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  1. Alloys or Not?

    klyne you have probably already seen this... https://www.tyremen.co.uk/guide/fiat-ducato-motorhome-wheels There is some sound advice that may be of help to you.
  2. Alloys or Not?

    Quite right, the tyres would need to be removed. As regards cost, obviously, I've no idea as to how much they would cost to be done in the UK. Here, it would be around £100* per wheel. A decent alloy would cost about £200 per wheel. Add to that about £15-20 for tyre fitting. *Remove tyre, media blast wheel, powder coat, replace tyre, balance. PS: I'm ace at building fences...
  3. Alloys or Not?

    My own personal opinion is that alloys should be avoided on Motorhomes. If the problem with the steels is nothing more that the wheel covers, then I would either change them or fit the correct valves. There are quite a few extended ones available that usually solve the problem. As regards rust, why not have the existing rims media blasted and powder coated?
  4. Trip to Scandinavian countries

    If I was doing that trip, then I would probably use Hull to Rotterdam or Zeebrugge. The route north would then depend on a couple of things. How long you wanted it to take, and the destinations in either country or in between.
  5. No trips for me until Spring. The weather is already bad here. I'll be spending some time doing a couple of simple changes to the 'van, nad planning a few of next years trips, but thats about all.
  6. Apologies for the late reply. I did exactly that with mine. Told it I was a little bit bigger than the motorhome was, including the height. As regards it being a bit late, mine is exactly the opposite, its a bit early. On one trip, it caused a problem in the middle of Hamburg by leading me into a dead end street. Since then, I've learned to look in the top left corner to check the remaining distance. In a way, I would prefer it to tell me later. Even if a 2,5km warning before an autobahn exit gives me the chance to get in the correct lane. The bracket is something I made a while ago. I just did not want to use the vacuum fitting or drill holes in the dash. Its a simple piece, I think I have more photos if anyone wants to make a copy.
  7. Adria Compact, first impressions

    Apparently, Adria are the best selling Motorhomes here, so I suppose it is possible that its just for this market. One other curious thing as regards the 185 page Instruction Book. The first 99 pages are numbered in the lower corners, nearest the spine. The remainder in the outer lower corners. No big deal, but nonetheless slightly irritating. Incidentally, the supplied IB covers all Adria motorhomes, including the Sonic Plus range.
  8. As mentioned on another thread, I have recently replaced my 14 year old Knaus with an Adria Compact. As the first trip has now been completed, I thought that I would share my thoughts. Choosing it was really a simple task. Whatever I bought had to be under 6 metres long for two reasons. First, its about the maximum length that I can park at home, and secondly, it goes in the "car" class on bridges and ferries. Very important to me for cheap passages as I travel to Denmark and Germany on a regular basis. Generally, I'm pleased with it. Its a major step forward from the Knaus. Then again, with 14 years in between there should be! The first negative thing that I became aware of was the Instruction Book. According to the Dealer, they are only available in the language of the country in which the vehicle is bought new. In my case, Swedish. Thats not a problem for me, as I am fluent in the language. I can understand that it could be in some cases though. Credit due though, the Swedish is grammatically perfect! Unfortunately, there are problems with the book. As an example. I wanted to find out how to switch on the underfloor heating. According to the book, the control was either in the "bed box" or garage. A little drawing showed me what I should look for. None of the three boxes near the bed had anything in, and neither did the garage. Hunting round, the control was eventually found in a little cupboard near the habitation battery. It did not even look like the drawing in the book, being just a single stage unit, as opposed to the three stage shown! I suspect that this problem is caused by the fact that Adria seem to use the same instruction book for all of their different models...Shame on them! Then came the first trip. I was pleased. In comparison, it drives much more car-like, and is quieter and a lot easier on fuel, about 2/3 of what the Knaus used. I do feel though that with a bit of work done on sound insulation, it could be even quieter. Arriving on the campsite, extending the slide out caused a bit of attention from others there. Even if I do think this is a good idea, Adria have actually made a serious mistake with it. Slide outs are known to have leak issues at times. To help alleviate this, there is an awning that extends with the slide out. During the night, there was a rainstorm, accompanied by winds. The awning hit the actual slide out so hard, it was like sleeping in a bass drum. Not very good.
  9. Pilote.. 1 year later

    There is one bad point about Adrias. The instruction book is not all that good. I'm being diplomatic saying that. The first trip in it is now completed, so if anyone is interested, I'll take the lead from this thread and start new one.
  10. Not sure if this is in the correct place... Does anyone have any suggestions as to camping sites or aires in the areas in the title? Arromanches for the D-Day beaches, Giverny for Monets garden, and the Mosel (Moselle) for the vinyards?