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  1. Safetyman

    Safetyman Read Only Funster

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    Hi All
    Just joined so please be gentle, no doubt it will take me a while to get the hang of it.
    I am assuming that a fifth wheel counts as a Motorhome (thats what my Insurance Companies assessment says) as I spotted one of the threads mentioning this.
    At the grand age of 57 and with kids flown the nest I find my childhood is returning hence for the last 2 years we have been cavorting around the countryside in a Roadrunner Fifth Wheel and Nissan Navara.
    Your site attracted me with the mention of Beer and Fun, sounds like a perfick match!
    Hope to join in with the topics.
    Kind Regards
     
  2. Munchie

    Munchie Funster Life Member

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    Hi welcome to the site. All are welcome here from tents to RV's, it's all the same thing ..camping. Any questions ask away there is a wealth of info available here. The natives are friendly too. :BigGrin:
     
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    welcome safetyman, look forward to meeting you sometime in the future:Smile:
    ruth
     
  4. Tony Santara

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    Hi Safetyman
    sounds like you tick all the boxes for us welcome to the forum
    Look forward to seeing you at a meet
     
  5. moandick

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    A-ha - just this minute picked a 5'er up from off the pavement in Truro - whey-he - means we can eat a square meal today! :RollEyes:

    Welcome Safetyman - as they say, you don't have to be mad to join this forum - but sometimes it helps. :thumb::thumb:
     
  6. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    Your a seven wheeler with the spare and a steering wheel or were you shortchanged?:Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Welcome:thumb:
     
  7. Safetyman

    Safetyman Read Only Funster

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    Thanks JCM, 11 wheels if you count the steering wheel!! (4 on the 5er+spare 4 on the pickup + spare)
    Cheers
     
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    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    Well done you definately got the idea of FUN!:thumb: but if you need to know anything just ask
     
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    welcome

    hi safetyman,welcome,im new too,and what a good site,loads a help when you want it,:thumb:happy dayz,regaeds joanie.:Smile::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    :Eeek::Eeek: Yes you do!! :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Welcome anyway.:thumb:

    John
     
  11. Safetyman

    Safetyman Read Only Funster

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    Thanks for the welcome Jaydee I see you were Merchant, Fyfes Bannanas myself years ago. (which could be the reason I ended up here!!!)
    Malcolm
     
  12. JayDee

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    Yep, that'd do it.:Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Shell until 1974 then Cable & Wireless until it became Global Marine. Took voluntary redundancy / early retirement in 2002 (at age 53). A great life, but much better being at home. :thumb:

    I see film of storms at sea and suchlike and wonder what on earth I found enjoyable about that - but then there's the other side like a year and a half in Hawaii, several years in Spain, another year and a half based in Suva, etc., all of which was really good fun. Didn't do my body a lot of good mind. :Eeek:

    Yo Ho Ho

    John
     
  13. moandick

    moandick Read Only Funster

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    Hi Safetyman

    Your turn to help...... Have you got an imported 5'er or did you buy it here?

    Question.....

    Hi Dick

    first post on this forum so here goes

    I currently have a Cedar Creek 5th wheel here in the States - like others its insured by Progressive ,just insured it full coverage value $50k with 6 months use 6 months storage $395. The truck is more expensive at value $24k full coverage 6 months $1200 also by Progressive. The policy were taken out through Lazydays with Montana quotes on UK licence. The truck is a bit more expensive because it comes into commercial being a 3500 - if it was a 2500 you might get a better quote from other insurers

    If I import it back to the Uk i would be interested in the driving licence needed ie would I need a hgv class 1 or whatever they call it now,and how do I cover the braking and parking brake needed for UK trailers.

    Ian & Doreen

    I think we need more information on weight of both vehicles before quoting car or HGV - but what about the brake requirements?
     
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    Welcome Safety Man from another 'fiver'. :thumb:

    Ours is a Jayco Jayflight - pulled by Mitsubishi L200.
     
  15. Safetyman

    Safetyman Read Only Funster

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    Hi Moandick in answer to the queries I think you will find that Cedars would not be legal on a normal driving licence in the UK because I believe they are over 7ft 6ins wide (8ft?) and I fear a class 1 licence would be required, however it would only be the width that restricts it and not the weight (odd I know)
    I know Lazydays well having been there but they dont seem to know (or care) about UK restrictions on this type of rig (they are a sales operation) but rules are rules and 7' 6" is the max under the Road Traffic Regulations.(for a car licence)
    Brakes- Electric brakes are fine as long as the Train weight is not exceded and they are connected to the vehicle braking system (usually via the tow vehicle brake switch)
    My unit was purchased in the UK and has a manual handbrake fitted (as much use as the Popes Parts & I never use it) which does comply with the regs.
    Insurance- Camptons in the UK are about the best for Insurance as my rig costs £430 a year fully comprehensive for Pick-up and Trailer (they class it as a Motorhome) a survey from Niche Marketing where I bought the unit confirms this.
    My wife and I have studied 5ers for the last ten years but only taken the plunge in 2006, since then and after experiancing Caravaning its worth it whatever the cost!
    Hope this helps
    Come back if you need more.
    Regards
    Malcolm

    PS As Ian & Doreen say some dimensions of your unit will enable us to give a difinitive answer.
     
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  16. Safetyman

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    Hi Algill
    Thanks for the welcome, nice to see our numbers are swelling, lets face it there is no competition, once a 5driver never return!
    Sun Valley Roadrunner and Nissan Navara with lots of stares from Truck Drivers dont know why that is! Wifes not too glossy so it cant be that!
    What size is your Jayco?

    Regards
    Malcolm
     
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  17. pappajohn

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    hi safetyman and welcome to the FUN. :thumb::thumb:
    one uk 5'er dealer can convert your pickup to provide air brakes to the trailer but that puts another £1000 on your bill. :Eeek:
    electric brakes appear to be the best option and they have a control to advance or retard trailer braking in the cab. :thumb:

    john.
     
  18. moandick

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    Thanks, guys - Ill make sure Ian and Doreen read the relevant posts.
     
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    Helllo And Welcome to the Fun:thumb:
     
  20. Safetyman

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    John
    Does Cable & Wireless mean that you were one of those subcontract Radio shack guys that disapeared every time a rope was thrown around a bollard?
    If so I have never seen a Radio man ever look out of a porthole!
    :Rofl1:
    Malcolm
     
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