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Grumpy Auld Smeesh

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  1. Hhmm ? Maybe absolutely hee haw wrong with it BUT ? I would move on.... Been stung too many times in the past... GAS ...
  2. Similar last year at Machrihanish as I returned back from a day's cycling two of the wardens were busily tying down the more exposed tourers on site and strategically placing vehicles for the ensuing storm being exposed to the Kintyre coast. Never heard a thing that night being full of wee glasses of the golden stuff... GAS ....
  3. Well, I replaced the window seal and filler strip. It was bitterly cold and lets say the inner grey cover strip was simply torture but managed a good tight fit. Did not want to wait until the better weather seeing as it may add more damp in these snowy , sleety very wet conditions. Kind of annoyed now as I thought Wee Berthy was damp free. Mrs Gas has told me when she picks up her Pension next year we are getting a replacement .... "Gawn yersell hen", .... That means a "very well done" up here.... GAS ...
  4. Imagine if an oncoming vehicle hit the van as it overturned ? Absolute dafty endangering other road users... Deserves all he gets... GAS ...
  5. I dislike people on a whole to be honest but not all.... GAS...
  6. Well Bingo its a Kampa B26 Prestige Cover. Minted but 14 to 17ft . The shipping length of my Avante is 5,41 meters but internal length is just under 4 meters being a twa berth. So slightly too big . Will give it a go and see ? GAS ....
  7. Spot on BG. I have the IAM ticket as part of my Blue Light Instructors qualification for the Airport Fire n Rescue and one of the best training aids is the simple commentary drive . More or less giving a running commentary as you drive observing everything from weather ,road conditions, road signs etc etc and with in 10 minutes during a Trainees's commentary drive the observation skills improve almost instantly. I'm up for my annual assessment next month wait to tell them I have just recently been on a speed awareness course... GAS ....
  8. Cheers Dave . Aye was going to do that Sunday in the garden but the rain was almost monsoon. Going to take it down to the storage Wednesday and just put it on. .... 😉 GAS....
  9. Neighbour was at a car boot sale and got me a caravan cover at the cost of a Pearl Diver. So, gave it the once over and its like new . No holes or rips and not even dirty but don't know the size ? Checked the labels and only has two. One saying Front ( obviously the front of the cover ) and the other displaying Code 881301 B26 Made in China. Wee Berthy is only a 2 Berth so maybe too big. Can anyone relate to the codes to give me a rough size ? If tied down properly does it really matter if it's slightly bigger ? Did a search on Google but came up with Hee Haw. Will give it a go on Wednesday at the storage . Might be lucky and great timing with my recently found leaking window seal... GAS ...
  10. As BG states it made little difference up here in Bonnie Scotland but I do know many that used to be repeat "morning after" drivers that no longer go near the wheel the next morning due to the lower DD limit. So maybe it has made a slight difference . It's just anti social and not cool to have even the minimum legal amount but many disagree. As far as I'm concerned they may not be classed as a Drunk Driver but lets call them Drink Drivers a label I certainly don't want to have... GAS ...
  11. Hi Zero and quite a few BIG questions. For a couple of Grand you can pick up a nice wee van probably no bigger than a 4 berth depending on the C Max towing capacity being roughly 1000 to 1500kg depending on model and engine size. So fairly limited in my view. Being a total Newbie (as they say ) you need to do some homework and if you have a friend or family member that's has a caravan suggest you ask for some advice and help. As I stated and with 2 G to spend you can purchase a nice wee unit but be careful of the dreaded damp. Many have beed sorted out including me and can be very costly to fix. Can't help with the Tow Bar price can be anything from £180 to £350 for a detachable tow bar after a quick check again you will have to shop around or try Fleabay. Never traveled abroad but I'm sure you need some sort of traveling pack that is mandatory in some countries plus the correct Documentation.... Once you have got your weight sorted ( 80% of the towing capacity is about right for safety ) and caravan picked get back to CT for more info and as already suggested Click on the Search Bar top right hand side put in your key word /words and I bet my Pension you will find your answer.... GAS ....
  12. Hi Mark and to CT. Funny enough just had a very similar issue but it was through my house insurance. Basically the sun room got flooded out due to a blocked drain in the patio area . A drain that we had no knowledge of and after a particular nasty 2 day spell of torrential rain developed a small build up of flood water that seeped through the patio doors flooding the sun room and part of the kitchen. So contacted the issuance, loss adjuster out cheque for just 3 Grand to replace the cost of a new flooring and carpets. Came to re-new the insurance with the same company and knocked me back . Been with them since we moved into the house with this being our only claim. The thing was the amount of telephone calls we had and questions asked was bordering on practically accusing us of some sort of fraudulent claim but had photographic evidence to back up my claim . I sometimes wonder if it's actually worth while getting Home insurance. Saying that we found another company pretty quickly on line. Maybe try the Caravan Club or what ever they are called now. Did know they did favourable deals when I was a member and have seen a few Threads over the years on this forum with members getting insurance under similar circumstances... I'm sure someone will steer you in the right direction.... GAS ...
