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Re: Which is the best club and breakdown cover.

Carol Weaver
 

It was always expensive but that means your rental came good. Pleased you found somewhere. Now council tax instead!

Carol

On Tue, 17 Aug 2021 at 17:58, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@...> wrote:
I've just had a £360 rebate from Comfort - half way through the year
covered. That's because now got a proper home address. So next year's
premium £600+ less. Yes, easy to work out from that that fulltime
cover anything but cheap!

TimS

On 17/08/2021, Bennett Family via groups.io
<martin.bennett47=me.com@groups.io> wrote:
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>> PS, to keep on topic, my breadown cover is with Comfort - an extra
>> £60pa on top of the insurance premium.
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> I renewed my insurance with Comfort earlier this month and,  after a
> discussion with a helpful lady there, my premium was reduced from £451 to
> £328 mainlly due to me reducing my likely annual mileage to 6k (from 8k) and
> reducing the value of the vehicle to under £75k. It’s a Fiat Carthago
> c-Compactline i143. Nationwide (Bank) cover recovery.
>
> Martin
>> On 17 Aug 2021, at 16:37, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@...> wrote:
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>> PS, to keep on topic, my breadown cover is with Comfort - an extra
>> £60pa on top of the insurance premium.
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Re: Which is the best club and breakdown cover.

timsinc Sinclair
 

I've just had a £360 rebate from Comfort - half way through the year
covered. That's because now got a proper home address. So next year's
premium £600+ less. Yes, easy to work out from that that fulltime
cover anything but cheap!

TimS

On 17/08/2021, Bennett Family via groups.io
<martin.bennett47=me.com@groups.io> wrote:


Tim >
PS, to keep on topic, my breadown cover is with Comfort - an extra
£60pa on top of the insurance premium.
I renewed my insurance with Comfort earlier this month and, after a
discussion with a helpful lady there, my premium was reduced from £451 to
£328 mainlly due to me reducing my likely annual mileage to 6k (from 8k) and
reducing the value of the vehicle to under £75k. It’s a Fiat Carthago
c-Compactline i143. Nationwide (Bank) cover recovery.

Martin
On 17 Aug 2021, at 16:37, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@gmail.com> wrote:


PS, to keep on topic, my breadown cover is with Comfort - an extra
£60pa on top of the insurance premium.










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Re: Which is the best club and breakdown cover.

Bennett Family
 



Tim >
PS, to keep on topic, my breadown cover is with Comfort - an extra
£60pa on top of the insurance premium.
I renewed my insurance with Comfort earlier this month and, after a discussion with a helpful lady there, my premium was reduced from £451 to £328 mainlly due to me reducing my likely annual mileage to 6k (from 8k) and reducing the value of the vehicle to under £75k. It’s a Fiat Carthago c-Compactline i143. Nationwide (Bank) cover recovery.

Martin
On 17 Aug 2021, at 16:37, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@gmail.com> wrote:


PS, to keep on topic, my breadown cover is with Comfort - an extra
£60pa on top of the insurance premium.


Re: Which is the best club and breakdown cover.

Bennett Family
 

Tim >
PS, to keep on topic, my breadown cover is with Comfort - an extra
£60pa on top of the insurance premium.
I renewed my insurance with Comfort earlier this month and, after a discussion with a helpful lady there, my premium was reduced from £451 to £328 mainlly due to me reducing my likely annual mileage to 6k (from 8k) and reducing the value of the vehicle to under £75k. It’s a Fiat Carthago c-Compactline i143. Nationwide (Bank) cover recovery.

Martin
On 17 Aug 2021, at 16:37, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@gmail.com> wrote:


PS, to keep on topic, my breadown cover is with Comfort - an extra
£60pa on top of the insurance premium.


Re: Which is the best club and breakdown cover.

timsinc Sinclair
 

Steve, I was twice on Four Oaks, Henley, in May (5 - 8th; 25 - 28th).
Been frequent visitor there as have friends in the area, including
ones I used as my "home" address.

