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  1. 8 points
    Despite nearly 40 years of caravanning experience, I'm still capable of stupidity - relying too much on the automatic changeover, I managed to empty both my Calor Lites without noticing - I discovered on arrival yesterday to a CL in Sedgefield so asked the site owner if he knew of Calor dealers in the area - he not only phoned the local caravan dealer for me but took one of his empty steel 6kg cylinders to a local shop, exchanged it for a full one and lent it to use to cook dinner last night - so a big thank you to Peter Littlefair at Donnewell Farm CL, Sedgefield. I phoned the dealer myself to find out when their next delivery was of Calor Lites, it was today and they offered to take my number and call when the delivery arrived - they called just before lunch so we hotfooted it to exchange two Calor Lites - they explained they'd written my number down wrongly and couldn't contact me initially but remembered I'd said we were at Sedgefield so they rang round local sites until the owner recognised our name and gave them the correct number - so thanks for your detective work to Matt at Kimberley Caravans, Darlington.
  2. 5 points
    I have just had my faith in humanity restored today by the response from the brilliant citizens of Scunthorpe to an incident that befell me this morning . We were returning home from a weekend at the lovely Brookside caravan site at Burton upon Stather when the unthinkable happened , we had travelled no more than four miles when the nearside caravan wheel became detached , the caravan made an alarming noise & I managed to bring everything to a safe stop . A lovely couple in the car following us stopped & picked up the wheel & one of the studs they had seen fly off , they were very concerned about us & helped look for more studs . I carried the wheel back to the van & started to assess the situation , the van was resting on the chassis , spare wheel carrier & motor mover , the mudguard trim had been ripped away from the body & the wheel & tyre were both scuffed. At this point another kind person pulled up & offered to take me back to where he had seen wheel studs flying off , we went back & I found two more studs & some wheel balance weights , he then took me to a local tyre depot & I bought some new studs before returning back to the car & van . He offered to help me raise the van , I got out my hydraulic jack which unfortunately I couldn’t use as there wasn’t enough gap to fit in , my new buddy got out his car jack before I could get mine & managed to get it under the Chassis , another guy then stopped & lay on the road turning the very stiff jack handle to start raising the van enough fo me to get my bottle jack under . Before he could manage the lift yet another brilliant guy stopped & he proved to be the icing on the cake , he was a tyre fitter on the way to a breakdown & he got out his trolley jack & raised the van up enough to get the wheel back on , he checked the stud holes in the brake drum & found one a bit worn , he wondered if one stud had started to loosen in that hole causing vibration that may have started loosening the other studs , I had checked my wheels before we left the site as I always do , I have the visual plastic alignment plugs fitted on each bolt that supposedly helps you to spot if any have turned , there was nothing amiss when we left the site so what happened next is really concerning to me . We refitted the wheel & used my torque wrench to tighten the studs & finally were able to set off home , I took the tyre fitters advice & shunned the motorways & returned via the A18 , I stopped a couple of times during the 40 odd mile journey & rechecked the wheel studs , apologies to anyone following me earlier , I don’t think I went above 40 mph . My main concern after returning home was getting the van onto the drive with the mover but luckily it coped ok & the van has been emptied & I am deciding what to do next . It definitely needs a new wheel carrier/ brake drum on the near side & I would suppose it might be prudent to change both sides , the underside could do with a good check out as well . my main reason for writing this is to thank everyone who stopped & helped , the great people of Scunthorpe have really restored my faith in people’s good nature .👍👍👍👍👍
  3. 5 points
    This case just proves the world really is going mad and the law is an ass. No-one is expected to take responsibility for their own actions, looking at your phone while crossing the road is deemed acceptable and someone else should pay you for doing it. Good for the lawyers, of course!
  4. 5 points
    Wow, thanks for all comments guys.....the term "light the blue touch paper and stand well back" springs to mind Just goes to show what a diverse world we live in with equally diverse views....but then current affairs should have taught me that by now! As you may have guessed, I posted just after having battled through the Saturday traffic on the journey here, set up all the services, gone 10 rounds with the awning all in considerable heat. So having the rule book metaphorically thrust in my face just as I sat down wasn't wholly welcome at that time. It was all about tone, delivery etc and that can't adequately be communicated in a forum post. I still don't understand the 6m rule - the warden seemed to be suggesting any part of the outfit (ie car, van, awning), shouldn't be within 6m of a neighbour. But there are umpteen examples around this site alone of that not being upheld. And there have been so many times on CMC sites that I have been required to park on grass to comply with the required parking format so genuinely thought I was doing the right thing. I didn't realise (as one responder suggests) that there is a formal rule stating that car, van and awning have to be on a hardstanding part of a pitch. When we arrived at 12:15 yesterday there was just one other car in this line of pitches so no clues that we were doing anything wrong. Anyway, many of you will be pleased to know that I am sitting in the awning admiring the sweeping vistas of Solihull's finest output. Mind you, the colour of the car blends effortlessly into the threatening grey of the sky behind it! That is the conclusion we have come to also.
