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#1 2019-08-19 12:00:29

Firemoth
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From: Bacup, Lancashire
Registered: 2019-07-05
Posts: 28

First trial run with the caravan.....

Gave my synergie it's first test run with the caravan yesterday. Caravan is 1500kg gross, probably around 1300kg without all our kit in it. Surprisingly for a TD (xud) it pulled it fairly well. Struggled uphill but kept up to speed without being too slow. Very stable too which surprised me. Only thing I noticed, up the long hills (not that long, I only did a 20 mile run) longest hill might have been a mile maybe, from a standing start at full throttle, the engine got to about 100°c. It could be me being paranoid, but I'm wary of longer hills on hot days..... Does anyone tow heavy and if so what do you find to be a normal temp for it to get to?

Worth noting, the coolant seems to be just water so I'll be giving it a good flush soon and fill with the right antifreeze, this may help cooling efficiency. Radiator fan works fine too. I'm considering replacing the radiator in case it's corroded inside reducing its efficiency. But then again, it could be completely normal and my paranoia causing me to do unnecessary work lol

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Yes I know it needs a clean...... It's been sat next to the house for a year, will be getting cleaned soon  smile

Last edited by Firemoth (2019-08-19 12:01:47)


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#2 2019-08-19 13:43:01

Casper
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From: East Lothian
Registered: 2015-12-20
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Re: First trial run with the caravan.....

Mummy, Mummy the shows are in town big_smile

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#3 2019-08-19 14:14:25

OAT
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From: Borders/Dales
Registered: 2017-01-03
Posts: 343

Re: First trial run with the caravan.....

Gis a quote.

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#4 2019-08-19 14:57:51

Firemoth
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From: Bacup, Lancashire
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Posts: 28

Re: First trial run with the caravan.....

Casper wrote:

Mummy, Mummy the shows are in town big_smile


£5 a ticket


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#5 2019-08-19 14:58:59

Firemoth
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From: Bacup, Lancashire
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Re: First trial run with the caravan.....

£100 and I'll throw in a free dog


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#6 2019-08-20 01:10:24

kenbw2
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From: Bradford/Preston/Anywhere
Registered: 2017-11-26
Posts: 417

Re: First trial run with the caravan.....

Nice to see you being accused of being the pikey for a change


2000 Citroen Dispatch 1.9TD XUD9 Camper Conversion + full time home
1999 Citroen Dispatch 1.9D DW8 Disassembled Camper Conversion
1996 Peugeot 806 1.9TD XUD9 Spare vehicle
1998 Citroen Synergie 1.9TD XUD9 Snapped timing belt

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#7 2019-08-20 06:34:05

Firemoth
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From: Bacup, Lancashire
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Posts: 28

Re: First trial run with the caravan.....

kenbw2 wrote:

Nice to see you being accused of being the pikey for a change

Gypsies and pikies are not the same thing. I'm offended now!


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#8 2019-08-21 22:45:08

Ricko
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From: SW Lancs
Registered: 2017-01-18
Posts: 234

Re: First trial run with the caravan.....

Is there enough space to squeeze in another fan and have it on a switch? Just for emergencies and steep hills??


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#9 2019-08-22 22:07:20

Firemoth
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From: Bacup, Lancashire
Registered: 2019-07-05
Posts: 28

Re: First trial run with the caravan.....

Ricko wrote:

Is there enough space to squeeze in another fan and have it on a switch? Just for emergencies and steep hills??

I wouldn't have thought so. It may be that it's normal and I'm just being paranoid, that's why I'm trying to find out if anyone else has a similar experience


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#10 2019-08-22 23:59:34

OAT
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From: Borders/Dales
Registered: 2017-01-03
Posts: 343

Re: First trial run with the caravan.....

You could try releasing the bonnet to the safety catch.  Doubt you will be going quick enough to pop it and it might increase air flow.  Had an old Escort it worked wonders for but might not be as effective with modern air scoops and baffles etc.

That is a big van though.

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