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Re: Need a Sat-Nav?

Brent
 

Hi Trevor

Hope you didn't pay too much for it - it's obsolete now!! (https://www.activegps.co.uk/tomtom-trucker-6000.htm) 

Only reason I'm posting is because I purchased the GO1005 camper version about 18-24 months ago, did an update and it's never worked properly again - loads on the TomTom web site about their software causing loads of problems!!

Take care Brent


Re: Insurance - that old chestnut!

Nigel Owen
 

Tim:

Think it's a matter of shopping around - we do every year.

We've been with Saga for the past few years (not always the absolute cheapest but you can usually haggle to match a better offer).  We like their 365 day European cover.

Last year they offered a 3 year 'fix' - the renewal will remain the same price for the next two renewals providing everything stays the same and no claims are made.  You are not bound to stay with them for this period but they guarantee the renewal price.

Nigel.

On 10/07/2020 14:21, Tim Atkinson wrote:
Previously clubcare insurance have been pretty reasonable to me but this year it's gone from 321 pounds to 550 (no new claims etc) i.e. around and they don't seem to want to budge

Does anyone have any recent (i.e. post lockdown) recomendations?

Thanks

Cheers

--Tim A



Insurance - that old chestnut!

Tim Atkinson
 

Previously clubcare insurance have been pretty reasonable to me but this year it's gone from 321 pounds to 550 (no new claims etc) i.e. around and they don't seem to want to budge

Does anyone have any recent (i.e. post lockdown) recomendations?

Thanks

Cheers

--Tim A


Re: Camping under covid

David Scholes
 

Morning Tim

I think that your, and the university research people share a common problem. Reality is in the eye of the beholder so a pessimist or an optimist will see the outlook through their own eyes and think that it is reality.
I also share the thought of winter in Portugal. There are many problems not least the attitude of France. At the moment passage through the tunnel and the drive through France is possible but whether it will continue to be so is uncertain whereas the passage to Santander is probably far more reliable but involves a serious probability of seasickness for my wife.
My realistic (or not) attitude is to wait and see.
I think that university researchers main research is into how to make a profit (which probably makes me a cynic which was not on your list).

Best of luck for winter. At least we are neither of us tied down to a fixed date for travel but are only trying to get the cheapest fare and the Chunnel don’t publish their winter bookings for some time yet.

David

On 10 Jul 2020, at 09:20, timsinc Sinclair <timsinc@...> wrote:

On 09/07/2020, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:
Better to stay at home alive then catch the virus.

Been reading this academic intepretation of seeing the 'glass
half-full or half-empty'.

Re coronavirus, apparently, optimists see themselves as less
susceptible to the risk than others and are therefore less likely to
take appropriate precautionary measures. Pessimists, on the other
hand, may never leave their houses or send their children to school
again. Neither strategy seems like a suitable recipe for wellbeing,
says this report. Realists meanwhile, take measured risks.

For me: As a pessimist, a second spike (not to mention Brexit) and
whether I'll be able to escape UK cold winter to the warmth of
southern Spain. As an optimist, just make the Euro-tunnel booking and
go for it. As a realist, maybe keep checking how full is my glass?

If you want to be disallusioned about the power of positive thinking,
read: https://theconversation.com/why-realism-is-the-key-to-wellbeing-new-research-139717

Campervan Tim



Re: Camping under covid

timsinc Sinclair
 

On 09/07/2020, Alan Morris <alan.g4ens@...> wrote:
Better to stay at home alive then catch the virus.

Been reading this academic intepretation of seeing the 'glass
half-full or half-empty'.

Re coronavirus, apparently, optimists see themselves as less
susceptible to the risk than others and are therefore less likely to
take appropriate precautionary measures. Pessimists, on the other
hand, may never leave their houses or send their children to school
again. Neither strategy seems like a suitable recipe for wellbeing,
says this report. Realists meanwhile, take measured risks.

For me: As a pessimist, a second spike (not to mention Brexit) and
whether I'll be able to escape UK cold winter to the warmth of
southern Spain. As an optimist, just make the Euro-tunnel booking and
go for it. As a realist, maybe keep checking how full is my glass?

If you want to be disallusioned about the power of positive thinking,
read: https://theconversation.com/why-realism-is-the-key-to-wellbeing-new-research-139717

Campervan Tim


Re: Camping under covid

James Cheney
 

Alan, if you can't use your shower because of the design, maybe you just bought the wrong MH for your purposes? I stay on farm sites, aires and THSs a lot, my shower is great because I knew I would use it and therefore chose appropriately - and it is not huge, it is a 6.4m Frankia.