I agree, pitch fees seem to have gone through the roof. Except for
when I need laundry facilities I'm now avoiding the club sites - most
certificated ones and some others found on Searchforsites half the
price. And more likely to have spaces. And be quieter.

I once had a pop-up camper (California) but big drawback no on-board
built-in loo. Definitely not suit my bladder these days!

TimS

PS, to keep on topic, my breadown cover is with Comfort - an extra
£60pa on top of the insurance premium.

On 17/08/2021, Steve Pyke via groups.io <esspyke=lineone.net@groups.io> wrote:
Hi,

We have belonged to the CMC since '87 and CCC for 42 years (actually longer
but we missed a couple of years when our kids came along - we couldn't
afford the subs!)

We stayed at Henley and Warwick CMC sites in May this year which were fairly
full, but due to a health problem have only been for days out since then. We
cancelled a planned trip for September. With the CMC that was easy as no
deposit was needed. The CCC would normally keep the £25 deposit, actually
£50 as we had two separate bookings, but have let us rebook for next year at
a site, just picked at random for now. The main site fees are very similar
and often in excess of £30 a night with hookup and hard standing in anything
but low season. The CCC annual sub is half price for veterans like us.

Due to possibly inept management the CCC have closed nine sites for the rest
of the year at very short notice due to a lack of site managers. Some
members who had booked months ago were given about a week's notice so the
chances of finding alternative pitches for August would be zilch. Rumour has
it that they moved staff to zero hours contracts and a lot left. Heaven
knows how much income in site fees they have lost, and a lot of goodwill. No
mention of this in the last cheery newsletter!

In the past we have mainly based our UK trips on temporary holiday sites,
CLs and CSs but their prices are going up and some commercial sites are good
value especially in the low season. We have never tried Britstops as we
rarely eat out.

I hope we will get back to touring once the NHS sort me out. We have half
considered downsizing from our compact coach-built which we love, but having
looked at a couple of rising roof vans at the weekend in a local dealer at
crazy prices, I'm not convinced. If only height barriers were banned!

Take care and enjoy your travels

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Re: Which is the best club and breakdown cover.

Steve Pyke
 

Hi,

We have belonged to the CMC since '87 and CCC for 42 years (actually longer but we missed a couple of years when our kids came along - we couldn't afford the subs!)

We stayed at Henley and Warwick CMC sites in May this year which were fairly full, but due to a health problem have only been for days out since then. We cancelled a planned trip for September. With the CMC that was easy as no deposit was needed. The CCC would normally keep the £25 deposit, actually £50 as we had two separate bookings, but have let us rebook for next year at a site, just picked at random for now. The main site fees are very similar and often in excess of £30 a night with hookup and hard standing in anything but low season. The CCC annual sub is half price for veterans like us.

Due to possibly inept management the CCC have closed nine sites for the rest of the year at very short notice due to a lack of site managers. Some members who had booked months ago were given about a week's notice so the chances of finding alternative pitches for August would be zilch. Rumour has it that they moved staff to zero hours contracts and a lot left. Heaven knows how much income in site fees they have lost, and a lot of goodwill. No mention of this in the last cheery newsletter!

In the past we have mainly based our UK trips on temporary holiday sites, CLs and CSs but their prices are going up and some commercial sites are good value especially in the low season. We have never tried Britstops as we rarely eat out.

I hope we will get back to touring once the NHS sort me out. We have half considered downsizing from our compact coach-built which we love, but having looked at a couple of rising roof vans at the weekend in a local dealer at crazy prices, I'm not convinced. If only height barriers were banned!

 Take care and enjoy your travels

Steve


Re: Which is the best club and breakdown cover.

Carol Weaver
 

Hi Alan,

I use search for sites and park for night, both of these apps are brilliant. In search for sites you can build lists of trips, some of which we have used and some we plan to use.

On my iPhone are use these and on the search for sites app you can link the navigation into several different programs, I use the co-pilot truck which I bought for about £25. I find it very good I also use in conjunction my Garmin GPS.

