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    2015 Sterling Eccles Ruby

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  1. Don't think it's great practice to keep the hitchlock on in case the emergency services need to separate the vehicles. Having said that I think a sharp hit with a club hammer is all that's required to release a hitchlock. On a scale of 1 to 10 for security it doesn't score.
  2. I think it's the same bottle. Manufactured by Hexagon Ragasco. However the Safefill bottles have an overfill device, a bit like a ball cock in a water tank that prevents filling the bottles to more than 80 percent which is considered a safe full level. That makes them safe and acceptable at autogas pumps.
  3. Good point about the over tightening. Early days yet but see below http://www. caravanramblings. co. uk/?page_id=2274
  4. Our latest van is from Swindon. Bought 3 years ago at the NEC. They were 500 quid dearer than the best price but we wanted someone fairly local . Haven't been disappointed at any stage. Their after-sales also first rate.
  5. 54p a great price. Must check out a hand tightening pigtail. It's also possible to unscrew the bottle base but we didn't bother on ours. It sits ok but not perfectly.
  6. Won't be an issue for cars either as the manufacturers take their production from Blighty.
  7. Do we have a Type Approval authority yet or have Bogg and Bojo not yet set up such an entrepreneurship. Presumably Aaron Banks is licking his lips at the extra insurance we'll need without an E111.
  8. I don't see it as a DPA issue if the personal details logged against a VIN cannot be retrieved. It's a bit like the Insurance companies keeping a shared list of accident history about a car. Not withstanding that, I'm sure there are lots of other issues in blacklisting a van, if for no other reason that the problems may be resolved but the entry on a database makes the van worthless. There'd need to be an appeals type process etc. I don't understand your reference to DVLA because any half wit of a parking company can gain your name and address details by bunging the government a few quid.
  9. Wasn't being critical about the question. Perfectly valid. I was expressing my frustration at not being able to find the answer. That's because a huge amount of work was put into the thread with folks even corresponding with the NCC and DVSA. Historically on here if an item had been raised previously you'd be pointed in that direction as a starting point and for obvious reasons this is always a hot topic. But somehow we don't seem to see such guidance anymore. ..
  10. The gas locker label on a new van is the only legal requirement. They are the max axle weights. 77kg being the jockey wheel or axle 1. The NCC label on the side is optional, not used by all manufacturers and can likely be removed. There was a massive thread on here explaining it in great detail but I'll be damned if I can find it. Maybe the search system doesn't work which is why we see this same question raised every couple of days.
  11. Just use the one in the locker. For once you have a salesman who really does know something!
  12. Have a look here https://www. caravantalk. co. uk/community/topic/126724-isabella-storm-straps/?tab=comments we use these https://www. amazon. co. uk/Caravan-Motorhome-Awning-12-5M-Buckle/dp/B002A91FI0
  13. I don't think you can go wrong with Isabella awnings. You know the price, when you do tour you'll need something else but it looks like you are completely aware of all that. Our Isabella "lightweight" stuff has been excellent and their customer service is first rate.
  14. Firstly, I'd ask them if they can provide a nice big discount for you to take it off their hands and see what they come back with. I'd like to think £2k to £4k off list. If there is new stock elsewhere, I'd email those dealers, explain you are looking to buy xyz and what's the best price they can offer, being up-front that you have multiple options. It would complicate things though if you have a van to trade or finance to secure. ..
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