Jim

-----Original Message-----
From: motorhome-list@groups.io <motorhome-list@groups.io> On Behalf Of Alan Morris
Sent: 09 July 2020 21:49
To: motorhome-list@groups.io
Subject: Re: [motorhome-list] Camping under covid

Much as I expected Steve, so won't be in a hurry removing the SORN.
Our Hymer is newish and I know why they don't use the MH shower as their design is so poor. (I've previously commented on this problem.)


Re: Camping under covid

John Clemence
 

Hi Richard,
Can you share the location of your favourite site or would you rather keep it relatively undiscovered?
Like you we enjoy France but the aires we have traditionally used are getting so busy one often needs to arrive in the morning in order to find a parking place.
So we are now considering sites and to that end, if anyone can suggest a good one, we don't need a clubhouse and we use our own facilities. We usually concentrate on Brittany and Western France.
Regards,
John.

------ Original Message ------
From: "Richard" <edelec@...>
Sent: 7/9/2020 11:35:09 PM
Subject: Re: [motorhome-list] Camping under covid

This mail has reminded me why we always holiday in our van abroad! I could stay in my favourite site in France for twelve nights at that rate.
Richard

On 09/07/2020 19:06, Steve Pyke via groups.io wrote:
Hi,
We decided to set off to North Yorkshire and had booked a while ago at a couple of CMC sites.

Arrived on Monday at the first one - met by the warden who came out to the van so had to wind down window to speak no mask! No three mobile signal to book in so I had to go in office. Cost was £130 for 4nights ( ouch!!) so no contactless offered. Nice perspex screen on desk and able to choose our pitch but had to go back to office to collect barrier fob and wristbands for amenities,only three people at a time. We had no intention of using them being fully self-contained but we can't believe the number of caravanners mostly older generation with super new vans trolling off to the loos and showers all day long. No hand sanitizer at service points but we have all our own gear.

Weather is rubbish but we're off to Barnard Castle site next - hope to get our eyes tested!!

Take care
Steve


Re: Camping under covid

Richard
 

This mail has reminded me why we always holiday in our van abroad! I could stay in my favourite site in France for twelve nights at that rate.
Richard

On 09/07/2020 19:06, Steve Pyke via groups.io wrote:
Hi,
We decided to set off to North Yorkshire and had booked a while ago at a couple of CMC sites.

Arrived on Monday at the first one - met by the warden who came out to the van so had to wind down window to speak no mask! No three mobile signal to book in so I had to go in office. Cost was £130 for 4nights ( ouch!!) so no contactless offered. Nice perspex screen on desk and able to choose our pitch but had to go back to office to collect barrier fob and wristbands for amenities,only three people at a time. We had no intention of using them being fully self-contained but we can't believe the number of caravanners mostly older generation with super new vans trolling off to the loos and showers all day long. No hand sanitizer at service points but we have all our own gear.

Weather is rubbish but we're off to Barnard Castle site next - hope to get our eyes tested!!

Take care
Steve


Re: Camping under covid

Alan Morris
 

On Thu, 9 Jul 2020 at 18:06, Steve Pyke via groups.io
<esspyke=lineone.net@groups.io> wrote:

Arrived on Monday at the first one - met by the warden who came out to the van so had to wind down window to speak no mask! No three mobile signal to book in so I had to go in office. Cost was £130 for 4nights ( ouch!!) so no contactless offered. Nice perspex screen on desk and able to choose our pitch but had to go back to office to collect barrier fob and wristbands for amenities,only three people at a time. We had no intention of using them being fully self-contained but we can't believe the number of caravanners mostly older generation with super new vans trolling off to the loos and showers all day long. No hand sanitizer at service points but we have all our own gear.
Much as I expected Steve, so won't be in a hurry removing the SORN.
Our Hymer is newish and I know why they don't use the MH shower as
their design is so poor. (I've previously commented on this problem.)

Better to stay at home alive then catch the virus.

Alan.


Re: Camping under covid

timsinc Sinclair
 

Very interesting to read of your experience, Steve, as I'm hoping to
head off from my 100-day garden pitch soon. Would have today's VAT
reduction, I wonder, made a difference to the 'ouch' fees? So I
gather you had to have £130 in readies to pay, if no card facility?
Ouch again. Not to mention handing over bits of possible contaminated
paper.

Tim

PS, B-castle my old stamping ground even before I needed varifocals.
Used to work in Darlington.

On 09/07/2020, Steve Pyke via groups.io <esspyke=lineone.net@groups.io> wrote:
Hi,
We decided to set off to North Yorkshire and had booked a while ago at a
couple of CMC sites.

