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    WWII Aircraft, Radio, Walking, Cycling, DIY.
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    2017 Kia Sorento KX4
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    2018 Coachman 575 Vogue VIP
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  1. hp100425ev Hi there, would you be able to share where you found a replacement? I have tried and can't find them... Many thanks in advance
  2. Anyone had the cheap and nasty screw caps fall off their bathroom mirrors yet? Mine have, they were over-tightened at assembly causing the base part to break up. I just replaced mine with these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07HVPFCFL/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 £6.49 for 20, they are Stainless Steel, and more high-end looking too. The base part is Brass and they screw on rather that push. I left the original silicone "top-hat" washers in the doors, but found none on the top mirror, so fitted the ones that came with the new caps. - Result!
  3. I have seen this problem on two pumps so far (Mine and my Daughters) It looks to me as though the ends of the pipe inside the plug-in bit have possibly been warmed up to make them easy to fit? I fixed both by trimming 15mm off the ends of the pipes - Much harder to push back on, but have never leaked again in 12 Months.
  4. If you are halfway handy with a few simple tools, you can replace the fly-screen yourself. I did them in my Bailey vans, using a white mesh material I got from "The fly-screen Queen". The material I bought was slightly heavier, more durable and the end result was that it didn't pop out of the tracks at the edges, even when gusts of wind blew through the van. - It was some sort of fibreglass-based fabric. Worth a look: https://www.flyscreenqueen.co.uk/flyscreen-material/white-flyscreen.html
  5. Maybe the Alko ATC would have helped with this one?
  6. wozzer


    I was following my mate years ago, in the Scottish borders. There we were, merrily cruising along, when a pick-up truck which was towing a trailer load of sheep came the other way. When pick-up driver saw my mates outfit coming the other way, he braked (too hard) and his trailer load of livestock pushed him onto the wrong side of the road. The pick-up truck impacted the front offside of my mates caravan and it literally exploded. Most of the caravan ended up in the field alongside the road, leaving just the chassis standing on the road. I left half a dozen black stripes on the tarmac, but managed to stop well clear of the carnage. Thankfully, no-one was hurt. Cause of the accident? 2-Ton pick-up towing 3 Tons of sheep & trailer - It didn't take the Police long to figure that out. Why do I relate the story? because the shock, horror and upset caused took quite a long time to get over. I was shaking like a leaf whilst trying to pick up my mates family belongings out of the field and the wreckage. I was in a daze, and am sure that adrenaline was the only thing keeping me going at that point - and I wasn't the one that got hit. - We are not RTA investigation experts, and apart from maybe looking at the results of an accident (hard not to, because we are indeed only Human) we shouldn't really delve into it, just take the results as a warning to make sure that we always "do it right". As WispMan says - don't forget that peoples nearest and dearest may well be reading these posts.
  7. I would agree with all that you say - And I would have loved to have bike racks on the back of all 3 Bailey vans I had. Bailey would not add the reinforced parts in the framework when I approached them - their statement was that it would affect towing stability. As I said, I don't agree with that assertion - Your experience proves it can be done on UK caravans. I'd prefer full size bikes too.
  8. Most manufacturers (excluding Swift, it would seem) say that it isn't possible to fit rear mounted carriers. The Dutch use loads of them. The other thing to bear in mind is that continental caravans have a much larger A frame projection than ours - I measured one in France this year after being asked why I was hauling the bikes on the back of the car by a German guy, it was a good 16 inches longer than mine - This enables them to put a couple of bikes on an A frame carrier - God only knows what it does to the nose-weight though.... I have used a Witter carrier for a few years now - it slots into a tube by the side of the towball, BUT it severely restricts access to hitching up, I can't open the tailgate without taking it off, AND it restricts the turning circle. If I could put the bikes on the back of the caravan, I would. The statements about stability with bikes on the back don't hold a lot of water as far as I am concerned. I have read of folks who travel with full water tanks towards the rear of the van (helps the noseweight!), and I fail to see that aerodynamics would play a large part. the flat back of a caravan is generating a huge vortex anyway. Maybe we should ask the Dutch and the Germans about them - They use them a lot. A bloke living near to me has one on the back of a Bailey Unicorn... As for me, I have bought folding bikes for next year so I can throw them int the back of the car - It just seemed easier...
