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  1. Being a devils advocate, the rule states a gathering of no more than 6 people, it's as simple and understandable as that, the rules wording is not ambiguous. That a gathering of more than 6, atop a windy hill or on a wind lashed deserted beach is possibly of negligible or even nil risk, is of no consequence, likewise the chance of being caught and fined. We may like the rule or totally disagree with it, but should personally ponder on and answer this question, honestly. Why, are we again descending into the Coronavirus abyss, at a time of greatest annual ris
    13 points
  2. Towing a car behind a motor home has always seemed right up there with the best of them for me.
    12 points
  3. The bags aren’t for keeping them clean, Wildwood - they’re for keeping stuff stored around them clean - or in our case, keeping the shower clean as that’s the only place they can travel. John
    10 points
  4. Parking bays are tight enough without having extended mirrors to squeeze in as well. Mine go on when the caravan is coupled up and come off as soon as the caravan is unhitched. Takes about the same length of time as putting my shoes on, not really a hassle.
    9 points
  5. 8 points
  6. The other one that gets me are the people who, in mid holiday, when they take the loo cassette to the emptying point rinse it multiple times, add chemicals and a couple of litres of water only to put it in the caravan and start using it again! OK at the end of a stay it is nice to store it clean, but in mid stay when the first thing to happen is that it is going to be used again, why bother to give it more than a cursory rinse to make sure that it is empty? And why add water to rob yourself of capacity?
    8 points
  7. I think an experienced driver realises that he/she has a large box on wheels behind their towing vehicle which can be affected by things like cross winds, high sided vehicles passing, or indeed passing them and then drives sensibly to their abilities and their outfits abilities. Just because your tow car CAN pull your caravan at 60+ mph, that doesn't mean that you HAVE to drive at those speeds. Experienced drivers always drive within their abilities not at the limit of them.
    8 points
  8. Wow!! so many assumptions in so many virtuous posts! OK here's the score - I have BE entitlement on my licence, (along with A and D1 for those interested). I also am an IAM member, am part of the DVSA Enhanced Rider Scheme and train trainers. Up until recently, I rode a distinctively liveried motorcycle (at times) very quickly on public roads in a professional capacity ;-) Along with my Vito Campervan, I have the use of a BMW 320D, VW Up!, Toyota Hi-Lux, Range Rover Sport and a Land Rover Discovery None of this has ANY relevance to my original post and query which was asking ho
    8 points
  9. Folk describing the awesome towing capabilities of their car usually state they 'didn't know the caravan was there'. To me they shouldn't be towing if they don't know its there. Even with powerful cars, you still feel that something behind you is being pulled, even if just when puling away from standstill.
    8 points
  10. Mark I for one think you clearly DO expect too much! If you are THAT bothered about the locks then get off your high horse and fix them yourself! It’s not exactly a difficult job., You purchased a USED not new caravan so it’s utterly unreasonable to expect it to be in exactly the same condition as a new one, that’s why it doesn’t cost as much as a new one. Get a grip on reality man! Secondly you asked a question of the fitter. If you didn’t like the (truthful) answer that’s no-one else’s fault but yours! If you are unlikely to like the answer then don’t a
    6 points
  11. Just fancy that - a caravan dealer doing the right thing, apparently on their own volition, without the threat of court action etc. Perhaps they should be named as an example to all. Great to read something positive. 👍👍
    6 points
  12. Rather than trying to find scenarios that will fly open the face of the “Rule of six” why not expend a similar amount of energy employing a bit of common sense to things. I doubt if anyone is in favour of the new rules (which will be the law) but I suspect a lot more are not in favour of catching the virus. The new ruling is very clear, it just needs everyone to abide by them for three weeks to prevent the exponential increase in the number of cases. Rural counties such as mine have much lower rates of infections then big cities, but it is simply impractical/impossibl
    6 points
  13. Sounds neither rude nor unreasonable to ask questions. There’s some strange folk out there, personally I wouldn’t give it a second thought, and just move on.
    6 points
  14. I'm approaching State pension age. I've been Caravanning with my parents and beyond since I was around 7 or 8 years old. Earlier this year was the first time I'd been on a site with a dedicated tap!! Still don't take a TV, but often now have EHU, although not compulsory. You guys with the fully serviced pitches on sites with every amenity, good on you! Leave the little, quiet sites to us!!
    6 points
  15. I completely agree. In my opinion the OP has followed the advice as set out by HMG. He has transited through the non exempt countries without leaving the car so has no need to self isolate as in essence he completed that in Italy and Germany since he left Spain. Having been away here for the last two weeks, we've been to some places where I'd say we were a much greater risk than in a large site with plenty of space. I hope you had a great break, to be honest I'm a little envious as the weather here was rubbish. Glad it all worked out in the end.
