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    Ford Kuga 2019 Titanium X
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    Coachman VIP 565
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  1. As someone who lives under one of the flight paths, you don't want to be there when it gets back to normal - flights at the moment are a fraction of what they were as we don't get a lot of the holiday flights at the moment although that's all about to change following the relaxation of restrictions. EMA has always been a very busy freight airport - second only to Heathrow for the amount of cargo handled - that's why DHL and others use EMA as their UK / European hub. They have a lot more staff on night shift than they do during the day. As for the time of arrivals, most overnight flights give the carriers time to process the parcels ready for delivery in the morning - the old days of "Please allow 28 days for delivery" don't exist anymore - if it's not 'next day' the customers go elsewhere. .
  2. Did anyone say 'Thank You' for all you did to allow them a cheap holiday (compared to full site fees)
  3. DerbyClubman

    The M6!

    Isn't it an offence to walk onto a motorway . . . . . . . . ? ?
  4. . . . . . . and at one time they would often answer queries here on CT - like when I had no heat from my bathroom radiator, but the Alde representative hasn't been on the forum since December 2020. An update on my own problem is that the dealer followed all of the advice given by Alde with the result that there appears to be a fault in the radiator rather than the connecting pipes and so a new one is now on order. Click Here for 'Problem with Alde Radiator' .
  5. Many make use of the Caravan Club Mayday service provided by Green Flag or the Camping Club Arrival service provided by the RAC. However even if you called out one of those organisations to assist with a faulty component, they would still have to get a new control board and as far as I know, they would not come back days later to fit it for you - they just provide an emergency 'get you home ' service. In your case the van wasn't actually out of use - you could of still made use of the caravan - the problem was getting it on the drive and so it would not delay your holiday but it did create a major inconvenience.
  6. I have had an issue with sudden and unexpected braking when using cruise control in my Kuga. Driving along dual carriageway in outside lane starting to pass HGV within speed limits, the road went to the right and so the sensors thought that the HGV in the left hand lane was actually in front of me yet we were in separate lanes. I use that bit of road regularly and am now aware of what might happen as I turn into the bend and the sensor can 'see' what's on my left.
  7. Most reputable dealers will offer a warranty on their used sales and if there's a problem, it could prove to be expensive to fix and so may be factored into the profit margin.
  8. We have already drifted off the original topic which was about a suitable service area for a stop-off but I'm confused by the above route. If following the A46 - A45 - A46 then you don't go onto the M42 - or have I missed something. I assume the route quoted is Warwick then Coventry to M69 before joining the M1 at Leicester. If I had travelled that far north on the M40, personally I would then continue to the M42 and stay on that road, which then becomes the A42 and joins the M1 by East Midlands Airport . However the M42 around Birmingham is often congested and so Andrew's original route using the A43 to Northampton would have been my first choice.
  9. We ordered a new van at the NEC show February last year - that is a good place to go to see all the vans from all the manufacturers. They usually showcase their new models at the October show but that has been cancelled and so you will have to browse the internet and visit local dealers to see what might be coming out in 2022. If you haven't been to the NEC show, before, you will find that there will be dealers there from all over the country on each of the manufacturers stands all wanting to do business with you. We got two different dealers to quote us a trade in price against the cost of a new van and they were within about £20 of each other so we went with the nearest. I was told that they use Glass's Guide which lists a second hand and trade in value for every caravan and this is revised every 3 months based on market trends. our new van was delayed by lockdown and so we expected the trade in to be reduced as it was 6 months later but the honoured the price, added £4000 to that value and sold the old van in a week because there was so much demand (August last year). Also look out for special show offers - cashback, free motor mover, interest free deals etc in case these are a deciding factor in your choice. As for brand and reliability - that question will really open a 'can of worms' as everyone has their own favourite, most caravanners are delighted with their choice but we have to be honest and admit that there are some terrible experiences out there. Of course those who have something to complain about are those that are most vocal on here and other similar forums and I will admit I did the same when I had a problem with my Alde heating. If everything is perfect there doesn't seem much point in going onto a forum to say so - look around the internet by all means but don't be put off a particular brand / model based only on one or two comments as they are a small (but still relevant) percentage of the total vans sold. Sorry I can't comment on 8ft wide vans as I have no expereince - but as I said in another topic about narrow lanes in Cornwall, 'if your mirrors fit then so will the van'!! I wish you well in your search for a new van - if possible order soon as there could be a shortage next year.
