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Re: [MH-list] Re: Solar Panels

Fredthegaffer <fredthegaffer@...>
 

The incredible breakthrough is dated...Dec 2006.
I too have read such articles in the past, and I share Ern's cynicism.
Regards
Fred

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ray Stables" <zinj@...>
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Sent: Monday, September 29, 2008 12:46 AM
Subject: [MH-list] Re: Solar Panels


--- In motorhome-list@..., Ernest <ernb@...> wrote:

On 27/9/08 12:30, "Ray Stables" <zinj@...> wrote:

I would suggest that unless your need is immediate, hold off
perchase
for a few months as new technology is about to become available
in the
near future.
This has been a very long-term promise that has never materialised,
and one
that is unlikely to bring any new kit to market in the near future,
as far
as I can see.
................................

I can't find the original article but the address below leads to a
page where there are numerous links to similar articles.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/12/061206123954.htm

Ray Stables


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Re: Solar Panels

Ray Stables <zinj@...>
 

--- In motorhome-list@..., Ernest <ernb@...> wrote:

On 27/9/08 12:30, "Ray Stables" <zinj@...> wrote:

I would suggest that unless your need is immediate, hold off
perchase
for a few months as new technology is about to become available
in the
near future.
This has been a very long-term promise that has never materialised,
and one
that is unlikely to bring any new kit to market in the near future,
as far
as I can see.
................................

I can't find the original article but the address below leads to a
page where there are numerous links to similar articles.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/12/061206123954.htm

Ray Stables

Re: [MH-list] New member starting out with a Sprinter

Mhome <mhome@...>
 

Hi Rick,

Welcome to the List! You might like to look at the Self Build Club:

http://www.sbmcc.co.uk/

Trevor

[MH-list] Free to a good home Now East Coast

Bennett Family
 

In message <5199F31566064C2F93195F9BA2D14F07@Donmadge>, Don Madge <don.madge@...> writes
We live in the East Yorkshire just past the end of the M62 motorway.
Don
Don't need the mats but thought I'd tap your local knowledge!

Can you recommend a site near the sea along your bit of the East coast up to Bridlington/Filey - suitable for a large MH and preferably open all year, but that bit's not essential.

Thanks

Martin
--
Bennett House

New member starting out with a Sprinter

richardbridle <rik.bridle@...>
 

Hello everyone I'm Rick, Sally is my wife. The both of us are new to
this forum and new to motorhomes. To give you some background we're
passionate about the French Alps and have toured them for years on
motorbikes and cars, always with a tent. We're really keen on mountain
bikes, cycling and hiking in general. I'm an adept fitter and can turn
myself to most tasks if you don't mind me saying. Having explored the
options we've decided to self build. Our base is a Sprinter 313 cdi
lwb high roof, so it begins. I have many questions but so as not to
bore you all I'll start with wall boards. Where do I get them? You
know- 3mm ply with a laminate finish like you see in countless
caravans and motorhomes. I've found some outlets but with limited
choice and middleman prices. Surely I can find a wholesale outlet so I
can get on with the job? Any suggestions? Kind regards Rick and Sal.

More Euphemisms

ErnB
 

I have just renewed my tax disc on-line. What amused me was the accompanying
letter addressed to, "Dear Customer."

I am not a damned customer!!! I am a tax payer and no amount of soft-soap
political/big business euphemisms will make me feel better about it.
--
ErnB
Bristol

Free to a good home

Don Madge <don.madge@...>
 

I've been having a clear out and there are two Moroccan mats that need a
good home, they are ten years old but in good condition, we bought them in
Morocco and only used them a few times.

One is 4 metres x 1.8 metres the other 3 metres x 1.8 metres.

We live in the East Yorkshire just past the end of the M62 motorway.

