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Guzzilazz

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  1. No more than any other caravan. One minor issue we have had is the sliding door to the bedroom has had to be replaced. It was a 3/8" screw into MDF, with a piece of webbing and popper also screwed into the door. Popped out after one trip. The warranty fix carried out was to use a plastic "turnbuckle"
  2. We have a 2019 U4 Cabrera, and like it enormously. The only "keep an eye on" thing for me is the van is intrinsically nose heavy. When we weighted with nothing on board bar the standard equipment listed in the manual, and the nose weight was 140kg... If you have a motor mover, pay load is quite small, but we keep a load of stuff in plastic boxes, and some goes under the bed to keep the nose weight right, and other stuff goes in the car...
  3. The downside of fitting a universal kit is that modern cars have Canbus wiring, and (as discovered with our Cabrera) this stuff is intelligent. So the van has twin fog lights and reversing lights. The tow module only "expected" singles. The current draw of twin incandescent bulbs was too high, and whilst the bulbs would light initially, they would turn off in less than a second, because the tow module was protecting the wiring... If you "interfere" with canbus by piggybacking van lights onto car circuits the side effects on your car can potentially be random
  4. The Ford Edge does not have very good reviews from owners. The Edge is American designed and built, and a good number trade down to the Kuga (anecdotal evidence from the Kuga Owners forum)
  5. To give an idea of how good Sikaflex is... A marine example... A close friend is a boatbuilder/repairer and very good at his job. He was asked to help remove some winches from a yacht, and these were properly bolted through the deck and bedded on Sika 291 on installation several years previously. But, despite the bolts being removed, the Sika wouldn't let go, so one of the two was reassembled, a rope placed round it and attached to a (very) strong point on the boat. The GRP skin peeled off, still stuck to the Sika.... Moral of the tale, if you secure anything using the adhesive/sealant type, place thin spacers underneath so that you can use a cheese wire to cut through the Sika
  6. There's also an interesting comment on experience which is usually measured by time... "Do you have 25 years experience or one years experience 25 times over?"
  7. Guzzilazz

    Ford Kuga

    If you do a search on the Kuga Owners Forum, Keithmac supplies the gearbox details for the upgraded box, the year isn't foolproof I'm amazed... My Kuga 2.0TDCI manual delivers 45 mpg average easily... Not doing 30k perannum
  8. Guzzilazz

    Ford Kuga

    The Powershift fitted to Kugas up to about 2016 have plastic internals which were replaced with metal in the later gearbox, and those seem fine. There is a big BUT here, which is the box needs an expensive oil and filter change every 38,000 or 3 years which is not done as part of the normal vehicle servicing. You need to have evidence of that. This thread is worth reading. https://www.kugaownersclub.co.uk/threads/powershift-6dct450-mps-6-common-faults.15301/#post-155563 It's also interesting to noote that the Mk3 Kuga released this year doesn't have a Powershift box...
  9. As a recreational sailor, in Notices to Mariners (published to advise all mariners of stuff that's going on) it's quite frequent that a notice will be published for a specific area where naval exercises are being carried out that GPS signals "cannot be relied upon". The naval ships will broadcast a blocking signal...
  10. To put some numbers behind that, HD is about 1GB per hour watched...
  11. My Towsure wouldn't "stick" (i.e. the rotating knob wouldn't turn to show green) and I checked the instructions, and they were specific as to not lubing, but they did say to clean the receptacle out, and I used a bit of kitchen roll -despite the blanking plate being in place all winter... A bit of dust and muck did stick to the kitchen roll, and hey presto, the ball locked in... WOrth a try...
  12. My Unicorn Cabrera was the same... we have to empty cupboards and load the contents into plastic boxes, which we store under the end bed. My initial unladen nose weight was 142kg with a limit on the tow bar of 100kg! Moving gas bottles are pointless, as Baileys have no forward locker, the gas locker is on the side and sensibly near the axle
  13. My 150TDCI FWD Manual Kuga (2017) tows excellently. The one "gotcha" is that for some reason Ford don't put the towing tyre pressures with the rest of the pressures, they stick a line in the Towing section of the manual, which says "add 3 psi" to the rear tyres (in the alert section)
  14. I was going on my Ford 1.8 marinised diesel in the boat... and have used a clamp on to measure. The Glow plugs are 40A peak
  15. Your solar is way overkill; the "guidelines" for 12v solar are panel wattage <= Battery AH capacity... so 100 AH =100W solar. I have 300W on the boat, but a 330AH battery bank. 166Amp draw as stated will kill your battery in no time; that's roughly double the starter draw on a diesel car! To further demonstrate, your battery should only be taken down to half its AH capacity. So a 100 AH battery can give you 50AH before requiriing recharge. 50AH will run that inverter for about 18 minutes! The cables will have to be twice the size of car battery leads!
  16. I've placed a warranty claim, I'm afraid... The more we accept things dropping off etc, the incentive is reduced for the manufacturer to improve quality. Bailey will have to provide the parts and pay the dealer labour for fixing this stuff
  17. First trip away since last year in our Unicorn 4 Cabrera, and FIVE of the little catches that secure the window sunshades/fly screens "fell off in me hand guv". Rang the dealer and apparently this has become a common issue on 2019 vans...
  18. Guzzilazz

    Ford Kuga

    They have been for ages...
  19. Guzzilazz

    Ford Kuga

    With Canbus, the indicators on the van work in exactly the same way as on the car, so the flashing rate changes to let you know
  20. Guzzilazz

    Ford Kuga

    That's mainly with Mk I's... It depend on how many and what sort of mileage you do. I've had diesels with DPF (diesel particulate filter) for over 10 years. A DPF traps the micro particles of carbon etc, and will eventually do a "regeneration". That means it runs at a higher temp, either by injecting extra fuel directly or other means to burn off the particles. In my DPF experience I have NEVER noticed any of the three cars do a regen, but I do do a reasonable amount of mileage, and on faster roads. Towing a van as well will help with the engine working harder than solo. PS your ST is a Mk II
  21. Guzzilazz

    Ford Kuga

    The Kuga is a great car. Full Stop... It's comfortable and quick solo, and tows like a dream... I've towed 1500 miles between March last year and September, and am amazed how good it is - and mine's only the front wheel drive manual 150 towing 1532kg...
  22. 20A @ 14V (the max voltage the charger will operate at)=280Watts, the power used. At 230 V the power will be about 1.2A (280 divided by 230) add a bit for "inefficiency" and your charger will draw no more than about 2 A.
  23. It depends on ambient temp, but my Cabrera is the same, and will go above ambient temp by about 8-10C, but don't forget that road surfaces are generally also much hotter than air temp in the summer...
  24. FTSE at record highs???? it peaked in 2020 north of 7600... today it's at 6070 or 80% of where it was in Feb...
  25. Guzzilazz

    Ford Kuga

    The Plug in has got a maximum towable (according to the brochure ) of 1200kg... The 180 diesel is the same as Mk 2 at 2100kg...
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