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Mark C

Mark C

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Yes certainly will have to get a move on now,
 
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Paddy GC680

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Grand California 680
Great news Mark. Hopefully I get good news soon. Still waiting for build date. Been reviewing battery technology for running a microwave. Will keep you posted on adding an extra battery.
 
Mark C

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Hi Will, one more box ticked today, looked at lots of insurers and went with your recommendation on LV Motorhome cover. Good comprehensive cover no tracker required and at £470 cheaper than the next best price I found by over £200.
thank you for your advice.

next item on my list is a steering wheel lock if any one has a good recommendation.
 
Breeze1

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Hi Will, one more box ticked today, looked at lots of insurers and went with your recommendation on LV Motorhome cover. Good comprehensive cover no tracker required and at £470 cheaper than the next best price I found by over £200.
thank you for your advice.

next item on my list is a steering wheel lock if any one has a good recommendation.
Morning Mark,

Well on the savings you can buy more gadgets.

Can’t remember did you go for the WiFi option. If nots there are other options, worth having over and above using your phone if your able to get a signal.

Have you purchased a thermal screen cover.

The GC internal screen blind is crap.
 
66tim99

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Hi Will, one more box ticked today, looked at lots of insurers and went with your recommendation on LV Motorhome cover. Good comprehensive cover no tracker required and at £470 cheaper than the next best price I found by over £200.
thank you for your advice.

next item on my list is a steering wheel lock if any one has a good recommendation.
Steering wheel lock
 
Mark C

Mark C

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Grand California 680
Thanks for this Tim, Will I didn’t go with WiFi option hoping my phone connection will be good enough. I haven’t looked at thermal screens yet but yes it would be good if I could order one ahead of time.
 
Breeze1

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Thanks for this Tim, Will I didn’t go with WiFi option hoping my phone connection will be good enough. I haven’t looked at thermal screens yet but yes it would be good if I could order one ahead of time.
Ok guess some of the areas will not have great reception from the phone and the routers will receive better than the phone. 30 day data sim card works well just cancel for the winter, ranges between £10/32 dependent on data and speed.

Screen covers vary in quality, try Rainbow (expensive) screens or from the club shop. you need waterproof

Will
 
Mark C

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Great will take a look
 
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Bart7974

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T5 SE 140 4Motion
Hello ,
good news .
My dealer in Stuttgart, Germany, just wrote me that the diesel heating (YHC) Truma, is available again.

Due to Corona Truma had problems with parts delivery.
Bart
 
Breeze1

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Hello ,
good news .
My dealer in Stuttgart, Germany, just wrote me that the diesel heating (YHC) Truma, is available again.

Due to Corona Truma had problems with parts delivery.
Bart
Hi Bart.

Will
 
Breeze1

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Hi Will :),

have you , despite corona, tested your GC 600 under winter conditions already?

Bart
Hi Bart,

Only as far as my driveway, last time it was out was mid December. You are the Bart from the German Forum I take it?

Will
 
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Bart7974

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Neubulach , Germany
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T5 SE 140 4Motion
Hi Will,

yes, I am the Bart from the German Forum :). There you showed us your LPG Gas installation in your GC600.

Bart
 
Breeze1

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Hi Will,

yes, I am the Bart from the German Forum :). There you showed us your LPG Gas installation in your GC600.

Bart
Hi Bart and very welcome. I must have mist some of your earlier post.
How are you and things over there. Apparently Hanover is not good.
 
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Bart7974

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T5 SE 140 4Motion
Hi Will,

"I must have mist some of your earlier post."--> my former posts here are from a time you did not know of my existence;)

Everything is fine here. We also have a lock down and travel ban. We avoid as much direct contacts to other people. It is almost the same situation as in the UK.

For us it is not a big problem as we have enough to do and we go regularly outside for a walk.
One thing we very miss, are the trips to the UK (twice a year). My wife is from York UK, and she miss her family and friends .

I am still “configuring and reconfiguring“ a GC600 .
Because of lock downs everywhere we are not in a hurry.

