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About Rnclayton101

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    North Somerset
  • Interests
    Family Holidays
  • Towcar
    Chrysler Grand Voyager 3.3 Petrol/LPG
  • Caravan
    Lunar Quasar 615
  1. These were my thoughts as well. Having had 3 people carriers, fancy a change, but still worth looking at.
  2. Again, thanks for the comments. Definitely food for thought. I know there are sites to check specific models against caravans, does anyone know of where I could input the caravan weight, and get a list of make and specific models that could deal with it? Was thinking of writing an app to do just that, but don't know if there is one already around.
  3. Thanks for the advice. I prefer the higher car, having had an 807, Espace, and the Grand Voyager as my last cars. As we don't take a tent everywhere now, I don't need the extra space. Understand the comments about the higher mileages. Always tried to buy a car around the 70-80k, but given the better requirements on cars, thought the higher mileages would have been ok, especially as most seem to be motorway mileage. Some of these cars are less than 9yo. I know you take you chance with these things. For instance, does a full Land Rover service history for a freelancer, bode better than a service history from an independent? Thanks again for any advice.
  4. Was planning to change the tow car from a Chrysler Grand Voyager 3. 3 auto with LPG conversion during the next 2 yrs. I get an average 40mpg equivalent, and up to 50 on a run. Put the caravan on the back, and it really drops down to about 25. Gearbox is main issue. Drives everywhere in 3rd or even 2nd. Just been made redundant, so I've got about 5k to spend. Want an SUV. Towing 1500kg fully laden. Happy to switch to diesel. Fancied a Tiguan, but few and far between in my price range, especially with a tow bar already fitted. Really like the Touareg or Disco3, but probably couldn't afford to run them as my daily commute as well. Seen a Freelander2 Td4e with stop/start. 2009 with 150k on the clock. Reviews on here only have autos. Any one got one of these in a manual? What is real life solo and towing mpg. Thanks in advance.
  5. Not very easily. Will look into that. Thanks
  6. Thanks. Hadn't seen that one. Much more comprehensive. Thanks for the advice.
  7. First attempt at repair. Melted white lego blocks in acetone. Turns out to be an almost perfect colour match. Found it on another forum. Drop lego blocks in acetone until they melt into a mayonaise type consistency. Start filling in small pea size amounts. The acetone evaporates and leaves the white goo solid like the original lego block. Then use wet and dry to take it back. If you keep the stuff in a jam jar with a lid, it stays like that, and the acetone doesn't evaporate. My intention now, following some of the advise on here, is to reinforce the back with fiberglass etc, then fill the front with the goo. Need to reinforce the bottom of the box as well.
  8. Grand Voyager 3. 3 on lpg with a 4 speed auto box. 13-25 mpg solo (Commute 30-40mph - Motorway 70-77ish) 9. 1-16mpg towing. Rough price equivalent of 26-50mpg solo, 18-32 towing, as only pay . 49p-.70p per litre for LPG. Not too bad, but gearbox is cr*p for towing. Time to change the car me thinks (When I can afford it).
  9. Yep. That is the one I was looking for.
  10. No I haven't, but I guess you would have to do this on level ground? My van is parked on my slopped drive, and I don't fancy taking the bathroom scales on hols with us.
  11. Took it to Woolacombe this weekend and it got worse. The 2 brackets underneath that take the weight at the front of the box are bent. Emptied the box of any weight, inc bottles. Got home, and hey presto, can hardly see the gap in the cracks. Winter job is to patch repair, and get a little reinforcement under the floor of the box to take any weight. Quite a big bottle came with the van (13kg), which has to be tilted to get in there. Will have to get rid of that, and put smaller ones in. Thanks for the replies
  12. 20+ years ago, I used to holiday with my parents in the family caravan. My father had a yellow Michelin book, that had each French autroute in it. It basically had a stright line of motorway down the centre of each page. Each Junction, Aire, Peage etc were all in there. I think the junction number even gave a brief list of local/large nearest town etc. Trying to find an up to date version of this, but cannot find anything listed in the uk. Bought Michelin 726 Grande Itineraires which is great for a visual fold out map to lay out on a table for route planning, but not what I was looking for. Found something called "Michelin - Carte N°727 - France - Aires de services sur autoroutes - Edition 2016" on a french website, but no explanation. Not sure if this just lists the Aires. Anybody remember the book I'm talking about? Any ideas on up to date version. I know in the age of Sat Nav etc, but when your on a long motorway journey, it's a quick reference thing for the co-driver to look at. Thanks in advance. PS. If this is in the wrong location, plase accept my appologies.
  13. Bought our caravan in March, and had a total of 40 nights over 6 location this year. Had grass, hard standing, and all weather. We prefer grass, as we are converted campers. Had a hard standing in cornwall, and didn't particularly like it. Concrete for the caravan, but really large corse stones for under the awning. Really hurt the feet. Just come back from Woolacombe, and an all weather supersized pitch. Absolutly great. Hard compacted ground, with a dusting of pea shingle. Fitted the car, caravan and awning, plus an area of grass with a large picnic table dedicated to the pitch. All 6 sites have had hard standing areas/all weather pitches, and each one has been different. Unless you know the site, you take your chance.
  14. Stayed at Camping Agay Soleil a long, long time ago. Some pitches only have a fence between you and the beach. Sorry couldn't tell you about dogs, twin axle etc. Know it is stil running. Might be worth doing a search for it. My parents went there quite a few times.
  15. That looks like a very nice campsite. My spanish is rubbish, but I think it works out about 50euro a night for my family. (2ad, 3 child). Would that be about right for spanish sites.
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