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About Steamdrivenandy

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  • Birthday 06/01/1948

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

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  1. I our recent trip around part of Scotland we used several CC sites. Lidalia (Associated site) Monday - about 75% full Stonehaven (CC site) Friday - totally full Ayr (CC site) Monday - about 50% full Kendal (CC site) - about 30% full There are any number of factors that can account for the paucity of vans during the week and weekenders making full week bookings difficult is one, though that would affect all types of site. The recent weather will be another factor, though our stay at a full Stonehaven site coincided with lashing rain and 45mph winds, which is rather the opposite of what you'd expect. Of course, price may come into it, plus local competition and in Scotland's case there's been a lemming like movement to the north for the NC500, maybe reducing demand on the more southerly sites. Also I believe that Scottish kids go back to school about 2 to 3 weeks before their English counterparts and this will reduce some holiday making in Scottish sites.
  2. All the CMC wardens I've encountered have been excellent too. I noticed one adding gravel to pitch edges at Ayr Craigie Gardens on Monday afternoon and yesterday a warden at Kendal was tidying the pitch/tarmac edges. There must be a thing about prepping the sites for August Bank Holiday, or maybe after so much rain the gravel had washed away.
  3. MIRO is a nominal weight which includes anything included with the van when it left the factory. It will not include the weight of a battery or mover but will include carpets, EHU cable plastic step etc. It will also include an allowance for gas cylinder/s but this varies by brand and Model Year as the regs don't specify a weight for gas. After all that you'll see that manufacturers give themselves a % + or - on the weight as it's doubtful any two vans weigh the same due to production tolerances in all the hundreds of parts and panels that make up a van. A slightly thicker exterior GRP or aluminium panel on both sides of a van can add kg. IIRC having an Eriba Touring in plain silver paint adds 8kg to the weight of the same van in standard white bubble effect aluminium skin.
  4. Most dealer stock cars, caravans and motorhomes are financed with what's known as a stocking plan with one of the major finance houses, like Black Horse. They keep an eye on the dealerships and limit the amount that they lend, based on the businesses performance and liquidity etc. Dealers are charged interest on the amount owing on the stocking plan, so shifting stock quickly is important to keep the interest charges low. The finance houses employ auditors who visit the dealerships regularly to check that the stock is as the stocking plan says and nobody is fiddling by claiming stocking funds for vans they haven't got.
  5. Well, if it's all on motorways it'll be 70/60*7 = 8.2 miles On other unrestricted roads then 60/60*7 = 7 miles Obvs that doesn't allow for starts and stops. And I think I read somewhere that the average town speed is 11mph, so 11/60*7 = 1.3 miles Average walking speed is 3.5 mph, therefore walking 1.3 miles would take around 22 minutes, or 15 minutes more than in a car in town. I suspect that in a town, a pushbike would take about as long as a car.
  6. We stayed at Lidalia affiliated site on Monday night, just a couple of pitches vacant after one of the wettest August weekend's on record in that area Stayed at Stonehaven CC site last night and it was fully booked when we arrived at around lunchtime. They were turning folk away who hadn't booked.
  7. UK van MTPLM's are arrived at by taking the MIRO of the van and adding the payload, which is virtually always the amount prescribed by the NCC minimum payload formula. Usually this results in an MTPLM that is an 'odd' figure. The manufacturer then fits the axle that's designed for either the next 50kg or 100kg point above the MTPLM. Effectively this means there might be a weight upgrade available that's anywhere between 0kg and 99kg depending on the axle/MTPLM relationship. There are three other factors to bear in mind. One is that if the available upgrade is very small the manufacturer won't offer it another is that they generally only offer upgrades to new and almost new vans and thirdly usually an upgrade can't be undone and a hefty weight increase can limit a van's potential market due to the weight limits on newer licence holders.
  8. I agree with Eric, if one or more of the people who are likely to use the van are nearing, or over 6ft tall then check bed length first of all. As someone who's a smidge under 6ft 2ins tall I can say that I can scrape a 6ft 3ins bed but 6ft 4ins is where it becomes really comfortable. So if the tallest person is 5ft 10ins tall you need a bed that's a minimum of 6ft. It really aggravates me that manufacturer's hide bed lengths away on websites and in brochures, when for a significant proportion of potential buyers they are THE most important factor in any van. I've lost count of the number of times I've got interested in a particular van model, only to be let down when I eventually find the beds are 6ft 1ins maximum or similar. Maybe the marketing people are all under 5ft 10ins tall, maybe they think that someone of 6ft 4ins would love to purchase a van with 6ft beds, only to find they didn't fit after they've paid for it. I just don't understand why they can't be up front about bed length.
