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Grumpy Auld Smeesh

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About Grumpy Auld Smeesh

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    Ian

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Ayrshire
  • Interests
    Gardening , Cycling , Guinness.
  • Towcar
    Mercedes Coupe E350
  • Caravan
    2008 Elddis Avante

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  1. Having a twa berth "Wee Berthy" has good overhead locker space but too wee for the bedding so as my trusted tug is parked up for the duration of the stay as I commute via the bike when on tour plus I'm usually " hawf cut"most of the time the Tug's boot is used as a storage facility. Plus I take quilt, electric blanket and sleeping bag and pillows so need the boot space. GAS ...
  2. Have noticed a big rise in the last few years in "Motor Home" wild camping as they say and may add seen the odd caravan or two. Travel regular to Stranraer via Ayr , Girvan down the west coast. Glorious part coast road and there is a smashing wee beauty spot that has a fairly large car park , public toilets and the comfort of a small well run snack bar and I think I counted 20 plus campers all in a row on the shore front hugging all the car park space from the locals and travellers and they are there all the time mid summer. Oh and have been told by the snack bar owner they very rarely use his facilities so most probably missing out on potential customers... Just doesn't seem right to me... GAS...
  3. Just catching up with this wee Thread. Personally think we as motorist be it a small family saloon to a A Class motorhome are penalised left right and centre when it come to Tax and where do they get this 700% figure from ? I thought Road Tax was based on the vehicles CO2 emissions ? Absolute disgrace and would have stuck my name doon on the Petition but closed due to the "Joke" of a General Election.. GAS ...
  4. I was 21 in 1982 and on my return from Falklands bought a Mk2 1600 Sport Escort.. Wish I had the motor now,,, GAS ...
  5. "Don't panic yersell wiman", Scottish for "everything will be just fine "....... Have done the exact same thing myself on more than one occasion over the years. Agree with Peterjev's and Pauls solution. You could also purchase a cheap battery drill with the extended socket to raise and lower your steadies. Makes it a lot easier for you and there is no shame in asking for a wee bit of help especially when you are on your own. I'm sure you will have no problem in gaining assistance. You also will probably have very little or no damage to your van. Put your experience behind you and batter on.... ... It's really not a big deal... GAS ,,,
  6. Em ? The clue as already said in the heading... Was going to say probably a dangerous journey back in the " day " but probably a unthinkable tour today !! GAS ..
  7. Talking to my neighbour today and was telling me she is getting her very tired but good quality kitchen cabinets wrapped in vinyl at the fraction of the cost of a new fitted kitchen... Thought to myself I wonder what the cost would be to vinyl wrap the interior of a tired but dry second hand van or motor home even ? The colour choice is amazing and so simple to do. Maybe a business opportunity for some CT entrepreneur ... Just a thought .... GAS...
  8. Tug is a Merc 350 Coupe Diesel and touch wood no issues... Great Tug. My auld 2.7d Jag now that was a different story ... GAS ...
  9. A very rare incident in my experience so would think twice in perusing plus pumps are relatively cheap ... Did have the bulb stolen from my awning light once ... GAS ..
  10. Funny enough my last stay in Invercoe I had quiet a heavy weekend of cycling during the day and at night as you do "bevieing" with the locals in our wee cosy pub in Balla. All good fun until "The Fear" kicked in after 3 days of over indulging. It took me ages to get over in ma scratcher due to the fact I felt as If I had blown up a nursery school after having a alcohol free day and just as I was going over all I could hear was the freshly arrived voices of a MH pitching up on the pitch across from me. An hour later I was up and with the red mist starting I quiet aggressively asked them to keep it down. A reckon it was the back of ten at night. An hour later they were still banging about . Next morning I got a chap at the door and a very friendly lady came to apologise for the noise the night before and explained it was her first holiday in years due to ill health. First time up in Scotland and ended up getting lost and she had also had prearranged to get her pitch knowing she was running late..... DOH !!! To be honest I felt like a "Dafty" and I ended up apologising to her for being so aggressive. Which is not my style to be honest. Sometimes we moan too easy forgetting there is another side to the story and maybe we should all be a bit more forgiving... Just a thought Troops... GAS ...
  11. ... Aye me to. Am usually in some kind of stupor due to Guinness or Shiraz... What I will say the amount of hired MH's I have seen on site especially last winter with mirrors missing , rear end bumps with broken tail lights is staggering. Counted 3 MH's with fresh damage at Invercoe. Even watched one reverse eight into EHU post and had a reversing camera .... GAS ...
  12. Been in the same Storage for the last 25 years including a 2 year break. Never once asked for insurance details. Storage is double locked and only open between 0700am and 0700pm entering vis a security numbered electric heavy duty gate. Have had my vans insured in the past but being I think a (2008 Elddis Avanti cannie mind ) and only getting out 3 or 4 times a year didny bother. Sadly only been out once this year so far ..... GAS ...
  13. Storage : £260 Insurance : None {old but dry van } Servicing : So far zero as I do all my own apart from Gas. So far no issues on the gas side due no unforseen fluctuations in flow or colour change in gas . (replaced one RDC ) GAS ...
  14. Full Service only on the actual vehicle Durby. No battery on this type of fire but after a wee clean up we got a far brighter spark but no gas. We think it's the thermo coupling that has failed. My neighbour has also taken my advice and has a mobile engineer/fitter coming out to service the habitation side next week ... NO battery compartment on this model Ancell but is getting a professional in to service it. It's a 2004 Volkswagen MH with only 22.000 miles and is absolutely minted. No even a dink or stone chip and has every MOT certificate since bought by the only one owner up until now. Thanks again for your post's Troops great to know CT is always there for auld GAS ... GAS ....
  15. Had another wee go last night at the neighbours MH. We have established a healthy spark but no gas. No even a smell of gas. Opened the isolation valves has gas to the cooker but not to the fire hhhmmm ?? Have advised him to bite the bullet and get a mobile engineer to service the whole van especially when dealing with gas . Simply for his own safety but he's an English chap and slightly miserable. Could it be an air blockage me thinks ? GAS ...
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