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Devon Dancer

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    Coachman Pastiche 520

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  1. Which is why we had it added as an optional extra on our new one !!
  2. Well, just had confirmation our new Acadia 520 is with the dealers and is being readied for us to pick up next Tuesday. We had a very good discount off the list price from the dealer, a free Powertouch mover from Coachman and an acceptable (!) trade-in deal on our 2016 Pastiche 520. let's hope we made the right decision
  3. We've always expected to keep our vans for a long time, averaging around 10years. Bought a new Coachman in 2016 to replace our 2006 Coachman then this September popped into our dealer to have a look at the new models and both of us fell in love with the new Acadia. Just had a few details that we really felt tidied up from our current Pastiche so went for it! Hoping to pick it up in just over a weeks time.
  4. I had this in my Pastiche while we were away a few weeks ago. I traced the loss to the pressure relief valve on the boiler unit ( a brass coloured unit sitting in the large rubber circulation hose.) Initially I place a container under the overflow pipe under the caravan to collect the overspill but then decided to apply the usual remedy we older motorists used to use our car and gave the valve-body a few 'measured' thumps and that seemed to resettle the valve. Might be worth considering replacing though if it is that
  5. Ian They build in model batches so the dealer should tell you when your particular model is due for manufacture. When we ordered ours (an Acadia 520) it was early October. Build date is late November (we might have just been lucky with the schedule). We've even got the VIN number for 'our' van even though it's not been built yet.
  6. Yes, I think the key with Coachman is , apart from a relative few dealer demonstrators, they only manufacture to the orders received. means no excess stock hanging over to the next model year which is bad for dealers and manufacturers. From customer viewpoint (and we've just ordered our third) it means the van you get has essentially been built for you and has not hung around a dealers lot waiting to be sold.
  7. Had a 2006 Pastiche 520, 2016 Pastiche 520 and have an Acadia 520 on order for delivery December. We've always liked the layout, suits us very well. Like to have the living space and the double bed doesn't take any great effort to put together. we have two large dogs so the dinette bed provides a space for them. We were pleased to see that the Acadia has returned to the pull-out slat system for the double, the 2016 used a metal frame which initially seemed a good idea but because you had to pull it ACROSS the caravan and push it back when unmaking the beds it meant working at an awkward angle. added unnecessary weight to the van as well. Also like the larger 'square' shower rather than the half-round which was much to small to be useable. not sure how the smaller wardrobe will work but everything's a compromise in the end.
  8. Just found this thread so a bit late replying! Had a similar problem with my 2016 Pastiche 520. I traced it by putting a multimeter measuring amps in series with the battery lead, leaving everything switched off then removing each fuse in turn until I found one that cut any current draw. It turned out to be one labelled 'fridge ignition'. With that in circuit it was drawing 100mA which over just a few days would drain the battery. I now take this out when we're on storage. Perhaps someone else can explain why this happens and perhaps a better remedy but it worked for us
  9. Not sure it'll be in Apple Store, I got it on Android
  10. Apologies if this has been covered before but whilst whiling away my time I came across a great app which I think is a must for TV addict caravanners! It's called DTV Antennas and it searches out and displays the terrestrial TV transmitters nearest to where your location is. It gives direction arrows for them all (listed in distance from your location) and you can tap the nearest / most convenient one and it's displayed on a map from your location. Also displays the channels available on that particular mast. Means you can line your aerial up quickly and easily (also tells you if it's Vertical or Horizontal) It's free to download but usual ad-free one available for £3.49. No links with the developer just struck me as a very useful addition to a smart phone.
  11. Cheers I'll bear that in mind. Not due to pick up until early December so hopefully they'll be up to speed by then
  12. Stopped over in Salisbury earlier this week and called into Tilshead caravans (actually the dealer we use despite living in Devon!) 'just to look' and mentioned we'd heard about the new Acadia range. Turns out they'd just received the Acadia 520 for their upcoming open week-end. The 520 is the model we've always had so really had to inspect it. As soon as we stepped in it felt 'right' to us. Despite supposedly being a cross between the Vision and Pastiche range it felt pretty well appointed to us. Nice light airy interior. Well thought out front end, good lighting throughout and sensible switch layout. The twin front lockers allowed a much more open front seating area. They've reverted to the pull-out wooded slats for the bed which IMHO is much easier than the previous metal pull-out frame which was at the wrong angle when trying to manoeuvre it. Main bench cushions now go practically all the way along the seats avoiding that join just where you want to sit. Cupboard doors really nicely shaped. Bathroom is well thought through. One addition is a HEATED cupboard on your right as you come in the main door. The double front lockers I was dubious about but having seen them they do seem to work really well with a separate gas locker. The doors open very wide to make access much easier. I hope they're more waterproof than our current one though! Only disappointment was that ATC was not standard fitting but available as an add-on. All in all it came over as a very well thought out van. So impressed were we …...we've got one on order for delivery early December (oh, and we payed the extra for ATC and we've got a free motor mover being fitted)
  13. So how did they enter what is supposed to be a secure site ? Does it suggest an 'inside job' ?
  14. Oh....lots of good ideas there !!! Went the way of buying some 22mm plastic water pipe and splitting along the length then clipping over the tube. Nice to know it wasn't just me...what a daft idea it was. Also the internal pump can be quite noisy compared to the in-tank pump ! Cheers everyone
  15. Has anyone else got problems with the semi-rigid tubing on the water inlet coupling on these vans ? They seem to take a curve then stay that way so don't reach the bottom of the aquaroll (or rise away from it as the water level reduces). I'm thinking of either sheathing it with some rigid plastic tube to keep it straight or swap out a length of it to the pickup filter with rigid tubing. Anyone else got a remedy ?
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