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      Please note that the forum is still upgrading will be for most of the night I think,therefore you may find it slow at times, looking different etc etc. This will straighten out (he hopes) as the upgrade continues. One of the big changes is that usernames and display names will change.   At the moment you can have a username and display name for example you can have a username of joeblogsy and a display name of Joe Blogs.   After the upgrade we will only have usernames.   For some this won't make any difference at all but there are a fair few of you that have different display names., many of which I have changed for people for various reasons.   If, after the upgrade you notice your forum name isn't right please just send me a PM with your desired username.   You may also find you have been logged out, if this happens and you cannot remember your original forum details, please email me at mark@touringandtenting or open a support ticket by

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  1. nor added a post in a topic End of the road for the Mondeo?   

    Yes a sad fact . my last three cars were mondeos .i loved the last one a 2.2 TDCI it had a slot for 6 cds which I loved . the one before was a Ghia estate built in sat nav. and the one before just basic .  All brilliant tow cars. 
    I have changed to a Kuga automatic . It is no where near as nice as my mondeo . The boot is small I’m not happy with it at all . I just keep comparing it . But it does tow very well. 
    I just have to get used to it I suppose unles can find a 3 year old top of the range one . The only one I saw last year was over 20K and bright red I couldn’t afford that and couldn’t have lived with the colour . 
     
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  2. rslsys added a post in a topic End of the road for the Mondeo?   

    I think the MK 3 Cortina was the first one I drove. It was a rental car from Aberdeen Airport. It was the first car I had encountered which had a single key for door and ignition, not to mention the first car I had driven with a steering lock.
    On the key ring was a short length of thick, stiff copper wire. The rental agent explained that they were having trouble with the Ford steering locks and before inserting the key, the copper wire was inserted and vigorously worked up and down to free the tumblers before the key could be inserted and  turned!
    My father had a Corsair 1600E, it kept randomly cutting out only to start again a few minutes later. This was eventually diagnosed as a plastic fuel filter mesh on the floor of the fuel tank. This was softened by petrol and getting drawn into the fuel line, the car stopped - the softened plastic floated out of the pipe and the car could be re-started - until next time!
    A friend had one of the last Cortinas, the factory had added all sorts of un-ordered stuff (presumably to use them up?). His 1100cc car came with Air Conditioning - the drawback was if you turned on the Air Con at the traffic lights, it would stall the car!  
     
    Cheers
    Keith
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  3. Green Squirrel added a post in a topic End of the road for the Mondeo?   

    Had several MK 2 Cortinas and helped to build the first of the MK 1 Cortinas ==  great cars.
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  4. markf added a post in a topic End of the road for the Mondeo?   

    Never had one Keith :
    However I did borrow my Brothers to bring my eldest daughter home when she was born so should have mentioned it:)
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  5. MONTYSA added a post in a topic End of the road for the Mondeo?   

    So you missed out on a Sierra.
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  6. markf added a topic in Touring and Tenting   

    End of the road for the Mondeo?
    Listening to Clarkson about the upcoming top gear series 3 and he is suggesting Ford are phasing out the Mondeo and no longer building a mid size family saloon.
    I had noticed while when looking in showrooms now and again that it has been hard to find new Mondeo's for sometime but hadn't realised they were going to stop making them
    I loved our Mondeo and the Cortina I had many years before that. The Mondeo was a really good tow car for us.
    Anyone else heard this
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  7. MONTYSA added a post in a topic MOTORHOME SECURITY   

    Thanks for reply, what make are the window alarms.
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  8. markf added a topic in Touring and Tenting   

    Tent, Caravan and Motorhome Owner Satisfaction Awards

    The winners of this year’s Tent, Caravan and Motorhome Owner Satisfaction Awards have been revealed.
    Club President Julia Bradbury was on hand to present the awards at The Midland Hotel in Manchester on the evening of 17 January.
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  9. Gray added a post in a topic MOTORHOME SECURITY   

    We have our normal alarm / tracker/ immobiliser system from Outsmart the thief 
    it comes with a PIR alarm for the hab space
    wireless magnetic contacts on locker doors 
    built in tracker with 24 hour ops centre
    an immobiliser which you set with your phone when set NO key fob /alarm fob will work 
    also a panic button (places where YOU want) 
    the best thing is the immobiliser can be operated totally remotely and if some scroat does nick the van you activate it and when the van stops - say at traffic lights or a junction the van dies and the alarm sounds 
     
    So no need for little extras
    although may consider the padlock on the drivers seat when turned inwards would make it awkward to drive
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  10. phil & karen added a post in a topic MOTORHOME SECURITY   

    We have little window alarms on each window , set off a high pitch noise when opened .
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  11. MONTYSA added a topic in Touring and Tenting   

