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  1. spiritsfree

    spiritsfree Read Only Funster

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    Having just found this site, and enjoying the freedom that motorhomeing...(if there`s such a word) brings, we hope to be part of this experience for years to come.

    Now, as semi-retired photographers, we spend a lot of time in Scotland exploring the remoteness as well as it`s wildlife, beauty, and landscape. So far we have so enjoyed our Pilote Galaxy 75 and the places that it has enabled us to see and explore....and will continue finding more, we hope.

    At the moment we are looking to upgrade our motorhome, but only to enhance our experience and comfort...not that the Pilote hasn`t done us proud, because it has, however in -10 degrees, white out conditions and blowing a gale we need a little more to help our aged (?) bodies. Sometimes the mind says we are young at heart....and the weather says, "why are we putting ourselves through this"...so a bit more comfort is in order, thus the need for an upgrade, as we enjoy wild parking !!

    We`re friendly, but selective in who we call "friends"....and so enjoy what we do and experience, out of the rat-race.

    We hope to meet some "friends" on our travels.

    Christina and Geoff
     
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    Hi & welcome to the forum Christina and Geoff :BigGrin:
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    Welcome :Smile:

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    Hi Christina and Geoff

    Welcome to MH Fun. :welcomefunster:

    Glad you are enjoying your trips, we also spend most of our touring time in Scotland normally for 6 weeks at a time, at various times of year. Would agree a warm MH is a must.


    Dave :thumb:
     
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    Hello Christina and Geoff, welcome, it is freedom , motorhomes don't have letterboxes, landlines or lawns so no mail tel calls (mobile off) or grass to cut , just chill out :thumb:
     
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    Welcome, stay awhile and have some FUN:BigGrin:
     
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    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    Hi Christina and Geoff
    Welcome to MH Fun. :welcomefunster:

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    Thank you

    Thanks all for the warm welcome...wished we`d have found you years ago...but here we are.

    We`re not techy types...especially where voltage is concerned....so any advice on this subject is concerned would be very much appreciated.

    We have a Pilote Galaxy 75 which we regularly take to Scotland, and fitted a large solar panel and inverter, however it never seemed to be enough to power our TV and laptops. It was a regular occurrence for the inverter to be "screaming" after a few hours, especially in March, and November when the days are short....were we doing some thing wrong ? Any advice on this matter is always welcome.

    Now we`re looking to upgrade to a Dethleffs and want to get it right !!

    Thanks again for the warm welcome which we very much appreciate ...and hope to see some of you "on the road" or "in the Mountains" :Smile:
     
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    Thanks for that Hilldweller....as yet going abroad seems daunting....but who knows eh ?

    Scotland still holds so much for us in wildlife and landscapes, and not being anti social, we relish the remoteness away from the rat race. There are still places we haven`t explored on the single track roads up there...but we`re getting there. We very much see a road that we haven`t taken...and explore it to see what`s there....even Cattle Pass and the road over Ben Lawers...now that was hairy !!....thus our need for a really good 12 volt supply...which at the moment we are investigating and asking for advice on before upgrading to a Dethleffs.

    Thanks again Hillwalker...and happy touring :Smile:
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    One thing is for sure, in one lifetime we cannot cover even one country in depth. So I guess the choice is try and do one country in depth or skim through a lot of countries and get a broader view. But be careful NOT to do the American way "gee it's Thursday, this must be Paris, France".

    Going abroad is not at all daunting. They are better equipped for MHers than the UK. It's EXCITING. Something different.

    There are about ten FUNsters meeting in Lake Garda in May. Be a devil and join us. Details here.

    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/rallies-meets/14201-italy-lake-garda-may-2010-a.html

    and here:

    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/rallies-meets/18815-italian-job-2010-a.html
     
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    Separate answer re 12V.

    You favourite location, Scotland, has a huge problem when it comes to solar, it's high latitude which means the low sun angle, pitifully low in winter means low solar energy. So your 120W solar panel will deliver more like 60 at best or much worse in the winter.

    Your alternatives - noisy generator - quiet but expensive fuel cell. The practical solution is a Honda generator which is reputed to be the quietest.

    You might benefit by adding an extra battery if you have only one.
     
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    I`m grateful Hilldweller for all of your advice and encouragement...who knows we just may dip our toes in the water where overseas travel is concerned one year( and thanks so much for the invite)....for now we`re concentrating on upgrading out Pilote and getting the new one right electrically, for our needs. "Conquer Scotland and the rest should be a lot easier", with the added peace of mind and confidence that what we have serves our needs...if that makes sense ?
    I`m not saying that we have money to waste....but for instance..if the fuel cell ( what ever that is:Doh:) is going to give us the peace of mind we`ve lacked so far, then i would look at the cost very seriously.....an added say 1 or 2 thousand pounds to get it right, to me is worth it . I guess i`m saying that at our time of life, if we don`t get what we need and would like, then what`s all the hard graft over the years been for ?

    Again, Thanks for your advice and encouragement...it is really appreciated :Smile:
     
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    onthebeach Formerly 'Leggo'

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    Hi and welcome to fun:welcomefunster:

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    Thanks all...you`re very kind :Smile::thumb:
     
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    hi christina & geoff and a very warm welcome to MHF:thumb::welcomefunster:
    regards brian,jo & josh
     
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    Hi and flyingwelcome

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