Arrived on Monday at the first one - met by the warden who came out to the
van so had to wind down window to speak no mask! No three mobile signal to
book in so I had to go in office. Cost was £130 for 4nights ( ouch!!) so no
contactless offered. Nice perspex screen on desk and able to choose our
pitch but had to go back to office to collect barrier fob and wristbands for
amenities,only three people at a time. We had no intention of using them
being fully self-contained but we can't believe the number of caravanners
mostly older generation with super new vans trolling off to the loos and
showers all day long. No hand sanitizer at service points but we have all
our own gear.

Weather is rubbish but we're off to Barnard Castle site next - hope to get
our eyes tested!!

Take care
Steve



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Re: Camping under covid

Carol Weaver
 

We are currently at Salisbury CCC and what I don’t like is having paid a deposit on day of arrival the rest of the money is just taken from your account. No option to use your voucher!!  Still waiting since 29/6 for an email reply from them. 

They ride in front of you to a pitch end of. No showers etc but I knew that and we don’t use them. 

A lot here now

Carol

On Thu, 9 Jul 2020 at 19:40, Bennett Family via groups.io <martin.bennett47=me.com@groups.io> wrote:
Steve,

So much for the information that’s sent with the booking!

I think the answer is to do what you think is the safest method whether others do or not.

I’ve not had any problems paying contactless on CMC sites in the past. 

A few companies seem to set their own limit, but having once bought a £10k car on contactless there shouldn’t be a problem. 

Martin


On 9 Jul 2020, at 19:07, Steve Pyke via groups.io <esspyke=lineone.net@groups.io> wrote:

Hi,
We decided to set off to North Yorkshire and had booked a while ago at a couple of CMC sites.

Arrived on Monday at the first one - met by the warden who came out to the van so had to wind down window to speak no mask! No three mobile signal to book in so I had to go in office. Cost was £130 for 4nights ( ouch!!) so no contactless offered. Nice perspex screen on desk and able to choose our pitch but had to go back to office to collect barrier fob and wristbands for amenities,only three people at a time. We had no intention of using them being fully self-contained but we can't believe the number of caravanners mostly older generation with super new vans trolling off to the loos and showers all day long. No hand sanitizer at service points but we have all our own gear.

Weather is rubbish but we're off to Barnard Castle site next - hope to get our eyes tested!!

Take care
Steve

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Re: Camping under covid

Bennett Family
 

Steve,

So much for the information that’s sent with the booking!

I think the answer is to do what you think is the safest method whether others do or not.

I’ve not had any problems paying contactless on CMC sites in the past. 

A few companies seem to set their own limit, but having once bought a £10k car on contactless there shouldn’t be a problem. 

Martin


On 9 Jul 2020, at 19:07, Steve Pyke via groups.io <esspyke@...> wrote:

Hi,
We decided to set off to North Yorkshire and had booked a while ago at a couple of CMC sites.

Arrived on Monday at the first one - met by the warden who came out to the van so had to wind down window to speak no mask! No three mobile signal to book in so I had to go in office. Cost was £130 for 4nights ( ouch!!) so no contactless offered. Nice perspex screen on desk and able to choose our pitch but had to go back to office to collect barrier fob and wristbands for amenities,only three people at a time. We had no intention of using them being fully self-contained but we can't believe the number of caravanners mostly older generation with super new vans trolling off to the loos and showers all day long. No hand sanitizer at service points but we have all our own gear.

Weather is rubbish but we're off to Barnard Castle site next - hope to get our eyes tested!!

Take care
Steve


Camping under covid

Steve Pyke
 

Hi,
We decided to set off to North Yorkshire and had booked a while ago at a couple of CMC sites.

Arrived on Monday at the first one - met by the warden who came out to the van so had to wind down window to speak no mask! No three mobile signal to book in so I had to go in office. Cost was £130 for 4nights ( ouch!!) so no contactless offered. Nice perspex screen on desk and able to choose our pitch but had to go back to office to collect barrier fob and wristbands for amenities,only three people at a time. We had no intention of using them being fully self-contained but we can't believe the number of caravanners mostly older generation with super new vans trolling off to the loos and showers all day long. No hand sanitizer at service points but we have all our own gear.

Weather is rubbish but we're off to Barnard Castle site next - hope to get our eyes tested!!

Take care
Steve


Re: Need a Sat-Nav?

Trevor Mace
 

Just bought a second hand TomTom Trucker 6000 off Ebay. Came with Lifetime Europe map cover and Lifetime Traffic with it's own internal sim. Plugged it in to the PC and added it to my TomTom5100 I have for the car and magic!, all my places were added together with latest map.  I can now input my van dimensions.

Trevor


Re: Need a Sat-Nav?

Carol Weaver
 

Just before Christmas I bought the Garmin 785 Camper - virtually same as Dezi as far as I could see but fir Motorhomes. 

