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Re: [MH-list] European Fuel Price Comparison

Ernest <ernb@...>
 

On 1/10/08 10:16, "Tim Atkinson" <tim@...> wrote:

The prices for France and Belgium seem inflated -
According to http://tinyurl.com/4w4xzv the diesel price at Auchan in Calais
was 1€375 on 24/9/08. But French prices change through the day, let alone by
the day.

... my back of an envelope calculation worked out it was still cheaper to fill
up in france than the UK but pretty much only due to the euro-sterling
exchange rate
The exchange rate is rubbish. Even with Nationwide! But 8, 9, or 10 Pence a
litre is a decent saving. Just imagine if we had gone into the Euro at 51P a
go! However, filling right up could effect your mpg. Don't forget to drain
your grey water, empty your potty, and just have enough fresh water to get
home.

As an aside on that trip, we stayed on an amazing Aire at Stenay about
30 miles north of Verdun - 7 euros a night for parking inc electric
hookup, toilets and showers thrown in - I've paid a lot more to stay on
much worse campsites...
It was only 5€00 a while ago. Inflation, I guess.
--
ErnB
Bristol

Re: [MH-list] European Fuel Price Comparison

Neill King \(MH-List\)
 

I believe there is a Europe wide move to increase the price of diesel more
than petrol.

One of the problems of comparison is the much greater variation of prices in
France. By way of example, on our trip to the Loire in August the cheapest
diesel was 124.8 E/l in a large supermarche, the mid range in big brand
garages and easy to find on main roads was 136-139, and on the Autoroutes it
was commonly 144-149.

Their mid range 139e was the equivalent of 109p at the time and we were then
paying 133.9p in similar garages here. (~18%). I've never found the
equivalent of their cheap supermarket fuel here, maybe the nearest is when
one of them do a short term 5p off deal if you buy £50 worth of shopping but
that hardly gets close to the ~98p/l we paid for our cheapest fill.

Re "pretty much only due to the euro-sterling exchange rate" ... course it
is. Since our masters devalued the pound (again!) against the Euro by 15%
this year - we get fewer dollars for our dosh than they do for theirs and so
pay ~15% more than them for barrels of oil! All that before any tax
differences.

Particularly galling for those of us who know we are Europeans and should
always have been in the European system, this particular European has seen
three similar devaluations of the pound due to our determination to be
different to our European cousins - I was in Charente on 'black Wednesday'
and remember it particularly well.


Best regards

Neill
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Small Scooter Recommendations?

paul_ramwell <paul_ramwell@...>
 

I have just changed my motorhome - unfortunately my existing 125cc
Yamaha Scooter is 3 inches too tall to go through the garage door -
really annoying!

Can anyone suggest a very small scooter (ideally with a 125cc engine
but not essential) - capable of carrying me plus a pillion?

Thanks

Paul

Re: [MH-list] European Fuel Price Comparison

Tim Atkinson
 

The prices for France and Belgium seem inflated - week before last I paid (1.something in the very low teens) for diesel in Belgium and (1.low mid 20's) at the Auchan in Calais sorry don't remember the exact figures though.

Although we did note that the prices varied wildly and got cheaper the closer you were to the coast - my back of an envelope calculation worked out it was still cheaper to fill up in france than the UK but pretty much only due to the euro-sterling exchange rate

As an aside on that trip, we stayed on an amazing Aire at Stenay about 30 miles north of Verdun - 7 euros a night for parking inc electric hookup, toilets and showers thrown in - I've paid a lot more to stay on much worse campsites...

Cheers

--Tim

Don Madge wrote:


I've been doing some checking on the cost of fuel in Europe and was
surprised to find that in many countries diesel is now more expensive than
petrol.

The Price Comparisons - Surveyed in September
See http://www.aaroadwatch.ie/eupetrolprices/ <http://www.aaroadwatch.ie/eupetrolprices/>

Another surprise was the diesel in Switzerland is on a par with Luxembourg
and the petrol was cheaper.

I don't know when in September these figures were put together but given
today's economical climate they could be way out. I just use them to compare
prices between countries that I will be travelling through.

Safe travelling.

Don

Re: [MH-list] MOT

donald1haigh@...
 

Nowt wrong with skillets. Got my first one at Pickering and haven't stopped
using it.

Don

European Fuel Price Comparison

Don Madge <don.madge@...>
 

I've been doing some checking on the cost of fuel in Europe and was
surprised to find that in many countries diesel is now more expensive than
petrol.

The Price Comparisons - Surveyed in September
See http://www.aaroadwatch.ie/eupetrolprices/

Another surprise was the diesel in Switzerland is on a par with Luxembourg
and the petrol was cheaper.

I don't know when in September these figures were put together but given
today's economical climate they could be way out. I just use them to compare
prices between countries that I will be travelling through.

Safe travelling.

