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    Volvo
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    Hobby 575 VIP

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  1. The good news is the OPs post is still online so I'll post it here to help others Well, front gas locker door is back in place and now closes and locks better than I have ever known it to! I won't pretend it was easy to do, it wasn't - took best part of half the day to get it right. If i ever have to do another though, I reckon I could now do it in under an hour. Here follows an attempt to explain how to do it: From the caravan, remove the rubber hinge and attached white aluminium hinge door mount piece (here after refered to as "Aly door mount" and see first photo) by removing the end screw that does indeed allow removal of the stop end cap (see Copper's post above - thank you Copper! and see also last photo that shows end cap and end screw). This allows you to now work in the comfort of your garage or front room to replace the Aly door mount onto the door rather than trying to manhandle the cumbersome door back into position onto the caravan. Thoroughly clean the rubber gasket that would sit between the door and the white aly door mount, and set aside. At this point be sure to be handling the door on a piece of carpet or similar to prevent superficial scratch damage to your door and remember that the door is made of plastic and so will stand only so much pushing and shoving described below before cracking - just be careful. Now note that the hinge edge of the plastic locker door has a step in it (see second photo). This will cause you pain and trouble as it hinders the re-application of the gasket over the top. Now here is the trick - Take some strong but small diameter string / twine, tie a loop at one end and fit it over the metal locking rod at one end. Run the string to the hinge side of the door and hook it under the piece of unfixed plastic found at the end; run the string along the step in the plastic to the other end of the door, tuck it under the unfixed plastic at this end and leave yourself a foot or two hanging free or tied off onto the locking rod. You will be tugging on this soon! Now place the cleaned gasket onto the door over the top of the string taking care that the string sits in the step without being pinched under the rubber. Now lubricate the rubber on its outside faces with silicone spray. Place the aly door mount onto the door and press it on firmly so that it will hold itself in place but still requires fully fitting. You will note that due to its shape and that of the locker door, you will not be pushing it on square but at a bit of an angle. On the outside face of the door begining at one end, start teasing the rubber up into the aly door mount. Be sure to keep checking that the aly door mount remains firm along its entire length as you do this. I used a shatterproof ruler to assit with this as unless you are tough enough, your fingernails will be killing you before the job is done! Now this next bit takes a lot of care and if you get it wrong you will have to pull the aly door mount right off and reset the rubber. Turn your attention to the inside face of the door - again tease the rubber gasket into the aly door mount but be very careful not to let the rubber slip into the step. To help you avoid this, leave the rubber showing outside the ally mount by about 2mm. Once achieved along the entire length or if you are careful working as you go, press the aly door mount further onto the door. Only now can you tuck the last bit of rubber into the aly door mount. The aly door mount will appear almost fully on now but the rubber will likely not be fully seated correctly. To be sure it is, we now pull the string out from underneath the rubber along the length of the door. This is quite a hard pull and if your string is not up to it could easily break. As you pull the string out, keep firm pressure on the aly door mount, even hitting it with the palm of your hand to be sure it is knocked fully home as you go. The door is technically now ready to re-fit back onto the caravan. I took the view that since the door fell out in the first place, it could happen again. So I added screw fixings to the inside face of the aly door mount using a 2.5mm pilot drill and No8 pan head x 8mm long stainless steel screws x 5no. If you do this, take care to mount them low enough so they don't snag the rest of the hinge mount fixed to the caravan (see last photo that shows these screws fitted - you might want to omit the end screws as these do pinch on the door seal a little which may cause wear in time, it closes fine though without obvious strain). I hope the above makes some sense and so is of help. I am cetainly happy to have saved a potential £285! llrides & Copper - thanks for your inputs.
  2. Towergate stopped insuring and renewing any Hobby caravans in January this year for some reason. You shouldn't be penalised for this when you approach other companies as it is their policy and no fault of yours. Below are a few of the companies who are still insuring Hobby caravans Safeguard LV NFU Mutual Camping and Caravan Club Camping and Motorhome Club Comfort insurance.
  3. JayTea

    Water pump

    I would have expected an onboard water tank to be fitted under one of the beds or seats. The pump should be 12v and should run when the tap is opened Below is a 2001 brochure in a foreign language (Google translate should be able to help decipher it for you Click here for 2001 brochure
  4. Have to ask what you do when you need to use the front seating area for a bed. Also the table in your top picture isn't the original table. The original table is much bigger, much heavier and even more cumbersome than what you have
  5. This should help you... Thetford Toilet pump and fuse link
  6. 2011 twin axles all have 165 R 13 C LI 91 fitted
  7. This any use? Click... Or maybe this? Click
  8. The 2010 575 VIP is 6.7 metres in length and on a single axle Only 2 twin axle Hobby caravans are legal to tow in the UK with a non 3.5 tonne vehicle 2011 610 UL You need to tread carefully when looking at the 610 UL as the Prestige model comes in at a legal 6.920metres but the 610 UL Premium comes in at an illegal 7.268metres The only other I am aware of is the new 620 CL which is 6.845metres
  9. As long as you're a visitor to the UK with an address outside the UK you're allowed to visit with a 7m + caravan
  10. There are only a couple of twin axle Hobby caravans that can legally be towed with a standard car/4x4/Transit size van . The most recent is the 620CL and then ***ONE*** of the the 2011 610UL Just to confuse things further Hobby decided to produce two different length 610UL vans in 2011 and they are both different lengths (see my picture above) One which is 6920 and legal the other is 7266 which requires a vehicle over 3500 to pull it therefore... Caveat Emptor
  11. 2011, Check the VIN number for the year code. If the VIN number has FB in the middle of the number it is 2011 and if it has FB in the middle of the VIN it is 2012 Really easy to measure as the integrated gas locker has to be included in the total body measurement. Spirit level from the furthermost rear (this includes any fairing and lights) mark on the ground and the furthermost front including the gas locker mark on the ground. Measure the distance between the two marks... Sorted
  12. The body length of the 645 VIP is 7355, length including A frame is 8530, floor length 6762
  13. A British Cycling membership covers the cyclist in the event of any incident or accident... British Cycling link
  14. You will need to have the Autark pack fitted to enable full function of the battery into the main system.
  15. The problem comes when something goes wrong whilst towing. If you insure the caravan the insurance company will void any claim because it wasn't being towed legally, your car insurance would also be void and the police would be looking to dish out fine and points for driving illegally. If any third [arty was involved in any incident they would be looking to be compensated for any losses... It can all get very messy There is a certain Hobby vendor out there who I have spoken to and messaged on two separate occasions regarding pulling a 640 and a 650 with my XC90 and on both occasions was told "Yes you can tow it" what he didn't say was it was illegal to do so. Caveat Emptor... From what I know there was an early 2000s UK model 610 that crept under the 7m rule, there is also a recent UK model 620 that is under the 7m. I suggest if you are looking for a twin axle then take a tape measure with you and take the measurement from the furthermost rear to the front of the gas locker. Next largest which is well within the legal length is the 575VIP which was only produced for one year and on a single axle At the end of the day it's your call whether you want to drive illegally, plenty do and get away with it, but it doesn't take much for things to go wrong and turn your life upside down. I'll stay legal with my XC90 and 575
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