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BM Bairn

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    BMW X3 M40i
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    Swift Sprite Quattro EB

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  1. Welcome If you get set up quickly there are plenty of good places without going too far from Tayside.
  2. Hi Welcome and good to hear your story. Although new to touring caravans this year, we’ve been on a few Friday to Sunday trips already (as well as some one week breaks) since lockdown ended. we depart after work, around 5pm (helps that we’re working from home) and are fortunate that we can reach many fantastic areas in an hour. Although only one full day, and two nights away, it feels much longer and helps de-stress from work. Good luck with your plans.
  3. I did Go Compare and ended up with Saga - didn’t even think I was old enough to qualify
  4. Welcome aboard! I’m still fairly new also but......... checklists checklists checklists
  5. You’re not the first and certainly won’t be the last for this to happen to. Myself included! Happened to me a few weeks ago on a site as we were manoeuvring the van with the mover, thankfully on a grass surface. I also lifted the hitch, although it’s on a twin axle with just under 100kg nose weight, while a kind fellow caravanner re-tightened the jockey wheel clamp (in torrential rain!). I’m convinced I’d tightened it sufficiently but will be more vigilant in future. We all (hopefully) learn from such mistakes
  6. Many of Audi’s performance ‘S’ models (S4 and above) have gone from petrol to diesel (which is seen as a strange move by many) so heading the opposite direction . One of the reasons I moved from many years of Audi’s to BMW was because the M40 come in petrol and diesel and the SQ5 is now diesel only.
  7. Far from a heath robinson effort, that looks fantastic! Our wheel arch trim has a slight curve on it and I realise yours is angle, but I fitted the Isabella trim and personally think it’s fine. It certainly works well and the cover can be adjusted to height to tie in with the full length skirt. The creases are only because it was straight out the wrapper, they smooth out through use.
  8. You’d need to be more specific regarding where you’re asking about as there are too many to list. Since the end of July we’ve been to to Highfield at Benderloch and Elie in Fife and all Toilet / shower facilities were open. Also been to Fortrose and facilities were closed.
  9. Oh something tells me you’re 100% correct haha! (Maybe even triple check) Next issue will be me over tightening it
  10. Successfully carried out the fix earlier so thanks again folks. Did it in a couple of stages and should be fine for the morning departure now. Yeah that was the other option as I’d picked it up when we had the issue on arrival. Our nose weight is 95kg
  11. Thanks all for the great advice. A friend and fellow caravanner has also said to do it this way. I’m thinking I should do the adjustment today so that I’m not faffing about in the morning prior to departure. This learning curve is very steep at the mo haha
  12. I’d welcome opinions on this as I’m still on the caravan learning curve. We arrived on site in torrential rain when setting up. When starting to use the mover the jockey wheel “collapsed”. I am adamant I tightened it up but it doesn’t really matter as it happened. If not, a school boy error. Thankfully a helpful chap was on hand to tighten it up while I lifted the tow ball up and I manoeuvred into place using the mover. My (potential) issue is, I think the tow ball (with the jockey wheel now fully extended) might be too low when I go to hitch to the car on departure. Obviously I’ll try first but if it’s not high enough, should I: 1. Rest the van on the front steadies temporarily while I loosen and re-adjust the jockey wheel to a lower position before re-tightening. 2. Lift the tow ball using brute strength again while my wife puts one of the ramps under the jockey wheel to raise the level of the tow ball. Then re-adjust the jockey wheel before departure. 3. Something completely different Thanks in advance.
  13. Within the car, there no difference to when I’m not towing, just the normal dashboard sound. Externally, there’s no noise.
  14. Electrics aren’t my strong point I’m afraid, hence I always get a qualified person to do for me, so not sure of the answer. Is there an easy way to tell?
  15. I can only speak for my situation where I got a Westfalia detachable tow bar and 13-pin electrics fitted to my X3 G01. It was new in January 2020 and tow bar fitted by approved fitter in February 2020. No coding required, works perfectly.
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