Don

Another Telling Quote

ErnB
 

When government doesn't agree with the people,
it's time to change the people - Bertolt Brecht

So that what Brown is up to!!!
--
ErnB
Bristol

Re: [MH-list] First Trip to France

bty851935 <revalison@...>
 

Someone in this group recommended to us the scheme "France Passion" -
you buy the book, put your name on the card and the sticker in the
window, and they you can stay FOC for 1 night in vineyards/farms/shops
and all kinds of interesting places! We met very friendly people
(nearly all French or Belgium) and spent at least 1/3 of our 2 walks on
FP night stops. Facilities varied (rubbish disposal & water to
chemical disposal and toilets available during opening hours).
Alison

OT - A Telling Quote

ErnB
 

"Americans always do the right thing. Unfortunately, that is only after they
have exhausted all other possibilities."

Winston S Churchill.


--
ErnB
Bristol

Re: [MH-list] Re: Solar Panels

Ernest <ernb@...>
 

On 27/9/08 12:30, "Ray Stables" <zinj@...> wrote:

I would suggest that unless your need is immediate, hold off perchase
for a few months as new technology is about to become available in the
near future.
This has been a very long-term promise that has never materialised, and one
that is unlikely to bring any new kit to market in the near future, as far
as I can see.

There was talk of a holographic film, but it seems that it will only work in
direct sunlight. Performance with diffused or reflected light is extremely
poor. And the thin film technologies are still a long way off.

BTW, when I reported on the poor performance of my panel through the
summer(?), I was referring to the extreme overcast conditions it was
operating in. Not just cloudy but low, very dark and leaden skies. Probably
several layers of the stuff. Recent days have seen a remarkable change.
Today at 8.30 AM I was getting over 1A in misty conditions with very low,
but bright clouds. The sun is starting to come through a bit now and the
panel is now charging 2.5A into batteries at 13.6V.
--
ErnB
Bristol

Re: Solar panels [was: Northern Motorhome show -Pickering]

Ray Stables <zinj@...>
 

Recent correspondence has dealt with the fitting of solar panels to
charge the habitation batteries.

I would suggest that unless your need is immediate, hold off perchase
for a few months as new technology is about to become available in the
near future.
About 18 months ago it was reported in the electronics trade press that
new manufacturing techniques for solar cells had been developed, the
cells were lighter and more efficient than anything currently on offer
and costs had been reduced considerably.
The report said the production costs had been reduced by a factor of 10
or more.

Ray Stables

Re: [MH-list] motorhome aires de services and height restriction barriers

Ernest <ernb@...>
 

On 27/9/08 09:49, "G Dawson" <sucodude@...> wrote:

Well done and good luck on the project, ...
I second that!!

... we all realise how difficult it is to convince local authorities that we
are / can be a benefit to the places we visit.....
And this must be so saddening and frustrating.

I have tried writing, phoning lobbying councillors and eMailing Bristol City
Council departments on the matter, and I have given up. They do not even
acknowledge my approaches, let alone answer them.

The thing is that they already have most of the facilities. The harbour side
has the space and MHs could share the water and electrical points currently
provided for visiting boats. It would only need the council to provide grey
and black waste points. Although, as I have often pointed out, the boats all
dump their grey water straight into the docks and a large majority of them
dump their black waste in there as well.

I suspect that there is some kind of arrangement with the Caravan Club's
Baltic Wharf campsite, although it is invariably fully booked and would
still have to host caravans.
--
ErnB
Bristol

Re: [MH-list] Re: Solar panels [was: Northern Motorhome show -Pickering]

donald1haigh@...
 

And pigs Fly and money grows on trees.
Don

Re: [MH-list] motorhome aires de services and height restriction barriers

Andy Clarke <andy@...>
 

On 27/09/2008 07:20, bty41469124 wrote:
My wife Chrissy organised a seminar in conjunction with the DETI and NITB REGARDING MOTORHOME TOURISM IN NORTHERN IRELAND. Representetives from the local councils and other interested bodies attended to discuss the siting of aires de services overnight parking and height restriction barriers in the province. A working party is now in operation to move forward these topics and to improve on the 3 aires we already have in Northern ireland. The meeting was extremely positive and follow up enquiries will be dealt with by the working party members. I hope this is of interest to your members as she has lobbied for som years now to get this far. regards Brian and Chrissy
Congratulations - good to have some positive news on motorhome stopovers!