  5. 5 points
    Your neighbour there has a nice piece of grass in front of his awning where he can sit out with his table and chairs etc. I imagine so do you in front of your awning. Why should your neighbour have to put up with your vehicle parked next to his awning. Your vehicle should be across the front of your van. To my mind you are just being selfish, a touch of I,m alright jack.
  6. 4 points
    As someone who was actually involved in the enforcement of speed limits, and later in the implementation of new limits I can throw some light on the subject. New speed limits are implemented by the local Highways Authority (usually the county councils) It’s nearly always driven by local councillors who, along with an awful lot of people, seem to think that if there has been a crash then the only answer is to impose a lower speed limit. Often that’s NOT the answer and what’s ACTUALLY required is an engineering solution such as widening a visibility splay or providing a dedicated right turn lane etc. These councillors have no qualifications in road safety but are entrusted to make road safety decisions. Being politicians they are always looking at the next election, so are never going to disagree with their voters if they are asked for a lower speed limit. The reason being if there is ever another crash the parishioners will say to the councillors “It’s your fault, if you hadn’t opposed the lower speed limit that WE wanted this wouldn’t have happened” So they lose that persons vote! Since leaving the employ of the county council I have (unsuccessfully) opposed a number of proposed speed limit reductions. I have researched the available data and put forward reasons why any reduction in the speed limit is unnecessary and the real solution is an engineering one. (I do hold a professional qualification in road safety from ROSPA) I have attended public meetings and attempted to question the decision, but you are not allowed to question anyone, you just get three minutes to speak, you are not allowed to ask any questions, and at EXACTLY three minutes you are cut off, even if that’s in mid sentence, yes really! So unqualified councillors hold all the power and, in my experience NEVER oppose a reduction of a speed limit. People with far better knowledge, understanding and most importantly, professional qualifications are unable to become involved and neither are they afforded the opportunity to put forward any argument against the proposal, the (unqualified) councillors hold ALL the power. I have never heard of any speed limit being decreased either! So to sum up many speed limit reductions are the result of knee jerk reactions made by people with all the power but NO understanding of, or qualifications in, the complex subject of road safety and those that DO have both are actually prevented from having any input. Crazy isn’t it? Andy
  7. 4 points
    I’d stay the night on a site near to the dealer so that you can return the next day if anything isn’t working or as promised. Also, I add on at least 10 minutes per hour when towing, so a solo 3’15” becomes nearer the 4 hour mark. John
  8. 4 points
    I don't give a monkeys what other drivers think when I am obeying a speed limit.
  9. 4 points
    Am I the only person who goes into a restaurant because I want to eat there? Am I the only person who doesn't negotiate discounts to eat there?
  10. 4 points
    Actually this statement is simply not true. If for instance I believe that the earth is flat are you saying my opinion is as valid as some who believes the earth is err earth shaped. However this statement does explain why we end end up in the sorry situation we are in today. And I don’t just mean climate change.
  11. 4 points
    To be fair, believing that climate change is scientific fact given the weight of evidence does suggest that my, and the majority of other peoples opinion is correct. Sorry to disappoint you, but your denial that climate change is man made does rather put you on the fringes of the argument. Some people still believe that God created the Earth and that it's flat. He didn't and it isn't, so my opinion is more valid in this case and I suggest that it's same with climate change.
  12. 4 points
    for me a bathroom scale a bit wood is good enough
  13. 4 points
    Feasible is not the same as desirable or practical though
  14. 4 points
    Check for damp more than anything.
  15. 4 points
    Normal in every caravan. The fridge will only run off the car battery and then only actually operates when he car is moving in effect. The fridge would flatten a caravan battery in no time. USe gas.
