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AWanderingLancastrian

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About AWanderingLancastrian

  • Birthday 14/09/1945

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    Bescar, Scarisbrick, Lancashire.
  • Interests
    Cars, photography, cycling & caravanning of course.
  • Make & Model of Towcar / Toad
    Still deciding petrol again.
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  1. Hi Mr Plod. If the SpaceSaver spare wheel is is OK in the eyes of a manufacturer albeit with a speed limit applied to it when in use - then why if a car is presented with one for an MoT will it instantly fail if the car is presented with one perhaps from a puncture on route to the MoT station ?
  2. Hi again to you all that have answered my request for info - Champion - the info has been passed on and was very very gratefully received.
  3. Hi to you all out there. A pal of mine on behalf of his son-in-law has asked me a question that I simply cannot answer - so I said "leave it with me and I will consult a forum of caravanning gurus. Simple question as per my topic heading - I never did my own caravan body repairs but paid a man from Huddersfield that could/did and was very very pleased with the results - each to his own trade/profession.
  4. Hi David. Does that alleged fix only apply in the case of 'Q' boxes in in caravans ? I had my recently installed Q box replaced with another one and the very next day it was out of sync as had happened with the original one a few days earlier. I did what was suggested in/on the Sky Community Forum - switch the box off and remove the plug from the power source then reinstate and BINGO issue solved - NO IT WASN'T. I am now awaiting another engineers call on the 7th Jan between 12:00 hrs and 17:00 hrs.
  5. My neighbour swears by a Waterless Product albeit it is the Williams brand and not the Greased Lighting one. He has been treating his 52 plate Ford Fiesta (a Metallic Forest green) resurrected from just another neglected family run around for some 3 or 4 years and continually remarks on how good it is and the time that it saves him by not going through the wash cycle first - indeed he does the whole car except the windscreen with it;the paintwork is always a showroom finish after being treated. We live in open rural countryside with muddy lanes and farmers fields that produce mud like being in a hippo wallow. My latest chariot is a 115,900 mile 55 plate Mercedes Benz C220 CDI Auto Estate in Iridium Silver that has been treated with a ceramic coating on the paintwork - this car is so much larger than my 51 plate BMW 330i Touring Auto I just might give a waterless product a try.
  6. Hi again to you all out there. I visited the Sky Community as suggested by Griff (Thanks Griff). I had a visit this afternoon by a Sky Engineer - he immediately changed the Q box after acknowledging that it was miles out of sync. The system appears OK at present - we will see !! Seemingly it is a well documented on the Sky Community as being a 'Software Issue'
  7. Hi Stevan. Perhaps the ability for making and maintaining cars/vehicles without the extortionate costs might be a good place for stating !
  8. Hi to you all. I have recently changed over onto the Sky 'Q' box system and having been having issues with the synchronisation of the sound and the visual of the mouths moving - despite having spent a very very long time with a Sky advisor on line and over two phone call after my cordless phone battery died and they rang me back - the 'Fix-it@ time lasted 1.75 hours but the next day it had gone belly-up again. Has anyone experienced the same issue. Fifteen years of the old Sky Box and then the Sky + HD system without a hiccup - technology for you !
  9. The Kyron was a Mercedes Benz ML with a different suite of cloths. I wonder what effect that will have on Mercedes Benz unless of course they source their engines and running gear from elsewhere.
  10. Hi beejay. the product comes Bone Dry in a tubular shaped lidded container that is vented at the opposite end to the lid. I have mine now for some 8 months and there have been absolutely no signs of damp either on the product or inside of the storage tube. The 'Care Instructions' are in small print (1 of six languages) on the container. The absorption rate of water after washing/rinsing the car is amazing - I am sure that is as equally affective on a caravan body/windows.
  11. Way back in 2006 I went over to Canada (Toronto/Kingston) for a one month long visit with Ms AWL the then Ms TheTravellingRooster, One of the visits that was conducted was to Canadian Tire and whilst there I was introduced to their Micro Fibre Auto Cloths/Towels that were well established in the car detailing world. They appeared like and felt like Mole Skin and did a really fine job of buffing up after applying my chosen car polish of the day (Mer). The absorption rate of water was OK but nothing spectacular but there again I did not by them for their absorption rate. The first lot were 300mmx300mm with a second purchase some 6 months later being 350mmx350mm but they were of a slightly thinner feel. My latest discovery was truly the most amazing cloth that I have ever seen and used - it is not a Micro Fibre cloth - it is an artificial chamois that goes under the brand name of Innotec Aquatec 500 (Art. Nr. 04.1705). I paid £8.20 for it from my Mercedes Benz Independent/Specialist,the cloth is 425mmx320mm after the first use - it must never be allowed to dry out and comes with a dedicated hard plastic container for storage. Do not fall foul of some of the RIP-OFF prices that are on E'bay. The current best deal would appear to be 3 items for £27.95 including postage.