  10. Ten months later and it's time for an update ! The van was booked in for this on three separate occasions that were cancelled due to lockdowns etc and so we agreed with the dealer to wait until the first service which was yesterday, They followed all the helpful advice give by @Alde UK above but still couldn't get any heat into the radiator. End result after consultation with Coachman was to arrange for the radiator itself to be replaced ! I'll report again when we finally get heat into the bathroom . . . . . . . . . .
  11. Apologies if you felt that my posting was 'having a go at you' and I thank you for your explanation - I wasn't being serious and it was perhaps a poor attempt at humour - as indicated by my use of 'smiley faces' I am pleased that you have now received a lot of helpful advice but as I originally said - it's over my head and rather complicated. Good luck with getting it sorted and I hope you have a great holiday. Mike .
  12. Most of that discussion went over my head - sounds far too complicated. If you are that desperate for internet access instead of enjoying the weather, sightseeing, peace and quiet, stunning scenery and all those other reasons why we go on holiday to get away from everything, then my only suggestion is to give up and go home .
  13. Our 2020Coachman went to the dealer today for first year service and I asked them to look at a self-inflicted injury to the awning rail. When we first got the van, I was using the mover to get it onto the drive and had left the tailgate open on the car. Of course the inevitable happened and as I was unfamiliar with the mover controls, I didn't quite stop in time, leaving a scratch about a couple of inches long at the top of the rail. Hardly noticeable but I contacted 'Chips Away' for a quote of a couple of hundred pounds which was given based on a photo. Spoke to the dealer today and they said they might charge about the same as they get a local guy in who touches up any damaged vans but would get him to contact me direct to arrange it without the dealer's mark-up. Unfortunately for you he's in the Nottingham area but perhaps a local dealer could put you in touch with whoever does their repairs for them.
  14. I know just what you mean as it takes ages for them to get past. However Google tells me that the National Speed Limit for Heavy Goods Vehicles was altered to 60mph in 2015 and I have followed many HGVs travelling at that speed. However it seems that some may still have speed limiters set to the old EU regulation of 90 km/h (56mph). I also hadn't realised that until then, the limit for lorries on single carriageway A roads was 40mph (now 50mph). I didn't know that Scotland still has lower limits. Link to National Speed Limits Coaches have the same speed limit but I'm sure I have been passed by some going faster than that and so I wonder if they did not need to have limiters fitted. I agree with Mr Plodd about CLODS and met a prime example when towing the van on the 4 lane part of the M1 through Nottinghamshire. I was travelling as usual in lane 1 when I approached a car going much slower so I eased off and moved into lane 2 but he carried on at about 45mph. When clear, I pulled into lane 3, passed him with ease and pulled back into lane 1. He still carried on in lane 2 as if nothing had happened. In my mirrors I saw that others were doing the same including flashing their lights but the car just carried on as before. What a CLOD............ .
  15. My course about 15 years ago was with the Camping and Caravanning Club at their Coventry HQ using the large office car park that was almost deserted at the weekend. All the instructors were local Club volunteers. After a while of slow reversing with the instructor walking alongside me watching the steering wheel position, I was able to reverse into a confined space between cones on both nearside and offside. The problem was actually doing it for myself on a site being aware that others (experts?) were watching and I lost confidence in my own ability. We had a small van at that time and on occasions we man (and woman) handled it onto a pitch. When we got a bigger van we had a mover fitted !!
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