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    Classic cars and motorbikes, retrievers, aviation history particularly RAF
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    Kuga Titanium X 180ps Auto
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    2019 Coachman Kimberley Vision 545

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  1. Just one thought. If you have a fore and aft island bed (we do, Coachman 545)) you won't be able to access underbed storage from outside. The previous caravan (Coachman 575) had a transverse island and had underbed access via a nearside access door. I found that very useful but the fore and aft advantages with mid bathroom won the vote.
  2. I had a size 15 Daytona on a 2017 Vision 575 - same body shell and awning size as your VIP. We bought it used and 2 years old. My view was that the Daytona was a very good fit and when properly erected it looked very good too - no saggy bits, nice straight seams and zips etc. There was enough mudwall around the bottom to make allowances for an uneven pitch or to have a generous turn under (or turn out if preferred) on the level. Ours toured and then spent a full season erected on one site. There was some slight fade but it remained totally weatherproof. I was suitably satis
  3. Precisely Andy but that's what the forums about, surely? Personal experience and advice offered for consideration - the recipient can choose to ignore or use it. What I find annoying is the number of lengthy "expert" contradictory and often confusing statements - GVW etc being the classics.
  4. Glyn Thinking along the same lines as yourself I bought an air awning. I found it to be just as cumbersome and even heavier (size for size) than the canvas on my traditional full frame awning. There are lighter ones but they tend to be less robust. Also air awnings tend not to withstand windy weather as well as traditional. No doubt there will be people who disagree but I have seen air awnings (especially if left unattended) collapse very quickly in a sudden squall. Google awning frames and you might be able to find some frames on sale. There used to be a trader specialising
  5. That's a good idea. At least being forwarned should be helpful. There is one potential drawback to wider doors however. If storage conditions put caravans close together wide doors are almost impossible to open fully unless the caravan is pulled out first. Mobilty provisions with sliding doors could be a useful consideration .
  6. Reanna. Caravan Specifications quote 952cm. If you have an owners manual it should be in there. You need to get an awning as close to 952 as you can. If Isabella advise 925 then that's ok for Isabella but not necessarily for other brands. Most brands quote a range like 925cm to 950 or 950cm to 975 etc. I'd go up rather than down but others may think differently.
  7. I have to agree with most of the comments, especially the latter from Squash. Having had various Swift Group caravans I joined their forum in its early days. Then (if memory serves) it all started to get very cliquey and trollish about 5 years ago. I could ignore a certain amount but eventually realised the forum was losing its real identity and being spoiled by a few who like to post their own incognito vitriol of no help to anybody. When one day somebody said that somebodys well meant advice was 1 year old but 30 years out of date I stopped bothering . Similar activities were t
  8. There used to be a saying "coughs and sneezes spread diseases, trap your germs in a handkerchief" So surely, within the context of Covid that still applies? The way I see it is that if more people (ideally all) took more protective measures (for themselves and others) , the more chance we should have of controlling and eventually eradicating this horrendous virus. Indoors or Out.
  9. I have to endorse Knauscols comments and repeat earlier comments. Electrics - I'd start with the car and then move on to the caravan and a good mobile techy should be able to clarify most (if not all) of the issues for you. Meanwhile, add a simple voltmeter to your Christmas list. They are available for a tenner and can help with no end of problems.
  10. Now there's a thought. When you had the ingress work was the battery fuse removed as a safety measure in the workshop?
  11. With either of those caravans, and for a first tow car, I'd choose 2.0 diesel. If everyday economy the 1.6 ecoflex, but for relaxed towing 2.0 litres and the higher kerbweight.
  12. 12.98v after standing a few days suggests the battery is ok, but its not under any load. A load test would prove it. Can you take it to a caravan dealership or have a mobile tech check it for you? A garage could test it if they have the kit for a 110Ah leisure battery. Hopefully, and as has been suggested, it stood off-charge for a while and there was still a slow drain. It'd be great if the battery is now ok once charged. If the battery is duff and a new one solves any issues then that'd be next best, I guess. (I always remove my battery if leaving the cvan in storage. Its
  13. It would be good if the OP came back with a bit more info. as both myself and Rodders53 have asked the same questions.
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