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  1. Hi We have converted three VW Transporters, a Vivaro and part modified the infamous coach!
  2. We are very experienced motorhomers and are now looking (third time) at a first attempt at caravanning. Weve used them in the past borrowing from who ever would lend us one, plus an old one we had given. After looking at many, we will only consider Hobby. As mentioned, if body length is over 7metres it can only be towed by a vehicle weighing over 3500kg. That's the body length, not the length including A frame. The spec of the Hobby, the sheer solidness of it and a more than generous payload have steered us. We may import one from Germany which is very easy compared t
  3. Yes I am aware, thankyou I'm looking at a Fiat Ducato van that's 3800kg. We would convert that intonation camper As far as I'm.aware, theres nothing less commercial that can do the job Russ
  4. We have a 10 series in the motorhome. The fins needs deep icing fairly regularly and I agree about condensation dripping out. Thst said it's the only fridge and freezer that worked well in Italy at 40C Russ
  5. The Alsace wine routes in September all being well.
  6. In this respect, we are switching our Max over to an Italian pet passport. The pet passport "nationality" does not have to match the passport of the owner. My regular Italian vet can sort this out but a couple of phonecalls to vets in Dunkerque confirmed our Max can drop on to a French EU passport. Problem goes away. Russ
  7. Evening all, We are looking at two models from Hobby, both 7xx series. The body length is just shy of eight metres and the total length including the A frame is nine metres. As a result of the body length being over seven metres, we are aware that we must tow with a vehicle over 3500kg, which is fine as we have a van that fits the bill, but, ideally, if we buy the Hobby, we would like to tow with something slightly less commercial. Does anyone have a Hobby with the extra long body length and if so what are you towing with. Link to regulations regarding t
  8. Contact them Alan. Use he contact form from the Eurotunnel home page. You will need to quote your frequent traveller account number. In the comments, ask for an extension. Cheers R
  9. I'd always be tempted to take a refund because it is clear, not all companies will survive this crisis and hence, a voucher may be worthless. Russ
  10. Hi I have a frequent traveller account and would have normally been in the middle of a journey around now. I've contacted Eurotunnel and they extended my "deal" initially by three months, but then a further nine. Three was OK, but I'm over the moon with nine. Cheers Russ
  11. Yes, we are camping on the drive. We have hook up and have rigged up "mains drainage!" Russ
  12. We are continuing to test at our garage. You would be horrified at some of the stuff that comes in. Maybe I am bias and have a business interest, but a car on the road with split tyres etc is a disaster waiting to happen - and yes - one rolled in and the customer was actually going to cancel! Russ
  13. We are just carrying on regardless. We usually go to Italy for a month in May, but if we can't go, so be it, we will bring forward our Chernobyl/Pripyat holiday pencilled in for next year to September. We are recently back from Italy and as said, carry on regardless. Russ
  14. In a word, yes, the route is suitable. Lorries, coaches and every man and his dog uses it. We use the A75 as it is toll free but after that, leave the motorways. Cheers Russ
  15. We are still hopeful of our April break. It's sad to see our friends in dire straights. One owns a campsite and she will have to open two or three weeks later than planned. As soon as the borders are fully open, we are going. Not bothered if we cant get back though Russ
  16. Google search "Rhino Installs" Cheers Russ
  17. Yes, you'd need some BISS coes. I'm not a legal advisor but I'm not certain of the legality of watching BBC etc through 28.5 instead of 28.2! Russ
  18. We have a 5000kg motorhome and so it "enjoys" the £165 per year tax disc (1). My understanding is that there were so few vehicles in the 3500kg - 7500kg category - and those that were were mostly horseboxes - the taxing has never altered. The 26000kg coach conversion that we owned was also £165 per year. 4000 miles per year - glad we are not one of those! Russ
  19. We have the Truma and even in night mode, there is some noise. That said, it didnt keep us awake! Russ
  20. We used Milbamax For Sydney's worm medication. We always did the treatment in Italy as it was a lot cheaper than France - captive audience and all that near the port! Russ
  21. A bit more progress with this, particularly in reference to ventilation. I "think" that UK built vehicles have to be built with fixed, high level ventilation. However, this is where it gets interesting - a German van for example does not! This may explain why roof vents are available either with fixed ventilation or without. In respect of ventilation, the boiler is vented to outside, so that's not an issue. If then oven and hob is on, the chances are there's an open window, but in any case, the van is far from airtight. We are in the van at present and can confirm that
  22. Hi We have two types of heki roof lights. We have two of the smaller type, made by MPK in Germany and a larger Dometic type. All three let wind come in and we are searching for a solution. For the two smaller ones, we have taped up the vent area using coach windscreen tape (!) and for the rear one, I've today fitted a rubber strip that I got from Dometic. For the smaller type, has anyone found a rubber strip that fits or any other solutions? It doesnt look cosmetically great with tape all over it but there's no draft coming in! Cheers Russ
  23. Hi, We are motorhomers and love the Alsace and surrounds. We have stayed at the following sites. Camping Municipal, Obernai Camping Municipal, Molsheim (council owned swimming pool opposite, outdor) Camping Municipal, Mulhouse. We use a lot of free aires which cannot be used by caravans. In Germany, we stayed at the big site in Freiburg. Now how is this for a suggestion? Google a place called Bad Krozingen, just south of Freiburg. It has a great thermal spa with loads of pools, lazy river etc etc. We go there quite a bit. Th
  24. Dig a hole and tip it down. Failing that, if you use no chemicals at all, empty daily on your compost heap or what will be your new vwg patch. Nothing like wee and pooh for fertiliser. As a very keen gardener, I regulary answered a call of nature into a watering can and poured into the compost heap. Added to that, chicken muck etc etc Russ
  25. Hi Tesco are offering double Clubcard points from 10th February until 1st March. You need to scan the Clubcard app to qualify, rather than the plastic card. It's probably more useful to those who use the points for deals and the Eurotunnel crossing (hence I've put this in the overseas touring section) If you have a Clubcard but not the app, you may have had an email to this effect. We've been using the app for ages with no issues and also use it to convert points to deals when we are out and hunting a meal etc. Cheers Russ
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