Trips with our ADVANTURA CF350 LAL since Resto

Post by tctor68 » Subscribing Member » Sat May 02, 2015 6:21 pm
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Our first trip is to Glenmore caravan park near Aviemore , a good 3 hour drive since the Resto and upgrades :D .

Main upgrade expense , apart from the resto itself is the Awning.

A Vango Air Way awning,
Varkala 420
Only 2 metal poles.

My God what a piece of kit, minutes to put up with hand / foot pump.

Zip up curtains.

Not the cheapest but maybe the lightest for size, and for the money worth every penny.

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I had an Awning Rail already fitted for my Drive Away Awning, in line with my over cab window rail.

I extended the rail along the top of the window with a pulley at the front edge with a rope to pull along the awning from ground level from the back.

My rail hight was the Max height from ground level for this type of awning, so all is ok on level ground.

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On the inside are 2 Metal poles, one at each end against the camper side with velcro foam pad to marry the contours perfectly.

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Maybe not the best of photos to show it.

I can HIGHLY RECOMMEND this Awning



At the end of Glenmore site is a short wood and then a beach to Loch Morlich and a VEIW !!!

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Bit cold at night


Tor
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Re: First trip with LAL since Resto

Post by Classicicecreams » Sat May 02, 2015 10:43 pm
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Looks a good bit of kit :)

And the awning :)

And what a view

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Post by VDUB384 » Club admin » Sun May 03, 2015 7:35 am
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Nice to see you up and running Tor after all the work you've put into it now it's time to enjoy it.
Dave.
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Re: First trip with LAL since Resto

Post by tctor68 » Subscribing Member » Mon May 04, 2015 8:43 am
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Thanks for the comments.

Yes Dave, good to be back on the Road Again. ;)

Can only get a bit Warmer at nights after that last one :D

Tor
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Post by VDUB384 » Club admin » Mon May 04, 2015 7:54 pm
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Hi Tor I'm roasting mind you it's been 40+ here in Spain.
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Post by Phil Bradshaw » Club admin » Tue May 05, 2015 1:11 am
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Really pleasing to see LAL looking so well after all the trials and tribulations since A cooked engine in 2009. :)

Well done Tor, a credit to your determination if nothing else.
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Post by tctor68 » Subscribing Member » Tue May 05, 2015 6:47 pm
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Many Thanks Phil,

And after all your expertise in rebuilding the engine, which still running as sweet as a nut ;) even after 6 years on.

Have not worked out my MPG, but I think it would be quite good as far as cf 350 2.3 slant goes.

But then again I like to slip stream behind BIG artic lorries sitting at 60 mph on the big roads, lifting off the gas when the tow is caught.

Great for uphill sections :D

I think the free flow exhaust and k&n filter let it breath a lot better.

Don't know how accurate the speedo is , it reads 70 mph and can certainly catch up with lorries sitting at 60 mph

Tor
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Post by VDUB384 » Club admin » Wed May 06, 2015 8:38 am
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Hi Tor I wouldn't expect to get much in regards to mpg with the 350 and 2.3 slant bearing in mind the sheer weight of the vehicle, last time I had mine on a weigh bridge it was 2860kgs and that was with only half a tank of gas and no petrol I recon when I'm going to a show I'm well above 3500 kgs and then I've got the caravan behind although it doesn't seem to make any difference to the mpg being between 12.5/13.5 mpg on a run. Was getting roughly 17.5 on petrol.
Dave.
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Post by tctor68 » Subscribing Member » Wed May 06, 2015 11:53 am
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Hi Dave,
just worked out mpg roughly
being a 13 gall , 59 ltrs tank
266 miles in total and 65 ltrs used
Filled up when tank was just under 1/2 full on return leg
And sitting at 1/2 just now
So going by that
18.6 MPG

But will calculate better on next trip

So I am quite happy with that.

Will try and get the weight when full with all the gear next time home.

Back offshore tomorrow :cry: after an extra day at home due to weather issues in Shetland ;)

Tor

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Post by VDUB384 » Club admin » Thu May 07, 2015 8:09 am
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Hi Tor that sounds good mpg but the only true way to test it is to fill it to the brim then next time brim it again at the same pump same garage if possible it's only then you get the true amount you've used that's what I do with LPG although some pumps have less preasure than others which can give you false information but if your getting 18.6 your doing very well.
Dave.
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