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Angel1

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About Angel1

  • Birthday 01/03/1950

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Sheffield
  • Interests
    Living Life To The Full
  • Make & Model of Towcar / Toad
    Jeep Cherokee 2. 8 CRD Sport.
  • Caravan / Motorhome / Static (Make and model)
    Bailey Pageant Series 7 Burgundy.
  • Year of manufacture (Caravan / Motorhome / Static)
    2008

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  1. Thank for the reply guys, present van is a 17 year old Compass Amazon 482. Plate gives MIRO of 1039kg, MTPLM of 1225kg. As stated yesterday van was not loaded with all the holiday paraphernalia and when weighed it was 1270kg, overweight by 45kg and still lots to put in it. My solution, a Top Box for the car, not ideal I know.
  2. Apologies due. The Bailey was sold a couple of years ago, in my naivety I thought that, "So when we returned to caravanning again for the very last time it has to be said, we bought a small ancient old van, spent brass making it 100% road worthy and away we go," our Bailey was certainly not small and ancient it has to be said. Nevertheless I accept I could have described our situation better. For clarification, I have A, AM, B, B1 and BE on my licence. I thought AFTER 70 I was restricted to a combined outfit weight of 3500kg, say a car of 2000kg and a van of 1400kg. Even after 30 years as a HGV driver as I said, learning all the time. Just to add, we looked at a motorhome (out of our price range) but it was 4000kg which I assumed was over my weight limit of assumed 3500kg. Having BE could I then have driven it legally. All help is much appreciated.
  3. Not certain if this post is in the right place, but here goes. Been a caravaner for decades on and off and retired as an HGV driver of 30 years. I suppose it gives you a little more experience than a newbie but we all learn as we go on. Over the decades much to my discredit I suppose, I have NEVER weighed ANY of my caravans either loaded or empty, neither have I ever weighed car & van together for their gross weight as my Class 1 HGV Ticket had me well covered for towing anything LEGAL. Moving on, at 70 I did not bother messing around with the doctor and just renewed my Licence for the 3500kg max. So when we returned to caravanning again for the very last time it has to be said, we bought a small ancient old van, spent brass making it 100% road worthy and away we go. Now reading and still learning I am aware of a few caravan accidents and Plod and their associates having a bit of a blitz on caravans, roadworthiness and weights. Now before we load up and off to Scotland for a few weeks I had the brainwave of weighing our outfit. Caravan with 2 of the "Light" Propane bottles in the front, pair of electric cables, blue and green toilet fluids, and a coil of waste water pipe. Inside the van, battery, a couple of tins from our last outing, cutlery, usual pots and pans. Outside the van we had a motor mover fitted. No fluids in the toilet compartments. Off to the Local weighbridge, full rig weighed, then caravan on its own. On arrival at home, dear Lord in for a shock. After a little calculation I get the weight of the van to be 70% of the Tow car which is good, just on 3000kg combined weight, and the caravan weighing 1270kg, but horrors its MTPLM is 1225. No water containers, no clothes, no bedding, hoover essential with two dogs. So here is the rub, it is overweight now before all the extras are put inside, we usually take food and the fridge full as well. Hope you have got to the end of my tale, looks like we go away and risk been pulled and prosecuted, or cancel the booking and our holiday. We can't put any stuff in the car as it is full of dog cages and paraphernalia. As an aside, I now wonder just how many caravans if they were pulled would be overweight, 60%/70% more or less, more I guess. Caravan for sale in a months time I suppose. It was good while it lasted.
  4. Many thanks for the replies, much appreciated. Here is how I overcame the problem. I have just fitted a motor mover and in my excitement to try it left the handbrake on, the mover did overcome it. So while deliberating my hitch problem and how to push the piston back I had a barnstorming idea. The caravan is parked nose in about 3 foot from the house wall, so a long crowbar borrowed from my neighbour, inserted into the hitch bar and with the aid of a large piece of wood against the house wall, deft touching of the mover button EASILY pushed the piston back. Even better the hole was aligned EXACTLY and placing the coupling on, the bolt was inserted easily with just a tap with a small lightweight hammer. Reversed the van a couple of inches and the side bolt went through as easily as the vertical bolt went in. Torque it up in the morning and job done. ps, the friction pads were a right pain in the arras to fit, they were stuck like glue even with the coupling off and access much easier. Much chiselling, plenty of screwdriving and a load of patience got the job done eventually it has to be said. Hope this crowbar fix and motor mover assist will be of help to others, cheers to all. Phil*
  5. While trying to change the friction pads in a Winterhoff 3000 hitch which is 17 years old and looks like the pads have never been changed, both seized solid, I decided to remove the hitch for access to somehow chisel them out with great care. Job accomplished and just the hitch to refit. PROBLEM, the interior of the shaft has a sleeve which the rear vertical bolt must pass through. But it will not move enough to line up with the bolt. A quick google gave me the answer why the bolt does not pass through, but not the answer to be able to fit it. Here is what I found. Anyone know the fix please, I am stumped. """Secondly, having undone the nuts on the two bolts holding the AKS on the drawshaft, I had to drive the rear bolt out using a short steel pin of the same diameter as the bolt. The length of the pin was the same as the diameter of the drawshaft. The use of the pin was essential in order to prevent the brake assembly from disconnecting. With the bolt removed, the pin held the assembly in place. Having removed the AKS, the next job was to replace the AL-KO gaiter with a one included in the BPW kit.""" Thanks for any help, Phil*