I have some questions about the technicalities of setting up these sites.

How are these aires able to conform to The Caravans Act (Northern Ireland) 1963? As far as I can see the Act imposes the same restrictions as similar legislation in the rest of the UK, i.e. a site licence and planning permission is required.

I think the two of the sites (Carrickfergus and Whitehead) are on local council controlled car parks so presumably the exemption for local authority controlled land applies to those. However the one at Broughshane seems to be on privately owned land.

I understand that all the NI aires and overnight stopovers have been negotiated by the Northern Ireland Group of the Motor Caravanner's Club so I'm guessing the the ones on non-council land are approved by the Club as CS (5 van) sites, is that the case for both the aires de service and the other overnight stopovers?

Andy Clarke
--
www.ukmotorhomes.net - The UK Motorhome Website
www.motorhomemarket.co.uk - The Motorhome Classifieds

Re: [MH-list] Re: Motorway signs

Ernest <ernb@...>
 

On 27/9/08 10:09, "Gerry Simpson" <geraldrsimpson@...> wrote:

I like them, they provide better information regarding traffic flow
over a reasonable distance. A traffic light style option would be
less informative IMHO.
Most of them are working now, but I suspect that updating them and advising
of lesser problems is not a priority.

I used to have an AA thingy. It only worked with LEDs, but it was quite
useful. It would beep and tell one how many junctions before the problems
started.
--
ErnB
Bristol

Re: [MH-list] Van Morrison

Bennett Family
 

Is that on a Fiat or Mercedes chassis;-)

Martin
--
Bennett House

Re: Motorway signs

Gerry Simpson <geraldrsimpson@...>
 

I like them, they provide better information regarding traffic flow
over a reasonable distance. A traffic light style option would be
less informative IMHO.

--- In motorhome-list@..., Martin Bennett <martin@...>
wrote:


I'm puzzled by the signage now being used on our motorways.

25 minutes to J15 means nothing if you don't know where J15 is.

Even 11 miles in 10 minutes doesn't help that much. That's 66mph.
Is
that the best that's possible weaving in and out? Not terribly
significant in any case if I'm plodding along at 55mph.

It strikes me that a better system would be just 3 levels

Red = Stationary Traffic
Amber = Congested
Green = Free flowing

Martin
--
Bennett House

Re: [MH-list] motorhome aires de services and height restriction barriers

G Dawson <sucodude@...>
 

Well done and good luck on the project , we all realise how difficult it is
to convince local authorities that we are / can be a benifit to the places
we visit........Geoff

On 27/09/2008, bty41469124 <b.quinn996@...> wrote:

My wife Chrissy organised a seminar in conjunction with the DETI and
NITB REGARDING MOTORHOME TOURISM IN NORTHERN IRELAND. Representetives
from the local councils and other interested bodies attended to discuss
the siting of aires de services overnight parking and height
restriction barriers in the province. A working party is now in
operation to move forward these topics and to improve on the 3 aires we
already have in Northern ireland. The meeting was extremely positive
and follow up enquiries will be dealt with by the working party
members. I hope this is of interest to your members as she has lobbied
for som years now to get this far. regards Brian and Chrissy


Van Morrison

tworome3
 

I know This is totally off topic but I hope you don't mind me asking, but did anyone video tape or copy it to DVD, the recent (last 3/4 months) BBC concert given by Van Morrison, "BBC Four Sessions: Van Morrison performs at St. Luke's Church" only I downloaded from the BBC's iplayer but it only lasted 30days, which while I can understand the thing about the rights issue it does seem strange that if I had used my video player I could have kept the copy for as long as I wished, if its not illegal does anyone have a copy they could lend? me.

Thank you