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yorkyguy

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  1. I've had 8 Volvos. Wouldn't change out of choice. All of them totally reliable. Freelander in a skirt? No!
  2. We use our internal front locker doors all the time. We considered a Coachman Xcel but there were some glaring omissions and poor design IMHO. No internal locker doors, poor gas locker provision, toilet door hits you in the back whilst cooking (great!), no solar panel, flimsy shower cubicle, protruding TV mount in bedroom. .........and the front dinette seats are very short. There were some plus points (gorgeous bathroom) but as Mrs YG says, she would go for substance over style all the time. Its all got to work!
  3. Cheers. Might consider a dash cam instead.!
  4. Has anyone bought one? Thinking about one as a Christmas Gift. Preferably one which projects onto the windscreen without stick on film. Biggest screen and maximum info for a tech focussed driver would be great. Not a caravanner but would make a great gift. ODB connectivity is OK. Cheers all.
  5. Yes but some are located in strange, potentially (dangerous) places!
  6. Even then, put it in an outside accessible locker!
  7. Best place for the isolator is behind the EHU socket in the external locker. This means you CANNOT move the van whilst on mains power. My advice is to move the switch to failsafe position in an outside locker. Towing with the power engaged for me is a NO NO. Most installers adopt the above technique. Our new van has the switch BEHIND the EHU. So you cannot engage the mover with the socket in. Did the dealer put the switch in the locker? I am very surprised if they did? Was it an aftermarket addition? For safety's sake get the tools out and move it to the outside!
  8. Sounds to me as though they simply want some cash! I'm really cynical about this. Remember NEW vans come with a 10 yr water ingress so after this we are all on our own. This van was made in 2006! In short ignore them. They looked at a 14 year old van. If they want high revels of redress then they should buy new. Even then, warranty issues can be a complete nightmare! I had a 2018 van that had problems. Its easy to say but stop worrying! Caveat emptor!!
  9. Pigtails are about 2 years old - removed from previous van as our Commodore didn't come with any! So, I'll try one at a time with different cylinders - i.e. ring all the changes. Interestingly, we have been out four times with the new van but this issue only manifested after the last outing. IF it continues with both pigtails and a change of cylinders then could it be something that's shifted. Cant be the appliances - Alde, cooker or fridge as they were tuned off SO it could only be the rigid pipework I guess. What do you all think?
  10. We have two new Safefill 10k bottles and have noticed an occasional very slight smell of propane when sitting in the front of the van. Nothing to merit evacuating the van but noticeable. I have checked all gas drop holes - all ok and sprayed all joints (inc the cylinders) in the locker with the proper gas detecting spray from Screwfix. Nothing! I have turned off the three appliances at the isolating valves in the van but the whiff remains - most noticeable in the locker. Next task is to connect a Calorlite cylinder and see if the problem remains. Anyone out there with suspicions about about
  11. Jacko 1 Do consider carefully if the L shaped lounge really works for you. We were wowed by the boutique nature of the 2020 Barracuda but where do two of you sit to watch the telly? Having a 30 kilo dog bombing around and having to put up the table from the side locker to eat (or eat off your knees whilst fending off the dog), we went with the conventional dinette/Commodore layout with the simple pull out table for eating. Telly watching is comfortable for both occupants with the TV mounted on the bulkhead by the door. Dog is well out of the way on the floor between the front locke
  12. Free Wastemaster too! oh and Hypnos upgrade for £100? We got our original mattress thrown in too!! Happy days!! Our E&P was ever so slightly 'out' - bit nose up. Recalibration is a breeze. Mrs YG is really critical and says its day to day practicalities are first rate. The two -way bathroom door has been copied by Coachman. Never liked their 850 door which hit you in the back as you cooked! Could go on but wont! Ace van - really good vfm.
  13. Oh just remembered - buy a cat litter tray from Asda or Wilko. £2 - Fits the sink a treat. See my earlier post.!
  14. We've got a 2020 Commodore. We love it! Tows like a dream at 60+ (did I say that?) Two massive plus points for us, underfloor heating and the E&P levelling. We dont chock the offside for inserting the wheel locks as once the N/S ram is down, it stops the van moving. Earlier comments re Coachman - ykes more expensive and no underfloor heating and no solar panel. No brainer really. You will be tightening screws so get some of the colour coded sticky 'dots'. We moved stuff around in lockers and added a 12 socket in the NSF locker for the air awning pump. The only negative is the front lo
  15. Bit disappointed that there isn't any positive advice out there!
  16. Nah then! Has anyone cleaned the upholstery on a 2020 Commodore? The backs of our front dinettes could do with a slight freshen up where the dog leans on them. Its only just noticeable but I don't want it to become a project further down the line. What do you use? Might sound a stupid question but I need something gentle and don't want to 'fluff' up the fabric surface. What is your modus operandi ? Hope this makes sense. Cheers all!
  17. Any information regarding mobile coverage on site? Cheers
  18. Just made a waste outlet to attach the Colapz pipes to. 32 mm courtesy of Toolstation and straps from a old awning skirt. Had to insert a sleeve as the wastes are the same size as the rigid plastic. Less than four quid for the lot. Happy days.
  19. If its accidental damage what about an insurance claim if the price is exorbitant?
  20. Just returned from Hawes CMC site and at one point, 80% of service pitches were occupied my Mohos that didn't use any of the facilities other than EHU (at the most!) True if you prefer to pay top dollar for a large pitch then it is your choice but I think its time 'the club' got a grip and escorted outfits to an appropriate pitch and charged a non-returnable deposit. This would stop selfish individuals booking everything in sight knowing full well that they can cancel up to 72 hours before arrival with impunity! Right I'm off the soap box!
  21. Anyone bought and replaced the bottom plastic extrusion? Looks simple enough but who does the best price? Any help out there?
  22. We have a an XC90 after three XC60s. The D5 Momentum Powerpulse (235 Bhp) tows a Buccaneer Commodore (max up 2000Kg) and returns about 29MPG when towing. Acceleration is astonishing and the stability is even better. Returned back yesterday from North Yorkshire at the legal limit and steady as a rock. For my money go with Volvo. I looked at the Ford Edge (and JLR) about two years ago and the Ford reviews were very poor. In simple terms, I will stick with Volvo until I go to the great rehearsal room in the sky. Simple as that. Hope this helps.
  23. Any help on locating the lower moulding which incorporates the skirt channel. Does anyone have a part number, possible price and best supplier? Cheers
  24. Done it! Got the dimmers from Amazon and carefully removed the Burka switches and connected the wireless device with Lucar spades behind the switches with NO wire cutting. They can be reinstated with no evidence of intervention whatsoever! Happy days!!
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