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  1. Hello, Still new here, and already impressed by the kind responses to my first query about towing in the Scottish Highlands. We're actively researching which used 2/3 berth caravan to buy as our first, after years in tents. And we're at the stage you've probably been at, of lots of information coming in, but lacking experience to evaluate it. We're presently tempted by a Rapido, or maybe a Tamaris, pop-top. The idea of a compact light tow is very appealing, likewise for storing one of these. There may well be other makes we haven't yet seen online. We're not in the price range for a new Trigano Silver, however nice they look, so we're looking at older models. Current possibility is a 1993 Rapido 31T for around £2,750, with recently checked and improved electrics. If we go for something that old, are we likely to be facing lots of DIY to keep it on the road? Is it likely to be nearing its useful life's end, or do these models go on? - Eribas appear to do so, but they're way more expensive! So that's the Age part - now the wind! Being so light, how do these little vans cope when the gales hurtle by? Do you attach guy lines, or just sit there hoping? We've had some tents in very blowy places, and been fine, but caravans are bigger, and not pegged down! Thanks greatly for any comments or advice, Richard
  2. We have a mystery leak on our 17 yr old Rapido pop top. Given enough rain, the inside of the front nearside corner gets soggy and there can even be water on the shelf. I've marked the area in red here The window was replaced by our dealer under guarantee, albeit reluctantly, when the original de-laminated within months of our buying. We used Eeco in Halifax. The problem started after that. I've stopped trusting the dealer & we're out of guarantee period anyway, so our local engineer identified that the window rubber seal had a gap in it, and he replaced that. No difference. We can't identify that the water's making anything wet inside, the floor seems firm, likewise the walls, so I suspect and hope it drains away into the gas locker, but am anxious to cure it. Pause due to health problems over Summer while we just protected it with a caravan cover for a few months. Now I've practically smothered the "shelf" round the roof outside, where the various seams and joins are, with Sikaflex 512. As a result it hasn't rained properly since then! But the constant drizzle this weekend has produced a slight sogginess in the J-cloth I keep there as a tell-tale. Now I'm wondering if the wet comes in round the screw at the end of the strip at the top of the window. . Are there any other unseen holes usually involved in installing this hinge strip? It seems to come in quite quickly, and is very localised. If I keep the window closed, then unscrew this and stick some sealer in before re-inserting the screw, am I likely to cause any other problem? Should I run a bead of sealer along the top of that grey strip all the way across? Any other helpful suggestions? Many thanks, Richard
  3. We have a Rapido Pop-up Evolution Club 32T caravan, made in 2000, which came to us with an awning. While we're not planning to use this awning too often, we need to know how (if!) it works before the dealer's warranty expires next month. The awning comes in two bags, one labelled with the right name and model for our 'van, so I'm pretty sure it'll be the right fit. But of course no instructions! The frames look to be either carbon fibre or maybe fibre glass, which is good. Some plastic joints are labelled Campion, made in Denmark. I've assembled the frame so far, without the cover. I didn't fit it to the 'van, as I was working alone and could see it might well scratch if I got it wrong, but what I created looked the right size, used all the bits, and I think it would stand up. But I'm still not sure if I got it right, there are two diagonal clamp-on supports which could happily fit in more than one position. Please has anybody either experience or better still pictures of such an awning in use? Gold dust would be a pic. of just the frame! I know Rapidos are now relatively rare, and I am also asking the Rapido & SIlver Club the same question. I guess that Silver/Trigano pop-tops may possibly have the same awning. Thanks, Richard
  4. Our door catch on the outside - the one to hold it open - is at best tired. It's 17 years old, so is probably allowed to be, and a small breeze is too much for it now. I haven't found an actual Rapido one from 2000, but have a Veneta catch off Ebay which seems to have the same hole distances, and looks the same basic shape. It's one of those with a projecting horizontal piece on the door having a rounded ridge along its outer edge, which snaps into a pair of open jaws on the bit fastened to the caravan wall. The van's in store at present but when I get it back, is this simply a case of unscrewing, replacing, and re-screwing? Or is there more cunning stuff I haven't realised about? And do I need to seal round it all with mastic? Thanks as ever, Richard
