WandrinAndy

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  1. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic Fireplace Suggestion?   

    I smell a rat.
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  2. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic Wouldn't want this is front of you   

    I suppose that's what they call "progress" Ian, the faceless lawyers trying to make our lives miserable .
    A real pity, as I enjoyed the "relaxed" specification and enforcement of regulations, I knew back then.
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  3. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic Wouldn't want this is front of you   

    Sadly the standard ALKO chassis used on so many (most?) European caravans wouldn't allow for towing a "train" like that!
    And most Aussie caravans have a chassis built like a tank, which is admittedly a bit OTT and a waste of weight.
    Personally I would prefer to see a chassis engineered to be in between the two (AU and EU) types.
    On South African roads one quite often used to see "trains" of Caravans being chased by Speedboats (with the speedboats sometimes out-sizing the caravans) but the culture over there is, shall we say, a lot more relaxed when it comes to the specification and enforcement regulations.
     
     
     
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  4. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic Sign of the times   

    Is that the parking fee that costs so much?
    And how much was the fee please Gary?
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  5. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic Selling my Abbey Vogue 215 GTS   

    Maurice, here's wishing you and Mary all the best in your new holiday ventures!
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  6. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic Adrian Flux Insurance Services   

    Best of luck Marilyn!
    If my experience is anything to go by UK insurers only ever cater for "normality" in the narrowest of terms as they see it and nothing else.
    Getting the cover you require could be quite easy if you are a "normal" man who: lives under slate; within bricks and mortar; is on the electoral role; is currently in full time employment; and lives in a household comprised of exactly 2.3 people, no more and no less! 
    Everything is also easy if you happen to be a member of one of the many bloated palaces of politicians that dot the place! 
    Lol, Andy
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  7. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic Car Licence entitlement in Victoria Australia   

    Nope, afraid that each Australian state has different rules, which is exceptionally good for the lawyers and politicians! 
    But, apart from the big-revenue-earners such being Speed-Cameras and Parking-Fines, law enforcement in the Australian states seems to be very much more relaxed than in the UK. And if your vehicle is legal in one state it is deemed to be legal in all the states being visited. 
    The state government in Victoria is responsible for things such as Agriculture, Forests, Hospitals, Schools, Transport, Water, and Law And Order (Which means that the lawyers make a killing when people on the wrong side of the law have to be extradited interstate! ).
    To the best of my knowledge the federal government only has certain powers in a small number of areas such as Currency, Defence, Foreign Affairs, Immigration, Pensions, Tax collection, and Trade.
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  8. WandrinAndy added a topic in Touring and Tenting   

    Car Licence entitlement in Victoria Australia
     
    Thought some of you might be interested in the world outside of Blighty and the EU, in this case what my 'Car' licence in the state of Victoria Australia entitles me to drive.
    Btw, there is only one type of car licence, designated 'Car': 
    Car licence category
    You can drive a vehicle that does not exceed 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) and can seat up to 12 adults including the driver. This does not include motor cycles and motor trikes. You may tow a single trailer up to 9 tonne GVM or to the manufacturer's specifications (whichever is less).
    A car learner permit can be obtained from 16 years of age. A car driver licence can be obtained from 18 years of age.
    This is shown as 'Car' under licence type on a Victorian driver licence.
    https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/licences/licence-and-permit-types/licence-categories
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  9. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic How many of you use an I pad .   

    G'Day Blighty!
    In my opinion the Samsung is best as it is considerably better value for money than the iPad.
    Obviously stand to be corrected but believe the O/S on the Samsung works on other generic and much cheaper tablets, giving them all a similar and usable feel, whereas Apple is a proprietary and ultimately very expensive solution.
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  10. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic Detached caravans   

    It's my understanding that a Breakaway-Cable is meant to be attached to a designated hole on the tow vehicle side of the towball?
    Similarly, in Australia where we use Safety-Chain(s) like they do on the North American continent, the tow hitch itself contains eyes/holes to which we attach the safety chain(s). These mounting point holes are either side of the towball, on the tow vehicle side of the towball. 
    As an aside, the following images kind of summarise our typical hitches down-under. Virtually every light motor vehicle that has a towbar fitted, has this design of detachable towing hitch:
     
     


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  11. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic Detached caravans   

    My tuppence worth is that personally I prefer Safety Chain(s) as used in Oz and summarised below, to a break-away braking cable:
    Safety chains are compulsory in all States and Territories of Australia. They must be strong enough to hold the trailer and prevent the drawbar from touching the ground, should the coupling fail or be accidentally disconnected from the ball.
    Trailers less than 2500kg ATM must be fitted with at least one safety chain of at least 9.5mm in diameter. Trailers over 2500kg ATM and up to 3500kg must have two safety chains. Chains must comply with AS4177-4 and have a size designation at least equal to the trailer ATM.
    It is vital that the chains are attached to the main towbar framework and not to a detachable ball mount or tongue.
    The chains attach the ‘A’ frame or drawbar of the trailer to the main towbar framework on the vehicle. The attachment must be fit for purpose of equivalent strength to the chains.
    Safety chains must be stamped with the chain’s capacity, the manufacturer’s identification and the digits 4177.
    The chains should be as short as possible, leaving only enough slack to permit tight turns.
    If two are required they should be crisscrossed under the trailer tongue to prevent the forward end of the drawbar from hitting the ground if the coupling becomes disconnected. Western Australia is the only state that requires two for those under 2.5 tonnes.
    From <http://www.towingguide.com/towing-parts/> 
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  12. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic Going to Netherlands on Thursday   

    Brilliant innovation
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  13. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic Caravan and Motorhome Club supports FIA’s #3500lives campaign   

    Call me an old cynic but personally I think this sort of a campaign is like Miss World contestants saying they will strive for World Peace, really just a lot of hot air IMO.
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  14. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic Off-grid, anyone do it?   

