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jetA1

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  1. A few years ago while I was gainfully employed and driving a company car (funded by BP ) I did a long term comparison between supermarket, vs BP Ultimate vs supermarket plus Millers. I drove over 5k miles on each option. There was no doubt that BP Ultimate gave a better mpg than a supermarket fuel., however the improved mpg did not cover the additional cost of buying the premium fuel. Supermarket fuel plus 'Millers' came in between supermarket and premium fuel, Supermarket fuel never caused a problem but mpg was slightly lower than either premium or fuel with additive. Having worked in the fuel distribution industry for 30 years my own results were exactly as I expected. Because of the funding mechanism of my company car I spent many years on the road in the employment of an major oil company but buying all my fuel from supermarket filling stations, the company did not offer an incentive to but their own products. My fuel buying choice was entirely driven by cost and the major oil co (my employer) lost out on my fuel purchase and didn't give a monkeys.....
  2. I think you'll find that the only example of 'doping' at the point of delivery at the filling station is Costco. Other than that the distribution system up to and including the last point of bulk storage does indeed contain 'un-doped' fuel. The doping takes place as the fuel is loaded on to the tanker vehicle at the distribution depot. The equipment used to dope fuel allows for extremely precise control of the additives (as you would hope and expect) and records the activity providing trace-ability for ever vehicle compartment that is loaded.
  3. Sorry but if I was dealing with them I want the money then and there. I sold my caravan to a caravan equivalent of WBAC, (which I have posted about previously) once the valuation had been agreed in person by the assessor who came to tow the van away, the money transfer was made then and there, by virtue of online banking via my smartphone I saw the money was in my bank BEFORE the van was towed away. with today's technology I would not expect anything less, no need for "trust" let the facts speak for themselves.
  4. I would suggest that "wet on the inside" is not in itself a problem. Wet on the inside is surely what you would expect, what is important is what happens behind that layer ...
  5. jetA1

    Loo night visit

    Sorry with the earlier mention of double entendre I could help but laugh ...
  6. Surely the physical security of plates is a minor detail, if someone wants clone your car then all they have to do is make a note of the number and get new plates made, which despite government efforts is a piece of cake to do and will be completely untraceable. Certainly if your plates are actually stolen then you know immediately what is going on and can report the matter straight away, but in reality your number can be stolen without you even knowing. Regrettably any well informed 'crim' will know this and do it this way because it'll take longer for the number to be reported as stolen so there is more time to act with the stolen number. Security of the physical plate is hardly the issue.
  7. jetA1

    Loo night visit

    OK ... I'll go much further .... the design of our 'en-suite' accommodates a roof purlin which is difficult to avoid when in the 'standing' position, for that reason I always adopt the 'sitting' position. as you say ... it is soooo much tidier
  8. jetA1

    Loo night visit

    Truth is this really is a conversations we need to have ... this IS life in the real world. I think that "realistic" contributions to this thread are most valuable. Time for the British "stiff upper lip" to be consigned to the bin ... this really is stuff we should Talk about. I'm happy to admit to being a sitter in minimal light situations.
  9. jetA1

    dinosaurs

    Come on now ... you know that simply is not true, EV range may not yet be comparable to equivalent ICE but to say that it has not improved is simply wrong. If you want to make a point then please use facts not outdated opinions. Energy density in EV batteries is certainly no match for fossil fuels, but to say that it hasn't improved since 1957 is simply untrue.
  10. jetA1

    dinosaurs

    The current state of affairs is that the ULEZ mirrors the congestion charge zone, move inside the zone with a none ULEZ compliant vehicle and it will cost £12.50 per day on top of the congestion charge. Where the congestion charge is applied at certain times the ULEZ charge is 24/7/365 with no exceptions. Just to correct something I stated earlier the extension of the ULEZ will take place in October 2021 and not October 2020 as I mentioned earlier. However my comments about the number of people likely to be affected by this still stand, someone who has to commute into the extended ULEZ in a non compliant vehicle will have to pay £62.50 for a typical 5 day working week. The value of non compliant vehicles in the south east will take a real hit.
  11. jetA1

    dinosaurs

    Then search using the term 'solid state battery', this technology could well provide the answer to most of the current perceived problems. There is a bit of a standoff regarding investment at the moment but it is the most likely direction of travel. Looks like Toyota may be making a move in this direction.
  12. jetA1

    dinosaurs

    Grants in terms of Tesla pricing are a complete irrelevance, they are so expensive that grants are hardly even a drop in the ocean, we all know that, which precisely why I went on to mention the MG. The MG is in no way a tow car, but it is a car that starts to address the affordability issue, a small step in the right direction. As for an affordable pure EV tow car, then I think we'll be waiting a long time.
  13. jetA1

