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Punto338

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    Santa Fe
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    Fendt 510

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  1. Sorry to intrude but still an awesome outfit!
  2. Ted, Out of curiosity, were you on the A303 late this afternoon? If so, I overtook you at some stage (I was minus the caravan). Awesome outfit. If not wasn't you - sorry to butt in. Bob
  3. Hi Duncan, I have a 2019 plated Santa Fe. Shape is slightly different, boot a fraction narrower, mirrors a different shape (I have German OPPI towing mirrors and the arms are designed for specific models of cars!) and autobox now has 8 gears rather than 6 making it a smoother ride. The 'bangs and whistles' have changed slightly. The auto parking has gone but now have all round camera support for parking and a lane drift warning. The satnav console now sits on top of the dashboard making it easier to access. The Premium SE also has a "head up' display that projects your speed and speed limit (+ directions if you are using the satnav) in front of you. Imagine an invisible 6ft stick with a prompt card on the end. It is one of those extras that you will either love or hate! I have turned it off. Haven't towed for any distance yet (caravan a bit sick at the moment - needs a new axle and drawbar) but no reason to doubt its towing ability. It is our 3rd Santa Fe and I believe it is the best tow car for the match of stability against oomph that we have owned. I have a small but heavy 7m caravan and, having towed for about 25000 miles in Europe over the past 3 years, have never found a hill that it cannot cope with, have to watch my speed going downhill because there is no wobble at all and it still gives me plenty of acceleration for overtaking. Hope that helps, Bob
  4. Lutz, Can I go back to your first question about gas. We left UK towards the end of Aug and got back in the middle of Feb. I set off with a full 11kg gas bottle. We meandered our way down to the bottom of Spain and back with just under 4 weeks in Morocco and I was worried about running out of gas. So I bought a Spanish regulator and 'borrowed' a Repsol gas bottle (leaving my gas bottle and a deposit) from the campsite that we were at before catching the ferry to Tangiers. We came back after 3.5 weeks on 15 Dec. I kept the gas bottle over Christmas & New Year (incidentally we were in Camping Bella Vista over that period - joined by daughter and sister-in-law) and returned it on 3 Jan switching back to my original bottle. We never ran out of gas. I ran the fridge on electricity and had a low wattage fan heater when we got up in the morning and for most evenings but ran the Truma heating system for an hour or 2 when the weather got really cold. (-5C at night in Frankfurt on the way back!) Hope that helps answer the gas question. Bob
  5. I am with Ian mostly! We came back in February from a 6 month tour of Spain and Morocco. We did not miss anything and felt that we could have just kept going. 6 months was not long enough but we were forced to come back because the house insurance only allowed us to have it unoccupied for 6 months. The only difference with Ian is that we did not plan anything but made it up as we went along. We have an Omnistor wind out canopy fitted to the top of the caravan but, although I carry the panels to make it into a full awning, we rarely use them. Sadly the caravan is a bit sick at the moment and needs a new axle and drawbar so we are house bound for the time being. It is 13 years old and we do about 10,000 miles a year with it, so it is feeling its age! Enjoy your trip - seems daunting before you set off but time goes by very quickly. Bob
  6. Sorry - my last post was a bit confusing. We have a 12 year old caravan that has one of those 'wrap around curtain' showers. We never use it and rely totally on campsites for showers. The 5L onboard hot water tank was just an illustration of the electricity we use. We never had an electrical problem in any of the campsites - even the very very basic ones. Why go to Morocco? In our humble opinion: Its an adventure The scenery is stunning with the jebel being equally dramatic as the Atlas mountains The culture is fascinating and unlike anything in Europe. The people are delightful (the ones that we met) from immigration officials to those who live in outback villages The souks are exotic The architecture from the old town in Fes to the villages in the oasises that run along the top of the Sahara is really interesting The weather is great
  7. Gas:. Only used it for cooking - not necessary for heating. Always managed a decent EHU (as well as a hot shower) and I have a 5L hot water tank heated by electricity. We always ran a Waeco fridge/freezer, ordinary fridge and an under bed Truma a/c without a problem. The only place that was cold was Chefchouan and I have a low wattage fan heater that I ran in the morning to take the edge of the temperature while we got dressed.
  8. Without wishing to belittle the security situation, and I totally agree with following the FO's advice, as long as you keep your wits about you and be aware of what's going on around you, I don't think it is any more dangerous than in London or any of the big cities in Europe. Yes they have their radical element but so do we. Victims of terrorist attacks, sadly, are often just in the wrong place at the wrong time. We always camped in recognised campsites - most of which had night security watchmen. We locked our documents away in the caravan safe and carried photocopies with us. We only took what was necessary in our pockets and we kept a beady eye on what was happening near us. We have a maxim that, if one of us did not feel comfortable, we moved on. For the whole of the time we were there, we were treated with warmth, friendliness and respect. We have travelled extensively and so are not 'innocents abroad' and we never once felt threatened. To the contrary, we were made welcome wherever we went. The Moroccan authorities recognise that tourism is a key part of their GDP so try and make it as easy and safe as they can. Hence the very swift response to the sad murder of the 2 Scandanavian girls. Going on to the more mundane issues: I took out Red Pennant insurance with the CMC. Yes it is expensive (we straddle the 70 year old barrier) but it gave us peace of mind. I insure my caravan through SAGA that covers me for Morocco and I persuaded my car insurance to give me a green card (essential). As for gas, we set off with a full Spanish gas bottle (I did a deal with the Tarifa campsite and left my German gas bottle in exchange for a Spanish one). When we exchanged them back again, I think we had only used about a quarter of the bottle. Campsite ranged from very very basic to OK but we never failed to have a hot shower. Hope that hat helps a bit. Don't want to start a huge discussion on security, just giving you our thoughts while we were there.
  9. We have just come back from just under 4 weeks towing a caravan round Morocco. It was too short and we will be going back next year for a couple of months. Trip was : Ferry from Tarifa to Tangier Ville, Asilah, Fes / Meknes, Midelt, Todas Gorge Foum Ziguid, Icht, Tan Tan Plage, Tiznit, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Chefchouan, Tangier Still travelling but very happy to answer any questions.
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