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Fireman Iain

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  1. I would say quite the opposite. Most if not all sites permit gas or charcoal BBqs, which must be well clear of the ground. Sites that allow fires or firepits are very rare.
  2. I have a couple of different extinguishers in my workshop, and one in the kitchen. In the caravan, no. If anything happens in that, we're out of there and let it burn.
  3. Then it should suit you down to the ground. There used to be a small bar, but it was quiet, and a reasonable distance from most of the pitches anyway. My preference is normally a small site with more flexibility for booking and pitching, but Castlerigg Hall is rightly very popular. Lots of the pitches are terraced down a slope and offer stunning views,
  4. Castlerigg Hall is lovely if you like that type of site. It's hugely popular, and books solid months and months in advance. I've camped there many, many times over 3 decades, although never taken the van. We're never organised far enough in advance to be able to book on.....
  5. There's a massive difference between an MCC and an MC. Wearing a central backpatch with top and bottom rockers makes these guys an MC. It's difficult to make out the logo on the patch, but it certainly isn't the Hell's Angels Deaths Head. Nor is it Charlie, the Outlaws skull and crossed pistons, which are the biggest MC in this country. I'm pretty sure they're Satan's Slaves, another well established 1%er MC. Who play by the MC rules and are collectively or individually not to be messed with. Very disciplined, very committed to their club and their brothers, they follow a strict set of rules that the rest of us wouldn't recognise. They certainly won't give a damn about parking where they shouldn't, their only priority is to stay together. And no services staff are going to tell them otherwise. An MCC or HOG, I'd be more dismissive.
  6. Pretty much. 😆. I'm 6'6" and well over 17 stone. Discovery 4 and 5 are spacious enough, bit the Defender is compromised by them making the gap between the front seats wide enough for a jump seat. As a result, the seats are wide apart and very close to the B pillars. The Jeep has noticeably bigger seats and more legroom than any LR, although not as much headroom as D4 or new Defender.
  7. I haven't towed with a new Defender but I have been driving a 110 on and offroad. And been a passenger in a 90. I'm a huge fan of the D4, less so of the D5, both of which I've driven extensively. I've towed a 2.7t trailer with the 2.0D D5, and it copes, but the gearbox is very busy keeping that little engine on the boil. The 3.0V6 in my Jeep Grand Cherokee handled the load far better, even though the power and torque figures aren't far apart. The Defender? Feels contrived and overpriced to me. Undoubtedly very very capable offroad, it doesn't feel as stable as the D5 on the road. I find the driving position poor in all current Land Rovers, the Defender in particular is tight for shoulder and elbow room. Legroom is limited in all of them, again comparing with my Jeep. Ride in the 90 is choppy, as I would expect from a short wheelbase. It sounds minor, but the steering wheel in the Defender is hideous, like something from a lego set. For something that's so tactile and constantly in your eyeline, it's a terrible piece of design. Both Defenders and the D5 have had minor electronic wobbles with cameras not working and Terrain Response glitches. So far, switching off, powering down the car and restarting has reset everything, but it's not very promising. All the lwb Land Rovers and my Jeep have been on air, I think the 90 was on coils.
  8. Definitely not compatible with AL-KO friction stabilisers on the Audi system. Not seen the Mercedes one, but its a fair guess it'll be similar.
  9. I've been driving a 2.0D Disco 5 quite a bit lately. It's not short on outright power, and is surprisingly refined for a 4 cylinder engine. Boot it hard and it's pretty quick for such a big car.. I've no doubt it would cope easily with 1900kg behind it. However. The throttle response is horrible, very laggy off the line, then surging forward. Not much better when it's rolling. The gearbox is very active, I guess to keep that little engine spinning where the turbo gives its best. Compared to the relaxed and ssmooth driving experience that is the 3.0V6, there's not a chance I'd buy the smaller engine.
  10. FX4 (FordX4) is a model thats not made it to the UK as far as I know. It gives underbody protection, suspension upgrades, AT tyres, locking diff and recovery points, etc. So few people in this country use 4x4 hard that there just isn't the market for them, as Jeep have found with the Trailhawk range. Shame, I like using my 4x4 for it's intended purpose.
  11. I find it all too common in retail. Everywhere wants to sell the easy big ticket items, but then have little or no interest in ongoing support which takes proportionally a lot of time for minimum reward financially. So frustrating. But. I dpo sometimes think as consumers we are collectively compounding the problem. We shop around for the best possible deal on the big ticket item, after all, who wants to pay over the odds. But the knock on is that retailer margins are down, and they therefore have to keep chasing big ticket sales, with no time for stuff that makes little or no money.