As you may remember I was going to start British Passion, but in the end I didn’t get off the ground, and Steve contacted me about two years later enquiring whether I was still doing it. I explained what had happened and he was keen to start so I sent him all the stuff that I had got and those people that had agreed to join. In return he provides me with a free copy Every year.

We don’t stop in pubs much as at the end of the day it tends to cost more in as we like to spend a nice food when out.

Search for sites has a lot of them already . And as we know most pubs are pleased to have you park as long as you are going to spend money there. Although Brit Stops it’s supposed to be free it’s a sort of moral thing that you should drink or eat there which we always did . So unless you are people who like to eat and drink in pubs I wouldn’t bother rejoining.

I don’t take the computer away with me all the laptop all I take is my phone and my mini iPad but it’s my phone that is used all the time. I prefer it to search for sites on the web, but each to their own

Carol

On Mon, 16 Aug 2021 at 22:24, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:
On Mon, 16 Aug 2021 at 19:44, Bennett Family via groups.io
<martin.bennett47=me.com@groups.io> wrote:

> Alan wrote “ Also we did not renew with BritStops

> Have a look at the Search4Sites App. Seems to have a lot of everything from pubs to Club Sites and everything in between.

Thanks Martin.  I did download the app sometime ago, but never used
it.  It's now downloading all of it's images.  Also looks good to me
on my laptop - preferred over a phone.

As you wrote, having clubs sites and others on the same map, is a big
advantage as one does not have to speen so much time producing
waypoint files for the GPS.

I'll hold back on Britstops renewal for now.  It's major disadvantage
is that every year it changes every site's reference number, making it
difficult to keep track of locations over the years.  A paper book has
some advantages, but can't be 'searched'.

Alan.


> > On 16 Aug 2021, at 17:55, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:
> >
> > Also we did not renew with BritStops.  So is it still viable with so
> > many pubs extending their outside seating for covid?  Previously a
> > member for many years.
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Re: Which is the best club and breakdown cover.

Alan Morris
 

On Mon, 16 Aug 2021 at 19:44, Bennett Family via groups.io
<martin.bennett47=me.com@groups.io> wrote:

Alan wrote “ Also we did not renew with BritStops
Have a look at the Search4Sites App. Seems to have a lot of everything from pubs to Club Sites and everything in between.
Thanks Martin. I did download the app sometime ago, but never used
it. It's now downloading all of it's images. Also looks good to me
on my laptop - preferred over a phone.

As you wrote, having clubs sites and others on the same map, is a big
advantage as one does not have to speen so much time producing
waypoint files for the GPS.

I'll hold back on Britstops renewal for now. It's major disadvantage
is that every year it changes every site's reference number, making it
difficult to keep track of locations over the years. A paper book has
some advantages, but can't be 'searched'.

Alan.


On 16 Aug 2021, at 17:55, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@gmail.com> wrote:

Also we did not renew with BritStops. So is it still viable with so
many pubs extending their outside seating for covid? Previously a
member for many years.




Re: future plans question...

Alan Morris
 

On Mon, 16 Aug 2021 at 17:36, Carol Weaver <corconx@gmail.com> wrote:

The most popular stops along the way include .... Oberammergau,
I remember as a teenager our youth club leaders - Bob & Hilda Deen -
travelled to Oberammergau to see their once every ten years,
Oberammergau Passion Play. But never managed to get there - yet!

Alan.


Re: Which is the best club and breakdown cover.

Bennett Family
 

Alan wrote “ Also we did not renew with BritStops. So is it still viable with so
many pubs extending their outside seating for covid? Previously a
member for many years.”

Have a look at the Search4Sites App. Seems to have a lot of everything from pubs to Club Sites and everything in between.

Martin

On 16 Aug 2021, at 17:55, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@gmail.com> wrote:

Also we did not renew with BritStops. So is it still viable with so
many pubs extending their outside seating for covid? Previously a
member for many years.


