Old hand at motorhomes

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  1. man of kent

    man of kent Read Only Funster

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    Been motorhoming with my wife on and off since about 1970. So long ago cannot remember.

    1st one - early 60's VW camper without raising roof. 1200cc engine. No fuel gauge, just a pull out knob for 1 gallon when the engine stopped.

    2nd one - 1968 VW dormobile with raising roof. Crap 1600cc air cooled engine. They all drop number 3 valve! If your valve clearances reduce you WILL drop a valve. 1700cc even worse. 1700 probably all gone now. Changed lane in cross wind without moving steering wheel. Get blown off the road in the USA!

    3rd one - 1973 Dodge Tioga in the USA in 1981. Did the big tour in February 1982 after leaving GM in Detroit. Froze up at -40 (same at C & F at this temperature!) in Gunnison State Park. Flew the grand canyon below the rim. Not allowed now. 10-12mpg. Dollar 29 a gallon.

    4th one - 1988 FIAT Hymer 544. Broken 5th gear. Dont they all!

    5th one - 2007 FIAT Chausson - sold it. Too unreliable FIAT.

    Latest one - 1999 Peugeot Pilote Galaxy 25S - Worn out 5th gear at 68k. DONT slog the gearbox in 5th at low revs! Change down early.

    Love - Lake district. Switzerland. Dislike - the south east. Traffic jams. Cost of fuel.

    Good camping..............
     
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    Hi and welcome to Fun
     
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    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    Welcome Man of Kent from the Man in Sussex:Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Peter
     
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    welcome man of kent ,,From the Boy of Cheshire :Wink:
     
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    Welcome to the Fun :flyingwelcome:


    Can confirm the dropped valve in the 1600 VW engine

    Happened to me one Monday morning rush hour just as I got onto the elevated section of the M4 motorway :Eeek:

    Spent 30mins hearing about myself on the traffic reports before the Police arrived and reversed me back down onto the hard sholder:Blush:

    Great Days

    Charlie
     
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    Hello Man of Kent, and a big welcome to the fun. You've told us about some bad bits, but the good bits must outweigh those as your still at it after all these years. :thumb: Looking forward to hearing of your experiences:Smile:
     
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    Welcome, Man of Kent.

    Havin lived there in the first half of the last century - not all of it, mind - I'm very proud to remind Fellow Funsters that a 'Man of Kent' is one born to the West of the Medway, and a 'Kentish Man' is born on the East.

    And welcome also to the Maid of Kent...

    At least the label tells us we can't blag a parking space on our drive to catch an early ferry!

    Cheers, you two!
     
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    Welcome to Motorhome Fun :Smile:
     
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    :welcome: Man of Kent. If you don't like the South East, grab my B in law and S in law from Herne Bay and come north to W York like we did in 1988. It's fabulous here. :BigGrin::BigGrin::BigGrin:

    Ivy
     
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    Yep! As far as over-population and congestion go, the South East is a necessary evil we all have to endure to get to Dover!
    The countryside itself (what's left of it) is lovely.
     
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    hi there man of kent and of course your wife:Wink:and welcome to MHF.enjoy the forum:thumb:regards brian jo and josh:thumb:
     
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    HI and welcome:thumb:
     
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