Don

Sprinter brake and clutch pedal rubbers

Mike Shepherd <mikeshepherd@...>
 

HI,

Just noticed that my 2005 Sprinter has no rubbers on either the brake
or clutch pedals. I am sure it did before its 8 week stay at
Brownhills. Indeed at one point they told me was waiting for the brake
rubbers, which at the time made no sense.

Before taking it up with them, can anyone confirm (yes I know the
answer) that recent Sprinters come with rubber overlays on the brake
and clutch pedal?

The probable answer is that they were harvested for another van during
its stay.

Thanks

Mike

Re: New member starting out with a Sprinter

Rick Bridle <rik.bridle@...>
 

Thanks Trevor for the tip, sbmcc looks good but have just discovered- www.olearymotorhomes.co.uk, looks
promising and reasonable.
Regards Rick.

Re: [MH-list] Parking in Blackpool

Fredthegaffer <fredthegaffer@...>
 

Excellent. Cheers ern and don.
Fred

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Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 3:46 PM
Subject: Re: [MH-list] Parking in Blackpool


On 30/9/08 14:21, "Fredthegaffer" <fredthegaffer@...> wrote:

Has anyone stayed there recently and know if they ban overnight sleeping in
that coach park?
Hi Fred

When we went to Blackpool, we stayed on Princes Way. It is right next to the
beach about 4 miles north of Blackpool itself. Go north on the Promenade.
There is a one way road on the left. Right opposite Wilvere Drive. As you
turn off there is a public loo - emptying cassettes for the use of. Water,
too, I think.

Sat-Nav - 5352'00" N, 0302'53" W.

There were several other vans there and nobody bothered us. Certainly did
not cost 20.
--
ErnB
Bristol





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Re: [MH-list] Parking in Blackpool

Ernest <ernb@...>
 

On 30/9/08 14:21, "Fredthegaffer" <fredthegaffer@...> wrote:

Has anyone stayed there recently and know if they ban overnight sleeping in
that coach park?
Hi Fred

When we went to Blackpool, we stayed on Princes Way. It is right next to the
beach about 4 miles north of Blackpool itself. Go north on the Promenade.
There is a one way road on the left. Right opposite Wilvere Drive. As you
turn off there is a public loo - emptying cassettes for the use of. Water,
too, I think.

Sat-Nav - 53º52'00" N, 03º02'53" W.

There were several other vans there and nobody bothered us. Certainly did
not cost £20.
--
ErnB
Bristol

Re: [MH-list] Google Earth Placemark: Possible Overnight.kmz

peter walker <peter@...>
 

Hi Don
the link just takes me to the google earth down load page?
Pete

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Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 3:20 PM
Subject: [MH-list] Google Earth Placemark: Possible Overnight.kmz



Google Earth streams the world over wired and wireless networks enabling
users to virtually go anywhere on the planet and see places in
photographic
detail. This is not like any map you have ever seen. This is a 3D model
of the
real world, based on real satellite images combined with maps, guides to
restaurants, hotels, entertainment, businesses and more. You can zoom
from space
to street level instantly and then pan or jump from place to place, city
to
city, even country to country.

Get Google Earth. Put the world in perspective.

(_http://earth.google.com_ (http://earth.google.com) )

This is one place I overnight at Blackpool.

Don









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Parking in Blackpool

Fredthegaffer <fredthegaffer@...>
 

I've just been told that parking in Blackpool in central coach park is £20 for 72 hours. However when I asked if we were OK overnight she said yes, but when I said sleeping she said no, then yes, then she would have to check!
Has anyone stayed there recently and know if they ban overnight sleeping in that coach park?
Cheers
Fred


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Moving to Italy

bty851935 <revalison@...>
 

Hello,

In July 09 we will be moving to Italy to live for 3-6 years. We
currently own our camper with my in-laws, so perhaps we will have to
sell. But we'd like to buy a camper to use in Italy. Does anyone have
any advice/websites that we can start to look at? We have a small
budget (in campervan terms!), so we will def. be looking at second-
hand, and we would either need to buy in Italy, or register the vehicle
there (which I would guess is much harder than registering it here!)
We will be living in Florence city centre, so parking may be a problem.

With best wishes,
Alison

Google Earth Placemark: Possible Overnight.kmz

donald1haigh@...
 

Google Earth streams the world over wired and wireless networks enabling
users to virtually go anywhere on the planet and see places in photographic
detail. This is not like any map you have ever seen. This is a 3D model of the
real world, based on real satellite images combined with maps, guides to
restaurants, hotels, entertainment, businesses and more. You can zoom from space
to street level instantly and then pan or jump from place to place, city to
city, even country to country.

Get Google Earth. Put the world in perspective.

(_http://earth.google.com_ (http://earth.google.com) )

This is one place I overnight at Blackpool.