    Thanks Ian, you've conjured up some happy memories of the old days, especially the ambiance created by the old gas lamp mantels, and the canvas showers!
    As a somewhat younger soul, in another life almost, I spent 2-3 months based virtually on the banks of the Zambezi River close to this spot https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place//@-17.4803319,24.249099,861m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d-17.480337!4d24.251293?hl=en and we used to often (about 50 times in total) bath IN the Zambezi River of an evening (late afternoon). Initially we had someone stand guard to shoot any crocodiles that might approach too close, but soon got so blase that the armed guard idea was dropped after about a week. I'm almost certain that there must have been crocs around, but somehow we were not selected to contribute statistically to Darwin's theory around the invincibility or stupidity of youth! Oh Happy Days (in Tents).
     
    PS. Sorry Gary for squeezing this into your thread. Good luck with going off-grid!
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  15. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic Globally and Off line too   

    Agree with you Nick.
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    I find myself visiting increasingly less frequently, because it was decided a few years ago to become PC and gag discussion on any topics which some might find contentious.
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    Pandering to the types for whom freedom-of-speech only applies if your view matches theirs, and anything else they want gagged because they find it "offensive".
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    For me caravanning only exists within the bigger context of life and society, so a forum that excludes discussion on that bigger context becomes very iffy.
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    Good luck T&T
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  16. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic Windows 10   

    This article gives a decent starting point on Windows 10 Privacy : How to Protect Your Privacy - http://au.pcmag.com/windows-10/36183/feature/windows-10-how-to-protect-your-privacy
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  17. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic Windows 10   

     
    Agree we are being used as guinea pigs. We've upgraded about 6 "devices" to Windows-10 with relative ease, including a second clean install, but we are a somewhat geek-ish family.
    Although I was quite happy on Windows-7-Pro, now that I've ironed out the problems on my laptop, must say I'm also happy with Win-10-Pro, but that feeling is also influenced by the speed of the cheap new SSD-drive used to hold the clean install.
    For non-geeks I would second the advice of others, wait until about April-May 2016 to upgrade, although long suffering Win-8 users may wish to upgrade sooner.
    IMO the signing-away of one's Privacy is a major issue with Win-10. I suggest that people select to do a "custom" upgrade switching off the default settings provided, and undertake an exercise immediately after the upgrade to review virtually all Privacy settings via Settings>Privacy.
    Cheers,
    Andy
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  18. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic Lincolnshire getting tough with the overnighters   

    Reading about this legal bullying makes me smile broadly because I am many thousands of kilometres away from the pathetic legal society that so much of Blighty has become.
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  19. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic The best laid plans ...   

    You're in good hands in the NHS.

    I'm slowly learning more about the limitations of Oz's MEDICARE system and reckon it's way inferior to the NHS.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery Bob!
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  20. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic Snow   

    Aww, the pictures and talk of snow and cold is making me feel really homesick.... And that is NOT said tongue in cheek!
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  21. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic 2 Lancs flying over caravan   

    Aw, this thread has got me feeling homesick.

    All strength to BBMF Engineering for keeping these beauts flying!
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  22. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic Favourite daily paper   

    Afraid that BBC-bias : BBC-impartiality mentioned in some previous posts is very much an issue.
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    The BBC may attempt to be impartial across the UK political parties, but IMO in the broader sense it has it's very own selfish and 1984-big-brother and 'imperial' biased agenda.
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    I suppose it's understandably difficult for native Brits to realise just how badly indoctrinated they really are, but that is because part of this indoctrination is indoctrinating them to believe that what they are fed is impartial. . . And the BBC is the biggest part of that!
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    In my time I've known some shallow image-conscious folk who feel their choice of a single local daily paper positions them amongst their societal peers, but I can think of nothing worse than a daily rag that simply regurgitates what I already believe or somebody else's opinion of what I should believe!
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    I want multiple different viewpoints to inform my opinions, and IMO this is best achieved by following media produced across the world; living within different societies; and preferably under foreign languages. And accepting that everything contains some degree of bias.
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    My two biggest disappointments when moving to Blighty were the lack of freedom-of-speech and the high level of indoctrination, so I will vote for Andrex.
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  23. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic Am I becoming " Grumpy "   

    Becoming grumpy is a journey..... enjoy the ride!
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  24. WandrinAndy added an answer to a question Cracked Alko Hitch barrel   


    If I was Geoff the ONLY thing that would impress me would be getting somebody to actually respond to my previous bleedin communication!

    Suppose that's what you get whenever virtual monopolies exist........
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  25. WandrinAndy added a post in a topic AL-KO plastic not UV resistant !?   

    Thanks Sam, I will give that a bash, as the handle does look like plastic bumper material, just pinkish red.

    I am finally learning why my fellow campers use hitch covers, which I have never done!

    Yep, I've also noticed that my hook-up cable is decidedly paler than it once was.
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