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    Touring, (obs!) wildlife photography, being outdoors.
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    BMW X3
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    Coachman VIP 560/4

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  1. I stay in a site in Bungay with a toilet but no shower £14 a night pitch how you like the run of the farm to walk around. When we stay there we happily use our shower and toilet. Conversely just had a "boys" long weekend photography in the Norfolk broads and stayed on a site with two toilets a great shower with glass divider to stop splashback, an information hut jammed to the rafters with info, phone numbers a map etc at £16 a night, they are out there! We have stopped staying at these CS or CL sites that charge £20 a night or more although we do accept its becoming the norm, bring back the years were we stayed on a CL with electric only for two days for £13
  2. I expected the fuse to blow but nothing has from what I can see, it's all rather bizarre and I guess must point to the switch. Caravan is a Coachman VIP 560/4 2012 The LED strip is connected to the loom by spade connectors, I didn't have any so just twisted them together to test. Its when I let the unit hang it twisted and the wires touched.
  3. In fairness I think I caused the issue by touching the two wires together. Now need to find how to get the switch out and where to buy one from..
  4. Thanks for that it is indeed a dimmer switch, it has a duplicate on the other side so I will try and swap them out to test, do they just prise out do you know? Cheers I've got the strip that's easy to source, as you say thanks to Mrs Google 👍
  5. Thanks Steve, I ended up sending edits back (Amazon) as not fit for purpose. I'm now on the hunt for anyone another one.
  6. Hi all, trying to replace led light strip in caravan and I've managed to touch two wires together, a little click and lights now don't work, these are the mood lights that run down each side of the van. One side still works, the other doesn't, all fuses seem okay and the reading lights that are wired into the same relay work? So I'm stumped, could it be I've shorted the switch out? Grateful for any help please?
  7. Hi All, we recently bought a new awning from Amazon that had five start reviews. Received all okay and first impressions it seems to be of good quality. Its a Lichfield Dakota Excalibur air 3M https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06Y16BYR5/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I have put up plenty of awnings in the past no real problems and this one seemed okay however! It seals against the caravan by way of foam pads that Velcro themselves to the actual awning, pad against van Velcro awning to pad. Seems easy but the pads themselves are shorter than the awning so a yawning chasm of a hole is left top and bottom of the van, further to stabilise the awning two poles are needed one each side, these fit into small pockets at the top but as these pockets are sewn into the top of the awning and the pads are a good 5" below the poles push the unprotected part of the awning into the wall of the van, nearly an ouchy moment here!! Once erected i have pads too short at the top or if i push the pads to the top they are 10" to short on the bottom so when trying to peg out its impossible to get a goof seal. I appreciate an awning is never going to produce a good watertight windproof seal but i ought to be able to peg it out without massive gaps top and bottom. In the vague hope i have explained this correctly and that someone has one or something similar, any thoughts please?
  8. Thanks everyone, the battery was brand new in September 2018 and is in good order, i guess i just chose the wrong charger. I will look in the Lidl and Aldi chargers, anyone know the make? I will also look into all other chargers offered. many thanks all
  9. I tug a Coachman vip 560/4 towed by a bmw x3 through that arch quite easily, it looks daunting just go straight and slow anything coming the other way is used to meeting a caravan head on and in my experience are patient and obliging. As Svimes said, if your mirrors fit you will
  10. Try this site, http://www.howgill-lodge.co.uk/ we visit regularly and its only a hop to Bolton Abbey, owners are very friendly and the site is tiered so you have a view from wherever you pitch. Lots of walks from site, especially down the hill to the valley with a gorgeous river flowing through a wooded gorge. Also close to Skipton which is worth a visit to see the narrow boats and walk the canal through to a wood and a lake
  11. Hi all, Although i use my caravan frequently i struggle to keep the battery charged so have decided to take it home after each trip and keep it topped up using some sort of trickle charger i can leave on all the time. I purchased this unit from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0156AM91G/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 but it doesn't seem to be working, 48hrs of charging still shows 75% dissipated. Do any of you keep your battery on permanent charge and if so what charger do you use please? Thanks Keith
  12. By way of a final update a new battery seems to have sorted the problem out. €228. Ouch!!!
  13. So we woke this morning to a strong smell of eggs, sulphur checked the battery and its too hot to touch. I've disconnected it so is it safe to assume the battery is knackered and that is been a battery issue and not a charger issue all along? What am i looking for re the charger please? I assume under the seat same side as battery?
  14. Our brand new lunar 2012 model developed 19 problems in the first two outings les than a month apart. Shower literally fell of the wall, wardrobe doors buckled. Trim fell off everywhere. Oven door kept opening on its own, a nail was left sticking out of a trim that cut my wife's hand. The supplying dealer was woeful in there response and Lunars head of after sales emailed me telling me it should expected to have issues with be vans. Fortunately we had a small amount of the van on finance so backed it to the finance company, they were brilliant and refunded every penny we had spent on the van including insurance, motor mover and even petrol money for the times we visited the dealer to complain. Certainly I would never go near Lunar again, however to back a van privately takes some doing and legally you have to give them an opportunity to put right any issues found. Certainly I'm no expert but I think you are going to struggle to back it and Lunar certainly aren't going to help. Good luck with it.
  15. Having bought most of my vans second hand not one of them has ever been set up ready for use as it were, we've have to treat in situ as best we can. However I think it's a great idea to do so as if I were a prospective buyer I would be thinking great we can test everything and the seller is showing he has nothing to hide. Good luck with the sale
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