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Wondering Star

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Beatrixkiddo
Forgot to mention that as I'm no longer a Cali owner, I've also joined the Motorhomefun forum £15 per year gives full access and a monthly mag/prevoius back issues which is rather good.
Tend to flit between the two, both are worth keeping an eye on.
Also about to uplate our van to 4000kg from 3500kg, more info on motorhomefun site.
 
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I checked the pop top insulation and there's no description of the material however on the Hymer brochure it says Polyester. Were the children cold upstairs? One our one night away (downstairs) we were absolutely warm under a good duvet but realised it was a bit chilly when we got up as we didn't have heating on.
What a palaver yesterday. We have an Autowatch Canbus 695 alarm system and it started going off (after I went up to pop top to look at insulation :) Anyway took pop up down and alarm kept going off for hours. We were unable to close the door without switching on alarm and the key within the Merc hob didn't work! At one point Mr K was going to have to sleep inside all night. In the end managed to lock doors and had to leave key nearby (!!) so that alarm wouldn't automatically set. Our dealer is closed today so we will have to contact tomorrow. Sometimes things are just a bit too "smart".
We upgraded to 4000kg when we ordered ours and that was very easy (we didn't have to do anything apart from pay £100+...can't remember how much)

Do you have to be a NT member to stay at one of their sites. Like the look of the one you mentioned. We hope to head north Nov/Dec (getting later and later isn't it)
 
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T6 Beach 150
Hi Beatrixkiddo
Just back from a very wet Lake District, NT phoned on route to cancel booking due to flooded site at Boot (no hardstanding) offered an alternative at Great Langdale which turned out to be great.
Only had 8 small hardstanding pitches all booked but plenty of parking that would normally be used for tent parking. This site is mainly geared up for tents and walkers but does have waste disposal. Excellent facilities as you would expect from NT.
Very rural, at the end of the valley, three pubs within walking distance and in normal times would be fantastic.
Didnt stop raining when we were there, sheets of horizontal hail/rain, Wednesday night particularly rough, hail, rain and gusting wind.
Poptop stood up to it well, unbelievably the kids sleeped through the lot.
With regards to your alarm, we have a Autowatch system and also had problems, turned out the alarm was programmed for a normal Sprinter van and not a Sprinter/motorhome programme.
Once reprogrammed all good.
One thing I'm not sure of, does your electric handbrake light on the dash intermittently come on when ignition off.
Not sure if this is normal or not?
 
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BeatrixKiddo

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@Wondering Star
Apologies for delay in responding. We haven't been out at all in the van due to the current circumstances - plus Mr BK's contract has been extended. We had to move it this week so checked re the electric handbrake light. It doesn't dash on ours when ignition off.
We tried to fix the insulation to the pop top and can't do it! We need to go back to the garage with it and see what they say.
Autowatch were great...sent someone round to fix the situation for us and we've also ended up getting their Ghost immobiliser fitted. (We have the Merc one but haven't a clue how it works) There has also been a spate of vehicle thefts round here so we thought we should be extra cautious.
I used to be a member of that forum. Very active and lots of interesting and knowledgeable, friendly people however the moderator had an issue with me (too long to go in to but apparently he has "previous" according to some private emails I received). Anyhow he deleted my account and sent me back my £15!
 

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