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    North West Hampshire
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    Many and varied!
  • Towcar
    Seat Leon ST FR 1.9Tdi DSG
  • Caravan
    Bailey Ranger S5 460/2 2008

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  1. Yes you did! Sorry, a combination of work and quiz night got in the way of answering - I'll do it now!
  2. I measured the outlet hole at 11.5mm. I bought a 12mm E.V.E right angle connector which, with the barbs actually has a diameter closer to 13.5mm. I used sandpaper to take off the barbs and smooth one leg which took it to about 12mm. From there it was scraping with the edge of a sharp Stanley blade (mainly because I forgot to take the sandpaper to the storage yard!) and frequent checking to get the right fit. The total cost was about £13 and that was including delivery as I ordered online. If you want to drop me a PM I can send you the exact parts list I used.
  3. Right now it’s just push fit and seems from my, admittedly limited, testing to be watertight. If it proves to have a leak in long term use then I’ll seal it in.
  4. Putting this here for anyone else faced with a similar problem. The issue: a Bailey Ranger with a flush tank drain plug but no hose, meaning that draining the tank tended to get very wet and messy. The solution: a 13mm elbow connector sanded and whittled down smooth to be a tight fit with the existing drain port. Then a length of matching hose terminating in a valve to control the flow. All sourced from an aquarium / pond supply shop. Hardest part was sanding the barbs off one end of the elbow joint until it was a good fit for the existing port.
  5. That was certainly the case when we bought our Ranger recently, and we rang the dealer pretty much as soon as they opened after lockdown. I can only think it's gotten worse since then as more people draw the conclusion that in UK breaks are the way to go this summer.
  6. I’ve been thinking about the exact same issue (over-voltage from smart chargers). My solution is to accept that the majority of things on the 12v bus can cope with a wide range of voltages without issue. For those things I think will be delicate about it, the TV for example, I plan to fit a 12v regulator that provides a stable 12v out across 9 to 30v and feed them from that.
  7. Yes, if you look at the left hand side of the connector exiting the PSU (on the right) you can see the black, white and yellow cable clearly - the red one is behind the black and hidden in this view. So the four cables are joined in the connector. I am intending to replace it with a Victron Blue Smart unit, mainly to take advantage of the Bluetooth monitoring functionality and for future expansion with Victron solar and remote monitoring. If I'm right as to the purpose of those cables then the plan is to detach the connectors for the 240 and 12v sides and route them outside the PDU box to the Victron unit and a secondary fuse board / distribution point. That way I can leave as much of the existing system as-is as possible to make returning it to the 'as bought' state as easy as possible should I need to at some point in the future. Any additional 12v circuits I choose to add will then come from the secondary fuse board leaving the OEM equipment well alone.
  8. Hi all, I am investigating replacing the PSU on our Ranger with something a bit more modern. When in the van this weekend I grabbed some photos of the PDU with it's cover off for reference while I plan. Looking at it it's quite clear where the incoming mains to the PSU is, and the output. But I notice the output side has four cables coming away from it in two pairs: red & black and yellow & white. I am reasonably sure that the red & black pair go to the battery, which suggests that the yellow & white pair are the main 12v feed for the fuse board. I was wondering if anyone with any knowledge of Bailey electrics circa 2008 could confirm that?
  9. Hi everyone, Our 12 year old Ranger has what appear to be round aluminium window stays, seemingly in good condition. However they are very temperamental when it comes to latching - you can hear the 'click, click, click' of the latch going past the holes but it doesn't seem to engage. A gentle push laterally against the stay locks it in place and then it'll remain there quite happily. Is this normal? I'm trying to gauge if this is a case of latch springs loosening with age, and therefore maybe amenable to refurbishment or replacement, or is expected behaviour for caravan window stays.
  10. Having got a good look at it my plan is to fit a 90 degree connector directly into the drain hole, and then put a short piece of tubing onto that with a valve on the end. There should be enough room for that all to live in the cassette space and then I can at least control and direct the stream when emptying! My tool kit included a vernier gauge and I measured the hole at ~12mm. I found a supplier of pond and aquatics gear online that sell 12mm pipe fittings so I've ordered some stuff up from there. We'll probably visit the 'van in storage mid-August to prep for the next trip out so I'll update on how it goes then. I think the previous owners had taken approach #4, hence the build up of black slime in the tank!