I started with a Streetpilot, then the first Nuvi and then the 785T. None of those were for mhs but cars. I always looked ahead on the paper map for low bridges and only got caught once when we had been diverted but managed to get ourselves out of the mess in a city somewhere.  

This is the first trip with this new one due to lockdown but so far so good but I’ve brought the 785 with me just in case!  

That’s by the way over 30 years. Must admit haven’t had one from start but since 2000 anyway.  Alan might remember when I contacted him with streetpilot and no maps for abroad!!!  Hadn’t realised you had to download them in segments. 

Boy they’ve come a long way but the streetpilot at least had to me a better way of choosing roads than today. 

C

On Wed, 8 Jul 2020 at 11:11, Elwyn <webforum.emails@...> wrote:
On 06/07/2020 15:56, Ernest Bull wrote:
> Lidl have a Garmin on offer at £90. Give or take a penny.
>
> https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/p/car-essentials/garmin-drive-5-pro-eu-sat-nav/p33073
> —————
>
> ErnB
> _._,_._,_
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Surely its reccomended to have a specific one for motorhomers?

I've got a Garmin Dezl but I do drive larger vehicles. I'm guessing that
no one is much worried about worrying about that stuff on top of your van ;)

You might not think there are many low bridges around but its also the
class of road. My company Co-Pilot satnav the other day routed me out to
the eastern edge of Lincoln to the A15 bypass the other day. Impressive
as it's not been built yet.

Perhaps just updates getting ahead of themselves? But to get back from
that it tried to take me down a B road. Which I'm not doing in an artic
:o But they also might be too narrow for some of your MHs, and its
always worth considering when getting a purchase like this.

If you're prepared and not bothered about that as your navigator is
alwys on hand with the map to verify your route and assist you then
you've not got much to worry about ;)

Elwyn



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Re: Need a Sat-Nav?

Elwyn
 

On 06/07/2020 15:56, Ernest Bull wrote:
Lidl have a Garmin on offer at £90. Give or take a penny.
https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/p/car-essentials/garmin-drive-5-pro-eu-sat-nav/p33073
—————
ErnB
_._,_._,_
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Surely its reccomended to have a specific one for motorhomers?

I've got a Garmin Dezl but I do drive larger vehicles. I'm guessing that no one is much worried about worrying about that stuff on top of your van ;)

You might not think there are many low bridges around but its also the class of road. My company Co-Pilot satnav the other day routed me out to the eastern edge of Lincoln to the A15 bypass the other day. Impressive as it's not been built yet.

Perhaps just updates getting ahead of themselves? But to get back from that it tried to take me down a B road. Which I'm not doing in an artic :o But they also might be too narrow for some of your MHs, and its always worth considering when getting a purchase like this.

If you're prepared and not bothered about that as your navigator is alwys on hand with the map to verify your route and assist you then you've not got much to worry about ;)

Elwyn


Need a Sat-Nav?

Ernest Bull
 

Lidl have a Garmin on offer at £90. Give or take a penny.

—————

ErnB


Re: airconditioning

Phil
 

A refrigerative Air Conditioner uses a kilowatt or more of power - not a thing for 12V !

Phil


Re: airconditioning

Phil
 

When I first saw these at the shows and they were being sold for £300 plus I thought it would be a good idea but was not prepared to pay that much for an evaporative cooler.

So being a "man with a shed" and a passion for saving a bit of money when you can, I decided I will set and make one, this I did using a couple of computer fans a small 12 V waterpump and a filter unit - stick it in a  plastic storage box and yes I have a device that worked well - I tested by using twin digital thermometers, one on the input side and one on the output side -  and yes there was a drop in moving air temperature of approximately 5 to 8° C dependent on humidity.

So when we've been in hot dry places and having it placed on the table with the air going towards you it does have a cooling effect.

For information the ones that sell here for over £300 actually come from Australia and my sister has one out there in Perth where she paid about £150 for it - I did call the company and they said they would not send to the UK.

Primary reason for going "To The Shed"

Phil


Re: airconditioning

Mick Potter
 

If you've got no vent, yes she's right. You might do better by switching off the fridge! 

Mick


On Sun, 5 Jul 2020 at 22:26, Carol Weaver
<corconx@...> wrote:
Hi Louisa! 

Long time silent. Hope you are keeping well. Have you coped ok during Covid?  

Whereabouts are you?

Carol

On Sun, 5 Jul 2020 at 22:01, Louisa Livingstone <louisalivingstone@...> wrote:
In southern Spain in extreme heat I put a frozen fridge block in front of a fan so the air it blows is cooler and dry. It certainly helps to do that. Just replace the frozen block with another one when it's warmed up

Louisa

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