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  1. SteveG

    Just Waking Up to Brexit ?

    We got our first motorhome 15 years ago and in Scotland at that time you didn't see that many of them. They're an awful lot more popular now though, especially with the publicity around the NC500 route. We were up in the far north west at the start of January and I was surprised at just how many...
  2. SteveG

    On own

    It was quite a while ago that we were in Norway with the motorhome but it was noticeably expensive to eat out, plus I don't think we bought any alcohol there (we made a side trip into Sweden instead). Motorhoming still seemed the cheapest option for seeing the country though, as we didn't have...
  3. SteveG

    Near Miss

    We were down to under £200 to insure ours without any additional security - although sadly that is going to change. We currently have insurance on 7 vehicles so despite the fire not being our fault, just having to make a claim is going to add a fair bit to our annual insurance bill even if they...
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    Near Miss

    It is most definitely a good idea to make sure there isn't any way an insurance company could avoid paying out! We've never been asked to fit any additional security (although we have a steering lock in case we think we need it) although I've seen folks who store theirs at home say they've been...
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    Near Miss

    We've stored our motorhomes here for more than a decade (and still will!) and have always made sure to let the insurance folks know. With it being a CaSSOA gold site it's actually cheaper to insure with that as the storage address than it as at home (give most motorhome thefts seem to be from...
  6. SteveG

    On own

    We took the motorhome to Norway a good few years back - when the Newcastle to Norway ferry still ran. Once I finally give up working we have a vague plan to wander all the way up to the North Cape.
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    Near Miss

    Currently it's our own insurance that are covering it. I don't think the storage place's insurance will be involved but it's possible my insurance company will claim against whoever's vehicles was the cause - although it's not clear if that will be determined. By the time it was spotted there...
  8. SteveG

    On own

    Scotland is pretty good for wild camping outside the tourist season although it can be a struggle to find places to drop black waste. We carry a 2nd toilet cassette which helps. Inside the tourist season the west coast can get pretty busy due to the publicity that the NC500 route gets.
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    Near Miss

    After a few months off, including a couple of months of carefree wandering around Europe in the motorhome, I was persuaded to return to work. I've been consoling myself with the thought that at any moment I can pack it in again and head straight out again - however a fire at the place where we...
  10. SteveG

    Just Waking Up to Brexit ?

    I'm hoping Brexit won't affect our future long term touring plans but we'll need to wait and see. On the democratic question around a 2nd referendum - I can understand the concern however the vote was very close considering it was such a big decision, especially as there was no clarity about...
  11. SteveG

    Putting a toe in the water

    We're still working our way back North. Currently in Aachen after spending a couple of days in the north of Luxembourg, with a few days in the Paris area before that. Bloody cold now though. I last filled our 13kg Gaslow LPG tank 5-weeks ago before we crossed into Spain and it was still more...
  12. SteveG

    summer sun tour

    We're in Luxembourg at the moment, with another week to go before we need to head back to the UK. Current thinking is that we headed north far too soon though - should have stayed at least another week in the south of Spain as it's cold here!
  13. SteveG

    Putting a toe in the water

    Well we wandered along the north coast of Spain then headed down into Portugal with stops in Porto, Lisbon and then an overnight in a lovely free Aire in the hilltop town of Monsaraz, close to the Spanish border. We then spent a few nights in a campsite just outside Gibraltar (was useful...
  14. SteveG

    Staffordshire sites

    Might be worth looking for a CS or a CL.
  15. SteveG

    Sites in Spain and Portugal

    We ended up going straight to Lisbon from Porto as my friend was available for the weekend so getting here on Saturday means we should be able to meet up with him tomorrow. Ended up using the toll roads for the first time this trip. I'd started on the non-toll roads from Porto but it was...
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    Sites in Spain and Portugal

    I've got a friend in Lisbon (he was part of my team at a couple of companies) so we're going to hook up with him to benefit from some local knowledge. Also had some of my team based in Porto so used their knowledge to advise on what to do here. From what we've seen so far there are some great...
  17. SteveG

    Sites in Spain and Portugal

    Cheers Alan. We're going to work out if we'll go direct to Lisbon tomorrow or stop somewhere part way, and if the latter then somewhere like Aveiro would be good.
  18. SteveG

    Sites in Spain and Portugal

    That's us into Portugal now. We did a couple of nights at a site near the centre of Santiago de Compostela that was quite expensive (30EUR a night) but we're now in a site just to the north of Porto close to the beach at Vila do Conde which is only 15EUR (including hookup) per night with an ASCI...
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    Sites in Spain and Portugal

    I've got some friends to look up in Porto and Lisbon so will say near the coast until then - not sure where we'll go after Lisbon yet though. It's still been quite warm so far though!
  20. SteveG

    Sites in Spain and Portugal

    Thanks for the advice - we weren't thinking we'd take the motorhome into Gib, but instead would maybe use a site nearby and take the motorbike in. Any advice for a site for that? We're on a nice little site in the Picos de Europa tonight, before heading further west tomorrow probably.
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