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    Land Rover Freelander 2 MY13
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    Bailey Pegasus Genoa

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  1. That's the same unit as our Pegasus, the PSU is mounted in the back of that unit, follow the wiring harness from this unit back to your battery box and check for an inline fuse that may be taped to the harness. That was the fuse that had blown on ours which gave the same issue (as per my post above)
  2. Not sure how close the wiring is on your 2010 bailey pegasus 524 to my 2012 Pegasus Genoa; If similar there is an inline fuse between the battery feed and the PSU, my inline fuse was a spade fuse taped to the harness, if you follow the harness from the PSU to the battery you may find a fuse, mine had blow. Also when on hook-up the PSU charges the battery, it makes no difference if the main switch is on or off, as long as the hook-up is powered and plugged in your battery should be charging. We leave ours plugged in when standing at home (caravan panel mains switched off) Battery is always fully charged. Also when towing (main switch on or off) the battery is being charged. On newer towing vehicles with CAN BUS systems for euro 5 - 6 emissions; they now have smart alternators which have their output voltage controlled externally via the Engine Control Unit (ECU) rather than by an internal voltage regulator as found on traditional alternators. So the alternator output is restricted in certain conditions and it only looks at the cars battery condition, so charging the van battery is not as effective as the earlier set-ups that use a conventional alternator system and voltage sensitive relay to switch on or off the charging circuit for the caravan battery. If you have the smart alternator system as above your caravan battery will still be charged when towing; just not as well. There is a system that can be fitted to overcome this, as a battery-to-battery charger for auxiliary battery charging (if you think you need it)
  3. As above; if you gently warm the plastic with a hairdryer first it snaps out easier. I opened mine up for some mods over winter and one edge cracked due to the plastic being brittle with the low temperatures.
  4. Spell check/predictive text/auto correct/fat fingers can be your worst Enema
  5. In your regular servicing has the Haldex unit had its oil change and filter screen cleaned? Have you had a new tyre or pair of tyres fitted which gives a different rolling radius to the other tyres (partially worn or different make) Both can give give the reduction traction message.
  6. A lot of modern can bus vehicles have a semi live feed to the ACT via the towing socket/plug, but when the vehicle is left for a period of time with nothing switched on or operated (my VW EOS is around 10 minutes) the can bus goes to sleep and switches off the ACT feed. The second you unlock the vehicle or open a door it re-awakes the can bus and the ATC feed. Although this will not be a problem when towing as the ATC feed will always be on, however as mentioned in an above post; if you need to clear your ATC memory by leaving the towing socket connected to the vehicle overnight the can bus will switch off the ATC live feed after a short time and memory will not be cleared. Although I rarely tow the van with the EOS it definitely goes to into sleep mode after about 10 minutes, but the Freelanders ATC feed is always powered. To check; leave the vehicle locked for half an hour or so, then put a multimeter between pin 9 (+) and pin 13 (-) if no live feed, then unlock the vehicle to wake up the can bus and re-check.
  7. There should be no belt slip in a CVT transmission, the 2 adjustable cone pulleys just allow the ratios to change as the steel belt climbs or descends inversely in the cones. The ZF VT1 has 2 auto clutches, one for FWD and one for REV, they are multi plate wet clutches and work on engine RPM/output shaft RPM with a transmission pump and valve proportionally adding pressure to the clutch packs allowing the slip/drive. The early BMW Mini autos and Rover/MG used the CVT ZF VT1, it could also be used in semi manual mode where the auto box programme gave 6 defined fixed ratios, so you could up/down shift with the gear lever to have a six speed box, or on the MGF/TF with switch paddles on the steering wheel; in my younger years a lot of fun to drive. Other versions of CVT still retain a torque converter for take up or slip of drive. Auto boxes in cars have been out for a long time, early days normally only 3 speed with a lot of drag and frictional losses making them a lot heavier on fuel and if you were using an auto for towing you would have a transmission cooler fitted as an extra due to the oil getting easily overheated when pulling away with a load. Nowadays we have dry and wet internal clutches, up to 8 speeds, computer controlled speed shifting that can throttle down the engine as the ratios change for a smooth shift and built in oil cooling plus the high quality of the transmission fluid. You can never be in the wrong gear and you only need one foot; what's not to love!
