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Forum: Fiat Ducato   21-01-2016, 11:14
Replies: 8
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Posted By mikebeaches
You could pay a lot less on ebay for similar: ...

You could pay a lot less on ebay for similar:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FIAT-DUCATO-PEUGEOT-BOXER-2007-ON-RUBBER-CAB-STEP-MATS-1-PAIR-/252238105288?hash=item3aba900ac8:g:ahUAAOSwNgxWD9MI

I was...
Forum: Parts & Accessories   07-01-2016, 17:52
Replies: 22
Views: 2,041
Posted By mikebeaches
As I said, it was a new one on me too. Certainly...

As I said, it was a new one on me too. Certainly inconvenient.

I've got a new Ducato X290 PVC on order for delivery in late May, so I'll have to check on that to see if the wipers are...
Forum: Fiat Ducato   05-01-2016, 19:30
Replies: 44
Views: 7,431
Posted By mikebeaches
Sounds like the X250 reverse gear issue -...

Sounds like the X250 reverse gear issue - juddergate - all over again...:wink2:

Mike
Forum: Parts & Accessories   05-01-2016, 18:50
Replies: 22
Views: 2,041
Posted By mikebeaches
I'd never come across 'handed' wiper blades...

I'd never come across 'handed' wiper blades before either John - which was why it was such a surprise.

Is your van a Sevel X250?

I suspect, but don't know for sure, that the Trico wiper blades...
Forum: Continental Touring Info   04-01-2016, 13:37
Replies: 31
Views: 2,225
Posted By mikebeaches
I purchased the app for the first time in...

I purchased the app for the first time in December, and although able to get it working fine, it was of course the 2015 version!

So I tried again on 1 January, expecting an update - but nothing....
Forum: Continental Touring Info   04-01-2016, 11:09
Replies: 31
Views: 2,225
Posted By mikebeaches
There's somebody in the same boat on the Out and...

There's somebody in the same boat on the Out and About Live forum. As I understand, the ACSI direct orders were being shipped in two phases, and the second phase got delayed. Presume yours must be in...
Forum: LPG / Gas   04-01-2016, 11:05
Replies: 35
Views: 3,607
Posted By mikebeaches
I should imagine Safefill is pretty good for...

I should imagine Safefill is pretty good for tuggers.

One of my main reasons for escaping Calorlite bottles was so I didn't have to lift them in and out of the van; and also disconnect and...
Forum: LPG / Gas   03-01-2016, 21:49
Replies: 35
Views: 3,607
Posted By mikebeaches
Initially, I rather liked the idea of the...

Initially, I rather liked the idea of the Safefill system and some of its features. But then I realised the gas supply has to be disconnected each time a top up or refill is required. That...
Forum: Parts & Accessories   03-01-2016, 19:09
Replies: 22
Views: 2,041
Posted By mikebeaches
They certainly were on my van - I later checked...

They certainly were on my van - I later checked for myself, following the visit to the Citroen dealer.

I was rather smug with myself, after the event, for asking them to fit the new wipers....
Forum: Parts & Accessories   03-01-2016, 16:59
Replies: 22
Views: 2,041
Posted By mikebeaches
I got caught out with wiper blades failing just...

I got caught out with wiper blades failing just as we arrived in France a couple of years ago (Ducato X250). No problem I thought - just call in at a Fiat, Citroen or Peugeot dealer. As it happened...
Forum: Off Topic   01-01-2016, 15:43
Replies: 35
Views: 1,720
Posted By mikebeaches
No problem Andy :-) The campsite at Aranjuez...

No problem Andy :-)

The campsite at Aranjuez - 45km south of Madrid - is a 1st Catagory 5-star place with plenty of accommodation available.

http://www.campingaranjuez.co.uk/

Unfortunately,...
Forum: Off Topic   01-01-2016, 11:19
Replies: 35
Views: 1,720
Posted By mikebeaches
Obviously, choice of accommodation is an entirely...

Obviously, choice of accommodation is an entirely personal matter. My campsite chalet suggestion was simply as an alternative for overnight accommodation 'en route', instead of a hotel; whilst...
Forum: Off Topic   01-01-2016, 10:43
Replies: 35
Views: 1,720
Posted By mikebeaches
Another potential advantage with staying in a...

