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Mr Plodd

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    Weymouth on the sunny south coast.
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    Enjoying life to the max!
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    Mazda 6 Tourer (posh name for an estate car!)
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    Bailey Phoenix Platinum 2019

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  1. Simple answer to the original question is to buy a cheap (or used) awning and see how you get on. If you like it buy a better/newer one, if not flog it on!
  2. Nah! C.B.A. Cant Be Ahhhhhh Ramps, drain tray, sump plug that won’t undo, oil up the arm, trying to catch all the oil out of the filter as you unscrew it, cleaning up the inevitable drip/dribble of old oil on the driveway Far too much faff, I had enough engine oil hair rinses when I did my apprenticeship as a mechanic in 1970. Its not a difficult job but with a modern car you need a computer to do just about everything else, so I take it to my garage, it costs a fair bit but my car represents a hefty financial investment.
  3. Think of an awning as being a conservatory for your caravan! They give you a LOT of additional “living” space. Think of having to spend three days inside your caravan if the weather is inclement. With an awning you wouldn’t have to you could sit=Live in the conservatory. I have had both, poled and air. For seasonal use then a poled is best. For touring it has to be an air simply for the ease of erection. Canopies are an option, but if it’s windy, or raining, then they don’t offer much protection from either. With most awnings you can unzip the front/sides to give you just a canopy if it’s hot and sunny. Personal view, others will differ (some strongly ) Andy
  4. LED’s are a direct replacement, they last much longer and use much less current. Replace as many bulbs as you can with LED’s Andy
  5. Unless there are other similar instances of motorists breaking down shortly after filling up at that particular fuel station I fear you are going to have real problems with your claim. You are going to run into that age old problem surrounding all matters legal, that being the requirement for firm evidence. A single case of possibly contaminated fuel isn’t going to be enough. Of course the other thing is was the fuel sample you were shown actually removed from your fuel tank? I am not doubting your word, but anybody defending a claim such as yours is certain to ask exactly that! How far had you travelled prior to breaking down and what were the symptoms ? Do you know what the contaminate is? Modern Diesel engine vehicles have pretty sophisticated filtration systems to weed out water and any solids long before they get to anything vital! Does your car have a locking fuel cap or could someone have poured something into it in the ensuing days between filling up and conking out? (Another question the defence would ask In cases of mis-fuelling vehicle’s very rarely get far before expiring. (A few hundred metres) Andy
  6. Two questions Is the charger actually sending anything to the battery?? You need to check with a multimeter (Chargers are known to fail) Just how old is the battery? If it’s been left totally discharged for any appreciable time then it’s probably total dead! There is a 12v master switch, make sure that’s switched on !! Andy
  7. Sounds like the Propane regulator is defective (it happens) difficult to see what else it could be. Any chance you have another Propane regulator to try ?? Or can borrow one for 10 minutes. Another thought has just sprung into my head. Does your caravan have a bulkhead mounted regulator? If so by connecting to a Propane cylinder that has ANOTHER regulator fitted you are regulating the supply twice. The regulator on your caravan requires a high pressure feed directly from the cylinder. Andy
  8. Most static site owners have very restrictive conditions about the selling on of caravans and they are in the owners contracts that are pretty watertight. There is a reason the seller doesnt want you to have anything to do with the sites owners, ask yourself why! Along with everyone else my advice is walk away NOW Andy
  9. I think you will find that the LNB that you use for your old non-sky box will work just fine with a standard Sky box, what it won’t do is work with a Sky Q box as (again) I think the Q Box needs a “special” LNB.
  10. Having done a fair bit of research a while back I opted for a Sunncamp Air awning. It has not let a drop of rain in despite being “tested” by what I can best describe as a monsoon last year in Holland. Andy
  11. Thats not usually an issue with steel wheels but most certainly IS with alloy’s
  12. Its because people seem to think it’s better to be in an outside lane! When I did a bit of coach driving a few years ago one of the old hands told me to always stick in lane one in very heavy traffic. I tried it and the results were interesting. As and when everything came to a halt I would make a mental note of what vehicle was to my offside and then compare my progress to theirs. Almost always I would make better overall progress because the inner running lanes seem less appealing to many drivers. Give it a try sometime (but not when I am in the inner lane please eh? ) Andy Sheer madness
  13. As someone who spent many years in the forensic investigation, and reconstruction of serious road crashes I can say with some certainty that tyres most definitely don’t just burst for no reason. The vast majority of tyres failing catastrophically do so because they have been run seriously under-inflated for a fair period of time. That cause excessive tyre flexing which creates a huge amount of heat, that heat then causes the carcass to fail (usually the side wall as that the weakest part) Centrifugal force then takes over VERY quickly and the tyre delaminates in spectacular style and often the flailing remains cause considerable damage to anything close by. I have seen a fair few “tyre failure” incidents over the years and have probably seen more failed tyres than most. The article on the Tyrepal website is pretty much spot on in regards to causation factors and is the same as I was instructed when under going my collision investigation training with the Forensic Science Service (who know their stuff!) Having said that it is certainly not unknown (but fairly uncommon) for a piece of road debris to cause enough serious damage to a tyre that by-passes the heat build up period and it goes straight into catastrophic failure mode. It’s not too difficult to tell the two causes apart as in the former there is clear evidence of charring/overheating to what remains of the tyre. In the later causation scenario the remnants dont show such pronounced signs of overheating. The Richard Hammond incident was very different. His was caused by the tyre fitted to the car he was driving (aiming?) being unable to withstand the enormous centrifugal force it was being subjected to by the very high speed of the vehicle. (Hence the reason for tyres having speed ratings stamped on them, to prevent such incidents on the road) If you look at all the vehicles used to create speed records they don’t have tyres of any description, just solid metal wheels. That’s because a rubber tyre (or solid band) is not strong enough to cope with the centrifugal forces encountered at those speeds. So to sum up, TPMS is certainly not infallible, but it can give early warning of an impending problem in the vast majority cases, that’s why they are now a compulsory fitment on all new vehicles, and any defect in it is an MOT failure. It’s just a pity those systems don’t indicate which tyre there is a problem with (unlike Tyrepal and similar systems) Just as an aside how many so called blow outs happen to cars rather than caravans if analysed on a “per mile travelled” basis? Bearing in mind there are vastly more cars on the road than caravans!! Of course it a lot easier to “feel” if a car tyre is going flat and stop long before catastrophic failure occurs. Just saying! Andy p.s. I wonder how many caravan tyres are going to fail catastrophically over this weekend? Let’s hope it doesn’t happen to anyone on here eh? Pps Statistically far more punctures happen to rear wheels than front wheels! Apparently that’s because if a front wheel runs over a screw etc it “flips” it up and the back tyre collects it point on!
  14. Screw in pegs are what you need and a fully charged drill/driver with an appropriate socket to fit the pegs. Andy
  15. Dave If you want to update your built in Mazda sat nav have a look on eBay. The previous owner of mine had never bothered and of course after three years you don’t get any for free. (Car just past it’s 3 years of course) I looked at how much Mazda wanted and nearly choked on my morning digestive. Chap on eBay selling the requisite “Genuine” Mazda SD card for under twenty quid, so I thought I would give it a go. Works perfectly and it’s the latest update available. Still not as good as TT though
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