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  2. I wonder if Gwynnedd County Council in Wales have contacted the UK Government, they don't like motorhomes either 😄
  3. Not quite true bikerbri. From what I've seen of the antics of the UK government, they're based on another planet that speaks some unknown language! 🤣 Gordon: Your comment about the way governments raise revenue is very correct the world over.
  4. Last week
  5. It is not productive for anyone to try and make sense of any government proposal regardless of subject matter, that's how it is and always been. After all our governments are based in another country (London) and a taxpayer funded palace (Palace of Westminster) What could possibly go wrong???
  6. The issue for me is that this "extra tax" has been introduced quite sneakily with no prior discussion as far as I can tell. The reality is that as it only applies to new registrations the amount of tax it will raise is relatively small so it seems it is a punitive tax on motorhomes. Also interesting is the fact that it only applies to motorhomes of 3500kgs and under. A motorhome over that weight will still enjoy an annual VED of £165 which is a bit of a nonsense. I think I would be happy to accept this new tax if it applied to the emissions of the base vehicle which would encompass all the base vehicle variants which would of course include white van man which the Government dare not upset!!! The petition currently stands at just over 8500, interesting the petition to revoke Article 50 is still gaining ground at a faster rate!!! David
  7. Am I right in thinking this is only on NEW motorhomes? If correct the logic does not add up as emissions on new MH's is far lower than older ones so any extra tax would logically be aimed at older vehicles surely? This is typical ''establishment'' thinking same as Low Emission Zones all round London but OK given to build another runway at Heathrow so even more planes can be accepted. It's OK to fine vehicles for emissions but no zones for aircraft. If a referendum to leave the EU can be ignored a petition stands far less chance regardless of how many sign it. I think we call it Democracy in this country, let the peasants have their say but just do what parliament thinks suits them. Brian
  8. David, I've signed the petition via your link in Caravan Talk. Scania, Isn't that the way with governments though when they simply wish to raise revenue? In general if it is a second vehicle (and many are) a motorhome will travel fewer miles in a year than a car, and in my experience caravan and motorhome owners frequently are more aware of the environment than many other road users. There will always be exceptions and although the emissions may be higher per mile than a car, our motorhome had been driven far fewer miles than either our cars or the trucks upon which the motorhome is based. I know there is a trend away from caravans to motorhomes (patly because of driving licence restrictions) and if the government is serious about trying to reduce emissions there is a case not for increasing the road tax, but for actually reducing it for motorhome conversions, to further encourage people away from larger vehicles that are purchased for towing, and then used also as daily transport. Gordon.
  9. As I am living outside of the UK, I dont think that I am allowed to sign the petition. If I could I would. Tax on new Motorhomes was raised here last year. Very roughly, from about £600 pa to something in the region of £2500 pa. for the first three years. As bikerbri so rightly put it, it seems that the benefit of having a Euro 6 is reduced. The only benefit I can think of offhand is being able to enter certain cities in France, Germany etc. The thing I find interesting is that governments are totally ignoring a recent research study done in Norway that showed Motorhomes to be environmentally conscious vehicles.
  10. It would seem having a Euro 6 engine is no longer a benefit, probably robbed the treasury of much fake emissions tax so more than one way to skin a cat. Are there any figures on how many motorhomes are registered in the UK? 100,000 signatures seems a distant target. I did sign for what its worth. Brian
  11. Anyone thinking of buying a new motorhome in the future might want to sign this petition. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/268246 David
  12. Can anybody recommend a gold secure wheel clamp for a Bailey Autograph 75/2?
  13. Can anybody recommend a gold secure wheel clamp that will fit a Bailey Autograph 75/2?
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  15. Hi Dave, sent you a message. Brian
  16. Try awning companies like Hill view or Rose awnings for info . Dave
  17. CommanderDave


    You need paperwork from a vehicle engineer . SVtech would be a good place to start .http://www.svtech.co.uk/
  18. I previously had the Approach 740 which is the same van but with a different layout. There are two possible problems. Firstly the payload is only about 550kgs depending on how many passengers. So can to fit a scooter and rack into the weight allowance? Secondly you would have to be careful about overloading the rear axle which will have a max weight of 2000kgs? You need to weigh the van in travelling trim. Not only overall weight but also each axle weight to be sure you are within your allowance. David
  19. klyne


    I think the whole idea of Camping Gaz is that it is available for exchange right across Europe. It was many years ago but I have exchanged a 907 in Italy. It is the most expensive form of gas and if you can carry larger cylinders it will work out cheaper but of course they can't be exchanged. David
  20. I assume you are meaning when you are pitched up and not wanting to have trip to the disposal point? What I do is use one of those folding buckets and I decant into a Fiamma conatainer. David
  21. klyne


    I see that you are a Bailey owner. My first motorhome was a Bailey Approach 740 SE which I had for six years and had no problems with the leisure battery which was a Marine seal unit variety. I store it at home so was able to put it on charge most days. I now have a Bailey Alliance with a wet cell Banner battery which I have to top up from time to time and it is very important to do so otherwise it will fail. I now have a solar panel so shouldn't really have to worry about keeping it charged but the 230v is also on most days. David
  22. bikerbri


    Worth investing in a Solar Panel to keep it fully charged. I do a lot of Wildcamping without a problem
  23. Kermit


    Hi Angella, The obvious start would be to talk to your local motorhome dealer, unless there is a name on the awning cover, in which case your friend is Google. Call the awning manufacturer, you may be surprised as I doubt yours is the first awning to be damaged in this way and a spare end cap may be forthcoming. Good luck, Kermit
  24. Gordon


    How long is a piece of string? This is the kind of question whose answer depends entirely upon the size of battery, the state of charge, its age, and what appliances you have connected. I have had caravans where the battery has been flattened in a weekend, and I've also run for two weeks without the need to recharge the battery. Generally though, a fully charged 110Ah battery in good condition should last many days with careful use. ie for running lights, water pump, and operating the control circuit of a gas powered fridge, and minimal (or no) use of a TV. Gordon.
  25. Gordon


    I presume the same rules apply as for caravan weight upgrades in that you would need written approval from the manufacturer to present to the DVLA. Whether this can be sourced from the chassis manufacturer, or the company that converted the van for habitation I am uncertain.
  26. The only thought I have, if possible, is to park directly above the service point drain. Our waste point is also quite low but it is still possible to discharge the tank, and the shorter the distance the waste pipe is horizontal, the easier this process is. Gordon.
  27. Gordon

    MCB types

    There's a data sheet here and even if they cannot sell you one, your local electrical wholesale should be able to advise you. Gordon.
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