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  1. Interesting article, are we next?? The maximum speed limit will be cut to 100kph in the Netherlands to reduce pollution as the country struggles to meet European Union environmental targets. Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, said the motorway limit will be cut by 30kph (almost 20mph) as his government tries to meet EU air quality and environmental standards without cancelling construction projects or limiting intensive agriculture. Mr Rutte said slowing the traffic was a “rotten step” to have to take but the least damaging option for the country. The Netherlands has already frozen 18,000 road, airport, wind farm and housing construction projects to meet EU targets on nitrogen oxide pollution. There are fears of an economic slump unless emergency measures are taken. “It’s a rotten step to take, nobody likes it, but this serves a greater interest,” Mr Rutte said. “It is needed to make sure the Netherlands does not grind to a halt and to prevent jobs from being lost unnecessarily.” The speed limit will be cut from 130kph early next year on roads between 7pm and 6am. This should ensure that building projects, including a government plan to build 75,000 new homes every year, can still go ahead without breaking EU pollution limits. The Dutch research institute for construction, EIB, warned two weeks ago that 40,000 jobs were at risk in the sector unless the government took urgent action. Drivers will have to slow down after a major national public awareness campaign, including changing the country’s road signs. Mr Rutte was unable to say how long the lower speed limit would be in place. “I’m incredibly disappointed, it’s terrible,” he said. “But otherwise people would have lost their jobs by Christmas. And I would not have been able to look myself in the mirror. This is comparable in its complexity with the 2015 and 2016 refugee crisis.” The Netherlands has been paralysed by major protests over recent months as the country’s farmers jammed roads fearing that the huge Dutch agriculture sector would bear the brunt of cuts to emissions. Yesterday’s emergency announcement also includes changing the amount of protein in animal feed to reduce the nitrogen-bearing ammonia in livestock urine. Per capita nitrogen emissions are four times the EU average in the small and densely populated Netherlands, which is Europe’s largest exporter of agricultural goods. In May, the highest Dutch administrative court ruled that government rules for construction and farming permits were leading to breaches of EU targets on nitrogen emissions. Farming produces over 60 per cent of Dutch nitrogen emissions, and the government has set aside €60 million to compensate pig farmers for shutting down their businesses. Excess nitrogen oxide in the atmosphere can produce pollutants such as ammonia and ozone, which affect health and damage the environment. Children with asthma and older people with heart disease are most at risk.
  2. Coachman carry a three year manufacturer's warranty, six year worry free water ingress and delamination offer, and ten years water ingress for the first owner of the caravan. Coachman's three year warranty also covers, in the first year, defects but not normal wear and tear. Fridges etc are covered by their manufacturers warranty. I would seem to me that the new owners of Lunar have taken on a lot of responsibility given the history of Lunar manufacturing.
  3. Cars are responsible for around 12% of total EU emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas. Since 2009, EU legislation sets mandatory emission reduction targets for new cars. The first targets apply since 2015. Stricter targets will apply from 2021 on, with a phase-in from 2020. On 17 April 2019, the European Parliament and the Council adopted Regulation (EU) 2019/631 setting CO2 emission performance standards for new passenger cars and for new light commercial vehicles (vans) in the EU for the period after 2020. The new Regulation will start applying on 1 January 2020. Until that date, the current Regulation setting CO2 emission standards for cars will apply, as summarised on this page. 2015 target Since 2015, a target of 130 grams of CO2 per kilometre applies for the EU fleet-wide average emission of new passenger cars. Emissions of 130 g CO2/km correspond to a fuel consumption of around 5.6 litres per 100 km (l/100 km) of petrol or 4.9 l/100 km of diesel. This EU fleet-wide target was already reached in 2013, two years ahead of schedule. According to provisional data, the average emissions level of the new cars registered in 2018 in the EU and Iceland were 120.4 g CO2/km (EEA data). Since 2010, average emissions have decreased by 20 g CO2/km (14.2%). Provisional average CO2 emissions of new light-duty vehicles registered in the EU and Iceland in 2018 2021 target From 2021, phased in from 2020, the EU fleet-wide average emission target for new cars will be 95 g CO2/km. This emission level corresponds to a fuel consumption of around 4.1 l/100 km of petrol or 3.6 l/100 km of diesel. Specific emission targets for manufacturers The binding emission targets for manufacturers are set according to the average mass of their vehicles, using a limit value curve. This means that manufacturers of heavier cars are allowed higher emissions than manufacturers of lighter cars. The curve is set in such a way that the targets for the EU fleet-wide average emissions are achieved. Phase-in of requirements The target of 130 g/km was phased in between 2012 and 2015. A phase-in period will also apply to the target of 95 g/km. In 2020, the emission targets will apply for each manufacturer’s 95% least emitting new cars. From 2021 on, the average emissions of all newly registered cars of a manufacturer will have to be below the target. Penalty payments for excess emissions If the average CO2 emissions of a manufacturer's fleet exceed its target in a given year, the manufacturer has to pay an excess emissions premium for each car registered. Until 2018, this premium amounts to €5 for the first g/km of exceedance €15 for the second g/km €25 for the third g/km €95 for each subsequent g/km. From 2019 on, the penalty will be €95 for each g/km of target exceedance. Eco-innovations To encourage eco-innovation, manufacturers can be granted emission credits for vehicles equipped with innovative technologies for which it is not possible to demonstrate the CO2-reducing effects during the test procedure used for vehicle type approval. Such emission savings have to be demonstrated based on independently verified data. The maximum emission credits for these eco-innovations per manufacturer are 7 g/km per year. Super credits Manufacturers are given additional