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Re: Greece

Sandytrax
 

We've completed our Passenger Location Forms and booked a couple of campsites in Athens and Napflio for the first couple of weeks. Hope to finish our tour of the Peloponnese and then maybe Crete.
We wouldn't normally travel in July and August but can't leave the van any longer!
Not sure how busy it will be.
"It's all part of the journey"

Happy Travels.
Brian


Re: Greece

Sandytrax
 

We're off to Greece on Friday!
Having had to curtail our trip in March, leaving the van at Athens Airport and flying back to the UK, I'm looking forward to being reunited with the van and lovely Greece.
It could be a mission getting through border controls and getting the van started!
Wish us luck!
Cheers!
Brian


Re: Need a Sat-Nav?

Ernest Bull
 

On 12 Jul 2020, at 18:26, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:

 However generally superior than TomTom.

I cut my Motorhoming teeth in 2003 with TomTom s/w running on my little iPaq tablet thingy. I don’t think that it would have been such an easy step to driving on the wrong side of the road in a LHD MH. And it was absolutely faultless.

Over the next 15 years I had a succession of TomToms and ended up with a Garmin Camper 760. Apart from our Samsung dumb-as-a-rock Smart TV, it must be my most regretted purchase. It was totally counter-intuitive to work and although it’s traffic monitor promised to save me many frustrating miles of gridlock and delay, it did the exact opposite. I think that I reported being diverted through Heathrow’s warehouses and car parks and through a gridlocked the SE London because of a little delay at the M3/M25 junction. 

After that, I always took a TomTom 100 as a back-up and had to use it on may occasions.

What I really missed was the ability to go thru TomTom’s maps and select a destination. So simple and so convenient.
__________

ErnB


Re: Camping under covid

Carol Weaver
 

Sorry to hear about Carol 😒.  

Now I fully understand your reluctance Alan 

We have seen everyone on this site behaving well and keeping their distance tbh. 

Carol

On Sun, 12 Jul 2020 at 18:11, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:
On Fri, 10 Jul 2020 at 21:47, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

> Well I think you must be a pessimist.

Probably, but I consider the facts and act accordingly.  The last time
we used our motorhome was on 17/19 September 2019 at CMC Rookesbury
Park.  We were visiting the Map Room at Southwick House with Friends
of the IWM.  My wife became ill, having a serious problem breathing,
so we had to leave half-way through the visit.

She got worse and in early March was being investigated and treated at
the local hospital.  Her lung CT scan was delayed, due to Covid, until
last week.

In the recovery stage of cancer and the difficulty of breathing we
think that catching the virus would be very serious.

Thus our caution.

In previous years we have used our MH in winter.

> We are at Salisbury CCC and no showers or toilets but as we don’t use them it didn’t bother us. But everyone is well spaced out and no big mingling. Those that have met up are sitting well apart

This is good but having seen on TV how the public behave ignoring
safety precautions, we are very wary.

Alan.

>
> In town today too we saw no problems at all
>
> Carol who is going to live her life and not live in fear.
>
> On Fri, 10 Jul 2020 at 22:41, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:
>>
>> On Fri, 10 Jul 2020 at 07:24, James Cheney <jim@...> wrote:
>>
>> >
>>
>> The Hymer was a panic buy immediately after the brexit vote.  We had
>> chosen a Carthago as they would build-in the options we wanted on a
>> custom factory build.  But this entailed a long delivery delay and
>> brexit would have increased the final price.
>>
>> So we had to buy an ex-stock motorhome.  The Hymer was the best
>> available.  Just as the Covid situation started, we had been pricing
>> how much it would cost to:-
>>
>> re-model the wet room,
>> replace the gas/mains/12v fridge/freezer with a 12 volt/mains compressor type
>> replace the gas oven with a smart microwave
>>
>> and instal a 12 volt system with inverter to power the microwave and
>> other items to be added.
>>
>> But the Covid situation has changed the world and travel.
>>
>> As expected, the cost of camp sites is increasing as well as
>> insurance.  We've lost the ADAC cover, thus another increase.  Add on
>> the higher costs of a no-deal brexit.
>>
>> It will probably be early 2022 before safe travelling resumes.
>>
>> Sad but true.
>>
>> I've already read Tims link a few days ago.
>>
>> Alan with a half full glass of French wine.
>>
>>
>>
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Re: Need a Sat-Nav?

