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    Ford Kuga
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    Swift Elegance 560

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  1. Fair point. Fortunately the shocks are OEM and came fitted as standard on the chassis from new. The suspension geometry is a form of fully trailing arm with movement limited (allowing for wriggle) to the vertical plane parallel to the direction of travel. Many vehicle suspension systems effectively use shock absorbers to limit suspension travel. From my own experience I am thinking about the rear "axles" on many front wheel drive cars. If you jack up the car the shocks limit drop of the wheels. Then, for example to remove the springs, you undo the shocks to let the
  2. Another advantage of fitted shocks which prevent the axle dropping too far.
  3. Rubber's elasticity is finite and governed by both deformation load and age from my own experience. In time some of the elastic deformation under load will become partly plastic deformation (so it won't spring fully back - or won't spring back with as much force which has the same effect in practice). Taking the weight off allows the rubber to fully return to it's resting shape and as such I cannot see how this would not extend its service life. I sit my axle on custom large wooden blocks just inboard from the E&P jacks. The wheels are just touching the ground, but un
  4. When I'm towing our 'van it's about making it as smooth and stressless as possible for the "outfit", the pasengers and to a lesser extent, my wallet. We are going on a holiday/break and chilling is peferable to fretting. Anticipation and reading the road is key. No cruise control can do this. So how does that work in practice for us in our Kuga with Powershift and regular CC? Smooth acceleration and braking (CC off) - gentle, but not so much as to obstruct/annoy other road users. On windy/hilly roads CC off. On long straights, motorways and the like we get up to s
  5. The only issue I have been aware of with cruise control on all the cars I've had when towing is that the (usually) gentle throttle application generated by CC can sometimes not be enough to trigger a downshift in an auto gearbox quite as soon as would otherwise be desirable if starting to go up a gentle incline, for example.
  6. Perhaps Swift are adopting the "Apple Approach" - make it desirable by making it expensive........
  7. Yep. When you push the hose plug into the socket it forces open the rubber check valve pressurising the shower hose. The trigger on the end becomes just like any other tap in the system. We have used it once to clean wellies and once to empty the onboard tank into the Wastemaster before leaving (opening the drain tap would have meant a river flowing down the slope into a neighbour's awning). We no longer use the onboard tank.
  8. I have just completed a 400+ mile round trip up the M1/M18/A1 to pick up my elderly mother who has just been discharged from hospital and was completely on her own - so very much in need of a carer and is now with us in our bubble until she is well enough to and wants to go home. I didn't consult anyone because there wasn't an alternative. My thread related point is that we must have passed several caravans on the motorway. All of them looked like they had just been acquired as a private second hand purchase and were being towed home - older vans, temporary number plate in back
  9. I agree with you. I only spent a few minutes creating the "Aerotow" "concept" as a tongue in cheek exercise, but it was surprisingly easy to dream up claims/features which, if marketed "professionally" could appear quite plausible, which is all some companies might care about before unleashing such items on consumers.
  10. As I said, just a bit of fun. Made it up on the spur of the moment
  11. New from Zero Inc - The Aerotow Cover Revolutionary construction of PVCu skin and CAD designed PU foam structure makes the Aerotow very light, rigid and very strong. Most caravan manufacturers have multiple models which use the same basic front moulding, so Aerotow have been able to economically design different dedicated covers specifically for 90% of UK caravans. Key features: Drammatically reduced drag. Enhanced stability at speed. Protects the front of your caravan from dirt and damage while towing. No more flapping and window
  12. I bought one having looked at many options and have been very impressed. My only complaint is the bright orange wheel is not to "my aesthetic" (but was easily given a makeover ).
  13. But I can only see three, where's the moe? I too have multiple torque wrenches (four in total). Sometimes handy to do a comparison check where the ranges overlap. I have looked at the digital adapters before and am still not sure having no experience of using one or knowing someone who has (and I mean used in a real job as opposed to a demo).
  14. So I mentioned Hikoki earlier and low and behold.....
  15. A bit leftfield, but Hikoki (the new name for Hitachi) are very impressive. The brand reputation took a dive when they launched low spec, low price DIY tools which the likes of Toolstation promoted heavily. These tools are built to a low price by being low spec. The industrial Hikoki offerings are in a different league. Check out the reviews and specs. I'm not going to say by X or Y brand because brand loyalty in the trades that use such tools often blinkers some to new contenders. All I'm saying is that it might be worth having a look. A local builder friend
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