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Re: [MH-list] Re: Break-Ins in France - was (unknown)

rosemary wollaston <rosemarywollaston@...>
 

Hello

We are back now and I have only just opened your mail, but thank you very much for the pointers you gave.

We were concerned about being 'done', especially as we spoke to only 1 other motorhomer during our visit, and he had been done... said they put the gas in, threw all the stuff out of the windows and sorted it outside, so we slept with one eye open.  Now back in the UK and shattered.  It's put us off a bit, I must say, especially as we had planned to go back in the summer.  We froze in the winter, and don't want to boil in the summer!

Thanks for your assistance.

regards

Rosemary




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From: Steve Robinson <OldAgeTravellers@...>
To: motorhome-list@...
Sent: Friday, 19 December, 2008 1:03:40
Subject: [MH-list] Re: Break-Ins in France - was (unknown)


Hi Rosemary,
I am emailing you directly as I think you said you were leaving
tomorrow. I live in France and have Toured the UK, France, Spain &
Morocco extensively in a motorhome. We regularly use motorway and other
aires to sleep. We have never yet had the slightest trouble with
break-ins but have talked to a number of people who have. There are a
number of simple precautions that will help you keep safe.

1. Never sleep with a window or Heki open even a little. Check every
night before bed that all are properly fastened. If you must have air
then fit an Omni-Fan which in low speed can be used with the lid down
2. If you have a Boxer type base vehicle buy enough strong chain, to
go through the arm rests of the cab doors and back to the middle and
padlock in the middle. If they cut out the quarter light they cannot
open the door. Do it even if you stop for lunch and a nap.
3. If you have a good alarm like Strikeback then you can alarm the
exterior while leaving the interior sensors off. I always activate it
as soon as we stop.
4. We also activate the alarm if sitting outside our van sunbathing
or lounging. It will switch on even if you have the habitation door
open but disable the door sensor. If you doze off in the sun then the
internal sensor will sound the alarm if anybody sneaks into the van.
5. If you do not have an alarm then contact Strikeback as soon as
possible and have one fitted. Our one is similar to strikeback but can
use radio contacts which avoids complicated wiring, so we have alarmed
all the windows and the Hecki.
6. I don't do this myself because I try to keep the thieves out. But
a friend who has been broken into always leaves an old wallet with a
few smallish Euro notes easily found on a shelf. When he was broken
into that's all they took without ransacking the van.
7. When parking in a supermarket don't park next to a wall which
gives them cover and helps them climb up to kick in the window. Always
park visibly in the middle. I also regularly leave my wife and walk
back outside to look at the van. It will complicate it for thieves who
often have one of them follow you round the shop and have a mobile phone
so he can warn the thieves.
8. If things don't feel right then they probably are not right if you
are at a supermarket leave hubby in the van while you shop. We don't
have a dog but we always make as if we are talking to a dog when we
leave the van.
9. This is a difficult one but, If you are flagged down by what looks
like a policeman in an unmarked car, lock your doors and only wind down
the window a crack, do not get out. Whatever he says tell him you will
drive to the nearest police station. Unless you were obviously breaking
the law for some reason he will understand. They have also heard of the
high-jacks.
10. If someone flags you down pointing to the wheel or something be
very suspicious especially if they stop.
11. Don't believe the stories about narcotic gas being injected into a
vehicle. This has been strongly condemned by Anaesthetists. The only
knock out drops you will encounter come in a bottle marked Vin or Whisky
etc. It will make you sleep very soundly and may leave you with a
headache in the morning.

There are many other precautions which are obvious so look carefully at
what you do and take precautions. But most of all have a great
holiday. I have attached some POI files for TomTom just copy them into
the France or Europe map directory on the TomTom and they will appear.

Regards,

Steve
"The Old Age Travellers in the passion wagon"
(Machzone Silver Jubilee FOR SALE, see http://tinyurl. com/yudtja )


Rapido A-Class - Spare Wheel Bracket

pslautocruising <pslautocruising@...>
 

I have just bought a new Rapido 9097 and like many other A-Class they
do not supply a spare wheel. I have bought one and now wish to secure
it in the garage section. This has to be done in such away not to
damage the wood interior. Has anyone had this problem and if so how
was it resolved and by what means?


Re: [MH-list] France in Mid-March

Bennett Family
 

In message <5FD7ACD9F2094C859BBDC9B3C904CC31@home12e71ae028>, Paul Ramwell <paul_ramwell@...> writes
Thank you - it is tempting to go to the Med coast.
Yes in September we only had 8 days available and intend staying around the Calais area but after rain and cold we opted for a drive down to the Med and didn't regret it one bit!

