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  1. 10 hours ago, Legal Eagle said:

    For genuine work purposes, where there is no other option, is an allowed exception. How did he manage last time?

    His current site has now decided to close. Difficult one :mellow:.

    Sites are been told to close but you're ok if you need to stay away from home (including in a second home) for work purposes. If no sites are open, the only option is a hotel, B&B etc. but at a cost.  Catch 22 really?

  2. "Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed- including holidays in the UK and abroad. This includes staying in a second home, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with. There are specific exceptions, for example if you need to stay away from home (including in a second home) for work purposes."


    We've got a self employed relative who works away from home for 5 days a week (600 mile round trip) and relies on his seasonally pitched caravan for accomodation whislt working, ie "second accomodation". If all sites close, how can he be expected to travel to work each day?  :unsure:

  3. 52 minutes ago, Buck5555 said:

    It’s sounds like a rip off price now based on what you say pebble 


    If we have to change a thermocouple or thermostat on a "private" boat, ie, not one of our hire boats, we charge an hour's labour at £50 inc. VAT plus parts, so say £100 total. If, for whatever reason, the cooker has to be pulled out, this often means breaking the gas connection which then entails a gas safety check on reinstallation by a competent person (more time) and this sometimes carries a further charge of c.£25. Unlike a mobile caravan engineer, we don't have call out fees even if we go out to a job not at the marina.

    All of our engineers have been on Thetford courses so maybe we know the shortcuts and how to do the job properly without taking the p*ss ;).

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  4. If it's a Thetford combined oven/grill/burners as per the Aspire 2, we have loads of these at work on our narrowboat fleet.

    Access to the oven and grill thermocouples and thermostats can be done without removing the cooker from the kitchen units. The metal plate that surrounds the burners comes off and access is then down behind the cooker. Doing it this way, job should only take half an hour max..

    IIRC, oven thermostat for an Aspire 2 is £30-40.

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  5. 3 hours ago, Mr Plodd said:

    Thanks Gateway! They certainly sound like a vast improvement, plus of course being that high up they are less vulnerable to damage and getting dirty. Here’s hoping they become industry standard on all large vehicles. I can see huge advantages in mounting them on the top front corners of artic trailers, no more losing sight down the sides when turning :)

     They're out there ;)



  6. Just my opinion, but theoretically would the distances be acceptable if your enclosed veranda was taken out of the equation? Maybe the safety distances are ok if taken from the beach pads to the original static.

    Again, just a thought, sorry.

    Edit - can you post pics?

  7. 10 hours ago, Bodster said:

    Thanks for the posts so far. I should clarify all of these models are the editions before the latest facelifts.


    How would I find out if it is type approved for towing?




    If, at the end of the day, all three cars are capable of towing your van, which one could you live with on a day to day basis?

    Not knowing how much towing you'll be doing, most of the time the car will be solo.

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