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Devon Dancer

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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
  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 workin
  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 i
  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
  16. 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 sen
  17. So how did they enter what is supposed to be a secure site ? Does it suggest an 'inside job' ?
  18. 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
  19. 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 ?
  20. If anyone is concerned with their tow-ball going rusty if it's not greased, buy some rust-inhibiting paper (dirt cheap !) and put a piece inside your tow-ball cover (you do use one of course !) I do this even though I have a removable tow-ball stored in my garage. .
  21. Thanks for all your comments. It does seem strange that there should be an unswitched 12V circuit running all the time. the drain I measured was about 100mA which doesn't sound a lot but over several weeks in storage was clearly enough to drain the battery. I'm guessing I'll have to learn to live with pulling the fuse every time I leave the van for a long period 🤨
  22. Hi everyone, long time since I've been on here due to lots happening but just thought somebody might throw some light on this problem I've been having . My leisure battery has been draining rapidly in storage (in the caravan) and I finally settled down to try to trace the problem. After working through all the circuits to find the drain I discovered that if I removed the Fridge Ignition fuse the current drainage stopped (checking with a multimeter). Seems to me the circuit should be disabled if the main switch is off and the fridge switched off. Anyone else had this and com
  23. No it's GOT to be a green watering can
  24. I had a similar problem on my old caravan last year. Turned out the 'hole'that one of the turn-buckles went into had a crack so although it looked like they were locking the pump into place, under the water pressure the pump block twisted and allowed water out. Had to replace the whole unit
  25. Don't know whether this has been posted before but a VERY good illustration of why loading is so critical https://youtu. be/SXQt-8SZYT8
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