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    Retiring

    Car and caravan is an option BUT in Europe they are generally not allowed to use the aire system---not to be confused with motorway Aires!!!!!! Which are now considered to be a serious security risk for overnight stops!!
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    Algarve wifi access

    If you are not using wifi all the time remember that virtually every cafe has free internet.----- we do use a local SIM. We get 30g for €15 for two weeks----- if we use more it just runs out sooner
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    Full timers/long termers who abuse the system

    We spent a winter on Crete----- and loved it and the people----- it is so much better when you have a bit of their language!!!!!--------- but that was many years ago----well before they joined europe--------I always wondered if it is as nice now, looks like it is!!!!!! The first thing we learnt...
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    Full timers/long termers who abuse the system

    We used to travel around in a self build many years ago and spent a lot of time in Portugal, back then we were usually the only van parked in beach type spots in the Algarve, just one van even stopping for a few weeks didn't create much of an impact, we were friendly with locals and shopped in...
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    What's the size of your battery bank?

    We have 6 ton gross so dont have much of a problem with payload!!!!! Were 8.25t going to Portugal last year with trailer on though!!
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    What's the size of your battery bank?

    We have 480w of solar---- 2x230 batteries and 3000w inverter --------in the Portuguese summer we have plenty of sun so we might as well be able to use the available power!!!!! You can get perfectly good 1000w electric kettles, plus we have loads of other electric kit which we use according to...
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    Mercedes/Hobby Veteran For Sale

    Well done Alf!! The house is next then?????? Then you will be free of ties and on the road to Portugal!!!??????
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    Just Waking Up to Brexit ?

    We had a similar experience last week in Bury St Edmunds --------dont think we will need them though?????
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    5th wheeler.

    We know where you could get a genuine N+B Flair for less than your budget!!
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    5th wheeler.

    In my opinion a car and caravan would be cheaper for a short trip--------- we have had two fivers but never took them abroad------- wild camping/Aires are far better with a van though------ doing a self conversion could be done cheaply if you are only using it for a year----- you would never get...
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    Optare alero

    Hi Welcome to 365 I know nothing about optare buses. ------ but we had contemplated one to convert a few years ago!!!! There are still thousands in use I believe so spares must be available for them----- I did a Google search for optare spares and loads came up, I don't know what the alero...
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    It's time.

    That 406kg payload would just about cover extra batteries and the solar system ----a bit of weekend away gear and you would start to be overloaded!!!!!! IMHO you should be looking at much more payload than that!!!! Maybe look at heavier chassis to start with!!?? We have just bought a tandem axle...
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    Mercedes/Hobby Veteran For Sale

    We can't fault that plan!!!!!!!! --------- come to that, if we don't sell our flair we may even escape the Portuguese summer heat and share some of your beautiful Swedish wild camping spots!!!!!!!!
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    Another year's insurance sorted.

    4 years would be very bad environmentally---- to scrap tyres in such good condition would not be wise--- when you consider that most EU countries only use a set of tyres for half the year as they have to have summer and winter tyres ------ motorhomes would be really hit as not many would get...
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    Looking at Trading my Tabbert Caravan for a Hymer/RMB Motorhome

    Any vehicle can have problems------ our friend has just had to spend several thousand on his 5 cylinder Merc engine!!!! We didn't know you were selling a caravan -------- we just bought one last week!!!!!! Yours may have been worth a look?????----- too late now!!
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    Another year's insurance sorted.

    The law on tyres is the same in Portugal but we just had a car 'MOTd' there with an odd front one ,so not as bad as it seems!!!!. Although it is tyres on each axle not ALL tyres!!
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    Another year's insurance sorted.

    The cost of food is much the same in Portugal------ if you buy local food you can reduce your food bill a bit------------- but if you go out of your way to buy British brands you will pay more. I suppose we have gone to the other side of the fence regarding brexit------ now...
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    INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT

    If there is ever a Brexit you/we will soon get used to any changes-------- we used to travel around Europe before it all become controlled by EU----- there were rules but we never had problems!!----- just a 'discussion' at the Maroc boarder when we had overstayed our time there!!!!!! Just smile...
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    It's time.

    Hi I did add a welcome to my post but it seems to have disappeared!!!!!!! But welcome to this site of (virtually) unlimited knowledge!!!!!!! Ask away whatever you want to------- you may well get many different answers to each question--------- up to you to sort out the answers!!!!!!!!!!
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    Mercedes/Hobby Veteran For Sale

    We are now residence but not with that tax scheme----- we don't earn enough to pay tax!!!!!!with that scheme they want to know too much !!!!!! We are trying to be totally legal but still prefer to be under the radar!!!!!----- that's one reason we are selling our motorhome--- we can't legally...
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