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  1. On 20/09/2020 at 08:36, Mr Plodd said:

    So I made it all up then?


    I know what my distances and view actually are, you are surmising.

    I have many years of practical experience and have undergone very extensive and expensive driver training.

    I have been trained in the forensic investigation and reconstruction of road crashes so  understand the dynamics of vehicle actions and reactions. Have you? 

    I have carried out this (very rudimentary) experiment on a number of occasions, have you tried it??


    Well I'm sorry to say that I have all the experience you are talking about. I was a plod myself, so yes I know all about the driver training. Accident investigation, yes been there done that and got the blood stained T shirt. Have I had to to knock on doors in the early hours and invite relatives to the morgue to identify their loved ones .. yes I have. My worst experience was attending a single vehicle RTA (as they were at the time) and recognising the vehicle involve as one belonging to a friend, the fire bobbies invited me to identify the driver ... his torso was in the drivers seat ... his head was on the rear seat... so yes I know all about the grisly side of the job.  


    Since moving on from that job I have gained more experience of accident investigation in the aviation world,  hence my point about your understanding of aerodynamics. Slipstreaming happens at close quarters and at a distance which should be a complete odds against your police driver training unless you are involved in a close on pursuit situation. I'm sure that you wouldn't bring that style of driving to a caravan forum. 

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  2. 19 hours ago, Mr Plodd said:


    When on a motorway I try and “slipstream” behind a large truck (at a sensible distance not a cars length from the under-run bar) That improves my mpg by about 4 or 5 (28 up to around 33/4 or a roughly 20% improvement!) 

     I find that fuel/milk tankers are much better than square sided trucks, it must be down to airflow around them. 



    I'm sorry but your statement is contradictory, the only way to gain any 'slipstream ' advantage of following another vehicle is to follow it extremely closely. If you follow at a "sensible" distance then you can't possibly gain any slipstream advantage. Following at a "sensible" distance you are far more likely to be caught up in 'wake turbulence' which, far from being an advantage will actually slow you down.  As for quoting fuel consumption figures it is simply impossible to quote any meaningful figures unless your car is equipped with  significant amounts of technology which are most likely associated with a test track environment. 

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  3. Washer driers are not as efficient as a washer and a seperate drier. If you only have the space for one unit then you have no choice, if you have the space then separate units will always be more efficient. Been there, done that got all the T shirts ... 

  4. 9 hours ago, JTQ said:


    You make the point I intended to reading through this thread, and it endorses Stevan's comment "what is a gathering?"


    Are Tesco going to limit it to just 6 persons in each of their mega stores as relative to 5 caravans in the open air on a CL it is both way more a true "gathering" and IMO presents way higher transmission risk?


    As I understand it Tesco, other supermarkets, pubs, cafe's and many other places are allowed to open because they have measures in place and are deemed to be Covid complaint, there are rules that apply to these locations and provided you comply with their rules then you are allowed to be there.


    On that basis if two groups of five people (or 6 + 4) turn up at a pub/beer garden and comply with the house rules that is fine. Where if that group of 10 people were to meet in one person's home that would be against the rules.  

  5. Anyone selling a 2006 van should expect one of the first questions to be about damp, a thoroughly realistic and justified question to ask.  The sellers reaction to the question tells you ll you need to know about the seller, give him a wide berth. 

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  6. On 04/09/2020 at 10:57, R0G said:

    Unless I read your post incorrectly - you are incorrect - apologies if I have read your earlier post wrongly

    Have manual B then pass auto BE means you can only tow with auto not manual as the posted chart says .....

    Existing car licence - Manual

    Car you use for the test - Automatic

    Cars you can drive when towing - Automatic

    Cars you can drive when not towing - Manual and automatic


    I've spoken with the owner of a commercial driver training organisation who I know socially. His organisation deals with everything other than basic car driver training. 


    His explanation was that an automatic B Group licence can only be upgraded to manual if the driver retakes a B group manual test.  Therefore presenting for a B+E test with an auto licence but taking the B+E test in a manual will not upgrade the licence from auto to manual.  Apparently this question causes a lot of confusion because if you move onto larger  C group vehicles then passing a test is no longer transmission specific. May not be logical but that is how it was explained to me.    

  7. 4 minutes ago, Oscarmax said:

     .... What is happening to caravanning when we started in 2002 everyone seem to be courteous and helpful, but over the last few years it seems to gone downhill .....


    It is nothing to do with caravans or motorhomes, their users are are a subset of society, it is standards in society at large that are declining. 