  12. 9 times out of 10 we find it quicker to site the van using the car while its still hooked up. Kay eyeballs the wheel lock position for me so I stop in the right place. Occasionally, a mover does make it easier. However, if I'm solo, its pretty much impossible to line up the AL-KO wheel lock on my own without the mover. And I'm normally on my own when I take it back to its storage.
  13. I really don't see the point in this idea. Most modern caravans are registered under the CRiS scheme already. And cars and bikes are registered, but plenty of them get stolen still. I can't imagine many users wanting to sign up to a scheme that will cost them time and money for little real benefit. I certainly wouldn't want it.
  14. If you need it as a handrail fine. If you expect it to offer any worthwhile security, I simply wouldn't bother. Caravans are ridiculously easy things to get into via other means than the door without doing any significant damage. And if not bothered about damage, they're even easier to access!! A 'security' handrail is minimal to no additional security.
  15. Bbqs arent a big problem, nor are cars, planes, eating steak or whatever. I've said it before, the biggest environmental damage being done to the planet is the ever growing human population. Less people equals less pollution.
  16. Or, on the flip side. You could buy one now, tieing up a load of money, and we could have another year like last one, where you get little or no chance to use it.
  17. Or try https://www.sgs-engineering.com/gas-struts?gclid=Cj0KCQiAnKeCBhDPARIsAFDTLTI4wPPA6x1v_3AuLVVCsBY53HGI6Oz8ikPPW4qmVRrdpohmn4sM0OwaAlNPEALw_wcB For anything gas strut related.
  18. My experience of owning 2 Land Rovers over almost 10 years and c100k miles. 1 fault, a failed boot release switch. 15 mins and about 30 quid to replace. That's it. Almost 3 years ago I switched to a Jeep Grand Cherokee, which has had 1 problem, the gearbox control module, which just needed a software patch. I'd have bought a Discovery 5, but they were newly released and out of my budget at the time. Having been using one offroad quite a bit over the last couple of weeks, it's a mightily impressive machine. It finds traction like nothing else I've ever experienced, including the big Jeep, which I previously thought was astonishing.
  19. We've got an Outdoor Revolution air awning. Had ours for 5 years, so it's not current. Really happy with it, and with OR customer service. After about 4 years an air valve started leaking. Their advice from customer service was that it probably just needed tightening in the air tube. Which turned out to be the case. They sent out a tool to do this, along with a couple of spare valves and a bleed valve, just in case. No charge. Cant fault that. In use, the only thing I find with it is it doesnt fit as snugly to the side of the van as easily as a Kampa, but now I've got the knack, it's fine every time. I'd buy another in a heartbeat, but ours looks set to carry on for years yet.
  20. Something is clearly wrong. Find and fix the fault would be my advice, rather than trying to patch over a problem that shouldn't exist in the first place. As others have said, it can only be 1 of 3 things, incorrect shutdown routine, parasitic drain, or a duff battery. Although if you've repeatedly flattened a good battery by either of the first 2 possibilities, it's quite likely knackered now anyway.
  21. I picked it up at the same time as you. 3 of us at work did, and several more since. We've all experienced it differently, from one bloke who didnt know hed got it, apart from losing his sense of taste. He spent his isolation shifting tons of dirt around in his garden. I was very sorry for myself for 3-4 days, really struggling with shortness of breath, but shook it off entirely within 3 weeks, and was back to my usual training regime. And the other guy on shift who caught it was off work for 6 weeks, and is still finding it hard going after nearly 4 months. No energy, no sense of smell or taste, constantly tired and aching All of us are normally very fit blokes, I'm the oldest of us at 47.
  22. Sounds like the site owners have been very generous to me. I cant understand the OPs complaint at all.
  23. On level ground and smooth tarmac, a reasonably strong person can move a caravan, easily. On grass, gravel or the slightest gradient, it becomes a whole lot harder. Move it using your car, or if there isn't space for that......theres a reason motor moves are popular.
  24. Mountain Rescue England and Wales are an 'umbrella' organisation for all teams that is entirely made up of MR team members. They pay for personal accident insurance for us all. It has an upper limit however, and who knows at this time what Chris' ongoing care needs may be, or whether the insurance will be enough to cover the costs. One of those things that is paid and we hope never to need. In this instance however.......
  25. Who really cares? My name and address on an old car service receipt are hardly going to enable the criminal masterminds to empty my bank account. It's not like it includes all my credit card details. If someone wants to know when I bought a service kit for my motorbike they can do with that information whatever they like. The whole GDPR thing gets overblown IMO.
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