Martin
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Re: [MH-list] France in Mid-March

Bennett Family
 

In message <gjqu3r+okbf@...>, paul_ramwell <paul_ramwell@...> writes

Hi all, and a Happy New Year.

I have always resisted France for a number of reasons, but have
caved
in to pressure from my good lady to spend 3 weeks there in March.

Can anyone recommend an area that will be reasonably warm and
dry, but
with a lot to see? We love wandering around old towns and village,
the
coast. Just exploring.
We spent one Easter (can't remember whether it was March or April) wandering along the Med coast from more or less the Spanish border (Porte Vendre) to the Camargue, Arles and Les Beaux de Provence.

Plenty of interesting places - Agde, Sete, Palavas Les Flots, Aigue Morte, Grau du Roi, Les Saintes Maries de la Mer.

Inland there's the Cevennes National Park plus Montpellier if you want a big city.

Inetersting area - warm when we've been there and not too many people at that time of the year, however, some campsites might not be open.

Martin

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Re: [MH-list] France in Mid-March

Ernest <ernb@...>
 

On 4/1/09 18:11, "paul_ramwell" <paul_ramwell@...> wrote:

Can anyone recommend an area that will be reasonably warm and dry, but
with a lot to see? We love wandering around old towns and village, the
coast. Just exploring.
for
Start from somehere like here: -

http://www.discover-france.info/regions.htm

click on a region for what goes on and then check with the BBC or just
google for the climate.

For history, Donzère will take a lot of beating and is great for walks and
bike rides. Try the Jura as well.

France is a hell of a big place, remember.

Just enjoy!
--
ErnB
Bristol


France in Mid-March

paul_ramwell <paul_ramwell@...>
 

Hi all, and a Happy New Year.

I have always resisted France for a number of reasons, but have caved
in to pressure from my good lady to spend 3 weeks there in March.

Can anyone recommend an area that will be reasonably warm and dry, but
with a lot to see? We love wandering around old towns and village, the
coast. Just exploring.

Any advice much appreciated.

Paul


Re: [MH-list] VW Jammed Starter Motor?

Bennett Family
 

Thanks everyone - managed to bump start it using two settee cushions and my Toyota Landcruiser as a "pusher"!!

Went fine but still wouldn't start from ignition - took it to my local friendly garage who discovered a lose wire to solenoid - recrimped it and hey presto everything works.

Son can now depart for London in VW avoiding a whole load of problems in repatriating vehicles and Christmas presents next weekend.

Martin
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Re: [MH-list] VW Jammed Starter Motor?

peter walker <peter@...>
 

Hi The startes motor on a type 2 is located under the rear wheel arch
(honest) off side if i remembe rightly
pete

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ernest" <ernb@...>
To: <motorhome-list@...>
Sent: Saturday, January 03, 2009 10:55 PM
Subject: Re: [MH-list] VW Jammed Starter Motor?



On 3/1/09 22:09, "Martin Bennett" <martin@...> wrote:

Seem to remember that rocking the vehicle in top gear might free it or
hitting the starter motor with a hammer.
Correct, Martin. Turning the engine in its normal direction will usually
release a jammed Bendix. If the starter can be located (I'm hanged if I
know
where mine is.) the shaft sometimes ends in a small square section that
can
be turned with a spanner.

HTH
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Bristol






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Re: [MH-list] VW Jammed Starter Motor?

W3526602@...
 

In a message dated 03/01/2009 22:56:15 GMT Standard Time, ernb@...
writes:

Correct, Martin. Turning the engine in its normal direction will usually
release a jammed Bendix.


Doh!

Now you are making my brain hurt. So rock it hard both ways. But deffo in
top gear.

602


Re: [MH-list] VW Jammed Starter Motor?

W3526602@...
 

In a message dated 03/01/2009 22:10:23 GMT Standard Time,
martin@... writes:

My son's 1994 VW Holdsworth (Type 2) seems to have a jammed starter
motor. Seem to remember that rocking the vehicle in top gear might free it
or
hitting the starter motor with a hammer.



Hi Martin,

If the starter motor has jambed IN MESH, the starter will not turn, and
neither will the engine. It will feel exactly like the engine has seized solid.
Warming lamps will dim as you turn the key to try to start it. There should be
a click from the solemoid.

This will only apply if you have the old fashioned inertia type starter. I
don't think it applies to the more recent (and expensive) pre-engage starter.
1994 sounds modern to me.

Assuming you have the inertia type starter, you will need to turn the
starter motor backwards to disengage it, which can be done in either of two ways.

1. Locate the starter. On the end, you will find a square peg, actually the
end of the armature. It might be hidden under a protective cap, which you can
jemmy off with a screwdriver. Apply a small spanner to the square peg, and
turn. It will only turrn one way, but might feel reluctant for the first couple
of degrees. If this works, carry a spanner with you for ever after.