  16. 4 points
    The breakaway cable isn't pulling the full 1500kg - just the force to apply the handbrake, then it beaks.
  17. 4 points
    For the record, Caravan Talk is independent and provides a free forum for caravanners but has no affiliation with any other forum. As has been stated, one of our moderators happens also to moderate the CMC's "Club Together" forum, and there will also be some members who register with more than one forum. We have no control or influence over any forum other than Caravan Talk and our sister site Motorhome Talk therefore your question should be directed to the Caravan and Motorhome Club. Admin.
  18. 4 points
    We share one moderator David Klein, but again I would suggest asking the CMC moderators on the Caravan Club forum if you want a straight answer, that way it keeps your problem where it belongs.
  19. 4 points
    Totally unofficial, and I can only speak from a personal fire service perspective. Absolutely no no objection at all. If car or caravan van catches fire it doesn’t matter to us, we can put out either, or both. It’s not that common an event for a car to catch fire in use, car fires are normally started deliberately. I’ve never been to a caravan fire which started in the caravan while it was being towed. In nearly 20 years of service. In the far more common RTC (crash) situation a hitchlock makes no difference at all. If either car or caravan has turned over, it’s pretty much impossible to release a hitch without a lock on it, there’s a lot of load on it. Think how hard it is to release a compressed hitch when the outfit is on all 6 wheels. We carry tools that that will separate a caravan from the towcar at least as quickly as you could do it on a site. Personally, if there’s any chance I might leave the caravan unattended while it’s hitched to the car, I fit my hitchlock at the beginning of the journey and it stays on.
  20. 4 points
    We need to get rid of people not cars, the planet is over populated and it's only going to get worse. We'll all be dead soon so at least that's something to look forward to.
  21. 3 points
    I agree with that Dave - my point is that, insurance or not, for a ruling to say someone can walk into the road looking at their phone, not concentrating on the traffic, ignore the shouts and air horn of the cyclist and not be responsible, seems perverse. Sure, all road users have to be aware of the unexpected but there are limits!!
  22. 3 points
    Has the M4 been re-routed to Yorkshire?
  23. 3 points
    When did I ever say anything about being a solicitor?? I find your assumption highly insulting. However, at least you acknowledge I am qualified and I know you aren't. The fact is you are very wrong and have provided misleading information to the members of this forum. Read you caravan's warranty details, terms & conditions. Are they addressed to the owner or the dealer it was purchased from? Could you take your caravan to an Elddis approved workshop for warranty repairs or only to the original dealer? Does the owner or the dealer have to comply with the T&Cs? According to your logic, if the dealer ceases to trade the warranty must terminate as the manufacturer cannot have any warranty arrangements with a non-existent company. I never stated T&Cs override legislation. I clearly stated that a warranty is issued in addition to and as an enhancement to consumer legal rights. Every warranty clearly advises that nothing in it affects statutory rights. There are many independent, non-dealer, workshops around the country approved by major manufactures to carry out servicing, repairs and warranty work. Costs are generally cheaper than main dealerships and standards often higher.
  24. 3 points
    There are warning signs at a distance. They are round with a red border and have a big number in the middle, usually a multiple of 10. Or do you only obey speed limits if you expect a camara to be around?
  25. 3 points
    If they really were seen as cash cows an awful lot more of them would be working at any one time!
  26. 3 points
    It is extremely dangerous to make such sweeping, and totally inaccurate, statements. The circumstances described by the OP are very common in long term warranties across a range of products, not just caravans. To start with the T&Cs form a legally binding contract between the warranty issuer (the manufacturer) and the buyer (the owner). If either party breaches any of the T&Cs the contract can be voided. The relationship between the warranty, manufacturer and dealer is purely the covering of costs and materials. Bear in mind that many manufacturers approve non-dealership workshops to carry out warranty repairs and some dealerships will accept warranty work on items they didn't sell. The original selling dealer may never be involved in a warranty claim. It's also been known for a manufacturer to send a replacement part direct to the customer under the warranty. To state the warranty is only between the manufacturer and selling dealer is ridiculous. Any warranty is issued in addition and as an enhancement to legal rights and the wording of them makes this quite clear. It is inaccurate to just say that legislation overrides warranties. Consumer legislation is aimed at resolving/enforcing matters where there is no warranty or where there is a warranty the seller will not act reasonably.
  27. 3 points
    If you would like to look at a forum where members have a real good first class bitter and sometimes personal argument, try the Caravan and motorhome Club. They won't let you down! This forum in my opinion is generally very informative and helpful.
