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About robloasby

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    Retired, Forest and MotoGP fan, mad Lab owner
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    Hyundai IX35i 2. 0CRDi SE AWD
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    Bailey Ranger GT60/6 460/2

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  1. Last time I went up that road, solo, I ended up in a line of half a dozen cars reversing half a mile to a passing place as someone came the other way with a van on the back. Poor driver’s face (and knuckles) as white as a sheet, while his passenger had a face like thunder!
  2. Anyone who has used the CMC site at Bunree will know it has a single-track road. Last time I stayed, I was leaving at about 11am with the van on the back only to come face to face with someone coming the other way at the narrowest part. Reversing back on that road was a right pain in the behind, especially knowing that there might have been other outfits behind me. I believe the early arrival got a proper telling off from the warden. Thats why I stick to the rules.
  3. that Same here. I liked her slightly irreverent touch. Certainly better than the cringe-inducing stuff that Michael Portillo does these days.
  4. Those buses from Glasgow airport to the city certainly are quick, but from my own experience, much of that is down to the “assertive” way the drivers negotiate the M8. Best close your eyes and pray if you’ve never used them before! And as for the wee biting little beasties, it doesn’t take long to build up immunity after the first few hundred bites.
  5. But did it have a rep-special 1.3 under the bonnet?
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    Cordless Drill

    I use a Titan cordless drill from Screwfix. Chose one with hammer action so that I can use it around the house too. Plenty of power to drill into brick or concrete, but still controllable for use as a screwdriver and for he caravan steadies. And it comes with two batteries. https://www.screwfix.com/p/titan-tti699com-18v-1-5ah-li-ion-cordless-combi-drill/4908P?tc=GB1&ds_kid=92700022888075699&ds_rl=1241687&ds_rl=1245250&ds_rl=1244066&ds_rl=1249796&ds_rl=1245250&ds_rl=1249484&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIgM7ZhIvQ4AIVQbDtCh0gxAGEEAQYAyABEgKI2_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
  7. Had the same problem with mine when I was servicing the van last year, and like you, removed it. Left the tubes soaking in penetrating oil overnight then cleaned and greased before refitting. It isn’t the best designed product, but I’ve never seen an alternative that fits Alko.
  8. Never had any issues towing with my 2015 2. 0 AWD. Rock steady up to the speed limit, and pulls fine in sixth gear on the flat with a van about the same weight as yours. Solo, I average mid to high 40s mpg, and towing mid 30s. With the 4wd, I’ve only had to use the diff lock once when pulling away from a pitch up a grass slope, and it worked perfectly.
  9. According to the government’s guide, if there is no deal, then you will need one as there will be no agreement between the U. K. and EU countries until such time as they get around to one. https://www. gov. uk/government/publications/driving-in-the-EU-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/driving-in-the-EU-if-theres-no-brexit-deal
  10. And in case you think they may not check these things. .. When my renewal came due earlier this year, I went on one of the comparison sites and entered my information. It asked for any mods, so I selected from the drop down list that it had a towbar. I then went onto another comparison site, which didn’t give an option to say that the car had a towbar, and bought my insurance through that. Within 24 hours, I had an email from the new company asking why I hadn’t said I had a towbar! It was easily added to their record, with no effect on premium, though.
  11. But if ETIAS is a Schengen-zone system, wouldn’t it flag up to all member countries if one of them had refused entry or revoked a visa waiver?
  12. robloasby

    Walking Boots`

    I seem to have the kiss of death for walking boots over the last few years. First, cheapish leather Karrimor boots leaked then fell apart after just over a year. Replaced them with a “quality” pair of Berghaus leather boots. Within fifteen months, the heels and soles were worn down, the stitching had come apart, and they leaked. So, just over a year ago, the Berghaus were consigned to gardening duties and replaced with Salomon goretex. Great boots, dry and comfy. But. .. After a year and only about 1500 miles of dog walking, the heels are worn down. The cobbler I use says that he cannot get Salomon’s own “Supagrip” soles so I have to have Vibram instead. Except those in my size are like rocking horse droppings so the boots have been with him for two weeks so far, and might be sorted by the end of next week. Which has meant that the leaky and worn-out Berghaus boots are back in use.
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