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  1. Scarab

    The M6!

    I think you've hit the nail on the head.
  2. Scarab

    The M6!

    It's interesting to me that these protestors (I don't agree with calling people terrorists when they aren't) have at least partially succeeded: they have our attention. They may well be further alienating themselves from some groups but I'd wager that many who fall into that camp don't even accept the premise of the underlying issue. Personally, I don't agree with their methods but I am yet to see a better suggestion on how they meet their aims.
  3. Scarab

    So am I evil!

    I can only go on my own experience which is limited to just a few schools. I don't think my teacher friend has the option of swapping kids due to the nature of their school. His approach is very much the discipline route. He has told me about some teachers who seem to struggle with that and he has been called out by the type of parents you mention (though never found to be in the wrong, despite not being exactly popular with the Head). He's very much in favour of kids knowing their rights though.
  4. It's now reduced to £15,950. Dealers might not have it so easy after all...
  5. yes, sorry, I should have quoted Wispman. I was saying that I understand why you have fitted the additional LED.
  6. Scarab

    So am I evil!

    My niece and nephew are of this age. I also am good friends with a Secondary School teacher. Based on their experiences, I'm finding it hard to recognise the scenarios above, which shows how much variation there must be in different schools. As far as I'm aware, children can still be punished or excluded.
  7. Our LED is on whenever the pump is supplied with power, not just when it's actually running
  8. Scarab

    So am I evil!

    In my own experience, it's the majority. I only know of a few parents that were furloughed and I know of none that did little or no home-schooling (furloughed or not). To be honest, I'm not sure it would be possible to assess how much of any missed home-schooling was through laziness. My daughter's Zoom lessons typically had 20 kids on them and there were always up to 10 in the classroom (children of essential workers). There are 26 children in her class. I believe that the parents of children who weren't appearing on Zoom or in person regularly, were contacted to check in on the kids. For reference, my kids go to a school that provides a decent cross-section of society. If anything, it's skewed towards working class with lots of parents in manufacturing or care jobs.
  9. Scarab

    So am I evil!

    Or possibly because parents work full time and did so throughout the pandemic. As we both did. We were lucky though. Understanding employers and the nature of our work (able to be done outside of office hours), meant that for most days we were able to give the kids at least 2/3 of a school day. It was easier in the second period of school closure as the school was more organised and did actual Zoom classes for our 9 year old. A four year old requires a bit more supervision.
  10. Scarab

    So am I evil!

    Hmmm...not a world I recognise. But then, I'm a parent of the current generation, so what would I know?
  11. Just in time for some sort of tax on trailers over 1500kg?
  12. Scarab

    Tow car?

    There's a lot of options out there at that weight. What about: Dacia Duster Previous shape Mitsubishi Outlander Kia Sportage And if you wish to keep to the MPV style, I seem to recall the Kia Carens got good tow car reviews Slightly over the £6k but I'm sure they might haggle
  13. Scarab

    The M6!

    Lol, I can. And I can understand that, even if I don't fully agree with you. I am still wondering where the middle ground is though. What can they do that gets attention without being too disruptive?
  14. Scarab

    The M6!

    I guess the question is: what kind of protest that fits with what most of us class as non-disruptive would actually get the protestors any publicity?
  15. that's a great idea. The post takes any worry out of the handbrake only applying to one wheel once you jack it To the OP, If you don't have a post, be very careful in jacking a caravan that isn't hitched to the car (ideally, don't!)
  16. We went down the AL-KO route, buying off eBay. It's easy to fit on a single axle, if you have a motor mover. The only drawback is it can make getting an exact position (say if storing on your drive) a pain as you abasically have to move the caravan backwards or forwards until it lines up with one of the gaps in the wheel. If the 2022 model has the same wheels as the 2020, then you need insert number 39 (but do check this). Prices vary according to the rarity / demand for each insert - you might pick one up for about £100, like this one https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/154610628238?hash=item23ff82f68e:g:zNEAAOSwUkxhQHNq
  17. Thank you. That sort of suggests it was done for safety (but not by us!). It does also shine a light on how long the UK B+E will continue to be accepted in the EU
  18. In terms of the alternatives, the obvious ones would be BMW 5 Series, Merc E Class, Audi A6 and Jaguar XF. I think all are available in AWD estate form, though only the A6 offers the chunkier looks and slightly raised stance of the XC70.
  19. I think you over-estimate the imagination and patience of some people. Most of those who aren't getting along with caravanning will probably give it up entirely due to the towing and setting up stuff. I can't see them braving the ferries and foreign roads. Not sure I agree. I think the surge is very temporary. We traded in our caravan (a family model, 2016) in early July. the dealer had it in the workshop for about a month. It's still on sale now and is the cheapest van of its layout / year on Caravanfinder (there are 56 available, nationwide). The summer surge ended weeks ago. I think the only things that will delay a massive glut of second hand vans are how much certainty there is for overseas travel by December (when people tend to book) and how lazy people are in realising that they have a fast-depreciating asset sat on their drive or eating storage costs.
  20. Oh dear! I went all-in for Mini-disc technology but that was a bit less costly than your misfortune But do all EU countries have tests for the B+E?
  21. 80kg heavier than the Sprite on MiROs, so not that big a difference given its length and more solid construction. It gets a better standard payload (220kg vs 176kg) and you can upgrade it to have a 370kg payload which may make it seem heavy but are probably just more realistic in terms of what people carry.
  22. Definitely can't disagree with that, particularly for three kids- you'll only get something better by going even bigger (wider) which limits tow car choice. We only went for the Sava because of the sense of space. I think if we had three kids, the Avon would have been our choice (it was the more sensible choice in terms of weight and cost anyway!) Out of interest Swirly, what's making you want to swap? The Tamar looks like a good van to me. I think we might have gone for it over the Avon for a family of four. Do Tamars ever come with the triple bunk for @piggypips?
  23. Yes - for us our experience is among the younger generation. It's fine to say you camp or even use campervan but mention a caravan and it's deeply uncool. That said, I remember camping with friends when we were in the caravan and they were very impressed with the comfort that we enjoyed. On the flipside, we were recently tent camping over the bank holiday on a very large family site in the Peaks. Overall, behaviour was very good, no doubt in part to on-site security, though it was notably more "chavvy" in the carvanners area than the tenting bit.
  24. Not sure - I think the Sava ones are a mite longer and there's certainly more headroom as there only two of them. They may well be the same width though. On the current Sava (not ours) you even get the option of tilting and reclining the lower bunk mattress for reading etc. We went from 57cm wide bunks in the Major 6TD to 77cm wide in the Adora. I can sleep on both but there's not a lot of wiggle room in the narrow bunks!
  25. The Phoenix 760 is a very good layout - you get the benefit of kids accommodation at the back, a nice tall fridge and spacious kitchen. Some people don't like the ide of going past the toilet to get to the dinette. If you can find one, the Bailey Unicorn Segovia is the same but a little wider and fancier. I'd seriously consider the Adria Altea Avon for it's wider bunks (in triple format too) and our own van (Adria Adora Sava), which has truly huge bunks.
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