ebod added a topic in Tow CarsMazda CX5 2.2 AWD-175 - Max van MTPLMPurely a dreamers question at the moment. I'd consider myself a fairly experienced tower as for a ~7yr period I've towed twin axles all over the UK and few time to western France.
The t/a vans I've had were a Crusader Storm 98 and two Swift Charisma 6 berths @2008'ish. Cars were a heavy 2001 KIA Sedona 2.9CDRI @2.1ton and a Ford Smax 2.0TDCI-140 @1.75ton. The car-van combo's were pretty safe as the weight margin was good.
I've now have a Mazda CX5 175hp AWD which has bags of power and my 1st AWD car. It's Parkers guide info says braked tow limit is 2000kG. Clearly it has the power and AWD helps, but only having a kerb weight of ~1530kg makes me cringe when I see a publish tow limit of 2000kg.
I just wondered what peoples thoughts were on a max recommended van weight. I'd love another t/a, but not putting life & limb in jeopardy. I would load the car to the max to ensure I got the biggest van poss.
So...recommendations please on a sensible MTPLM ( or MIRO ) to aim for.
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ebod added a question in Workshop12s to 13pin conversion advice please.Hi, ...its been ages since posting on T&T, my caravan life ended with a combination of austerity , kids growing up & wife loosing interest ( probably the latter being the biggest factor :-/ )
..anyways after caravanning, I did build up a trailer full of camping gear which we have used a few times over the last few years. The trailer was wired with 13pin and I terminated some of the aux wires to terminal block inside the trailer with a longer term view to have a battery box etc ( box never finished that project... )
My trusty S-Max had 13pin , but I traded that last year for a Mazda CX-5 which has a Witter detachable unit and oldskool 12N/12S plugs.
I've just bought a new Euro 13pin socket with a twin cable gland to allow the 12N/12S wires through. So I'm readying myself to do the swap.
I'm fairly comfortable with 12N wires, though I welcome correction on the following :-
12N1 > EU1 , 12N2 > EU2 , 12N3 > EU3 , 12N4 > EU4 , 12N5 > EU5 , 12N6 > EU6 , 12N7 > EU7
I'm less comfortable with 12S wires though, some are quite confusing for me. Below I'll put the ones I 'think' I'm sure on... :-
12S1 > EU8 , 12S2 > EU9 , 12S3 > EU13? , 12S4 > EUdunno? , 12S5 > EUdunno? , 12S6 > EU10 , 12S7 > EU11?
So I'm stuck on where to put 12S5 brown , 12S4 green and whether I've got the earths right way round for permanent & switched supplies.
I've took the trailer to Shell Island in Wales and Weston Super Mare using the old car and it was fine. I'm going to Delft in the Netherlands first half of August so I really need to get this sorted asap. So can anyone give me any point-to-point advice for the 12S lines so I don't melt my car wiring...
Once that's sorted, I then need to quicklt move on to sussing out why my Witter detachable towbat isn't fully engaging :-/ ( all this agro is probably why the wife moved onto taking the easy life and getting jet2 hols LOL )
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ebod added a topic in Continental TouringFrance : Pay & Go mobile data for 3wksHowdoo all,
Blimey its been a while since I frequented this little campers' haven :-)
We're still vanless though we have a trailer cram-packed with camping goodies should the UK weather ever clear for a few days.
Anyhows, my question relates to another drive down to the French riveria which I'll be doing in July/Aug. In this modern day & age, all my family have mobile smart phones & tablets etc etc. Mobile data isn't the premium resource it once was, so its quite easy for me to drive down to Dover with my andriod phone acting as a wifi access point for the kid's ipads & tablet thingies.
So instead of doing what traditional normal kids did ( bickering and fighting in the back seat ), the new 'normal' is for kids to sit with their headphones on doing social networking without even acknowleding the existance of a sibling sat adjacent to them for 10hours.
Therefore ...what I'd like to know is....what cheap mobile data options existing on the Calais side of the channel that could cover us for ~3wks ? I'm sure I've asked the same question years ago, but a lot has changed in the last few years.
I wouldn't even need a 'device'. I've got an old HTC Wildfire smartphone which is unlocked and could happily take on a French 3G sim card ( though I recall sim cars have shrunk in recent years too...).
So there we have it , I'd just like to know could I roll up into a Carrefour and purchase a sim or a dongle or any other nugget to allow me a gig of data for my jollies?
If anyone who has present day experience on these matters can give the necessary guidance, then I'd welcome your input :-)
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ebod added a topic in Say hello to membersNot new to the forum.... :-)Hi all,
A re-introduction is due.
My vanning period commenced 2006 but due to belt tightening of finances I took the sad decision to sell up in July this year. The wife & kids wanted two sun soaked weeks abroad without the woes of towing and 'things going wrong', so the van was only getting used for extended bank hol weekends.
Anyhow...I'm not content with only having my 2wks abroad, so I kept hold of a lot of awning kit and have just procured one of these monsters: http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/tents/userimages/4131.jpg
I now need a few more bits, such as a used 3-way fridge & a gas heater ( & new porta potti LOL ), then I have to work out whether I need a 2nd hand trailor to stash it all in. All my bad memories of camping were not so much about rain ( which affects any caravan hol ), it was more about those crappy flexible poles that callapse with the slightest gust of wind. And also the lack of space.
This tent occupies the same ground space that my Swifty did including the awning, and it has rigid alloy poles.
I'll be doing some selective buying over the winter period and keen to test it all out next Easter ( subject to snow/blizzard conditions..)
...and if her indoors snubs it...then I have plenty of mates up for Dads 'n lads weekends :-)
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ebod added a topic in FranceLyon <> Nice best route 13th AugHi All,
Just doing some last minute research about my Antibes hol.
I'm picking up on the fact that Lyon is going to be a nightmare to get round on a Saturday morning, so just looking to know any tricks to get round it with satnav as a safety net.
And more specifically, I note the google maps wants to point me towards Valance/Avignon and sweep round into Cote d'Azur. Would I be doing myself a favour or a mischief if I tried to go via Grenoble & cross the tops over to Sisteron ( need to add an important fact: This is car only, no van )
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