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  1. First post here in a while. ...stored the van badly since end of last summer* nipped round the corner to drag it home for a deep clean. Thought yes it's only 200m from here to home but I'm sensible so I'll hook up the breakaway cable, do things properly etc. .. Get round to the house, get out of the car, un hitch and try to drive the car out of the way. .....BANG. ....breakaway cable still attached. ...just glad I have a nice shiny new one here to replace it. *having work done to the house last October, moved the van round the corner to a temporary safe location and promptly forg
  2. My renault scenic is a fair bit narrower than your car and i can see the rear corners in the standard mirrors. What i cant see, which the towing mirrors allow me to, is the car smack behind my caravan - same car which watched me indicate right for a lane change, and decided to boot it past as i began the manouver - because i spotted this straight away in the towing mirror i was able to abort before i was too committed!
  3. Sounds good - I was told its not a good idea to polish GRP - any idea what product they used?
  4. We have a 1990/91 swift corvette which we bought in feb for the grand sum of £800. Its our first van, been away once so far and loved it - just a few niggles to sort out and it will be dead on, mainly bit of a gas leak which will be professionally sorted before we go away again in may. Its technically a 4 berth, but our three kids are all under 5, youngest slept with us (he is 1) but he could easily have one side of the lower bunk and share with his 3yr old brother. Eldest is 5 and she loves the top bunk as she has a mid sleeper bed at home One thing that lets it down is the GRP
  5. It could become a big issue if enough CL sites flaunt the regs and cause the legal situation to be reveiwed, maybe resulting in more restrictions and less CL sites?
  6. Im thinking of getting one of those magic eye things for our van - hoping to get a dish before the summer and want to put a spare sky receiver out of sight somewhere
  7. Currently holed up in Carnfunnock on our very first trip, long winded but here you go: Didnt start well: running late leaving home last Friday, got the caravan packed, car packed, caravan off the drive (awkward location!) and checked the tyres etc before hitching up. So far so good. At this point it was time to test the lights, being the sensible sort of chap I like to let others believe. Just to help set the scene, the previous owner had suffered a lighting cable to tarmac moment, and repaired this with electrical tape and not much else. My dad being an electronics engineer done a
  8. Instead of doing the b+e trailer test, is there any combination of lgv test that will automatically give you the b+e on passing? Odd question but the costs dont be much greater!
  9. When I was quite young, my dad came home one night from work with exciting news - he had bought a friend's campervan. .. A couple of nights later he arrived home with the van - a converted Commer van (auto-sleeper conversion I think?) It was old, slow, but compact enough to get most places and we had a good time with it. Only lasted a year - it was enough to convince my dad to buy a caravan instead, which was a "rambler" something or other. And thats what im doing right now, rambling! The only thing I can add is if it were me, I would certainly rent one for a week or two before b
  10. :s Not complicated at all then. Methinks an examination of my Vin plate is in order then. ...
  11. The MAM on our van is around 950kg, and the unladen weight of the car is 1465Kg. According to the manual our car has a max gross train weight of 3050kg - taking away the MAM of the van and the unladen weight of the car that leaves 635Kg we can carry in the car to include passengers etc So in effect our legal limit is actually 3050kg towing with this car as that is how its plated?? its all a bit mad. We intend keeping this outfit for a few years so its not an issue yet but when the time comes to upgrade Ill be taking the B+E test. Off topic but is there any combination of LGV
  12. Whilst its a pain in the backside, and ultimately i will have to take the test if i want to get a bigger outfit i do agree with the principle of it. .... My wife has no interest in towing the caravan, she has the same licence as me so could drive our current outfit if i fell ill or something mid tour. But if i done the trailer test and bought a bigger outfit we wouldnt have that backup - i know she would refuse to do the test!!
  13. You only need look at gumtree to find all the oldies. Our swift was found here, and its 21years old. Interesting to note we found the majority of vans at this age/price point (sub £1500, over ten years old) were swifts and lunars when we were looking
  14. Dont i know it - if we want to upgrade to anything bigger than a family hatch ill have to budget in another £600 for a B+E training and test plus find the time to do it. ...
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