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  1. I'm thinking of replacing the latch mechanism with a strong magnet. The latch is just that - there is no lock on the toilet/shower door - so anything to hold it closed should do. When I get a Round Tuit, of course.
  2. Further investigation give some possible configurations: [Noting that whatever the external rocker switch is set to the external pump always runs if it is plugged in.] (1) Just use the outside connection to fill up the internal tank. Makes the snap connector into the water system pointless, but always uses the internal pump which is more powerful than the external pump. Reliable but can be fiddly as you are always topping up the internal tank. (2) Just use the external tank. Pump isn't as powerful, and why have an internal tank? (3) Use both tanks at th
  3. Replying to another thread I noted that if I used a water carrier outside with the external pump it seemed to use up water from the inside tank as well. I proved this to myself over several water refills. I checked (by ear) that only the external pump was running but the gauge for the internal tank still showed the water level going dow. I was speculating that in some way the flow of water from the external tank was drawing water from the internal tank by a siphoning action overcoming the spring on the non return valve, but having trouble fully visualising this. The
  4. Just a ping to ask if you are seeing the recent posts in the Hymer area.




  5. Investigating this now. There are screw things on the hangers at the inside top of the sliding door, but I haven't played with these yet. It seems that over time the door moves slightly so that the pin doesn't quite align with the hole in the door jamb. Given the bullet head profile, this means that when the door shuts the pin will force its way in by deflecting the door slightly then not allow the door to open again without a lot of huffing and swearing. We have an object to sit between the door and the jamb when on site and a folding plastic stool which fits
  6. We are out on holiday in the caravan for the first time in over a year, so I am gradually finding/remembering little niggles. Hopefully I will remeber them and fix them when we get home. Anyway. The awning channels on the body are fine - robust and the Isabella awning fits it well. However the channel for the skirt (to stop draughts etc. under the van) are part of the plastic moulding which is attached to the side of the van and hangs below floor level. The channel here is flimsy plastic and seems to be a smaller gauge than the channels on the main body.
  7. I came along to ask about this specific thing. I must say up front that I am confused by people saying the external rocker switch is to disable the internal pump ONLY for filling the internal tank from the external pump. If the only point in having an external pump is to fill the tank, why is there a connector for the pipe? Logically (dangerous ground) the external connector should be to use the external pump to supply water to the internal system. If not, what is the connector there for? [Answers on a postcard......] My intention is to be able to fill up
  8. Sobering reading. Our 2016 Hymer Nova 580 is still insured for replacement "as new" and we bumped up the cover to £40k because of the price rise after the referendum when the pound tanked. This is making me wonder if we should increase the cover again. Making a note to Talk to Lowdhams when they are back working to try and get a new price for a 580. We are fortunate that we are able to use our van at the moment. Sympathy to those who are unable to get out and about at present.
  9. "Grandfather rights" is an interesting topic, because being of a certain aged doesn't automatically make you a more competent driver (allegedly). Logically as the restrictions are added, all current licence holders should have to pass the new test to retain their rights. Practically, I doubt that there is the infrastructure in place to test all the people who have "grandfather rights" within a reasonable time. Much the same reason that people aren't asked to retake the test for every licence category at regular intervals.
  10. We are going on Saturday (nobody else has admitted to this) because of convenient travel arrangements. I assume the weekend will be more crowded but we will have to live with that.
  11. Thanks for the information, foks!
  12. I've had a quick look but I can't find a thread about the BMW X5 as a tow car. I never got to drive one last time round but it seems a reasonable choice alongside Touareg, Disco, Mercedes for a 4WD tug for a 2 tonne van. Anyone using one?
  13. Ah - OK. Thought the gear change layout meant it was DSG,
  14. Just to add some triviality. My offspring has an Audi A3 with the 6 speed DSG gearbox. When I get to use it I use the manual shift to make it go as I want. I have a Touareg with a 6 speed DSG box. I never use the manual shift because there seems no point. Solo I use sport if I'm blasting away from roundabouts, or up slip roads. Otherwise just let the car do its thing. Towing a 2 tonne caravan I leave the gearbox in Sport because that seems to work well. Noting that if I engage cruise control it drops into 6 fairly soon, but with crui
  15. My take on this is that it makes a used purchase higher risk because you don't know if it has previously been used for a lot of short trips.
  16. On the BHP per tonne, then. :-) If the OP struggles up motorway hills with 42 bhp per tonne fully loaded, and my current 50 bhp per tonne fully loaded kicks proverbial ass in an effortless manner then we are back to that figure being relatively pointless. I'm with those who consider torque in the low rev range to be more significant than BHP when it comes to comfortable towing. I would prefer not to have to rev the engine above 4,000 rpm (say) to get into the power band. Again, YMMV.
  17. This BHP per tonne thing. Is this the tow car or the entire fully loaded outfit? My Touareg is very roughly 100 bhp per tonne driven solo, very roughly 50 bhp per tonne with the full outfit and all the gear. I like, and feel very safe with, the ability to accelerate up a steep slip road and join a stream of traffic (mainly HGVs) doing 55 mph or a bit more with the outfit doing 55-60 mph to easily merge in. Once cruising there aren't many hills which require a change down. Noting that I use the "Sport" setting on the automatic gear box when towing because
  18. Another Touareg owner here. As a long time Volvo owner I'm not sure why I discounted the XC90. I think it was because I preferred to have a 3500 kg towing limit to give more flexibility should I need to tow something heavy in the future. Also because the kerb weigh (touchy subject) was higher.
  19. This does seem a bit of an odd request. We currently have a VW Touareg as a tow car and it does suit us very nicely both for towing and for solo use. We have realised that we aren't getting out enough with the caravan, and reckon that is because it is a bit of a hassle getting it all set up, off the drive, hitched up and rolling just to do an overnighter no more than an hour from home. With our previous Hymer B544 A Class motor home it was much easier to do. More or less just climb in and go. We changed to a caravan because we found we were spending more time
  20. I really fancied a Discovery but ended up with a Touareg. 197 bhp plays 238 bhp plus reviews saying overtaking at higher speeds was "interesting". Enjoyed the test drive, though. Reading this thread I am very take by the 4.4 Range Rover but unfortunately the Touareg wasn't used in a bank robbery so I don't have £20k stuffed down between the seats.
  21. Late to the party, but our 2016 580 doesn't squeak (so far).
  22. 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 lea
  23. Thanks all. So it is a DIY solution with regulator, hose, and female quick release connector.
  24. 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.
  25. Nokian Weatherproof on my Touareg, and very pleased. I had to source them from mainland Europe and had them fitted by my local ATS.
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