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Damienbrown84

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About Damienbrown84

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Chesterfield
  • Interests
    Cycling and swimming
  • Towcar
    BMW 335d X drive
  • Caravan
    Ace Nightstar

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  1. Yes need the B&E licence unless you downplate the caravan.
  2. Yeah pretty happy with the van it’s comfortable, practical and suits our needs. I bought a last years model from the dealer so saved about 3.5k and got a free motormover so for the money they were brilliant. You also still get the full 10 years warranty as you’re the first owner. The quality compared to the Bailey and Lunar also seems better looking at these in the dealers.
  3. This a mini review I did on Swift Talk a few weeks ago. have had my van now for 3 weeks it’s a Swift Sienna 6 TD which dealers special edition based on the Sprite Major 6 TD. so far I’m very happy with the caravan it’s a big step up from our 2006 5 berth Swift Challenger. It toes much better and uses less fuel even though it’s heavier. I’m assuming this is down to the aerodynamics. It also has ATC which I haven’t used so far but it’s good to know there is additional assistance if needed. I’m very happy with the exterior and the front sunroof is a great addition the LED lights make the van look so much more modern. Inside is where have seen the biggest improvements it feels like there is so much more space and the layout is very family friendly. Bedtime for my 4 year old is so much easier and she has her own space at the back and we have ours in the evenings. The seating area is great there is no need to get the large table out as this fits us great. The bunk beds are very comfortable as they have full length mattresses, I’m 6ft and I could spend a full night in there. At the back both bunks get their own windows and lights which kids love. There is loads of space which is great for families and everything that comes with it. The bathroom is great the shower is fully lined and has good pressure there is plenty of room in there. The kitchen is good too we now have a microwave but lost one electric burner. We like the full size sink with good water pressure. The fridge seems bigger too and we like the blue light in there. the front area is large and comfortable the mattresses are much more comfortable and I don’t get back ache any more. Both myself and my wife like the interior it’s much more modern and user friendly. The lights is great and there is much more adjustment so the lights can be dimmed etc. The heating seems much more balanced and the rear gets hot air too which was lacking in our old caravan. I have read a few reviews about Swift Command but I think it’s brilliant idea, I can track the caravan adjust the lighting from the bed or set it to come on when we are out. It’s similar to Hive which we have at home I’m looking forward to using the heating function in the winter so we can return back to a warm van. I miss the additional shelf at the front fir the TV I’m not sure about the tv on the draws. my preference would be to use the electric job but we only have 3 gas burners it’s not a big deal but we used it slot when on electric pitch’s. I don’t know if this can be retro fitted? all on all we are very happy with the van and I’m looking forward to our first trip abroad with a caravan. if anyone is thinking of buying a caravan with this layout I’m happy to answer any questions.
  4. There is an outdoor pool to swim at in Hathersage
  5. Just use a mirror if your on your own and look for the reflection from the light in the mirror.
  6. I’d go for the Swift it’s a much more modern👍
  7. I would go for option 2 you only need to pay £100 on your credit card to ensure you’re fully protected. There isn’t much in it cost wise and your getting a new motormover included with the dealer and the private seller is 5 hours to far.
  8. Damienbrown84

    B+E

    I have just passed my b+e test. What can I actually tow? My current setup is 2180 for the car and 1550kg for the caravan. Now that I have passed would I be able to tow a twin axle with a Discovery or X5? Thanks
  9. I have bought a new caravan and I’m looking for a tow cover to use while towing. does anyone have any recommendations on which cover I should get? Are the bespoke covers worth it or is a universal cover sufficient? Thanks
  10. Back to drawing board then thanks for your advice. 👍
  11. I’m looking to do a road trip to the South of France but I would like to do a camp site in Italy and Black Forrest in Germany. Has anyone done anything similar and do you have any recommendations on the route and places to stay. I’m going with my wife and daughter who will be 4 when we go. Do you think 3 weeks is enough? Thanks
  12. I’m looking to do a road trip to the South of France but I would like to do a camp site in Italy and Black Forrest in Germany. Has anyone done anything similar and do you have any recommendations on the route and places to stay. I’m going with my wife and daughter who will be 4 when we go. Do you think 3 weeks is enough? thanks
  13. I have a Ace Award Nighstar 2005, it’s the 5 berth model and I’m having trouble making the rear beds. We have always turned over the cushions but the cushions in this van have grooves in there because of the bunk bed. Has anyone got any ideas how to arrange the cushions as this is not advised in the manual. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks
  14. First trip to Cornwall pulled the van with ease up the big hills. It can even accelerate on the hills to overtake. Very happy so far managed 30mpg which I didn't think was. Ad with the van on. This is my first auto and I will not be going back happy with my choice. 👍
  15. I have a Ace Nightstar 5 berth but I'm struggling to setup the rear beds as they are uncomfortable. Does anyone have any tips setting up the beds? Thanks
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