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Guzzilazz

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  1. We've been on Ventura, and embarkation/disembarkation doesn't seem to take any longer than smaller vessels... Also, we didn't notice the number of people aboard, because (unlike the Yank ships) they are "absorbed" into the variety of areas aboard. The big "mall" type of approach on the US ships would be hateful...
  2. As a sailor who feeds stuff in tracks on a regular basis, the secret is to hold the tape down well below the cut-out with one hand, and using the index finger of the other hand pushing in at the bottom of the cut-out... That lines stuff up and allows a relatively smooth feed.
  3. An even better idea is to use something like OneNote on the phone where you can take photos and write comments about each van.
  4. Yep... I overinflated to 65 psi (instead of 60) accidentally
  5. Absolutely agree! Sterling Power produce more misleading bull than any company I've seen with all their "magic boxes"
  6. Just one caution... Try to minimise braking as you come to the halt where you will be checking the wheels... You want to avoid putting unnecessary additional heat into the brakes
  7. I doubt whether there's a DC-DC converter, I can't believe they'd want to spend money on a highish current converter... In any case it would still result in increased current usage in the car - and hence more output from the alternator. I think it's much more likely that it's just a simple 12v connection, with all the voltage drop along the length of cable involved...
  8. Err, a gel battery and AGM battery are different, the OP was talking about AGM (absorbed glass mat) which uses a limited amount of liquid acid. Gel mixes the acid with a thickening agent. Both are Maintenance Free, the main advantage of AGM is that they stand a deeper depth of discharge than flooded Lead Acid How does the smart alternator differentiate between the caravan battery and the car battery? To charge the van battery it must be effectively "paralleled" with the car system, so you get a balance between the two systems. The car system will be supplying the caravan battery and therefore lower the voltage in the car system, so if the smart alternator stops charging at 80%, it'll be across both batteries. Empirical proof is that my Euro 6 Kuga when towing auto stop/start will not kick in for a long time (but it will eventually kick in), and the pre-conditions for SS include battery voltage being high enough
  9. I've had diesels with DPFs for over 10 years, and have never experienced/noticed any of them doing a regen... well over 100,000 miles across them all
  10. You may need to try a trickle charger to get the battery up to about 10v (slowly, over about a week or more) before transferring to the smart charger...
  11. Operation stopping near freezing isn't an issue with a DH on a boat, it kicks in again when the temp goes up...
  12. It's not a case of whether it's legal if you pay duty, it's illegal to travel on the road using dyed fuel unless you're an authorised vehicle (agricultural, building site etc)
  13. Yep it has a limit (printed on label on device) of 125psi. The only "caveat" is that the connector needs to be attached to the tyre whilst the pump is live... If it takes to long the thing goes into standby and then shows a crazy pressure...
  14. Having bled the system and got air out, the fluid will drop, as air was replacing it...
  15. I bought the Von Haus through Amazon and it stopped working after about 8 weeks cordless, the battery wouldn't charge and I got a refund... and replaced it with the Airhawk...
  16. I use an Airhawk Pro with the short hose... Absolutely no issue and a brilliant piece of kit. It's used cordless for the motorbike and caravan (copes very well with 60psi) and because the Kuga has a boot power socket corded for that... The benefit is that the gauge on it is also 100% accurate according to my high quality pencil gauge for all three vehicles. Set the pressure, switch on, do other jobs, return when pump stops...
  17. The main point about a vehicle specific module is that it also enables Trailer Sway Control to be activated in the Kuga...
  18. The clock update issue from TomTom earlier this year was INEXCUSABLE... They knew it was going to happen and disable a lot of middle-aged devices over 12 months in advance. It didn't get fixed until August. Other manufacturers dealt with it with little impact to the user base
  19. UK mains voltage is not 240... it's 230. The permissible range is -5%to +10% or 218 to 253V. Whilst Watts=Amps x Volts is ok for resistive loads (heaters with no motor element) any inductive load (e.g. electric motors) the starting current draw will be much higher than a resistive load
  20. Guzzilazz

    Battery life

    Before I start, I'm not a great fan of electric cars as they are... However, there was an article on our local TV news (East Anglia BBC) about the Lotus Evija... It's 1972BHP, has a 250 mile WLTP range and can be recharged (didn't catch to exactly what level) in 7 minutes... There are obviously tech developments going on, and each step will eventually cascade through to family type vehicles... The battery thing with lithium based batteries is that obviously the total number/weight of such batteries will go up exponentially as more vehicles are built. Therefore, whilst recycling old batteries will help, there is an undeniable need for more raw lithium and apparently cobalt (which is even rarer than lithium). Yes, there are other technologies that will develop and replace, but the most likely change is that you won't have "your own car" in urban environments, and that self drive vehicles will come to your booking and take you where you need to go...
  21. Worth looking at the Kuga Owners Forum There are issues with older Powershift boxes, especially if the oil and filter haven't been changed at recommended mileages... The design changed in the last few years, removing plastic components and replacing them with metal...
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