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  1. MONTYSA added a post in a topic Sat nav   

    Ok I'll look at that,  set to fastest at moment.  Was hoping set to lorry and putting 7ft wide would has kept me from lanes.
    Happy Caravanning
    Monty
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  2. Gray added a post in a topic Sat nav   

    One bit of Advice for the Xgody is when programming it choose an EASY route as opposed to fastest you will find it uses a little wider roads and no country lanes 
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  3. shipbroker added a post in a topic Sat nav   

    'Nuff said!
    geoff
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  4. MONTYSA added a post in a topic Sat nav   

    Two speeding fines one 34mph on A140 Norwich rd. The other 36mph on A12. Both going down hill.  I know need to be more observant.
    Happy Caravanning
    Monty
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  5. shipbroker added a post in a topic Sat nav   

    Monty/Keith....never knew that they had speed warnings...why would you want them???????
    geoff
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  6. MONTYSA added a post in a topic Sat nav   

    Hi
    Just purchased a 5in Xgody truck and car for my Campervan brilliant piece of kit you can set it for lorry then put in vehicle measurements and weights in. Sound is good. I wear earing aids and could still hear it clearly cost £33. I have a Garmin and Becker sat nav's and it is as good if in some ways better. It comes with speed and camera alerts.
    Happy Caravanning
    Monty
     
     
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  7. Jbeans added a post in a topic French healthcara good , Calais port yuk   

    Glad all ok.
    E111 worked for me in Ireland two years ago.
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  8. Green Squirrel added a post in a topic French healthcara good , Calais port yuk   

    I (we) can echo your thoughts on the French health service - they are excellent AND glad you are OK Rodders.
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  9. Rodders added a topic in While you are away   

    French healthcara good , Calais port yuk

    Having been taken ill in Calais on Sunday , I have nothing but praise for the French health system
    After a stupidly early start Sunday morning , we took a P&O ferry to Calais (£32 with 6bottles of Banrock station thrown in )
    I was in the throws of a heavy cold and had not slept well for a couple of days , having done our wine and food shopping , we stopped for a bite of lunch , that is when it all caught up on me . I started to feel odd , and light headed , next thing I woke up with Cite Europe first responders checking me out .
    They took my previous history ( hard going due to our limited French ) but what did get through was 3 previous heart attacks .
    For them, that set the alarm bells ringing  , and an ambulance was called and I was  carted off to the Calais Hospital .
    For 12 hours I was subjected to a barrage of tests ,ECG , Blood, BP etc and the upshot of it was likely fatigue and nothing else .
    The E111 worked fine , and I was given a referral letter , copy of all the test results , and discharged . I was expecting some sort of invoice for the treatment , but it was just like the NHS at home , FOC
    So at midnight we left the hospital to join the queue for the delayed ferries , due to the grounding of a ship earlier in the day at the port entrance , finally boarding at around 0245 .port information was all but non existent.
    Out Son , who was with us but  in his car had  left earlier ,and  had been waiting over 6hours at the port , in the end we ended up on the same sailing .
    Finally getting home in the early hours of Monday morning
    A weekend to forget
     

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  10. MONTYSA added a post in a topic Bessie the caravan sold for a Motorhome   

    Hi 
    Sorry to hear of your loss,  my wife is a Maureen.
    Hope you enjoy your Campervan.  I have also purchased a Campervan it is a swift Royle.
    A little bit of advice take it for a couple of runs before your long trip, to get rid of the rattles and squeaks as they drive you mad. When towing Van you don't relies the noise going on as you are not in there.
    Happy Caravanning
    Monty
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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  11. Gray added a post in a topic Insurance for Europe   

    We have Safestyle fo personal insurance allows 109 days on the multitrip insurance and our motorhome insurance covers us for 600 nights (even though it's only for a year ) although we did have to say we were not full timing
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  12. ianb added a post in a topic Insurance for Europe   

    I have used multi trip before if going more than once in a 12 month period, went August one year and June the next on one policy.
    Cant use it this year as we are abroad for too long.
    Ian
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  13. nor added a topic in Continental Touring   

