Motorcaravans. Which describes it best?

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  1. emmitdb

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    Greetings,

    Over the last weekend me and SWMBO travelled up North to enjoy our Granddaughters 4th Birthday party.
    En route both North and South we stopped at the same Service Area (either side of the Motorway)
    Having nothing better to do, I read the 'usual' notice about stopping for a max of 2hrs but it was the rest of the Notice that took my eye.
    It stated, words to the effect that, dependant upon the vehicle, there were specific charges, some inclusive of a meal voucher should that vehicle stay at the Services in excess of two hours.
    These were the classes of vehicle:
    Car
    Commercial
    HGV
    Coaches.

    I noted that the Car Park had the facility for the parking of Motor cycles but that class did not appear on the above Notice.

    That got my devious mind thinking. Of which of the groups above does specifically a motorcaravan belong? To my way of thinking, it falls into 'None of the above' and, along with the absence of m/cycles on the list, the so called powers that be on that site would have a hard time convincing anyone that they could impose a 'Penalty Charge Notice'

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. jonandshell

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    Under 3500kg car, over 3500kg HGV?
     
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  3. Al-Di

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    depends when you passed test,

    hgv = 7.5t up

    Alan,
     
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  4. TheBig1

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    depends on the plated weight and tax class. under 3500kg plg Private light goods, so a car. over 3500kg phgv private heavy goods vehicle so same as a lorry or large commercial vehicle

    as for parking charges and penalties, any court would look at an individual case and consider whether you accepted the implied contract by parking there. losing a case like that would cost way more in legal fees than the charge
     
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    If your vehicle isn't specified - how can they penalise you:BigGrin:

    Btw - I absolutely HATE the term motor caravan! It's a motorhome and has nothing to do with caravans:Angry:

    (And that is in no way a dig at the OP - I just hate that term!!!)
     
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  6. emmitdb

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    Hi Dave,

    I don't take it as an insult. Isn't it the 'Official' phrase for our mode of vehicle.
     
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    Can't say I like it but it is logical.

    A home has dining room, living room, toilet, bath, bedrooms, garden.

    A caravan does not.
     
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    I bet "Campervan" really pisses you off?:Rofl1:
     
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  9. BreweryDave

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    Yes - it's the term used on the V5.

    And for me - it is home:BigGrin: the only thing I don't have on Brian's list is a bath:Rofl1:

    Still hate the term though:Angry:
     
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    The vehicles we use are not "commercials" as such, although mostly they are van derivatives.
    They can be termed "Car", in the same way a bus can.

    A vehicle is a "motor car" if it has an unladen weight not exceeding 2540kgs.
    That's unladen, not kerbside weight. Many on here confuse the two.
    It's a manufacturer's statement and cant be determined by driving over a weighbridge.
    A max. weight of 3050kg (3500kg if gas powered) comes into play for vehicles such as mini buses.

    If it has an ULW exceeding 2540kg it is a "heavy motor car".
    Buses can use the outside lane on motorways, etc. because they are deemed "Heavy Motor Car", rather than a "Large Goods Vehicle".

    That being the case, could it be argued that a motor caravan comes within the description of "car"?

    There is an easy way to find out what the charge would be..........go in and ask.:BigGrin:
     
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    Lol - actually no! As long as it refers to a van conversion like a vw or similar!
    I'm in a motorhome - and proud to be:Cool:

    Bloody caravans :Rofl1:

    I didn't join Motorcaravan fun did I :Doh:
     
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    of course there is always going to be the archaic description on vehicles

    car....motorised carriage
    bus......motorised omnibus
    motorcaravan.... motorised caravan, aka a motorhome

    DVLA and legislation still use the archaic terms at times, such as on some V5 log books. you also see invalid carriage being used for a wheelchair adapted vehicle on occasion but not always. seems to depend upon who you get when the form gets processed at DVLA

    the reason I mention this is that the courts would take a view of what is the common interpretation of the words used on a sign. the implied contract will always be there though as there is a sign advising of parking charges and conditions
     
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    Info on parking at MSAs is on Graham's Motorhome Parking site

    http://www.motorhomeparking.co.uk/mways.htm

    There are no designated places for motor caravans on MSAs, but some have places for caravans which can be used.. if they are full you can use the car parking area .. if that is full or you are too big then it is acceptable to use the HGV parking..


    As for motor caravan.. that describes exactly what it is .. what's the problem ?

    Motorhome is another Americanism, the US generic term for a vehicle designed or converted for sleeping in, also known as a Recreational Vehicle .

    Caravan is not used, towed RVs are called Travel Trailers, which some UK owners of US caravans have adopted.. :RollEyes:


    Full Definition of CARAVAN

    1
    a : a company of travelers on a journey through desert or hostile regions; also : a train of pack animals
    b : a group of vehicles traveling together (as in a file)
    2
    a : a covered wagon or motor vehicle equipped as traveling living quarters


    Origin of CARAVAN

    Italian caravana, from Persian kārvān
    First Known Use: 1588
     
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    Does not matter what it is VW, Hymer, Bursner, they are all Vans to me, always refer to ours as the Van.
     
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    We call ours a campervan even if it is officially Private HGV :Smile:
     
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    All things considered, If a landowner is levying charges, the vehicle is what he says it is and the charge is what he says it is.
    If the vehicle owner doesn't like it, tough.
    Find somewhere else.
    His land, after all.
     
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    Over there they call them this --

    Having a BIG super duper Motorhome over there means a little camping car:Rofl1:
     

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    Don't see the word 'little'
    Nor do I see aire de Motorcaravan :Rofl1:
     
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    taxation class

    driving licence class
    so Jonandshell have it correct. Sorry woody
     
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    Then we get into private light goods and private heavy goods.

    PHG is cheaper to tax - work that one out. :Wink:
     
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