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About Steamdrivenandy

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    Random Word Generator aka SDA
  • Birthday 06/01/1948

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    N. Staffs looking over Cheshire in awe and wonder
  • Interests
    Steam (GWR King 6024)
    Garden Design
  • Towcar
    '17 Plate Skoda Yeti 1.2Tsi DSG
  • Caravan
    2012MY Bailey Pegasus 2 Rimini

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  1. As I've pointed out many times the 85% ratio was invented by the industry as a guide for those new to caravanning in the absence of any other guidance, so they had a guideline for matching a van to their car, or vice versa when at the dealers. That's why empty car and full caravan weights were used as they are published figures that should be relatively easy for owners to access. Using actual weights would usually mean lots of guesswork and probably a totally different % ratio. As an example, a rig that is 85% when using the guidelines, will probably be 72% if the actual car weight was used. As said the 85% was meant as a guide for purchasing, not necessarily a rule to actually run your rig to. A few % over isn't going to cause an issue, indeed, as long as you never get into a risky situation and/or load your van badly you may never encounter a problem. But how many of us want to take such a risk that nothing bad will ever happen? As to other countries not having such guidelines, that's purely because nobody elsewhere thought of it as a guide to purchase and nothing to do with whether they consider it wise or not.
  2. Basically anything that produces, or needs heat, is carp on 12V. What heat they do produce will empty your battery faster than water going down a drain. So kettles. hairdryers, hair straighteners, toasters etc need 240V to be userful, or use gas where appropriate..
  3. For a short time (2010 to 2012 iirc) Lunar produced a Quasar with a single dinette across the rear, with a fold up bunk. The dinette made up to 6ft 8ins across the van.
  4. There is a specific type of gas regulator designed so that the gas appliances can be run whilst travelling. It is often fitted to motor homes but not to caravans. It has a steel ball that moves to block the gas way in the case of an impact or quick deceleration. In such circumstances gas cannot leak from any ruptured copper gas piping or appliance in cases of accident. There is still a risk that the flexible hose between gas cylinder and regulator could be breached, but that appears to be acceptable to the rule makers. If you don't have such a type of regulator the gas should always be turned off at the cylinder before travel, except, of course, if you're one of those people who are never going to have an accident.
  5. Really Useful branded boxes of many sizes are available in B&Q too. The Stellar was a very longstanding model within the Lunar range and that always had a rear kitchen and rear shower room and I've never heard folk complaining about the noseweight being a problem to achieve.
  6. Yep and I've never heard of a car that is so specialist that it only tows, so surely you can post about almost any car. People even post about Mini Cooper S's and they're not homologated to tow anything. So if I can't post about any car that can tow, among other things, then surely posts about cars that are legally unable to tow should not be allowed either? And it gives folk a different perspective to think about.
  7. I agree, but we need everyone else on tiny emissions so that we can still run steam trains, That's just sense, no prejudice at all.
  8. You guys still seem to be taking my thoughts based on your need for a tow vehicle. Both my earlier posts on this thread made it plain that I was talking about non-towing car users, who are, by far, the majority. And I agree that there are other, larger polluters in this world but for our grand children's sake we need to push in the right direction. Fatalism should be trumped by hope. One of my own pet issues is that nobody seems to cost wind turbines on the basis of the energy needed to build the facilities to make them, then to build, transport, install and maintain them. On that basis, at what point in their lives do they become a net benefit?
  9. The Twingo was a Smart with Renault badges, built on the same line.
  10. As I said at the beginning this wasn't relevant to caravan towing, but could be to the far larger set of people who don't tow. And yes, additional insurance might be called for but as it's for short periods it shouldn't be too large a cost. As to having larger vehicles so that long journeys don't cripple the joints, that's when you hire the larger car. Obviously having a hire car delivered or collecting it adds miles, but probably less emissions than driving around all year in a big car. And I'm 6ft 2ins and 17.5 stone and happily drove Mrs SDA's Twingo for two years and there aren't many cars smaller than that. Hiring a towcar is a pain, I'll agree, so that's why I specifically made the point that it didn't include them. However the one time I did hire a towcar the spare number plate was supplied by the hire company.
  11. The reports in the Press that the popularity of big SUV's was compromising the country's move to reduce vehicle emissions got me thinking. Leaving aside the towing requirement, which the majority of UK car owners don't have, how do the economics of owning a small car work out if you decide to hire a bigger car when needed. Obviously there are a lot of variables in such a calculation but as a base line I compared a Fabia 1.0TSI SEL with a Karoq 1.6TDI SEL, using 10,000 miles a year, with a £2,000 deposit on Skoda's current PCP financing over three years. I added in insurance costs, servicing and repairs, fuel and VED. The Fabia came in at £14,150, or £4,717 per year. The Karoq was £20,269 on the same basis and equals £6,756 per year. To hire a full size SUV from Enterprise in August for 16 days costs about £600 So the annual difference between the two vehicles is a smidge over £2,000 and you could hire a large SUV for 1.75 months a year for that money. Before retirement my company insisted we used hire cars for business trips and I know from experience that they can be hired at very short notice and get delivered and collected from your home address. As most journeys are commuting with just one person in the car, using a smaller car could save up to and maybe more than £2,000 a year, which isn't a small amount.
  12. Steamdrivenandy


    I've got the T shirt Dave. Spreadsheets on monthly gas and electricity plus household cashflow and water plus fuel and service repair costs on our vehicles. I don't like being in the dark on such things. I can tell you our gas consumption has dropped from an average of 8.4 units a day in 2013 to 5.4 units in 2018 and that our electricity use in 2013 averaged 15 units a day and has dropped to 8 units a day in 2018 and looks like being close to 6 units a day this year.
  13. Welcome David I've never purchased a van from them but in my experience both local branches of Spinney are very good. Silverdale having serviced and repaired vans for me and been excellent. Leisure Sales are good too, v professional.
  14. We're in CW3 and we used Cockshades, just in CW5 between Shavington and Wybunbury (pronounced Winbury). It's a large storage, has cleaning facilities, cost us just over £300 per year, a couple of years back. Usually has vacancies. Excellent access to the M6 J16. Some friends still use it and are quite happy with it, having moved from a smaller storage site by the WCML just south of Madeley.
  15. Leaving aside decimal points our Yeti's computer says it averages 42mpg and my brim to brim calculations say 42mpg too. Our 11 year old Transit PVC computer says it averages 38mpg and that's what my spreadsheet says too.
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