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Black Grouse

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    South Staffordshire
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    Cold War Aircraft
  • Towcar
    2016 VW Touareg SE 262
  • Caravan
    2013 Lunar Clubman ES

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  1. Funny then how you see motorhomes with bikes on the back, a motorbike in the "garage" or car on a trailer so they can go out for the day and leave the motorhome on site.
  2. All types of vehicles get stuck - motorhomes, 4x4s hatchbacks - nothing different there - actually motorhomes are more likely to spend the day on site than tow vehicles so less damage likely. The cc used to have a principle of treating all visitors alike and allowing a full choice of pitches on a first come basis - seems that not just the name has changed.
  3. What's the difference between "shoving" a single axle caravan with axle weight 1500-1800 kg and "driving" a motorhome with each axle 1500-1800 kg ? My point is that motorhomes (excluding Coach/RVs) don't "need" hardstanding any more than large caravans - it's a nice to have though.
  4. It's not an AGM - the six plugs with cross-slots are the cell caps, remove them and top up the cells with deionised/distilled water before recharging - unless the charger is a "smart" type, don't leave it charging more than 24 hours - you need to check the voltage with no charger attached, after it's rested for an hour or two.
  5. If you zoom in on the device it actually says "Water Level Sensor"
  6. Motorhome axle loadings aren't any higher than those of many single axle caravans - why do motorhomes need hardstandings any more than caravans?
  7. Have a look at Autotrader Caravans - that will give a guide to dealer asking prices for a 2017 Ultima but deal prices would be lower and private sale prices lower still. Bear in mind that Lunar went bust last year so you have no warranty to transfer when you sell.
  8. That has the Audi/Porsche 3.0 TDi - excellent engine - fitted in the Touareg as well.
  9. The different power charging rates needs diiferent connections
  10. There's more than enough chargers for the minute number of EVs on the road - most chargers spend most of their time unused - whether the rate of increase for chargers keeps up with the rate of increase for EVs is yet to be seen. Battery life is exceeding even the most optimistic estimates - globallyNissan have replaced just 3 batteries under warranty, out of 35,000 - and the gradual capacity reduction is also way less than predicted. The chance of having to replace a battery is statistically very low - but very expensive if you're the unlucky one.
  11. Warranties vary according to country with US warranties being longer than Europe. Numerically most EVs have leased batteries - because Renault Fluence/Zoe and Nissan Leaf have dominated the EV sales charts - but they've ended that for new sales and are talking about some form of reduced price capitalisation on all the existing ones but the batteries are owned/leased by RCI Bank, not Renault/Nissan.
  12. Leased batteries are being phased out - Renault were the main brand to use for the Twizy, Fluence and Zoe but some Nissan Leaf also used them.
  13. The change from 32 tons with twin axle trailers to 44 tonnes with tri-axle trailers also co-incided with the switch from twin rear wheels to "super singles" - although the axle loading is lower, that load is carried on a narrower total tyre width so the wear is concentrated into a smaller area, causing more damage.
  14. There are very few, if any, urban areas where the streetlight spacing is marginal - if there's streetlights it's a 30 limit unless a different limit is posted when there will be regular repeaters.
  15. That's true for stop-start city operations but hybrids become inefficient on longer journeys where little braking is needed and any electric energy long since used up.
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