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  8. 21 minutes ago, logiclee said:

    Well after 18 months of JLR  I'm moving back to VAG.


    The XF Portfolio drove lovely, towed great, the interior of the X250 in Portfolio trim is always a joy to sit in and the 17 speaker surround sound audio superb. But over 18 months and 20k miles I've spend £2800 on maintenance and repairs and I'm loosing confidence.



    I've previously has an FL2 which had a hankering after visits to the dealer above and beyond servicing. Cost wise it wasn't a problem as it was a company car, but there was still the time spent to and fro the dealership and the hassle of loan cars. 


    Out of interest what were the problems? 

  9. 24 minutes ago, Legal Eagle said:

    Cemeteries and crematoria are full of memorials to people who said it would never happen to them. It doesn't have to be your fault, it only takes one idiot to land you right in it!

    41 years accident free - as the joke says, never had an accident on all those years but seen loads in the rear view mirror! 😖 😉


    The sad truth is that it is by no means certain that those who flout the rules pay the price. All too often it is innocent bystanders, with that in mind we should all be worried.  

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  10. 33 minutes ago, Fireman Iain said:

    So why bother paying for insurance at all?


    if you’re paying a premium based on a standard car, but yours is modded, as many posters above have pointed out, it’s likely to be invalid. You might as well pay nowt and have no insurance. 


    I think we all know how this works. You have to pay a premium of some sort  in order to show up on the insurance database, if you don't that is a very quick route to detection by ANPR, charged with driving without insurance, confiscation of vehicle, significant fine, very difficult to obtain legit insurance in future. 


    If you go the deceptive route the likelihood of the world crashing in is considerably reduced. Detection is only likely to arise from a serious incident resulting in a thorough inspection of the vehicle.  Regrettably obtaining insurance relies on people providing accurate information, all application processes are littered with reminders that your information must be accurate, but if you are a frame of mind not to comply then unfortunately there is little can be done. 


    It then becomes a game of chance whether you have the misfortune to tangle with someone who has adopted the deceptive approach to obtaining insurance. . 



  11. On 13/04/2020 at 15:15, George&Ade said:

    My reasons for my post was ,I thought the thread,"People Ignoring Advice"was for people to discuss the small minority of certain individuals not realising the severity of coronavirus and the restrictions imposed by the government to try and help stop the spread.

    It just seemed that recently,the focus is about money and the low interest rates available etc...and how food keeps best.


    To be fair, the thread title doesn't mention what the subject is.


    As others have said, it is perfectly natural for conversations to drift, to me it adds value and personally I don't see it as a problem. 

  12. 17 minutes ago, PeterR said:


     ...... The thing that has annoyed me most is ....For the whole  time period  of this pandemic the scientists and government have been telling us "wearing a face mask makes no difference?" ....


    No one has full and perfect understanding of the virus. As a result of more research the scientists have gained more understanding and as a result have modified  their advice.   


    Dealing with the virus is a learning process, however imperfect that may sound, any advice given can only  be based on best understanding at a given point in time. I do not have a problem if advice changes as more is understood.






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  13. Some people are wearing masks with outlet valves, whilst these are appropriate in a workplace with  certain types of atmosphere to stop you breathing IN harmful substances masks with valves make it far more likely that infection can be spread OUT from the mask. which is totally against the entire premise of why we're being told to war masks



  14. 33 minutes ago, David 38 said:

    But without it would have not qualified.

    Latest car does not use it so tax is £150 a year.



    I'm not sure it's related to using adblue, the minimum tax on any new ICE car starts at £140 

  15. On 13/07/2020 at 11:41, GaryB1969 said:

     .....   I did ask on here not long ago for advice on automatics which they were grateful for but as they like the Kia (apart from the clutch) and it's a narrow car (quite a bit narrower than similar sized cars) they'd like to keep it IF they can sort the clutch. ..... 


    Mrs JetA1 has only ever driven auto's since she passed her (in a manual) test in 1996.  Even before that I had 10 years of auto experience  because of my late dad's health issues, he was advised to drive automatic.  As a result I've definitely been there and done that in terms of autos.


    Over the last 19 years Mrs JetA1 has had just two cars, first a Daewoo Lanos, which we had for 7 years and then (now) a Hyundai Getz (which we still have), after another 12 years. Both were auto's.  Actually now I think about it, long before that her first car was Suzuki Alto  (auto with 800c motor and a two speed gearbox).  Which she loved because it was a small nimble car. However a couple of years later we moved to America, where we bought her a Ford Windstar, a full blown 9 seater MPV, that didn't phase her simply because it was an auto. 


