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    Kia Sportage
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  1. Have you got, or can you find, a pretty good picture of the side view of the van? You could try an on-line search for that. I did this when we were waiting for our van to be delivered, in order to check if our 260 awning would fit without fouling. Knowing the length of the van, I drew to scale the outline of the awning onto the photo. Rail heights on mainstream vans (like your Challenger) are all pretty standard, so you you can cross that off your list of things to worry about. P.S. Having looked at a couple of pictures, the roof line seems pretty level so that shouldn't cause a problem for you.
  2. My dealer says the policy is to clean brakes upon the first complaint (I just had that done). The claim was that the inferior pads were mixed in with good ones and there's no way to tell which is which (how about listening to the noise they make?). If cleaning doesn't fix the problem, then the dealer will request replacement shoes - with a lead time on this of about 5 weeks. How much of that lot is true, how much is bovine by-product and who thought up the bovine by-product is anyone's guess.
  3. You mentioned yourself & wife but no mention of offspring, so I'm going to assume it's just the two of you. Trying a trip in the van with no awning is a good idea, you may well find you simply don't need one. That said, I find our awning really handy particularly the weather is wet (if you spend any time away in the UK, there's bound to be some wet weather). Wet clothing & boots can stay outside & not mess up your nice new van. If it's really hot you get some useful shade (unzip the panels to get maximum airflow). Also, we seem to travel with loads of 'stuff' and the awning is a handy place to keep things without them cluttering up the van. As others have said, many people end up with more than one awning, so I would recommend getting a porch awning at first. It's cheaper, they weight less, and are easier & quicker to put up. For two people you may well find you don't need anything bigger. We have a Kampa Rally Pro 260 and that works well for the two of us. Like Nanamel said, look carefully at how a given size of porch awning will fit onto your van.
  4. Is that the built-in sat nav? Built-in Sat navs are set so that they don't ever display speed - since it will disagree with the speedo version, and the customer will complain about the difference between these two figures. Hence all the speed information being fed to you comes from one source only - the speedo - and you won't ever see a different reading. On the other hand, if you're talking about a stand-alone sat nav, then ignore this.
  5. Hitchman now do an 'Economy' aquaroll - same size but thinner wall thickness, and made of recycled plastic. It's around 70% of the price of the proper barrel, and has a 2 year warranty. It'll be interesting to see how well it sells. It's the same size & shape as the standard model, but it's blue -so they should be easy to spot on campsites.
  6. I just bought a new Aquaroll. In the box was an invitation to take out the 10 year guarantee - but in bold red block capitals it said "ONLY VALID IN THE UK" I did wonder quite what happened to our water barrels, as we crossed into foreign parts, that put them at such peril that the guarantee should end. When I went to their website to register that guarantee, I was met with another bit in red, but this one said "Please note our 10 Year Container Guarantee is only valid in the EU. " Some of you will be ahead of me here, but if Brexit takes place in the near future, then the guarantees on our valued Aquarolls will end the moment we leave. The future of our Aqualrolls is in your hands. You know what you have to do.
  7. Interesting topic this. If they genuinely can't charge the customer any more than they pay their supplier - and they must be buying lots of electricity for the whole site & hence could negotiate a very competitive rate - then I can't quite understand why they are charging 24 p when I only pay 13.3 p as a domestic customer. Something doesn't add up. In order to supply electricity to each static van, the site has to run cables and switchgear to each plot. That system, once installed, will need maintenance, safety checks, repairs & replacements. The site owner needs to recoup these costs.
  8. Compared to a domestic supply then yes, it is expensive . I don't suppose you can predict how much you would use over the year, but it might be 'illuminating' to put together an estimate of your total annual running costs for all utilities and other charges. You will be saving some money at home whilst you're in the van.
  9. Those Bailey models are named after Towns & Cities - Spanish for the Unicorn range (Cadiz for example) & Italian for the Pegasus vans (like your Rimini). But I agree. Trying to come up with new model names all the time must get harder and harder. It's just as bad with cars. We have a "Sportage". If you pronounce it "Sportaaaghe" - trying to make it sound like a French word, you sound like a plonk... foolish person. Pronounce it "Sportidge" makes you sound a bit illiterate.
  10. Especially difficult if your van doesn't have a rear window.
  11. Kia 'recommend' a charge of £25 but some dealers decide to charge more. I bet that other makes are similar. For some reason which escapes me, dealers all too often seem to not have a clue about software & map updates & I ended up with the DIY approach to get the latest maps.
  12. I'm afraid there is. Just look for a wreath of plastic flowers by the roadside. The problem I have is that my (paper) licence hasn't heard of "B+E" and only talks about "Groups A and E". I assume that this will translate into "B+E" when I hit 70 later this year, but I have never read anything official which states that explicitly.
  13. The OP asked. "Can anyone tell me what jobs people need doing that don't require a lot of skill or knowledge but are considered important and are decently paid?" Perhaps he moved into politics and achieved all his aims.
  14. If you use a ramp, tow the 'van forwards onto the ramp, & don't reverse onto it. The van's brake will hold better that way If you reverse the van onto the ramp, there is a lot of "slack" in the brake which will allow the van to run back down the ramp from your carefully levelled position.
  15. We don't have the Tuscan but we do have the equivalent Kia Sportage (same engine & transmission). Our experience is pretty much the same as sleepyfolk's - except we haven't had (or at least haven't noticed) any of the glitches mentioned in that last paragraph. It's a Euro 6 engine, so I can't see why the emissions would be considered high.
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