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Custard Avenger

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  1. From a purely subjective point of view, I have felt that they make very little difference. .. I think it would be difficult to tell the difference in a blind test. However, they do seem to make the van less fidgety. And after the Microwave trim panel fell off towing round Scotland I decided any upgrade to help preserve the caravan was worth the investment.
  2. When I read that you were following the Sat Nav, I knew it was about to go pear-shaped. I had a similar experience when the Sat Nav tried to take us through a Farm on one of my early caravan trips. Luckily the outfit was tiny in comparison and I could 3-point turn without much faff. +1 for tyres over 4WD. I opted for Michelin Cross Climates as a way to avoid swapping/storing tyres. So far they have been a talisman to keep snow away!
  3. As you have provided a range of weights for your car, you cannot be sure. If your car weighs 2415KG you only have 1085KG trailer allowance. .. There should be a plate on the car detailing it's actual gross weight as this will vary car-to-car based on engine/gearbox & options. Its location will be in your owners manual.
  4. Did you pass your driving test after 1st January 1997? If so, that will restrict the weight of car & caravan you can legally tow.
  5. My Sprite came fitted with Laufenn tyres. .. I was concerned at the fitment of a no-name brand, until I found out they are made by Hankook. I had Hankook tyres on my car for a number of years - Ventus Prime 2 - they were excellent.
  6. As per CJ1149 & Griff, I have used Meguiar's Gold Class Rich Leather Cleaner and Conditioner on my cars; It seemed to help a similar situation on a drivers seat bolster. However these were black leather and not perforated.
  7. Not a motorhome, but close enough: My wife wanted a classic VW camper van, so I rented a 1970's Bay Window Westfalia, as a present and way to try it. Due to the limitations of speed/endurance we stayed at one C&CC site within about 60miles of the rental place. Space, comfort and driving leg room aside, my main issue was the lack of separate car. As others have said, having to pack up everything to use your accomodation as a vehicle was a real pain and put us off the camper as a holiday method. We bought a classic caravan with a similar level of space, comfort and features as a toe in the water and have stuck with caravans since. The only issue with a caravan for me is the set-up process, as it discourages you from moving on too frequently, which is the main draw of Motorhomes.
  8. Was crossing a very busy island in Birmingham, which was hard to see cars coming round. Waited ages, for a suitable opening (as was correct) but when I pulled away, a Kia SUV came round the island so quickly I was effectively blocking them; there was nothing I could do at this point, but they sounded the horn & I failed. Still had about 20mins of driving under test conditions to go at this point, but the examiner would not say anything. £160 down the toilet. On my second test I also got beeped! But this was due to the examiner making me stop at the side of the road twice in quick succession & another driver got the hump. They passed me though!
  9. I failed the first time as a speeding driver sounded the horn at me. It was his problem, but my fault. Instant fail.
  10. The Beechcraft Bonanza registration N3794N allegedly did not have a recorded name. But the plane crash event is known as "The Day the Music Died". No hate for Michelin - Fitted a full set of Cross Climates.
  11. Glad I saw this. My 2018 Sprite developed squeaky brakes on its last trip out. I'll put that on the fault list too.
  12. Just tried the cruise in my XC60. Cruise will increase 5mph with a short press of + and will increase 1mph with a long press.
  13. My old Volvo V50 with analogue dials and standard cruise went up in 1mph increments. .. Volvo XC60 (Mk1 facelift) with Analogue and Digital speedo does the 5mph increments with standard Cruise, but will pop up with the speed you set it at (same for the full TFT dash version) Long press in the V50 would accelerate the car, pretty sure XC60 does the same (will need to try it). Not sure about the latest Volvos.
  14. As most of the replies seem to concur, I use it where practical. However, when towing, the additional load seems to make the auto box in my car kick down more than it would solo. Therefore, I tend to accelerate with the pedal back up to the set cruise speed rather than just 'reset' the cruise. It makes it for a smoother drive.
  15. I had the same issue with my Sprite. .. It also made the LED light strips flash. It was reported to the dealer as a fault and was rectified with no quibbles; the light issue was resolved, and the pump was made quieter. Sadly I do not know what they actually did (collected the van outside of engineers hours) but plan to find out next time I am there.
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