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Vegan Tip

Ernest Bull
 

Margaret and I thought we should do a little more than just tell others how to off-set Climate Change, so we have been experimenting with vegan meat substitutes with an eye to only eating meat once a week for an indulgent treat.

We’ve now worked through a fair number of them, mostly different versions of Tofu and Soya and, even when the taste is OK, the texture is way off of the mark. We were already fans of Quorn Sausages and Quorn Sausage patties and now we can warmly recommend Quorn Pieces. Just drop a few bits in a home-made or shop bought cook-in sauce and you have a nice meal. Could be beef or chicken. Superb texture and so quick and easy.

And then, although not quite 100%, texture-wise, Quorn Mince makes an OK shepherd’s pie.
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ErnB


Three Word APP

Ernest Bull
 

Well, I’ve used addresses, postcodes, and map references to find places on a map, but I came across the Three Word APP in a detective novel. It seems that the whole map of the world has been divided up into 3M square boxes and each one has been identified with three words. IMTS, it won’t just find an aire, it will point to a pair of parking spots. Has anyone on the list ever used it?

I tried loading it, but I always get so much agro trying to get into Google Play. I have to get a new password every damned time. Last time, Norton created a 22 digit one, but Google don’t like it no more. Sorry if OT.
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ErnB


Re: End of an era maybe

Carol Weaver
 

Steve here’s to you both when you start your new era   I’m sure and hope you will continue to post on here as we would like to know how you find ABNB 

Incidentally Nigel uses it in the States and seems always to find nice places 

Carol

On Wed, 3 Nov 2021 at 10:13, Steve Pyke via groups.io <esspyke=lineone.net@groups.io> wrote:
Hi,

Thanks for your advice Martin and messages of thanks from others.

We have just sold our Weinsberg to a small dealer based near Doncaster.

It was a pretty painless exercise and the price we got worked out at less than 20% depreciation over six and a half years so can't complain.

We have been doing some analysis and in 29 years of motorhoming we have had five motorhomes, stayed away from home for about five years,  the longest being 100 nights in 2015, and this year only 14 nights. We have toured as far as Slovenia, Germany, Portugal and many nights in France.

I haven't dared tot up the amount we've spent!

Our CMC and CCC subs aren't due for renewal until March so we will review the situation then.

The large empty space on the drive will grate for a while but we have many pleasant memories in log books, photos and on our website.

We met a few of the group many years ago at a couple of rallies, in particular meeting Andy and Don at a rugby ground in Hull.

We are planning some trips out in the future thanks to Airbnb etc and will stay on the list for the time being.

Enjoy your travels when and while you can!

Steve and Sheila

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Re: End of an era maybe

Bennett Family
 

Well done Steve. 

I expect to see you with a small van next year then - just for the odd day trips, weekends, perhaps the odd week etc ;-) 

Good luck,

Martin
PS I would be interesting to hear how you find Airbnb compared to motorhoming. My wife always fancies the idea, but I’m not so keen - I like all my own kit and the illusion that I can take off anywhere at anytime. 


On 3 Nov 2021, at 10:13, Steve Pyke via groups.io <esspyke@...> wrote:


Hi,

Thanks for your advice Martin and messages of thanks from others.

We have just sold our Weinsberg to a small dealer based near Doncaster.

It was a pretty painless exercise and the price we got worked out at less than 20% depreciation over six and a half years so can't complain.

We have been doing some analysis and in 29 years of motorhoming we have had five motorhomes, stayed away from home for about five years,  the longest being 100 nights in 2015, and this year only 14 nights. We have toured as far as Slovenia, Germany, Portugal and many nights in France.

I haven't dared tot up the amount we've spent!

Our CMC and CCC subs aren't due for renewal until March so we will review the situation then.

The large empty space on the drive will grate for a while but we have many pleasant memories in log books, photos and on our website.

We met a few of the group many years ago at a couple of rallies, in particular meeting Andy and Don at a rugby ground in Hull.

We are planning some trips out in the future thanks to Airbnb etc and will stay on the list for the time being.

Enjoy your travels when and while you can!

Steve and Sheila


Re: End of an era maybe

Steve Pyke
 

Hi,

Thanks for your advice Martin and messages of thanks from others.

We have just sold our Weinsberg to a small dealer based near Doncaster.

It was a pretty painless exercise and the price we got worked out at less than 20% depreciation over six and a half years so can't complain.

