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  1. 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.
  2. 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....
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Adria Compact, first impressions

    Apparently, Adria are the best selling Motorhomes here, so I suppose it is possible that its just for this market. One other curious thing as regards the 185 page Instruction Book. The first 99 pages are numbered in the lower corners, nearest the spine. The remainder in the outer lower corners. No big deal, but nonetheless slightly irritating. Incidentally, the supplied IB covers all Adria motorhomes, including the Sonic Plus range.
  13. As mentioned on another thread, I have recently replaced my 14 year old Knaus with an Adria Compact. As the first trip has now been completed, I thought that I would share my thoughts. Choosing it was really a simple task. Whatever I bought had to be under 6 metres long for two reasons. First, its about the maximum length that I can park at home, and secondly, it goes in the "car" class on bridges and ferries. Very important to me for cheap passages as I travel to Denmark and Germany on a regular basis. Generally, I'm pleased with it. Its a major step forward from the Knaus. Then again, with 14 years in between there should be! The first negative thing that I became aware of was the Instruction Book. According to the Dealer, they are only available in the language of the country in which the vehicle is bought new. In my case, Swedish. Thats not a problem for me, as I am fluent in the language. I can understand that it could be in some cases though. Credit due though, the Swedish is grammatically perfect! Unfortunately, there are problems with the book. As an example. I wanted to find out how to switch on the underfloor heating. According to the book, the control was either in the "bed box" or garage. A little drawing showed me what I should look for. None of the three boxes near the bed had anything in, and neither did the garage. Hunting round, the control was eventually found in a little cupboard near the habitation battery. It did not even look like the drawing in the book, being just a single stage unit, as opposed to the three stage shown! I suspect that this problem is caused by the fact that Adria seem to use the same instruction book for all of their different models...Shame on them! Then came the first trip. I was pleased. In comparison, it drives much more car-like, and is quieter and a lot easier on fuel, about 2/3 of what the Knaus used. I do feel though that with a bit of work done on sound insulation, it could be even quieter. Arriving on the campsite, extending the slide out caused a bit of attention from others there. Even if I do think this is a good idea, Adria have actually made a serious mistake with it. Slide outs are known to have leak issues at times. To help alleviate this, there is an awning that extends with the slide out. During the night, there was a rainstorm, accompanied by winds. The awning hit the actual slide out so hard, it was like sleeping in a bass drum. Not very good.
  14. Pilote.. 1 year later

    There is one bad point about Adrias. The instruction book is not all that good. I'm being diplomatic saying that. The first trip in it is now completed, so if anyone is interested, I'll take the lead from this thread and start new one.
  15. Not sure if this is in the correct place... Does anyone have any suggestions as to camping sites or aires in the areas in the title? Arromanches for the D-Day beaches, Giverny for Monets garden, and the Mosel (Moselle) for the vinyards?