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  2. I like your thinking Brian. For those who only use their MHs for main holidays and occasional use I can see the advantage. Sadly it wouldn't work for those (usually with smaller units) that use them as regular transport (even if only for low mileages), or like me with a larger outfit that uses it throughout the year yet also do not clock up many miles. I bought our RV because unusually it offered more space than a caravan, yet I still use it as a caravan - that is to say that I park in one place and explore the area from there, rather than stopping in a different place each night. This latest tax change will probably mean I shall not replace our outfit with anything new but will be looking at pre-2019 models, whose price will doubtless now be higher to reflect the demand. That said on principle I would rather give my hard earned to an owner than the government.
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  4. I think it would be fair to say that most, if not all, MH owners have a pretty good idea how often & when their MH is likely to be on the road rather than the drive so with a little thought and motivation it can be possible to severely restrict the impact of the new tax by simply declaring a SORN when confident useage is unlikely. A change of habits on MH use is of course necessary and you can declare a SORN & Restore usage as often as you like easily online. The low average annual miles of the majority of MH's should and could be turned to advantage whereas in the past it was not really an issue. Weekend & Day trips are of course the biggest victim if usually taken on a whim but the alternative is paying extortionate tax to park up on the drive. Just a thought for really very little effort........................................................................................
  5. Unless I am mistaken I believe this is part of EU legislation that the UK government has agreed to adopt without truly investigating the impact it will have on the UK's leisure industry as a whole, from motorhome manufacturers to owners, and hence to campsite owners and others who depend on visiting tourists with motorhomes. Under conditions defined by EU law, the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) laboratory tests used to measure fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for passenger cars are being applied to all motorhomes, including those derived from commercial vehicles. Over the first six years of life owners of 2019 and later Motorhomes can expect to pay the following tax:- WLTP Engine (Euro 6D/2 newer, cleaner engine) £2,135 + £465 + £465 + £465 + £465 + £465 = £4,460 Existing pre-2019 motorhomes with older engines will continue at the present tax rate:- Heavy Duty Emissions Engine £165 + £165 + £165 + £165 + £165 + £165 = £990 While not denying that Brexit has split the country and had an impact on many areas of society, I do not believe that it has anything to do with this particular imposition by our government and sadly I believe, we are stuck with increased tax for new motorhomes regardless of whether we remain in the EU or not. The adoption of driving licence changes has already had an impact on the caravan industry, now after first targeting 4x4 owners by increasing tax the government appear to be targeting motorhome owners as well. I do wonder if there is a (not very well) hidden agenda by successive governments to kill off vehicle manufacturing and ownership in the UK altogether. In transport terms the UK has certainly peaked and is now on the decline following the discontinuation of the cross channel hovercraft service, and the end of Concorde services, and very limited UK designed car production. Motorhomes - EU legislation WLTP.pdf
  6. I noticed that the Petition had been closed due to the General Election. Shame really as I thought the nearly 15000 signatures was pretty good going and no doubt would have grown had there been more time. I suspect there are many motorhomers who might have signed the petition who are not followers of forums or social media so I think we did quite well to get to that figure. I was disappointed in the response from some on Caravan Talk who are caravanners who thought that it was a perfectly fair way of moving forward. It is a shame that they don't have empathy with their fellow campers! What ever you think of Brexit the whole process has knocked the stuffing out of the UK so hardly surprising manufacturers are taking measures to cut back on production. It is also far from certain how it will pan out in the next five years even if there is a decision made one way or the other. David
  7. There's a bit more information linked to from here on the home page. Motorhome owners can now expect to pay significantly more in road tax if they buy a new motorhome in the UK and one wonders how much of a negative effect this will have on the leisure industry as a whole. Fewer new motorhome purchases mean a smaller workforce needed to produce them, over time a reduction in motorhome ownership will equate to less money being spent for campsites, on local attractions, and in the shorter term little or no reduction in pollution as owners keep their older motorhomes running for more years than planned, so it appears the government have scored an own goal with this decision. These are the facts but unfortunately the petition against this tax increase with 14,907 has been closed prior to the forthcoming election.
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  9. Gordon

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    Glad you had a good time David.
  10. klyne

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    Just got back from a week in North Norfolk, four nights at Seacroft in Cromer and three at Sandringham. The weather was quite good at Cromer, often sunny but a bit chilly. Unfortunately wet at Sandringham. We did for the first time since we owned a motorhome actually take it off site! We visited Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk which has good parking for motorhomes. David
  11. Gordon

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    That'll be Hollyfast Caravan Park, just north of Coventry. I've been using that for the NEC shows for a number of years. It's about a ten minute drive back to site through the lanes from the NEC in the evening but because of commuter traffic and not being able to cross the A45 dual carriageway without first going south to Coventry it can take nearer half an hour in the mornings. Probably about 2/3 of the pitches are under mature trees, the rest being open to the stars but all share the same well maintained washrooms, games room and small shop at the reception. There is a remote control security barrier at the site entrance and a large open parking area by the loo block primarily for use in wet weather.
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    What site was that Gordon with big pitches ? At the moment just come back from Leamington Spa a few weeks ago and site owner was getting ready for a full site for NEC goers . I have just had a first engine service and in a couple of weeks habitation service then its planned to sit down and book a ferry for next year to Europe and a planned tour of Ireland's Wild Atlantic way on the west coast . What has others got planned ?
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    I was beginning to wonder Brian - when all I could hear was the gentle rustle of tumbleweed I try to look in every day but was starting to feel a little lonely ! Gordon.
  14. bikerbri

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    I'm still here Gordon, we are not parked up but this year has not been too kind with Jayne's health which has restricted our travels but plans are in hand for Spain again in 2020 and another trip shortly to our favourite beach in Wales for a few days. The scooter is tucked up for the winter but will need the rest before we get into our stride again, so bicycle rack back in favour at the moment. Have just this week renewed the MH Insurance so might as well make best use of it. Brian
  15. Gordon

