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    Walking, being by the sea.
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    Hyundai Santa Fe Premium se awd 2020
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    Adria Dart (2020)

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  1. The 12v setting is only designed to keep the fridge cold while towing, not to bring it down to temp, also it is not normally thermostatically controlled as the mains and gas are. The gas setted is often the most effective so if this is not working well there may be an issue with it, common faults are blocked gas jets. This is general information as I don't have that exact caravan or know which fridge was fitted to it but they all, absorption 3 way fridges work the same way. May be worth getting a caravan service engineer to service van, if it not been done for a while and let them know your concerns about the fridge, if it has been service recently may still be worth getting one to look at the fridge specifically.
  2. Sorry that it has taken me a long time to leave a review. Firstly thank you to Blackhart for the wonderful journal of his trip to Morocco and back. It should be also noted that he is not making money out of this (although I don't doubt that he could sell it commercially) but to help a worthy cause which I am sure like many of you, like me, will never have heard of. The Journal itself is both comprehensive (nearly 200 pages) and entertaining. When I asked Blackhart for a copy I was not sure what to expect but in reality had expected maybe 50 pages max, well I was very impressed both by the writing style and content. I sent the journal which is in PDF (Adobe reader) format to my kindle as I normally read books on this and found myself hooked. I read it over a couple of days after work, not only did it give me an amazing insight into a country I knew little of, other that a few friends who had been to resorts on package holidays, but it gave me inspiration to want to head on a real adventure of my own (when were allowed and when I have time as being of working age this is not possible at the moment). It gives enough detail to be helpful but without getting so bogged down it loses its appeal as a good read. I would happily recommend this journal both if you are thinking of an adventure yourself or if you just fancy a good read following someone else's. If I were to give this a rating it would have to be 5 stars out of 5. Blackhart has natural writing ability, whilst many of us have extra time at the moment while we are not able to continue with our normal pastimes this allows an escape into a different world. Many thanks to Blackhart for my copy. I was only too happy to give a donation to the British Moroccan Society in return. I hope that Blackhart and other members keep producing journals like this when we are able as it is one of the best reasons to be part of this forum. Jon
  3. Have the same van a 1995 version. Assuming you are talking about the underslung tank, it is indeed an onboard water tank. it should have an external drain hose that looks similar to waste hose obviously with a tap on it. if you look in the bed box at front o/s (by Fridge) in the front RHS it has a cover under this you van see the top of a small part of the tank. There are two connections one with (i think) 3 wires that's the level control the other takes a submersible pump. similar to one put in water carrier. the switch on the panel allows to switch between internal and external pump. be aware there is no cut off when filling tank water will come out of overflow underneath when full. Hope that helps. With cover on Without cover see top of tank Type of pump you need Please excuse mess, the tap/ valve u can see in pipework is none standard, i added to isolate tank and run from aquaroll when suited.
  4. This sound tricky, but have you considered using a motor mover as that would hold the van and be able to move it without having to push it by hand and get handbrake on. Whilst I have not used one, as not got one on current van, believe from others that they can cope with fairly steep slopes, mabe asking one of the manufacturer's of these would clarify their ability.
  5. Depending on how practical you are you can do it yourself, I replaced one similar myself and it was not difficult. You can probably find a video on youtube, but basically you normally remove trim from inside van, about 8 screws, the inside trim then comes away. Next you remove the rooflight from above cutting the sealant with a blade. Now clear area and apply new (non setting sealant) put new roof light in place from above, (if you can get someone to hold while you fix from below its easier) but if not I managed to hold from below while fixing back the trim with the screws this clamps the rooflight. The most important this it to clean off old sealant and put on new proper sealant it is more expensive that standard silicole but insures it does not leak. Edit to add I can't see it taking 5 hours to do so quote seems a bit high price for rooflight seems about right but they are easy to find on web, but be sure to measure hole size not overall size hope that helps
  6. I have a refillable gas bottle (alugas much lighter than any tank) fitted in the gas locker of my caravan with a filling point on the 'A' frame and have never had any issues filling. I second KontikiKid advice above an Talk to Autogas 2000 very helpful. Jon
  7. Thanks for posting those links I often download podcasts to listen at work so have added them to my phone.
  8. hope this helps jjandbetty but i have just measured the diameter of both the jockey wheel on my caravan (i think an alko as its not the original) and on my trailer plus an old broken on and the diameter where it goes through the clamp and at top where you 'screw' it up and down is 48mm
  9. Happy Christmas to all, hope you all have a great 2020, and enjoy your caravanning/ motorhome trips both to new and old places, Jon
  10. Have Crv 2015 Usb plugs in inside centre armrest box, you get I think 5 years updates included, as previous poster said need to format usb to sat nav in car, download Garmin express and update via pc. Then put usb back in sat nav to update this can take some time and think it has to have engine running can do while driving, but cant use as same time or interrupt it once started. Make sure you use a blank usb as it has to be formatted to car, think book tells you min capacity, cant remember off top of my head. It is easy enough when you done once.
  11. Sorry I have no idea, as I have caravan that I store on the drive, but a neighbour does have a motorhome, which he keeps on a shared parking area at rear of houses(he doesn't have driveway), not aware he has had any issues,. I would imagine the best thing to do would be to Talk to your neighbours and see what their reaction is, if you are planning to get a motorhome and park it at home; but if parked so as not to block peoples views/ light I can't imagine most reasonable people would object.
  12. Can't tell you the difference between the crossclimate and crossclimate suv but had the former fitted to both my last Honda Crv'S good mileage and took my first CRV round Finland and Sweden in winter (nearly to Norwegian and Russian border) in Jan/feb snow, Ice and -30 (they have snowflake symbol so comply with the law for winter tyres). Took Snow chains with me but didn't even get close to needing them. Got everywhere locals did many of which had studded tyres fitted for winter (was not towing on this trip) Would highly recommend them.
  13. I will do let's hope we soon have some Clarity on these and other 'Brexit' issues. Jon
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