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TenStar

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  • Location
    UK
  • Towcar
    Mercedes-Benz E320
  • Caravan
    Bailey Unicorn (IV) Cartagena

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  1. There doesn't seem much logic in much of the debate around vehicle pollution. I've seen some test reports based on real world driving i.e measuring emissions from the tail pipe of vehicles being driven on the road where some EURO 4 diesels emit less pollution than some EURO 6 vehicles, admitted these are not common. The root of the problem is the EURO tests were bad language removed but they were/are the tests the state mandated. Then Daily Mail reader got annoyed because vehicles didn't meet the test criteria in the real world... Error NO they never will, change the test parameters/ conditions and the results will change. It's like saying you expect s big of elastic to be the same length however much you stretch it.... Electric vehicles aren't pollution free, it just happens in a different places at the factory that makes the battery, in producing the raw material for battery production, in recycling the battery and of course the power station that generates the electricity that recharged the battery. Spotted recent article looking at research about how many miles an EV needs to cover to be less pollution over its lifetime (including manufacture & scrapping) to be less pollution than ICE car. Results range from 450,000 miles to as few as 85,000- all depends on assumptions as to how manufacturing plants are powered, how power stations are fueled and such. Suffice to say I think nobody knows for sure.
  2. Had several different makes, looked at loads of awnings, IMHO Isabella make the best awnings on the market. That said I buy used off that famous on line auction site. Last an Ambassador 1000cm in perfect condition cast me £800 + 200 mile round trip to collect.
  3. I would say YES it's a modification. Always best to declare it, a guess but unlikely to impact premiums. Like others I have declared my tow bar and that is listed on insurance certificate.
  4. In last caravan (Bailey Senator S6 Indiana) I replaced all internal bulbs (originally halogen,) to LED off eBay never had any issues with any
  5. Neat job and good on you for not cutting extra holes for the speakers. Only suggestion would be to sleeve cables where they show. If you have more than one cable in a bundle they always look better sleeved. But I am a bit of a neat freak.
  6. Awning now back from Isabella, took opportunity to have zip repaired at the same time. Without measuring, just looking the awning bead looked the same so was a bit concerned. Tried fitting to caravan, no problem at all slid in real easy, happy bunny here. My guess and it is only a guess is that the difference is very small and the newer (presumably) smaller diameter new beading will fit fine in older caravans. I'd further guess that newer awnings all come with the reduced diameter beading. My Magnum is a fee years old. Whatever, top marks to Isabella even got the awning back much quicker than expected.
  7. You need to get to the bottom of this. Can't see that Much would just say " not suitable" without offering an explanation as to exactly why they aren't suitable and given that they are in the business of selling tyres pointing you to tyres that are suitable.
  8. I wouldn't do this on a van in warranty, doing so would almost guarantee Bailey would decline warranty claim.
  9. We have recently taken delivery of a 2019 Bailey Cartagena, plate but side of door 1682kg giving payload of 160kg take out motor mover & battery and you're down to 110kg which is not a lot. Found weight plate in gas locker that says 1800kg In process of ordering upgrade at £60, pure paper job. Jury may be out on legal necessity but I'll be happier as reduced possibility of 'discussion' with plod if pulled. Luckily car can pull 1900kg and I'm an old bigger so don't have licence restriction.
  10. Not when you get off the sealed roads they aren't. Been on a few unsealed gravel roads that shake car about like crazy at anything over 20km/ hour.
  11. I'm not in position to measure the awning beads, I'm just going on what I've been told by Isabella. When I phoned and explained they immediately responded with suggestion that the bead on the awning needed to be changed as Bailey had changed profile of the awning bead channel. They also commented that it was a reasonably common issue. Am going to try another repair Co today as Isabella are quoting a 6 week turnaround. Awning now consigned to Isabella for replacement of awning bead, taking opportunity to have zip repaired at same time. I'll post again when I get awning back and have tried on van again
  12. Good idea And not without its merit but entirely dependent on mobile phone coverage.
  13. I'm not in position to measure the awning beads, I'm just going on what I've been told by Isabella. When I phoned and explained they immediately responded with suggestion that the bead on the awning needed to be changed as Bailey had changed profile of the awning bead channel. They also commented that it was a reasonably common issue. Am going to try another repair Co today as Isabella are quoting a 6 week turnaround.
  14. Seems I was correct and I will need to have the awning bead replaced. Attempted to erect our Magnum today, bead goes in so far gets increasingly tight and eventually jams, phoned Isabella and they confirm Bailey did change profile of awning bead, reasonably common issue £108 to change. I suspect the newer Isabella awnings have the revised profile bead as standard, that I can get the awning in so far suggests the difference in size is relatively small.
  15. I previously posted on another thread (now closed) around the confusion between weights on the plate at the side of the habitation door and inside the gas locker. In response to my original post Grandpa Steve kindly pointed me to this thread, this and various other threads around low user payload margins I thought that the Bailey response I received from Bailey may be of interest. My original post in brief Habitation door sticker MTPLM = 1682kg (this plate does NOT quote individual axle weights or the VIN) it does quote a type approval number and this is the same as the type approval number in the gas locker. Plate in gas locker = 1800kg (this plate carries individual axle weights, type approval number & VIN) I queried this with Bailey, their response quoted below. "I am pleased to advise that the gas locker decal is a legal requirement whose information is helpful to the authorities if you are ever pulled over as this shows the maximum weight the fitted axle is rated to take which in this instance is 1800kg. As there is an appreciable differential between the standard MTPLM (or lower level MTPLM) and the higher level MTPLM it is possible to purchase a ‘max upgrade kit’ through our parts team (Prima Leisure) to increase the existing MTPLM of your Unicorn IV Cartagena caravan from 1682kg to 1800kg and thereby effectively increase your existing user payload from 160kg to 278kg and you may order this option via this link to the Prima Leisure website" 160kg as a user payload is tight and I've been weighing everything that goes in to stay within the 1682kg as I consider this prudent given my current tow car although legally I'm OK to tow up to 1900kg with my car and driving licence ... The next car may be bigger/heavier I may get the upgrade in the future but its good to be aware of the different weight plates.
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