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DrBob

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  • Location
    Bristol
  • Towcar
    2017 Volvo XC60 D5 220hp R-Design Nav Plus
  • Caravan
    2017 Bailey Unicorn Pamplona III

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  1. BSorry can’t help you with the V60, I’m an SUV convert (having used both saloons and estates in the past). We have both a 67 plate Volvo XC60 and new 20 plate XC40. Both fabulous towcars. I find that the shorter overhang (rear axle centre line to tow ball) gives a much more stable tow with much less fore/aft pitch. With regard to service costs I haven’t paid for any directly yet, I bought both cars new together with 5 year service packages - 5 annual menu services for £600 (less 10% CMC discount) upfront. It’s a no brainer!! They do a 3 year package also for, IIRC, £300.
  2. I couldn’t face the hassle of taking a battery out of the car unless it was completely dead and I was replacing it. Why not get a long extension lead, take 240v to the engine compartment and plug the charger in there? You may have to leave the bonnet on the safety catch so as not to trap the cord. But, the main reason for my post ...... I now have a fairly flat auxiliary battery in our 2017 Volvo XC60 but the main starter battery is still good after around 6 weeks of only ~5 miles a week use. I’m pleased this means the StopStart doesn’t work, but annoyed that it’s so l
  3. DrBob

    Trackers

    We we have one of these secreted away in the van: https://www.rewiresecurity.co.uk/gps-tracker-tk-104-vehicle-car-tracker Although the built in battery has good life - allegedly 1 month continuous monitoring or 4 months of scheduled reports at 8 hour intervals - I installed covert wires to the leisure battery (topped up with solar panel) to keep it topped up but it goes all winter without dropping below 100% charge. If the scum should disconnect the leisure battery and steal the van then at least it will be tracked for a month at least - plenty of time to inform Tracke
  4. Yes - when supplied new you get it in a small plastic bag with, amongst other things, the green 13 pin aligning tool and various tv aerial adapters. DrBob
  5. Well done Griff! Thanks for all your efforts in resolving this. The downside is that now when SWMBO piles on the pressure for an 8 footer I’ll have one less excuse not to buy! DrBob
  6. Well done Griff, many thanks for all your efforts in (hopefully) finally resolving this issue. I’m relieved that I had not missed a crucial phrase in Saga’s Policy documents or misunderstood their explanation. I’m sure a lot of CT members and the wider caravanning community will be grateful for all your efforts. Saga may not be the only Insurers to be 10 years out of date with the law, I can only urge everyone else with an 8 footer to check with their Insurers that they are covered. Fortunately it didn’t affect us with the U3 Pamplona - but who knows, we
  7. SWMBO has just purchased a new 20 plate car. Whilst informing our Insurers of the details of the vehicle change I asked them to note on the policy that it might be used to tow our caravan. I was told that, to my surprise, whilst all towing was included on all their policies as standard, cover was limited to trailers/caravans less than 2.3m wide, thus excluding increasingly popular 8ft wide models. Searching through all the Policy Documents provided to me to did not reveal any mention of this restriction so I rang them again for clarification. The operator was not aware of it eithe
  8. We have one of the last of the outgoing model XC60s, new in Sept 2017. Ours is the 2.4 litre 5 cyl diesel (220HP, 440Nm), 6 speed auto, AWD, R-Design Nav Pro with loads of toys. Best towcar I’ve ever had, plays with our 1800kg MTPLM Bailey U3 Pamplona TA. We don’t have self levelling, it’s quite stiffly suspended, doesn’t seem to need it. Incredibly economical for a big heavy car towing a big van. We get 28mpg (real brim to brim) towing on a long MWay trip at 60, you can see 50+ solo on MWay trip if you are light footed. Doesn’t need AdBlue to make Euro6. Far more economic than our pr
  9. Sincere apologies to everyone who offered advice for not responding so far with the outcome. Immediately after having it fixed we became totally involved in some very serious and protracted health issues with my 95 year old Mother. Caravans and caravanning have been the last thing on my mind for the last couple of months but now that the Grim Reaper has scored I’m getting back into the swing of things. Chipping Sodbury could not have provided better service, had it all fixed within the hour. Charged 1 hour labour, £45. Even though we live only 6 miles away we hadn’t actually bought
  10. Thanks for all your advice guys, being still in warranty I’ve given up with this one and managed to book it into Chipping Sodbury caravans to look at it tomorrow. Will post their diagnosis and hopefully, fix when it’s resolved. They did say they have had one or two new vans delivered straight from the factory with this problem and it turned out to be “a multi plug had come loose on the ECU board” so I’m hoping it turns out to be that simple. I’ve looked for the incoming supply fuses but haven’t been able to locate them so far, but the van is in storage 21 miles away so haven’t had
  11. We had a U3 Vigo, traded it after 1 year (taking a really big hit!). We found the transverse bed a real hassle, shuffling past the end to get to the quite small bathroom. Also SWMBO constantly complained she hadn’t enough room to get into and out of bed (at bathroom side). Replaced it with a U3 Pamplona, infinitely better van, end bedroom with inline bed, ample space at bed sides to get in/out and a very generous sized central bathroom. The Cabrera has the same layout in single axle form. With this experience we wouldn’t ever consider a transverse bed van. Do the maths
  12. I wondered about this but after running the engine to prove the road lights and the ignition switched power/ habitation relay, then switching off and immediately disconnecting/reconnecting the 13 pin plug I would have thought it would still remain“woken up”. I don’t think the Audi disconnects the permanent live and, as described above, the AlKo doesn’t initialise with that car either. Still baffled. Unfortunately the supplying dealer is 250 miles away (we moved after purchasing the van) so I need to cajole our local Bailey dealer (6 miles away) to undertake some warranty investig
  13. Good thought, but plug is in perfect alignment when fitted to both tow cars. Fits correctly and all road lights and habitation relay work correctly. Still baffled. I believe there may be fuses in the van for both + and - lines for both ignition and non ignition switched lines but I haven’t been able to find them yet.
  14. 2017 Bailey Unicorn 3 Pamplona, Annual Service only 3 weeks ago when hitching to a 2017 Volvo XC60 towcar, factory fit towbar/electrics, serviced last week. Also tried with 2013 Audi A5 Sportback with factory towbar/electrics. Everything working fine when I arrived back from a trip and parked on drive last Sunday. Hitched up to take to storage compound this afternoon and no “initialisation” noises, no LED light of any colour. Same with both tow cars. 13 pin plug been kept under the hitch cover, all dry. All road lighting works perfectly, habitation relay working (awning light goes
  15. 2017 Bailey Unicorn 3 Pamplona, Annual Service only 3 weeks ago when hitching to a 2017 Volvo XC60 towcar, factory fit towbar/electrics, serviced last week. Also tried with 2013 Audi A5 Sportback with factory towbar/electrics. Everything working fine when I arrived back from a trip and parked on drive last Sunday. Hitched up to take to storage compound this afternoon and no “initialisation” noises, no LED light of any colour. Same with both tow cars. 13 pin plug been kept under the hitch cover, all dry. All road lighting works perfectly, habitation relay working (awning light goes
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