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Bolingbroke

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  1. Did you know Viglink then? Every time you follow a link on this forum it goes via them : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VigLink https://www.viglink.com/
  2. Fortunately your attitude is not that of the majority of society or of the law (in this country at least). There are things called planning regulations without which most towns would soon look like Soweto or equivalent suburbs in India and Brazil. Being "British" would not stop that any more, in fact you can find plenty of localised examples of shanty development and the associated planning battles right here now. The debate here should be about whether van storage should be covered by those planning regulations.
  3. That's funny - I am allergic to white vans.
  4. No it isn't. It is based on the emissions per km measured in some experiment which is nothing like my own driving pattern (and probably not yours), and then probably falsified. A tax based on emmisions would be entirely on the fuel because emissions are precisely related to the fuel consumed. An ex-neIgbour of mine used his car about 25000 m/y including jumping in and out about 6 times a day to drive it from cold to and from the local corner shop 500 yards away. The annual emmisions from his 1.3 litre car must be many times those from my 3 litre car, which does only 4000 m/y and those are mostly long-run M-way trips, and the occasional big load carry. The VED is really a loose relationship to how well off they think the owner is, unless you are really well off and have a Tesla in which case it is £0 because that's hip.
  5. They don't need clever marketing to make me think that - my current caravan IS out of date. I'm not changing it though, it's fine. In fact I could go and buy a new van with cash tommorow, but shopping is on the negative side of my scale of enjoyment. Some people seem to get a thrill out of new things for the sake of newness, but I don't see the point; in fact I get pleasure from familiar things around me and get sad when I need to replace them for practical reasons.
  6. The pump and the airline gauge are both large and I would not want to carry them in the car. I keep and "old fashioned" pencil type gauge in the glove locker in case I want to do a quick check when I am out on the road, for example if I think the handling is a bit funny. Can you still buy those or are they all digital now?
  7. Thanks for pointing that link out, it is the "Infographic" on the download page. This is a direct readable link :- http://www.fairmotorhometax.org/media/fv4hepov/motorhome-tax-infograph-v5.pdf I must say I a underwhelmed by it. Their main argument is that MH chassis are mostly used for commercial vehicles but I don't understand why that should have anything to do with it. They also argue that MH's are a tiny group so as a group they do not contribute much to emissions, so should not be taxed on the same basis as other vehicles. But you could equally argue that Jeep Wrangers that are painted red and have the soft-top option are also a tiny group so ditto. (I don't have one BTW). Seems a very similar situation to that with estate cars converted from vans years ago, which retained cheaper VED because they originated as commercial vehicles. My father converted one. It had not occured to the lawmakers that such a thing could be done, but that loophole was closed.
  8. You will have to post a better picture as the small print is illegible on that. Clicking on it only makes it smaller! BTW I don't usually quote pictures to save people's bandwidth, but nothing else to quote in this case.
  9. So we will see the main dealers become even more Jack of all trades and master of none. You cannot even park in my nearest Jeep dealer because of new Fiat 500s for sale are filling its car park, and not a Jeep in sight*. Now Vauxhalls and Peugoets will be added. Does not give me confidence that they know much about Jeeps. * Perhaps a secret government-directed initiative to encourage the sale of tiny cars and discourage large ones.
  10. What do you mean by the axle plate?
  11. A favourite item for time-pressed professionals to skip on car services is inspecting parking brake shoes (eg in combined rear disc/drum designs), because they get little wear. They are in the service schedule though. My car was 7 years old when I bought it with service history including recent by a well-known company. But I found the rear disc/drums were rusted onto the hubs, possibly never been off in their life. I had to remove both rear half-shafts complete with all the brake gear and handbrake cables (removing interior carpets and consoles) to get them into the workshop for torching and sledge-hammering to get the disc/drums free. The professionals had saved themselves a few minutes, causing two days hard work for me. Three weeks after I bought, it all the engine oil blew out over the motorway because the same garage had not fitted the filter seal properly, but that's another story. I should have done a full service myself as soon as I had bought it. My car is fairly uncommon, main dealers few and far between, and pigs to work on (I've worked on many different cars). According to our owners forum even some of those dealers refuse to work on them other than basic servicing. The few dozen on our forum are 50-50 amateur and professional, and we help each other; between us we probably know more about those cars than anyone else in the UK
  12. I store it on my drive. If it got written off or stolen, I'd either replace it or do without it - I'll decide at the time. I don't think a 20 yo caravan is very likely to be stolen anyway. I didn't say it was not serviced, I said that I paid nothing because I service it myself (I left a clue in adding that any replacement parts cost me). Plenty of others here have said they do the same. I'm not "admitting" it, I take a pride in being capable of it, and doing a better job than most professionals would. I can say that as I have have had a career in engineering, which included a period as a foreman in a car dealer's workshop, experiences which have not left me with as much admiration and confidence in car/caravan professionals as some other people seem to have. I service and repair my own car too.
  13. Storage : £0 Insurance : £0 Servicing : £0 (apart from any replacement parts needed)
  14. Insurance companies will up the premium if you tell them you have changed your socks - any excuse will do for them. The factory fitted wheels on my model of car changed their design practically year-by-year, and of course the different variants had different wheels too. You'd need to be a full time expert on car wheels to know what wheel patterns corresponded to what car/model/year/variant. Unless a wheel disintegrating was the cause of an accident I doubt a damage assessor would give them a glance, unless of course you tried to claim extra for having scratched your after-market upgraded wheels. Do people tell their insurance companies if they replace their tyres with a different make or pattern from the factory ones? I don't, yet tyres are potentially a much more important factor in an accident than the bare wheels. I couldn't replace mine with the original type anyway - they were banned for making too much noise (??!)*. Tyre manufacturers don't usually make the same pattern for years on end as tyre fashions change too. * They should come and hear some of the motorbikes that pass where I live.
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