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  1. Nefoc

    Nefoc Read Only Funster

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    Hi all,
    Been considering if a Motorhome would be a good idea and hired a small 4 berth last summer for a race at Brands Hatch which worked well with the family (bikes and Xbox a real bonus at a race track).

    Anyway I've taken the plunge and put a deposit down on a local private Four Winds Hurricane. 6 Berth with a single slide.

    First trip is likely to be next weekend as I'm racing at Silverstone and the family will come with me.

    I'm a compulsive pointy red car collector so this is as far divorced from my area of expertise as you can get, so any newbie advice or topics you suggest I should read would be great.

    Things like:
    LPG location poi's for sat-navs
    Should I get a truck sat nav .
    30ft RV friendly sites (poi?)
    What are rules of just finding a place and parking up (did that last time driving up north from Brands when I got tired)
    Trailer pulling (likely my racecar on the back)

    Basically I want to ensure I don't look like a pillock ATGNI when I pop up at a site.

    Other than the brands trip I usually just camp so don't have to think to hard about my trips.

    Look forward to knowing how to get the most out of the RV and not just for my racing.

    Finally where do you store your RV? Have space on street at home but she is big and neighbours will probably wings after a while.

    May even consider somewhere halfway down the country as I suspect most trips will be at least 2 hours south of Newcastle so may be more economical to leave it down there and us a car to pick up and continue the trip.

    Oh so many questions buzzing around my head. Dead excited. Even more than the fact I'm using a new racecar next weekend.


    when not racing i have two boys 11 and 13 and 3 small lap dogs, so advice on trips would be great. did alton towers hotel last time I raced at Donington which worked for kids so if they have a campsite which are RV friendly that type of thing would be great.

    Cheers,
    Tris
     
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  2. steveclecy

    steveclecy Read Only Funster

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    Welcome to the Forum

    Needs an RV owner to answer some of your questions.

    If you become a full member you will have access to the downloads section which includes Autogas locations in the UK (and others for other countries).

    An outfit of your size (especially with trailer) it is likely you will have to call ahead to see if sites can accommodate you. Perhaps looking at the sister site the RV Owners Club might be of benefit.

    As regards just parking up and sleeping overnight, I think you would have to find somewhere quite remote or consider a truck stop.

    Trailers - well a lot of MH owners do trail. Sure that will not be a problem.

    Steve
     
  3. Deckard

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    ukbill is the uk salesamn for this :Laughing:

    its the one I'll be getting shortly too...:thumb:

    A few guys here have them - good feedback and at £55 ??? no brainer?

    Truck Sat Nav

    The only comment about leaving your RV somewhere - find a storage site with good security...be a bugger if you came to pick it up and it had GONE!! :Eeek::Eeek:
     
  4. TheDogMan

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    With the weight of the RV I presume you have the licence for the trainweight of the RV and a car on a trailer, thats one of the things that put me off an RV
     
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  6. Nefoc

    Nefoc Read Only Funster

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    Thanks for the quick responses. I'll check out those links and spend some time preparing for next weekend. £55 for a sat nav sounds like a bargain, and definitely need to know where I'm going in advance. Will check out my licence position with the trailer. It looked good when I first checked but your comment warrants another look.

    May get the mechanic to take it down for this first one. Baby steps probably the safest option.

    Cheers,
    T
     
  7. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    a couple of things you need to check out.

    First is weight, the spec I looked at rates the hurricane at 18000lbs which is over 7500 kg so you will need an HGV (C category) licence.
    It could have been downplayed to 16500lbs (7500 kg) which will allow use on a pre 1997 licence using 'grandfather rights or AFTER 1997 if you have past a C1 test.

    Secondly...towing weight.
    Check the chassis/VIN plate, usually fixed to the door frame or in the wardrobe...this will also confirm the gross weight

    If it doesn't state a GCVR (gross combined vehicle rating) you can't legally tow anything at all in the UK or Europe.

    The hitch itself has a 5000lbs limit ........around 2250kg.



    If you past your test pre 1997 you you will have C1+E with restriction 107 on you licence and are restricted to a maximum train weight (RV and trailer) of just 8250kg.......not a chance of towing a car trailer unfortunately

    New C1E test (seperate test) allows a train weight of 12000kg
     
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    Nefoc welcome and good luck:thumb:
     
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    welcome

    Welcome aboard:Wink:
     
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