  9. I worked for a leasing company for a couple of years (Black Horse Vehicle Management) part of Lloyds TSB. They funded and managed leasing for Toyota, Mitsubishi, Saab, Hyundai, Honda, etc etc. Each brand had a different phone number and as the call came through the name of the brand showed up on the screen so you could answer as Mr Toyota or Mr Honda etc. Some early settlements were very easy to calculate and some were devilishly difficult involving inside leg measurement and the amount of cheese in suet as part of the methodology. We had some heart breaking and some really OTT cases. We did a special deal on Bentley Continentals for on course bookmakers. At the end of the lease one refused to return his car and in the end the repo guys had a police escort to pick it up. In another case a guy from Japan, working for Honda took out a lease but became homesick. He flew back to Tokyo without telling Honda and left his car at Heathrow but couldn't remember which car park. Then there was the guy who was a physiotherapist for QPR (my team). He'd only just got the job and had taken out a lease on a new Saab 9-3. Within weeks QPR were in financial trouble and made him redundant. He asked for a settlement figure, which on such a new car was very large and broke down in tears when I told him how much we needed to get him out of the car. Happy days (or not).
  10. It's interesting that the tie up between Lunar and Wellhouse Leisure announced in Feb. '17 appears to have come to an abrupt end in October 2018 about 8 months before Lunar called in the administrator. https://www.lunarcaravans.com/news/lunar-and-wellhouse-announcement They obviously had high hopes when it started http://www.motorhomefulltime.com/news/wellhouse-leisure-acquired-lunar-caravans If the deal to purchase Wellhouse went through in '17, I wonder if that stretched the finances just as caravan sales dropped off. It could be that selling Wellhouse back to it's original owner brought in some cash that's kept Lunar going until recently.
  11. The temps were laid off a couple of weeks ago, about a week or so before the annual shutdown was due to happen. Early temp lay offs often happen in the caravan industry when demand is low. There are still about 70 permanent staff on the books, but they aren't producing anything and development of 2020 models is stopped. It can't be long before they have to start letting permanent staff go as there's no cash coming in.
  12. I had a small damp issue on a Peggy 2. It seems that water got inside a wall panel (poorly sealed locker door frame) and in such cases the water runs to the bottom of the panel. At that point it comes up against the 'U' shaped plastic edging that runs between wall and floor. The water then spreads out along the bottom of the wall panel and eventually reaches one of the bolts that secure the wall to the floor. The bolt holes are the only breaches in the edging strip and water will seep around the bolt and onto the floor surface. Luckily mine was only a small amount of water and was spotted early during an annual service. A new locker was fitted under warranty as a belt and braces exercise and the floor dried v quickly. The thing is that there can be sealing breaches anywhere there's a hole in a wall (windows, lockers, water and EHU connections), even along the top edge of a wall if not properly finished and the water will go straight to the bottom of the panel and weep out via a bolt hole onto the untreated ply floor.
  13. I can't speak for the numbered Pegasus models (Peggy 1's) but watch out for the Peggy 2's. As standard they had no central chest, just cushions to make a U seating lounge. The central chest was a cost option and weighed 13.5kg. To make matters worse the 4 berth models were built on a 1500kg axle and had MTPLM 's around 1495 to 1498kg, so no upgrade possible. The payload on them all is about150kg. If you fit a battery, a mover and the central chest then almost half that payload has gone, leaving very little for e everything else you need to put in the van. Later GT65 Pegasus (Mk 3) had 1550kg axles which gave more breathing space.
  14. You can get 2 berths that have front benches up to about 6ft 4ins long and width vary between 2ft 1ins to 2ft 4ins. Our campervan beds make up from the front and rear seats combined and are 2ft wide. I'm more than comfortable in them. Bed width doesn't bother me at all, but length definitely does, anything under 6ft 2ins and I don't sleep at all well. There was a Bailey Pursuit twin single bed model a few years back where the nearside bed was 6ft 8ins long.
  15. A couple of thoughts. Quite a few caravan fridges actually work via the fins at the back of the freezer compartment providing the cooling effect for the whole thing. You say the freezer is cool, is it able to freeze water? Is there anything blocking air circulation from the fins to the rest of the cabinet? Some fridges have a thermostat on a wire that clips to the freezer fins. It's easily knocked of and easily reclipped back in place. Absorption fridges usually work fine in their ambient temp comfort zone (circa 5 to 30 degrees) Outside of those temps they can be temperamental and experienced Continental caravanners often fit small fans behind the fridge to speed heat transfer through the vent grilles. Absorption fridges do not work well if they're not level. If your van is on a drive that slopes this may be causing refrigerant circulation problems. Contrary to what some folk think, such problems occur no matter what power mode is used.
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