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    Assorted towcars over the years
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    Mostly various Avondales, currently an American RV

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  1. I believe that legally you can have two caravans "within the curtilage of a house or property" so providing there are no covenants preventing this, and your neighbours are understand I cannot foresee a problem.
  2. Caravan Camping & Motorhome Show returns for 2020 The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show returns to Birmingham’s NEC from the 18 – 23 February 2020. Set across five halls of the NEC; the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show offers the UK’s largest display of leisure vehicles, static holiday homes, lodges, tents and so much more, giving holidaymakers and adventurers all the inspiration and gear they need for their upcoming escapades. Alongside the vast array of leisure vehicles, tents accessories, kit and equipment, the show will also feature some of its fan-favourite feature areas and there’s plenty of family friendly activities from climbing to crazy golf and much more. The hugely popular Freedom To Go Theatre returns with a host of live shows covering many aspects of holidaymaking and adventuring; with special guests ranging from TV star Shane Richie, Caravan and Motorhome Club member Matt Allwright, adventurer extraordinaire Darren Hardy and chef, author, presenter and Bake Off Star Nadiya Hussain, who’ll be providing visitors with some top culinary inspiration to take with them on their adventures. In addition to this exciting guest line-up the Freedom To Go Theatre will also host the adorable spaniel trio Max, Paddy and Harry… and while on the theme of dogs, 2020 also sees the return on the Top Dog Arena, where show-goers can take a break from their holiday planning to enjoy some spectacular canine agility demonstrations. Brand new for 2020 is Electric in Motion, a brand-new area where visitors can ride in style on some of the most cutting-edge electric ride-ons, from bikes for kids and adults alike through to scooters, skateboards and even unicycles. Manufacturers such as Ride and Glide, RooDog and Ribble Cycles will provide demos before giving visitors the chance to take them for a spin on a special indoor course. Those new to, or perhaps considering taking a foray into the world of caravanning, can try their hand at towing during free one-to-one sessions with experts from The Camping and Caravanning Club. While The Caravan and Motorhome Club will also be offering visitors the chance to get behind the wheel with campervan test drives and motorhome manoeuvring sessions. The fun doesn’t stop there as the Holiday Park Experience and Glamping Village will give you a taste for adventure and give you plenty of inspiration when planning your 2020 trips. Tickets for the show are available now and priced at just £8 for adults and £7 for seniors. Tickets on the door cost £10 for adults and £9 seniors - children 15 and under go free! For further information about The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show or to purchase tickets please visit www.ccmshow.co.uk. The latest exhibitors, celebrities and features will be updated regularly on the website.
  3. Personally I own four vehicles - none of which are diesel powered - but as only I drive them clearly they are only on the road one at a time. The one I use mostly for longer journeys is an LPG powered Volvo although the other vehicles are petrol. Many years ago I briefly owned a diesel powered 4x4 but soon sold it again, vowing that I'd never buy another. For local journeys, I'm more likely to use a pushbike than a car, not out of any concern for the environment but primarily because it is often quicker and there are no concerns over parking charges.
  4. Spot on. If you're flexible over when to visit, I would recommend the Thursday. Tuesday (the opening day) is always heaving, similarly the closing weekend days.
  5. Not exactly difficult but it becomes a pain when having to be done frequently and it's is just one more thing to remember before taking the trailer onto the public highway. The trailers I use most frequently have the number of the towing vehicle I favour for them BUT I have driven with the incorrect number on the back - and been pulled over for it! Something that could not happen if the trailer were independently registered. I have also had a number plate "jump ship mid journey" necessitating replacement - an unnecessary cost if a number were to be fixed permanently to the trailer. As for the DVLA - well my opinion of their "quality of service" does not bear repeating in public but they are sadly the obvious choice to administer trailer registration. I agree with you about the cloned vehicles but if trailer/caravan details were held with the index number, surely ANPR would pick up on the details being incorrect, if the number were to be used on a different make/model of trailer. Gordon
  6. You mean give it a unique registration plate like the towcar? Now I wonder why that has not been done in the UK . . . I have always supported the concept of national trailer (caravan) registration as from my point of view it's a complete pain having to constantly swap registration plates between my trailers, according to which tow vehicle is being used at the time. Gordon.
  7. Usually we referred to them simply as connectors, although often the free item would be known as a "plug" even if some pins were reversed, and the fixed item known as a "socket", again even with pin connections. Plug on the left and socket on the right, even though they both contained pins and sockets. BUT as I said earlier, call'em what you like, so long as we all understand each other.
