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    Lunar Clubman SE
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  1. Obviously both! Modern waters are muddied with turbocharged petrol engines and hybrid things. BHP - Power is a function of the speed to put you into a wall....torque is a function of how far you go through the wall. For a towing vehicle, then more torque at the lower end of the rev range is the goal. Most turbocharged engines, be it petrol or diesel start to produce most of their torque from around 1800rpm. But in these days of economy, in top gear, this may mean a road speed of well in excess of a caravan speed limit, so its down to 5th, 4th (or 8th, 7th, 6th on some Auto's) And dropping down the rev range to 1400 to 1500rpm can be detrimental to the longevity of your engine and particularly the dual mass flywheels of diesel engines. So no hard and fast answer....and of course you may want to use your towing vehicle for other duties .
  2. This may be a cunning ploy.... I'm considering a change of caravan after fighting with an almost non existent actual payload on my Lunar - purchased secondhand. A new, downspecced caravan, in a layout not perfect to my wants but with sufficient extra (I.e, extra cost) payload is looking slightly attractive. Whilst loading the car up does make it a touch more stable at speed, it seems counter intuitive to have all but 2 cupboards and all under bed storage empty, but the car stacked up to the roof with food, clothes, shoes, awning, caravan kit, and yes, a gas bottle or maybe two.
  3. I used to regularly hire a Crafter van from Afford in Crewe to tow a rally car on a trailer. The extra number plate was there, with a note that if it wasn't returned, there was a relatively hefty fee!
  4. Is your caravan payload generous enough to cope with an extra 50kgs or so without grossly overloading it?? If so, there used to be a company that made racks to fit the inside of the caravan - they had expanding bars at floor level that you could fit between the front seats. It had vertical bars with hooks on that you could secure 1 or 2 bikes to. I used one successfully for a few years...its in my loft somewhere!
  5. Check the number on your tyres AFTER the 13 (inches)... the 94/92 figures on Jaydug's photo. The 80 in your description is the profile, not the weight limit. You may have heavier duty tyres already on. But the time limit still applies. Look for the manufacturing date on the tyre... it will be 4 digits in an oval pressing - week number and year. This may only be on one side of your tyre though, depending on manufacturer. The one you identified should be OK if you're changing anyway.
  6. On my cars, bikes and caravan, even though I am a tightwad, I always buy the better quality tyres, often overspecified. I wouldn't like Chinese tyres, and I am very dubious about the Indonesian GT Radials currently fitted to my van.....but I don't have a choice if I want to keep the standard size and have an acceptable load rating. There's just nothing else available. For me, I'd go for the higher load rating, because you're probably more likely to inadvertently overload a tyre than you are to cruise the van at 90mph.
  7. My (Clubman) sliding table top came out last weekend. I suggest weakened spring clips over time coupled with bouncy Norfolk roads caused it. If it happens again elsewhere, I'll just run with it open! SDA - once its open, the top surface drops down and effectively locks it open on mine. We did some weight redistribution prior to the last (bouncy) trip. The wire basket drawers that once held cleaning and cooking sundries now hold foodstuffs, which are of course heavier - the reason for the reshuffle, getting the heavier stuff lower. This reshuffle meant that the weakness of the basket runner clips has shown itself, so the drawers have been coming open, forcing the cupboard door open too. The cornering forces meant that at the end of the runners travel, the drawers abruptly stop, catapulting various foodstuffs into the main caravan area. Luckily no breakages or spillages but a rethink to secure the baskets is needed! @davidrc Does the van have wet Central heating (Alde?) rather than blown air? If so, it may be to allow more warm air to connect upwards. Mine has only a small gap so is quite ineffective.....and if I drop anything down the gap, its a royal pain to retrieve it!
  8. Some years ago, a local chap was trading in his van for a new one. The Dealer wouldn't give him any extra for his mover....so he took it off. He'd even set it up in his garage to demonstrate it working! That meant that I was able to buy a mover for my old Swift for £50. It was advertised for £100, but when he said "I'd rather let it go for £50 than add to the Dealers profit" Ever the opportunist, I promptly offered him the £50. Which he took with good grace, saying that he'd just done himself out of £50 😀
  9. Probably due to the possibility of electrical arcing and leaking gas. Mine has its marker lights and handle light wiring within the enclosure too. And now the rear view camera WiFi transmitter as well!
  10. My fridge alarms immediately if it loses mains power (when it's supposed to be on mains power).
  11. Extinguisher and blanket for me. 3 yearly fire training as part of the Survival Course, as well as Fire Team Member training as part of my offshore work duties but I wouldn't call myself a firefighter by any stretch of the imagination. And, at least until I retired, we still practiced on real fires. My first Survival involved escape from a smoke filled "house". A 40 foot container partitioned. Real fire. Real smoke. No BA. No smoke hood. Coughing up black stuff for days. Now smoke House training is cosmetic smoke and full BA. Pah!!! I've used a small extinguisher in anger many years ago when dippy lady next door ran round to call out the Brigade as her washing pile had fallen on top of her electric cooker. Review, Risk Assess. Go in with a Halon extinguisher - you could have them in those days - empty it. Leave. By the time the Brigade came, the fire was long out, although I obviously didn't re-enter the house. She bought me a new extinguisher - that I still have somewhere....
  12. My Father sold the R to a local builder who rarely attained the magnificent speed of 28mph, never mind anything faster! Some time later, I was given the job of taking the car to an Auto Electrical place to have its dynamo control box replaced - the engine just never got any revs on it, so the points in the control box welded together. Young and foolish as I was, I was driving it with gusto, using the hold gears, rather than Drive. 83mph and time to change up to top (third!). The column change was a bit recalcitrant (and my foot was still buried in the carpet), so I pushed the nice Chrome knob in the end of the lever and gave it a good shove upwards. Through D and into R. And it went in! Obviously a huge lock up at the back. Handfuls of opposite lock and a firm downward motion of the lever and no lasting damage was caused amazingly. But a memory that will never leave me. FYX184C - Looks like it was last used 1977/1978.
  13. My father also towed with VP 4 litre R. Sprite Alpine. The Bessacarr and maybe his Winchester but that may have been after the R was sold. One of tge few cars I could sit in the passenger seat and put my feet up on the dashboard....shoes off of course. Heated floors too, from the exhaust pipes running close under. Hills when towing didn't worry him - he pulled the Bessacarr up Porlock Hill. In top gear.
  14. Look on the alarm box. It should have the frequency of operation on it.
  15. Yes, I know its a long time ago...... I came across a couple of brochures in my late Father's paperwork yesterday from 1970 and 1972 He had a Bessacarr 376/2 back around 1970 ish. Big steel B&B chassis. No towing aids, not even auto reversing. Quote: Selected hardwood and softwood framing, halved, glued and screwed 22swg stove acrylic finish aluminium exterior. 3/4" tongued and grooved flooring on 1 1/4" x 3" joists. NEW flush framed windows. Mahogany rubbing strakes (!) Fitment of an optional refrigerator Foot pump and exterior hose fittings for water as standard. (Cold only) 2 burner cooker and grill. The centrefold of one brochure was a Bessacarr Acropolis being apparently towed by a Rolls Royce convertible. The largest 4 berth, 5.1 metre body length has a MIRO of 915kg and MTPLM of 1283kgs Conversely, the 3.2m and 3.8m vans have payload more similar to that which we currently "enjoy" of around 130kgs. Back then, a car with a towing capacity of 1300kgs wasn't common. Don't worry about the battery, there isn't one. Mains power is a long time in the future! The more luxurious models had a fairing for the gas bottles.
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