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  • Birthday 25/10/1952

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    Argyll Bute - Dunbartonshire
  • Interests
    Relaxing, cycling & being happy
  • Towcar
    2018 - SsangYong Turismo ELX Auto
  • Caravan
    Bailey Unicorn 3 CADIZ

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  1. Most grateful for your input SGT - I will check out your recommendations. Regards.
  2. Sorry to hear health matters prevent you travelling to France next year Paul. Hope recovery is quick. I hadn't intended pre-booking too far ahead but will certainly take account of your advice and will make contact with the site, perhaps a couple of months in advance, to determine the lay of the land. I understood that in May, there was seldom any problems with fully booked sites. Perhaps naivety on my part could be detrimental to our plans? That said, we probably wouldn't want to stay any longer than a couple of weeks. Regards, Lew
  3. PR1 - on recommendation from friends, we hope to stay at Camping Le Floride & l'Embouchure from about 17th May.....however, in view of your recommendation Moorgate, we might be a little later. Thanks for your comments thus far. Regards, Lew
  4. Appreciate your point and question 'Moorgate'. Our France 2020 adventure is of 7 weeks duration and as we near the French Riviera, we thought we might pitch up a little short of the Med, get out in our car and do a bit of touring before heading to Le Barcarès for a lot of relaxing. If the climate gets too hot there, we intend a return route through Aquitaine, Dordogne and eventually back to Zeebrugge. I'm also a disabled driver and therefore long, drawn-out drives in excess of 150 miles aren't beneficial to my aching joints. Regards, Lew
  5. In May 2020 will be towing our outfit after arrival in Zeebrugge, from Guignicourt to Le Barcarès with 3 or 4 stops of 1-2 nights duration. I've got 3 on my list (Camping Paquier Fane near Chagny; Camping Le Soliel Fruite near Châteauneuf-sur-Isère & Camping Les Micocouliers near Graveson) but no experience or knowledge of these. Have any of you stayed on any of these 3 sites or perhaps can recommend alternatives. With kind regards & thanks in advance. Lew
  6. I consider myself a relative newbie on CT with only 24/25 posts since I joined 2018. Have no idea how many 100s of interesting posts on here that have been worthwhile reading. I'm a member of a couple of FB caravan groups but at 67 years young, I find CT of more interest to me. Have done 2 tours in France since commencing life as a late-comer to this enjoyable pursuit in Feb 2018 - the first for 4 weeks followed by 6 weeks earlier this year and as some may have noted from other posts in this section, have booked ferry for 7 weeks in 2020. Will deal with whatever the political results are idc. Happy travels and regards to all. Lew
  7. You're very welcome Clive. We had 6 weeks in France earlier this year (May/June) & have booked our Hull/Zeebrugge ferry for 2020. 9th May to 28th June so that gives us 7 weeks to get to the Med coastal region, spend a couple of weeks in La Barcarès and then a nice leisurely return journey via the Dordogne/La Rochelle area. Regards. Lew
  8. This is a very belated posting to the original regarding concessions for disabled drivers/persons (Blue Badge Holders in UK). I have copied the answer directly from the Libert-t Tag/emovis tag website. I'm a Blue Badge holder with a military War Disablement Pension but as my car is not ADAPTED in any way to assist my driving, I am not entitled to any concessions. The same applies if I was driving a motorhome. Q. Are there any discounts for disabled people? A. France - Liber-t tag Yes. Blue badge holders who have a Class 2 vehicle (not valid for car + caravan) are entitled to be charged at Class 1 rate if the vehicle is adapted for disabled persons. However, in order to be charged at Class 1 rate in the automated lane, you will need to stop and press the intercom button to request the correct toll to be applied. Alternatively you can use the manual lane and hand over your tag to be scanned. Please note the reduction is applied at the discretion of the particular auto route operator of the toll road you are using. More information can be found at here Spain and Portugal - VIA-t tag All vehicles using the VIA-T tag (cars, car + caravan, motorbikes and motorhomes up to 3.5 tonnes.) are classed / charged at the same rate so a discount is not applicable. Hope this clarifies any queries. Regards to all.
  9. Have already posted on another discussion regarding differing costs/routes/timings etc. so won't repeat the majority of that post. Just to say that we had such a pleasant experience on Hulll/Zeebrugge/Hull earlier this year (May & June) that we have decided to repeat it for 2020. Booked for outward journey 9th May '20 returning 28th June '20. We live in the West of Scotland but spend 3 nights in Durham either side of our ferry crossings. Our daughter & family lives 1 mile from Durham Grange CMC site which is 90 minutes towing to/from Hull Ferry Port. Anyone else travelling same dates? Regards to all.
  10. Bought our Aguri 720 Deluxe in January for a third of the price it would have cost to have a manufacturer fitted one in my new SsangYong Turismo and I use it for every long UK journey whether I know the route or not. In car or caravan & car mode, it has never once let me down. It took us on our 6 week adventure to France in Spring this year and was 'spot on' for each and every journey. Using it as regularly as I do, I manage to operate it with it's many different apps, procedures for navigating in UK & France, as easily as I do my home TV or PC. Worth every penny as far as I'm concerned. But........each to their own. France 2020; here we come!! Regards to all.
  11. I made my 2020 ferry booking Hull > Zeebrugge > Hull yesterday by phone with the CMC. Out on SATURDAY 9th May returning on SUNDAY 28th June. I did an online check a few minutes ago using a THURSDAY outbound & a MONDAY return. The Sat/Sun sailings were £100 cheaper. For a variety of reasons we prefer the Hull/Zeebrugge/Hull route. We live in Scotland and our daughter & family live in Durham so we have a few nights at Durham Grange CMC at each end of our tour. We also consider the pleasant overnight crossing with meals and a double bedded cabin an acceptable cost and integral part of our holiday. With a refreshing night's sleep we are ready for our first journey to Guignicourt on arrival. We intend driving to the French Riviera with 3, 4 or 5 one night stops en route before making our way back via The Dordogne, Salbris & Guignicourt. Regards to all.
  12. Thanks for that advice Brecon. Remember Milton very well from my days as a brand new Dad...almost 40 years ago. Will be visiting Boots tomorrow. You're a reassuring star. Regards.
  13. How does one remove the top cover of flush container (2017 Bailey Unicorn Cadiz 3)? I wasn't even aware that this was an option but keen to clean the inside before winter sets in...providing it's a relatively straightforward task. I'm great at decorating cakes but DIY is not one of my attributes. Thanks in advance.
  14. JamesLewis