From the German Cali forum I know that most of the teething problems are getting less and less now and the waiting time for a new GC here is in a range from 2 to 4 month, on the moment.
I am still playing with the different options as e.g. the different heating systems, also front window heating (de-icing).
I liked your LPG installation and found a small company here which has the experience to upgrade a GC gas heating with a LPG one you have. On the other side I like the place saving diesel heating.
So still not decided yet. And it is not easy to stay below the 3.5 T with our “must haves”

Have you already plans to make some nice GC trips after the lock downs? I like reading GC travel experiences. I just bought a nice travel camper guide for Scotland, can’t wait to go there .


Bart
 
Breeze1

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Grand California 600
Hi Will,

"I must have mist some of your earlier post."--> my former posts here are from a time you did not know of my existence;)

Everything is fine here. We also have a lock down and travel ban. We avoid as much direct contacts to other people. It is almost the same situation as in the UK.

For us it is not a big problem as we have enough to do and we go regularly outside for a walk.
One thing we very miss, are the trips to the UK (twice a year). My wife is from York UK, and she miss her family and friends .

I am still “configuring and reconfiguring“ a GC600 .
Because of lock downs everywhere we are not in a hurry.

From the German Cali forum I know that most of the teething problems are getting less and less now and the waiting time for a new GC here is in a range from 2 to 4 month, on the moment.
I am still playing with the different options as e.g. the different heating systems, also front window heating (de-icing).
I liked your LPG installation and found a small company here which has the experience to upgrade a GC gas heating with a LPG one you have. On the other side I like the place saving diesel heating.
So still not decided yet. And it is not easy to stay below the 3.5 T with our “must haves”

Have you already plans to make some nice GC trips after the lock downs? I like reading GC travel experiences. I just bought a nice travel camper guide for Scotland, can’t wait to go there .


Bart
Morning Bart,

I did not appreciate you had relatives in England.

Well ordered the 680 end of November and in build tomorrow hopefully seems like the 204’s are now being sorted.

Re Gas tricky that one love the set up and simplicity but just wondering how long LPG will be acceptable long term in garages? The positives for diesel is that the gas locker can be partly utilised for storage, which is needed on the 600. If you don’t need the over cab bed don’t opt for it as the storage is invaluable.

We found we could do with a little more storage, not overhead but cupboard hence ordering the 680.
We did the NC 500 between lockdowns last year September no midges. Great adventure. We are going back this May if we are allowed, we are doing the islands this time. Also about 3 weeks in Wales and 5/6 weeks in Devon and Cornwall.

You must try Dorset, sometime.

Will
 
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Bart7974

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Neubulach , Germany
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T5 SE 140 4Motion
Hi Will,

we need the space and not the extra over cab bed , that is already decided.

Scotland , the Islands , Cornwall, its al in our planning . Hope in the coming years.
Also plans for Norway, Sweden , Finland, France , Spain ..... hope we manage.

My wife has a friend in Dorset sure we will visit her sometime .

Lots of ideas and the time is flying by

Bart
 
Breeze1

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Grand California 600
Hi Will,

we need the space and not the extra over cab bed , that is already decided.

Scotland , the Islands , Cornwall, its al in our planning . Hope in the coming years.
Also plans for Norway, Sweden , Finland, France , Spain ..... hope we manage.

My wife has a friend in Dorset sure we will visit her sometime .

Lots of ideas and the time is flying by

Bart

Hi Bart.
Think you’ve read enough to know what is good and bad. And as you say most of the issues are have been addressed. To be fair the only issues I had was the wash room door was twisted the WiFi router incorrectly wired.

My disappointment is there are no sports pack like on the Cali, could do with some bigger wheels!!

Let me know when you get to England.

Take care
 
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soppelsa

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I wouldn't mind bigger wheels.
But the problem is they don't make load rated bigger tyres for the weight of the GC and speed rating.
Not in 18 inch , if you know of any on the market.
 

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