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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. After our original Daewoo gave up, ours sits in the original box the replacement cheapo microwave came in from Curry’s, which travels safely and securely on the van floor.
  2. Zephyr/Zodiac had the same arrangement. Could never come to terms with the column gear change.
  3. My main gripe with my Hyundai is that whoever designed the dash put controls where they’d be obscured by the steering wheel and stalks. They’re not grouped, either, with, for example, hill start/descent on one side and diff lock on the other.
  4. I hope they upgraded the brakes! The Mk1 1100 I owned in the 70s had unassisted drums front and rear.
  5. Until you get the repair bills, assuming the garage can source parts. My neighbour has one on a 51 plate, which he’s owned from new. It was off the road for two months while his mechanic tried to find a replacement gearbox, and now needs a new wing which will cost more than the car is now worth.
  6. If my memory serves me well, this is most likely an Electrolux RM212 as that was the fridge fitted to most vans of that era. You should be able to get it re-gassed professionally, but don’t try to do it yourself. As a callow youth, I ended up in A&E when I stupidly took a spanner to the cooling system of one and got an eyeful of pressurised ammonia.
  7. Reassuring to know everyone’s positive experiences with Nationwide FlexPlus travel insurance. My daughter is ringing them tomorrow about the Thomas Cook flight/hotel she was due to go on next week.
  8. It’s a long time since I replaced mine, but if memory serves me right, and as Mr P says, there are slotted (wood) screws under the shelf. These then go through a plywood plinth and, as I recall, into the casing of the microwave itself. Incidentally, I replaced mine with one of these - https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/household-appliances/cooking/microwaves/logik-l20ms14-solo-microwave-silver-21729398-pdt.html It travels in its original box and only goes onto the shelf when on site. No way will I try to screw into the casing!
  9. Welcome! One tip I would give you is to make sure you take some wood glue with you to stick the laminate edging strips back on drawers. Oh, and if you have the original Daewoo microwave, be prepared for problems which have been well documented on here. Other than that, I love mine. It tows like a dream and I’ve have had many happy nights in it.
  10. That was my experience while using the mock test CD, too. Took a while to “desensitise” to the level required for what was expected. At the time I took it, candidates were given 30 minutes to complete the theory test. As I recall, it took me less than ten minutes. And my bike examiner did ask a few questions at the end of the practical test, too. Although I would agree with the words of my instructor that while I’d learned to pass the test, now I had to learn to ride.
  11. I did the DAS route twenty years ago, but built up to it commuting and chugging around on an old Honda 125 for a few months. When I was doing the DAS training, the instructor used a narrow road for the U-turn and kept us practicing until we got it right. When I finally took the test, the road the examiner used was twice as wide! Strangest thing about it all was having to take the Theory Test after driving for over twenty years before I was allowed to go for the practical test.
  12. And some can remember when slide rules replaced log tables. 🙂 As for EVs, I quite like this idea... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48956000
  13. Perhaps we should all go back in time, to when caravans didn’t weigh two tons and needed big engined tanks to pull them? Back in the 1990s, I towed an Elddis Hurricane (MIRO 890kg) with a Peugeot 405 1.9 diesel (kerb weight around 1080kg). That van had almost all of the “bells and whistles” of modern vans, but without all the extra weight.
  14. Lowdham Caravans post on Facebook today: Today, we had long-time customers Mr & Mrs Richardson in to part exchange their caravan. After 35 enjoyable years, the couple have brought in their 1979 Cavalier caravan - which was only five years old when they bought it from us all that time ago! The caravan has brought them and their family very fond memories, and we wish them many more in their new one.
  15. Could be worse. One dealer I nearly bought a car from told me it had been well looked after and driven gently. When he showed me the V5, I noticed that the previous owner’s name was shown as ERAC. As I started to walk away, I pointed out to him that ERAC stood for Enterprise Rent A Car, and that as a frequent user of their cars, I knew only too well how they got treated!
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