We have been doing some analysis and in 29 years of motorhoming we have had five motorhomes, stayed away from home for about five years,  the longest being 100 nights in 2015, and this year only 14 nights. We have toured as far as Slovenia, Germany, Portugal and many nights in France.

I haven't dared tot up the amount we've spent!

Our CMC and CCC subs aren't due for renewal until March so we will review the situation then.

The large empty space on the drive will grate for a while but we have many pleasant memories in log books, photos and on our website.

We met a few of the group many years ago at a couple of rallies, in particular meeting Andy and Don at a rugby ground in Hull.

We are planning some trips out in the future thanks to Airbnb etc and will stay on the list for the time being.

Enjoy your travels when and while you can!

Steve and Sheila


Re: End of an era maybe

Derek Sims
 

Hello Steve
 
Sorry I can't offer any useful advice on the selling front. This is just to wish you both all the best in the future and to thank you for all the practical advice I've gleaned from your posts over the years.
 
Best wishes
 
Derek

Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 3:57 PM
From: "Steve Pyke via groups.io" <esspyke@...>
To: motorhome-list@groups.io
Subject: [motorhome-list] End of an era maybe
Hi,
After twenty eight enjoyable years of motorhoming we are thinking about selling our van, a Weinsberg Caracompact 600MEG 2015 model 22520 miles while the market is still good for sellers (I hope!)

This is mainly because of health problems and we have hardly used it except for days out into Peak District this summer.

I can't believe how much stuff I've taken out of it's garage!

The question is what is the best way to sell: Private which I'm cautious to do reading about the scammers, to a dealer for cash, probably for a shockingly low price, or by dealer brokerage which again I have read can be problematic and take a long time.

Looking at the prices dealers are asking it has hardly depreciated in six years.

Anyway have anyone in the group have any advice or even know someone who is looking for a motorhome??

I'll keep our website motorhomeandaway.com running for a while as we may return to the fold one day.

Take care and enjoy your travels

Steve and Sheila Pyke


Re: End of an era maybe

Bennett Family
 

Steve,

Sorry to hear this & I hope your health problems improve. 

Over the years I’ve tried most of the selling options and they all have their disadvantages. 

Selling to a dealer is the easiest, quickest and generally you get the least, but it’s pretty secure and if you are dealing with a reputable company you will get what they said provided your van is as you describe it. 

Private - should maximise your return as long as you are realistic, people expect to pay less than from a dealer as they have no come back/ guarantee etc. It can take a long time and you can waste a lot of time showing people and then waiting for decisions and everyone expects to haggle about the price etc. Then you have the problem of dealing with the payment side. Much easier these days than when I sold an American RV to someone in a Scunthorpe pub car park. The guy had Coe fro Germany to buy it and was returning from Hull with the van that night. He brought a suitcase with half the amount in and a Banker’s Draft for the rest. It was a Saturday and we rushed to Meadowhall to pay in £23k just in case it was funny money!  Not good for the nerves. 

Brokerage - I’ve not tried the latest incarnation, but in the mists of time dealers would “sell” your van for you and I did try that. Agreed a price for me to get, but they then priced mine very high to make the stock they owned look good value for money. After a month or so I removed it from them - just as well as they went bust just after and had sold a lot of vans without returning any money to the persons owning them. Subsequently the police visited me because they had taken an HP agreement out on my van!

To sum up, they are all ok but take care and walk away from any potential deal if you don’t feel completely happy with it or the people you are dealing with it. 

Good luck 

Martin
PS doesn’t seem 5 minutes since we were both buying our vans fro Premium - not used ours much this year either - mainly day trips. 



On 21 Oct 2021, at 15:57, Steve Pyke via groups.io <esspyke@...> wrote:

Hi,
After twenty eight enjoyable years of motorhoming we are thinking about selling our van, a Weinsberg Caracompact 600MEG 2015 model 22520 miles while the market is still good for sellers (I hope!)

This is mainly because of health problems and we have hardly used it except for days out into Peak District this summer.

I can't believe how much stuff I've taken out of it's garage!

The question is what is the best way to sell: Private which I'm cautious to do reading about the scammers, to a dealer for cash, probably for a shockingly low price, or by dealer brokerage which again I have read can be problematic and take a long time.

Looking at the prices dealers are asking it has hardly depreciated in six years.

Anyway have anyone in the group have any advice or even know someone who is looking for a motorhome??

I'll keep our website motorhomeandaway.com running for a while as we may return to the fold one day.

