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Steamdrivenandy

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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)
    Eribas
    Garden Design
  • Towcar
    '17 Plate Skoda Yeti 1.2Tsi DSG
  • Caravan
    2012MY Bailey Pegasus 2 Rimini

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  1. Steamdrivenandy

    towing weight please

    Legally it doesn't matter what the towing limit is, but you should never exceed the plated weights or you'll be committing an offence. Websites, brochures etc should not be relied on, use the Mark One eyeball on the mandatory weight plate on the car because that's what any traffic cop will do. Remember that it's likely that your van will always weigh it's MTPLM or more when in use, because of silly low payload allowances. Your tow vehicle will always weigh more than kerbweight when loaded for use and with the van's noseweight being carried by the rear axle. However the 85% recommendation for those new to towing is based on kerbweight and MTPLM, not any loaded car weight, or a empty caravan and it still continues to be a recommendation from the whole of the UK caravan industry. I suspect that the actual ratio of a loaded car and a loaded caravan that is theoretically complying with 85% is actually near 70% and when theoretically at 100% the actual ratio will be nearer 85% if both are loaded.
  2. Steamdrivenandy

    Is gas worth it.

    I collected grandson from primary school the other week and he gave me a long and enthusiastic explanation of the first rounds of the school conker competition. Conkers appear to have been resurrected from the H&S grave and there's been a massive conker harvest round here this year.
  3. Steamdrivenandy

    Is gas worth it.

    That could work quite well if the units, wiring, piping etc were all standardised sizes so that there was a choice as to what was fitted. You could even have standardised cupboard and drawer units that could fit it the spaces instead of appliances. They could be made to be plugnplay so it was easy for the dealer to fit or swap.
  4. Steamdrivenandy

    Alko Axle

    I suspect that all AlKo chassis are specced by the van builder, in the sense that they tell AlKo the weight of what they're going to fit on it, plus the intended minimum payload and AlKo then supply a chassis to suit. I very much doubt that Bailey have the expertise to specify changes to the structural nature of the chassis, or that AlKo would agree to changes that potentially compromised the capability and certification of their product.
  5. Steamdrivenandy

    Desperate for Hobby electrical advice, please?

    That might be a good choice for another replacement Dave, but what would worry me is that the first unit going followed by another which was repaired and went again, suggests something is very wrong elsewhere that's causing the problem. Without more detail it's difficult to know. Perhaps the best advice would be to get the electrical system checked over by an experienced caravan electrician.
  6. Steamdrivenandy

    Desperate for Hobby electrical advice, please?

    There aren't many Hobby owners on here but caravan electrics are fairly generic so maybe a bit more info might tease out a few suggestions.
  7. Steamdrivenandy

    CMC finances

    Mrs SDA and I share the Yeti and we have a 5.2m Transit Hightop PVC. When you consider that generations of white van men have got virtually everywhere there is to go in this country in Transits, except under height restrictions, then I'm happy using the Tranny as my daily driver if the Yeti is being used elsewhere. We tried a slightly wider 6m Adria Coral Compact for a few years, but really even that was too big for daily use. An even bigger motorhome and you'll have to have a second car in the family. Our van has 4 separate seats that turn into 2 7ft long single beds, or put the bolster in place and make a good double. It has fridge, hob, sink, more worktop than any caravan, 5 roof lockers, an overcab locker, a large wardrobe and a proper swivel Thetford toilet, storage under the rear seats and a 3ft deep 'boot' between the wheel arches for the dog's crate, camping chairs, levelling ramps, hose, EHU cables, watering can, tool kit etc, etc. Most summer evenings you can sit outside under the wind-out awning and it's cosy inside if the weather gets bad and nowhere near as noisy as a caravan in the rain.
  8. Steamdrivenandy

    CMC finances

    I did some cost analysis on a number of vehicle combinations before going for a campervan. Full cost per average year over three years Two newish car's £9,409 Two newish car's and our caravan £11,475 One newish car and newish campervan £11,495 One newish car and a 10 year old campervan £9,581. Finance cost for the two car option was £6,924 per year, but for the old campervan option it was £5,770. Running costs for the two cars was £2,485 per year and for the old camper option £3,811. So in theory the caravan involved £2,000 more expenditure per year and that wasn't counting pitch costs.
  9. Steamdrivenandy

    Is gas worth it.

    Roughing it isn't the point really, having a small campervan so that we only run two vehicles and don't have to tow is our main reason. And as others have said, each to their own. I just happen to think that quite a few caravanners arou vans that are over specified for their needs and it could be argued that it's another way that the industry rips off the punters. I wonder what a van with gas, a shower, microwave, radio/CD, TV, even a boiler as options would be like?
  10. Steamdrivenandy

    Is gas worth it.

    You'd soon learn to love a Remoska MTD, if you're like us and don't have an oven or microwave on board. Having run two Eriba Touring Trolls, as well as a similar camper to our current one and an Adria motorhome, none of which had an oven or microwave, there is life and good eating without them.
  11. Steamdrivenandy

    Is gas worth it.

    Just as they produce relatively lightweight gas cookers for caravans, I guess they could make appropriately powered electric ovens. As to microwaves I've tried taking one around in the campervan but they take up an awful lot of room, are difficult to manhandled in a confined space and nobody appears to make a small one. They're either medium or large. Oh and Mrs SDA cooks a mean Mars bar muffin in the Remoska. She says you can cook cakes in them no trouble.
  12. Steamdrivenandy

    Is gas worth it.

    OK, I'm currently using a campervan, which has a compressor fridge and I've had a Propex mains electric boiler fitted. Space heating is diesel fired warm air and the only use of gas is for the 3 burners on the hob, which could be changed to diesel as such hobs are available. That would save a gas locker. Of course I realise that caravans don't generally have diesel tanks, so electric hobs and ovens were the alternative I was thinking of. We use a Remoska for oven type cooking and have done for more than ten years. As far as power supplies are concerned I suspect they're going to have to be beefed up fairly quickly anyway if the ban on ICE fuels comes in as quickly as Parliament are suggesting.
  13. Steamdrivenandy

    Motor home and Caravan Show

    I can't speak for comparative prices as I've never bought anything at the half a dozen shows I've been to. I suspect you could get similar deals by shopping around on the net. However you won't get the opportunity to discuss the items with folk who know so much about them and see such variety all in one place. Though wear comfortable shoes cos it's big, be prepared to be run down by disability scooters and to proceed at the pace of a snail with a wooden leg.
  14. Steamdrivenandy

    CMC finances

    It is a business and there's nothing wrong in that. It has to exist and compete in a market with other businesses. Unlike most other businesses however, it doesn't pay a dividend to shareholders. The corollary of that is that to operate in that way it has to bear the cost of a fairly monolithic management and democratic supervisory structure.
  15. Steamdrivenandy

    Alko Axle

    That's the bit of this saga that I don't understand. I know there are folk that have had tyres rubbing wheel boxes and the shape of Bailey wheel boxes of the recent past hasn't helped, but there are lots where the problem hasn't been so drastic. In such cases the axle has 'dropped' and required replacement, even though it's not yet rubbing the bodywork. It's not as if Bailey are fitting axles with less weight capacity than other brands, though they've done that back 5 or 6 years ago and there were no similar issues then. I can't see AlKo supplying a particularly worse spec. axle to Bailey than other brands and I can't see Bailey owners overloading their vans more than other brand owners. T'is a mystery.
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