A few weeks ago we had a five-day break down at The Old Oaks, Glastonbury but all did not go quite to plan.
We had loaded up the caravan over the weekend ready for an early departure on the Monday. I’d done the usual checks, including wheel nut torque and tyre pressure…. oops, the left was down from its normal 62 PSI to a lowly 50 PSI and the right hand side was sitting at 52 PSI. Now at home I have a compressor and air lines in the workshop and it’s a simple matter of pulling out the retractable airline and squirting a bit of air in the tyre, but one thing I don’t have is a suitable 12 volt air compressor. Never the one to miss a tool or accessory buying opportunity after loading the caravan we headed in the direction of one of the well-known auto stores. Finding the correct section in the store and reading all the boxes of the various options it seemed they didn’t have an offering that would hit the magical 62 PSI…. not even the all-singing digital set your pressure and bob’s your Uncle £60 version. OK I’d have to come up with an alternative. Continue reading
One thing that anyone new to towing feels nervous about is being overtaken. The pull and push as another, usually large vehicle overtakes can be so nerve wrecking for some that they never venture near a motorway. However a clever mathematician named Bernoulli back in the 1700’s had it all figured out.
So if you want to find out more, I’ve just published “Understanding the dynamics of towing – being overtaken” where all will be revealed.