  8. I am not knocking Jack Brabham's statement you have quoted "There is no substitute for cubic inches !" But that was a long long time ago regarding engine development. in the early 60's if you look at his prefered engine configurations with Repco, it was a naturally aspirated 3 ltr V8 using an Oldsmobile block from the states, just like his other engine suppliers of that era as either Climax or Cosworth as naturally aspirated V8's, delivering around 290-310 bhp @ 8,000 rpm. If you now look at the current F1 engine (2019 season) we are now at a V6 1.6 ltr delivering around 1,000 hp also the engines are restricted to 15,000 rpm, a single turbocharger and fuel is restricted to 100 kgs per hour. The swept volume of an engine is no longer the key to high KW output, now it's down to: turbocharged, supercharged, intercooled, aftercooled, oversquare, twin cam, variable valve timing, multi valve, electronic fuel mapping etc. NASA are also developing new super light alloys for pistons that give a very low coefficient of friction and very low wear rates in combination with synthetic lubricants. I think we will go a lot further with IC engine development before we are all driving around in electric vehicles.
  9. We had a 09 Passat 2L diesel 6 speed manual, just outside warranty we had a gearbox failure where one of the 6 large rivets holding the crown wheel onto the diff carrier had sheared, it came out, split the casing, gear oil ran into the bellhousing and onto the clutch. No s/x on the gearbox due to the split case, new clutch assembly and dual mass flywheel (£1200) 30,000 miles later the dual mass flywheel gave up (another big bill) A replacement clutch was a relatively cheap affair, however with later diesel cars with manual gearbox now all seem to have this dual mass flywheel which always needs to be changed (or recommended to be changed) when a new clutch is fitted making the job very expensive. I was always sceptical about towing with autos but after the Passat issue I was convinced to move on. The modern multi geared autos are the way to go, we now have the one of the last series of the Freelander2's, with a 6 speed auto and electric park brake, hill start assist and when towing the van has very smooth up and down shifting, fantastic bit of kit, plus you can never be in the wrong gear!
  10. I dumped my full frame Nikon D series about 4 years ago as it’s a big lump to drag around to the point where you make excuses not to carry it. It’s replaced with a micro 4/3rds LUMIX G3; small, light, powerful and versatile. I have an iPhone 7 which takes very nice images, but the LUMIX gives fantastic results with full manual control, to one press of iA button for a simple point and shoot also small and un-intrusive enough to always take with you. Like my phone camera but love my little micro 4/3rds LUMIX.
  11. We have a 2014 Freelander 2, its the SD4 (187bhp) with the 6 speed auto, it tows our Bailey Pegasus very well, lots of torque and a very smooth auto shift. Its in the low 20's towing and between 40-45 mpg single. We were told on the Freelander 2 there could be issues with the Haldex unit, but it looks like you just have to make sure the oil is changed and the filter screen cleaned or replaced at the correct frequency (which we could not find in the handbook) which I have now done. We have had the car just about 12 months and in that time it has had a service (inc the Haldex unit) one tyre (irreparable puncture) and 2 headlight bulbs. The headlight bulbs are HB3 9005's and it's the same single bulb for the dip and main, when you select dip a motor moves a flap over the bulb to change the beam pattern; weird. We were told at LR dealer that there is an issue with some makes of bulb and the glass around the bulb can burst and jam up the dipping flap and it's £600 for a new headlight unit.
  12. We have the safari chef and the buffinch coupling as per your image of your kit, that works great if you are cooking in the range of your bullfinch outlet and hose length. We found this can be quite restrictive so we also use the spare gas cylinder sometimes, then you can position the bbq anywhere (out of the wind) To save having 2 hose setups we use one hose connected to the bbq and with in-line quick release coupling, then the Bullfinch coupling and the gas regulator each have a short hose with the female end of the quick release coupling, the female ends of the quick release couplings also have built in one way valves so when you release the gas flow is locked off. Cadac sell the quick release couplings from Go Outdoors for £9.00 but most caravan and camping shops sell them; l got ours from eBay £12 for the 2 units inc p&p.
  13. The polarity must be crossed on one pair of motors (dc motor; reverse the polarity to reverse the direction of rotation)
  14. I would still be regulated, but why would you want to undo tho coupling with the gas turned on? That how it was before, but you need a very long hose and obviously you can't close the gas locker.
  15. My Bullfinch gas coupling arrived yesterday, tried it last night with the 47kg propane cylinder and regulator; works spot on, so can now shut and lock the front locker.
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