incentives to put on the market zero- and low-emission cars emitting less than 50 g/km through a “super-credits” system. This already applied between 2012 and 2015 and will apply again for the period 2020-2022. For the purpose of calculating a manufacturer’s average specific emissions, such cars will then be counted as: 2 vehicles in 2020 1.67 vehicles in 2021 1.33 vehicles in 2022. A cap on the super-credits is set at 7.5 g/km per manufacturer over the three years. Manufacturer Pools Manufacturers can group together and act jointly to meet their emissions target. In forming such a pool, manufacturers must respect the rules of competition law. Derogations and exemptions Manufacturers responsible for fewer than 300 000 new passenger cars registered in the EU in a given year may benefit from exemptions or derogations. More specifically: Manufacturers responsible for between 10 000 and 300 000 cars registered per year (“niche” manufacturers) can apply for a derogation target for the years 2012-2019 equal to a 25% reduction from their 2007 average emissions, and a derogation target from 2020 on of a 45% reduction from the 2007 level. Manufacturers responsible for between 1 000 and 10 000 cars registered per year (“small volume” manufacturers) can propose their own derogation target, which has to be approved by the Commission based on the criteria set in the Regulation. Manufacturers responsible for fewer than 1 000 cars registered per year are exempted from meeting a specific emissions target, unless they voluntarily apply for a derogation
  4. If you google excess emissions premium you will find the EU page on this topic. It is complicate (Like all things EU) but manufacturers have been paying this for several years. They have to obtain averages across their model range and number of units sold. I don't think this can be applied to just one model, there are credit models as well. Really very complicated. I have a 2.0 diesel, almost two years old, and a caravan almost three years old (10 year damp warranty), so this could well be my last few years of caravanning coming along. All very sad particularly as China, India etc are continuing to build airports etc. Just look at the pollution in Delhi recently. yet extinction rebellion etc continue to punish the British.
  5. My last Coachman had a Twig, totally useless, the dealer fitted a status, brilliant. With having both types of aerial fitted I could prove just how useless the Twig was. Coachman no longer fit Twigs.
  6. If your caravan is 2018 should it not have been serviced before January? The first solution was blue synthetic paste, on the actuating gear then renew brake pads. Some have reported new drums being required. I hope your dealer orders the right spares because it depend what is wrong with the brakes.
  7. The reason they are saying lubricate the stem of the friction pad is to enable passage through the 'O' ring fitted down the shaft passageway. If the shaft and 'O' ring are dry, then damage can occur to the 'O' ring and the pad does not locate properly onto the pad base or true to the tow ball resulting in the groaning. It also makes the pads easy to withdraw for cleaning.
  8. You are looking for the fuse for pin 9 in the car. However as both tow cars seem to have the same problem the solution might be a lose wire in the plug. Either pin 9 or pin 13.
  9. The groaning Alko hitchhas been around since before the Alko 3004 was on the market. The hitch before the 3004, lever off centred, had pads that always needed cleaning. I had one of these retrofitted in the year 2001. Alko say the 3004 needs cleaning after each long journey. I just clean mine with wet/dry and brake cleaner, renew the four pads every two years and all as quiet as a church mouse.
  10. My present caravan has a frosted window in the shower room and a Heki. Nice to get morning light and sunshine in the room. I don't think a clear window would suit us at all. ( Coachman 565) There were positives about the Cadiz, the toilet cassette locker and TV station were two. The Sintra had a very nice kitchen. However I still think the shower room was small and dingy, in fact even a bit claustrophobic. Bidiway Tradewinds is a retired male with 30+ years of caravanning experience, with nine new caravan being bought over the years. We usually change the van every three years, so we are now looking for delivery 02-03/2020. I note Mr Plodd's comments, surely I am entitled to post my opinions on a new caravan that I have checked out? and welcome other CT members comments about their vans and why they like or dislike the van. Could be a job for eleven judges when they finish their other job next week.
  11. Because you don't want to start a thread on 2020 caravans does not mean I can't, does it?. I am aware that there are many different designs to suit all tastes I always look at all models/manufacturers before deciding on a purchase. It is nice to get natural light in through a window in the shower room instead of two very small skylights not even a Heki. I presume you have sighted these two caravans, you opinion of the caravans might be of some worth.
  12. I had a 2010 Kuga and it cost me an extra £100 for the tow bar fitter to fit wiring from the battery to the socket. (Two wires) Pin 10 earthing via Pin 11, for the fridge, via a relay. Pin 9 earthing via Pin 13 for the permanent live. Normally both wires are now fuses at 15amps, although some say Pin 9 should be 20amps.
  13. Today we went for a look at the new Bailey's. In particular the Alicanto Sintra and Unicorn Cadiz. Big disappointment, bathrooms very small, no heated towel rails and in fact no towel rails at all, apart from the one in the shower and insufficient cupboards for storage, and no window in the bathroom. Also no shelf in the shower to place shampoo etc. The Cadiz beds are only 26inches wide. TV in the Sintra very awkward and bathroom about the same as the Cadiz. Still waiting for the Swift Elegance to appear, should be soon my Dealer says. However the Coachman Acadia isn't here until middle of October/November, so the Dealer says.
  14. Next time pay by chip and pin when you collect the van. It would seem to me you could reject the caravan as thirty days have not passed, and request your money back. No doubt a legal expert will be along soon to advise.
  15. I have a 2017 van with this problem. The first solution was the blue synthetic paste/grease on the actuating mechanism. This didn't work so the pads were replaced, after washing out and paste/grease removal. Then slight squealing again but very occasional. So at present have the replacement pads and grease in the actuating mechanism, this seems to work and all quiet.
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