    It pays to ask.

    I proudly carry my Defence Discount Card, similar to a Blue Light Card available to members of the emergency services. The discounts provided by many well-known companies and some not so well known are often generous. Anyway, to my point. ..... I recently agreed on a new pair of specs with my local optician, a small to medium sized regional company. When I asked if they accepted my Defence Discount in order to obtain a discount, I was politely advised that they didn't. My specs BTW were going to cost £600. Yes.... they are bi-focal, transitional, non-scratch coated lenses so expensive. I then advised the member of staff that I wouldn't finalise my purchase until I had been to Vision Express in an adjacent town. She asked my why? I simply stated that Vision Express along with some other UK wide opticians provide a 10% discount on production of my Defence Discount Card. My optician saved me a journey by knocking £60 off the price. It was worth asking.
  15. I fitted my boards in Scotland (from HGV Direct) using a strip of white, commercial grade VELCRO at top & bottom of each board. Travelled to Portsmouth over course of 5 X days and not stopped. After arrival in Bilbao a couple of weeks ago, travelled up into France and overtaken on 3 occasions by police vehicles and not stopped. These boards are not going anywhere in a hurry so until I'm ordered to they will stay attached. I will of course accept the fine for having them on when I shouldn't if imposed but quite honestly, I am of the opinion that in this day and age, police forces across the European mainland have more important matters to be keeping them busy. Happy travels everyone.
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