Re: future plans question...

timsinc Sinclair
 

On 16/08/2021, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@gmail.com> wrote:
On Sat, 14 Aug 2021 at 10:29, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@gmail.com> wrote:

But we occupy more space than a car and a b&b bedroom -
well certainly on tarmac.
I would have thought that your VW has a similar footprint to many
cars.
It does. Brilliant for me - a home (as single person) and a
run-around. When I said "we", was thinking more of most on the list
with van one-and-a-half bigger than a Tesco parking space.

Since the start of covid we have decided to sell, then keep, then
sell; for so many times that we've forgotten how many times.
I empathise. I've compromised, keep my run-around for a static home
life but with option to take off.

... we were
always ready to depart with two hours notice at any time. No
pre-booking.
That just was me. But sadly those golden days it seems are over.

We've decided to give it a go again,
Good on you. Wishing you all best even be it for what I've heard
called a UKation.

...but expect the need for more
advanced site bookings enroute.
Yep, be prepared for some hours needed on the mobile or internet for
booking. I'm living the experience.

It's a new world order, even for us motorhomers.

TmS


Re: future plans question...

Carol Weaver
 

We’re off on 31st for 8 weeks bit later than I would like but hopefully no sites a d no booking. Only bit of a plan is Duncan would like to drive the route of the tourist train that goes from Clermont Ferrand to Nimes. basically through Central Massif

No other plan

I’d like to drive the route again as weather was poor when we finished it last year. 

Alpine Route

The Alpine Route has witnessed more incredulous ‘Wow!’s than most other stretches. This drive, from Lindau on Lake Constance to Schönau on Lake Königssee, is 450 km (280 miles) of stunning natural beauty as well as its fair share of cultural attractions. The most popular stops along the way include Bad Hindelang, Füssen, Oberammergau, Bavaria’s favorite ski resort – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Tegernsee, Bad Tolz, and of course, the deserved climax of an unforgettable road trip – Königssee, arguably the most beautiful lake in the country.


Carol


On Mon, 16 Aug 2021 at 16:50, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:
On Sat, 14 Aug 2021 at 10:29, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@...> wrote:

> But we occupy more space than a car and a b&b bedroom

> well certainly on tarmac.

I would have thought that your VW has a similar footprint to many
cars.  Our Land Rover Defender 130 motorhome could fit into most car
park slots, so size not a problem, apart from height barriers!

> No doubt about it, revolutionary changes under way are something of a
> system shock to our way of life. As 'old-timers' - I think most of us
> here are - do you plan to resist and hope to carry on as "normal"?  Or
> anyone thinking of cashing in on ready market for 2nd-hand sales?

The wife and I started self-isolation on 19th March last year.  Today
we broke that for our first non-medical journey.  We took our Fiat
Hymer Exsis T578 for a full service and MOT, hoping to tax it on 1st
September.

Since the start of covid we have decided to sell, then keep, then
sell; for so many times that we've forgotten how many times.  Also due
to the wife's health, the last time it was used was just over two
years ago.

"Life as we knew it" has now gone forever.  Especially with the
previous motorhome (more suited for winter than the Hymer) we were
always ready to depart with two hours notice at any time.  No
pre-booking.

Charlie wrote:-

>  to be honest I never quite understand why anyone would want to rely on a standby place unless it really was a last minute emergency trip. It doesn't take much to plan a trip surely?

Motorhoming for us was mainly - head in a general direction and change
course depending on what we saw.  Trips to the EU were the exception
for the channel crossing, but not short ferry hops in the Netherlands.

We've decided to give it a go again, but expect the need for more
advanced site bookings enroute.

Alan.





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Re: Which is the best club and breakdown cover.

Carol Weaver
 

We gave up  CC but took it out again a year ago as they had the best travel insurance for us. Same this year so we will stay in

However we prefer CCC for their THS sites

Like you lost ADAC too so now with insurance with Saga

Carol

On Mon, 16 Aug 2021 at 17:55, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:
Having posted on the topic ''future plans question...', we are now
planning to get back on the road again.

