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  1. Sorry about the reflections but these are the stickers in the side window of our RV where they do not obstruct the driver's vision. I also have a sticker that was supplied with the Thatcham alarm fitted to our previous RV but this was never displayed in the vehicle as it gave the name of the company and those "in the know" may have been able to use this information to defeat the alarm. Their phone number is 01257 249928. Below are the basic functions but there are numerous other operation modes depending upon the alarm model (sorry they're based the "wrong" side of the Pennines but they do home visits to install ).
  2. A million teabags and I'm sorted

    Here in the UK I used to work for a large organisation where several thousand people worked. The works site was somewhat remote and so we had our own snow ploughs and our own site road maintenance department. When the weather turned nasty after clearing snow on the site roads, our snow ploughs would also clear the main public road each way to the nearest main road intersection. This worked perfectly until some jobsworth from the local authority decided that private companies should not clear public roads, consequently thereafter the public access road remained dangerous in the winter, while our site roads were well gritted and safe. Makes you think. Gordon.
  3. Hi Paul, I was rather dismayed when my RV insurers insisted on having an alarm fitted, as when we bought the current one it just had an engine immobiliser. I hate screeching alarms on vehicles as I see them for the most part as utterly pointless - ask yourself, "when was the last time you took any real notice of a car alarm?" Now, silent remote notification of a theft attempt or break in, that's a totally different thing, and may actually be useful. I cannot recommend any particular make of alarm but I can say that because they are so common place, I will not even turn round to look if I hear one go off. Gordon.
  4. A million teabags and I'm sorted

    I can appreciate that the climate will dictate to a large extent the rules regarding winter tyres and I guess they are there with good intentions. Thankfully we don't normally have the extremes of weather here in the UK so there is no similar law for tyres here - on the other hand there is also no sensible plan in place to keep the roads clear when we do have a sprinkling of snow or a little ice on the roads, and many UK residents go into "panic mode" when the weather turns. Travel becomes a serious problem when the roads are not cleared or gritted, with schools and workplaces shut because those in charge are paranoid about potential "Health and Safety" issues and being blamed should anything untoward happen. I enjoy using the MH all year round, so in your position I would probably bite the bullet and save up for the additional expense of a second set of wheels and tyres. Over here, while I do not have spare wheels and tyres, I do have a set of chains for the 4x4, and snow socks for the cars but while they will eventually need replacement through wear, there is no age restriction on their use. Similarly tyres have no age limit other than the recommendation to replace after so-many years (typically 5 to 7 years), providing there is no earlier deterioration in the tread pattern or surface cracking. We also have no registration or formal checking of small trailers such as caravans, horse boxes etc., but the laws of road safety still apply, and we can be punished if an unroadworthy trailer is used - the difference is that the onus is put on the owner/driver to take responsibility rather than be dictated to. Gordon.
  5. A million teabags and I'm sorted

    I believe that apart from those of us who use our motorhomes or caravans all year, the majority only use them for half of the year and say the season runs from Easter to October. That sounds like inefficient use of resources to me. I'm sure he'll chip in when he reads your comment
  6. A million teabags and I'm sorted

    It usually all kicks off again around Easter time so I hope we'll soon be reading peoples plans for the year. Gordon
  7. Ex Vanner looking at Motorhomes

    Very nice too, well done.
  8. First Trip Away

    . . . and a good time was had by all . . . ? Gordon.
  9. self level

    Thanks for the update. I've looked at the E&P products and they certainly look substantial enough for a 3 ton load. Although originally rated at 11 tonnes our MH has been re-plated to 7500kgs but I assume the jacks would have been rated to collectively lift a load higher than the original vehicle max weight. One thing I need to be aware of is that there is no interlock between the jacking system and starting the engine, or releasing the parking brake, therefore it would be possible to attempt to drive away with the jacks down. I believe the E&P system overcomes this by retracting the jacks if the parking brake is released. Gordon.
  10. Ex Vanner looking at Motorhomes

    Don't worry about a semi-auto if it is the same as some where a gear change can be triggered by lifting off the gas slightly and the auto-clutch is mechanical and not a torque converter as in some autos. There are only two pedals to worry about so your left leg can have a rest.
  11. self level

    Having had caravans and motorhomes I can appreciate the benefit of self levelling on a MH, but not so convinced it's necessary on a caravan, where ramps and corner steadies are proven to work perfectly well. The "jacks" on our MH are strong enough to lift the entire vehicle clear of the ground if necessary on severe slopes or for wheel changing, although suspect the aftermarket designs are intended more for levelling while maintaining weight on all of the wheels.
  12. self level

    Are you going to tell us all the name of this company then? Gordon
  13. Ex Vanner looking at Motorhomes

    It's always good when a plan comes together. Have fun . . . Gordon
  14. Going on a rally for easter

    Don't worry, as if it's anything like the rallies we've on, there will usually be someone with a 4x4 willing to help if it gets a little soft underfoot. Have a great time away. Gordon.
  15. Ex Vanner looking at Motorhomes

    I completely understand the concerns with carpets. Most UK homes do have them however so I suppose it's natural to also want them in a caravan or motorhome. Some manufacturers do have a vinyl floor covering, and then add removable carpet on top - thus giving the owners the option of carpets or not. This arrangement not only makes cleaning the carpet easier, but allows for it's complete removal if staying where mud or other dirt is likely to be carried into the 'van on shoes. Our motorhome has a combination of vinyl in the main living area, kitchen, and washroom, while carpet is used for the rear bedroom, and the cab area. I have a removable rug in the centre of the lounge, mainly because I don't want to walk on a cold floor. Of course this rug can be removed and stored in the garage area when in a more sunny climate. Gordon