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    Caravanning and motorhoming
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    Assorted towcars over the years
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    Mostly various Avondales, currently an American RV

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  1. I have a motorhome and have been 'bumped' completely out of the CMC because after 35 years of membership they decided they didn't approve of my outfit. Let's be honest, they're no longer a "club" in the generally accepted sense but a commercial organisation that need to show a profit. For the last ten years I have therefore used a selection of sites run by independent organisations and another club. Like you say, "Their loss".
  2. Got on just fine with out bike racks. The T6 Pro Carry-Bike should be no different
  3. Our caravans and motorhomes have always been kept in a "ready to go" state. The only exception being fresh food. For a quick departure from site, we would stow things in their travelling position the night before. With the caravans if possible we would either hook up the night before, or have the car in position ready to drop the hitch over the towball. With the motorhomes, all exterior equipment would be onboard, so unplugging the EHU lead and turning the ignition key is all that is needed. Gordon
  4. Opinions on this will always be split and there is no right or wrong. For short term parking I always applied the handbrake on our caravans but for longer term parking the wheels would be chocked and the brake released. Gordon.
  5. I think it has been generally quiet for a while, and not just on CMC sites. This is the view of empty pitches from our front window a couple of weeks ago on site in Lytham St Annes.
  6. You're absolutely right Andy and I think a lot of the advice stems from the days when the only way to adjust headlamps was to open the bonnet and make a permanent change to their alignment. These days with self levelling suspension self adjusting headlamp beam, or height adjustment from the driving seat, there are perhaps better ways to avoid dazzling other drivers. One thing that has always puzzled me is why car headlamps dip to one side anyway. There is sufficient side scatter to illuminate the kerb with vertical dipping headlamps as we have on our motorhome (based on a commercial vehicle) and you don't see headlamp masks or deflectors fitted to trucks because their lamps are designed for use on either side of the road. Although some cars now have a single lamp directed at the kerb that illuminates when the steering wheel is turned, I am not generally in favour of this. Citroen I believe had the right idea with the DS when they fitted swivelling supplementary lamps that remained illuminated all the time but when cornering pointed in the direction of travel. I remember well when the French insisted on "glow worm illumination" we used to fit fresnel lens covers over the headlamps. These not only redirected the left dip light to the right but also added the yellow colour so loved at the time in France. The big disadvantage, apart from the low light level and colour change of road signage, was that main beam was rendered unusable, as the headlamp deflection was also applied to main beam - great at illuminating the tree tops on your right, but absolutely useless for seeing the road ahead. Although I did fit yellow headlamps in the early days, I moved over to using headlamp masks to minimise dazzle. I actually quite liked driving with yellow headlamps in France and used to mutter to myself when the occasional car approached with white lights as that spoilt my "night vision". Thankfully the French eventually saw the light (no pun intended) and white headlamps are now the norm but I still fit masks when driving abroad. Gordon.
  7. Agreed. I have no through vision on my motorhome and therefore a rear view camera is fitted as standard equipment to assist the view available through the four standard rear view mirrors, and the side blind spot mirror. The camera display is fitted to the centre of dashboard, in line with where a rear view mirror would normally be located, so is a natural place to look for rear vision. I can set this monitor to either activate when reverse gear is selected, or to remain active all the time the ignition is on - I choose the latter. The camera also has a night-vision option that gives an almost daylight image at night. Gordon.
  8. While you may not plan to drive at night or in adverse conditions where headlights would be required, in my opinion it would be foolish not to be prepared for this, thus I have always fitted adaptors, even if only going for a day trip. Some of our cars have had the option to choose left or right dip at the flick of a lever or switch, while others have needed a mask or adaptor to be fitted. With the latter, as I tend to travel abroad frequently, I have fitted the deflectors or masks to a headlamp stone guard, so allowing quick and easy fitment and removal at the dockside. Below are two examples for the Jeep and a Kia Switchable dip direction is not a new idea as we even had this option on our old 1973 Renault 6TL
  9. We have a UK friend who married a Dutch girl and now lives in the Netherlands with his family. They are all here in the UK at the moment with their caravan. We met them two days ago and they reported no delays at the border. Gordon.
  10. Personally Jim, while I understand the thinking, I've always felt that inline filters are only of benefit if the caravan is used regularly, and the filter replaced often. If the system is left primed for long periods of time it can be a breeding ground for all sorts of nasties. Consequently I have usually removed the water filter from our caravans, preferring to keep the system (including the Aquaroll) clean, and drained down if out of use for more than a week or two, and always when the caravan is unoccupied during winter months. My feeling is that if chlorinated tap water is safe to drink at home, that same water when passed through a clean caravan system should be equally safe. I have used caravans all of my life (I'm now retired) and have never been ill from drinking the "caravan water". For those worried by the occasional mild chlorine taste in their tea, put the water in a jug and leave it there long enough for the chlorine to evaporate before use in a kettle - no filter is necessary.
  11. Agreed, 100%. Honesty is the number one requirement. I also appreciate a non-pushy salesman/woman who is a caravan owner (and regular user) who can discuss our hobby with confidence and a degree of knowledge based authority. Gordon.
  12. That is very true Andy but some are more restricted than others regarding weight allowance. We were fortunate with our payloads and always carried the water containers with the caravan. The first new one had a front locker large enough to hold two gas cylinders, a spare wheel, and both an Aquaroll and a waste container, plus various paraphernalia for levelling etc., and still run with a noseweight just below 100Kgs. Later models had smaller front lockers that would not accept an Aquaroll and the gas cylinders alone put the noseweight to 100Kgs, rendering the rest of the locker space unusable. Thankfully Avondale thoughtfully included a location for the spare wheel within the floor design and the water containers then usually travelled in the shower. The later models placed the gas locker in the side of the caravan, leaving the front locker free for lightweight odd and ends.
  13. I can to some extent understand people's reluctance to drink the water in a caravan, even to not use the inbuilt shower but not to use the water at all - to me that's just bizarre Every piece of equipment in our caravans has to earn its place or it's likely to be discarded. So we've always used the oven, all of the cooker rings, the shower etc., and never had any concerns over drinking the onboard water. We're all different I guess . . . While accepting that the volume of the water containers is not an issue when travelling, their weight may be of concern for outfits with restricted caravan payload.
  14. The thread is the same as that used for garden taps. Hold the threaded section of the feed hose against the inlet and rotate the four spoke handle anticlockwise to engage with the threaded section of the hose termination. The direct hose connection may be either brass or plastic as shown below. Alternatively a "Hoselock" style adaptor may be used to connect to short length of standard hose that is fed from a water container such as an Aquaroll. In each case the onboard diaphragm pump in your Rialto 535/5 is self priming. Once cleaned the inlet should look like this. Before use I would suggest a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the water system by passing through a weak solution of Milton from the Aquaroll to the caravan taps. Allow this solution to remain in the pipes overnight before flushing through with a copious quantity of fresh clean water. I hope this helps. Gordon.
  15. It has been said before that there are few silly questions but many silly answers . . . Even if you're the first to ask a question, I'll wager you'll not be the first to want the answer, so fire away and we'll do our best to clarify any points for you, or any other member. Welcome to Caravan Talk. Gordon.
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