbar type approval plate and that of the caravan will be on its statutory plate, usually in the gas locker. Kerbweights will always vary as they are specific to each and every vehicle. Besides, manufacturers aren't obliged to quote actual kerbweights. Published figures are only there to give a rough guide.
  6. The quoted towing limit for an unbraked trailer must be wrong. No unbraked trailer may weigh more than 750kg, whatever the towcar. For the dealer to make such a mistake should make one suspicious of all the other figures that he has quoted, as well.
  7. I'm sorry, but maybe I didn't express myself clearly enough. The train weight is the permitted sum of all actual axle weights, not the sum of all permitted axle weights. Therein lies the difference.
  8. Actually, the hitch is rated at 150kg but the chassis at 100kg, so you are correct, for the wrong reason.
  9. Can you post a photograph of what you call a compliance plate? If the caravan was built in 2008 it was built before whole vehicle type approval compliance became effective, so wouldn't have needed a so-called compliance plate. Perhaps a photo would help sorting out the apparent anomaly. Kerbweight is also old UK terminology. Current terminology is the same for all vehicles, whether caravans or towcars. In other words, MIRO and MTPLM should now be used in conjunction with towcars, too. Furthermore, kerbweight according to UK legislation does not include the dri
  10. The type approval number must be displayed on the statutory plate. It will not necessarily be the same for all Lunar Cosmos 352. If the manufacturer made any amendments to the type approval documentation during the course of a model run, the number will change. If the caravan was type approved in the UK the number will start with 'e11'. Otherwise, it will start with an 'e' followed by another single or double digit number.
  11. Mould is more a sign of poor ventilation than a damp environment inside the caravan.
  12. Theoretically you wouldn't need runflats, but without them you'd have a problem with a puncture as there is no spare wheel to fall back on.
  13. I wouldn't rely on any MIRO figure regardless of whether the battery is included or not. It is a generic figure that represents the weight of just the one caravan that the manufacturer submitted for type approval and not that of the actual caravan in question. Therefore, the error could be greater than the weight of a battery.
  14. Not only the coupling is marked with a maximum noseweight but also the caravan chassis itself. Couplings normally have a 150kg limit but the chassis is very often limited to 100kg, so it's the lower of these two values which counts for the caravan, quite apart from any further restriction applied to the towing vehicle and its towbar. Because the towing vehicle also has a maximum allowable rear axle load, the back end of the car cannot be loaded any more when the caravan is hitched than when solo with the boot fully loaded.
  15. We have only stayed at two campsites here in Italy so far. In both cases, the sanitary blocks were not enclosed. The showers, the WC's and the dishwashing area were covered but open air so the risk is less. The first site, with about 150 pitches, was cleaned several times daily and adjacent urinals and sinks closed, but very few guests were wearing masks (although the staff did). The one that we are on at the moment only has 30 pitches so the conditions are somewhat different. Even so, quite a number of guests here are wearing masks all day, although they are only required after 6pm. The
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