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  1. 13 hours ago, Max Headroom said:


    I too am thinking of getting an Adria but the lack of ATC is a disappointment to say the least. I agree that it should be mandatory.



    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 7 minutes ago, AndyPoole said:

    Trailer which is used a few times a year down to the tip and back, you can dowload the number plate font from the internet print out on a yellow background on A3 and laminate - looks fine and cost me nothing


    That hardly complies with the requirement for a reflective number plate.

  4. On 14/07/2019 at 11:41, Durbanite said:

    mentioned twin axle because in France there are two different speed limits when towing a caravan depending on the overall weight of the combination.  Not sure if the same applied to Spain.


    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.

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  5. 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.

  6. 10 hours ago, Borussia 1900 said:

    Touch wood, in over 20 years I've never had anything stolen from my pitch. I have a couple of Tern Folding Bikes, a Weber Baby Q, Lafuma Chairs, non of it gets locked.

    I do lock my expensive Road and/or Mountain Bikes on my Thule Bike Carrier though.

    I only use a wheel lock if I'm visiting the UK, in the rest of the EU I don't bother.


    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

  9. 1 hour ago, Towtug said:

    A sensible approach which I believe is also used in the Netherlands. We have one stumbling block for that in the UK inasmuch there isnt a category under National approval to homologation them.


    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.

  10. On 07/07/2019 at 23:32, Towtug said:

    It's also fair to say that none of these "leisure" vehicles are Type approved in any EU state and cannot therefore be legally used on the road or indeed in public areas in any of those member states. 

    However some states have provided derogations , sometimes generally , sometimes for specific vehicles eg Segway, to allow their use.

    (An example of member states exercising their rights to make their own laws, who knew) 


    Currently in the UK these none type approved vehicles can only be used on privately owned land with the land owners permission. They can be used in areas to which the public have access but only where the private land owner has given the permission.

    EG Centerparcs allow them and some National trust properties.


    The UK government has chosen not to prepare a derogation despite being allowed to, and at one time incorrectly cited EU legislation as the reason for this.

    Locally a few years ago there were a spate of prosecutions made for a Segway user and a number of Hover board owners.


    They have recently been made legal in Germany subject to certain conditions being fulfilled:

    1. 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.
    2. They are limited to a maximum speed of 20km/h.
    3. They must have national type approval.
    4. They must be covered by third party insurance
    5. The rider must be at least 14 years of age

  11. 1 hour ago, CommanderDave said:

    Gas is 10 kg in Miro as there is one cylinder outlet .







    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.

  12. 1 hour ago, Durbanite said:

    I have been told that the MIRO is as it is delivered from the factory according to an EU regulation.  Caravans with onboard tanks have waste containers i.e. wastemaster included.


    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.

  13. 16 minutes ago, Durbanite said:

    According to the 2018 Buccaneer handbook page 2-3 it is a mass of 10kg per gas cylinder.  The cylinder number is equal to the number of connections and there are two connections to total mass of gas cylinders is 20kg.  The wastemaster is also included in the MIRO along with the EHU cable.



    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.

  14. 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.

  15. 21 minutes ago, Guzzilazz said:



    Isn't that 4-7%? 


    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.

  16. 1 hour ago, AndersG said:

    No. But you would break the law if you moved back to the UK but still drove your German registered car. Does not seem to be policed much. A look on a parking lot outside a tech company and half the cars can be forreign registered.


    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.

  17. 37 minutes ago, Nilrem said:

    I thought the insurance cover for you to drive another persons car was provided by your insurance company when you had fully comprehensive insurance. My insurance clearly states that I can drive another persons car (providing I am driving with the owner's express consent). I can't recall if my German car insurance said the same thing.


     No, at least in Germany, the insurance is for the car, not for the driver.


    53 minutes ago, Borussia 1900 said:

    I have a German (EU) Driving Licence, I am not resident in the UK, when I visit my sister in the UK I sometimes drive her car (it's insured for any driver). Am I breaking the law?


    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.


  18. 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.

  19. 18 hours ago, chris76 said:

    hi can anyone help me with planning my weight on my 2018 cruiser please, off to france in a couple of weeks and i know up to now iv been using it overloaded,both on the nose and payload


    the caravan is weighted at 2000kg 


    it has one gas bottle which im going to remove and put in the back of the amarok to help with the noseweight

    im going to remove the carpets


    it has aircon which is 33kg 


    any idea what my payload will be?



    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.

  20. I guess there is a slight difference then between the UK and us over here because here you are only considered to reside here if you are registered with a permanent address in this country yourself, which you are obliged to do as soon as possible and certainly within 6 months of taking up residency. Then you automatically become taxable here too, and that includes any vehicle that you may own. Any overseas address that you may also have is immaterial for this purpose. If you only have a permanent address elsewhere and you're not personally registered here, subject to time restrictions, you can either continue to use a foreign registered vehicle that you brought into the country or if you purchase one locally, it must be be registered temporarily with export plates. In both cases you are considered the holder. Who actually drives the car is of no interest to the authorities so long as the car insurance covers him or her as a driver and so long as the driver has a valid licence.

  21. 6 hours ago, beejay said:


    Yes, badly worded.  The restriction on foreign drivers (non-UK residents) using UK registered vehicles does not apply to hire vehicles.  The same rule applies to hire vehicles throughout the EU.


    I can't speak for UK registered vehicles, but there is no restriction on foreign drivers driving German registered vehicles in Germany, whether rental vehicle or not, and I suspect the same applies elsewhere too. Until I acquired German citizenship I was driving various German registered cars in Germany (and elsewhere) for many years and in no case did the holders of the vehicles (usually company cars) have anything to do with vehicle rental. The only condition that had to be fulfilled is that if the holder's place of permanent residence is in Germany, then the car has to be registered and taxed in Germany. Where the driver is normally resident is immaterial. My experience elsewhere has always been the same.


  22. 3 hours ago, beejay said:


    Rental vehicles are exempted from residency/licencing regulations.



    Since when? Their vehicles have to be registered and taxed just like everybody else’s, in the company’s name and at their permanent address. They usually allow you to take the vehicle abroad if you inform them of your country of destination, on condition that the vehicle is returned to its home country by the renter, although I have, in the past, taken out a one way rental of a car from Luxemburg to Germany.

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