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    Triathlon, cycling, swimming & running! Rugby, DIY.
  • Make & Model of Towcar / Toad
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    Abbey Archway 550

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  1. We are exploring the idea of taking our van over to France In 2022 for a weeks skiing. We were annual skiers pre children and would now like to start again. Does anyone have any good sites. I have heard you can get ones with a shed that you can dry your gear out etc. It doesn’t have to be a big ski area as our youngest will be 5 having never been on the slopes. thanks in advance
  2. Thought I would give some feedback in case others are in the same dilemma. I am completely in love with the Disco. It is perfect. It does everything we wanted from it. Tow’s the 18000kg+ van like a dream. Super comfy, the access mode is great As is the remote heater for all these cold icy mornings. It is a completely different towing experience. So far so good from the reliability front. I can see why they are rated as decent tow vehicles. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend one to a friend.
  3. We towed for 3 years with our 2.2 tdci S-Max. Brilliant On road towcar. Excellent stability. We even towed our 1800kgs twin axle down to the south of France. The only trouble I had was on wet grass!! Have got a discovery now but my wife still has the S-Max for ferrying the kids around!
  4. Gearbox oil flush is on the to do list, it hasn’t towed prior to my ownership so it is still nice and smooth. And both intake manifolds recently done. took the caravan out of storage on Sunday and have to say the 5 miles home were very good. Not quite ‘ you won’t even realise it’s on the back’ as lots of people say but defiantly very stable. Need to get a bike rack sorted out. Have seen Maxxraxx ones which look like you can still tow whilst using the rack. Would put them on the roof but my wife’s Dutch bike is to heavy!
  5. On our last outing I tried a roll mat under the duvalay. I must admit it made a huge difference. Thanks to all for the tips and suggestions. Next van when the children are to big for the bunks will have a fixed double!
  6. We have a twin axle van with ATC, I always load it correctly (was a must behind the S-Max) and am never is a rush! as for the Disco, it has recently had both intake manifolds replaced (2k repair bill) new tyres, brakes etc so hopefully should be OK for a while. I did get it at the we buy any car price (around 3k below market value) so thinking worse case senario the crank snaps. It will cost around 5-6K to put right, then in theory I’m only 3k more than I would have spent and the engine will be good for 10+ years. I have no intention to replace it as I am already in love with the vehicle. looking forward to many outings with the van and some decent breakdown cover 😂
  7. Thanks to everyone for your replies. I have just taken delivery of a Disco 4. I was undecided until an old work friend was selling his due to a divorce. Prior to him it was his brothers car which had been fastidiously maintained. It has never towed prior to my ownership in which we are taking it out on its maiden trip next weekend. Can’t wait to see how it performs compared to the S-Max we have been using. I am well aware of the crank issues and considering the number of Disco/rr sport you see I’m hoping mine won’t be one of the horror stories. I will always change the oil every 6K.
  8. There is no gap as such, I think it’s due to the back rests not being sprung so are to soft, it seems my hips are right in the middle of where the cushions join. We have tried rearranging the cushions but due to the size/shape of the Lou he they only go one way! I will maybe try a big topper with the Duvalay on top but think it will be like the princess and the pea.
  9. That’s what we do. My hips sink in between the seat cushions and chair backs where they meet up. No bumpy bits.
  10. Hi, we have a triple bunk layout due to having 3 small children which works great. The wife and I are on the make up double at the front. We invested in a pair of Duvalay’s which offer more comfort but on stays of over a week I shuffer from back ache/pain. I find my hips sink in to the Duvalay which in turn sinks in to the join where the cushions butt together. (we have a firm mattress at home) I tried having some plywood between the cushions and Duvalay but it didn’t work. does anyone have any other suggestions or tips I could try? I thought of a thin sheet of plastic as this may offfer greater flexibility than the ply wood!
  11. Limecc how long should it take to raise the suspension? Is there a quick way of telling if a vehicle has Air suspension fitted as sometimes it’s not listed in an advert.
  12. Good tip about the fridge circuit. we need 7 seats as we are a family of 5, occasionally we take my Mother or Mother in law and sometimes niece as well. Normal operation is boot seats folded down and the three girls across the middle seats hence why we ideally want room for 3 and not 2 1/2 which most seem to have. This is why we purchased an S-Max when our third daughter was born as our V70 was not large enough for 3 booster seats. thinking the Q7 is the way to go. thank you to all for your helpful suggestions.
  13. No sorry to disappoint. Civilian licensed on the big wide bodied jets.
  14. Thanks for your replys. We definatly need 3 middle seats which rules out the Kia Sorrento, we have friends with one and just not quite big enough. a newer XC90 would be my first choice but still 23k for a second hand one! The caravan is around 1850kgs loaded, we want to be able to take 5 bikes with us and must have 4wd as whilst the S-Max can cope on road as soon as you meet a slightly damp field it is wheel spinning! We do use our van alot all year around. Regarding car maintenance, im an Aircraft Engineer so do alot of the car stuff my self which will keep costs down. Like others have said, will have to find the best example of either and go from there. If we didnt require 7 seats I would have a Touareg all day long.
  15. After some recommendations please. We currently tow our Elddis Crusader Tempest with a Ford S-Max. Whilst this is not ideal it has served its purpose. We are now in a position to upgrade and have around 15k to get something with 4wd and 7 seats. We have 3 daughters so need the middle row seats to be large enough. Whilst my heart is saying Disco my head is saying no due to the potential of a snapped crankshaft. Does/has anyone towed with a Q7. I would be looking at a 2013 so air suspension is an option. Also the V8 Tdi could be an option. Any suggestions welcomed.
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