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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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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    Glad you had a good time David.
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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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    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.
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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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
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