Don

Re: [MH-list] Van Morrison

Ernest <ernb@...>
 

On 29/9/08 22:43, "Andy Clarke" <andy@...> wrote:

I'm just wondering how long this is going to go on before someone thinks
of changing the subject line....
I thought the same, Andy - just after I posted my last reply. :-))
--
ErnB
Bristol

Re: [MH-list] Re: Solar Panels

Ernest <ernb@...>
 

On 29/9/08 20:21, "Ray Stables" <zinj@...> wrote:

However the article I referred to initially, was from a technical
journal, their announcements usually become apparent as soon as
commercially viable.
Well, Ray, we can but hope. I was just as keen when I posted these links in
January: -

It looks like there are two new developments in solar panels.

Holographic focusing film. See: -
http://tinyurl.com/ywe6y7
And nanosolar printed sheets. See: -
http://tinyurl.com/ynqmvm

Like Turkish Delight - All those juicy promises.
--
ErnB
Bristol

Re: [MH-list] Van Morrison

Fredthegaffer <fredthegaffer@...>
 

I bet yours was one of the old inferior beemers that had working indicators. :p
Fred

----- Original Message -----
From: "Don Madge" <don.madge@...>
To: <motorhome-list@...>
Sent: Monday, September 29, 2008 8:09 PM
Subject: RE: [MH-list] Van Morrison


On Mon 29 September 2008 19:22 Peter S wrote

Careful what you say - I have a Beemer!!

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The other day I was cruising along as usual in my BMW coming onto one of my
motorways, which was very busy with inferior cars.

First off, I couldn't believe that the volume of traffic DIDN'T slow down
for me AT ALL as I came off the slip road! I had to squeeze into a barely
big enough gap between two cars in order to get onto my motorway! (The
driver of the car behind me did realise his mistake though and honked an
apology to me with a long blast of his horn.)

Unbelievably, I had to do the same again before I could get to the BMW lane.
(Why do underlings use this lane? Surely everyone knows it is for BMW
drivers only?)

Anyway, once I was in the BMW lane and posing along at 110mph enjoying the
adulation that the inferior car drivers were giving me, I noticed an
inferior car ahead of me which was not only in the BMW lane of my motorway,
but was driving at a ridiculous 70 mph!

Naturally, I got to within a foot or so of his rear bumper and flashed my
headlights to remind him he shouldn't be in the BMW lane of my motorway and
to get out of my way.

Of course, once he realised it was a BMW behind him, he did just that, but I
could hardly believe it when he pulled straight back out behind me! He also
tried to keep up with me but when he realised I would out-run him, he put on
some blue lights in his front grill and urged me to get onto the hard
shoulder so that he could congratulate me on my excellent car.

Needless to say, I was eager to oblige and when we had stopped, the man gave
me a piece of paper confirming what I already knew - that my car goes fast!

Apparently he wants everyone to know what a superior car I have, so I had to
take my driver's licence to a Police Station to be sent away to have some
points put on! (They're not free points either - they're 20 each and I was
only allowed 3.)

But the man at the Police Station said that because I drive a BMW, it won't
be much longer before I earn the full 12 points, and then I won't even NEED
a driving licence, so they will take it off me!

See, now THAT's the sort of respect you get when you buy and drive a BMW.



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Change the subject line

Don Madge <don.madge@...>
 

Morning all,

I had a senior moment on my last post, it should have read "Diary of a BMW
owner".

Don

In a very wet East Yorks.

Re: [MH-list] Sourcing Gaslow bottles

Bennett Family
 

In message <gbr474+7sv7@...>, gillcolthart <paintedblooms@...> writes

Hi

if, like us, you are having problems sourcing Gaslow bottles we
managed
to find the full kit (including one of the new lighter bottles) at
www.perthshirecaravans.com. When we checked the Gaslow, and
other
sites, they were out of stock until 30th November - panic "does that
mean we can't go until December?" LOL
I've got one of the originals plus fitting kit unused in Sheffield. I bought it for the previous van but never fitted it. The current van came with one fitted.

Martin
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Associated Chemists (Wicker) Ltd www.wicker.co.uk
55-67 Wicker, Sheffield S3 8HT. Tel (0114) 272 7676 Fax (0114) 272 6431 Also
Trading as Wicker Pharmacy, Wicker Mobility Shop and H+H System Associated
Chemists (Wicker) Ltd is a limited company registered in England and Wales.
Reg.No.: 496833. Registered Office: 55-67 Wicker, Sheffield. S3 8HT

Re: [MH-list] Sites near Bridlington

Bennett Family
 

In message <001201c92259$3b772eb0$0202a8c0@stevelap>, SPyke <esspyke@...> writes
Hi Martin,
We've stayed at a site Auburn Farm by the beach at Fraisthorpe just
south of
Brid.

It used to be a certificated location with two fields! and they have a
large
rally field behind the beach car park but I believe it is now a licensed
site -
there were more than five vans there when we stayed

There are hookups but I don't think they had hardstandings.

There are also several certificated sites near Flamborough.

HTH

Steve
Thanks

Martin
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Bennett House