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    It's been a bit quiet on the forum recently, so I wondered if everybody has just parked up for the winter? I don't know about the rest of you but our outfit is certainly used all year round, the last trip being to a site near to the NEC for the duration of the Motorhome and Caravan Show, and that certainly won't be the last trip out. The perfect pitch. Didn't even have to unhitch the trailer !
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    Perfect pitch - didn't even have to unhitch the trailler !
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    Four Winds Hurricane - in the snow
  18. You can imagine the tumble week blowing through the halls the day after a show but it won't be long before we're preparing for the next one.
  19. So as another NEC show closes I am told that a total of 94, 240 visitors attended and the exhibitors that I spoke to all said that it had been a successful show and they were looking forward to the next one in February 2020 when the emphasis will be more on caravans.
  20. If the connector is like the one shown above, it may be that the end of the pipe in the connector is either not fully inserted, or has a ragged end. The collar at the end of the connector can be compressed to release the pipe, allowing it to be pushed further into the coupling, or removed and cleaned before reconnecting it. Extending the collar towards the pipe creates a clamping action on the pipe to seal it. I hope this makes sense. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uACaZxaYbUk&feature=youtu.be
  21. Saturday and as the Motorhome and Caravan Show draws towards a conclusion maybe it is time to look at some details that have puzzled and impressed during the week. First, why would one manufacturer think it is a good idea to have a hinged cupboard door over a seating area with a sharp point at head height when opened to 90 degrees, when another deems it necessary not only to radius the corner but also to allow the door to fold back against the adjacent cupboard, and a third decides to use a horizontal hinge instead? A number of comments have been made about the potential dirt trap below what appear to be free-standing hand basins. One manufacturer has obviously taken note by adding a small spacer below the bowl, so making it easier to keep clean. While it clearly provides additional work surface when the cooker is not in use, is it really necessary to have two lids over the cooker rings? Not a new idea at all but it's nice to see that some consider a smaller hatch to access the gas cylinders is adequate. A small cupboard is provided here to place the TV on with a rather unimpressive magazine slot below. With a little thought this unit could have been a little higher; still provided a good TV location and also provided a second cupboard for those everyday items that need to be kept handy on site. It was interesting to see that the motor-mover demonstrations utilised a twin jockey wheel. TV presenter Michaela Strachan, well known for wildlife programmes, was to be seen at the theatre stage for the Q&A session during the afternoon. Finally, as one of our members mentioned a couple of days ago on the forum, what is the relevance of selling spring bulbs at a motorhome and caravan show?
  22. I have a leak to the cold feed Tap in the bathroom. When I take the tap assembly off I can see the leak but can't reach it. It looks like a push-fit connection. I am reluctant to break the seal and take the whole panel off. Any suggestions.
  23. Friday and another day at the NEC starts with an empty isle, soon to be filled with the throng of excited visitors. All lined up and ready to go. Neat and tidy awnings if a little bland in colour. This may be the current trend, but let's face it, there was plenty of colour in some of the side stands. And of course many of the exhibits did display some welcome colour. Among the more innoventive caravan designs was this expanding init that incorporated folding internal furnishing that fits into the space when the two sliding sides are compressed into the width of the central section. Anybody fancy a small Freedom caravan? Or a caravan designed to carry a motorcycle or sports activity equipment such as canoes.
  24. Hi to you both, Please take a while to browse the forum and feel then free to add any comments, questions, or information. Welcome to Motorhome Talk. Gordon.
  25. Thursday proved to be another interesting day at the Motorhome and Caravan Show but it is clear that the bias is definitely moving from Caravans to Motorhomes with caravans being shoehorned into any available space. The day kicked off with a brief talk by Herr Mauro Degasperi (Export Sales Director of Knaus) who summarised the expansion of his company in recent years. Knaus currently produce various options from the small T@B range of caravan up to models such as the "Knaus Sun I" . . . . . . and including the Tabbert Cellini with the slide out side. The Theatre stage was occupied with various personalities that spoke on subject from the basics of motorhomes, to cookery demonstrations and included Q&A sessions by experts in their field. Dave Hurrell expanding on all you need to know before buying a motorhome. There were small compact caravans from Bearfoot that proved so interesting that it was impossible to photograph them without someone walking into shot! Finally for today, Hobby caravans had a display showing both small and large caravans from their range.
  26. Well for those unable to attend the NEC hare's a taster of what's been going on. Tuesday saw Mark Beaumont demonstrating his ability to tow a Freedom caravan behind his cycle. Then later Rowland Rivron introduced him to those attending the NEC when Mark went on to describe some of his exploits over the years, including two round the world trips on his bicycle, the latest one being in 78 days following the fictitious trip by Phileas Fogg in the 1873 Jules Verne novel "Round the world in eighty days". For those looking for something a little different, you may be interested in Bailey's new Discovery caravan. It is built on the now familiar Alu-Tec framework but has a plastic outer skin that is wrapped around the frame to provide radius to the rear corners, allowing the fitting of a wrap around inflatable framed awning designed specifically to fit the rear of the caravan. Worth noting too is the longer A-Frame on offer that allows for a cycle rack or storage locker to be fitted to this Bailey. Wednesday morning saw the introduction of Sabina Voysey who takes over from Robert Louden MBE as the new Director General of The Camping and Caravanning Club when he retires at the end of October. From the large motorhomes to tiny trailers there is something fro most interest at this years NEC show.
  27. Hi to you both and welcome. Have a good look around the forums, plenty to see and always good advice available if you need any. Quiet at the moment due to the Motorhome Show at NEC. Brian
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