2. Engage TOP gear, release handbrake. Rock the vehicle back and fore, with
emphasis on pushing it back, as your intent is to turn the engine backwards.

This may be difficuly if you are parked on a hill. I would them chock the
other wheels, jack up a drive wheel, engage top gear, and juggle the elevated
wheel - hard. I've never done this, so don't know if it will work.

If the engine is able to turn, even a little, I don't think this is your
problem.

602


Re: [MH-list] VW Jammed Starter Motor?

Ernest <ernb@...>
 

On 3/1/09 22:09, "Martin Bennett" <martin@...> wrote:

Seem to remember that rocking the vehicle in top gear might free it or
hitting the starter motor with a hammer.
Correct, Martin. Turning the engine in its normal direction will usually
release a jammed Bendix. If the starter can be located (I'm hanged if I know
where mine is.) the shaft sometimes ends in a small square section that can
be turned with a spanner.

HTH
--
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Bristol


Re: New aires guide for spain and portugal

theberties
 

I had the same email but if this is as badly researched as All the
Aires France it will be virtually a waste of money.

bertie

In motorhome-list@..., "Carol Weaver" <corconx@...> wrote:

I have just received this from Vicarious Books, for anyone going away
in the
next month I am sure it will be worthwhile.....I am not going, but
hopefully
others will be interested.

There is a discount code at the end...

Carol


VW Jammed Starter Motor?

Bennett Family
 

My son's 1994 VW Holdsworth (Type 2) seems to have a jammed starter motor.

Seem to remember that rocking the vehicle in top gear might free it or hitting the starter motor with a hammer.

The latter might be more effective if I knew where the starter motor is located!!

Any other suggestions welcomed. Can you still bump start with a jammed starter motor?

It's many years since I fiddled with an old 1963 VW ......... and I had little idea what I was doing then.

Martin
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Re: [MH-list] Anyone going to Bulgaria?

Fredthegaffer <fredthegaffer@...>
 

Well I'm going this spring so i'll email her,
Fred

----- Original Message -----
From: "hazel9344" <h.hdj@...>
To: <motorhome-list@...>
Sent: Friday, January 02, 2009 9:51 PM
Subject: [MH-list] Anyone going to Bulgaria?


Well..... here's a good one to start the new year folks. I am posting
this on behalf of a lady called Barbara Hurley who is a friend of Mag &
Baz ( of MagBaz motorhoming fame). Barbara helps to collect warm
winter clothing for orphans and the poor, in four villages in Bulgaria.
The children range from very young to teenage. Anyone who has been to
Bulgaria will know that in winter it can be extremely cold and many of
the people are still extremely poor ..... so her efforts are well
recieved. She has contacts with the Peace Corps over there and they
help to distribute what she can send. ( Hats, Scarves, gloves, jumpers
& fleeces are required.)
Transport is a major problem; she usually posts parcels ( expensive and
costly)... but..... if anyone is making a trip that way anytime over
the coming year, and they could squeeze a box of woollens in, I am
sure that she would love to hear from you. Next winter will be as cold
as this one.
She has asked me to pass on her email address: babshurley@...

Any help will be most gratefully recieved.

Happy New Year All....... Hazel


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New aires guide for spain and portugal

Carol Weaver
 

I have just received this from Vicarious Books, for anyone going away in the
next month I am sure it will be worthwhile.....I am not going, but hopefully
others will be interested.

There is a discount code at the end...

Carol


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Description

*Available 13th January * Only motorhomes are allowed to use these aires.
*
Look Inside the Guide Click
Here<http://www.vicariousbooks.co.uk/assets/Intro_all_the_aires_spain.pdf>
*

As it says in the title this is all the Aires in Spain and Portugal. Not
only the Aires but all the LPG outlets in Spain and a good selection in
Portugal.


*Earliest Availability*
We hope to have some guides delivered on Saturday 10th January at the
Shepton Mallet Show. We will have the main delivery sent to us on Monday
12th for dispatch on Tuesday 13th January.

*At a Campsite Now? *
We know that many people are away in Spain and Portugal now so they will
have to have it sent to a campsite. If you are away now please tell every
motorhomer you meet about this new guide.

* Look Inside the Guide Click
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*

*Key Features*
* Totally unique no other guide available
* Aires and LPG inspected autumn 2008
* 3 pictures per Aire, 2 entries per page
* All the LPG outlets in Spain
* Onsite GPS coordinates
* Key to symbols in Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian and French.

* Look Inside the Guide Click
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*

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Type in this code nu572jw at checkout and get 6% off. Expires on Sunday 11th
January. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion.


