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  1. Mass in service on the V5 is what ever the dealer declares it as and what bit of information he uses. He could have used the MIS on the CoC, could easily have been a typo. It's time the CoC was given to all UK buyers. What problem I have is where the dealer is getting that figure from. A database? A Brochure?
  2. Now you are opening up a can of worms. Most manufacturers including VAG will quote "Kerbweight" in brochures but will use the EU definition of Mass in Services. Some like Skoda will quote this figure with and without driver. VAG do not use the UK old definition of kerbweight. The Caravan dealer you are using I bet will use the V5 Mass In Service figure most of the time and usually this will be the same as the kerbweight in the VW brochure which is typically what the dealers use when applying for the V5. Yes it's messy and why many mistakes are made. As above the brochure kerbweight/Mass in Service will be VW's "Minimum" for that model. You need your CoC and wave P13.2 in front of the salesman.
  3. VAG always quote "Minimum" kerbweight or a range of weights in some of the latest brochures. Dealers tend to register the lowest figure for Mass In Service on the V5 You could really do with the Certificate of Conformity for your car for exact weight or try a weighbridge. My own VAG is 1585kg declared and 1660kg on the weighbridge. (2100kg max tow)
  4. The dealer will probably have their own code of practice and risk assessment on how they discharge their duty of care to potential buyers of caravans. If their policy states salesman must not sell caravans with an MTPLM more than 100% of the cars kerbweight to customers then that's their choice and I'd commend them for taking that stance. I've towed well above 100% for many years over many miles but never with a caravan. I will add to that though I check the cars kerbweight on a weighbridge and do not rely on published figures which are usually wrong and sometimes by a fair amount. That may be an option to the OP. Adam, What is your current towcar?
  5. A map of where we were last year. The UK is now down to 2. https://www.carbonbrief.org/mapped-worlds-coal-power-plants
  6. Solar energy stored how? In the UK we have some small scale battery and hydrogen storage but it's miniscule compared with demand. For now it's massively expensive and inefficient. The problem for this winter is people see majority of our electricity is from nuclear and renewables but that's over a year. On a dark winters night with no solar and a high pressure system sat over the UK and little wind Renewables can be below 5%. So where does the other 95% come from? That's the challenge to keeping the lights on this winter, can we secure enough gas and coal and at what cost? And yes there's nothing more a stealth tax than what we pay on our energy bills.
  7. In winter peak demand is in darkness hours so solar doesn't help.
  8. Using gas for electricity generation is taxed massively, just significantly less than coal. That's why we have moved from coal generation to gas generation for base load. And that tax has been used to fund subsidies for renewables. It's why we have such high bills while the Government blames greedy energy companies.
  9. The dash for gas (Replace coal generation with gas) was firstly a political decision in the mid 80's which we shall not go into and later (2005 onwards) was seen as the way to meet immediate climate targets and was an easy win short term. Left us with a gas dependency and a problem of what to replace gas with to meet net zero. We have to plan to get rid of gas for electricity generation and heating/cooking in the next few decades. Tidal/wave generation is proving to be too expensive to produce and maintain with relatively little sustainable output for the investment and tidal is still not consistent with peaks and nulls of generation that doesn't coincide with demand. Plenty of investment re battery storage and hydrogen production/generation units but non of that would have helped with the lack of wind we experienced last week. Maybe someone will crack small nuclear fusion
  10. I think the risk to home owners this winter is minimal, the mechanisms in place to pay industry to stand to reduce maximum demand if required reduces the risk to home owners (Voters) But. 1. As a country we should never be in a position where we have to pay industry to stand to keep the lights on. 2. I work in the power generation industry 3. Yes I've just serviced my 2kVA generator.
  11. If I'm towing everything is off. But Monday to Friday I use the UK's motorway network and stuck in traffic for hours is usually a weekly occurrence. Fortunately Waze and Googlemaps limits this greatly. Sometimes I'm in a manual Citroen Berlingo and it's a complete nightmare. Othertimes I'm luckily and in an auto with adaptive cruise and other systems depending on vehicle. The difference on stress levels (And back pain) is night and day.
  12. It's worse than that because it sometimes gets confused with 50 and 60 signs on the back of Lorries and Busses. It doesn't slam the brakes on though if there's no obstacle. The Tesla Autopilot is much better in this regard tending to rely more on databases. But then can miss temporary speed limits on overhead signs. (Driver should be aware though)
  13. Systems are blurring though. Had a drive of the new Enyaq EV recently. Unless deselected speed limited will automatically set maximum speed to the sign recognition speed and adaptive cruise maximum speed will be limited to the speed limit as you enter different zones. Obviously both working in tandem with lane assist. I believe this complies with the forthcoming legislation. For stop start driving on motorways it's almost fully autonomous . Come to a stop, restart and keep to the centre of the lane without driver input. (Although steering wheel is still sensed but one finger will do) All selectable/de-selectable currently though.
  14. It's worth noting Mazda's normally aspirated 2.0 petrol is at a significant disadvantage for towing performance than the Karoq turbo units. CX5 2.0 165PS, 213Nm @4000rpm Karoq 1.5 150PS, 250Nm @ 1500rpm-3500rpm Karoq 2.0 190PS, 320Nm @ 1500rpm - 4100rpm
  15. Also the difference between a city centre and street parking to a more rural setting with off street parking for three cars and a garage.
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