  9. Hey John, I don't know specifically about your model, but have a look here: https://leisurelines.net/water---taps--showers-8-c.asp They do a good range of taps which swivel. I put one onto the "Belfast" style sink in the Bailey we used to have, for exactly the same reason.
  10. I have just been informed at my 1 year service that I need a new brake drum and shoes (under warranty). Apparently, ALKO have had a batch of shoes which are too hard and these have scored the drum? I never had these problems with cars years ago - I am old enough to have owned cars with drum brakes all round, and I never had problems like these. Fitting new shoes meant tapering off the leading edge etc prior to fitting to give a nice "lead in" on the shoe, it also prevented squealing. Am I being "sold a story" here?
  11. Agree totally with AlwynMike - Don't go mental with the rinsing "slosh" - you can rattle bits off. In any case, emptying the thing is definitely a "blue" job for the boys. Ignore what it says about measuring Elsan, just use a good big measure, Don't bother with the green stuff, or tabs or pouches they are all useless; Genuine Elsan is always the way to go - It worked for the toilets in Bombers during the war and it works fine for me. Don't bother with the pink rinse either, you'll just end up with black slime in your flush tank. A teaspoonful of Elsan blue to 4 litres of water makes a great flush tank liquid, no staining and no odours.
  12. So far, we have had reasonably good service from our dealer with our coachman. They have pursued every warranty issue with determination (Thanks Tracy at Spinney North Staffs). I do feel that Caravan manufacturers have a lot to learn still. - We wouldn't accept faults in a new car, so why do they expect us to just roll over and accept faults in a new caravan? £26,000 isn't exactly "pin money" is it? The only direct dealings I have had with Coachman resulted in my having a (short) conversation with a very rude man, so I won't bother trying again. Such a shame that these people can't understand that the customer should come first - It is the customer that pays their wages and keeps them in business. Brand loyalty is something to be earned, not taken for granted - It seems that most caravan manufacturers don't really care once they have sold the product. Dealerships vary - Some good, some not so good. If anything was to make both manufacturers AND dealerships sit up and take notice, it should be the recent events with Lunar; whose performance fell so far below par as to earn them a run into administration!
  13. Not running backwards is it?
  14. We have a similar list for our 2018 575 VIP Bathroom sink waste leaked under van - Repaired Unable to Calibrate water system - New whale unit shipped to me & I fitted it myself Middle drawer and Bottom pan draw runners failed as the drawers keep flying open whilst travelling - Replaced runners myself and added a lock which matches the others used in the van (see picture) I am doing the bottom pan drawer next - I can tell you that the locks are from Hafele (I bought mine from them anyway) Cooker casing distorted - grill pan won't stay in the runners - Ongoing Front sun roof blind wouldn't fold back in - Repaired Holes in both ceiling rooflight blinds - Ongoing Most of the other blinds so stiff we couldn't move them - Repaired Bathroom door bowed badly - looked like a set of sand dunes - Ongoing Vertical plinth to which the concertina door fastens - Fell off - Ongoing Glass splashback at side of hob fell off - Re-fixed with double-sided "number plate" tape Silvering at top edge of bedroom mirror corroding - Ongoing Solar panel drastically overcharging battery - Ongoing Edging peeling off kitchen worktop - Dealer told by coachman to glue it, they did, but it is coming off again - Ongoing Exterior front locker doors badly misaligned - corrected them myself Cold drafts (not this week obviously!) blowing in from the fridge compartment - Looking into the compartment, I can see through into the van - I thought these were meant to be sealed (fumes etc?) - Ongoing I wanted to install an extra mains socket - Phoned Coachman to ask who makes them or where I could buy them - The Coachman guy who spoke to me was downright rude, so I gave up. I will have to order one through the dealership. (Oh, for a parts store like Bailey have!) Having said all of that (and having had a separate rant about the Dometic loo), I still love the van... If anyone wants details on the Hafele locks, get back to me and I'll assist.
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