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    Citroen C3 Picasso
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    Abbey Iona Vogue 2002

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  1. If the world would just stop having more than one child per family the problem would resolve itself in time. Less people = less pollution, less fuel, less travel, less food, less water, less housing, etc, etc.
  2. My attitude exactly. Being single and only needing EHU in the winter months, I often pay as little as £8-10/nt on CCC sites in the summer, where EHU is an optional extra, unlike CMC where I have no choice and have to pay for it. As regards the standard of the Clubs' sites, both are the same as far as I can see.
  3. Yes, I daresay a single call out will exceed a single year's fees. BUT for how much many years has the average person paid in fees over the years without making a claim? Simple maths shows the average pay more than they get back, or the insurers go broke. I'm not saying don't buy insurance, I'm just saying if you have a bit of money in the bank and can afford to cover the cost yourself, it will prove cheaper in the long run to self insure. I recall many years ago a Woolworths (remember them?) store burnt down. They weren't insured. When asked why not, they explained they could afford to cover the loss by the savings made by not paying the premiums on all their other stores over many years. I never buy insurance for my cycles. I have many bikes and have had them for many years. The cost of all the premiums over the number of years for which I would have paid them, far exceeded the value of the one bike I have had stolen in all that time.
  4. Wow, that's a lot of money. Do you have a record of lots of call outs? When did you last use them, and how much would it have cost to simply pay for the repair/recovery etc yourself? After 3 years you have paid well over £1000. That would cover a lot of things. Insurers make money by charging more than they think they'll have to pay out. If you've got some money in the bank, or a credit card, why not simply "self insure"?
  5. Your 48 weeks let will not happen. It's unlikely to be more than 20. Redo your calculations on 15-20 weeks lettings and see how it looks. Put you money in a long term bond with a reputable bank or building society and sleep soundly at night,
  6. I don't worry about it. Before leaving the site I open the drain valve and taps, then just drive home. The tiny amount left in a tiny part of the pipes after the van has shaken and rattled along won't do any harm. My van has been left outdoors in all weathers since 2002 without any damage from frozen pipes. And in that 18yrs period we have had some VERY cold and sustained periods below zero.
  7. Why bother? As you say, moisture still gets through, and your van is designed to sit outside. If it leaks, you need to get the leak fixed, after all you don't use the van with a cover on and it does rain on it when in use...
  8. As the 12V outlet in the van is restricted to 4A and will obviously draw power from the van battery, I always use the car socket and keep the engine running whilst it's pumping. I have both manual and electric pumps and nowadays always use the electric one, but it probably takes longer, even for a small awning, and is noisy. It frees me up to do other things whilst it's pumping.
  9. Just a one night stop over or a flying visit?
  10. Rh = relative humidity. The percentage of humidity in the air is relative to the amount of water vapour the air can hold AT THAT TEMPERATURE. Change the temperature without removing or adding water vapour will cause the percentage of humidity to change. Raise the temperature and the percentage rh will drop, and vice versa. Just measuring rh inside and then outside the van then saying it's higher/lower means nothing unless the temperature is the same inside and out. And it won't be because of solar gain and the fact the air in the van takes time to adjust to that outside. Unless you hermetically seal the van, save your money on dehumidifiers.
  11. The link doesn't work for me.
  12. By law on ordinary roads you are restricted to 50mph, and 60 mph on M/ways and dual carriageways. The 50 will be OK, but you will drink fuel increasing your speed from 50 up to 60mph. Personally I keep to about 55mph on M/ways and dual carriageways. You'll get get there almost as quickly and still have some money in your pocket and in a more relaxed mood.
  13. 1 - weigh before leaving the supplier. Once you've walked out of the door, they can quite rightly say you could have used some. 2 - Use Flogas, cheaper and they deliver free of charge to your home from their main bottling plant.
  14. Yes, been there, done that, wasted the time trying to find out why the tank wasn't filling! I open the drain tap before driving home when leaving site and then close it when I'm home. The motion of the van whilst on the road will encourage any water to drain out, but don't worry about what tiny amount may still be inside when I then close it. After 17yrs of use without frozen water damage, it's been proved to be OK.
  15. Well done. Any new venture has you at the bottom of the learning curve, but you made fewer errors than I made on my first trip. It'll get easier when you learn from your mistakes and start being able to anticipate what can go wrong.
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