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  1. You probably won't, I've been there and wondered the same ... but then in the scheme of things I decided it really didn't matter. In the overall scheme of things the weight variance is not significant and in terms of gas cost, then gas is such a small cost in terms of owning/using a caravan. I decided there are too many other things to concern myself about.
  2. Exactly, for this reason there simply can't any hard and fast rules, our bodies are all different AND they can behave differently at different times. It is all about known the warning signs from your body and acting accordingly. I now have a fairly regular 260 mile (each way) trip to visit family/friends since moving. The best time for the journey has been 4hr 15 minutes, all factors lined up feeling great, clear roads and good weather. The worst time for the journey was just a couple of days ago where it took 10 (yes ten) hours!, this was due to the clockwise M25 being closed J8 - 10. Once something like that (totally outside your own control) happens then however well you're feeling fatigue becomes a major player. I had two significant stops on the way up and needed 4 on the return journey (plus a one hour turn around). Variables like this can make journey planning for a specific arrival time very difficult, the only option being to build in plenty of slack time up front. But where there is no specific arrival time then there is time to react to situations which occur on route. Self imposing a minimum journey time for nothing more than personal convenience seems very selfish. My voice is with several others who have already commented, yes, do something stupid that harms yourself by all means but you can't guarantee to do that without involving others, which is selfish.
  3. After much thought I've just relinquished my HGV1 driving privileges (I'm 63), I've been on 3 yearly medicals for the last two renewal cycles because of a heart attack; this last renewal I decided not to go through the medical assessment. I spoke to the medical unit at DVLA who were quite insistent that if I wanted to bring the HGV back to life all I would have to do is comply with the medical requirements. I'm not sure if I will ever need it but it's handy to know I can renew if I want/need to.
  4. Sadly, the clue is 'unattended' ... there is criminality everywhere.
  5. I'd put my money on that being a taper roller bearing, maybe needs a 'tap' to release, but should easily dismantle after that.
  6. The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, the umbrella organisation over most UK classic vehicle clubs, published a letter which could be shown in any 'enforcement' situation clarifying the position of MOT exemption for those not familiar with the precise detail.
  7. I also agree with you and Moorgate about Clarity and Nationwide, we too have both. However, I think you're missing the point, they are credits cards, there are many and various reasons why some people don't want, or can't/don't have access to credit cards. That is who pre-payment cards are aimed at. Against that background and providing you go into a pre-paid card fully aware of all the t's & c's they have a place and usefulness for some people.
  8. I listened to the broadcast and was also concerned at some of the experiences that were described. I thought the lady defending the industry position had her work cut and I was less than convinced by some of her answers. There appeared to be two types of problems firstly the charges associated with using the cards and secondly the reliability of just where the cards would or would not work. It appeared that determining where the cards would or wouldn't work was unpredictable and not something that could be determined by research which was a bit alarming. The matter of charges was something that could be calculated in advance by looking at the t&c's small print but it seemed that there was a charge associated with almost every transaction (both placing money on the card and using it or even reclaiming an unused balance) making the card expensive to use. Personal experience is that one of our daughters used a pre-paid card while travelling in the USA a couple of years ago. She didn't have a credit card at the time and the prepaid card appeared to offer security. We fully understood that this came with a cost but in the circumstances we knew what we were getting into and accepted it. Also to be completely fair she did not experience any problem using it. However, that is at odds with other people's experience so does add to the unpredictability argument. In certain circumstances these cards have their uses, but you have to do the research to know exactly what you are getting into. They can provide convenience, but it comes at a price.
  9. jetA1

    Rear number plate

    As a former plod, I have a good idea about enforcement works, thanks. I quite agree that a tow car not displaying a rear plate where it IS displayed on the rear of the combination is far more unusual than the trailer simply not displaying any plate at all (or the wrong plate). The fact that a driver had taken the trouble to make their combination legal by removing the rear car plate and positioning it on the rear of the combination suggests that there is an air of someone trying to be compliant which may influence the conversation if stopped by enforcement. Granted there are no guarantees but when assessing a situation that would be a factor to consider. Checking if the towcar is stolen or has a marker for other interests can be achieved swiftly and establishing what the driver knows about the caravan can again be swiftly established. Of course, if the 'customer' has something to hide and is objectionable then these checks may take a very long time to complete, but if the customer is straight and has nothing to hide then they can be on their way with little delay.
  10. jetA1

    Rear number plate

    I'm not sure where you get the idea of 'lengthy' delay and I'm not sure about being stopped because the tow vehicle has no rear plate where the rear plate is displayed on the trailer.
  11. What on earth are you talking about "rich folks" ... it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to get a decent data allowance on any mobile phone these days. Mobile maps don't use that much data anyway Regardless of the above, there must be a value to having 100% up to date traffic info, which the likes of Google can provide, I'd say that was well worth the cost of a few MB of data .... if needed anyway.
  12. I couldn't agree more, it is fantastic. The one thing I'll never forget is how 'chatty' the lady surgeon was who carried out the stenting, She encouraged me to watch what she was doing on the monitor above the operating table.
  13. Case by case, I don't think there are hard and fast rules, in my case it was 4 weeks.,that was information given at time of discharge.
  14. I have one stent from my heart attack 5 years ago. I really can't see it's had an impact on my car insurance I certainly haven't become uninsurable. Also, I've driven HGV's with stent fitted (that is a different and notifiable condition). As for travel insurance, all perfectly doable, possibly a bit more expensive but I buy insurance for each trip because nearly all my foreign travel is for work and I recharge the insurance cost per job I do. A recent 8 day trip to Tanzania was £17 I think, hardly a deal breaker. I 've done a 3 week trip to Australia a couple of years back, I really don't remember what the cost was other than to say it wasn't so high as to make me remember it. The insurance questionnaires all seem pretty similar once you have seen a few., they are required when you have pre-existing conditions. You'll be asked how many stents and about your medication regime. If similar to me that means you'll be taking medications which are certain to be asked questions about. At the end of the questionnaire you'll see a summary of what you have declared which makes it easy to check you've mentioned everything. Since having the stent fitted I've probably had around 30 single trip policies, all my travel insurance has been with a company called 'Southdowns', it has been a piece of cake and I would say at a reasonable price.
  15. How do you work that out? I know two people who own statics, yes they are an expensive pastime and yes the deals are always stacked in favour of the site owner. I know of four renewals across the two people, they have never been depreciated to £1000. I don't understand how you can put a figure of £1000 on any deal without knowing a lot more.
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