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  1. Should definitely be class 2 but the height sensors will probably register the bikess on the roof. All the toll plazas have cameras on each lane so if you use the intercon button to inform the operator that it's the bikes causing the excess height alarm they can check using the cmera and will usually change the higher fee to the correct class 2. They usually speak good English. PS: If it's a twin axle van they may well charge class 4 due to the extra axle.
  2. We've used one for several years now for continental trips and it's the best of the "caravan/motorhome" ones I've seen. Rarely makes any errors in road width and its ETA timings are spot-on.
  3. In Germany and Spain "A" frames are not tolerated, the legal position is rather unclear but you will get stopped and told to drive the car seperately. In France it is (or at least it was last time we did it) theoretically legal but try telling the local Gendarmes that when they pull you over! A trailer is one solution but can be very awkward if using Aires. Problem is that on most aires you'll need two parking spaces and the French don't approve of brits taking up an extra parking space just for a trailer so you're likely to get some opposition and aggro sooner or later. Overall the best solution is jut to leave the car at home, most towns, villages and attractions on the continent provide convenient parking and stopovers for motorhomes so in most cases you don't need the car.
  4. Thanks for the link JanandJay, I'd already found that one and nearly fell off my seat when I saw the price. If you look more closely it does say "Unavailable" under the price which I'm assuming is because Whale are refusing to supply them other than to "Whale Approved" engineers.
  5. Did you ever resolve this problem Speedbird? I seem to have a similar problem which is getting worse, it's been present to some degree (and on certain buttons) since before I purchased the 2015 van from a reliable private vendor around 18 months ago but it didn't seem serious and didn't really affect everyday use. However it now seems to be getting worse and is causing unreliable operation of the pump switching. I naively assumed that it would be a case of a simple screen re-calibration but after a call to Whale I'm informed that the screen cannot be calibrated and the only cure is to completely replace the module - presumably at considerable expense. I can't tell you how much as Whale refuse to sell me a new module (Whale approved engineers only) and won't even tell me what the likely cost might be. They did supply me with the name of one of their approved engineers (who doesn't actually cover my area) but to date he hasn't come back to me with an estimate. I need to get this problem sorted ASAP as we're booked for a month on the continent shortly and I daren't go over there with an unreliable control unit. Has anyone else experienced a similar problem or can suggest a reliable "Whale Approved" mobile engineer in the Surrey/Hampshire area?
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    I post my personal understanding of the reasons behind the use of bulkhead mounted 30mb regulators, not an authoritative statement of any legislation. If you want a definitive answer you'll need to do some research, I'm certainly not intending to spend my life doing it for you but I do look forward to reading your conclusions. I should also point out that my experience is based on motorhome development rather than caravans, maybe the changeover dates were different, it was certainly 2004 on motorhome. In the UK, the body dictating build standards for caravans and motorhomes is the NCC and their precise status for doing that is unknown to me, suffice it to say that they act in that capacity for all practical purposes as all the major UK manufacturers seem to comply with their build standards. Maybe it's just a desire on their part to display "NCC Approved" on their products? Presumably the NCC derive their LPG standards from their interpretation of UK and EC statutes. Also as a retired engineer I'm inclined to agree with the above and struggle to understand the logic of certain other NCC standards - but that's another matter. The situation in Germany is something I have scant knowledge of, although ISTR that they were somewhat in advance of the UK in the fitting of bulkhead regulators to M/Hs, having been fitting them for some time before the NCC caught up with EC standards. Certainly the last German M/H I owned was built in 2004 and was fitted with a 30mb bulkhead regulator. Why your 2007 caravan has a cylinder mounted regulator is not something I would like to speculate on. AFAIK the old German standard pressure for propane was 50mb, not 30mb, something that often caused a headache for UK buyers of grey M/H imports because the fitted appliances were jetted up and certified for 50mb. PS: Apologies to the O/P for the deviation, I trust his basic query has already been answered anyway.
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    Since 2004 it has been compulsory to fit a 30mb regulator to the caravan body, NOT to the gas bottle. This was to standardise the pressure setting (previously 37mb or 50mb for propane and 28mb for butane). As a result all flexible hoses are now of the high pressure variety thus eliminating potentially weak connections within the caravan structure. If a standard regulator is also fitted to the bottle then there will be two regulators in series meaning that the input pressure at the (bulkhead) regulator will be insufficient to allow that regulator to work correctly. The fitting of a bulkhead regulator along with high pressure hoses (pigtails) also allows for an automatic cut-off valve to be fitted to the bottle (usually only on motorhomes) which cuts off the gas bottle automatically in the event of a collision, thus preventing gas escaping and igniting. This is necessary on motorhomes as many of the gas appliances on a motorhome are designed to be used when being driven so the gas supply is left on when in transit.
  8. Any 37mb regulator should be fine for propane, it sounds to me as if your regulator could be faulty. Also check your hoses as they can collapse internally with no external evidence and cause a blockage. I assume you're using the propane bottle standing upright and well secured against falling over? Using the cylinder laid on its side could cause the symptoms you describe and is also extremely dangerous.
  9. Much more likely that your dish alignment is wrong. Set the dish up using the FTA box then simply swap receivers once you've established a signal and are getting BBC programs. PS: If the Freesat box hasn't beenused for a while you'll need to rescan the satellite as freqquencies have changed.
  10. Ask to see the tyres before they fit them, check the DOT code for manufacturing date and refuse to accept them if the date is more than 6 months ago. Simple.
  11. It's because the receiver is FTA (free to air) box. The other drawback is that there will be no program guide. Best thing to do is to buy a "Freesat" receiver which will come up with the usual channel numbers and a proper program guide, usually HD programs too. Beware that "Freesat" or "Freesat+" will not usually have a proper signal strength meter which you may need for setting up the dish, neither will they work with the LNBs that have the little LED light to assist with dish alignment.
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    Kuga Service

    Extended servicing is due in part to the much longer working life of modern synthetic oils, however it seems to me that 2, or even 3 years is too long to leave without things like brake pads and air filters being checked. I think you'll probably find that most vehicles with extended service intervals "advise" that you have a visual check carried out more frequently. Good marketing ploy?
  13. Looks to me as if it was designed by someone who has very sparse knowledge of the issues involved in towing.
  14. We've had the TT version for a few years now, we've used it with motorhome and caravan all over Europe and have been very impressed with its performance. It's never guided us down a route that was too narrow or that had a weight/height restriction BUT. ..... Be aware that they do tend to take you on slightly longer routes than a car satnav (to avoid narrow roads) so you tend to use more Autoroutes on the continent and VERY IMPORTANT - if you change your mind or miss a turn on the journey they just revert to guiding you on the shortest possible diversion, regardless of obstacles. AFAIK from talking to users of other makes of satnav they're all the same in that respect.
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