timsinc Sinclair
 

On 12/07/2020, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:

Well that's been Garmin for many years. However generally superior than
TomTom.
Here we enter Microsoft v Apple v Android sort of debate argued almost
on anecdotal evidence. As always it's that cliché horses for courses.
So happens, winning horses for me (not a 7m motorhome dweller but
5.3m) has been clear winner TomTom followed by Android (lately with no
MS PC in van).

Tim (the campervan one)


Re: Need a Sat-Nav?

Alan Morris
 

On Sun, 12 Jul 2020 at 07:20, jtwebb1 <lists@...> wrote:

Garmin say it is beyond their control as the data is in the maps. I argue that surely they don't have a completely set of maps for lorries.
Garmin get the speed limits and bridge heights from external
providers. Mainly HERE, and then convert the data to their own
formats. I did something similar for a 15 year period in the 1980s &
90s. The effort was in producing the conversion program. Then for
every new set of incoming data, they would simply run the conversion
program. Minor changes might be required from time to time. So very
little effort on the part of Garmin.

How Garmin applies the data in different GPSrs could introduce errors.

The problem these days is that their main income is no longer from
selling GPSrs but watches for fitness folk. So little money is
available for GPSr support.

It is so annoying as I want warnings but not spurious warnings!
Well that's been Garmin for many years. However generally superior than TomTom.


Alan.


Re: Camping under covid

Alan Morris
 

On Fri, 10 Jul 2020 at 21:47, Carol Weaver <corconx@...> wrote:

Well I think you must be a pessimist.
Probably, but I consider the facts and act accordingly. The last time
we used our motorhome was on 17/19 September 2019 at CMC Rookesbury
Park. We were visiting the Map Room at Southwick House with Friends
of the IWM. My wife became ill, having a serious problem breathing,
so we had to leave half-way through the visit.

She got worse and in early March was being investigated and treated at
the local hospital. Her lung CT scan was delayed, due to Covid, until
last week.

In the recovery stage of cancer and the difficulty of breathing we
think that catching the virus would be very serious.

Thus our caution.

In previous years we have used our MH in winter.

We are at Salisbury CCC and no showers or toilets but as we don’t use them it didn’t bother us. But everyone is well spaced out and no big mingling. Those that have met up are sitting well apart
This is good but having seen on TV how the public behave ignoring
safety precautions, we are very wary.

Alan.


In town today too we saw no problems at all

Carol who is going to live her life and not live in fear.

On Fri, 10 Jul 2020 at 22:41, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:

On Fri, 10 Jul 2020 at 07:24, James Cheney <jim@...> wrote:

The Hymer was a panic buy immediately after the brexit vote. We had
chosen a Carthago as they would build-in the options we wanted on a
custom factory build. But this entailed a long delivery delay and
brexit would have increased the final price.

So we had to buy an ex-stock motorhome. The Hymer was the best
available. Just as the Covid situation started, we had been pricing
how much it would cost to:-

re-model the wet room,
replace the gas/mains/12v fridge/freezer with a 12 volt/mains compressor type
replace the gas oven with a smart microwave

and instal a 12 volt system with inverter to power the microwave and
other items to be added.

But the Covid situation has changed the world and travel.

As expected, the cost of camp sites is increasing as well as
insurance. We've lost the ADAC cover, thus another increase. Add on
the higher costs of a no-deal brexit.

It will probably be early 2022 before safe travelling resumes.

Sad but true.

I've already read Tims link a few days ago.

Alan with a half full glass of French wine.


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Re: Camping under covid

timsinc Sinclair
 

Ah well, agree this EHIC stuff word of mouth. But friend (of
bro-in-law) I doubt is an 'illegal resident'. The former school
teacher and older hubby own the villa in a gated community, where
other neighbours told same tale.