    6 points
  16. He didn’t mention a towing vehicle until somebody else brought it up (post #4) and then he simply said it wasn’t an issue. Not once has he said he will be towing the caravan and not once has he said he will be towing his caravan with an inappropriate vehicle. Still, we shouldn’t let that get in the way of condemning him for something we know nothing about should we... comments such as are really quite disgraceful. What exactly gives you the knowledge and authority to make that statement. To tell him what he needs to do? Do you know that he int
    6 points
  17. No! After 24 years in the Army you have learned one way of respecting people and understanding how to behave around them. I spent 42 years in one branch of the civil service and learned a very different way of respecting people and understanding how to behave around them. I will joke and chat on first name terms with anyone, from senior politicians to office cleaners. Not so much "old school" as just one set of attitudes.
    5 points
  18. Me and OH toured Europe over the years until 4 years ago, when OH had to go on dialysis. The good thing is that you can choose how you do it. So he plumped for DIY (bags of fluid and flushing his kidneys four times a day), instead of attending hospital 3 days a week. So he could take his stuff with him. Doing this we took the decision to holiday in this country, even though we could have still toured abroad, but was too much hassle to have his equipment delivered to the relevant sites, so had to make sure we would book the site in whatever country we would be in at the time. Sadly, he die
    5 points
  19. I do think, and this is from experience, the poor old poled awning comes in for a bashing mainly from those who do not know or cannot be bothered to erect a poled awning correctly. I too used to be one of those people. I used to faff and fanny about with our awnings and was never happy with how it looked or performed in windy weather. When we had a demonstration of the then new, Kampa Fiesta Air Pro, we were sold on it. No more poles to mess about with etc etc.. Leaving aside the problems we encountered with our particular awning, once thing was up we just found it an unpleasant place to spend
    5 points
  20. "workshop monkey" That's rather demeaning. BH
    5 points
  21. I have a robot lawn mover, automatic car, smart light switches and bulbs, and other Alexa related items. I use the motor mover to move the caravan and use a drill (on the torque setting) to wind the steadies and screw in the awning pegs. Maybe I am really lazy! That said I am 47 years old get up at 5am every other morning to run 5 miles, work full time running an electronics company, have 3 boys under the age of 9 and plenty of other things to do with my precious time rather than waste it on manual tasks that can be made easier with modern fan dangled things like battery drills.
    5 points
  22. If I’m on holiday, I’m happy to spend a few quid here and there. If I couldn’t afford to boil water on gas, I wouldn’t be going on holiday....Each to their own.
    5 points
  23. I think you should spend more time enjoying your own holiday than worrying what everyone else is up to. If away for a few days my towing mirrors always stay on the car as not worth the hassle of taking them off and refitting. Funny enough the police have never pulled me over about it.
    5 points
  24. If the law says you need extended mirrors then you need them. I find these mirrors especially useful in seeing how close to the kerb/side of road the caravan wheels are, a rear view camera on the back of the caravan could not do that. A camera can not see in the blind spot at the side of the caravan that the normal car mirrors do not cover.
    5 points
  25. It isn't a case of "need"! Why do it the hard way when there is a tool available? Or should I get rid of my aquarolls and carry gerricans instead?
    5 points
  26. Some people may not have £5,000 or more sat doing nothing under the bed, but it doesn’t mean they don’t have a few hundred pounds of disposable income each month to buy something on HP. Not having thousands in the bank doesn’t mean you can’t use the legitimate means available to buy something. By your theory no one should be allowed a mortgage to buy a house either!
    5 points
  27. The seller has something to hide. A crack in a window is NOT fine !!! it is a fault and an expensive one to put right. Any seller who is reluctant to allow any sort of inspection is to be avoided like the plague. As for Faceache,,sorry Facebook,,,,,,,,,,,anything on there is dubious to say the least.
    5 points
  28. I cant understand those who have motor homes and then tow another vehicle behind. Just get a caravan. motor homes to me are just a expensive and inconvenient way to holiday. Got to pack everything away if you want to go out, find some where to park it which isnt easy at the best of times with a car and have to pay for an mot every year. caravans seem a more sensible option to me in every way
    5 points
  29. I’m convinced some folks take up caravans just to find (seemingly) pointless gadgets & tasks, but if it makes them happy fair enough. It’s sometimes more entertaining than watching TV. One of our Aquarolls is 25 years old now and so far the only problem has been that it seems to get heavier as I get older!
    5 points
  30. Don’t you just love all the hype, positioning and politics spouted about fossil fuels, hybrids, electric vehicles and the environment. Suppressing 🥱 All it will take is for some statistician to show more petrol owners than diesel owners caught Covid 19 and there will be a queue (2metres apart) for safer diesels at every showroom.
    5 points
  31. In my many years of caravan ownership I haven't heard that one.
    5 points
  32. According to the dictionary... Very experienced towers are identifiable by their false sense of smugness, and their need to tut at those less experienced, and slowly shake their head, whilst at the same time failing to recall that they too were once inexperienced.
    5 points
  33. It actually just means an absence of adverse characteristics!
    5 points
  34. What is a nuisance are HGV drivers who overtake slower HGV drivers on dual carriageways at 56 MPH taking miles to complete the maneuver and holding the rest of us up. The A50 and A14 in particular, especially going uphill, when they can't maintain their speed. Now that's really annoying.