  28. 3 points
    Seriously get somebody with some caravan electrics training/knowledge to look at this. Everybody is trying to second guess this on a image that to me is confusing. There appears to be two wires going into the loose connector, or am I imagining the light brown (white/orange?) wire looping behind the red. Is the fuse connector actually attached to the connector that the black wire is going into, the perspective is confusing, and I don't think it is. And where is the dark brown wire going, it looks wrong and I can't work out what it is looping into. Simple rule - Don't play around with electrics if you are not sure what you are doing.
  29. 3 points
    Interested to know how it gets in that sate to begin with? Buy a pump action garden spray with a lance and fill with diluted Fenicks and spray on. Use a long handled brush and then rinse off. Prevention is better than cure so regular washing is the best way of prevention. David
  30. 3 points
    What you have, might not be what you think it is. We see loads of the newer style decals (the larger ones, that tend to have different designs incorporated into them) with what people often think are streak marks. They are actually where water has run from natural points, like the tiny joint gaps in awning rails, or any other point that make rain water run down from one single place as a constant flow. This often almost removes the design within the decal in a line, hence why you cannot remove what you think is a streak, because it's the decal design or colour that's been removed by the flow of constant water. This might almost sound daft, because you'd think the decal would be good enough to withstand this. The easiest way to determine this is to see if it's effected the line directly above and below the decal. Plus check if there is a corresponding joint in the awning rail, to allow the water to naturally flow from this point. The above reads more complex than it actually is, but should make sense.
  31. 3 points
    Who do you think buys all the stuff they produce? All we have done is offshore our carbon emissions, to take it seriously we need to set standards for what we import.
  32. 3 points
    Britain’s first 150kW ultra-fast electric car chargers are coming soon. The next generation of ultra-fast electric car charging is coming to Britain with BP Chargemaster revealing the UK’s first 150kW charger unit. Called the Ultracharge 150, the new unit will go live soon on BP Chargemaster’s Polar public charging network. It was launched to the public at the recent Fully Charged Live show at Silverstone. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/cars/new-cars/britains-first-150kw-ultra-fast-electric-car-chargers-are-coming-soon/ar-AACFEmr?li=AAnZ9Ug
  33. 3 points
    And why not. Why should people / firms get away with shoddy / poor service without anyone else knowing about it. I thought this country had free speech. Obviously not to Black Grouse So its okay to praise firms but not to complain. Either both or none in my opinion. If ever I get shoddy or unfair service I always go to Trustpilot to share my experiences.
  34. 3 points
    Hi All Just thought I would recommend a caravan breaker I used the other day they sell parts for Bailey and other makes all models including today's models They are based in Halifax and are SFM Caravan Parts they are very friendly and professional fast delivery service to. This may be of use to others searching for parts.
  35. 3 points
    Remember in the 80's, 19.2kbaud was the fastest possible transfer over phone lines and it would never be quicker, physically impossible. Along came broadband and look how it evolved. Just imagine when electricity first became available and people said 'oh that will never work, we'd have to cables to every house, cant be done, ridiculous' Ditto water, sewage, telecoms etc. Blind optimism isnt good nor is a blinkered cant be done attitude either, a sensible review with all of the data on the table is whats needed and a plan forward. HS2 is a complete white elephant, shaving only minutes off current journey time for the huge investment that its had and still needs a lot more. Spend that money on a green charging infrastructure.
  36. 3 points
    It does not need every one owning an EV before CMC sites are impacted by the on site charging them. It only needs the number charging on site to impact costs, and, or, the iniquity of non users subsidising users to become a touchy issue. IMO, we are not that far off either touch point, certainly far nearer than 50 years.
  37. 3 points
    Quite often people post when they have a genuine issue, which is fine, or just want to moan - just like to say we are out again in ours and it’s fantastic - wonderful to spend time in (and out of) and a great home from home. Don’t know if we are lucky or just get on with enjoying being out and about No complaints 👌 One day we will probably get a bigger van - it’ll be a wrench in many ways.
