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About millerhouse12

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  • Birthday 08/10/1944

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    Cramlington, Northumberland
  • Interests
    Cycling, caravanning, photography and video
  • Towcar
    Skoda Superb Estate Mk 111 2. 0 TDi 190
  • Caravan
    Swift Challenger 530SE

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  1. Coming back from York a few weeks ago with the caravan, I got caught by a mobile camera van. Unusually in my limited experience, the single carriageway stretch of the A19 had fairly light traffic and I was bowling along quite happily keeping up with the flow, so no excuses. However, what has prompted this is that both the initial letter confirming the driver and the one I've just received outlining my options tell me that my alleged offence is "Speeding - exceed 50 mph for a goods vehicle" - which of course is wrong - I was towing a caravan and although subject to the same limits, my offence is, I believe, covered by a different section of the Road Traffic acts. So I'm interested to know if anyone else has had this unfortunate experience and whether the same wording was used. Is it just lazy terminology or a mistake? I'm not trying to get out of this as even if it went to court I assume I'd have to travel to York and they would, I assume, get the charge correct when preparing the court documents. Having committed the crime, taking the Speed Awareness Course seems to be the sensible option. John M
  2. I had a similar problem a while back. Instead of renewing the whole cable which meant tracing it back to the caravan connections, I cut the cable under the A-frame cover and fitted an in-line 13 pin socket to the caravan end of the cut cable, discarded the damaged bit and then fitted a new length of cable with a plug at each end. Has worked fine for a couple of years now and should make it easier to replace if ever I manage to damage the cable again. Just used cable ties to hold the new plug & socket in place tucked under the A-frame. John M
  3. We used Hull ferries last year and are booked again for this year. For many years we used the Newcastle - Amsterdam DFDS route as the terminal is only 10 miles from home but the prices on that route have gone through the roof. The Hull ferry loads and unloads much quicker than the DFDS one and we like the P&O ships and food choices better. Went out to Rotterdam last year and back via Zeebrugge and much preferred the Rotterdam ship both for ease of driving on & off and the ship's facilities. This year we're going out & back via Zeebrugge just because we're likely to be going to somewhere in France. For Italy or Germany we would always use the Rotterdam option. John M
  4. When I cut the hole for an extra electrical socket, I used a jigsaw cutting on the upstroke but I'm not sure that it matters that much. I used that blade because it was the only metal-cutting blade I had. Certainly, cutting a large hole for a locker door would be hard work with a handsaw. What is important is to use masking tape to protect the paintwork from the metal soleplate of the jigsaw and also gives a nice clear line to follow. Although stating the obvious, you need to be careful about what is situated on the inner face of the panel you're cutting. However, it's not a job I've done so somebody may be along soon with some experience of this. As always, there are some videos on Youtube which may help (or confuse you further!) John M
  5. We've stayed on Port de Limeuil a couple of times, but not recently. We enjoyed our stay there and found the staff friendly & helpful. Decent size pitches and a swimming pool. Can't remember that there was much of a restaurant although food is available and a decent bar. It's quite near Le Bugue which has supermarkets and a good market and it's not too far from other attractions. We looked at Le Paradis and, although it seemed a nice site, it's a bit far out for our tastes. We almost always visit St Leon sur Vezere while in the area as it's a lovely place butit's small and with limited facilities. John M
  6. Just an update. Bought some tyres from a local supplier who was happy to send the tyres back if too old. In the event, the supplied tyres were only 3 months old, so happy with that. John M
  7. Thanks. Unfortunately they don't cover this far North. I thought that Blackcircles would be big enough to have good turnover and they may do but wouldn't commit to supplying recent date codes. John M
  8. Perhaps I didn't explain myself very well. I'm aware that there's no statutory age limit for tyres. However, both major clubs and tyre manufacturers recommend that caravan tyres are replaced after 5 years simply because of the way they are used which is much different to car tyres. My current tyres appear to be fine, but I'm not prepared to take the risk of running them beyond their recommended life. If you wish to do so, that's your prerogative. Other people must have had similar problems, I just hoped that somebody could help, I don't need advice on whether or not I choose to replace my tyres. John M
  9. My current tyres are 5 years old and need replacing. However, I'm finding it difficult to get retailers to guarantee that the supplied tyres will be less than 6 months old as I don't want to buy tyres that have already lost 2 or 3 years of their life. Typical comment from Blackcircles was that "Tyres are considered to be "new" and fit for retail for a period of up to 5 years from the date of production" Can anybody recommend a retailer that will happily guarantee the age of the tyres they sell? John M
  10. We bought a Toshiba Smart LED TV/DVD combi from Richer Sounds a while ago and we're very pleased with it. They still do a 24" version for £199. It is only HD ready rather than full HD. John Lewis have the same TV for £169! John M
  11. My Westfalia was fitted in January of this year and has the attached loop for the breakaway cable. I find the hook fairly easy to fit but the cover for the lock snapped off while the fitter was demonstrating the operation to me! Westfalia supplied a replacement but it is just a loose press-on cap and not as convenient as the original attached cover would have been. Initially, I had great problems with the breakaway cable, particularly with detaching it as the space for my hand was very tight and, of course, you can't see what you're doing unless you lie on your back & look up. I solved this by enlarging the cutout in the bumper - it's underneath, so isn't readily visible. It's now much easier to fit & detach the cable. I did initially try a shackle, but that didn't help much. My previous cars have had a Brink & then a Witter, both of which were easier to use, but were always visible. Now, when there's no caravan attached, the rear bumper has nice clean lines which I like. John M
  12. Hope you didn't fall in the water when boarding - the ferry terminal is on the North Shields side of the Tyne! John M
  13. We live only 10 miles from the DFDS ferry and have used it for a number of years - when we first started using them, the free caravan offer covered June but it is much more restrictive now. Last year & again this year the quoted price was way over £1000 making it totally uneconomic to travel with them. We travelled from Hull last year and have booked with P&O again this year for literally half the price (plus the extra fuel to get there). When I saw this DFDS offer, I did a trial booking which still came to over £1000 going out early June and returning early July. I tried a few dates but the price stayed much the same. Might help if DFDS showed more dates & prices. DFDS prices seem to have taken a giant leap recently so I doubt we'll be using them again despite their convenience for us. Shame. John M
  14. I think it would be worth taking some legal advice on this. Swift are within their rights to refuse a repair under warranty as you have breached their terms. However, these cracks are common on 2014 caravans and nothing in the servicing schedule would prevent them from happening. Swift replaced my ABS rear panel with a GRP one which I think says it all. Your dealer cannot hide behind the warranty terms, your friend here is the Sale of Goods Act as the sale was pre 2015 and I would have thought that you stand a good chance of obtaining a repair free of charge. John M
  15. I used to get emails from DFDS as we've travelled with them for the last few years but they don't seem to be talking to me this year. However, alerted by your post, I looked at a crossing in June next year, returning 4 weeks later using the 15% discount code which is still there and was quoted over £1000. There was no availability on the dates I initially entered, so business can't be that bad with prices like that! Crossing from Hull on similar dates reduced it to just over £600. Did you get a much better price from DFDS? John M
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