  13. Appreciate an older Thread but looking for some advice before I order. I have a damp issue on my front off side window on my Elddis. Noticed the base of the window had signs of damp but after a more thorough investigation by lifting the rubber window seal internally its pretty wet at the edge of the ply but can still take a screw so hopefully saveable . I also noticed the sealant at the top left hand side of the window by a couple of mm's had perished and come away from the window frame which I'm guessing is the cause of the damp issue. When measuring the width for the window rubber seal I take it you measure the width of the actual ply as I have it spot on at 27mm ? Thanks again... GAS ...
  14. Thanks Silver. Not saying simple enough but I think achievable in my case. Only problem I have as you said preferably done on a warm day. I'm going to challenge this next week to eliminate the leak once and for all but I shall turn on the heating and use the toilet as a large oven via the air blown hopefully heating up the rubber and hopefully making it more pliable... Thanks again ... ... GAS ...
  15. Cheers Benny .You can actually buy a wee wonder tool now that inserts into the window rubber. You then feed the grey window trim /strip through it and you simply run round the window frame with the strip feeding into the window rubber via the wee wonder tool . If you can understand my instruction . Thing is its £21 squid for basically a piece of plastic. Seals direct sell them and are on Fleabay. Still cannie find a video on inserting the rubber strip. I'm sure I seen one on here... GAS...
  16. Thanks BG ... Good to know as I was in the high teens and as low as 12% but unfortunately the damp area shot right up. GAS .. Got the windows rubbers sorted but never knew there was so many different widths . Will check the morra... GAS ...
  17. Had not seen Wee Berthy since tail end of October so armed with washing kit went up to the storage to get her road ready. Glad to report not many any issues but I did break the toilet door handle , broke the Truma external cover hinge on one side but sadly have to report I have a slightly getting worse damp issue on the off side front window. Noticed this last year but after a damp meter check had normal reading and thought it was condensation damage on the window sill. Think I may have sussed were the water is getting in as I noticed a small accumulation of water gathering on the black window seal inside the van plus the grey window frame cover is starting to lift and getting brittle. So until I take this off will not know the extent of the damage but meter readings are low in this area so may have caught it in time.... So requiring some CT help .... Where do I buy the black window rubber seal and grey plastic strip /trim that inserts into the widow rubber ? (found a company Sealdirect) Can someone remind what the damp meter acceptable figure when checking the van ? Where can I buy a toilet door handle for the van being an Elddis? Oh and I accidentally broke the fixed Truma cover for the Whale connector on the side of the van seed need one of those . Just too brittle due to old age. Have searched Youtube on replacing the actual black rubber seal but can only seem to find videos on replacing the internal window trim .. Looks simple enough especially with "seals direct" magic tool ... Waiting in anticipation ....
  18. Welcome Reverend . I have an Elddis and so far so good. In fact in all the vans I have had with this type of locker have never had an issue.. May your God be with you... GAS ...
  19. Went to the Blue Grass Banjo Festival in Longford , deepest Ireland. A must for any Blue Grass Banjo fan. Oh aye and if you play Duelling Banjo's you are taking ootside and shot ! GAS ...
  20. Never had a neighbour that stored a caravan on their drive but that was up until last week as they now have a VW Motor Home pointing into my gable end and to be honest have mixed feelings. I'm more concerned that I loose a slate of my roof damaging his MH but to be honest does ken a spoil the ambiance of my country cottage. We have been blessed with having wonderful neighbours who have always been there when the chips have been down and vice versa so no complaints from GAS ... GAS ...
  21. Maybe a trailing axle to add more weight and stability for the caravan. Did drive a 6 wheeled Range Rover RIV that had a trailing fixed axle to take the weight of the light water foam tank. A lively load at high speed to be honest... GAS... Sorry I'm on about the Moggy 1000...
  22. Is that not classed in auld money as a "wagon and drag" ? The drag obviously being the trailer.... GAS ...
  23. Great Babs you deserve a wee treat. Pompeii is fantastic. If you can try for a trip to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast . Simply breathtaking and its no far from Pompeii..... GAS ...
  24. As usual there is always something coming up between work and have not been out of since last July ! Mind you off to Prague next week for a 4 day city break then the following month down to visit our lovely Yorkshire couple in York we met on a cruise. I'm trying to squeeze in a weekend to Glencoe fore the snow but "She" who has to be obeyed has other ideas . Scared to look at Wee Berthy. Going up to the Storage this week to give the auld girl the once over and fit for the road... GAS ...
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