  38. 3 points
    Yes but!!! You then have the problem of needing to produce the hydrogen needed to power those fuel cells. The easiest source is from water but you need electricity to separate it from the oxygen. Chicken, egg?? Then there is the issue of refuelling, Liquid hydrogen needs to be either very cold or under enormous pressure. Now how do you keep things very cold? Ah that would be via refrigeration, and that requires? Electricity of course. And how do you pressurise something? You use a pump, and they are usually powered by? Yep you got it! Mr amp! Then there is the danger associated with a highly compressed highly flammable substance being sat in a tank in the back of your car. Think Hindenburg! That wasn’t highly pressurised by the flammability issue is the same. (I suppose the technology is already present with LPG tanks, but they weigh a lot so will effect fuel consumption. You CAN make fuel from plants, but we are going to need a lot more food to feed everyone, so can we spare the space to grow plants to make fuel to power our cars so we can drive to the supermarket to buy our food?? Cynical, wot me??? Andy
  39. 3 points
    There were ample car spaces on our arrival and convenient to the main entrance. The entry to the caravan parking bays was clearly signposted there were large black and white sign boards stating caravans only and the bays were painted to that effect. I suppose there are always going to be brain dead car drivers. Quite frightening to think they share the road.
  40. 3 points
    It looks like the sort of long and narrow pitch where I would have expected to park my car in front of awning or caravan to be honest. Therefor not a pitch I would have chosen - which site was it?
  41. 3 points
    Pedants - Please ask yourselves - "Why are some topics locked off?" "Why do posters fall out and argue?" "Is it always the fault of Admin/Mods?"
  42. 3 points
    Perhaps you should be asking the Caravan Club moderators on the CMC Forum, why would you expect the answer to be on Caravan Talk?
  43. 3 points
    I arrived in Portsmouth in the evening to spend the night on the dockside ready for departure at 08.45 the next day. That was towards the end of October last year. The BF guy assured me that I wouldn’t need to move the outfit until 05.30 the next morning, so I locked the car and got settled in the caravan. My fridge was brim full so the first job was to get it running on gas. But it wasn’t to be. As soon as I released the gas valve, the pilot light went out. Even after holding for several minutes, the light still went out. Finally, I got a walking stick from the car and wedged it between the gas valve plunger and the drawer unit across the gangway. Success! The fridge temperature began to drop. After fifteen minutes I removed the stick – but the pilot light still went out. The fridge had definitely developed a fault. I relit it – and replaced the stick. Throughout the evening the fridge maintained a low temperature and it was fine until the early hours when I needed to limbo dance across to the bathroom! I will add a note of warning here – there are risks attached to artificially holding open a gas valve. That’s the job of the thermocouple. When the bulb heats up, it sends an ‘open’ signal to the gas valve. As it cools down, the gas valve closes. Now the danger in artificially holding open the valve is that, should the pilot light get blown out, the gas valve would remain open, filling the space with gas – causing an explosive situation. 5am - and it was time to start preparing to move so I removed the walking stick and the pilot light went out. I turned the gas off at the bottle. There was definitely a job on the to-do-list. Throughout the next four months in Spain, the fridge worked well on site electric. In fact, I didn’t use any gas at all. Only now, towards the end of May have I got around to thinking about doing some work on the caravan. During the eight years that I’ve owned the van, the fridge hasn’t had any attention so a service was well overdue. But that calls for the fridge to be pulled out. First I removed the four covers inside the fridge and then the screws securing the fridge in its housing. The fridge pulled forward three or four inches but then was held because of the gas supply pipe. To reach that, I had to remove the sink. Once that was out, the compression fitting on the gas pipe could be loosened and the joint pulled apart. Next, the two electric cables were disconnected. After that was done, the fridge was free to pull forward, out of its housing and laid on its front. First, the burner cover was removed and the burner itself was unscrewed. With the gas union disconnected, the tiny jet was shaken out. It’s important that the hole in the jet isn’t probed – a blast of air is sufficient to clear any debris. Fitted on either side of the gas supply are the thermocouple bulb and the piezo spark igniter. Both needed to be removed. After taking out the baffle from the chimney, I used a long wire brush to remove soot, rust and other debris inside the chimney, followed by a hard blow through. Next, it was time to test the thermocouple so the nipple was unscrewed from the gas valve. With a candle flame applied to the thermocouple bulb, using a voltmeter, a reading was taken. It showed a little over 19mV. Using some wire wool, I gave the bulb a clean and took another reading. Just the same. A satisfactory reading would have been in excess of 25. Fortunately, I had a new thermocouple on stand-by. Not identical but the same length. New thermocouples are available from caravan dealers for around £40+ but they are also available on ebay from a tenner and they all use similar unions. They come in various lengths. The burner was reassembled and re-fixed at the bottom of the chimney. With the fridge standing on its base, I connected a temporary pipe across the break in the gas supply pipe. When the gas cleared from the pipework, I held the gas valve open, pressed the piezo plunger a few times and saw the gas ignite. After a few seconds, I released the gas valve and the pilot continued to burn. Success! As they say in Haynes – refitting is a reversal of removal. It’s quite a struggle to get the fridge back into its housing because of its weight and the fact that the fridge requires lifting on to two wooden bearers. The two bearers on which the fridge sits. Clean the drop vents and check that the mesh is intact. If parts are carefully laid out as they are removed, nothing is missed on reassembly. Once the fridge was secured, the sink could be replaced. The flue was correctly positioned working from the outside through the top fridge vent. Finally, with the gas bottle turned on, the oven was lit, the fire was lit and the fridge started. A manometer was connected into the gas supply and the appliances turned off, one by one. Then the gas bottle was turned off leaving the manometer showing a reading of 39mb. It was gratifying to go for a coffee, then come back to see the pressure was holding.
