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TenStar

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  • Towcar
    Mercedes-Benz GLE350d (W166) 2016my
  • Caravan
    Bailey Unicorn (IV) Cartagena 2019my

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  1. An SL500 manufactured in 1993 would be an R129 (Mercedes internal chassis designation) and would have originally come with the detachable hard top and softtop. The hardtops are heavy and 3 or 4 people are recommended when removing and refitting. They are becoming collectable so a nice example that's well maintained may well hold or even increase in value so you could use that as a argument to justify possibly higher maintenance costs. As others have said they are pre engine computer and computerised everything else so that has advantages. Having said that you will need
  2. On a 17 plate car with average miles my first reaction would be its a simple flat battery that due to short journeys may not have been at 100% charge prior to lockdown. Check your smart charger is suitable to connect with the battery still connected and charge for 24-36 hours or until the charger says the battary is at 100% Ctek are generally reconed to be about the best chargers you can get and can be used with the battery still connected.
  3. You can have a problem with any caravan, well you can have a problem with any manufactured product... Bit of our experience Purchased 2nd hand Sprite traded it in for Adria got knocked back a little (not a lot) due to damp above door. When we traded the adria in for an ABI they found some damp around the heater vent but said it was minor no problem, no reduction. We kept the ABI for 10 years, by which time the caravan was almost 20 years old when we traded on it had some damp which we told them about when negotiating the deal we got a fair deal.
  4. Purchased new Cartagena in Feb 2019, recently had first service no damp reported and only a couple of very minor warranty issues nothing to get excited about.
  5. FWIW we have a 2019 Cartagena looked at 'Black' editions at Oct NEC show and thought the changes all minor cosmetic nothing of real substance. Given that all the Unicorns are basically the same materials, same build process on the same production line with the same core kit... We are very pleased with the build quality of our Cartagena. So if you like the layout and styling I'd say a Valencia would be good. We originally went to look at the Vigo (island bed single axle same size as Valencia) but were persuaded by the bigger Cartagena, for us the price differential wasn't a deal bre
  6. External problem fixed, replaced 2 O rings on the pump connector on the side of the caravan. Problem fixed. Internal tank tomorrow...
  7. Replaced 2x O rings on external pump connection - problem fixed, many thanks. Tomorrow I'll try emptying and refilling internal tank see if it's an airlock in the pump like sometimes happens when you first drop pump into aquaroll and it just wants wigging around and dunking in and out.
  8. Frustrating issue... Cartagena 2019 my. Connected up to external aquaroll as usual, got hot tank filled, got all taps running both hot & cold all seemed OK but then I noticed that with taps OFF every 4-5 seconds the pump briefly activated by brief I mean 1/4 to 1/2 seconds. Looking at the system it seems there are two pressure switches one for the inboard tank pump one for the external aquaroll pump the latter being integrated into the external water inlet housing under the O/S lounge sofa. So I've tried adjusting the pressure switch for the
  9. FWIW we have a 2019 Cartagena, looked at 2020 black series Cartagena at Oct NEC show and thought it's essentisly just the same just a few minor cosmetic changes that don't add anything of substance. We love our Cartagena.
  10. Frustrating issue... Cartagena 2019 my. Connected up to external aquaroll as usual, got hot tank filled, got all taps running both hot & cold all seemed OK but then I noticed that with taps OFF every 4-5 seconds the pump briefly activated by brief I mean 1/4 to 1/2 seconds. Looking at the system it seems there are two pressure switches one for the inboard tank pump one for the external aquaroll pump the latter being integrated into the external water inlet housing under the O/S lounge sofa. So I've tried adjusting the pressure switch for the
  11. Been caravanning for 30 years and we've never left lockers open in winter storage. Obviously clean cupboards out, make sure its all dry and good to check once every month or so.
  12. Told my insurer (LV) as far as I'm aware made no difference to cost. Did have a conversation with them about what constitutes a 'modification' as there are two definitions: ANY deviation from the standard specification even if its a factory fitted option. Anything done to the car after it leaves the factory - in this case factory fitted options are NOT modifications. LV said they use the latter - if its factory fitted its standard. I declared my tow bar as a factory fitted unit, they still listed it on the policy. Note - factory fitted
  13. Knowing the age and exact model version (W212 / W213) of the car would be useful to others, as well as factory fit tow bar or aftermarket.
  14. After much Um-Err I'll probably bite the bullet and shell out the £60 for the plate upgrade for my Cartagena. Out the factory and going by the sticker by the door I have a payload of 160kg which is stuff all. The 'upgrade' adds 118kg to 278kg and takes the MTPLM to the 1800kg specified on the gas locker plate - the one that specifies the VIN and lists individual axle weights. So confusing situation and lets no have argument with the law over what the legally allowed MTPLM is. I'm lucky I passed my test (way) before 1997 and my car has the plated capacity to tow more tha
  15. One thing to come out of the debate about layout is that we're all different and have different needs and taste, there is no one size fits all. Everybody has to consider what they need their circumstances and needs. Go to shows, visit dealers and lie on the beds, pull bed extensions out as needed, think about how things will work. We looked at the north/south rear beds, washroom in the middle. For us the daytime layout felt a little cramped but for us the killer was the length of the bed when pulled out. I'm 5'11" on many vans with this layout the bedroom wall with the
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