A keen bowls player, they're always flitting between countries, even
running separate cars in both places.

Obviously non m-homers and it could just be the hospital in their
area. UK govt advice, I gather anyway, is to have separate insurance.
Not that all offer Covid cover.

Take it or leave it.... sometimes grass roots reports better than the
official versions.

Just saying as a hopeful, winter-visiting campavanner, Tim

On 12/07/2020, Gerry Harris <gerry@...> wrote:
I live, legally, in Spain.

I suspect that the "friend who recently vacatedtheir Spanish villa that
the hospitals in the country were no longeraccepting the ehic card"

was one of the many who stay, illegally, here in Spain and expect to use
the EHIC to cover their medical costs.

Cheers

Gerry



On 12/07/2020 13:32, timsinc Sinclair wrote:
Just heard from friends of a friend (yes, I know) who recently vacated
their Spanish villa that the hospitals in the country were no longer
accepting the ehic card. Probably fearing that Brexit UK's health
agreement reciprocal payments won't be honoured?

Campervan Tim



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Re: Camping under covid

Gerry Harris
 

I live, legally, in Spain.

I suspect that the "friend who recently vacated their Spanish villa that the hospitals in the country were no longer accepting the ehic card"

was one of the many who stay, illegally, here in Spain and expect to use the EHIC to cover their medical costs.

Cheers

Gerry



On 12/07/2020 13:32, timsinc Sinclair wrote:
Just heard from friends of a friend (yes, I know) who recently vacated
their Spanish villa that the hospitals in the country were no longer
accepting the ehic card. Probably fearing that Brexit UK's health
agreement reciprocal payments won't be honoured?

Campervan Tim




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Re: Camping under covid

charlie.green@...
 

Current advice from HM Government re post Brexit EHIC in Spain

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/healthcare-in-spain-including-the-balearic-and-canary-islands


Re: Camping under covid

David Scholes
 

As you said, ‘friend of a friend’.

David

On 12 Jul 2020, at 12:32, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@...> wrote:

Just heard from friends of a friend (yes, I know) who recently vacated
their Spanish villa that the hospitals in the country were no longer
accepting the ehic card. Probably fearing that Brexit UK's health
agreement reciprocal payments won't be honoured?

Campervan Tim



Re: Camping under covid

timsinc Sinclair
 

Just heard from friends of a friend (yes, I know) who recently vacated
their Spanish villa that the hospitals in the country were no longer
accepting the ehic card. Probably fearing that Brexit UK's health
agreement reciprocal payments won't be honoured?

Campervan Tim


Re: Need a Sat-Nav?

jtwebb1
 

You would have noticed if it was applying lorry limits when you have said it is under 3.5t? Garmin say it is beyond their control as the data is in the maps. I argue that surely they don't have a completely set of maps for lorries. It is so annoying as I want warnings but not spurious warnings!


Re: Greece

David
 

And here's a link to the Greek Gov website for up to date(?!) info https://www.mfa.gr/en/current-affairs/statements-speeches/welcome-to-greece.html


Greece

Carol Weaver
 

Just seen this if anyone planning to go worth keeping an eye on this page


Carol
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Re: Need a Sat-Nav?

Carol Weaver
 

Tbh haven’t noticed it at all but I suspect I haven’t found all ways to use it

Our Dethleffs is under 3.5 t and I have input all measurements. Duncan is most likely to have decided a route he wants and therefore doesn’t always follow the gps- he always likes his route! - so it inevitably reroutes can take a while though.  But so far happy with it. The 785 is a large screen. 

Carol

On Sat, 11 Jul 2020 at 07:35, jtwebb1 <lists@...> wrote:
Hi Carol,

Does your 785 get in a muddle over speed limits? My 760 keeps lowering the speed limit on junctions, 40 to 30 on a bit of road near me for example. It also insists that lorry limits apply if you put the weight below 3500kg to stop this annoying feature. Hence keep getting spurious warnings. It is also incredibly slow when using the route shaping facility.

