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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
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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. WW you don't have to pay £100 or more by credit card, the cover applies on any transaction that totals above £100 and below £30,000. So you can pay, say, a fiver if you want on credit card and the rest in cash and you still get the cover under CCA provided the total purchase is more than £100.
  2. I agree with Lutz, generally dealers appear to be supplied with an NCC document by UK manufacturers and it is not a genuine C of C but something the NCC have promoted. Nobody has mentioned that if the car has a towing limit of 1300kg and the van has an MTPLM of 1325kg then Old Chimers is going to have an issue staying below the car's towing limit. UK van payloads are notoriously low under NCC's minimum payload requirements and I suspect the van has a normal payload of 150kg or thereabouts. That would reduce to 125kg because the car mustn't go over 1300kg and by the time you've adde
  3. As long as you pay an amount by credit card, or through another form of credit (like HP) then the card issuer/lender becomes joint and severally responsible for the whole transaction along with the merchant. This applies providing the total purchase price is between £100 and £30,000. This has nothing to do with a merchant's refusal to accept credit cards per se or for over a certain amount. A merchant may decide not to have card facilities, it's not mandatory and there are certain card scheme rules that Visa/Mastercard insist on regarding security and confidentiality of data that
  4. And highly likely to remain so. Wishing for a comprehensive answer that takes all the intertwining factors into consideration just isn't practical and therefore sends you back to generalisations and a surfeit of caution. There is an argument that modifying the 85% recommendation upwards might be in the caravan industry's favour, but they don't change it. Admittedly because they're legal advisers probably suggest that might mean claims for damages etc. Or, as Stevan suggests there's so little factual information they just stick with the status quo. IIRC the C
  5. Whilst there have been many improvements to cars over the last 50 years or more I very much doubt that many, if any, have been designed or actually do reduce instability in a towed caravan. The principles that affect that instability are many and are mostly an infinitely variable combination of physical laws that haven't changed over 50 years, or any other period. There have been some systems that can be fitted to caravans that mitigate instability to some extent, if it happens, but there has been nothing that can stop it happening completely. There have been vehicle advancements t
  6. I thought the Bath Uni work was relatively recent. Certainly they have paraded their model at recent Shows and the videos showing it are only a couple of years old. I've not heard of them being involved in any research regarding the 85% recommendation, which has been around for at least 30 years. That being said, the laws of physics, which govern instability, haven't changed and the design of cars and caravans haven't altered very much in terms of matters that prevent instability occurring. It's true there have been some advances in controlling instability once it occurs, but
  7. As AS sort of infers, if a nation's Assembly/Parliament is supposed to control certain facets of administration then they are going to exercise that power, partly because the UK government cannot legally do so. If, say, the Scottish electorate had voted for a Scottish Conservative government in Edinburgh then things might, stress might, have been more aligned. However they voted for an SNP government whose core aim is Scottish Independence from the UK. And whilst the Scottish Government is very unlikely to put their people in harms way for a political point, they will arrange matte
  8. I would only query what on earth seatbelts have to do with an 85% recommendation? Sure there've been lots of safety improvements in cars over the years, but many are, like seatbelts, secondary safety items to reduce the effects of an accident, they have no part whatsoever in reducing the potential for an accident to actually happen. In a sense the towing limit and the 85% recommendation are similarly different. The towing limit is the most the manufacturer thinks the vehicle can manage without the potential for damage, whilst the 85% is an effort to reduce potential instability th
  9. The 'fullness' of hospitals can be misleading. In 'normal' times they're expected to keep spare capacity available in case of sudden surges. Since Covid hospital have had to reconfigure to enable isolation of Covid patients. This has reduced their potential capacity by an average of about 15%. In addition they generally have a proportion of staff off, either infected with Covid or isolating in case of infection. This has also affected the number of beds that can be safely manned. So, generally a reconfigured hospital will currently be 15% below it's notional number of
  10. Well Wales has removed restrictions on Tier 1 & 2 people travelling from England, but not those from Tier 3. As HM is from a Tier 3 area, the advisability of a visit rests upon whether visiting to secure/winterise a caravan is 'necessary travel' if that is a relevant justification in Wales.
  11. I'm wondering if the government have put so much of the country in Tier 3 in order to drive down the rate of infection as low as possible before the almost inevitable jump of infections that the release of regs for Christmas will bring. Maybe if the media frenzy about a 'lost' Christmas hadn't happened, then the relaxation of regs wouldn't have happened either and we could all have had an 'easier' time in the run up and through Christmas.
  12. As said, it's the supplying dealers responsibility and not Elddis/Hymer UK. The dealer is liable to replace/repair and whether the dealer gets recompensed by Elddis/Hymer or not is of no concern to the customer. Many dealership receptionists will try and fob off customers, blaming the van maker, but that is irrelevant. If you get that treatment then you know not to buy your next van, or anything else from that dealership.
  13. The trouble with adopting smaller (or granular areas) for Tiers and therefore being able to allow for more local situations is that folk won't know what applies where even more than they do now. I'm not sure where that Lincs MP got his figures about South Lincs but on the Covid map it's one of the very last areas coloured purple i.e the highest level of infection. We're in Tier 3 and the Shropshire (Tier 2) border is half a mile west and the Cheshire (Tier 2) border is half a mile north west, but there are so many dispensations that it does make you wonder if there's an
  14. I'm afraid that unless the ex-works data was for each individual example of each van it would be of very little use. Manufacturer's currently allow themselves +/- 10% in their sales data sheets etc because they know that the weights they quote are nominal and the variation in tolerances of all the parts that go to make up a van will mean that an individual example very rarely weighs the nominal amount. That's not to say that some weigh 10% more, but that their lawyers suggest using 10% as it's very unlikely any will weigh that much more. As far as noseweights go then th
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