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  1. Hardly a small vw camper. she copes very well with the weight
  2. Sorry, my fault, I forgot to update after selling the caravan.
  3. We are just about ready to go now but the final and big question is whether or not to take the scooter on the back or should we save weight and leave it behind. Do we really need one up there as we will be parking and exploring different places as and when we land. Would we really need to unhitch the scooter and drive for miles. Has anyone any experience of this issue. Did you go and wish you had bikes with you or did you never see the need for a bike or scooter.
  4. does anyone k ow if there are any lpg stations on the route
  5. Thanks rodders and everyone else. It takes time to post answers and they are truly appreciated, thanks to all.
  6. We are planning the 500 loop round the north of scotland in our motorhome that's fitted with a status 550 directional aerial. Mission control has a penchant for her soaps so obviously my question is such. ....Can we get reasonable freeview reception from inverness up to Jon o groats across the top and down the west coast, or is it hit and miss. That being the case, i have a back up plan. ....Ive got 30 gig of data on my i phone with EE so if the freeview fails, I can always get tv player on the internet on my laptop and cast it to my tv if the phone coverage concerning data is available. Am i hoping for too much or should I take dvds and some good books, lol
  7. In answer to some questions, we are taking our van but not the scooter, so we are stripped down to basics. We aim to be away for around a month and like a couple of days at each stop but we might do stopovers along the way. I guess we need to buy a book or something showing us the route and where to stop en route to make it a success. Ive looked on the 500 site and they want between £15 to £250 but I cant see anywhere what we get for the money in terms of what each payment covers.
  8. My wife and I have an autosleeper clubman and plan on invading Scotland. We aim to leave Leeds and head for seahouses, then on to Berwick and after that, Scotland here we come. Problem is we havent got a clue where to go. Some time ago we were told to do the 500, which from all accounts, is a route round scotland. If anyone out there knows what this route 500 is supposed to be, please let us know. failing that, does anyone have a tried and tested route that might help us out. We aim to do the top end of scotland then down to Larne and get the ferry over to Ireland and do Ireland after a few weeks in Scotland. Thanks in advance, Sam
  9. Ive found it. Its called acoustic felt material.
  10. Ive added a few shelves and bits or wood to my van interior and would like to cover these bits and bats with the greyish blue type of felt material that covers the walls of my van. Can anyone hazzard a guess what its called and where it can be purchased.
  11. Im still reading and following it but my goodness, it seems to be an emotive subject to say the least. i dont even wear glasses. lol. Ive got quite a list and some great advice but the bickering is a little silly but not half as bad as some subjects on here. Im really grateful though and if there is any room left for payload, \ill think about a little booze as well. lol.
  12. Looking down the list of posts regarding euro travel, I can see it is an emotive subject so my question is simple. .... Based on the fact that we ''will'' be going abroad in either our motorhome or caravan for the first time this year, I would like all you informed and educated seasoned campaigners to help me compile a list of things needed for our Journey. Whether we take our motorhome or caravan will be decided upon by the ease of travel and will be based on the economics of said journey. Everything from passports to lists of available aires/campsites and maps is what we are looking for as well as the hidden things like triangles and breathalysers if they are law now etc etc etc. Thanks all.
  13. I just found it. Its called veltrim. Spay a board, place it on and job done. Its ised for lining boots etc on cars but I thought it came already on a board, aparently not.
  14. In an older motorhome of mine the walls had a wooley type wall board on the walls, does anyone know what this wallboard is called please.
  15. It was declared as a write off becasue they couldnt source the rear panel needed. i agreed to keep the van and the balance of the value less the salvage was given to me which i used to get a new panel from a breakers and the van is back to perfect condition but with this damm cat c write off lable hanging round its neck. Ive made no money on the deal as yet, so its a straight forward payment turned into a repair and now available for sale to anyone that wants th=o get a clean bill of health certificate and a new CRiS reg document at a cost of £15.
