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Stockcroft

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  • Location
    Sussex
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    Being a long term liability to the pension fund
  • Towcar
    Discovery 4
  • Caravan
    Coachman VIP 520/4

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  1. Just to say many thanks for the various comments - both those directly related to my original post and those tangential to it. Seems like a pretty inexact science. My main take away is that I need not be too concerned with the pressures having reached a level 20% greater that the recommended cold tyre level and that the temps as shown by the TPMS were not a real issue. I replaced the original spec tyres on my 2015 caravan earlier this year in the Spring with premium (Mitchelin) specialist Van, low rolling resistance tyres. They have been excellent from towing perspective but I have noticed a definite variation (in comparison with the original tyres) in the speed at which temperatures and pressures increase from cold. I guess the key issue then is to get to know the performance characteristics of your tyres so that abnormalities can be quickly identified.
  2. Towed back from Forest of Dean to Sussex today. Pre trip the cold pressures were checked/adjusted to required 65psi. Half way round the M25 the TPMS alarm triggered as the pressures had risen to 78psi, ie 20% greater than the normal level. The temperatures were showing 36 degrees. The external and road temperatures this afternoon were, of course, fairly high but probably nothing excessive compared with what others may experience regularly on the continent. I got the TPMS mainly to warn against a slow, loss of pressure so was a bit uncertain what to do in a higher pressure warning situation (....slowed to 50 mph continued and turned the warning alarm off). Is there a dangerous level for pressures in hot weather and should I be stopping at these levels to let them cool (easier said than done on the M25).
  3. I raised a similar issue before as I had seen many cases of front steadies and jockey wheel all up on blocks to allow front to end levelling on a sloping pitch where jockey wheel adjustment alone wouldn't cut it. The majority view then seemed to be that it was OK to temporarily take the weight on the front steadies whilst reclamping and repositioning the jockey wheel with blocks underneath so as to achieve the necessary level. I appreciate that is very different from forces involved in actually jacking up on the steadies but I'm still unsure as that practice must still be creating pressures greater than recommended.
  4. Couple of video reviews Acadia 460 and Laser Xcel. Certainly Thetford in Acadia but not certain in Laser? Others will know.
  5. "Tweaks across the ranges and re-designed bathrooms....." Wonder if that includes reverting to a Thetford toilet rather than the unpopular Dometic in the VIP?
  6. Ditto. I was going to PX my 2015 VIP 520 (with Thetford) for new this autumn. Have been monitoring the recurrent themes regarding experiences of Dometic on here, and also owners I have spoken to on sites. Will be deferring pending a return to Thetford.
  7. At the risk of stating the obvious, I assume that the drain taps were closed prior to switching on? The Whale pump that we bought to replace the pretty useless Truma one supplied in our 2015 van is really good but I've learnt that after insertion I do need to push upwards on the locking mechanism to ensure its in place and thereby ensure the contacts are in situ. Were you able to quickly borrow someone's pump on site to see if the problem was your pump or the van's circuitry? If you haven't got one I would advise always having a spare with you as they are notoriously fickle.
  8. Well that's a lot of good. I'm in the same situation. Was going to use it this week prior to having to fill up ahead of a long journey home at the weekend. But can't log in to the account, so can't access the pin number, so can't use the card, so can't reactivate the account.
  9. Wow - just seen the video on the BBC site reporting the massive hail storm down there and the consequent damage. Hope all caravaners and campers are OK. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-48668417/french-storm-hail-batters-south-east-france
  10. The anniversary of when I bought my van is in April so the annual habitation check is done pretty soon after it has spent the winter shut up against the cold and damp - albeit with an occasional airing. And I think the readings received reflect that. It does make me think I should be using the timing leeway in the warranty requirement for when the service is done so that I gradually move towards the middle of summer.
  11. Stockcroft

    Van levelling

    OK I'm convinced and if I'm ever faced with a downhill slope greater than can't be levelled using the jockey wheel I'll use the steadies as temporary support in the way that is suggested. Mind you I'm not inviting those four rugby players in as in this weather down in Cornwall I need all of my beer supply to myself!!
  12. We stayed at the Domaine du Logis site near Combourg for a few days at the end of a longer break further south http://www.domainedulogis.com/en/home-sp1.php We were travelling back from St Malo on the morning ferry on a Sunday morning so had an easy, almost traffic free, 50 min cruise up the dual carriageway in the morning. Good site (although popular with Brits) with easy access to Dinan, Dinard and the delightful town of Combourg.
  13. Stockcroft

    Van levelling

    Yes, I appreciate that the max load per corner steady if supporting the front of the caravan whilst repositioning the jockey wheel in its clamp would probably be 50 kg (I tow at 90-100kg noseweight). And as you say, Alko do show the steadies as having an intrinsic rating of much higher loads. But isn't the point that the assembly is only as robust as whatever it is fixed to - ie the caravan floor, which is why I always believed we should never place significant load through the steadies. Both the Coachman Handbook and the Alko website highlight the fact that they should only be used as a steady. But I appreciate that there may be a difference between temporary load bearing in the way I describe, and using the steadies as a jack which presumably imparts greater forces.
  14. Stockcroft

    Van levelling

    ! I hope that isn't in an earthquake zone (Aus possibly?) cos sleep might get a little disturbed. Thanks for input Jaydug. On this occasion I have had to ramp up both main wheels as the nose couldn't go down far enough to achieve front to back levelling. Doesn't the process you suggest mean that the full noseweight of the van is taken on the steady/steadies, albeit temporarily? Always thought that could cause damage?
  15. Stockcroft

    Van levelling

    Currently on a lovely site in South Cornwall. The hard standing pitch that we have is great but it has the most significant downward (front to back) slope we have encountered on a site to date. We had to have several pieces of board under both main wheels to level things front to back and also had to excavate a small hole in the pitch to lower the jockey wheel sufficiently. We needed large blocks at the back for the steadies to reach. But there are a couple of outfits opposite us that have the reverse problem, ie that the ground slopes down significantly from back to front. They have been pitched with large blocks under the front steadies and jockey wheel. I’ve seen that sort of thing before but can’t figure out the technique to get that done. Do you need people pulling down on the reverse of the van to raise the nose so that a block can be inserted under the jockey wheel? I guess some may be tempted to place blocks under the front steadies and wind those up until a block can be inserted under the jockey wheel but that is, of course, a ‘no no’. Just wondered if there is a definitive technique?
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