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Devon Dancer

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    South Hams Devon
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    Discovery 4
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    Coachman Pastiche 520

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  1. Just ordered one of these in 4x4 CVT automatic spec. it's not going to be our main tow-car (we're keeping our LR Disco4 for that) but just wondered if anyone on here has experience of towing with an Eclipse Cross. Our outfit is a Coachman Acadia 520 with 1500Kg upgrade. Mitsubishi state a towing limit of 1600Kg so would seem theoretically possible! Just be interesting to know if in an 'emergency' it was adequate.
  2. We traded our 2016 Pastiche 520 for a 2020 Acadia 520. Might almost seem a step down but there were a number of design changes in the Acadia which we felt made a lot of difference to living over the Pastiche. Someone on the forum has criticised the decision to go back to the wooden slats for the main bed but to us it's made a lot of sense. The previous metal pull-out frame was both heavy and at the wrong angle to pull out and push back,. the wooden slats are actually the same design as on very expensive domestic beds, slightly curved to give a spring, quite different to the 'wooden planks' of old. The double front lockers seem odd at first but give very useable storage as well as freeing up internal space. The bathroom has some compromises with slightly less wardrobe space but has a larger more useable shower. As said by others build quality is very good (possibly sturdier interior finish than our 2016 Pastiche). We opted to have the ATC fitted as an extra, one downside of the basic Acadia specs ! As with all our previous Coachman vans towing is absolutely rock solid BUT you do need a suitably weighty towcar! This is our 4th Coachman and always felt the build quality and design internally better than most other makes. You are paying more but you always get what you pay for in this life.
  3. Yep. Very pleased with ours. Was a bit heavy compared to conventional awning we had before (that was also an Outdoor Revolution) but obviously much better quality material. Once we got the hang of getting in and through the awning rail it beats a poled awning hands down. Only use the hand pump but up in no time
  4. Hi There Not a Kampa 390 but to give you an idea we use an Outdoor Revolution 360 on our new Acadia 520 and it comes within about 10cm of the front window when pulled across level with the rear. Suggest a 390 might end up overlapping. Hope that helps. How are you getting on with the 520?
  5. Which is why we had it added as an optional extra on our new one !!
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. Not sure it'll be in Apple Store, I got it on Android
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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