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About bigbilly

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  • Birthday 04/02/1946

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    Fishing, Photography, Motor Sports, Caravanning
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    Land Rover Freelander 2
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    Sterling Eccles SE

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  1. Is pin 9 operation checked as part of the current MOT ?
  2. Thank you for all your comments. I took my XC60 to a reputable towcar company yesterday and they thought it was fine going throught the ignition and said that most manufacturers these days supply dedicated wiring looms and specific wiring and calibration instructions and confirmed that mine was a genuine Volvo supplied towball and wiring harness. Feel a bit happier now. Just have to see how it tows !
  3. Thank you for your comments. I suppose the safest way is for me to get the wiring checked out by a towbar specialist. I think that my main Volvo dealer, where I got the car from, contracts towbar work out anyway. Just out of interest can somebody explain to me, in fairly non technical terms, why the ATC connection has to be a direct supply from the battery as I had assumed that being on with the ignition would have been good enough.
  4. I recently changed my tow car to a 2013 Volvo XC60 Auto which I am very pleased with but must admit I haven't towed with it yet. More by chance it was already supplied with a genuine Volvo supplied detachable tow ball and Volvo marked 13 socket electrics. This morning I thought that I would just connect the caravan to the car and check the wiring so that if there was a problem I had time to get it fixed before my first proper tow. Everything seemed fine but the AlKo ATC would only come on when the ignition was on although the engine didn't have to be running. I am more used to pin 9 (?) being connected directly to the battery and not via the ignition. Is this OK or should I get it altered ?
  5. Following several recommendations I have just bought myself a 2013 2.4 AWD Volvo XC60 R Design which I am very pleased with and tows my 1,500 Kg caravan like a dream ! Can somebody explain what the 'R Design' means as I assume that it is just a model variant. Many thanks.
  6. Dealer wasn't helpful at all. I have emailed the Volvo customer services but had no reply yet. I was wondering, as a long shot, if anybody on the forum had a Volvo tow ball key ref. no. 1016 I could pay them to get one cut !
  7. Strange question I know........ Can any body suggest anywhere that I could try to get a genuine detachable Volvo tow ball key from ? I'm using it and it's fine but it would be nice to be able to take it off if needs be. I have the key ref. no. Many thanks.
  8. Lincolnshire council always remove our rally signs so we don't use them in that county now.
  9. I am in the process of trying to upgrade my 09 Freelander 2 and top of the short list at the moment is the Volvo XC60. I have discounted the Discovery Sport for various reasons. I want one about 2016 and have been advised, by other caravanners, to go for the 2,400cc 5 cylinder engine rather than the 2,000cc 4 cylinder engine. Also to go for the D5 over the D4. I also want automatic. Are Volvo phasing the D5 out because I see many D4s mostly with the 2,000cc engine but very few D5s. I am only towing 1,500Kg. Would very much welcome owners comments.
  10. Thanks Geoff that just sparked the little grey cells and I looked on Windows 10 and found one ! Now all I have to do is understand it !!
  11. Thanks for that. I live mid way between Holbrooks and Greentrees and have experience of them both. I was considering a new Bailey and although there are approved service people and motorhome dealers near to me I think my nearest retail Bailey caravan dealer, I could find, is Farnham Leisure who I have also dealt with when they were David Hope. Might give Bailey a miss.
  12. Is there such a thing as a free or inexpensive video editor that is easy to use and understand ?
  13. I couldn't find a Bailey caravan retailer in the whole of Norfolk. Have I missed any ?
  14. Myself and both my sons have the Lidl models that have all served us well. Have 2 CTEK chargers both have been replaced under warranty one of them twice !
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