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  1. peter marshall

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    Due to the on going saga of my C1 entitlement I have had a change of mind. I sold the MH at the weekend and bought a Caravan and tow car. since then We have booked the ferry and three Months in Spain in the new year. We have not had a Caravan before so that will be something to get used to. We will miss the Mo Ho but if you can't use it it's no good. The final nail from Swansea was a letter to arrange a treadmill test at the local hospital. I could under stand all this if I was under the hospital or visiting the doctor every other week the truth is I never go. The instructions were to wait a week before ringing up then it would take place possibly within the next six weeks they would then wait up to three weeks before chasing the results up, It would then be several weeks before they could give me a decision. Adding all these factors up it would be the middle of January or even February before I found out the results of my application. At least now we know what and where we are up to and where we can go. Pete
     
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    It's a difficult one Pete, but to be honest we love the caravan for our long stay over winter, don't know how we would get on touring with it although we did it years ago when the kids where young. :D
    But then we never knew about owning motorhomes, and not paying much or :eek: anything to park. ;) :LOL:
    I think if your using sites, don't mind towing they are fine with the added bonus of having a car. (y)
    Apart from that hope your both well and may see at some point over winter. (y)
    Bob and Janie.
     
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    We've had several caravans before buying our first MH, when the kids were still young enough to enjoy coming with us.
    The MH was so much easier in many ways . But if it meant having an old shed of a MH or a lovely caravan and car to tow it . We'd have a caravan any day. Regardless of the c1 entitlement .
    I'm sure you'll still love your weekend breaks and holidays. Just as much. Good luck and happy times ......
     
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    Hi To you both yes it's the best way round this it's been going on now for 4 months with not much light in sight so bit the bullet. Hope to see you both again prob in Spain. Pete
     
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    Why don't you still do the test just in case you ever decide to go back to a MH. You never know.
     
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    Sad that when we come to 70 we all of a sudden become a great risk. I will do exactly the same when the time comes if that's what it takes.
    Sure you will still enjoy yourselves and equally as sure you will still have M/Home friends. (y)
     
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    The thought has crossed our mind Peter, as you know we are in a similiar situation. In fact if I could convince him indoors that towing is not a problem we would probably do it .... would now, suit our circumstances, better.
     
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    Could you simply not have bought a MH that wasn't over 3500kg MTPLM?
     
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    Hi Pete & Lynn
    Sounds like you have a plan after being left in limbo for some time , shocking how they leave you hanging around, sure you will soon get used to your caravan we towed for about 12 years before changing to m/h , and usually find more space in caravan to, glad all is working out for you enjoy Spain
    Sue & Eric x
     
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    The slightly odd thing is they don't think you are safe to drive a heavy MH but happy for you to tow a caravan.

    I've seen more caravans overturned in ditches than MHs.
     
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    No to much messing about I just got sick of it, then to await some result good or bad even if like you said three years from now it's all on again. Pete
    Ps the time this ones taking it would poss be only two n half lol
     
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    I feel for you I really do. I'm going through all this at 61 and it's a PITA it is for sure. I was made redundant in the summer so decided to go back trucking, I had let my entitlement laps in March 2014 when I turned 60. I have had the medical, walked the treadmill, done my CPC, got my driver card and then I had to fill in a thirteen page questionare plus they have contacted my doctor again. So it's far from finished I think.
    As far as becoming a tugger it's very different abroad as France is Camper Car friendly but not so for caravans. Sites are so much better and as you seem to be going for the winter you will be fine, have a great time .(y) :)
     
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    Hi I haven,t towed a caravan only a trailer n smart car, so we are having a couple of night's in Southport in November to try the towing out. Pete
     
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    Hi Thanks for that good luck with your licence, we will be going to the same places we did in the mo Ho so should be ok. Pete
     
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    Hi to you both yes should be ok, well we give it a go and see, keep well and all the best. Pete
     
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    Why would they want you to go on a treadmill? Mum never got her C1 again but if there was a treadmill involved then she would have failed that I guess.

    Enjoy your caravan. At least you can still get out and about.
     
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    Good mirrors are the secret Peter, make sure you can see down both sides of the caravan. We were tuggers for many years and only stopped when the kids got bigger, we used to pitch up on or near a beach for a couple or three weeks but now as a couple we like to tour and move on every day or two.
     
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    Just a thought, if you lose the C1 at age 70, might you also lose the bit allowing you to tow trailers / caravans

    Now that new licence holders have to take extra tests to do so?

    It already seems mean to lose the C1 bit, but odd to leave other bits unaffected

    Not wanting to make you feel even worse, but concerned you may still have other issues (y)
     
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    fifth wheeler is the way. or even better mini artic .
    i certainly say if anyone is heading towards 70 its definately the way forwards .
     
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