  44. 3 points
    Hi @Lettielou Whale customer service lines are open today. Please contact our Customer Support Team who will do all they can to assist you with your query. Contact details below. Tel: 02891 270531 (weekdays) or 0845 217 2933 (weekends) Email: info@whalepumps.com Alternatively send me the best number to get you on in a private message and I will get one of our team to give you a call today. Best wishes Rachel
  45. 3 points
    From my professional point of view, after 30 years of policing, I always travel with my hitchlock in place. I am aware of at least two instances where caravans have indeed been stolen off the back of a towcar whilst parked and unattended. Both were at lay-bys where public toilets are situated and the drivers had “Only stopped for a pee”! Both caravans fully “loaded” with all the usual holiday stuff. Neither were ever seen again. Just think how how long it would take for someone to pull up alongside your rig, unhitch the caravan and hitch it to another vehicle, 20, 30 seconds? Whilst that is happening their mate sticks a different number plate over yours with a couple of pads of double sided number plate fixing tape. Off they drive with £20 K++ of YOUR property. It’s dead easy to loiter in such a location with a suitably equipped vehicle just waiting for a suitable opportunity isn’t it? Which way did they go? Have they taken the first turning left (or right) Do they have somewhere not visible from the road a couple of miles away? What are the chances of a police car being within 10 miles and spotting it (with someone else’s number plate on it)? Yes folks it happens, and most insurers won’t pay out. The chances of ever needing to unhitch in THAT much of a hurry are, in my view, vastly less than the chances of someone nicking my caravan, therefore I choose to always fit my hitch lock. Others feel differently, personal choice again. Andy
  46. 3 points
    Still Roughing it @£8 p/n
  47. 3 points
    Wind turbines are fine if you like the countyside being turned into an industrial site, and the wind is blowing. Solar is fine as long as it is day time. There is very little further capacity for hydro-electric power in the UK. What is needed is for people to get over their phobias about nuclear power stations.
  48. 3 points
    Probably the OP er might not know the term "floating roof" and the implications? Two basic methods are currently in vogue to build roofs, one involves laying a sheet of aluminium over the roof sealing it at the van's edges and where openings etc are made. This free sheet will expand and ripple in response to solar heating, all harmlessly doing its thing and of zero concern: that is the so called floating roof. The other popular technology is to use a fully bonded sandwich of aluminium (or grp), foam core and some inner skin. These can delaminate if faulty or exposed to too much solar heat, though even this is not a big structural issue unless extensive and so causing a physical weakness. If as suggested Coachman use floating aluminium roofs then ripple is to be expected and harmless.
  49. 2 points
    Would you not need a DVB tuner? https://www.tektouch.net/TV/tv-usb-stick-laptops.php#HaupWi
  50. 2 points
    My pal has a house in France (And has had it for many years) he speaks fluent French. He regaled me with a conversation he had with a neighbour who is a Gendarme. ”We French like rules, but only obey the ones we think sensible, You British hate rules, but slavishly obey every single one, why?” Which, I think it fair to say, does sum up the different attitudes in our two countries. In all the years I have been camping in France (Motor home and caravan) I have frequently been instructed as to exactly which pitch to occupy, but I have NEVER been instructed HOW to occupy said pitch! Andy
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