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Post by mikeelawson Tue Dec 12, 2023 3:42 pm

Because water collects on the roof, I have put my Nuevo on chocks on the drive to drain th water to one side during winter. I am assuming there is no long term issues with this? [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]


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Post by IanH Tue Dec 12, 2023 3:59 pm

None I can think of...
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Post by Cymro Tue Dec 12, 2023 4:08 pm

mikeelawson wrote:Because water collects on the roof, I have put my Nuevo on chicks on the drive to drain th water to one side during winter. I am assuming there is no long term issues with this? [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] alt="" />

Fine - but I don't think it'll do the "chicks" any good!

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Post by Askit Tue Dec 12, 2023 4:23 pm

Cymro wrote:

Fine - but I don't think it'll do the "chicks" any good!

Cymro

Does seem like a "cheep" solution though.

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Post by orac Wed Dec 13, 2023 3:42 pm

Tyres can develop flat spots if not turned for lengthy periods.
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Post by lcparker Wed Dec 27, 2023 1:18 pm

We've bought a Maypole roof cover to try to keep the roof clean over winter  🫰

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Post by Paulco Wed Dec 27, 2023 4:17 pm

Three issues arose with our Symbol parked on a sloping driveway with passenger side on the lower tarmac surface:

1} Water run-off from the windscreen overflowed the water channel below the windscreen and water ran into the engine compartment. The water drain hole was at the high end of the channel and as changing the direction the vehicle was parked was not wanted, the solution was to add a new drain hole and drain pipe.

2) The refrigerator will not cool when the vehicle is on our driveway as it exceeds the maximum specified angle for the fridge which is about 5 degrees in one plane. This prevents pre-cooling the fridge before a journey.

3) Using chocks on the driveway to try to improve levelling resulted in distortion and damage to the chocks after long term use as the driveway was uneven.
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Post by nuevoboy Wed Dec 27, 2023 5:01 pm

I did the same as Mike when we had our nuevo and the water happily drained straight off the back without any problems.
Unfortunately the overcab seam leaked at the front and I ended up with a repair bill of £2500 back at A/S.
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Post by Caraman Wed Dec 27, 2023 5:46 pm

It maybe worth experimenting with a chock on the rear n/s instead of front n/s wheel.  The van naturally slopes forward so this exaggerates the slope but to the o/s.  This is what I used to do until I tired of chocks and had levelling jacks fitted.  All my tyres are now off the ground, so no flat spots, with a slight slope to the o/s.  It doesn't stop the fridge from working but it is sufficient for the fridge door to stay open when not in use.  The elevated wheels make fitting covers and checking the tyres for stones and damage much easier.
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Post by orac Wed Dec 27, 2023 5:58 pm

Caraman wrote:It maybe worth experimenting with a chock on the rear n/s instead of front n/s wheel.  The van naturally slopes forward so this exaggerates the slope but to the o/s.  This is what I used to do until I tired of chocks and had levelling jacks fitted.  All my tyres are now off the ground, so no flat spots, with a slight slope to the o/s.  It doesn't stop the fridge from working but it is sufficient for the fridge door to stay open when not in use.  The elevated wheels make fitting covers and checking the tyres for stones and damage much easier.
Have you found the levelling jacks reliable and what type?
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Post by Caraman Wed Dec 27, 2023 6:12 pm

orac wrote:
Have you found the levelling jacks reliable and what type?
I have the less common and cheaper all-electric AutoLift4 levelling system.  I've only seen one other van with one and they were happy with it just as we have been with ours.  So far it has been reliable.  The two disadvantages compared to the hydraulic ones are that they don't elevate quite as high, but on my van they are high enough and better than the wedges they replaced, and elevation is a two stage process.  The first stage is folding down the jacks without them striking the ground.  The second stage is inserting pads beneath the jacks and then elevating.  I wrote a couple of reviews here:

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Post by scmarf Wed Dec 27, 2023 6:53 pm

I put a pro-tec cover on our Clubman but as it has a roof rack which would normally turn into a garden pond I rope an upturned laundry basket in the middle. It works a treat. I also put it on axle stands and wire a solar panel to the vehicle battery. Leisure battery is isolated and occasionally charged through the on-board charger. Engine can still be run occasionally as long as the cover is removed from the exhaust area.
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Post by orac Wed Dec 27, 2023 7:03 pm

Thanks Caraman. Excellent review. Most informative.
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