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  1. John and Joan

    Travelling Europe

    If you stay on a site or in one region for more than 3 months you should register as resident. Campsites copy your passport to keep the authorities informed. If you are moving about as a tourist you don't need to do this. We spent 6 months touring.
  2. John and Joan

    INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT

    The IDP is also different for France and Spain so you will need an IDP for each country. There is possibly a third but I cannot remember which country that is at present. So it is not just one IDP if you are driving from UK to Spain via France. There is also a 3 month limit so no more...
  3. John and Joan

    Driving a MH over 3.5t under Grandfather rights in spain

    I lost my PSV licence in 1975 Alan, that was before they put it on the normal licence as Cat D. At that time you had to renew your PSV every three years with the local Traffic Commissioners office and it had to be countersigned by an operator you were currently driving for. I went to college...
  4. John and Joan

    Petition To Government re: Drivers Licence 70+

    I think all drivers should have a medical and opticians eyesight test,, rather than self assessment, at 70 and subsequent renewals. I fall into that class being 76 in May. I don't have a motorhome at present, having sold ours last October. I would like a smaller van, but the prices they...
  5. John and Joan

    Which type of m/h is best for full timing

    We had a 1992 Hymer S700 and did 8 years of full timing including down to minus 15c. Not double floored but all pipework is internal as is the fresh water tank. The heating ducting follows the line of the pipework so no problems there. The only problem we had was the outlet to the waste tank...
  6. John and Joan

    Fulltiming on rented land

    Planning Permission and a caravan licence would be required if used for more than 28 days in a calendar year, or used by more than one unit for that number of days in total in a calendar year. The land owner and/or tenant is liable not the person who uses the land. The actual fine is minimal...
  7. John and Joan

    Fulltiming on rented land

    Planning Permission and a caravan licence would be required if used for more than 28 days in a calendar year, or used by more than one unit for that number of days in total in a calendar year. The land owner and/or tenant is liable not the person who uses the land. The actual fine is...
  8. John and Joan

    Carlisle camp site

    Tebay Services have a camp site (not a stopover) http://www.tebayservices.com/need-to-know/caravans part of north bound services. Excellent farm shop and restaurant in the services. These services are not like the MOTO/Welcome type services. They also run the excellent services at Gloucester...
  9. John and Joan

    The birds are gathering

    It was my GP Practice. Chris. However my old GP who had told me 5 years earlier that overwintering in Spain would be good for my health and would give me 2 x 3 months prescriptions and ensure the chemist fill them had retired and a new doctor had become a partner. It was this new doctor that...
  10. John and Joan

    The birds are gathering

    I had my medical at 73 and the doctor thought he heard a heart murmur. This was proved to be incorrect by tests but he still claimed he could detect heart murmurs where others couldn't. It took me 11 months to get my licence as a result. I contacted DVLA many time in that period and in the...
  11. John and Joan

    Bike Theft at Wissant

    I worked on the theory that there was no safety in numbers, in fact the opposite. Thieves are opportunistic and look for easy pickings, so groups of likely targets parked together, make better pickings than driving around searching for the lone camper tucked away. We felt safer without others...
  12. John and Joan

    A little Advice please

    We were 4600kg and always paid the 2 axel rate on tolls. When we had the cat on the trailer they charged us as 3 axles. You have to tell them you are an Auto Caravana or Camping Car if they try to charge higher rates.
  13. John and Joan

    what iol to put in my hymer s700

    Mercedes recommend their MB228.5 oil, 10w/40 Low Ash Oil most Mercedes branches carry it, less than £20 for 5 litres Personally I use a decent diesel engine oil 15/40. Engine (Type 602) 7.0litres Change oil & Filter every 11120 kilometers (6000 miles) Transmission 2.3...
  14. John and Joan

    Fulltimers and Insurance

    Fudging any question during the life of a insurance or on renewal could mean the insurance is invalid. It is in the terms and condition that you must inform the company truthfully of anything that changes the terms that the insurance offer was based on, as soon as it happens not just at renewal...
  15. John and Joan

    Fulltimers and Insurance

    Chrisjones18 You mustn't have the AVIVA (Comfort) Full time insurance as that has no trip limits and the only restrictions are you can only leave the van unoccupied for a maximum of 48 hrs and spend no more than 180 days in any one country in a year other than the UK. AVIVA (Comfort) do...
  16. John and Joan

    Our Classic and much sought after 1992 Mercedes, Hymermobil S700. For Sale

    Classic and much sought after 1992 Mercedes, Hymermobil S700. I imported from Germany in December 2006 with one previous owner, and 147,000 Km on the clock. Now reads 271,000 Km (169,500 miles). Just had its annual service and a brakes overhaul. Bar Version. 3 swivelling Captain's Chairs, all...
  17. John and Joan

    My plan for better or worse....

    Think wear and tear. We found we had to replace our taps about every 18 months. They are designed for holiday use not full timing. Pumps also wear out so we carried a spare. Older Hymers S type are built strong 88 to 94 after that the accountants were in charge. Floors made of composite...
  18. John and Joan

    Is it goin get difficult

    Yes we spend our money but the Tourist Boards only look at the income from Hotel and associated spending. I did see a quote in Murcia Today last year saying the average spend for a visitor was over £1,000 per person per week in the resorts during the season (June, July and August). I know we...
  19. John and Joan

    Is it goin get difficult

    I have just seen on the N332 website that the information on that site is FAKE NEWS. That info in on our sister site MHFUN The rules have not changed. A car with Foreign plates is allowed a maximum of 181 days to circulate on Spanish roads If you are resident and bring a car from another...
  20. John and Joan

    Is it goin get difficult

    not sure if anyone is aware of this, but just a heads up! https://www.murcia247.com/car-danger-spain/
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