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About klyne

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    Milton Keynes
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    Motorhoming, Photography, travelling in Europe and my Website
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    Bailey Approach 740

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  1. On my last motorhome I had a Strikeback alarm fitted by VanBitz in Taunton and have arranged to have the same fitted to my new motorhome. They are specialists in fitting motorhome alarms. Never experienced them going off when they shouldn't! David
  2. First Trip Away

    Scania Yes it is, although I don't have the App as you have to have some means of wifi as I understand it. Its not a big problem, we are about to have a new heating boiler installed at home which will have Hive which is similar to iNet, might get used to that first!!! David
  3. First Trip Away

    A week ago we set off on our first trip with our new motorhome. We only went to Moreton in Marsh which is about 50 miles from MK. Since picking up the new Alliance 66-2 on 8th March we have spent the time trying to load what we need back into the new van. The new van is very different as we have moved from a fixed bed to two single berths. That actually worked out better than we thought and the process of setting up and un setting up did not prove to be that time consuming. We now have Truma heating which is programmable although I have not quite worked out how that works. However I was more confident about leaving the heating on over night. We can no longer use an Aquaroll to replenish the internal water tank but a 10 litre watering can seems, if anything, more convenient. We were only away for three nights so we probably need a longer stay away to really get used to things but so far so good!!! David
  4. Ex Vanner looking at Motorhomes

    Muddywheels Sorry you have reached this point but I do have sympathy for you. The motorhome you have chosen could be obtained with an automatic gearbox of sorts. The Fiat range have an auto version which is basically an automatic clutch. If you want a full auto you might have to look to a Mercedes based motorhome, although I think autos are available in Renault form but the problem is finding a model layout that suits. Good luck if you continue to search for the right motorhome. David
  5. Going on a rally for easter

    Do you have slip mats? The problem often with muddy conditions is just getting going so the mats help you get a bit of momentum. We were on a Municipal site in eastern France a few years ago and it had been very wet. We chose our pitch very carefully so as not to be too far of the road and with the slip mats it all worked out well. Can't say that for a lot of fellow motorhomers, some of them just give any thought about how they are going to get off the pitch! There was a Swiss guy with quite a modest car who seemed to enjoy pulling people off the grass. On the same site there was a motorhome pitched just behind us. There was hardly a blade of grass on this pitch and it was wet and muddy. And yet the owner went off site every day with no bother what so ever! David
  6. Cherry Hinton CMC Site

    Brian When we visited Duxford we stayed at the C&CC site in Cambridge as there was a Sunday bus service from opposite the Waitrose at Trumpington. If you intend to take your motorhome then either site would be OK. We quite like the C&CC site but it is not open all year and the bus service is not as good. There is a wonderful Garden Centre within walking distance of the C&CC site. http://www.davidklyne.co.uk/cambridge_ccc_site.html David
  7. Ex Vanner looking at Motorhomes

    Some PVC's have compressor fridges but they are generally smaller than those fitted in caravans and larger motorhomes. David
  8. We were lucky enough to be away during those four warm days at the end of February. This was our first trip out in 2019 and our last trip in our old motorhome. We stayed at the CMC site in Cambridge called Cherry Hinton. It is very convenient for motorhomers as 400 metres away is a bus stop with services every 10 minutes into the City Centre. Also about the same distance from the site is a pub going reasonable food. So much to do and see in Cambridge. On this trip we visited the Botanic Gardens and walked along the "Backs" although the latter is not as straightforward as we first thought because some of the Colleges you can't get into. Site report here http://www.davidklyne.co.uk/cherry_hinton_cmc_site.html David
  9. Ex Vanner looking at Motorhomes

    Muddywheels Don't wise to pry but how limiting is your walking ability? I ask as there are many sites in the UK which are near to towns/villages or bus routes and trains. Even a 6m motorhome might be an issue in some places in terms of parking. We always look for places near to a bus stop or easy walking and occasionally use a local taxi. My left knee is pretty shot but I can fortunately walk a reasonable distance if I rest now and them. A coffee stop usually helps On my website I have a series of campsite reviews and those that might be more suitable to motorhomers are listed with the little motorhome icon, have a look here David
  10. The Alliance has landed!

    Gordon The grab handle is actually a Milenco version. We couldn't have the Fiamma one like we had on our last van as it would have bolted through into the shower!!! The Milenco one fastens to the door pillar but had to be machined down a bit so that it would fit. The Bailey 740 did just under 21000 miles in the six years we had it. David
  11. The Alliance has landed!

    I think fitted carpets could be a very British thing, a bit like our houses!!! At least they are a bit more of a sensible colour in the is as opposed to the previous one when they were beige (another British things) BTW the van has blown air Truma heating. So far, without actually staying in the van, it seems quite efficient. The old van had no heating outlets at the cab end but this one does. David
  12. The Alliance has landed!

    Hi Scania Do you mean by the thingy near the hab door as the silvery thing? If so its just s a coat hanger. Most UK vans come with carpets, nearly all of them now , removeable. The photo is taken towards the rear, the door leads into an end bathroom. David
  13. The Alliance has landed!

    Today was changeover day. We took our motorhome of six years (Bailey 740SE) back to White Arches to swap it over for our new Bailey Alliance 66-2. Totally different layout and about three foot shorter although in the garden it looks much shorter. You would think that having owned a previous motorhome it would be so easy to change. It took me ages to work out how to change the date and time on the Cab display!!! I shall be reading a lot in the next couple of days!!! David
  14. Question about where to store stuff !

    I suppose I would ask if you need all those things? Do you need an awning? Most motorhomes have the wind out variety. Wind Break why? The point of a motorhome is being mobile so many of the things you used with a caravan tend not to be so suitable for lugging around in a motorhome. The toilet/shower can be a useful storage for the bulky things but I would still suggest you seriously think whether you need all the things you mention. Perhaps try a few trips without them? David
  15. Official Crit'Air UPDATE

    Sorry Scania, I think I have to correct a few of your figures. The London congestion charge was introduced in 2003, you may be confusing it with the LEZ zone which was 2008. The population of the UK is about 66 million and the population of London about 8 million. David