  6. A rather odd leak in the front middle large window of our 2004 van. Heavy rain and about a third of the way across at the top just from one place out of the rubber a constant drip, down onto the small table/chest of drawers. Good weather next day, no drips. Rain next day, no drips. Rain next day drip twice as bad. Odd it drips, then does not, then does. Any one experienced a drippy window rubber, and would a new rubber hopefully resolve the issue. Are new rubbers hard to fit, had a look on the tippy tappy and it seems doable at home. My problem is at 71 and very arthritic it might be beyond me. Angel1.
  7. Unless you have evidence that is irrefutable I would put it down to bad luck and put your efforts into having it repaired. It's not nice finding that kind of damage on your van, but your neighbour will deny it until the cows come home. Just a pity you did not have the camera installed, but it's easy to be wise after the event. We suffered a similar type of dent on our first caravan, but luckily it was horizontal. We bought 4 side reflectors, two for each side to make it look "balanced". Measured both sides and put the reflectors equal to each other starting with the dent first. Stayed like that for as long as we had the van, when we part ex'd it the dealer never mentioned it.
  8. We once arrived at Fort William and after siting the van (water, drain and lecky pitch) I was a bit miffed to realise our food grade water pipe was back in Sheffield. We bought a replacement pipe next day from the nearest garden centre, and had a week of odd tasting tea and coffee. Never forgot it since, lesson learnt. Forgot to add we have 27 aquarolls when not on a serviced pitch, all linked together of course. It's hard work loading them onto the van roof and even harder work strapping them down. We cannot get them into the van because that's got our 23 wastemasters in it.
  9. Regarding the Land Rover, because loads and loads are sold overseas every diesel is slightly detuned to take into account the difference in diesel quality in different Countries, so I am told. Further more I believe the dreaded EU have stuck their oar into the situation and our motors have to meet their clean air criteria, so the dreaded EGR valve is also fitted, reducing the engine power again. So by removing the EGR and having the engine chipped, its real power can be restored. Of course some take advantage of these modifications and spend brass to have the power taken to the maximum, which is eye watering, but surely this must shorten the engine life. One of my mates had his done to the maximum, it would spin the tyres if he stuck his foot to the floor, impressive in a two ton 4x4 vehicle. I can only imagine the damage it did to his transmission. For myself this is our third Disco Td5 which runs at around 135 bhp. My other two had the EGR removed and a modest chip to increase in power (torque) to around 170 bhp. I am on with doing this to my present Disco. Your insurance MUST be informed. The main benefit of this small tune is the ability to pull away from a standing start with our van on the back at a modest speed, instead of taking a while to attain a decent speed. It also increases the mpg slightly, due to less gear changing and the engine breathing much better. So it really is a win win situation.
  10. Best bet would be to visit your local tyre specialist and seek their advice.
  11. The easy answer is that towing will be just the same as your old van, plus a couple of inches wider at each side. As you are changing your van, you must be well versed at towing, so I see no problem for you.
  12. How you achieve these figures compared to my Outlander PHEV is the 8th wonder of the world, I can only say well done VW. To make it shortish and sweet, my PHEV, fully charged battery running solo, around low 20's. Towing our van, full battery around 10 ish miles. The BIG problem with my PHEV and its on board charging system, when TOWING the van it did not have the spare capacity to charge its battery pack, so after 10 miles ish on lecky, it was then onto petrol power where it did 17mpg. 5 year battery life then a second mortgage to replace it, factor that into its running cost and it doesn't help much. Just to finish, we have just had our biannual electricity revue the first after changing the PHEV, our payments have been reduced by around £13 a week, or 2 gallons of DERV or 110 miles on a decent diesel car. Back to diesel for towing was a no brainer for us after a little bit of maths.
  13. What a delightful little old caravan, someone has put much love into it. Who would not be proud of owning such a little beauty. The downside. The chassis will need viewing, as will the tyres. I think an examination for serious damp should also be considered. I hope the van passes muster, it would be a shame for it not to be roadworthy.
  14. I have a ridiculous expensive hitch lock on my van, you almost need a crane to lift it on, it is really heavy. But to be honest a thief with a battery steel saw would have it off, there is no doubt about it in my mind. Just fit the best you can, maybe we can deter the thief, we certainly cannot stop them, otherwise no van would ever be nicked.
  15. Some top notch advice on the forum, it's well above my pay scale. The only bit of the heater I understand is the on/off button.
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