Another potential advantage with staying in a chalet compared to a hotel - you can normally park your car right outside your accommodation - so perhaps better from a security perspective. So no need...
Forum: Off Topic   01-01-2016, 09:32
Replies: 35
Views: 1,720
Posted By mikebeaches
Andy, if budget is important don't be too quick...

Andy, if budget is important don't be too quick to rule out campsites for stopovers. Almost all of the larger ones have fixed accommodation - chalets mostly - that they are happy to let out by the...
Forum: Off Topic   31-12-2015, 09:09
Replies: 35
Views: 1,720
Posted By mikebeaches
There was a big feature about house-sitting in...

There was a big feature about house-sitting in the January Saga magazine, that popped through the door yesterday. There was a list of five different agencies included:
...
Forum: Off Topic   29-12-2015, 17:50
Replies: 35
Views: 1,720
Posted By mikebeaches
OOPs!! That should have been northern Costa...

OOPs!!

That should have been northern Costa Blanca (not Costa del Sol) - brain not engaged properly. :wink2:
Forum: Off Topic   29-12-2015, 16:08
Replies: 35
Views: 1,720
Posted By mikebeaches
Two different British-run agents/managers that...

Two different British-run agents/managers that provide low-price winter villa rental in and around Moraira, on the northern Costa del Sol - about mid-way between Valencia and Alicante, which we've...
Forum: Fiat Ducato   23-12-2015, 10:19
Replies: 30
Views: 5,124
Posted By mikebeaches
As I understand, the new (facelifted) Ducato X290...

As I understand, the new (facelifted) Ducato X290 has the double cup holder mentioned above as standard, instead of the 'laptop' locker on the X250.

A SERIOUSLY retrograde step, from our...
Forum: Off Topic   14-12-2015, 18:00
Replies: 59
Views: 2,955
Posted By mikebeaches
Have you thought about flying into TFS then...

Have you thought about flying into TFS then getting the ferry from Los Cristianos to La Palma? http://www.fredolsen.es/en
Forum: Off Topic   14-12-2015, 16:35
Replies: 59
Views: 2,955
Posted By mikebeaches
Geoff, I know exactly what you mean about grey...

Geoff, I know exactly what you mean about grey weather - exactly what we've got in Bristol at the moment, so it is indeed pleasant to reflect on warmer and sunnier locations.

We are Bondholders in...
Forum: Off Topic   14-12-2015, 15:23
Replies: 59
Views: 2,955
Posted By mikebeaches
Like Geoff, I have a bit of thing for islands....

Like Geoff, I have a bit of thing for islands. And skinny-dipping! :-)

But of course the island thing is tricky when you've got a MH - it's either expensive or virtually impossible.

We're just...
Forum: Knaus Motorhomes   11-12-2015, 21:19
Replies: 19
Views: 5,729
Posted By mikebeaches
The rocker switch to select which battery to use...

The rocker switch to select which battery to use for the radio sounds excellent! I wish other converters did it.

But, thankfully, the new Rapido Dreamer, we've got on order, retains the locking...
Forum: Fiat Ducato   10-12-2015, 19:18
Replies: 44
Views: 7,431
Posted By mikebeaches
Excellent news - thanks for posting that...

Excellent news - thanks for posting that information!

I'm due to get a new van in May and was slightly concerned it could be an issue. I was hoping they might have fixed it by then. Time will tell...
Forum: Iveco   10-12-2015, 19:10
Replies: 34
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Posted By mikebeaches
For me personally, that would be a bit ambitious....

For me personally, that would be a bit ambitious.

Your are clearly likely to spend quite a lot of time and effort on the conversion; or a lot of money for somebody else to do the conversion - or...
Forum: Continental Touring Info   09-12-2015, 19:32
Replies: 36
Views: 2,383
Posted By mikebeaches
With 3,142 campsites featured next year there is...

With 3,142 campsites featured next year there is bound to be a complete cross-section and variety of places to stay.

We have previously stayed at some slightly dubious ACSI sites, but not really...
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