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Robbie

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About Robbie

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Lancashire
  • Interests
    Caravanning; Satellite TV
  • Towcar
    2019 Volvo V60
  • Caravan
    2014 Swift Challenger Sport 514

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  1. When I received the V5C for my new V60 D4, the maximum towing weight for a braked trailer was 750kg, the same as for an unbraked trailer. Contacted Volvo who wrote back with a letter to send off to DVLA. Did this and new V5C had the same weights. 'Phoned DVLA who apologised and they sent an updated V5C. No matter what the plate on my vehicle stated, I was concerned that if I was stopped in France for a towing incident, they would refer to the V5C.
  2. I changed my Honda CRV 2.2 I-DTEC that I bought new in 2013 for a Volvo V60 last November. The CRV was an excellent towcar and extremely reliable. I never had problems with the diesel engine despite doing short journeys when I wasn't towing. I would have had another CR-V if Honda had kept the diesel engine in the new model.
  3. My previous caravan had a size 13 sun canopy , 955 -980cm. My new caravan size awning is 995 cm. Do you think I could get away with my present sun canopy? There is only 15 cm total difference - 7.5 cm each side.
  4. Volvo offer a seven pin or thirteen pin option on a new car. I recently took delivery of the new V60 and I opted for the thirteen pin tow bar.
  5. I bought a new Volvo V60 in December and the same error was on the V5C. The mistake was made by the supplying dealer who registers the car with the DVLA on the day you purchase it. I contacted the DVLA and they told me that they would only issue a new V5C with a letter from Volvo confirming the braked towing capacity. They also sent me a printout of the dealer's registration which clearly showed an incorrect towing weight. Having contacted Volvo I received a letter from them to send to the DVLA with my V5C. I did this lasdt week and await my new V5C.
  6. My first caravan that I bought new in 1979 was a Lynton Javelin and didn't have a shower or toilet. The available space was used for storage.
  7. My Philips HD Ready TV picks up all of the TV channels including those that are encrypted. Just returned from the Charente and received over thirty channels. TV is seven years old.
  8. I noticed that Showcase TV is no longer on Freesat. Does anyone know what has happened to Practical Caravan TV?
  9. Metro Bank don't charge for transactions in Europe and it is not difficult to apply. The Halifax Clarity card does not charge for foreign transactions.
  10. I was in the Lot last year and received about twenty French TV stations on my Philips TV. Look at the specifications of TVs on sale here and you will see that they are multi standard so can be used all over Europe. On my Philips I have to set the country and then tune in.
  11. Last year in the Lot I received over twenty French channels on my Philips TV. Most TVs are multi-standard and will receive channels over all of Europe.
  12. I have just bought two Scalibor collars for my dogs 48cm from Animed Direct for £16 each. Cheapest that I could find. Although Scalibor collars are not specified for killing fleas they do so.
  13. I have two Cocker Spaniels who go everywhere with me, within reason. If you have a dog you have to accept that there are limitations as to what you can and can't do. They come to France with me and, obviously, they do limit my activities. However, this is my choice and I enjoy spending time with them. Shopping on hot days is a problem, but I manage to find supermarkets with shade, and I leave all of the windows open wide enough so they can't get out. Last year, I used an Intermarché with an underground car park so there was no problem on sunny days and I didn't have to do a dash and get back quickly. If the weather is too hot then I have to make other arrangements for shopping. Fortunately, France is dog friendly, and most restaurants have no problem accommodating well behaved dogs. My two on the beach in Normandy.
  14. I live in south west Lancashire so Hull is only a few hours away. I used Via MIchelin to to check the distances. I would prefer driving through Belgium and France rather than down the M6. On one occasion it took over two hours to reach Wolverhampton. I have never had a bad crossing from Hull, and as a unitholder I get a discount. The crossing to Caen was more expensive than to Zeebrugge.
  15. I have just booked my ferry crossing from Hull to Zeebrugge and then driving to the Charente. My caravan is stored in the Charente. It is only two miles longer travelling from home via Hull than it is from Portsmouth to Le Havre. From home to Hull - without the caravan - can be done easily in two hours. Travelling to Portsmouth takes about five hours, if the M6 is not like a car park. It's a no brainer really.
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