  8. I am sure I will be corrected if I am wrong but . . . My understanding is that you can legally purchase and store petrol in a can up to 10 litres if it is made of plastic, and 20 litres if metal and they are UN Certified by an Approved Test House and embossed with the Certification number. I do not believe there is a legal limit on the number of cans that can be filled but there may be a limit imposed by the fuel supplier, and common sense would dictate that you only store a minimal quantity in one location. Below are containers similar to those I use and the cans are never stored together, or filled at the same time. The Jerry can holds 20 litres and is used for fueling the boat's outboard motor tank, the green 5 litre can is for unleaded petrol used with my lawn mower, and the red 5 litre can is a hangover from the days of four star leaded petrol but is now filled with a 16:1 two stroke mix for powered garden tools. When I briefly owned a diesel Landrover Discovery I also had a 10 litre black plastic container for diesel but I passed that on when I sold the vehicle. Previously I have also owned various styles of one gallon metal petrol cans, all of which have been discarded when they started to weep fuel at the joints.
  9. I've just returned from an enforced absence from the forum with a "busted foot" and oh dear, we really have drifted off topic haven't we I've always tried to use the term "lamps" for devices that emit light (not bulbs) and "plug tops" for devices inserted into "wall sockets" but that is because of my background and I fully appreciate that alternative terms are used by the general population. I still find it grates though when I hear the term "plug-socket", as it cannot be both a plug and a socket. Sometimes connections in both electrical and mechanical engineering are referred to as a "male" or "female" fittings for the simple reason that at the time the terms were adopted, they were mutually exclusive. But I digress, and whatever terms are used, so long as we understand each other, that really is all that matters.
  10. An additional tip. Place a label giving the current each appliance draws at 250V on that appliance. That will serve to remind you not to exceed whatever the current limit is for the EHU you are using, simply by adding up the numbers on the tags. Remember that if the supply voltage is lower than 250, the current will reduce proportionally, therefore by calculating at 250V you will always be within the supply limit.
  11. Did the replacement submersible pump actually run? That is to say, could you hear the motor running. If so then it can only be a blockage in the pipework or two failed pumps if there is full voltage at the external connection point to the caravan. The pumps may both be electrically faulty, or the impellers disconnected from the motor shafts. If you suspect the caravan pipework, look for a flattened feed pipe, and check that the non-return valve in the caravan has not failed closed.
  12. We both have unidirectional LED lamps on our helmets, in addition to the lighting on the bikes. Our helmet mounted lamps are NOT focused so simply provide a red glow as an additional warning for following motorists. As a motorist myself I am very conscious of the adverse affect that over bright lights can cause BUT it is not just a small proportion of people on bikes (they do not deserve to be called cyclists) that cause this problem; some motorists are equally at fault. Specifically, there is a section of official two way cycle track near my home that is to the side of a dual carriageway. If using this route after dark, it is virtually impossible to see the track ahead as cyclists are blinded by oncoming traffic. I avoid this now and take a longer route on side roads because the dedicated cycle track is just too dangerous after dark.
  13. Yes. Help yourself to the 1994-96 version from the pinned topic at the head of this section. Gordon.
  14. Gordon

    Bike lighting

    I also used to cycle to work (about 11 miles each way) until I retired. I am now able to cycle for pleasure, so if possible choose days when it is not raining! I had everything you list above but as I said in the opening post, front reflectors and reflectors on the spokes are only advisory and the same applies to reflective clothing. The lights are obligatory between sunset and sunrise. I'm not saying that this is ideal as all in your list I believe should be obligatory but that is what is required under UK law. It was the same at my two schools. Bikes could only be brought onto the school premises by children who had passed the proficiency test. I expect the "Bikeability" test is more encompassing now but we all had to learn and obey the rules of the road, and prove that we could retain full control of our bikes, particularly at slow speeds. There were also spot checks carried out periodically on our bikes at the school to ensure that brakes worked efficiently, and lights, bells etc., were all operational. The main thing that was different from today is that we didn't wear cycle helmets, or high-vis jackets, because to my knowledge, such things did not exist when I was a kid.
  15. The important words in that report is "able to be fitted"I wouldn't worry about it, I am sure they will provide sterilising wipes to clean the blow pipe between users - Oh I forgot, they will of course be alcohol based Never mind, we won't be allowed to drive our own cars anywhere soon the way if our lords and masters have their way.
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