  11. This is probably the last time I can get away with posting in the New Members area We picked up our Bailey Ranger S5 460/2 last Friday (the 17th). Handover from the dealer went well and didn't turn up any surprises thanks in large part to all the research I've been doing here. Mrs. Xyleth was heard to exclaim 'he researches everything and what's worse is that he remembers it all!'. We hitched up and for the first time ever I pulled onto the road with a caravan behind for the 20 minute journey to the site we would be staying at. I can't say it was my favourite thing in the world, but we made it without any major incidents. All the of the advice I'd been given here was spot on, leaving the car in Drive and just letting it work out. A more aggressive approach to the go pedal was required but I soon worked out that putting the adaptive cruise on meant the car would take care of that too, leaving me with steering and braking to worry about! Arriving on site we checked in with the new Covid secure procedures and trundled across site to our pitch. Reversing was attempted, and that is all I shall say on that matter Eventually we unhitched and (wo)manhandled the 'van into place, which was surprisingly easy. Got the lock 'n level under the lower wheel and pumped it up to level - so easy! We got ramps with the 'van but I'm so glad we didn't have to use them. Got the steadies down with the winder and set to setting the 'van up with the all new Aquaroll, waste master and assorted paraphernalia. Did discover that we had somehow lost he water heater flue cover in transit though, I assume it wasn't correctly replaced when we were shown how to remove it. A quick call to the dealer secured a replacement (although at cost). Even though we were new to it all I think we had everything set up in little over an hour - by which I mean EHU connected, water carried over and attached and all the plumbing setup. Coming from tent's where it could take that long just to get the tent up it was amazing! A very comfortable first night ensued. Duvalay's are brilliant and I'm so glad we invested in them. And having your own bathroom right there is just transformative! Not having to face trolling up to the toilet block for the pre-bed loo trip and brushing of teeth is just amazingly good. Seriously, that alone pretty much sold us on the Caravanning experience there and then. On Saturday, our first full day, disaster struck! Mrs. X goes to make use of the onboard facilities and the peace is disturbed by a loud 'clonk' and distinctly un lady like language from the rear of the 'van. Turns out the flush on the toilet has ceased working! After checking the obvious (tank is full) and still no joy off to the dealer I go. Have a chat with our sales guy and he informs me that I'll have to come back Monday as there is no-one in the workshop at the weekend. That's not ideal because by Monday the 'van will be in storage and I'll be several hours away, plus that leaves us with no working toilet for the remainder of the weekend! We discuss it a bit more and come to the conclusion that it is most likely the manual flush unit has failed and they have a replacement Thetford part in stock. We agree that I'll buy it then and attempt to fit it myself and if that fixes it then they'll refund the purchase price under their warranty and if not I'll have to arrange to get it back to them. So back to the site I head, facing my first bout with caravan DIY a little sooner than anticipated Now it is a 12 year old 'van and I had anticipated that there may be some issues so had packed a pretty comprehensive toolkit. In the end replacing the flush unit turned out to be reasonably easy: six screws, some old mastic to scrape away and a single pipe to move. In not entirely unrelated news sterilising the flush tank is now on the to-do list for the next visit to the yard before we go out in it again - it was horrible in there! Everything was covered in black slime, which I gather is quite common and is probably what did for the original flush unit. Draining the flush tank was also a bit of a drama, turns out Rangers of that vintage don't have a drain tube - just a plug into the tank in the cassette locker. And when nearly full that stuff comes out with quite some force when you pull the plug out, at eye level having bent down to see what that little rubber bung was for.... Onto the list goes some appropriate connectors and a short piece of tubing for future use! I feel I should also mention that a Kampa Rally 260 is an almost perfect fit for this 'van, because I couldn't find that anywhere else and maybe Google will guide some other lost soul here at some point in the future. Packing up was a lesson in wight distribution as we sought the perfect nose weight (75kg) which was eventually achieved, then hitched up again and towed to the storage yard and put to bed for a while. Six weeks until our next trip (virus permitting) and I'm already counting the days.....I think we may be hooked
  12. I was booked on the CMC course, for this weekend before we pick up the 'van and go anywhere. They cancelled last week, despite my having rung before booking to confirm it was going ahead. The next course they could fit me into is for the 12th of September, by which point if all goes to plan we will have been away for a combined total of 12 nights and towed to North Devon and back, by which point an introductory course seems rather moot. To be fair to the CMC they did immediately offer a full refund. So all the questions I would have asked there I am now asking here, and am immensely grateful at how willing everyone is to share their time and experience with a beginner
  13. That (AAC) was going to be a follow up question. I switched to auto specifically to take advantage of AAC and I would have hated to have to give it up when towing! Yes! That is my argument (with my wife) these days for why I'll never have a manual car again. It's 2020, why should I have to think about what gear I need to be in! Let the car worry about that and I can concentrate on driving safely. It always amazes me when I have to go back to driving a manual for any length of time just how much attention you have to pay to the gearstick and not to the road.
  14. I found the document at the top of this thread invaluable in understanding how Caravan electrics work: Understanding Caravan and Towcar electrics
  15. As the title says really. I have a 2L TDI 150ps Seat Leon ST with the 6 speed auto DSG box. I've towed small camping trailers before but never anything as large or as heavy as a caravan. I had booked onto a CMC introduction to caravanning course to attend prior to our first excursion, which included towing practice, but that was cancelled last week so now the first time I get to pull the 'van will be for real! The 'van is a good match for the car at 80.5% and I have a nose weight gauge to ensure we get that right. I've been watching everything I can find on YouTube as research and plan to take it slow and steady - our first tow is only 20 minutes or so from the dealer to a nearby site. But nothing I've found specifically talks to towing in an automatic. I know from commentary that there are some members here who do it so I thought I'd ask for the benefit of your experience. I'm really interested to know if I can just leave the 'box to work things out as normal or if I'll have to knock it over into tiptronic mode and get a bit more hands on with gear selection (finally a use for the flappy paddles on the steering wheel maybe).
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