Just popped in to see how things are — love the Crossland X which is an automatic, just love it. Mary not to be outdone sold her Renault and bought a Vauxhall Corsa - automatic as well - hers hasn’t got all swings and whistles like mine but it goes well. Havent been away yet but planing SOUTH of France in July. Might see someone we know as we are going next to some of our old caravan sites. Maurice
----------------------------THE END ------------------------------------ Well that's it --- all gone and dusted.. Sold it back to its original home - White Arches of Rushden. Rang Nick White and told him and he fully understood. No hesitation of saying he will have it --AND - collect it!! I have had all my vans over the years from them -my first was the second van they sold -- from Peter Sharp when he was setting up -- from is drive way .... it was a Sprite Cadet -- 8cwt with the door at the back.--
towed with a 850 mini from Lands end to Fort William. Great holidays. Never had any problems at all. So my friends that is the end of an era for us.... but hopefully the start of something new. Mary is talking of touring France staying in a gites or holiday home. Proper beds and toilets etc.. What has also gone is the beloved Volvo S60 SE 5d that went yesterday --- Again SAD Today we have been out and bought a brand new Vauxhall Crosland with all the swings and whistles -- every add on -- we had it. --it will even park itself. So although we might have finished with the caravan We have NOT finished with France and Spain we still have Ireland and many other places --- not doing Australia or Africa again
My son is a fleet manager responsible for some 3500 vehicles for all aspects of the vehicles, driver useage, fuel etc, and also speed referencing. He has recently spent thousands in putting in to each vehicle a dash monitor showing red -green and yellow lights. These are supposed t show and record if the driver was speeding. Needless to say my son received a notification that he was traveling at 76 mph in a 70mph zone. He is pretty pissed off as he got no warning from the device that he had spent £££'s on or his fleet. At the end of the day no matter what gadgets you have fitted it still comes down to the driver and what he sees on the road. I do feel for him but at the end of the day HE was driving. Maurice
I look on google earth now especially since they have the new programme. It shows "almost" everything that you might need to know - apart from the grumpiness of the owner. I record thes pics and save them for my caravan diary. maurice perhaps we could share them here?
Great I got a tablet and it was a Samsung and I found it very usefull but I didn't realise that there were two differing systems . I got on very well with my Samsung and it was very solid and worked as I wanted it to. It had differing Apps to the tablet my son had - but they bothed seemed to do the same job. However last Christmas Christopher gave me a Apple tablet. They are different ! The Apple feels much 'softer' against the Samsung. But with the Apple I am able to join in with things like face time. We have just resurrected the Samsung and Mary is using it and can see no difference between the two. So which is the best?? Maurice
I joined some years ago whilst in France after seeing a couple on our site avidly and enthusiastically talking about it. We went with them on a search and our combined efforts took us to the cache . Great fun and taxing the grey matter. We found it in the wall of a castle a small tobacco tin. The prize Wes in fact nothing!! Apart from signing the small note book in the tin. But the search was worth it and on return to the uk I joined and cot clues to several locations in our area. One in fact was in the Wicksteed Park --- half a mile from home. Surprisingly we spent some weeks trying to unravel the clues. Eventually something clicked and we found it with no trouble - and couldn't understand why we couldn't see the clues --- but that is what is all about. The working out the clues and the chase and then the find. We have done about ten now and found but have tried many more. We have also placed one which to date hasn't been found. Just join and have a go.
I think there is a similar area at The Wicksteed Park in Kettering, we had a non-electric rally there 10 years or so ago. Not quite as elaborate but it is described for sensory deprived children. We had a look and it was fantastic -- or scary depending on your feelings. Seemed to have kids enjoying themselves though. Maurice
This is one of the reasons that Mary wants to stop vanning. Been there - seen it - done it syndrome. Especially in the area of France in the Pyrenees that we went to for many years - there are only so many roads that you can go along. Our map all the roads in the area have been highlighted as visited. Ok - our own fault for going to the area we loved. But having toured around Europe for 40 years or so one does tend to go back to the area you love. Now that has bitten us on the bum ! and we have had enough - well she has - and you can't do anything unless you both agree.
I think that fitting chains as a secondary source of security is intrinsically wrong. If the van becomes detached from the tow hook then it should move apart and the brake cable should come into action. How can this happen if the van is still attached to the car? What we should be looking at is the effectiveness of the brake cable - which I have advocated for years as being inadequate. It possibly be double in size so as to definitely cause the vans brakes to activate. Ok. The van would still go nose down on the road but hopefully if the brakes were fully activated then it should stop. Possibly there could be a "skid plate" fitted? There could be electronic breaking when the electrics are disconnected may be through the ABS system. But don't try to continue to have the car to be still attached. What happens when the car brakes? This will be possibly the first immediate reaction of the driver to emergency brake. The van still semi attached will undoubtedly over run into the back of the car with even more dire consequences. No stick with the tried and proven method and see if it can be improved. Maurice
Did any thing happen -- this year ? How many rallies have happened 3 -4 -5 like we used to have - c ontinental rally?? How about another --- non electric rally-- for a weekend as we had a few years ago at Wicksteed Park in Kettering. Since our rally they ave built a toilet block with h/c showers etc. and thought about it more. We did hav a good time -- and if my van hasn't gone I might be permitted to come
Ok this has still not sold - but Mary is adamant that she don't want to do any more caravan in after 37 years! So I will have to sell both the Volvo and the van as we only kept the Volvo to tow the caravan. It is a S69 TD and in totally beautiful condition as I have had it since new and tended it like a baby it has done only 55,000 miles and has been detailed clean since new. So both for £10k and you can use the van to tow it away. the van has all the things required for caravaning- water - steps - CD player - a couple of awnings - porch and full - ground sheet etc. Van fitted wit ABS. had a new fitted cover made last year by Caravan Covers of Rushden, every thing you need to start caravaning tomorrow with a wonderful car and caravan. give me a bell and make an offer. Maurice 07931310088
Can't drive to tow at all now and laid up in bed for most off the day perhaps up for a couple of hours in the afternoon. So this is the end of 50+ years of caravaning. From towing a Cadet with a mini clubman from lands ent to the north of Scotland. Driving fro Kenya to Cape Town. South to North Australia. Sydney to Alice Springs Australia. And more recently driving around Europe Holand, Germany, Switzerland,France and Spain for three months. 327 Rallies over that time including four CC European We have had a wonderful time and can't recommend it enough.Some great friends here too not forgetting "Doc" all those years ago. Still to get rid of the van -- but have sent a mail to W Arches asking them to tow it away. Virtually giving it to them as it needs to go. Also just this morning had my Volvo insurance reminder which is insured extra for towing. ,!!! I won't need that big bill as well. Mary fell and broke her arm last week also her jaw she was covered in blood and looked as though she had just do ten rounds with Mohamed Ali. She fell out of the fount door, and I didn't hear any thing as I was comatose having taken sleeping tablets. Eventualy did hear and opened the door to see her kneeling there covered in blood. Any way did the 999 thing and they were very good here within 15 mins and in the fracture clinic half hour later. She is feeling better now but only has one arm and jaw bandaged and stitched. We are a right pair. Got to go to the X-ray every Monday for the next six weeks. Because we are old and your bones don't mend. So no more Zopiclone for me for a while. any way nice to have met all Maurice and Mary