As covid set-in, we stopped the Direct Debits for CCC and CMC.  After
over a decade of ADAC, in the UK, we've now lost their cover.

We expect to re-join both clubs, to get the largest choice of CL/CS
possible.  With a medium to large motorhome, a club breakdown service
is probably the best choice, but which club?

Also we did not renew with BritStops.  So is it still viable with so
many pubs extending their outside seating for covid?  Previously a
member for many years.

Alan.





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Re: Which is the best club and breakdown cover.

Nigel Owen
 

Alan:

Check if your insurance company does recovery as an add on to your policy.  May work out cheaper.

Nigel.

On 16/08/2021 17:54, Alan Morris wrote:
Having posted on the topic ''future plans question...', we are now
planning to get back on the road again.

As covid set-in, we stopped the Direct Debits for CCC and CMC. After
over a decade of ADAC, in the UK, we've now lost their cover.

We expect to re-join both clubs, to get the largest choice of CL/CS
possible. With a medium to large motorhome, a club breakdown service
is probably the best choice, but which club?

Also we did not renew with BritStops. So is it still viable with so
many pubs extending their outside seating for covid? Previously a
member for many years.

Alan.




Which is the best club and breakdown cover.

Alan Morris
 

Having posted on the topic ''future plans question...', we are now
planning to get back on the road again.

As covid set-in, we stopped the Direct Debits for CCC and CMC. After
over a decade of ADAC, in the UK, we've now lost their cover.

We expect to re-join both clubs, to get the largest choice of CL/CS
possible. With a medium to large motorhome, a club breakdown service
is probably the best choice, but which club?

Also we did not renew with BritStops. So is it still viable with so
many pubs extending their outside seating for covid? Previously a
member for many years.

Alan.


Re: future plans question...

Alan Morris
 

On Sat, 14 Aug 2021 at 10:29, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@gmail.com> wrote:

But we occupy more space than a car and a b&b bedroom -
well certainly on tarmac.
I would have thought that your VW has a similar footprint to many
cars. Our Land Rover Defender 130 motorhome could fit into most car
park slots, so size not a problem, apart from height barriers!

No doubt about it, revolutionary changes under way are something of a
system shock to our way of life. As 'old-timers' - I think most of us
here are - do you plan to resist and hope to carry on as "normal"? Or
anyone thinking of cashing in on ready market for 2nd-hand sales?
The wife and I started self-isolation on 19th March last year. Today
we broke that for our first non-medical journey. We took our Fiat
Hymer Exsis T578 for a full service and MOT, hoping to tax it on 1st
September.

Since the start of covid we have decided to sell, then keep, then
sell; for so many times that we've forgotten how many times. Also due
to the wife's health, the last time it was used was just over two
years ago.

"Life as we knew it" has now gone forever. Especially with the
previous motorhome (more suited for winter than the Hymer) we were
always ready to depart with two hours notice at any time. No
pre-booking.

Charlie wrote:-

to be honest I never quite understand why anyone would want to rely on a standby place unless it really was a last minute emergency trip. It doesn't take much to plan a trip surely?
Motorhoming for us was mainly - head in a general direction and change
course depending on what we saw. Trips to the EU were the exception
for the channel crossing, but not short ferry hops in the Netherlands.

We've decided to give it a go again, but expect the need for more
advanced site bookings enroute.

Alan.


Re: future plans question...

Mike
 

Charlie, this is very reassuring response. As you say who really heads for standby places unless fleeing storms. Have booked for Mull & Skye & may look at Arran as we progress our travels.

 

Mike

 

From: motorhome-list@groups.io <motorhome-list@groups.io> On Behalf Of charlie.green@...
Sent: 15 August 2021 19:53
To: motorhome-list@groups.io
Subject: Re: [motorhome-list] future plans question...