  16. Last week I sustained some lightweight damage on my caravan from a wind related awning issue. The insurance company offered me money because they couldnt repair it with new for old and they made me an offer which included me keeping the caravan which I accepted. I duelly took the money and repaired the caravan myself which made it sound and perfect again. My wife is now worried it will happen again and shes gone west on caravanning, so we are going back to motorhoming again. I now want to sell the caravan and my dealer friend has offered me half of what its worth as he informs me that I cant sell it without saying its an insurance effected write off, even though its repaired again. I am a little bemused as to why he would buy it as he is going to sell it on so if he can, why cant I do the same as him. Does anyone know what my legal or ethical options are as I keep hearing of people that ignore all these facts and just off load them on E bay. I dont relish come backs so where do I stand
  17. scuff marks are not the same. My scratches are down to base metal in parts but hairline thin scratches. They look like a scalpel has done them.
  18. After our awning support pole came adrift during bad winds, it has lfet us with several light scratches which need sorting. My neighbor told me that T Cut do a coloured paste that can mask over light scratches. Has anyone even heard of this or is there any other way I can sort these pesky scratches without respraying. They are visible from 6 foot but not from 20 feet. Any help will be gratefully recieved.
  19. so what is you ladan weight and what is your nose weight
  20. I am not an expert on any of this, but one thing does confuse me. ..... When a car sets off pulling a caravan, it puts enormous pressure on the towball, under braking a car has 4 x disc brakes and the caravan weighing roughly the same, has 2 simple drum brakes. Ive seen cars being lifted up by the towball by recovery teams and the bit I don't understand is the towball has a max load of 100kg. It does not compute in my books and if these pressures can and are endured by towballs, why is there such a light load maximum. The other issue I also don't understand is the wind hitting the caravan and lifting it up at the front must negate the towbal loading factor. Its all a bit too weird for me to understand so ill just stay with following the manufacturers advice and leave it at that. lol
  21. I don't choose to drive with a lower weight, its just the way the van comes out and I actually load the nose to get to 75kg but adding weight to either the back or the front can create a see saw effect can it not. So many topics on this front and bacl balancing that it gets difficult to read. I weigh my nose weight religiously and just recently Iv left the front water tank full and store my ehu cable in the front just to get the weight up.
  22. Here is a thought. My Korando has an 80kg towball limit but my caravan weighs in at 1340kg fully laden. My nose weight is only 55kg. Should I shift stuff around to get to 75kg as the brochure recommends or is towing light acceptable. By the ay, I cant tell any difference towing 50kg or 90kg, so whats the boffins answers, it will be interesting to hear. On another issue, my old mate Kieth has a vanmaster and he has 1800kg on the van, he has 2 x 13kg gas cylinder in the front bay along with a tool box and loads of el hookup cables and even his chocks, blocks and good only knows how many metal pegs. at a rough guess I would say he has well over 250 kg because my meter goes up to 200kg and it went well past that before the wheel came off the ground and he drives all over the country with no complaints. I asked him about his nose weight and he said he had been towing for 40 years and never even knew what it meant. He has a shogun auto 2. 5 4x4. Work that one out.
  23. My mate has just got back from the anti clockwise route in the north of Scotland starting at Inverness and he had a blast. Hes gone again to Spain so I cant speak to him but would anyone have any info on this route. It is supposed to be very scenic but can it be done in a caravan. Looking to do it on Da and CL sites with 3 or 4 day stop overs and probably 2 or 3 weeks for the loop. Any ideas would be gratefully received.
  24. Ive already got a litre of fenwicks awning sealer waiting to reseal it after its cleaned. Im more interested in what will get it clean
  25. After years of wrestling with awnings, including porch awnings, we decided to see if we could pick up a cheap air awning. My old knees are shot. I spied a bargain on e bay. It is a sunkamp 260 air pro porch awning. They are around £600 new and this one had a rip in the roof that had been repaired with proper sunkamp tape. It is perfectly watertight and all seams and tubes are perfectly ok. I got it for £100 delivered to my door and the owner was very honest and very helpful. He even gave me a bag of new tubes and tape and it even had a carpet and skirt with it. ....now comes the rub. .... He is a smoker and admitted that he had cooked inside it on a few occasions and trust me. ....IT IS ABSOLUTLEY MINGING. The windows are hazed, the roof is stained yellow and the walls and skirts are filthy. Now you are getting my drift, what is the strongest cleaner I need to use as soap and water wont shift this lot.
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