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  1. As I wrote in my previous post, I do agree with Brians comments, as I do with yours Gordon. We were in fact more or less as far away from the noise source (ie the autobahn) as was practical. Therefore, the problem would have been the same anywhere a motorhome could park. Of course, some people may not be troubled by traffic noise. A lot depends on the individual. Someone used to city life may find the noise levels acceptable. I suppose though it is far more usual for people to concentrate on negative aspects rather than positive ones. One positive of the site I am referring to is that it is close to the autobahn, and provides a convenient stop for a single night before continuing the journey. What made things worse was the fact that the next site we stayed on was exactly the opposite in every way thinkable!
  2. bikerbri, I fully agree with your comments. There was one site we were on a while ago, just outside of Hannover, Germany. Every review we had seen said how peaceful and quiet it was. However we were kept awake all night. Not by other campers, but by the fact that it was so close to the autobahn. The traffic noise kept us awake all night! Nowhere had I seen this mentioned. There were other things about this same site that were never mentioned either. As mentioned, what is acceptable to one may not be acceptable to another.
  3. Good idea about a campsite review on here. It could be very helpful. Perhaps a separate members only section could be added? I could certainly add some. Having said that, I would prefer to see more personal comments on these campsites. With absolutely no disrespect meant to anyone, comments do seem like something that could be read in a catalogue. I'd like to see pluses and minuses, things to do in the area, stuff like that. Comments anyone?
  4. Left hand drive.

    The only disadvantage with LHD when it is being used in the UK that I can think of is that a lot of care has to be taken entering a motorway. Otherwise, there are a few advantages. First, I find it a lot easier to judge distance to the kerb, and therefore the vehicle becomes less of a hindrance to other road users. As was stated above, if a desire to explore Europe comes, it will be ideal. Remember also that sooner or later, it will be sold. Many people deliberately look for LHD simply because they want to drive over to Europe. So it might just be easier to sell.
  5. Hi all from Richard and Christine

    I would have to check, of course, but I would expect that if a gas bottle has to be exchanged, then as long as it has the same size/attachment as the ones here it would not be a problem at the non-AGA dealers. Interesting you mention Camping Gaz. I've only ever seen their small disposable bottles here. No doubt bigger ones may be available, but again, I would need to check.
  6. Hi all from Richard and Christine

    Although this is drifting a little off topic, I hope that it may give the OP a little food for thought as regards choice. Klyne, if I remember correctly you were planning a trip here, so this will be of interest to you for the future. To give an example of price differences between "under 6 metres" and "over 6 metres" I'll use the bridge between Denmark and Sweden. At an exchange rate of 10 Swedish crowns to £1, and without the bridge pass. Under 6 costs £56 each way. Over 6 costs exactly double that at £112 each way. Of course, the pass drastically reduces those prices, even with its annual fee added. With it, they become £21,50 or £43 plus the £39 annual fee. Regarding gas bottles. P11's are the usual ones that are used here. They can be refilled from part or fully empty. I usually do this before a trip, at a cost of £26 per kilo of gas. I think this should be possible with UK bottles, also, as, unlike other Scandinavian countries, we use the left hand POL thread. Exchanging bottles can be problematic. AGA dealers (the big gas supplier here) will only exchange AGA bottles. Others dont mind who makes the bottles....
  7. Hi all from Richard and Christine

    Hi klyne, My brain is permanently faded! P11 is the term we use here for 11kg LPG bottles. I'm guessing you already know this, but the term "PA" then a number would refer to an aluminium bottle, the term "PC" a composite one. They are the only ones I have seen in use here. When they are empty, we either get them refilled or exchanged. I'll be getting mine refilled shortly, just before this years "big trip." Although many here do have bigger motorhomes, one of the problems here is that if we go southwards, then it always involves using bridges and ferries. The under 6 metre class goes as a normal car, so offers big cost savings. Of course, the space in a bigger vehicle would be appreciated, even if we would hardly use it. Generally, the only thing we do is sleep in it.
  8. Hi all from Richard and Christine

    First, of to Omega54, welcome to the forum. Second, to klyne, Thankyou for posting the link to your blog. I enjoyed reading it very much. The one thing that surprised me was that the Bailey doesnt have enough space for two P11's. We use ours in much the same way as you do. ie, park it up, leave it where it is, then either cycle or use public transport to get where we are going. As ours is an "under 6 metre" and yours over, it did strike me that we have two different approaches to the same thing. Thats one of the advantages of motorhoming. Theres not many rights or wrongs, just different solutions.
  9. Curiosity

    I dont know the answer, but the first thing I thought about was when Ted Simon did his four year round the world trip on his 500 Triumph. So perhaps it is, or at least was possible.
  10. Alloys or Not?

    klyne you have probably already seen this... https://www.tyremen.co.uk/guide/fiat-ducato-motorhome-wheels There is some sound advice that may be of help to you.
  11. Alloys or Not?

    Quite right, the tyres would need to be removed. As regards cost, obviously, I've no idea as to how much they would cost to be done in the UK. Here, it would be around £100* per wheel. A decent alloy would cost about £200 per wheel. Add to that about £15-20 for tyre fitting. *Remove tyre, media blast wheel, powder coat, replace tyre, balance. PS: I'm ace at building fences...
  12. Alloys or Not?

    My own personal opinion is that alloys should be avoided on Motorhomes. If the problem with the steels is nothing more that the wheel covers, then I would either change them or fit the correct valves. There are quite a few extended ones available that usually solve the problem. As regards rust, why not have the existing rims media blasted and powder coated?
  13. Trip to Scandinavian countries

    If I was doing that trip, then I would probably use Hull to Rotterdam or Zeebrugge. The route north would then depend on a couple of things. How long you wanted it to take, and the destinations in either country or in between.
  14. No trips for me until Spring. The weather is already bad here. I'll be spending some time doing a couple of simple changes to the 'van, nad planning a few of next years trips, but thats about all.
  15. Apologies for the late reply. I did exactly that with mine. Told it I was a little bit bigger than the motorhome was, including the height. As regards it being a bit late, mine is exactly the opposite, its a bit early. On one trip, it caused a problem in the middle of Hamburg by leading me into a dead end street. Since then, I've learned to look in the top left corner to check the remaining distance. In a way, I would prefer it to tell me later. Even if a 2,5km warning before an autobahn exit gives me the chance to get in the correct lane. The bracket is something I made a while ago. I just did not want to use the vacuum fitting or drill holes in the dash. Its a simple piece, I think I have more photos if anyone wants to make a copy.