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  1. Really? An awning will put stress on the rail, how much is dependent on how much you tighten the poles, if you choose a poled awning. I wince when I see people using awning tensioners and tightening their awning poles within an inch of their lives. All they are doing is pulling the fabric, which is anchored in the awning rail, away from the van. The awning rail is designed to hold an awning under normal conditions, but don't try and over tighten them, the roof panels are not intended to be drum tight. If you do then you run the risk of damaging the seal between the awning rail and caravan. Likewise in stormy weather, the buffeting the awning takes is transmitted directly into the awning rail, so try and avoid using the awning in very windy conditions. Doing so could also damage the awning. It is no coincidence that one of the most common areas for water ingress into a caravan is the awning rail.
  2. M6 J44 take the last exit from the roundabout toward Carlisle Airport and there is a nice big layby on the left about half a mile down the road with a half decent snack van. It's just about big enough to swing a van around on the exit and head back to the motorway but if you don't fancy it, or as the last time I was in there was a lorry parked right on the exit another half a mile down the road is the garden centre, or a mile further a roundabout if you don't fancy a tour of the car park to turn around.
  3. not among those who really knew. Those who spent their nights like me, thrashing a 130 Rapid through the forests of Wales and Northern England. They made great rally cars and were almost unbreakable. In my opinion they did not improve when they were bought out by VW in 2000. In general terms cars a more reliable than they were ten or twenty years ago, and some cars have improved, most notably Renault, though they had done so by dropping their least reliable models such as Espace and Laguna from the UK market. Not surprisingly the top 6 manufacturers are still Japanese, and if you ignore Daihatsu which has limited data available the usual subjects still top the charts. Honda, Suzuki, Toyota and Mazda. Ford are the top non Japanese maker in 7th. Vauxhall only make 24th, though that is one place above VW and several places above BMW and Mercedes
  4. My mechanic loves Vauxhalls, he reckons they pay for his three weeks every year in the Caribbean .... I was shocked recently to find out that the Agila rates third most reliable car in the latest warranty index. So shocked in fact that I looked out the window in case there were four horsemen riding along the lane. It was then I remembered it's a rebadged Suzuki and the world made sense again.
  5. I was just pondering on the title of this thread, "lots of new people with old caravans" .... is this preferable to "lots of old people with new caravans"?
  6. I had a name for my Frontera, it rhymed with 'Lanka'
  7. Expert - / ex¬spurt / n: Ex, has been: spurt, drip under pressure.
  8. The owner of our local garage told me when I bought my first car, don't buy French, don't buy Vauxhall. 40 years later his son Paul runs the garage (though Graeme is still around and makes the occasional appearance). His advice? Don't buy French, don't buy Vauxhall.
  9. I had a V6 Frontera very briefly as a company car, supplied by the lease company whilst they were waiting for the delayed delivery of my chosen Ford Explorer. It's one of three car's I have owned which had an Isuzu engine and all three were abysmal. In the end I gave up waiting the 5.0 V8 Explorer which were in short supply and accepted the 4.0 instead just to get rid of the Frontera. That remains the last Vauxhall I have, or ever will "own"
  10. as far as I could see in our local B&M no they don't, as I wanted some to make a back splash behind the new vanity in our van and couldn't find any anywhere In the end I found some mosaic type sticky back plastic in Poundland which will do until I find something better.
  11. Good point, though it must still be dried. We are awning devotees, I would never want to be without one, regardless of weather or length of stay. The opportunity to set up the dining table in the awning and leave it rather than getting it out and putting it away every meal time, having somewhere to take off and store coats and boots outside the van, especially in wet weather is a real boon. We tend to use the awning of living space, and the van to sleep and cook.
  12. actually, it doesn't A touring caravan is not subject to the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations unless it is: - being used in connection with any business or commercial venture. - permanently sited, whether hired out or not. - used as an annex to provide permanent or temporary accommodation such as a granny flat, guest room or student accommodation. - used to provide temporary worker accommodation such as on a farm or building site. - loaned or lent for reward or otherwise to any third party such as family or friends. This does not of course mean that the gas in a caravan is any less dangerous than that in your home. If you are not competent to work on it than get a professional to do it.
  13. I think the alternative views on those last two posts sum this subject up very well. I'm all with Andy in not touching something which is not broken, however with seals when it does break you invariably don't know about it until, like Griff experienced, serious damage is done and the cost of repair is way above the original cost of preventative maintenance. Preventative maintenance also buys peace of mind, not an inexpensive commodity but perhaps good value. I suppose as with most things in life you pays y'er money and takes y'er choice. Thank you for everybody's input, it's most appreciated.
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