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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. robloasby

    Alko spare wheel carrier - seized

    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.
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    hyundai ix35 2. 0 awd as a towcar

    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.
  3. 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
  4. If there is no deal, there is no transition period.
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    Insurance and remapped car

    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.
  6. 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?
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    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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    Vauxhall Amongst The Most Unreliable Cars

    Same here. Although I’ve never owned one, I’ve driven just about every Vauxhall from Viva onwards, mostly hire cars, and never got on with them. Worst was a 1. 6 petrol Insignia which was incapable of maintaining the speed limit on a motorway without dropping a gear. Why they put such an insipid engine in a big heavy lump of a car escapes me.
  9. But don’t they know who we are? We’re British, damn it. These forriners should know their place.
  10. When my daughter was studying in Ontario as part of the Erasmus scheme, she and her mates (one Swedish, one Spanish) went on a day trip to Buffalo. On their way back, the Canadian border agents tried to refuse entry to her Spanish friend as they thought she was a Mexican illegal, despite her passport. Luckily the university confirmed that she was genuine. Which reminds me that my father in law must still be showing as a Canadian resident as when he moved back to the UK in 2011, he used his Canadian passport on the way out, and his British passport when he landed here.
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    Theft of keyless cars increasing!

    In the good old days, you didn’t need to worry about hiding car keys because if you owned a Ford, one key generally fitted any car.
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    When our local B&Q was closing down, i managed to grab a load of 32mm pipe, elbows, and fittings for pennies. Perfect for waste water on the van. It was replaced by a Go Outdoors, so plenty more stuff for the van, including Calor. I’m expecting the nearby Homebase to close down soon too. Every time I’ve been there, it’s been empty of customers since it was taken over by the Aussies.
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    International driving licence

    As regards the oft-repeated stories about Ford, Dyson, etc. .. A series of claims ironically entitled “how good the EU has been for British jobs” has popped up on numerous comment boards and social networking sites, purporting to show that the EU has repeatedly paid companies to leave the UK. The statements, made by various sources in similar terms along these lines, are not true, according to three companies on the online list contacted by InFacts. Dyson, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Marks & Spencer all denied they had received EU funding in the way suggested. A related claim by Pro-Brexit Euro-MP Daniel Hannan that “the EU gave Ford a grant to relocate from Southampton to Turkey” is tendentious. In 2012 Ford did receive a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB), an EU institution, of around £150 million for a factory in Turkey. The loan was not to relocate, as Hannan says, though it occurred around the same time as Ford chose to close its factory in Southampton. As such, the loan stirred controversy in local newspapers. But it should be put in context of EIB lending in Britain, which was worth around £6 billion last year. EIB loans fund projects like Crossrail and the Midlands Metropolitan Hospital in Birmingham. Notably, the bank lent Ford £450 million in 2010 to develop a new generation of greener vehicles in the UK. Full article here - https://infacts. org/EU-not-paying-uk-firms-outsource/
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    International driving licence

    Except that as he’s now dead, he cannot win another libel case to go with the libel case he won when they made the allegation the first time around. I’d file that “article” in the “smear” bin with the one where Ed Miliband’s dad was accused of hating Britain.
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    International driving licence

    According to what I read, 6000 trucks a day use the tunnel, 7000 a day via Dover. Any delays mean the M26 and possibly the M20 become permanent car parks. Unless they’d be happy to see the car and aviation industries grind to a halt, see supermarkets shelves empty, and people have to go without radiotherapy or insulin, wouldn’t it be better that this government stops its infighting and sort out a deal that works?