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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. Could you get away with large exhaust clamps? ( U down and nuts inside the box )
  2. As Geoff says, get some awning rail stops. They slide into the rail at each end of the protector and are held in place with a friction screw. The protectors can't slip out then. if you don't have a local accessory shop try ebay or amazon.
  3. +1 with Lutz. For the 2 of us plus 2 Labradors our load is whatever the maximum for the caravan applies and 150kg is about right. It has been suggested in the past that we could manage without the spare wheel, gas bottle(s), aquarolls, waste container etc if we went all electric to a fully serviced site and/or do shopping when we arrive and/or load everything into the tug. We now go seasonal. It's cheaper than divorce.
  4. Notice the flat tyres on the rear of the tug? Cause of the incident or result of bad loading? Would you really be wanting to tow that load over such a wind exposed location? I agree with Andy.
  5. No doubt a Tig owner will come along and give some advice but for now my opinion is:- The figures quoted by the dealer could be mistaken or the Coachman could have been re-plated or it may have extras (e.g. as a dealer special) and have been re-plated from new. Check CRiS registration documents as a cross-reference. Regarding towing weights and ratios: Your Tig has a manufacturers (and therefore legal) towing limit of 2000kg for a braked trailer. The ratio of 94% is ,in my opinion, too high for novice (others may disagree) but you can reduce this closer to the 85% guideline if you don't use the whole payload. Coachman is a highly regarded, quality caravan but good dealer back up is very important. I hope this helps.
  6. The fuse is in a fuselink near the solar panel control unit under the offside seat. The manual says the fuse should be removed whenever the battery is disconnected or reconnected. I don't know how great the risk is but I imagine there could be a short circuit from the solar panel if the battery is removed or a spike when the battery is reconnected and there could be damage to the solar control unit. Remove the fuse whether it's blown or not before the battery is replaced.
  7. Yes, shop around for several quotes. It looks DIYable unless there's damage not shown in the photos. The floor would be my main concern and any chassis attachment points. Look for outlets that sell good used or redundant panels if you're considering DIY. I take it you aren't insured for self inflicted accidental damage? Nevertheless your insurer may be able to suggest a repair shop - they usually know where the best deals are available.
  8. That's a good video - no divorce pending either, apparently. Also, try the Isabella web sit for awning diagrams - it includes Venturer.
  9. Just been listening to the latest news on Radio Derby. Thankfully no-one was injured. A nasty shock for the caravan owners looking forward to a new season. Find the site on google earth and you'll see the layout and imagine the scene.
  10. Well at least the issue has now been recognised and you may have a result which is good. I don't think it's unique to Bailey as it only seems to have arisen since the introduction of the plastic/pvcu rails. Comparing aluminium rails to plastic ones really shows the difference. It could even be that a slight difference in manufacturing techniques between awning makes and models can no longer be accommodated by the new rails.
  11. Sounds good. Diana Ross in a drainpipe. Never expected that! Nice one.
  12. Last year I had similar concerns with a new Dorema full awning on our 2017 Coachman. A couple with a newish Bailey were struggling too, but with a porch awning. It was as if the inner bead was pulling the rail pad away from the caravan Nobody I contacted in the caravan trade was aware of any profile changes. I was assured both by a main dealer and by Dorema that any slight change in rail profile could be accommodated by trying reversed Isabella pads, or experimenting with different, thicker pads, None of them worked 100% and 3 of the 5 roof rails came adrift one night. I solved the problem temporarily by making some tapered spacers out of soft rubber and slipping them between the pads and the caravan wall just below the rail. I don't have a permanent solution other than having the awning bead altered. I'd be very interested to know how you measured the difference in order to specify the alteration. Is it just a matter of saying please add say 15mm to the depth of the inner beading?
  13. That looks like a nice tidy job. Does it sound ok? I can't figure out the acoustics of a drainpipe with a hole cut in. How does that work with the cones facing away?
  14. Correct load index is key. XL usually means there's extra sidewall bracing- extra steel cords typically - to enable higher running pressures. The stiffer sidewalls can usually create a harder ride and more road noise. Usually more appropriate for commercials or the heavier 4x4 s and especially diesels (more torque trying to rip the tyres off).
  15. Yes, it's the lack of depth in the sink that's the problem. You can get a "proper" one from a caravan dealer but they are about £12 Asda do one for about £2 that sits slightly proud. Try Ikea, Dunhelm, The Range or B&M? Otherwise take it out when towing and use it for a bit of storage?
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