  12. Hi Griff. As I recall Elddis/The Explorer Group even suggested at one point that the affected caravans were being hauled/towed by inappropriate vehicles. Their own videos showing the various caravans on test and being towed over surfaces that in reality one would never encounter and certainly not at the speeds that were being shown on the test track - this was used for testing commercial vehicles and was extreme in some examples for a caravan never mind the tow-vehicle. The damage on my SuperSirocco also included the floor being pulled away at the front just behind the 'A' frame and right across under the two bed boxes. The SuperSirocco had only ever been towed by Volvo V70 Automatics and as I recall that is what the original owner of the caravan had also favoured. Both they and ourselves had used the caravan as a huge luxurious two berth and in both cases had used it tittle throughout the respective periods of ownership. On 12/12/2020 at 14:36, Griff said: In circa 2008, Elddis (then Explorer) produced a range of caravans where splits in the aluminium sides emanated from the corners of the o/s front window, usually models with their door at the front of the side. It is well documented on this forum. In all cases Elddis put it down as being pothole generated. They and the affected engineering minded on CT knew full well it was down to the weakness in design. Expand Hi again Griff. The problem/issue actually first started showing itself a year or two after the model range interiors were revised/changed in the very early 2000's albeit the issue was with the NS Aluminium panels splitting at the lower rear corner of the forward window opening. It began showing on the twin axle models and then on the longer variants of the single axle variants. I was the 2nd owner of of the 2001 Crusader SuperSirocco and the dealer that the caravan was bought from went spectacularly bust not long after late summer 2010. I was probably the most vocal on the forum in an attempt to get Elddis/The Explorer Group to recognise and admit that there was design/manufacturing fault with my caravan . This was all whilst I had the CT ID of TheTravellingRooster. I was hoping very much in vane that the manufacturer would offer a token gesture for the repair of my caravan or at least take it back into the factory and undertake the repair themselves. I ended up paying out over £1,800 for the repair along with associated repairs that were linked to the design fault - I then very very reluctantly sold what was a very very well looked after caravan and one that had been very expertly repaired by a company in Huddersfield.
  13. Hi Griff. The problem/issue actually first started showing itself a year or two after the model range interiors were revised/changed in the very early 2000's albeit the issue was with the NS Aluminium panels splitting at the lower rear corner of the forward window opening. It began showing on the twin axle models and then on the longer variants of the single axle variants. I was the 2nd owner of of the 2001 Crusader SuperSirocco and the dealer that the caravan was bought from went spectacularly bust not long after late summer 2010. I was probably the most vocal on the forum in an attempt to get Elddis/The Explorer Group to recognise and admit that there was design/manufacturing fault with my caravan . This was all whilst I had the CT ID of TheTravellingRooster. I was hoping very much in vane that the manufacturer would offer a token gesture for the repair of my caravan or at least take it back into the factory and undertake the repair themselves. I ended up paying out over £1,800 for the repair along with associated repairs that were linked to the design fault - I then very very reluctantly sold what was a very very well looked after caravan and one that had been very expertly repaired by a company in Huddersfield.
  14. Hi to you all out there. I am lucky and prudent enough that I can still run two older cars,one petrol - a now 138,000 miles 2001 BMW 330i Touring Auto and one diesel - the recent acquisition of a 115,000 miles Mercedes Benz C220 CDI Estate Auto. I am 75 yrs young and see either one or both cars being the last time that I will invest money in a change of car. I live in open rural countryside in West Lancashire were the bus services are both limited and quite abysmal in real terms. The nearest bus stop is a one mile walk away albeit the local unmanned railway station is within 100 yds of my front door on the Northern Line;Southport one way and Wigan/Manchester the other way. Trains are limited at the local station with big gaps between services made worse by a short day with operating/running times and do not run at all on a Sunday. I am somewhat of a captive audience to my choice of transport but at least I can leave home and return in safety. Villages and hamlets across West Lancashire are sadly becoming places not for living in without ones own transport.
  15. Hi Mick - Give us a clue !!! and who were you responding to ?
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