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Gedgemeister

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About Gedgemeister

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  • Birthday 19/12/1962

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Warwickshire
  • Interests
    caravaning, militaria
  • Towcar
    Land Rover
  • Caravan
    Bailey Cartegena

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  1. Hi, just returned from Moreton in Marsh site. TV reception wasn't bad to start but kept getting interrupted and needed re-tuning. I bought a co-axial lead since I'd seen others plug into the main bollard where the power is located on the site. I have a couple of questions. Does everyone plug their co-axial into the back of the TV or is there somewhere else that you plug it into? Inside one of the cabinets is an c0-axial lead connection and I wondered if you connect up to that, and that re-routes from the aerial or if it is only for a TV in the awning. As an aside we noticed that during weak signal if I turned off all the power, the picture came back and was good. Put it back on again, picture goes? So questions are; a) Does coax lead need to go straight into back of TV or is there somewhere else, external that it connected to there and TV connected to the internal connection point a whole circuit is made receiving from the site bollard. This is as I assume satellite works. Connect, dish to connection external (battery box), connect satellite box in caravan to satellite connection internally, connect TV to satellite box? b) Why would power affect. Cheers
  2. Can anyone recommend a good nose weight gauge. I have a milenco but the max load is 130kg. Just tried my Cruiser and it passed 130kg. I moved things around a bit and it is probably just over 130. But I'd like to know exactly so I know where I am when towing. I'm towing with a Defender and a max nose weight of 150kg. The NCC paperwork I have with the van suggests and ideal nose weight of 134.5 (7%) of MTPLM for stable towing.   Apreciate any views including any from Buccaneer twin axle owners. I posted earlier this week my experience of my jockey wheel coming up though the van A FRame when I was moving it prior to a trip. Hence my interest and checking.
  3. Can anyone recommend a good nose weight gauge. I have a milenco but the max load is 130kg. Just tried my Cruiser and it passed 130kg. I moved things around a bit and it is probably just over 130. But I'd like to know exactly so I know where I am when towing. I'm towing with a Defender and a max nose weight of 150kg. The NCC paperwork I have with the van suggests and ideal nose weight of 134.5 (7%) of MTPLM for stable towing. Apreciate any views including any from Buccaneer twin axle owners. I posted earlier this week my experience of my jockey wheel coming up though the van A FRame when I was moving it prior to a trip. Hence my interest and checking.
  4. Hi Geoff, thanks for the reply. I did take a look at that and you may be right I'll take a closer look, but it moved relatively freely through the clamp with no obvious tight spots when I had "just" released the clamp, worth a check though. I just felt it was struggling and I might have been over sensitised due to my problem. I'll put a straight edge on it. I am very uncertain of it given the level of similar problems and as a result very concerned. Stewart
  5. I'm disappointed to say I have had the same problem with my 2019 Buccaneer Cruiser. I thought I'd bought a decent middle range van. I've had the usual snagging problem which the dealer in atherstone has been particularly poor at sorting out but by far the worst thing yet is the jockey wheel problem. Second run out, going to Cornwall, 6 in the morning. Bringing my van off the drive (block paved and smooth) and the frame slipped down the wheel a bit. I thought I'd imagined it at first but decided to move it back onto the drive (instead of moving out onto the road). As I moved it back it dropped. I had wondered whether I'd tightened it enough but now, after reading these similar problems I am sure I did. Like others I lifted the van using the steadies, although on here it's been not advisable. Managed to get the wheel assembly back through. Tightened back up really tight and carried on. Obviously the jockey wheel is the centre of attention when moving the van now. I have to say that I am not happy with how it performs. It seems to labour under the load. It also seems to lean away from the direction of travel at the wheel. Intuitively it does not seem man enough. And I am conscious that at some point when tightening the jockey wheel, I'm going to snap it. It is all stress that you don't want prior to a journey. Given the state of some of the site ground conditions it should have a good safety factor on it. Clearly not. I can imagine going back to the dealer and getting the same sort of push back that others have had. Has anyone replaced theirs with a better assembly or clamping device or has anyone got any different advice as already posted. Has anyone been in touch with VOSA and asked their advice? One other point, unrelated. After returning from Cornwall, parking up my van at my storage site, I stopped the car, went to unhitch, ALKO light was on red. Never happened to me before on any van. Nothing seem untoward but obviously worrying. Any ideas?
  6. Thank you to all who replied. My van does indeed have a 240V in the fron near side locker. Looking forward to using it soon. Happy caravanning!
  7. I don't know. I've only had it since 9 March and been away for a weekend. the following weekend. I'll take a look at the weekend when I go over to my storage site. I hope so. Thanks for your help, thats great
  8. Hi All, do any Buccaneer Cruiser (2019) owners have any suggestions for external power to the awning. My previous Bailey Cartegena had an external power socket. I haven't found one yet? Gedgemeister
  9. Just a question. I pick mine up in two weeks time. I part ex'd a Bailey Cartegena. The Baily has a flush system which allowed us to add pink. On the Buccaneer however, I noticed that it doesn't appear to have one. Has anyone got any comment on this or experience with one. I'm presuming it just uses water with no additive?
  10. Hi, thanks for the information. If I'm honest I don't know, but I haven't seen that anywhere in my van. do you know that is for a bailey cartegena?
  11. Does anyone have a picture of a wheel winder for removing a spare wheel on a Bailey Cartegena 3. The handbook says it should be in the kit bag with the caravan. I have never seen one so I don't know what it looks like. I want to get the wheel of the van off so I can stow it somewhere sensible having heard all the problems that people have with them. A picture would help and then I've got to buy one (I think).
  12. Hi, this is my first season caravaning after many years camping. We've been away this year a few times but I am thinking about over Christmas and new year. Does anyone have any advice for winter camping as opposed to summer? I'm particularly thinking about water freezing problems and problems that might b experienced with heating systems, if any? If you have any advice I would appreciate it on any related matters and maybe recommend a site, in the midlands preferable that is worth a visit. Thanks Gedgemeister
  13. Thanks for all posts, I have a few more ideas and I'm clearer on what to do Thanks again
  14. 6206greg, you may well be right it was just a thought
  15. Thanks for the information, i'll have a look at his. I was wondering, if I had a spare box (from my father in law who went with Virgin) and I just put my Sky Card in this box, it would likely work. It would allow me to have a dedicated box for caravaning?
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