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SimonM

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About SimonM

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Kent
  • Interests
    Walking and the great outdoors
  • Towcar
    Land Rover Discovery Sport 2015
  • Caravan
    Coachman VIP 575 2019

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  1. SimonM

    Truma iNet Box

    The iNet box came with my new caravan. I have set up the bluetooth connection and am happy. Love the gas bottle gauge and the Smart phone control of heating, water etc. Has anyone set up the GSM facility using a SIM card? Is it worth the effort? I have been advised that it is only possible to add data to the SIM card via a mobile phone? Is this true? Is it possible to buy a SIM card without a monthly plan? Experiences of the GSM facility much appreciated.
  2. SimonM

    More on the Truma iNet!

    The iNet box came with my new caravan. I have set up the bluetooth connection and am happy. Has anyone set up the GSM facility using a SIM card? I have been advised that it is only possible to add data to the SIM card via a mobile phone? Is this true? Is it possible to buy a SIM card without a monthly plan? Experiences of the GSM facility much appreciated.
  3. SimonM

    VIP 575 12 Volt running

    So when the caravan is stored in my garden, nothing happens when I press the master switch. No 12 volt working. The 12 volt should carry on working when I disconnect the mains. ....but it doesn’t.
  4. My new VIP 575 works fine on 240 volts but 12 volt running is problematic. The motor mover is fine and the battery is fully charged. However, there is no response when I turn on the master switch on the main control panel when I want to use 12 volts and I'm not connected to the mains. What am I not doing?
  5. SimonM

    Caravan Tracker

    Proactive.
  6. SimonM

    Caravan Tracker

    Agreed, Caravan Club did not want a Tracker but their quote was £160. 00 more than Caravan Guard who did want Tracker. Do you think the Caravan and Motorhome Club exploit the loyalty of their members?
  7. SimonM

    Caravan Tracker

    I asked the original question because I was disappointed when the Caravan and Motorhome quoted me £380. 00 to insure the 'van. My dealer recommended Caravan Guard who quoted £220. 00 but also required a Tracker and they gave me a list of categories for the tracker to meet if they were to insure the 'van. I settled on a Tracker from Tracker Fit (Thatcham 6) and have paid a one-off subscription for the duration of my ownership of the 'van, which I expect to be many years! Insurance, purchase of tracker and big subscription have meant big financial layout but I am satisfied that in the long term, this will be money well spent.
  8. SimonM

    Caravan Tracker

    Because of the value of my new 'van, a number of insurance companies have refused to quote for the van unless it has a Tracker that meets one of their stipulated categories. E,g Thatcham 6 etc I'm happy to add a tracker to the 'van's extensive existing number of anti-theft items! Does anyone have recommendations of Trackers they are using that will keep insurance companies happy?
  9. SimonM

    Travel Cover

    That’s great info Nigel. Many thanks!
  10. SimonM

    Travel Cover

    My 2019 VIP 575 will come with a travel cover when it is delivered in December. Does anyone have experience of the front cover and is it worth using? Do you keep it in place when the ‘van is stored?
  11. SimonM

    VIP 520 - 2019

    Just traded my 2016 VIP 545 in against a 2019 VIP 575. The new ‘ van will be delivered to the dealer in December. Still recovering from the ‘hit’ I have taken on trading the 545 in so early! Still got one year’s warranty on it and the dealer has already sold it! Hey ho! Looking forward to the new ‘van!
  12. My new VIP 575 has a 100 watt Solar Panel. So what can this charge in reality? The solar panel will charge the battery for 12-volt use throughout the 'van. If I set the 'van up in a field somewhere without hook up, will I be able to heat hot water and use the electric pump? How about the fridge and a television? This question could be of course, similar to 'how long is a piece of string?' but do any fellow caravanners have experience of using the solar panel solely to power the battery? What did you power up and how long did the battery last under 'normal' caravan usage without hook up?
  13. DiamondBrite offers a lifetime guarantee! if that is the case £390. 00 seems value for money! But can they really guarantee their bodywork treatment for the lifetime of the 'van?
  14. When ordering my new VIP 575, I came under considerable pressure from the salesman to take the DiamondBrite bodywork treatment for £390. 00. I suggested that since my new 'van was the third one I was buying from the dealership over the years they should throw it in as part of the deal. The salesman was having none of it so I declined. Has anyone bought the Diamond Brite treatment when ordering their new 'van? Is it any better than giving the new van's bodywork a good waxing with say Autoglym or similar?
  15. SimonM

    VIP 575 Transverse bed

    I'm awaiting delivery of my new VIP 575. Can anyone tell what happens at night time when the transverse bed is extended? Is there a gap at the headboard end? Does the mattress need to physically pulled up to the headboard because a gap has appeared with the bed extended? Is there a spacer board. ..... Yes I know, I should have asked the salesman. .........
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