Its a good job you get a discount from the insurance companies, you need the money to pay the extra cost when having new tyres or a puncture repaired.
I'm getting the Caravan ready for Easter checked the tyres they were not good, phoned my usual place got a good price but because of the extra work and time involved fitting with Tyron bands he has to charge £10 a wheel extra . Phoned some other places they just did not want to touch them at any cost, contacted my local Tyron band recommended fitter he would do them but the cost was a hell of a lot dearer than my usual place .
So this morning took the wheels off, what a job trying get the jack in place and leave enough room for the axle stand. I'd struggle if the tyre was completely flat to get the jack under the axle with enough room to operate the handle, I now realise the worth of the RAC cover if it ever happened.
Have put the filling of the water system on hold for a couple of days we're due some night frosts.
Hi Aidan £10 per wheel seems a bit steep to me. I would have thought there was not much complication in removing and refitting a Tyron band. Surely they are just secured with a Allen screw. I agree with your points about lifting a van with a jack. I think the easiest way must be to use the exhaust bag method but I would always be worried about any damage to the floor, gas pipes and wiring. On my last van I eventually bought an Alco side jack ( after whinging about the inflated price for ages) but fortunately never got to use it. My new van has one supplied as standard and because it has the new Alco security device fitted to the wheels I guess that it will see a fair bit of use. Why do you fill the water system before you go? I can't see the point in lugging heavy water around and so, apart from cleaning out the system at the start of the season, I always fill up on site. Just the weight of the water in the water heater is considerable without even thinking about an on-board tank. However, we all have our own methods of doing things so please don't take that as any form of criticism. Just enjoy your van and have a good break. Clarky.
Your right about the allen bolt fitting. I cut the L end off the long, allen key that u get provided with and i put it in my cordless drill, i can have a set of bands off or on in about 10 seconds, i didnt realise lazy tyre firms didnt want to know.
Clarky I flush the water system at the start of each season with Chempro in order to do this I have to fill the water heater tank with plain water once its filled I use a mix of chempro through the cold water pipes.
I do drain the hot water tank after but its to much of a pain to then drain all the water system again thats why I wait till all chance of hard frosts have gone.
Every thing this week about getting the van ready seems to have been twice as hard, first the tyres then I get the car back with new tow bracket only to find the cable they have used is 1.5 mm". I phoned them to be told thats what they always use and that it will carry the necessary current I inform him thats not the problem its voltage drop. He informs me that I will have to phone back in the morning and speak to the manager, so I print off a load of information to back up my claim I also take voltage readings at the fridge 10.57 volts under load. I needed a new hitch cover as the one that came with the new tow bracket looked like a yogurt pot I also need a set of bolts for the stabilizer plate. So I go first thing in the morning the managers not there I leave them with the print outs and my phone number he will phone me back, I get a new hitch cover but they have no bolts? biggest supplier of towing equipment in the Northwest and they have no bolts.
No phone call back I phone them he's busy with a customer 1Hr later I phone He's on the other line, I'm a bit PEEVED by this time, thinking I'm getting the rub off so I ask to be put on hold I'M ready for a big set to with him I have it all worked out what I am going to say. He comes on the phone and says can you bring it in 1 O'Clock Tuesday we'll change the cable no problems (felt a bit let down I was ready for the 1/2 hr argument).
Just goes to show if you set your stall out right you can get the result BUT why did they not do it in the first place. Surly its only a couple of £s extra to use 2.5mm" cable, and with modern caravans having bigger fridges towed by long 4x4s you would expect it to be standard even better if they used 6mm"
I then get the van on to the road to check the hitch position so I can fit the stabilizer plate and see if I need to reposition the hitch on the lower setting no its perfect (I did not need the extra bolts which I had been to Halfords for £3.99 DOH). So the van is on the road, my Daughter has her van in storage and was bringing it to our house to clean and get ready, they would help us to get it back up the side of the house (thats what why we need the motor mover thats on order). Linda my other half decides that we should try and move it our selfs so there will be room on the road when they arrive with their caravan. I hitch it up to the back of the X trail and reverse it up no problems the wheel lock of the X trail is great it glides up. We then debate if the mover is necessary its an ongoing debate.
I get a phone call from my Daughter they are at the storage yard the key has broken off in the hitch lock can I come with an Hacksaw, it takes 5 minutes to saw through and remove the lock. I have the same model so its off to B&Q in the morning for better locks it was like a knife through butter.
I am now well knackered, lets hope this weather improves (its hail stoning on the window as I type this) so all the hard work is worth it.
Why can't people just do the job correctly the first time round? If a large tow bar fitting operation can't get it right then who can? I can understand your frustration. We are in the process of moving home and what with the incompetence and delay of planning officers added to the unnecessary and expensive bureaucracy, plus laid back solicitors, its a wonder i've got any hair left. Sounds as if you have earned your break. I hope the weather is good and you enjoy it. In the meantime, we carry on with the packing, while our lovely new van sits in its shed, unused. Roll on May. ;D ;D Clarky.
This is my last post for a week as I'm ready to set off to Silverdale ;D with one fridge lead disconnected and a hole in the floor of my new X trail and the tow bar company suffering from an ear bashing. I'll have to tell you the full story when I get back and they have repaired the car.
Its my Birthday tomorrow ;D so thanks in anticipation for all those 100s of best wishes, I'll think of you when I'm having a drink watching the sunset over Grange.