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Re: [MH-list] Sites outside Benidorm/coast

clara pascual
 

CALPE is a beautiful place to rest near Benidorm and there are 2 campings, although I don't know the tarifs.
FELIZ AÑO NUEVO A TOSOS!!!!




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De: Martin Bennett <martin@...>
Para: motorhome-list@...
Enviado: domingo, 28 de diciembre, 2008 18:21:22
Asunto: Re: [MH-list] Sites outside Benidorm/coast


In message <gj87ka+ep26@ eGroups.com>, skchandler4
<SKCHANDLER4@ HOTMAIL.COM> writes

Hi
Usually wild camp but have decided to plump for an actual campsite
this
year. Can anyone recommend somewhere NEAR Benidorm (all the
sites I
have looked at seem to be extortionate) . We have a motorcycle to
commute and sightsee the area but would like somewhere secure to
leave
the van and return on a night.
Happy New Year to all.
About 20 years ago we stayed at Villajoyosa just south of Benidorm.
There were 2 sites just north one was Camping Hercules - we stayed at
the one alongside - can't remember the name - both had access to the
beach, were in walking distance of the Villajoyosa and were only a short
drive from Benidorm if you wanted the "bright lights".

Martin
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Anyone going to Bulgaria?

HAZEL JACKSON
 

Well..... here's a good one to start the new year folks. I am posting
this on behalf of a lady called Barbara Hurley who is a friend of Mag &
Baz ( of MagBaz motorhoming fame). Barbara helps to collect warm
winter clothing for orphans and the poor, in four villages in Bulgaria.
The children range from very young to teenage. Anyone who has been to
Bulgaria will know that in winter it can be extremely cold and many of
the people are still extremely poor ..... so her efforts are well
recieved. She has contacts with the Peace Corps over there and they
help to distribute what she can send. ( Hats, Scarves, gloves, jumpers
& fleeces are required.)
Transport is a major problem; she usually posts parcels ( expensive and
costly)... but..... if anyone is making a trip that way anytime over
the coming year, and they could squeeze a box of woollens in, I am
sure that she would love to hear from you. Next winter will be as cold
as this one.
She has asked me to pass on her email address: babshurley@...

Any help will be most gratefully recieved.

Happy New Year All....... Hazel


Re: [MH-list] Yahoo tracking users

Ernest <ernb@...>
 

On 2/1/09 16:45, "Andy Clarke" <andy@...> wrote:

Personally, I don't have a big problem with targeted advertising, much
of the web relies on advertising revenue ...
As does nearly everything else, if we think about it. There is very little
that one can do these days without swelling a database or two. I do not know
if this was also brought up on the list, but certain card chips, like the
MiFare one used in travel cards like Oyster and in door entry systems can be
tracked very effectively. As can mobile phones, of course.

I saw somewhere that monitoring all of these things combined with the data
mining already in process from sites like facespace or mybook or whatever,
can produce a complete, almost minute by minute, dairy of a person. Where
they were, when they were. What shops they visited, which departments, even,
and what they bought.

At Alton Towers, carrying such a chip in an entry ticket, enables automatic
video cameras to track a visitor through the park and provide a personal DVD
of their visit when they leave.

The chances are that notwithstanding opt outs or anything else, it's too
late. You're in the book already.
--
ErnB
Bristol


Re: [MH-list] Yahoo tracking users

Alan Cocks
 

gillcolthart wrote:
This article was posted on on of my Yahoo decorative painting groups -
thought I'd pass it on - I have opted out
Gill Colthart
If you belong to ANY Yahoo Groups - be aware that Yahoo is now using "Web Beacons" to track every Yahoo Group user. It's similar to cookies, but allows Yahoo to record every website and every group you visit, even when you're not connected to Yahoo.
The tracking of users is very important to big businesses and it leads to quite wide issues. I have been told that Internet Explorer, for example, has no way (even in its code interface) of blocking advertising - adverts getting through to your machine. When they get through, they can *do* things in the machine, one example is cookies.

If you do not mind seeing a longish video talk about such things, and being a bit frightened too, (as I was) have a look at utube:
see
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=cLQiTzs8PQ4
Eben Moglen - IV Congrs Internet, dret i poltica (IV Internet Congress on Law and Politics)
This guy knows what he is talking about. If you can see it all, you will see just how close we are to actually loosing freedom of thought (not even speech.....)

Sleep well!
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Ubuntu user


Touring Norway / Denmark /Finland & Sweden

Dorothy <dorothy.2004_874@...>
 

Happy New Year to everyone! Haven't been on for a long time but since
Christmas is over we're beginning to think about getting the truck out
on the road again. Was planning to tour around Scandanavia in May &
wondered had anyone done it & if so how long did they take? We were
thinking of travelling for approx 4 - 8 weeks - is that too ambitious?

Dorothy