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    RangeRover Evoque
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    Swift 565
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  1. I got the mixer tap apart and replaced the cartridge. I doesn't seem to leak now. Fingers crossed. First step is to flick the Swift symbol out of the middle of the tap and remove the screw with an Allen key. Remove the handle, then unscrew the chrome bezel. This reveals the black plastic locking nut. Now the problems begin, its tight and difficult to get a grip of. Long nosed plyers were all I could get in. it was tight all the way out (and back in again). You can then swap the cartridges. Assembly is the reverse process as the say in the Haynes manuals. Chichester caravans did come out a
  2. We have just returned from a week in Pembrokeshire. The weather was great and the holiday most enjoyable. We had one issue with our 2019 Swift and that was that the shower tap was dripping meaning that we had to keep turning the pump off. I've watched a few You Tube videos on how to change the cartridge but cant figure out how to get the handle off and weather the cartridge is removed from the front. I can see that replacement cartridges are available from Screwfix for £4.76. Has anyone tackled this job ? We had a second issue when we arrived home and that was that the caravan wouldn't u
  3. I have only towed single axle caravans with a MTPLM of about 1500kg. I have towed mostly with Landrover products but also a Mondeo. One of these was a 3.0 litre diesel Range Rover Sport (old T5 model). The torque was marvellous and the economy when towing was pretty acceptable. However I have to say I prefer to tow with my 2.0 litre Diesel Evoque, its more stable - hard (sporty) suspension, short overhang. (it might not fair so well with a 1900kg van) Lets face it 450 Nm is a high engine torque but 700 Nm is monstrous. (The old TD5 engined Discoveries only had 380 Nm). Which ever engine t
  4. I had two valves fail whilst on the same site in Cornwall. Halfway through the week I noticed that the nearside tyre was flat. I put the spare on and took it to be fixed. At the end of the week we were just about to leave and the offside had done the same. The plug at the inside end of of the valve had split from the stem in both cases. I'd had new tyres put on the van a couple of years earlier and I was convinced the valves had been changed, Was it a faulty batch of valves or did the tyre place pull a fast one ? Two different garages in Cornwall only charged me a fiver to change them (money m
  5. Most people don't go to work to do a bad job. The sloppy minority need to be identified and got rid of. Manufacturers quality systems need to be able to do this. Warranty claims tied back to who performed that operation. Computer records against VIN No. This was the approach used in the Motor industry with the blessing of the Unions. People not doing their job properly are jeopardising everyone's livelihoods. Some faults are down to the designers, operations need to made difficult to get wrong.
  6. Yes, we are very pleased with the two singles. We just leave them made up all the time. Its a bit odd that Swift made them two different sizes. Mine is 6'4" long but only 2'3" wide. The wife's is 4" shorter but 2" wider. We haven't found this a problem at all. Of course the new 8' wide 865 has wider beds. I have a tendency to trim hedges when towing so I don't want to go any wider than 7'4".
  7. Aren't the C&CC and practical caravan the same survey. I think myself and Wildwood have pretty much summed up the results. There's no doubt that most problems are with the third party equipment. Its just not designed for the shaking it gets from road inputs. Car components are subjected to rigorous analysis and test techniques to ensure durability. (if you are really interested Google Power Spectral Density). With all my caravans I've found that stuff shakes its self apart and needs screwing back together. In our old Swift the gas fire used to come off its mountings, the surround of the mi
  8. The Missus got fed up of making the bed up in our 2 berth, so we took to sleeping on the benches as two singles. (wasn't great for comfort) We later bought a van with a fixed side bed (Swift 555), which was OK until our latest dog insisted getting in bed with us. The wife felt trapped against the wall with him in the corner. So I was instructed to buy a van with two singles. We bought a Challenger 565. I'm 6'2 and find the longer of the two beds fine. The dog stays on the floor between us.
  9. First of all, I don't except that German cars are more reliable than British manufactured ones. This is not born out by the European JD Powers dependability survey. All Premium brands tend to be towards the bottom of the league for faults per vehicle because of their sophistication. (more to go wrong particularly electronics). I believe that both British and German cars are very durable. I also have a soft spot for Italian despite their shortcomings but I've never owned one. (I'm sure some of you are sick about me banging on about this) Back to caravans, we have owned 5, Robin, ABI and th
  10. We had a 2008 Charisma 555 and the A_A measurement was 971 cm (or Dorema size 13). Looking at the data from pfr above the overall and internal length are the same as our old van Have you checked the handbook. If you measure A_A then it shouldn't matter that you are on a slope (if one ends down the other should be up)
  11. Pemsserfurer seems a sensible chap and is aware of the limitations of his unit. Probably a good move to put heavy items in the car rather than the van. It will be substantially above the curb weight when laden with fuel and passengers anyway. Being experienced at towing and cautious he should be OK if his ratio is below 100%. He must comply with the nose weight limit though. I only carry one propane bottle. If we run out of gas we can generally use the electric hob. (should be one in his van) I have been caught out once when off grid and all the shops were shut. He should write to Swift a
  12. As I said before the fridge wont run on 12V from the car unless the engine is running.
  13. I've just done a internet search on the Sterling Elite 565 and its MTPLM is 1654. If Pembssurfer sticks to his 75 kg nose weight limit then that is only 4.5% so below the recommended 5% minimum. This is not a legal requirement but a recommendation for stability. I've no personal experience of having low nose weight to know what difference it makes. I would suggest that he sticks with a Swift Challenger as its the same van but lighter presumably less trim inside. (probably cheaper too). He really needs to keep below 1500 kg MTPLM. As a 2017 would it have been part of the recall for the fr
  14. Once the battery is fully charged then the current at 13 V will drop to a couple of amps so 26 W. Even allowing for poor efficiency of the charger that's nothing in power terms. Are you sure nothing else was left on like the heating.
  15. I had a quick look at my Towsafe results for our Swift Challenger 565. The max towbar load is 100kg which is the same as our car (RR Evoque). You don't have to load it up to that amount, but a load of 5% of MTPLN (1516kg) is recommended. That is 76kg, so I think you would be struggling with this van and car combination. You could just squeak in if you don't have Alde heating as the MTPLM reduces to 1492 kg. You would have to buy a tow hitch load gauge to make sure you didn't exceed your cars capability, else your insurance could be invalid. You would have to pack your van very carefully too, e
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