    dinosaurs

    No need for hybrid the pure EV Tesla Model X can tow 2.250kg and is available now ... it will however cost a huge amount of money, over £100k with the larger battery. I suspect we'll be waiting a long time for the economies of scale to reduce the price to anything that is vaguely affordable. However, EV technology is improving and costs are reducing to the point where MG are offering a pure EV (ZS small SUV style) for £21,995 (after grants) which may start to turn a few more heads. I'm not for a minute suggesting it will be suitable for towing. But it is a practical pure EV at a more modest price than many more EV offerings. Down here in the south east we have the introduction of the extended ULEZ to (not) look forward to in October next year. It will encompass the area bounded by the North & South Circular roads, that is going to effect a huge number of people, if I've got it right then, for diesels, only Euro6 will escape the charge. I've no doubt some people maybe be tempted to look at EV's as way avoid the new charge and try to future proof against further moves against ICE's
  14. Vehicle weights have not changed in a long time and vehicle/trailer wheel and tyre configurations may have changed but only to reduce the reduce the loading on the road. Most full weight trailers now run with a tri-axle set up on what are known as 'super wide singles' and tractor units have an additional 'third' axle ( which can be raised/lowered) to further reduce axle loading when running at maximum weight.
  15. I'm sorry but I find that an absolutely ridiculous comment.
  16. That's a good point there are so many easily accessible databases these days where all the vehicle details can be found including full MOT history. However what has not changed is that vehicle owner/keeper details are not a matter of public record.
  17. Car rather than caravan related, the rear tyres on Mrs JetA1's car (3k miles a year shopping trolley!) have been passing MOT's for years with no problem even though they were dated 2004 The car is 15 years old with 47k miles and these were original tyres (on the rear) I replaced them a few weeks ago. By the by still on original battery
  18. Luxury .... one forum I use regularly has a 200kb limit on images, dreadful in this day and age!
  19. Back in 2005 we bought a new Fleetwood Sonata (aka Adria) it came equipped with a 20 litre toilet tank with integral wheels and handle ... aren't they all like that ??
  20. "faff around with W3W", I'm sorry but you've got that completely the wrong way around. The 'faff' is trying to remember 2 strings of 6-8 digit numbers for lat/long. An increasing number of emergency service responders are advocating the use of "W3W" because it is easier to use then coordinate systems. For most people trying to remember two strings of 6 to 8 digit numbers is a complete none starter. W3W is not a navigation system, it is a system to identify a location which is precisely what is required by emergency responders, they can sort out their own navigation to the location. That said many navigation systems are now integrating W3W input making it easier for everyone to use it. W3W is way more accurate than UK postcodes, I use it regularly with Google maps for in car navigation, it is seamless and simple.
  21. I think the linked promo video takes care of that, it is clear that this van is not really aimed at current caravanners downsizing, it is offering a different entry point for new caravanners.
  22. Sorry to say you've got it wrong, see my last paragraph where I refer to 'shopping around' and deciding what is or isn't acceptable, there's no right or wrong because we all have different values.
  23. If there is a covenant on the property which bans caravan storage then there is no further discussion. However, one thing about property ownership that is often forgotten is that it is not possible to "own a view", not surprisingly many people do not wish to recognise this. Discussions with neighbours about such matters may be difficult.
  24. When I hear people bemoaning the price of something I often wonder how they deal with matters that affect their own income, wages, salary or other means of income. I'm guessing that most probably want to maximise their income to their own benefit yet they're content to comment adversely on others doing the same thing. The phrase 'rip off' gets bandied around frequently. However, when buying something that is providing an income stream to someone else. I find it amazing how incredibly well informed many people think they are about the financial position of other people they are dealing with. In relation to this thread does anyone 'really' know the exact financial details of the supply arrangements of gas supply arrangement to a CMC site? Is stock provided on account, is it all paid for up front, are there discount structures in place? In my opinion the truth is it doesn't matter it is the wardens' business nobody else's. If I want to buy something about which I'm price sensitive then I'll ask the price and make a value judgment as to whether I'm willing to pay that price, or perhaps I'll exercise my freedom of choice and shop around. Some purchases I make are price sensitive others are not, I'm sure we'll all have different views and values, which is to be expected. Ultimately one person's rip off may be another person's acceptable price of convenience.
  25. It's not a question of the government being 'stupid enough' to lose fuel duty with regard to EV's, it is a simple financial reality. The amount of fuel duty currently being lost to EV's is small and is deemed to be acceptable on the basis of other perceived gains that arise from encouraging people to use EV's. But fuel duty is a significant source of income to the government (regardless of political persuasion) and no government could deal with a significant loss of fuel duty revenue without there being dire consequences to public spending. In the fullness of time it will be no less expensive (overall) to run and EV compered with an ICE car currently; government income from the various taxes and duties currently associated with running an ICE car will have to be maintained or we'll have to accept a significant change in public spending; or there will have to be an increase in the tax burden somewhere else to make up the income to government coffers.
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