  5. We finally made it! After buying our caravan before Christmas, then later finding it needed some issues sorting - seal duly re-sealed, de-laminated window replaced - we took ourselves off for a one night trip just make sure we could make it work. And it does, most beautifully - we see why you all like caravanning so much! We had a site almost to ourselves, with nice warm showers & clean loos, and skylarks singing in the morning, all at a time of year we'd not be taking our tent out. We know too a few more things we need to sort, chief on the list being something like memory foam mattress topper so my wife's back gets a decent night's sleep, but we're looking forward mightily to lots more proper trips now. Thanks for much advice here to help us get started, Richard Evidence attached
  6. Our front caravan window, (Rapido pop-top from 2000), has half de-laminated. Luckily the top half, so the window still fastens down, but I dare not open it again. It wasn't until shining a torch on it last night that I saw that the joint has been repaired before, as the adhesive shows up differently in the torch light, and presumably the top half has just now failed. I've no idea what cement was used before, nor how long a new one would take to arrive, assuming they're still available. We plan our first trip in it in three weeks. It's still under warranty from the dealer, (small, independent, promises to be very helpful and so far has willingly done most of what he's promised). So I'm minded to take it back to him, but more information is always better than none, when I hear what he has to offer - which of course is likely to be the cheapest option for him! Has anyone experience of re-mending an already mended window? Success or failure? . .. just as I was thinking we'd sorted out its teething problems and could concentrate properly on learning how to work with it, too! Thanks for any help here, Richard
  7. Hi, we bought our first caravan, a Rapido pop-top built in 2000, just before Christmas, from a very helpful dealer, who has resolved such small issues as arose during negotiation most cooperatively. We first had an inspection by an independent approved engineer, extra important to us as we're complete caravan virgins, though have had years with tents. He identified a couple of hand-sized damp patch readings at the front, one round the water heater vent, but advised that these were insufficient to turn down what he still thought was a good buy at the agreed price, generally in excellent nick. His suggestion was to run it for a year, then see if the reading was different next service time. After all last weekend's rain I went in to check the 'van, which still waits for our first trip out together. Bone dryness in general, but for the first time, (Yes, I know I should have checked everywhere first, I said I was new to this!) I tapped at the harder-to reach side of the water heater. There's a hand sized slightly soft patch just next to it. So I contacted the same engineer who vetted it for us, who said, yes, that's how it was when he checked it, and he still reckons it's best to let it sit there for the rest of the year and meter test it again then. What I should have asked him is why. . .. I don't want to keep bothering the man, he's done all he was paid for about 6 weeks ago! I suppose if it's stable there's no point in unnecessary remedial work which might upset more things. ..? The dealer gave us an extended warranty, which will last us into Summer. On the other hand, we bought the van in this state, so we can't really insist on warranty work on something which we don't know is actually an ongoing problem. There's no appearance of wet, and no smell of it either, and I'm fairly sensitive to smelling damp. I'll welcome any more experienced thoughts, please. Thanks, Richard.
  8. We're still admiring our nearly new (only 16 yr old!) Rapido pop-top, and looking forward mightily to taking it out. I'm puzzled by the plate it wears. In case the image isn't clear, it says "P. T. F. A 950kg" then "Force Essieu 950kg" or literally "axle force". "Poids maxi sur crochet" is clearly nose weight, weight on the hook. But the duplication of the other two I can't understand yet. The book of words says that PTFA=GVM, or Gross Vehicle Mass. .. so this is different from "axle force"? Does that mean the axle itself is allowed to carry that much? This seems redundant info to my simple mind. The 2000 brochure sent by the Rapido Club gives the empty weight as 690kg, but this doesn't appear anywhere on the plate. So I'm wondering - is it just the French love of administration and forms to duplicate the other bit? It seems I need to take it to a weighbridge, but will welcome words of wisdom here, please. Many thanks, Richard
  9. Hello from the Northampton area. We're in our 60's, and have holidayed in tents every year since getting married 41 years ago, but are now thinking a box on wheels may be a route forward for continuing to visit lovely places. (I introduced my poor fiancee to camping in the snow in Eskdale, and she still married me!!) Currently still choosing which used caravan to go for - currently thinking of either a small 2 berth Trigano or 1990's Rapido pop-top as being light to tow and compact. .. just hoping it'll not be too compact! It seems that the more we find out, the more UK-built recent caravans appear prone to much more damp problems than ever we had with our tents. .. other than taking them down in the wet at the end of a holiday, which is part of the motivation for now coming to join you excellent people here! Am I being unfair to them? Or is ongoing rescue DIY a feature of caravans, part of the ritual? Best wishes, Richard
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