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  1. If you're sailing that close to the wind I'd say you've got yourself the wrong caravan.
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    German Caravans

    Another advantage of a rear lounge is maximisation of headroom in the case of U-shaped lounge seating arrangement. The slope of the front end panel of the caravan doesn't encroach on the headroom of those sitting in the middle, whereas it's less likely to disturb anyone if the beds are at the front.
  3. Insurance is unlikely to be an issue unless there has been an accident. Quite frankly, unless the caravan appears to have obviously been overloaded at the time, it is unlikely that anyone would question its actual weight. I have heard of cases where a caravan has been overloaded by as much as 400kg or more, and that should be plainly obvious just by looking at it, but it seems a bit futile to get too concerned with losing insurance coverage by a minor transgression of the limit. I therefore can't understand why caravan manufacturers even bother to offer upgrades of less than 50kg.
  4. Sounds as though Bailey received a chassis from Alko which wasn't originally destined for the UK because the receiver is not normally fitted on Continental AlKo chassis.
  5. I can't speak for the French, but in Germany, and I suppose the French probably have a similar arrangement, if not the same, one is allowed a margin of 6km/h plus 10% of the recorded speed.
  6. After two repair jobs which were done under warranty on the ATC fitted to my caravan, the unit later failed a third time. In exasperation, I removed it altogether and have since been using the caravan without it. I can't say that it has ever put me into a predicament where I wish I would have had it again. Please note that I'm not criticising the system as such. It is no doubt a bit of added protection, but not something that I would consider to be mandatory, especially as more and more towcars with factory fitted towbars come with trailer stability systems as standard.
  7. I haven't met anybody that has ever been caught for speeding on an otherwise derestricted section of motorway or for exceeding the lower of two speed limits that apply depending on the type of vehicle. If the latter were done systematically, most trucks would probably get done for speeding all the time.
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    Rear number plate

    That hardly complies with the requirement for a reflective number plate.
  9. There’s no direct connection between weight and number of axles. There are single axle caravans around that weigh several hundred kilos more than some twin axles. To my knowledge, France is the only country that makes a distinction between speed limits for over/under 3500kg plated train weight.
  10. I can only second Borussia's comments. In over 30 years of caravanning on the Continent I have never come across damp as a major problem. My own experience is limited to minor damp that I had with a Knaus caravan once, and that only in the floor area of the front locker. (I see that they replaced the wood by aluminium in later models). My current Dethleffs is bone dry after 10 years.
  11. In over 30 years of caravanning I've never used a wheel lock, even in the UK, nor have I ever possessed one. I guess that less than 1 in 10 of the caravans at the storage facility where I keep mine have any form of lock.
  12. Any advantage of a twin tub versus a single? I can't think of one, rather the disadvantage of being a bigger unit.
  13. Mine own record was driving solo non-stop (apart from filling up with petrol) from Detroit to Quebec and back to Montreal, a distance of about 1500km, but I'm three times as old now and wouldn't dream of doing such a thing today. However, we met a 72 year old German lady in southern Spain the other week who drove her motorhome single handed over 700km on one leg to her destination. Lately, we have found that around 400km is a nice comfortable distance to cover before stopping over. It gives one opportunity to relax in the evening upon arrival and perhaps even end the day with a nice barbecue or even a bit of local sightseeing on foot to get some much needed exercise. I appreciate that this is not always possible among the working folk who have to try to make the most of their precious holiday break, but as a retiree I have the time. Our trip to southern Spain took us 5 days there and even longer coming back because it got so hot that we interrupted our return journey in the south of France to cool down in the waters of the Med for a couple of days before heading inland.
  14. It's been a couple of years since the subject was raised last so I thought I'd raise a new topic rather than resurrect an old one. We have found that some campsites charge fairly exhorbitant prices for the use of their washing machines so we thought it might be a good idea to have our own portable one. As we wash about twice a week we figured that it should pay for itself. Previous threads in this forum mentioned a portable twin tub version but we'd prefer a single tub. Does anyone have one or can comment on their experiences with portable washing machines?
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    Powered Transporters

    No, there wasn't in Germany either until a few weeks ago, but demand was so strong that the government pushed the necessary legislation through in record time.
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    Powered Transporters

    They have recently been made legal in Germany subject to certain conditions being fulfilled: They must only be used on cycle paths, not on footpaths. Only where there are no cycle paths may they be used on the road. They are limited to a maximum speed of 20km/h. They must have national type approval. They must be covered by third party insurance The rider must be at least 14 years of age
  17. Only if the caravan was submitted with a 10kg gas bottle at the time of type approval. 10kg bottles don't exist on the Continent, so Continental caravans would have a different allowance for gas than their UK counterparts.
  18. The EU regulation that you refer to is relatively vague with respect to caravans. It only refers to an industry standard BS EN 1645-2 which in many respects is equally vague. For instance, the regulation states that MIRO is for a base model without any factory fitted options. What constitutes a factory fitted option is already open to question. Sometimes items are declared as factory fitted options even though no caravan normally leaves the production line without them.
  19. It's still nothing to go by as each manufacturer has a degree of freedom in interpretation of what is and what is not included in the MIRO.
  20. Because MIRO for caravans is so very loosely defined and in any case the definition is only an industry standard and not enshrined in Construction and Use Regulations, it makes little sense to take any published figure too seriously, but to always rely on weighbridge measurement. Just a note on the side to highlight the folly of using published figures: Measurements have shown that MIRO of a caravan can vary by as much as 15kg between a dry and a wet day, simply because of moisture absorption in the insulation. This has nothing to do with damp.
  21. It's only a recommendation anyway. The 4% is the minimum that the manufacturer must ensure as structurally safe, not what the noseweight must actually be.
  22. If they are company cars, owned and registered by the company at its permanent address abroad and not by its UK unit or partner, there's nothing wrong with that.
  23. No, at least in Germany, the insurance is for the car, not for the driver. Since 1997 there is no such thing as a German driving licence. It is an EU licence which happens to be issued in Germany. It makes no reference to your country of permanent residence and you do not have to swap it if you move into another EU country.
  24. Published MIRO's are for guidance only. One cannot rely on them even if they are shown on a label by the door, especially if there is any doubt whether something is included or not, so the only sure way to ascertain the unladen weight is to weigh the caravan.
  25. If you want to know what the payload may be there is no accurate way of determining it without putting the caravan on a weighbridge. Nobody here is going to be able to give you a definitive answer.
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