    4 points
  35. First aid should be a core subject in schools.
    4 points
  36. Another view......... I owned and operated a 38 ton artic for a number of years averaging 80000 + miles a year in the UK. You may like to know that vehicles that follow you for mile after mile were considered a nuisance by me and many other HGV drivers. I would slowly bleed off my speed to a level where the following driver would decide to pass in order to get rid of them. Consciously deciding to follow another vehicle for mile after mile, in order to save fuel, is a ridiculous driving decision.
    4 points
  37. Something to bear in mind which newcomers to caravanning may not be aware of. When you buy one the supplying dealer is responsible for sorting out any problems and warranty claims. Other dealers often will not take this on, it is not like buying a car where other dealers of the same make will work on them. They do not take others on since the warranty work does not pay well and they are often fully booked up on their own customers caravans. Upsetting the supplying dealer over something trivial (to most people) can make it difficult in the future if something needs to be done.
    4 points
  38. I don't really see the problem, you asked him how he was, and he answered you. I'd probably have given the same answer if i was him. If he had unloaded his personal problem onto you when you hadn't asked, well thats a bit different, but you did ask him how he was.
    4 points
  39. I’ve got a 2014 Sorento, had a tow bar with universal wiring kit fitted about 18 months ago. Saved about £150 when the fitter checked it to his test circuit it worked fine. Wasn’t until I connected it to my caravan & drove into bad weather & the caravan side lights wouldn’t work. Turned out that my Unicorn 2 has quite a few side lights & led’s these overloaded the canbus wiring causing it to cut out. I switched the fog guard lights on so that it was safe to drive. Tow bar fitter came back, wasn’t happy & fitted a relay with separate power feed for the lights. Fitter had also
    4 points
  40. I would keep the van. catalogue every fault, with photos, and take a walkthrough with the dealer so they are aware of everything. I would then hand it to them to repair, then when ready take another walkthrough, preferably with an independent expert ( approved mobile service engineer, at their cost) and check repairs are to your satisfaction. hopefully at the end you’ll have a quality product.
    4 points
  41. MP - what has weights to do with this thread?
    4 points
  42. I don't understand why two people, not in the first flush of youth, with an 8 foot wide twin axle monster van, pitch up, then proceed to erect their mahoosive full size awning, so they can sit in it and watch the world, whatever the weather, for two days, then have to take it down and pack it all away again. I mean, what a faff for such a short time! How much space do two people need? If the weather is nice, why not just sit outside? Or if not, just sit in the van? I suppose it's horses for courses, it takes all sorts, and what suits one doesn't suit another!
    4 points
  43. Some perceive that all Diesel cars are going to be totally undesirable due to the Governments push towards all electric ones. My view is that diesel cars will become more desirable as time goes on, especially those more suited to towing. I have just changed my car, it’s another diesel. When I next change I will almost certainly have yet another. I have tried the petrol version of my current car, similar performance BUT max torque is higher up the Rev range so not ideal for towing.
    4 points
  44. In case there's anyone interested, or it helps anyone in the future, just a little update. We bought the 'van, mainly spurred on by the fact that they're selling like hot cakes and we didn't want to miss out. I did the B+E and passed first time (yay!) which gave me the confidence, having had even a little experience of pulling something behind me, to give my car a try. We've had 2 trips out in it now, going a little farther each time, and I'm mostly totally happy with how this car performs. The dual-carriageway near me is terrible for crosswinds, and I drove on it the ot
    4 points
  45. Car transporters seem to cause very strange air currents. Don't get too close behind one and overtake very carefully ! John.
    4 points
  46. Strange, how, from a simple request about dimensions only from the OP, with no request, or mention at all for info about towing or weights or suggested vehicle type etc. the thread meandered as it did. I was always taught, by parents and my peers in my work, that I should deal with facts and not presumptions. Saves time and prevents coming to incorrect conclusions.
    4 points
  47. It really demonstrates how little “thinking time” you can get. Ignoring any influencing factors that went from twitch to calamity very quickly.
    4 points
  48. look don't be so hasty. there is a pandemic on right now and things are going to be different for a while, accept that you will just have to adapt to the current times. Just because you can't get the site you want for the length of time you want in the location you want doesn't mean you have to throw the toys out the pram. Adapt like everyone else accept the situation for now AND support the clubs and sites in other locations, there is room for all of us!!!!! Honestly!!!!!!!
    4 points
  49. Its just a comment for goodness sake.... Its also said many times in the HGV world which is simply to do with power but no on here the " saying / comment " is being disected yet again on here to the point of stupidity..... I have a very light two berth which I tow with a Mercedes E350 Coupe ( diesel bluetec) AMG) and on the odd occasion when pulling away you would think the "caravan was not there " maybe another stupid saying to some simply due to the torque backed up with power. Of course my caravan is there I can see it in my mirrors......🤪🤪🤪...... Chill Out Brothers .....😇
    4 points
  50. Enough power and stability for stress free towing,
    4 points
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