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    Audi SQ5 plus
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    Hymer Nova 545 Luxusline

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  1. We've only owned one caravan, bought brand new in 2013 and have only ever bought one brand new car (2016). Luckily they're both still in really good condition and meet all of our needs because to trade in for the latest equivalent would cost an arm and a leg, money I could better spend elsewhere. Fingers crossed we get a good few more years out of them yet.
  2. I can understand why a 6" hole might not be a good idea in the floor of a boat but IMO it's the way to go in a land based dwelling. You're not burning the air you've just heated, cold direct air means a better burn, no danger of cold drafts as the fire sucks air across the room and most importantly a much reduced risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, a real danger in such an enclosed space. A cheap/easy thing to do at the build stage. Still don't think I'd be happy with one in a caravan though, my wife fancied one for the garden room - it's keeping the fan heater.
  3. I'm no expert but I recently researched/ installed a log burner at home. First thing that comes to mind is distance to combustibles, assuming the caravan won't be classified as 'non-combustible' I'm not sure how you'll be able to achieve the minimum gap between the back of the stove and wall? Different types of twinwall have different clearances, I used Poujoulat which is 50mm to combustibles but other brands can be more than that. Transitioning the ceiling void(x2) I used ventilated fire stops, basically just spacers to achieve the gap. If you go through the wall be aware that this will likely make the burner much harder to light as it'll be a 'cold' chimney. I'd strongly recommend a burner with an external air supply. This gives a much better through draft, makes it easier to light and also means the burner isn't taking it's air from the room which is more efficient and a lot safer. The burner is a nice feature but I don't think I'd fit one in a caravan, just a bit too risky for me.
  4. Unless cost is an issue I'd say go with the more powerful one, never heard anyone complain about having too much grunt.
  5. Yes, I just leave it in the stored position. The 4 sites I visited were pretty flat and this method worked well there, might have to drop it if pitched on a steepish hill mind you?
  6. I've just fitted the same Alko premium as Borussia and also recommend it. It feels a bit heavier than the standard one but is also a lot more robust. An added bonus I've found is that I didn't have to loosen the jockey wheel clamp, I left the external tube clamped in the 'transit' position for the whole trip because the internal tube is long enough to lift the hitch off the towball and rigid enough (when extended) to be able to motor mover into position without having to drop the whole assembly first. Maybe does't sound like a big deal but it made hitching/unhitching a bit easier and did away with the hassel of making sure the jockey wheel is properly centred and clamped every time I moved. Winding handle is strong, it can be tightened very firmly so there's no danger it will unwind, I also like that it can be easily unclipped, when not in use it lives in the front locker.
  7. 6 years ago we were newbies and happily our first van was and -touch wood- still is - bone dry. It is German mind you
  8. Looks a decent buy, if it's dry and got everything you need I wouldn't bother about whether or not it's 'UK spec'.
  9. Won't an underslung tank be just as prone to freezing as an aqua roll? Our tank is under the bed.
  10. Agree with you on layout and build quality, higher payload was FOC on ours. Our van was in stock and came with all the toys except a microwave. Admittedly shower is on the small side but the fixed bed is big and comfy. No problem getting it insured (CAMHC). Ours is 6 years old now and interior looks as good as it did when new, very stylish IMO - I'm not a fan of bling. Wider body is a plus for us. Not looking to sell any time soon but don't anticipate resale problems, only issue is that if we were to look at changing the newer version is about £15k more than we paid for ours.
  11. I'd also say 'go for it' - our first tow car was a 3.0tdi A4 convertible, got some funny looks but it coped well with the Hymer.
  12. When I was looking for a new car the A6 Allroad bitdi was on the short list, it's a cracking car but we decided it was way too big for our needs, certainly felt a lot bigger than a Passat, so went for the SQ5. If the A6 has been well looked after and serviced I wouldn't anticipate any reliability issues and it'll be a cracking tug. I think drivetrain wise it's similar to the SQ5, ie permanent torsen 4 wheel drive and 8 speed tiptronic gearbox. If so that's a pretty robust combination.
  13. This looks like a decent petrol tug https://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/lamborghini/urus
  14. Steve05

    BMW X5 or X6

    I'm sure it's a great drive but the X6, IMO, is a bit like the first Porsche Panamera, lovely on the inside but you won't want to be driving by too many shop windows .
  15. Issue would be that a 6amp MCB will take over 6amps to trip, ie 13amp load would probably trip it fairly quickly but, say 8amps, that would take a lot longer. No guarantees that it would trip before the one in the bollard either, a 5amp might work. Just been researching MCBs to sort out 'inrush' with a new 24v LED lighting system in the house.
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