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  1. Paul1957 - yes, it's the unladen weight of the car, including normal liquids and a full tank of petrol - no passengers. The 250 kg is passengers and kit.
  2. Hi All Okay - here's a car-caravan matching question, but I haven't revealed car/caravan, kerbweight, MTPLM to avoid comments like "My Robin Reliant pulls great...". etc. All that is in the table below are the results from using the CMC matching service. Three columns - the first is my current set-up, and it actually works quite well. My only issue is having to drop down through the gears when going uphill on a motorway to maintain a speed between 40 and 50 mph. The second column is the match with the new car I'm thinking of buying. The third column is new car and potentially new (heavier) caravan. The only additional feature to mention is that the current figures use my car's actual kerbweight and my caravan's MTPLM. When towing, I have an addition 250kg in the car and am always about 20 kg below the MTPLM (everything is weighed). This will be the same scenario with new car and heavier caravan - so kerbweight ratios are actually more favourable. Any comments on my new car and/or new car&heavier caravan setups? Additionally, how much impact does bhp have? Thanks Paul
  3. Thanks guys. Jezzerb - i’ve got the same car as you. I think it is clear, if i’m going to increase the weight of my caravan i’m also going to have to change my car. Paul
  4. Hi. I'm thinking of upgrading to a heavier (MTPLM) caravan without changing my tow car. Is what I'm proposing legal/wise? The proposed new caravan will have an MTPLM of 1350 kg (100kg more than my current caravan - for a fixed bed). Everything that goes into it is weighed etc, so I'll never be going beyond 1350kg. Tow car - it's kerb weight is 1276 kg, which I know is insufficient. However, when we go away we load the car (including ourselves) with an additional 270 kg - so whenever it is towing the caravan it will always weigh 1546 kg (everything is weighed). This is still within the car's gross vehicle weight of 1809kg. So can I consider my kerbweight 1546 kg? My towing limit is 1500kg - so 1350kg is within that. My total train weight (1546+1350 = 2896kg) is within the car's gross train weight of 3309kg. For 1350kg / 1545kg the ratio is about 87%. If we did a "light" weekend the car may only be 1450 kg which gives a 93% ratio. What do you think - wise? Legal? Or do I need to look for a new tow car?? Thanks Paul
  5. Concerning the ARC app…….So,wondering if any of you can advise with regard to the following sound problem. I have a Lunar Cosmos 462 (a dealer’s version of the Quasar 462). It has a sound system - it’s a Pioneer - basically like a car music system. I’ve been connecting my iPhone to it to play via Bluetooth - all so far so good. However, while my iPhone could play music, move to the next track etc, it couldn’t adjust the volume (I know - it’s awful - I’ve actually had to stand up and adjust the volume manually). Anyway, Pioneer have an app called ARC that is supposed to manage music from iPhone to device. And it does - with ARC I can adjust the volume from my iPhone. Now here’s the problem. My iPhone was a 5 SE and I’ve just updated to an iPhone 8. I can still Bluetooth in the caravan. However, while ARC will play, skip etc etc, it now won’t let me change volume. My iPhone screen suggests that ARC is not connected; the iPhone is though as music plays through. Does anyone know if this is an ARC problem or an iPhone problem? Has anyone experienced this and come to a solution?
  6. Thinking of getting a TV for my caravan. If I were to get one of the most modern Avtex TVs and plugged it into the caravan aerial (so no roku/fire stick or MiFi etc) what channels would I potentially be able to receive? Thanks
  7. Think I need to change my tow car. Any recommendations for a petrol model? Needs to tow up to 1350 kg. Thanks Paul
  8. Thanks Brecon. Do you know where the pressure switch will be and how I can identify it?
  9. Hi There's three questions here all to do with water. I'm a new caravanner so I'm not always sure whether something is right or wrong. 1) I've attached a sound file - "Water Pump Noise" - if you'd be good enough to listen to it. This is the sound my pump makes when I turn on a tap - it's the clicking/clumping noises I'm wondering about. Is my pump faulty or is this what they all sound like? For context, the Truma heater is not on, although it had been on all afternoon so was full of hot water. The water barrel is full of cold water. The water flowing from the tap is absolutely fine in terms of flow, both hot and cold. The noise is made when the tap is running hot or cold. 2) I've got one of those stop-cock things to put into my water barrel as I'm going on a serviced pitch in a couple of weeks time and I've been practicing with it. I've been running it from our outside tap and I had thought the barrel had stopped filling due to the action of the stop-cock. However, by the end of the afternoon the barrel was full and was overflowing in little "gulps" - so the stop-cock must not be fully stopping the flow of water. Is this normal or have I bought a duff/cheapo stop-cock? 3) There's a second sound file attached as well, this time called "Truma Heater". This is the noise my Truma heater is making (set to heat water to 60 degrees). Is this humming/crackling normal - it's running on EHU. Water Pump Noise.mp3 Truma Heater.mp3
  10. Hi So my caravan (Lunar Cosmos 462) has an MRO of 1086 kg. I took everything removable out of it and took it to a weighbridge - so carpets, power cable, step etc. What was weighed was the caravan, the battery, the fitted motor mover, the fitted solar panel and a 6 kg gas calor lite bottle. The weight came to 1100 kg. I was surprised that all these “add-ons” only increase the MRO by 14kg. I mean, I guess the carpets and power cable would have been more than 10 kg. Any comments? Paul
  11. Found one, If anyone needs a weighbridge in Lancashire - C& C in Garstang. Cost £5.
  12. Hi Does anyone know of storage just for Jan to March where I can store my caravan, but have it put onto pitch for occasional weekends during the period. I don’t want a full season/ year, just for the 3 months of winter. Thanks Paul
  13. What does delamination look/feel like. What should I be watching out for? Thanks Paul
  14. Hi Thanks for the answers. The toilet was all sorted and emptied before we packed away. So, before we left the site we opened all the taps and let all the water drain. However, i’d forgotten the yellow drain down lever. So I emptied that at home. Where was that water from (it seemed as if there was a lot). Had this come from the water heater (we don’t have an on-board fresh water tank). Thanks Paul
  15. Hi I got my very first caravan yesterday and have just had a night away in it and have now brought it home. I’m not going to be using it for a month so I have drained all the water. Was this really necessary (for a month, in July - so not freezing)? Thanks Paul
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