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Old 19 January 2014, 10:49   #31
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Cool. My cousin has one but I have given up waiting for him on the motorway! :-)
The new ones have the 180ps BiTdi/4wd/DSG Auto box. Anyway, what's the rush
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Old 19 January 2014, 10:57   #32
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The new ones have the 180ps BiTdi/4wd/DSG Auto box. Anyway, what's the rush
Do they, sounds good.
I can't remember what year his is.

No rush at all but if your only away for one night and a day....... lol
Put it this way if I drive towing the boat at 50mph he vanishes away in the mirror.
That prob says more about him than the van though.
Especially when it's cold and wet and they are in mine with the heating on, dinner in the oven etc. Lol.
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Old 19 January 2014, 11:34   #33
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As far as the term 'wild camping' it means staying off sites on the side if the road etc.
Not really - that's your own made up definition! There is actually a very different (legally significant) definition if you cross the border which involves neither motorised transport nor large groups of people. We do have an increasing problem with people who misunderstand the right to wild camp.

I've no objection to you parking up where you are welcome, but I think you are kidding yourself if you think there is anything wild about it. There are many reasons for not using official campsites - cost of a pitch as part of the total cost of a trip (fuel, maintenance, insurance, depreciation for both the boat and the van, as well as food etc) is insignificant. And of course official sites can come with advantages for those using ribs - better security, decent showers, laundry and power (without having to run a noisy engine) all being desirable for many.

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There are still a few places in Wales left like that, so we make the most of them before they are gone for good!
you might want to consider the factors that might impact whether they get opposed/closed: large groups, regular/prolonged use, noisy boats. Some people might see your opening post as part of the problem And of course litter, damage to verges, campfires scorch marks etc - which hopefully responsible visitors would not be doing.
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The legal definition is very ropey and debatable.
Well I am a member of a wild camping motorhome forum and it is dedicated to parking up off site.
Nothing else.
Technically it's not really camping either is it as its not involving a tent!!

As for the costs, if I had to use sites I just simply wouldn't be able to go away.
Last 2 week holiday in the camper without the boat I took 350.00 spending money for a family of 4 and came home with change! Just
Last site I stayed on was 400 just for the week. Mind you it was a nice spot.

My camper cost me 500 last year to tax insure and maintain obviously much more in fuel but so does everything.

As for running engines etc to get things to work. In our camper everything it 12 volt, if we had a generator or electric I would have nothing to use the electric on!

If we are in our own, I always make a general rule of parking alone or maybe with up to 2 others if it's a big place. If anyone is noisy or messy I move on as I don't want to be associated with them!

We are totally self sufficient with water, sewage and food storage for 5 nights without needing to empty or top up anything.
So we leave no mess, no damage etc etc.

Never been north of the border. So I don't know.
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Oh also. Only stay one night unless it's in a paid place that we are welcome such as appledore etc
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Only if the money is right but that tar messes up the seats in the boat!

Just to clarify. This thread was started to see if there were any like minded people on here.
My comment the more the merrier wasn't referring to 'filling up' car parks etc.
It was referring to meeting up, using the boats together and having a good day etc.
I often meet a couple of motorhomes in mudeford. But if they are staying I make a point of moving on for the night and come back the next morning as I don't want to cause any problems to anyone.
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Just to clarify. This thread was started to see if there were any like minded people on here..
We are like minded on here.We all take the pisk.
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We are like minded on here.We all take the pisk.
Lol that's why I like it here :-)
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Always struggle? I have obviously only been using easy slips, never had an issue launching or recovering! I see you have a prop guard on the outboard. Are they any good? Was going to fit one on mine but the dealer told me not to bother as they are not designed to be used at more then 20mph or something silly like that
The boat came with the prop guard already installed, very pleased with it gives a lot of assurance when in and around the bathers in Spain when they decide to swim in the boat lane.

I have part x'd the boat awaiting my new on (February) can't wait, thinking about installing on the new one
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