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Black Grouse

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  1. To make that model year change, they'd have to make the model change during the Christmas shutdown - that's not likely to happen.
  2. France has announced a tit-for-tat 14 day quarantine on Brits entering France
  3. A Bailey from the '80s will be quite lightweight so your CRV wouldn't really need a stabiliser - but they can be helpful.
  4. Big developments often include new dual carriageway, roundabouts and sometimes motorway junctions, all at the developer's expense - it's a way that local authorities and Highways England get round budget restrictions.
  5. They're very evenly balanced - a chip on each shoulder!
  6. Whenever I've checked, the both have the same scarcity of CL/CS as each other in more rural areas so joining both wasn't helpful for us. Numerically, the Caravan Club is about twice as big as the Camping & Caravanning Club - twice as many members, club sites and CL/CS sites.
  7. Make sure that the Phantom tracker uses a phone network with good signal where you store the caravan - otherwise the constant attempts to "call control" will flatten the leisure battery in less than a fortnight.
  8. Morrisons got rid of them at most stores several years ago - they only use them now where there's a perceived threat of significant trolley theft.
  9. Many premium brands are made in China too!
  10. 4mm is a German/Alpine thing for winter tyres - but then few other European countries have a winter tyre requirement. My winter tyres will be allowed to wear down from 4mm to 3mm during the summer to get a bit more value out of them.
  11. Good to hear someone else who replaces tyres at 3mm, rather than the 1.6mm legal limit - as tyres wear down their water-dispersant properties diminish rapidly and aquaplane far too easily at 1.6mm. There's considerable support to increase the legal limit to 3mm but this needs global agreement so isn't going to happen quickly.
  12. They're even quicker to drain the battery if the tracker is in a poor phone area as it constantly tries to contact the main base.
  13. If there is the single difference of width, then it's illegal to use except as a speed limited space saver - it would be important to keep to the 50mph / 50 miles limit to minimise damage to any differentials as the rolling radius will be different to the other tyres. "should be" - I have known cars with an unmarked standard size spare where an optional size has been fitted to the four road wheels.
  14. It should be treated as an emergency space saver - otherwise it's illegal to use as there's a requirement that tyre sizes aren't mixed on the same axle.
  15. My car has a 140 kg limit but sadly the caravan is limited to 100 kg so I have to stick to that.
  16. In countries like USA and Australia where vehicle noseweight limits are higher, they use a 10% MINIMUM guideline despite towing heavier trailers - and don't have reduced speed limits for towing vehicles. Perhaps if our cars had higher noseweight limits, we could increase the towing speed limit?
  17. Leisure batteries which aren't being maintained by onboard charger or solar panel need re-charging every 3 months otherwise the self-drain will start to flatten them to a point of damage. The OP has done right by removing it and using a smart charger.
  18. Why do you say "with some leeway" ? I maintain that if your car allows 100kg noseweight then the closer to that the better, without exceeding it.
  19. The best nose weight is as heavy as possible BUT not exceeding any limits of car, towbar or caravan. The 5-7% "optimum" that's often quoted is simply because many combinations can't get higher than that.
  20. No hose clips on my 2013 Lunar, it uses push-fit connectors - I think both 12mm and 13mm are available, but not compatible
  21. They would have an option - if a goods trailer is unladen they can simply use their judgement
  22. Andy - not all sites apply the rules, no kidding! Back in the days when I used cc club sites, before online computers, I used to stay longer than 21 days at times - just book 21 days, pay on arrival, then book/pay for an extension towards the end of the original stay - I'm not sure the system allows that now.
  23. It's in the planning restrictions - my understanding is that "touring" sites are limited to 28 days each stay by government legislation - residential and seasonal sites have different limits - there's an extra concession to use land as a campsite for a single 28 day period in the year.
  24. Club sites have a self-imposed 21 day limit but CL/CS and commercials have a 28 day limit as that's a legal requirement.
  25. The disease is progressing at different rates in different places. Politically it's because there's no separate government for England and politicians never make clear what they're talking about! It's people ignoring the slightly relaxed restrictions that are the problem
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