    Insurance for Europe
    we shall be going to the Netherlands at April . We may go in July as well but not sure . Or even just with car / or even by train.
    is it worth insuring for the year or just our first trip we plan in April 
    does it cost a lot more for the year . 
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  14. Surfer added a post in a topic Recently retired   

    We have never bothered to book months in advance except for the ferry to France or Spain.  Once on the continent you can just arrive at any site and there will be space however as we have a twin axle and 3 small dogs we do phoned and ask if they will take a TA and 3 dogs.  Occasionally we will book if we want a specific pitch i.e fully serviced.  As for the UK gave up on CMC as they are too expensive for what they offer and tend to use CLs. 
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  15. rslsys added a post in a topic Recently retired   

    Running down (up?) to retirement myself - roll on December 2018!
    We get away at least once a month in the caravan, normally a Wednesday arrival and depart the following Monday. If there is anywhere specific we want to visit, we make sure we book well in advance (particularly if a Bank Holiday is involved).
    For the majority of outings, we leave it until the weekend before we are going and just see where has availability. Never been disappointed yet and have visited some very interesting places as a result.
     
    Cheers
    Keith
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  16. Gray added a post in a topic Bessie the caravan sold for a Motorhome   

    Sorry for your loss 
    but 
    Welcome to the mobile side we thoroughly enjoy our motorhome - a big change from Tugging surprisingly a lot easier and pulling over for lunch or a night is so much easier
    Where are you planning on going in March as we head down into France around the end of March stopping off at Twin Lakes for a spot of fishing and to open the Static van up then off down N Spain and maybe N Portugal or S Portugal for about 8 weeks then again in October for 3-4 months 
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  17. shipbroker added a post in a topic Recently retired   

    This is Something we do lack in England
    Quite agree Graham.
    geoff
     
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  18. Jbeans added a post in a topic Bessie the caravan sold for a Motorhome   

    Hope you have good holidays ahead
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  19. shipbroker added a post in a topic Bessie the caravan sold for a Motorhome   

    Best wishes for your new life on the road Alan.
    geoff
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  20. acc added a topic in New to caravanning, camping or motorhoming   

    Bessie the caravan sold for a Motorhome
    After the loss of my wonderful Wife Maureen, I did try and few trips away last year and a trip this year. I came to the conclusion that along with too many happy memories and my health issues I needed a change. So I have sold our Bessacarr 645 and bought a Bessacarr 424 Motorhome. I am very pleased with the purchase and am looking forward to my initial frist trip out in March next year which will be a 6 week trip.
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  21. Gray added a post in a topic Recently retired   

    We only book high season as being in a motorhome we have a little flexibility and we do tend to head to Folkestone then France 
    Once there we ca pick and choose which ever village we feel by how little their aire costs for the night if we find the place nice we can stop over another night 
    This is Something we do lack in England 
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  22. MONTYSA added a post in a topic Recently retired   

    Hi
    As I can go when I please I just phone day or so before going.  If need to be away at a curtain time I then book well ahead.
    Years ago before mobile phones if we hadn't booked we had to drive to sites in area and hope not turned away then of to another. But with mobile phone you can pull over and phone ahead, this is for someone like me starting for Cornwall then ending up in Wales.  
    Happy Caravanning
    Monty
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  23. shipbroker added a post in a topic Recently retired   

    Must admit that most of my bookings for the whole caravanning year are now made by mid-January. As nearly all of these are rallies run by CMC,RCA or ICA I can plan others,perhaps Boundless or Northumbria C.A, to fill the gaps.
    I think that as far as mainland Europe is concerned my days are limited now,perhaps short hop into Holland rather than 300/400 miles in a day between sites as was once the case.
    geoff
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  24. colonel added a post in a topic Recently retired   

    I don't book out of season although I do like using C&CC temporary holiday sites in season, come and go as you please answer often as you like whilst they are running.
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  25. Jbeans added a post in a topic Recently retired   

    Nor,
    We find that places either in caravan sites, Cottages etc get booked up quickly all year if they are popular. So we do plan ahead if we can to avoid disappointment.  Ireland is a must for us to book in January for our September holiday as the apartment i