John Webb

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Re: Need a Sat-Nav?

jtwebb1
 

Hi Carol,

Does your 785 get in a muddle over speed limits? My 760 keeps lowering the speed limit on junctions, 40 to 30 on a bit of road near me for example. It also insists that lorry limits apply if you put the weight below 3500kg to stop this annoying feature. Hence keep getting spurious warnings. It is also incredibly slow when using the route shaping facility.

John Webb


Re: Need a Sat-Nav?

Carol Weaver
 

Hi Brent

Exact years I can’t say. My original nuvi 350 no longer backs up. My 765T still perfectly ok and still used in car and brought with me just in case. New updates about 4 times a year. Alan is more likely to recall how old that is although I didn’t get it immediately it came out. 

The 785 Camper I bought in December so it’s really only on its first trip. But it updates over WiFi via my phone and Bluetooth and has its own app

They say it’s a lifetime for updates. I’ve had several on 785 since having it already

I didn’t like TomTom I had right before the streetpilot. We couldn’t here it in the A class

Carol


On Fri, 10 Jul 2020 at 18:53, Brent <brentiow.c@...> wrote:
Hi Carol

So what's Garmin actually like for backups and how long do they offer support to their products please?

Always been a TomTom fan until their software update "bricked" my Camper GO 1005!!!

Last m/h had TomTom built-in but don't think it was the m/h version - good old Fiat/Autotrail!!!

Many thanks Brent

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Re: Camping under covid

Carol Weaver
 

Well I think you must be a pessimist. We are at Salisbury CCC and no showers or toilets but as we don’t use them it didn’t bother us. But everyone is well spaced out and no big mingling. Those that have met up are sitting well apart 

In town today too we saw no problems at all

Carol who is going to live her life and not live in fear. 

On Fri, 10 Jul 2020 at 22:41, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:
On Fri, 10 Jul 2020 at 07:24, James Cheney <jim@...> wrote:

>

The Hymer was a panic buy immediately after the brexit vote.  We had
chosen a Carthago as they would build-in the options we wanted on a
custom factory build.  But this entailed a long delivery delay and
brexit would have increased the final price.

So we had to buy an ex-stock motorhome.  The Hymer was the best
available.  Just as the Covid situation started, we had been pricing
how much it would cost to:-

re-model the wet room,
replace the gas/mains/12v fridge/freezer with a 12 volt/mains compressor type
replace the gas oven with a smart microwave

and instal a 12 volt system with inverter to power the microwave and
other items to be added.

But the Covid situation has changed the world and travel.

As expected, the cost of camp sites is increasing as well as
insurance.  We've lost the ADAC cover, thus another increase.  Add on
the higher costs of a no-deal brexit.

It will probably be early 2022 before safe travelling resumes.

Sad but true.

I've already read Tims link a few days ago.

Alan with a half full glass of French wine.



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Re: Camping under covid

Alan Morris
 

On Fri, 10 Jul 2020 at 07:24, James Cheney <jim@...> wrote:

Alan, if you can't use your shower because of the design, maybe you just bought the wrong MH for your purposes? I stay on farm sites, aires and THSs a lot, my shower is great because I knew I would use it and therefore chose appropriately - and it is not huge, it is a 6.4m Frankia.
The Hymer was a panic buy immediately after the brexit vote. We had
chosen a Carthago as they would build-in the options we wanted on a
custom factory build. But this entailed a long delivery delay and
brexit would have increased the final price.

So we had to buy an ex-stock motorhome. The Hymer was the best
available. Just as the Covid situation started, we had been pricing
how much it would cost to:-

re-model the wet room,
replace the gas/mains/12v fridge/freezer with a 12 volt/mains compressor type
replace the gas oven with a smart microwave

and instal a 12 volt system with inverter to power the microwave and
other items to be added.

But the Covid situation has changed the world and travel.

As expected, the cost of camp sites is increasing as well as
insurance. We've lost the ADAC cover, thus another increase. Add on
the higher costs of a no-deal brexit.

It will probably be early 2022 before safe travelling resumes.

Sad but true.

I've already read Tims link a few days ago.

Alan with a half full glass of French wine.