    Our experience of 'Korean' autos is that they are simply 100% reliable, however that is based on "slush box" technology not the current crop of small auto's, which are servo driven manual boxes, and which basically appear to be dreadful, that goes for both Japanese and European offerings. 


    We will have to replace Mrs JetA1's car within a couple of years and I'm rapidly running out of options as to what it might be. 



  16. 1 hour ago, Mr Plodd said:

    I have not been able to find any information as to why/how this 85% thing ever came into existence either, so I  thought I would  ask (again) to see if anyone on the forum knew.


    Seems not :(



    At risk of not being able to quote exactly what happened it appears to pre-date the '97 licence change, before which the only 'legal' restriction appears to have been 8.25 tons GTW with no obvious legal limitations as to how that total was split between towing vehicle and trailer.  Against that background and the poorer performance of vehicles in times gone by there is perhaps an element of 'common sense' in suggesting some guidelines, but exactly how the reasoning of 85% came about is obviously unclear.


    There are several industry bodies that might have been party to this advice, it is strange that it's not possible to track down the exact source. One of the common criticisms of the guideline is the use of unladen weight of the tow vehicle, quite reasonably many commentators state that there is a high probability that tow cars would be well laden, possibly even towards GVW but of course that is very subjective so the only constant/reliable figure is to measure the tow car at unladen, which will be consistent, but in the real world unrealistic.   


    There must be some archives which could answer the question about the source, but , given the controversy surrounding this issue, perhaps no one wants to own up to being the original source. :lol: 

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  17. 6 hours ago, Mr Plodd said:

     .... Does anyone know (rather than surmised) why the clubs “advised” the 85% ratio ? What difference does it make if you have or have not towed before? There is a big white box hanging off the back of your car regardless of whether it’s the first or the thousand and first time you have towed it, it’s still the same! And more importantly is it still relevant bearing in mind the advances is car and caravan technology. .....



    Well, it's two and a half years since you first asked the question (Oct '17), and still no definitive answer as to the source/precise logic of the guideline. Google certainly isn't your friend on this one, do you know any good detectives? :lol:   

  18. That is sobering to hear. On the radio 4 news this morning the means of transmission continues to be a topic of discussion. There seem to be many more scientists/medics now leaning towards the idea that 'aerosol' transmission could play a bigger part than previously thought. It sounds as though this results in airborn sources of infection remaining in the air much longer than previously thought there by making it easier to catch and where for instance hand washing wouldn't prevent this means of transmission.


    I suppose we shouldn't be surprised to see changes in advice as a result of the scientists/medics gaining more experience of dealing with the virus and learning more about the methods of transmission. 

  19. 3 minutes ago, Paul1957 said:

    ....... Perhaps somebody on here who sucks their oil out might afterwards then remove the sump drain and see what else comes out as a test.....


    I have done exactly that with each of my cars, that is why I am happy to vacuum. Engines are always hot, cars lifted to provide best possible angle for the sump plug to release the debris. In my experience it doesn't make a difference, there is no excess of crud that is released from the sump drain. And if you look carefully sump drains are not always positioned to release every last drop of oil anyway. 

  20. Most 'fuel quality' problems reported at forecourts in recent years have been attributable to 'misfuelling' of the forecourt tanks not contamination as such, this is very easy to detect and prove, and relates to some of the 'supermarket' fuel issues that people refer to.  The turnover, or throughput, rate of most service stations does not allow time for contaminantes to  collect in tanks. I am not sure what current forecourt legislation requires but periodic testing of the tank bottom for water is a part of quality control. There should be records to prove this.   


    Over the last 30 years I've viewed many thousands of fuel tank samples and certainly the picture of the sample in the glass does not look good. However a question I would ask is how long the sample had been in the glass when the picture was taken, this is highly relevant to determining the nature of the contaminant. A full and proper chemical examination of the sample is going to be require but will cost many hundreds of pounds.  


    Without a reference sample being taken from the same pump in short order after the fuelling it is going to be very difficult to link the sample in the car to the fuel in the forecourt tank. In my (part of the fuel) industry we offer cast iron fully documented fuel quality certificates right up to the point of delivery. Hower once the fuel leaves our nozzles it is impossible to account for quality. Fuel quality issues after the point of delivery are down to the customer. 


    As a point of interest fuel tanks that are maintained at less than full levels are prone to condensation, the larger the interior surface of the tank that is not covered by fuel the more chance there is of condensation and remember that ethanol in our modern fuels absorbs water.     

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