Take care and enjoy your travels

Steve and Sheila Pyke


End of an era maybe

Steve Pyke
 

Hi,
After twenty eight enjoyable years of motorhoming we are thinking about selling our van, a Weinsberg Caracompact 600MEG 2015 model 22520 miles while the market is still good for sellers (I hope!)

This is mainly because of health problems and we have hardly used it except for days out into Peak District this summer.

I can't believe how much stuff I've taken out of it's garage!

The question is what is the best way to sell: Private which I'm cautious to do reading about the scammers, to a dealer for cash, probably for a shockingly low price, or by dealer brokerage which again I have read can be problematic and take a long time.

Looking at the prices dealers are asking it has hardly depreciated in six years.

Anyway have anyone in the group have any advice or even know someone who is looking for a motorhome??

I'll keep our website motorhomeandaway.com running for a while as we may return to the fold one day.

Take care and enjoy your travels

Steve and Sheila Pyke


NEILL KING

Carol Weaver
 

I have been wondering if anyone has heard anything from or about Neill

Website down and I had emailed him back in April and got no reply

Last message I had was he was on chemo and pandemic would compromise his treatment

I’m fearing the worst but just hope someone has some news. As I did send my email to Dilys too 

 Carol
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Re: France, ADVICE please

John Clemence
 

Thanks very much Carol and Colin, very useful information especially where to find the app.
As you say, it can all change quickly so will need to keep watch!
Thanks again.
Regards,
John.

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From: "Colin" <macski50@...>
Sent: 13/09/2021 09:29:47
Subject: Re: [motorhome-list] France, ADVICE please

Hi John
I have just returned from France you will need a day 2 test for when you return home and the booking ref. number for the passenger locator form which can only be filled out 48hrs before you travel home.
We downloaded the French tousanticovid app and added our vaccination passport to it as all the bars and restaurants we went to asked to see vaccination passport.
We travelled with euro tunnel and found a covid testing lab near citi Europe this test has to done within 3 days of travel home.
We upload the passenger locator form and the covid test form on the euro tunnel Web site
All of this could change
Regards
Colin


Re: France, ADVICE please

Colin
 

Hi John
I have just returned from France you will need a day 2 test for when you return home and the booking ref. number for the passenger locator form which can only be filled out 48hrs before you travel home.
We downloaded the French tousanticovid app and added our vaccination passport to it as all the bars and restaurants we went to asked to see vaccination passport.
We travelled with euro tunnel and found a covid testing lab near citi Europe this test has to done within 3 days of travel home.
We upload the passenger locator form and the covid test form on the euro tunnel Web site
All of this could change
Regards
Colin


Re: France, ADVICE please

Carol Weaver
 

John best place is government website and put in country. But all supposed to change 



On Sun, 12 Sep 2021 at 23:16, John Clemence <clemence.john@...> wrote:
Hi all,
We are planning a 2 or 3 week trip to France soon and I wonder if anyone
can advise on the current Covid regulations or point me towards a web
site.
  We have been holidaying in France for many years, mainly staying on
aires but sometimes use sites.
Very grateful for any advise.
Regards,
John.






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France, ADVICE please

John Clemence
 

Hi all,
We are planning a 2 or 3 week trip to France soon and I wonder if anyone can advise on the current Covid regulations or point me towards a web site.
We have been holidaying in France for many years, mainly staying on aires but sometimes use sites.
Very grateful for any advise.
Regards,
John.


Re: Headlight replacement glass for Dethleff Esprit 2012

Carol Weaver
 

On Tue, 7 Sep 2021 at 17:58, andyowl2004 via groups.io <andyowler=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Our 2012 Dethleff Esprit has a broken left hand headlamp glass. Broken by "who knows what" during a journey last week. Multi-fragment glass is still in place and now secured by Gorilla tape but it needs urgent replacement (obviously)!

Dethleff have a complete new unit in stock at £1,600 + p&p + VAT + handling/customs duty etc. Gulp! They do not sell the glass as a separate item - there is a surprise!

It is held in place by a light grey substance, mastic or double-sided tape possibly.

The glass is double curvature and looks a natural for replacement by a thermoplastic / moulded Polycarbonate (?) replica.

Do anyone know of a company that can supply such a "glass" or who can make a replica for me?

Reliance (Chichester), whom I trust, are not aware of any replica but would be very interested to find one or ten.

The lamps inside appear undamaged and are still fully working.