 

As a Western Isles resident who is also a motorhome owner, I am very pleased that after all the hassle/ problems of last year on the Isle of Lewis, that this year it has been so much better. There is still quite a bit of off grid stopovers, but by far the majority our heeding the advice of the Comhairle (Council) and only using recognised sites.

I also applaud the decision to stop motorhomes etc from what was really an abuse of the standby facility. Ok as a resident this will still be available to me, but to be honest I never quite understand why anyone would want to rely on a standby place unless it really was a last minute emergency trip. It doesn't take much to plan a trip surely?


Re: future plans question...

charlie.green@...
 

As a Western Isles resident who is also a motorhome owner, I am very pleased that after all the hassle/ problems of last year on the Isle of Lewis, that this year it has been so much better. There is still quite a bit of off grid stopovers, but by far the majority our heeding the advice of the Comhairle (Council) and only using recognised sites.

I also applaud the decision to stop motorhomes etc from what was really an abuse of the standby facility. Ok as a resident this will still be available to me, but to be honest I never quite understand why anyone would want to rely on a standby place unless it really was a last minute emergency trip. It doesn't take much to plan a trip surely?


Re: future plans question...

Andy Clarke
 

We're planning much the same, a visit to family in Edinburgh in mid September, then across to Skye for at least a couple of weeks. 
 
We had about 10 days on Mull last October with a mix of wild camping and campsite, no problem at all. Expect to do the same on Skye.

The ban on motorhomes and caravans in ferry standby queues won't bother us if we go on to any other islands as we always book on Calmac anyway. 

From what I understand sensible campervan and motorhome visitors are welcome, after all much of the economy is tourism based. As usual it's a few that cause most of the problems and complaints. 

Andy Clarke 


On Sun, 15 Aug 2021 07:34 Mike via groups.io, <mike.egff=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:
Currently planning a long delayed (health reasons) tour of the W Islands during September, has anybody got any current information on the situation on Mull & Skye as in how welcome really are when using sites & services properly. Hopefully the situation may improve with a return to school of many but lets face it the majority of us are probably retired & travelling fairly frequently.

mtia
Mike Kemp


Re: future plans question...

Mike
 

Currently planning a long delayed (health reasons) tour of the W Islands during September, has anybody got any current information on the situation on Mull & Skye as in how welcome really are when using sites & services properly. Hopefully the situation may improve with a return to school of many but lets face it the majority of us are probably retired & travelling fairly frequently.

mtia
Mike Kemp

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From: motorhome-list@groups.io <motorhome-list@groups.io> On Behalf Of timsinc Sinclair
Sent: 14 August 2021 11:29
To: motorhome-list@groups.io
Subject: [motorhome-list] future plans question...

"Motorhomes and caravans have been banned from joining standby queues for ferries to Scottish islands after a tide of anger from islanders about overwhelmed services.

"CalMac, the state-owned ferry company, has decided motorhomes, camper vans and caravans will only be allowed on their services if they have a confirmed reservation, in a bid to placate furious islanders.

"The new policy follows a surge in the number of complaints to CalMac."
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One can understand how many resent us as a blight on their lives - be it parking on their streets, blocking their view, filling up car parks, wild-camping littering, sleeping in the van so can be first in queue for standby ferry tickets.

Yes, I know we bring business to the areas where we stop, just as all tourism does. But we occupy more space than a car and a b&b bedroom - well certainly on tarmac.

Above all, our numbers have proliferated these last 18 months - too many of us? Mind you, same could be said of the number of people trying to live on our tiny island - many of whom have realised holidaying right now best done on 'home territory'.

No doubt about it, revolutionary changes under way are something of a system shock to our way of life. As 'old-timers' - I think most of us here are - do you plan to resist and hope to carry on as "normal"? Or anyone thinking of cashing in on ready market for 2nd-hand sales?

... or compromise? Kind of what I've decided. After three years living full time on the road, have opted for some certainty with a fixed
(rented) base - but will keep my campervan on the drive!

TimS

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