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About LittleGreyCat

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    Touring UK and Europe
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    VW Touareg 2009 SE
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    Hymer Nova 580 2016

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  1. A while back I (unintentionally) tested the breakaway cable, which stopped the caravan very successfully. Unfortunately the test also pulled the 13 pin plug out of the socket on the back of the car, and damaged the plastic locating pins which hold the plug into the socket. I need a new outer which is compatible with the inner plug which is in turn integral to the wiring harness. I could cut all the wires one by one, strip them back, and then screw them into the terminals of a generic trailer socket. However I would prefer to get a new outer part and leave the wiring untouched. There isn't very much spare wire so it looks touch and go for cutting back and rewiring without having to extend each individual wire. I have left a query with Westfalia (however it is Easter Bank Holiday) so I thought I would ask here is anyone had already solved this. Edit: it is for a 2009 VW Touareg and the part number in the socket is PA6-MD30.
  2. Thanks all. So it is a DIY solution with regulator, hose, and female quick release connector.
  3. When we got a caravan with a built in plug/socket arrangement to plug the BBQ into, I changed the connector on the BBQ to a male plug. One downside is that I can no longer use it in the back garden with a free standing propane cylinder. Is there an adaptor which acts as a pressure regulator on the propane cylinder and as a female socket for the male connector? At the moment I'm having difficulty framing the correct search terms.
  4. Hi


    Me again.  We have an Alko wheel lock fitted. Unfortunately, while the receiver is still there, apparently the Alko wheel lock went missing at the dealers.  No one seemed to know the lock number.  


    I assume all all of these vans will have the same number lock.  Maybe a poor assumption.  Could you tell me your lock number and I may be able to get one.



  5. Hi

    I'm new to site and to a Hyper Nova 580 GL.  I read your review and found it helpful.  I agree with most if not all of it. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions.


    Do your beds creak?  


    It seems to me the metal frame frame is not as firmly anchored as it should be.  It is from it and the connection to the far side trunking that I think the squeaks come.  I’ve tried putting silicone grease on it.  It has helped a bit but it mainly just deepens the tone of the squeak.


    We find the plywood base of one of the seats collapses.  It slips off the ledge on which it should rest.


    A good van but some niggles as you say.  Thanks for your review.

  6. Nokian Weatherproof on my Touareg, and very pleased. I had to source them from mainland Europe and had them fitted by my local ATS.
  7. Ah. Thought you were posting on behalf of CMC, not relaying information from them.
  8. Thanks for that - it would have helped enormously if the words "Discretionary Mutual" had been included in the explanation of the change. That is a term that can be Googled (or Binged or whatever). At first reading of the renewal document it says a lot about what you aren't, and not a lot about what you are. A particular gem is the paragraph in the document about discretion which effectively tells us nothing. Your explanation above covers that clearly and logically. Perhaps you might consider including your explanation with renewals?
  9. We are insured with the Caravan and Motorhome Club and it is coming up to renewal time. Apparently things have changed, and it is now called Caravan Cover. The documentation includes the magic words "In other words the Club, whilst it is not an insurer and Caravan Cover is not an insurance policy, will now undertake the activities previously performed by insurers.". So it is no longer insurance but. ....? There is also a paragraph about "How Will the CMC Exercise Its Discretion?" which basically says it has the rules in place to exercise discretion. Over what is not clear. If I had encountered this on an unknown "Caravan Cover" web site I would have steered well clear, but this is (or at least was) a club with a long and fine reputation. Has anyone else taken out this not insurance cover? If so, have they claimed?
  10. We bought our caravan at around the time of the Brexit vote. This was stock that had already been imported by the dealer and was at a reasonable price. Looking on two years, and the new value (imported from Europe) is far higher than the price we paid, and second hand value looks to be significantly higher as well. At the moment it looks like negative depreciation. Insurance value on the "new for old" policy is significantly higher than the price we paid but it should reflect the replacement value.
  11. Our Hymer/Eriba at 2 tonnes isn't THAT far off. I've had a quick skim but I can't find the length of the body (not including the hitch) which has to be 7 metres or less not to fall foul of UK towing regulations. I know we started looking at large Hobby and Tabbert vans before we discovered the legal issues of towing with a normal vehicle. Out Touareg would certainly pull that. I doubt it would fit on the drive, though.
  12. Just to note a couple of things: (1) All readings for the habitation battery were spurious because the 30 amp fuse had blown some time ago. All I was seeing was the voltage from the charge circuit. (2) At the point that the charging voltage for the vehicle battery rose to an indicated 15. 8 V, I concluded that there was a fault in the charge controller. Solar panel charge controller now disconnected pending investigation.
  13. I'm helping a friend diagnose a potential fault with MotorHome electrics, but this charge controller is for both motorhome and caravan (I think). The SC 15-240 is supposed to charge the habitation battery first, then switch over to the vehicle battery once the habitation battery is nearly charged. Looking at the battery levels (Sargent EC450 controller) the habitation battery is at 13. 8V. Looking at the LEDs on the solar controller it has stopped charging the habitation battery and switched to the vehicle battery. The vehicle battery is showing 14. 5V flickering towards 14. 6V and a discharge rate of -0. 1V to -0. 2V (that is, it is charging at 0. 1V to 0. 2V). Talking to technical support at Sargent about various issues, the first thing I was asked is "do you have a solar panel?". Apparently they have had problems with failed solar controllers in the past. My initial diagnosis (following the chat with Sargent) is that the solar controller switched from charging the habitation battery to charging the vehicle battery when the habitation battery was at 13. 8V. However it doesn't seem to have backed off from charging the vehicle battery. The literature mentions that there is a Shottky diode. I expect there to be diode to stop reverse flow from the battery to the solar panel but I am still trying to work out where all the solar energy goes when the batteries are fully charged. In theory there should be something in the solar charge controller to limit the voltage to around 13. 8V once it goes to trickle charge, I think. Possibly this isn't working. However I would like to know if the actions described above (including the charging with a voltage of 14. 5V to 14. 6V) is expected or abnormal behaviour. There doesn't seem to be any way to turn the solar controller off. Sargent suggested turning of the mains charging component so that it doesn't flag an error if the solar controller is over charging. Comments and suggestions welcome.
  14. Is there a smart controller involved anywhere? From my Motor Home days there was supposed to be an additional controller. What happens when the battery is full? Does it effectively just stop charging or can you boil the battery? I think I can see that a solar panel and an intelligent controller can manage charging one or two batteries from a solar panel on their own. What I am not sure of is the safe conditions for feeding solar power into the Schaudt controller which is already potentially managing charging from a 240 volt hookup.
  15. Thanks - Google found them but not my specific controller.
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