  1.  andyowl2004

Andy Owler

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Re: Headlight replacement glass for Dethleff Esprit 2012

Carol Weaver
 

Andy when we bought our new Dethleffs Trend in 2027. We had to get new lights as we were LHD to conform with uk spec. Ours is low profile and I’ll look up web address but I think pair were @ £400.  It’s Fiat parts

On a Hymer A Class we had had (2) both had Hella lights


Carol. Will find address

On Tue, 7 Sep 2021 at 17:58, andyowl2004 via groups.io <andyowler=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Our 2012 Dethleff Esprit has a broken left hand headlamp glass. Broken by "who knows what" during a journey last week. Multi-fragment glass is still in place and now secured by Gorilla tape but it needs urgent replacement (obviously)!

Dethleff have a complete new unit in stock at £1,600 + p&p + VAT + handling/customs duty etc. Gulp! They do not sell the glass as a separate item - there is a surprise!

It is held in place by a light grey substance, mastic or double-sided tape possibly.

The glass is double curvature and looks a natural for replacement by a thermoplastic / moulded Polycarbonate (?) replica.

Do anyone know of a company that can supply such a "glass" or who can make a replica for me?

Reliance (Chichester), whom I trust, are not aware of any replica but would be very interested to find one or ten.

The lamps inside appear undamaged and are still fully working.

  1.  andyowl2004

Andy Owler

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Re: Headlight replacement glass for Dethleff Esprit 2012

Andy Clarke
 

The headlights are likely made by another company for Dethleffs, could be worth removing the whole unit and checking for a manufacturer's name and part number.

Andy Clarke

On Tue, 7 Sept 2021 at 16:58, andyowl2004 via groups.io <andyowler=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Our 2012 Dethleff Esprit has a broken left hand headlamp glass. Broken by "who knows what" during a journey last week. Multi-fragment glass is still in place and now secured by Gorilla tape but it needs urgent replacement (obviously)!

Dethleff have a complete new unit in stock at £1,600 + p&p + VAT + handling/customs duty etc. Gulp! They do not sell the glass as a separate item - there is a surprise!

It is held in place by a light grey substance, mastic or double-sided tape possibly.

The glass is double curvature and looks a natural for replacement by a thermoplastic / moulded Polycarbonate (?) replica.

Do anyone know of a company that can supply such a "glass" or who can make a replica for me?

Reliance (Chichester), whom I trust, are not aware of any replica but would be very interested to find one or ten.

The lamps inside appear undamaged and are still fully working.

  1.  andyowl2004

Andy Owler


Headlight replacement glass for Dethleff Esprit 2012

andyowl2004
 

Our 2012 Dethleff Esprit has a broken left hand headlamp glass. Broken by "who knows what" during a journey last week. Multi-fragment glass is still in place and now secured by Gorilla tape but it needs urgent replacement (obviously)!

Dethleff have a complete new unit in stock at £1,600 + p&p + VAT + handling/customs duty etc. Gulp! They do not sell the glass as a separate item - there is a surprise!

It is held in place by a light grey substance, mastic or double-sided tape possibly.

The glass is double curvature and looks a natural for replacement by a thermoplastic / moulded Polycarbonate (?) replica.

Do anyone know of a company that can supply such a "glass" or who can make a replica for me?

Reliance (Chichester), whom I trust, are not aware of any replica but would be very interested to find one or ten.

The lamps inside appear undamaged and are still fully working.


Andy Owler


Re: GB/UK Stickers

Alan Morris
 

On Mon, 6 Sept 2021 at 11:40, Mick Potter via groups.io
<mick.potter@...> wrote:

you'll need UK stickers, GB isn't good enough any more. Another government U-turn!
Apart from having to spend an extra £2 to £3, what difference does it make?

Both are no longer appropriate as:-

GB is no longer Great Britain, its now simply Britain,

UK is no longer the United Kingdom, as we aren't united.

Alan.


GB/UK Stickers

Mick Potter
 

We're taking the ferry down to Spain next week for a few weeks touring.

While checking up on the consequences of smuggling a cheese sandwich into Spain I discovered, almost by accident, that in a few weeks, you'll need UK stickers, GB isn't good enough any more.  Another government U-turn!

https://www.gov.uk/driving-abroad
"If you’re driving on or after 28 September 2021, you’ll need a UK sticker instead of a GB sticker."

While I'm sure it won't trouble most people, it might give a stroppy policeman a chance to be awkward.

Mick


Internet searches comment

Alan Cocks
 

I have found that duckduckgo is very useful - in fact I am using it
more than anything else. When it started the clunky name put me off
and its responses were not so slick, but - well - just a heads up?
alan cocks

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