    MOTORHOME SECURITY
    Hi
    As I have already had my car broken into by smashing glass rear window in France.
    I have been looking at some security devices that don't cost the earth and have no wires to wire in.
    Leaving it a bit late as taking 2 month trip around France and Spain, in 2 weeks.
    Have looking at stick on widow sensors.
    I can be heavy sleeper don't want burglars sneaking about while asleep, when wife was alive she would be woken at a pin drop.
    Not thinking of using sites till get to Southern Spain as want to explore might use one of them Aries if pass one.
    I would be grateful for any suggestions.
    Happy Caravanning
    Monty
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  12. markf added a topic in Touring and Tenting   

    Rowland Rivron Officially Opens The Caravan & Motorhome Show

    British musician, writer and TV presenter Rowland Rivron has been pictured for the Caravan & Motorhome Club putting the finishing touches to his motorhome, making sure it’s polished to perfection before officially opening The Caravan & Motorhome Show 2019.
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  13. Gray added a post in a topic "May " need international driving licence in Europe   

    The worse thing than that French residents get their IDP FREE and only have one for all areas
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  14. Surfer added a post in a topic "May " need international driving licence in Europe   

    Strange that as a UK citizen you would need an IDL for many countries in the EU however with my South African driving I can drive in most of the EU for 6 months?  Certainly France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and a couple of others.
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  15. Gray added a post in a topic "May " need international driving licence in Europe   

    There is full No Deal advive on the government website 
     
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/driving-in-the-eu-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/driving-in-the-eu-if-theres-no-brexit-deal
     
    Gives chapter and verse and where to get them IF needed 
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  16. Rodders added a topic in Continental Touring   

    "May " need international driving licence in Europe
    From BBC News web site
     
    The government is encouraging all British driving licence holders who live in the EU to exchange their licence for a local EU driving licence as soon as possible, in case there is a "no deal" Brexit.
    It is also warning people who live in the UK that if they want to drive in Europe after March, they may need an international driving permit (IDP) in some countries.
    In the guidance, which was updated today, the government warned UK drivers: "From 29 March 2019, in the event that there is no EU Exit deal, you may need an IDP in addition to your UK driving licence to drive in EU and EEA countries."
    It also said that UK driving licence holders living in the EU from 29 March "may have to pass a driving test in the EU country you live in to be able to carry on driving there."
    "You should consider exchanging your UK driving licence for an EU driving licence as soon as possible."
    Increased demand may lead to longer processing times and delays to exchanging driving licences the closer it is to 29 March 2019," the guidance adds.
     
    £5.50 at Post Office
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  17. sdrew56 added a post in a topic ELECTRIC BIKES IN FRANCE AND SPAIN   

    On my full car licence, i have a full licence for a moped or scooter up to 50cc, to ride a 125 on L plates in the UK it is compulsory to take a CBT test every 2 years, unless you take your bike test.
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  18. Rodders added a post in a topic 2018 nights away   

    Last of the year, 5 nights Broadway Club site ,
    Winter wheels fitted this morning , van now layed up until at least Easter , poss Norfolk , Thetford Forest
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  19. Surfer added a post in a topic ELECTRIC BIKES IN FRANCE AND SPAIN   

    If I remember correct if you have passed your car driving licence you automatically got a learner status for a motorbike.  In effect this should mean you can travel at full throttle on a e-bike.  However you have need things like an IDL after Brexit etc.
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  20. MONTYSA added a post in a topic ELECTRIC BIKES IN FRANCE AND SPAIN   

    Hi
    Put on weigh bridge again with Scooter on board rear axle 2060kg which is right on the mark will remove some item though as would prefer to be a little under than be exact
    Still got Heavy folding boxed solar panel on board. Would I need to carry it around Europe next month never used it yet came with Motorhome when purchased it. Also don't think will get a reception on my Sat dish in Spain so could leave that behind.
    Happy Caravanning
    Monty
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  21. ianb added a topic in While you are away   

    2019 nights away
    Started a new thread so Disco2003 can add his 1 night.
    Can’t add mine until the end of January.
    Ian
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  22. Jbeans added a post in a topic Catches this week   

    I hope we will too. Miss so much sea fishing, especially when the sun is out! And the pink rod is in action!

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  23. Gray added a post in a topic Catches this week   

    Tight Lines Jill 
     
    Not been fishing since we were at Twin Lakes though it was a good month 
    with Carp to 22lb and Grass Carp to 22lb - my first ever 
    Not been sea fishing for ages hoping to get out in the motorhome within the month who knows
     
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  24. markf added a topic in Touring and Tenting   

    Quick and Dirty guide to loading your caravan

    Here is a very rough guide to loading your caravan based on what others say and experience of towing a caravan for near 30 years now......"blimey writing that gave me a bit of a fright" So if you don't agree let me know in the comments below but basically I think it comes down to common sense when you look at the image. What do your think?
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  25. Disco2003 added a post in a topic 2018 nights away   

    5 more for us please Sonja at Figheldean Village Hall for the Bailey Owners Club New Year Rally.

    Total for the year 158 nights and 1 for 2019
    Thanks very much
    Dave
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