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    Listening to music (and the associated hifi equipment). I have kept koi carp for about 12 years.
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    Mercedes ML350
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    Buccaneer Commodore

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  1. Commander Dave said- After 5 years I see any extra as a bonus! I'll grant that Gordon's photos give pause for thought however..... Jim
  2. I don't agree that 'no.... seasonal awning can be used for long term extended periods'. We bought and erected a Trigano Montreux in northern France at Easter 2014 and it is still erected and going strong. The poles are 22mm steel and the 'canvas' is heavy guage pvc which can be scrubbed clean with car shampoo and never needs re-proofing. the roof (with the supplied supplemetary vertical pole in the centre) is good for a snow load. When pretty much every other awning on site was destroyed by a hail storm (which dented the caavan roof and several cars) the awning survived the onslaught. I wouldn't want to have to take it down and re-erect it much less find room and load capacity to carry it if touring but for a permanent pitch it is a sound investment. Possibly sold under the Eurovent brand in UK. Jim
  3. P&O Brasserie has the best seats on the ship, as it should for around £35 for 2 courses a drink and coffee for 2! It's peaceful, the food is (usually) excellent and the staff friendly and polite and it sounds as though your timing is perfect for lunch. Granted we use it when crossing with the caravan but on those occasions it means we don't need to start cooking that evening. Jim
  4. Glad that's worked out. I agree €60 seems OK for a month as we pay £1 a day in the UK for year round storage and pay whether there or not. I'll have a few days at Seracourt on the way home from Portugal to stock up on French goodies and catch up with folks who were there when we had a permanent pitch. Possibly also wait out any chaos at the ferry ports as it will be immediately post Brexit (or not!)...... Jim
  5. If I wait until the light comes on it's too heavy to lift comfortably. Better not to go there! Jim
  6. Fred said - It is regrettable (but not wholly surprising) that Chinese goods have a reputation for inferiority across the board. I damaged the side wall of one of the Ovation tyres fitted to my Buccaneer a few weeks ago and have had to replace. I expected some difficulty but the Portuguese tyre dealer explained that their policy was to replace identically and was able to source an Ovation for next day delivery. Total cost fitted (with Tyron band) was €57. I tow the 'van with a Mercedes approved used ML which was supplied fitted with Chinese made Davanti tyres when I bought it, and performance has been fine. I don't think there is much doubt that most of those Aldi and Lidl 'special buys' we all enjoy so much are also sourced in the far east. Perhaps a more apt (and less emotive) description is 'inexpensive' rather than 'cheap'. Jim
  7. Camping Vivier Aux Carpes in Seracourt le Grande near St. Quentin on the A26 have storage. In the main season they may well be able to accommodate you as 'regulars' will be using the 'vans which normally occupy the space. It's as near as makes no difference 120 miles from Calais, and a pleasant site in it's own right. Jim
  8. Check and compare the length of the respective wheel base. We test drove a Kuga with a view to replacing an S-Max. The shorter wheel base made it 'choppy' in comparison so we replaced like with like. The Mondeo mentioned above is similar to the S-Max and longer than the Focus / Kuga range. Jim
  9. Chris, have you got the van yet? If so / when you do, take the opportunity to weigh it carefully while unloaded to understand properly where you are starting from. There are a number of things you can do to mitigate the problem if it exists, possibly the subject of a new thread. Certainly, in the event of a claim which may prompt an investigation of such matters it may well invalidate cover, but even before such an incident, over loading the tow hitch and it's mountings together with the rear end of your vehicle is not a good place to start! Jim
  10. Should there be a book of maps this year? Ours arrived today from C&CC - 2 books of sites but no map book like the one included last year. Jim
  11. Last few posts just convinced me we are doing the right thing - Dover to Calais and a leisurely trip through La Belle France! Jim
  12. The tricky part of fitting 2 locks is lining up the gap in the wheel with the receivers on the chassis. Once one lock is fitted you can't move the 'van to align the second but need to lift that wheel off the ground to turn it by hand. The Lock and Level provides a means to do this. If you were using 'Denver Boot' type wheel clamps the issue doesn't arise of course. Jim
  13. Worked for me on the only occasion (so far) I have needed to fill a Safefill in France! I queued behind a french lady filling her car and she kindly let me watch her, which was helpful as I bought the 'set' of adapters and wasn't sure which was which. I moved the car up to the pump and then strolled over to the booth to pay after filling. More smiles from the cashier, presumably because the eccentric English man only bought 18 litres of gas for his great big car:-) Jim
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