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Camperdom

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    Essex
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    Caravanning
  • Make & Model of Towcar / Toad
    Citroen
  • Caravan / Motorhome / Static (Make and model)
    Caravelair
  • Year of manufacture (Caravan / Motorhome / Static)
    2020

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  1. Good point about insurance. I recall drivers who tended to have too many minor accidents were warned by the boss that he wouldn’t sack them but the insurance company might. I’m going to guess that it is easier & quicker to get your CE licence in Romania & Bulgaria than in UK…Does not do much for public safety though. The purposes of licence changes since 1997 has all been to improve road safety so is the intention now to row back on all that ? HGV licences were introduced in 1968. Before that the route to becoming an articulated truck driver was that you started in the yard doing odd jobs. Going out with experienced drivers learning on the job. You did need to learn quickly & needed an aptitude for the job. In those days & also when I started in the early 70s you needed to learn how to master a 13 speed constant mesh gearbox & learn to rope & sheet loads which you don’t now but it is the transport companies themselves that need to completely take over training their drivers from scratch. Since the 80s the transport companies simply advertised for experienced hgv1 drivers & expected new drivers to finance their own training & from 2004 imported Eastern European labour to plug the gaps which brought us to where we are now.
  2. Eastern European drivers can take well paid permanent jobs in Germany & Holland so why would they take work in the UK on 3 month visas ? Importing labour is no longer the answer. The Hgv driver shortage has been 2 decades in the making. The solution will be found in making the job attractive enough for applicants already resident in the UK & making the job possible for them to enter in the first place by not requiring them to finance their own training.
  3. I spent my working life as an hgv 1 driver. Nothing really improved in 40 yrs apart from the trucks themselves. It is difficult to see how conditions in general haulage which involve 3am starts & 15hr working days can easily be improved. Even supermarket & fuel deliveries require drivers to start work at all times of day & night with the job requiring 24/7 coverage so difficult to make job attractive. Then there is the contempt truck drivers are held in by members of the public & even at delivery points & of course the chance of a long jail sentence if a driving error after sleep deprivation caused by irregular work patterns has fatal consequences. Tbf I do feel a kind of shadenfruede at seeing chickens finally coming home to roost.
  4. Tanker driving doing forecourt deliveries is one of the better paid truck driving jobs. It also requires a fully experienced hgv 1 driver who then needs to train to be a tanker driver. To imagine anybody could go from car driver to tanker driver in weeks is laughable. We drove from Essex to west Cornwall today in just car. Left at 06.30. Already long queues at Tesco. A12 fuel stations either had no fuel or traffic queuing out on road causing a hazard. No fuel at sth Mimms. Had filled up on Wed & can do the 375miles on one tank. Went down 303. Once we got into Somerset roadside fuel stations were quiet. Filled up so we are ok now until mid week. Got to Exeter & went past the services to Tescos for £3 meal deals. Chaos at the fuel pumps as expected. Staff directing traffic. So be now down in west Cornwall for the week with three quarters of a tank so all good.
  5. Absolutely levelling ramps are needed imo. I have zero tolerance for an unlevel caravan. Plenty of the nicest campsites are not level. Never use the corner steadies for levelling either. Wind them firmly on the ground once caravan is level.
  6. A campsite is a business & should be customer oriented enough to want see to their customers needs not arbitrarily bar them until midday. If a better pitch comes available & is not prebooked then a paying customer should be allowed to move onto it. The anti motorhome thing is daft. We all rent the same patches of ground. Next thing we will be saying we are anti tent campers.
  7. Camperdom

    The M6!

    It was purely rhetorical Mr Plodd. What I am really looking for is the advantages of being how we are now & I’m finding only disadvantages. I suppose if I was a truck driver which I was until I retired I would be happy to see the rise in wages & the possibility of no longer being regarded as scum by both company management & the general public but still I doubt whether I would be able to retire to France at the end of it. & of course the end of migration & the sealing of our borders….oh wait… The process was supposed to bring us joy & freedom but all I am seeing is grim acceptance of our loss of freedom. Why is it just that grim acceptance that is allowed on this forum & not a bit of cold fury ? Is there light at the end of tunnel or just an oncoming train ?
  8. Camperdom

    The M6!

    Silversurf your friend already had a property in France which had he done the groundwork before this year does make the now almost impossible possible but that does not help me if I wanted to buy a mobile home or house now to stop in for 6 moths of the year without having to hardly think about it. Legal Eagle the contents of your link is making no sense to me. It just sends me round in circles. Perhaps you could be good enough to give me a step by step as to how I can stay out 6 months in my caravan at least ? Thanks in advance.
  9. Camperdom

    The M6!

    Well are they ? Fact is that if you have enough money & enough monthly income you can retire anywhere in the world. Europe US Australia. The world is your oyster if you are loaded but don’t try to pretend that retired folks on average pensions who aspired to buy a modest house in France or even a mobile home on a campsite to spend 6 month summers in can do that now because they cannot. Neither can those who were happy to tour in their caravans or motorhomes stay out as long as they care to. It is a massive loss for ordinary folks but the wealthy obviously remain unaffected. Even those who are still happy with the brexit result need to be honest & accept that.
  10. Camperdom

    The M6!

    You nearly said it didn’t you ? “If you like France so much why don’t you go & live there ? “ WelI I & many other retired Brits could have done until some people voted to stop us so now we can’t…roll on the next 90 days eh ?
  11. Camperdom

    The M6!

    The prices are not misleading though. They are cheaper than UK. If they can do it then why can’t the UK ? I guess because we don’t protest enough. The yellow vest protests were a good example. Mac wanting to raise the diesel tax to save the planet & the ordinary French people not having any of it.
  12. Camperdom

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    Well yes except a 5kg propane Le Cube exchange was charged to my card at £17.94 well under UK prices. Diesel at 1.42/litre is £1.21 at current exchange rate well under UK prices. So why would this be? Perhaps because the French are rather more prone to get out on the streets & protest ?
  13. Camperdom

    The M6!

    As I posted. If you attempt to insulate for example a Victorian house to the extent that heat pump heating would be viable it will dry out to the extent it will affect the structural integrity. It is well documented that some forms of roof insulation are unsuitable for older properties for that reason.
  14. I suggest you drive to Holland. We had no probs yesterday returning from Hook of Holland to Harwich. We had been in France for 85days in all but had booked the Hook day crossing as it was £80 cheaper than Calais Dover & we are only 20mins home from Harwich. We drove from France through Belgium to Holland no probs. I had earlier googled Covid tests in Holland which led me to a Dutch gov website Here I prebooked our antigen tests a week before only mins from the Dutch campsite we stopped last 2 days at. Had them day before travel. Tests were free & results emailed 15mins later. All very professional.
  15. Dunno if this is feasible at other ports but we arrived at Hook an hour before checkin opened so we walked over to the ticket office & asked them to check all our forms. They did that & put it on their system so we were down at the checkin as checked already so no delay.
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