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  1. Kizmax

    Kizmax Read Only Funster

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    I drove from the west of Ireland to Yorkshire and down the a1 in the last 2 days and passed about 30 motorhomes and only one guy waved back
    We used to be such a friendly lot or am I just being silly
    Keep the wave alive I say
    What's your thoughts
     
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  2. makems

    makems Funster Life Member

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    On motorways and dual carriageways people don't bother as you can't really see whether they are waving or not at that distance.
    On normal roads we always wave.
     
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  3. chaser

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    Did over 3500 miles in France last month, I think you could count on one hand how many waved first to us out of hundreds
     
  4. Dawn B

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    I always wave, but I must admit, it's now turning into a salute if they don't wave back
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  5. JJ

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    I always wave.

    If they don't wave back it simply means I am more friendly than them and I drive on with a feeling of superiority.

    (Mind you, if I am in my Classic Hymer 660S I already have a feeling of superiority.)

    JJ :cool:
     
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    I'm not surprised the least bit! Call it "nose in the air" or pretentious ... I say , most of them.... "ont un balai dans le cul " (you can google this one, ... the translation is right LOL!)... Sorry but this is one of the main differences between Continental French and French Black foot...!
     
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    I wave most of the time, but sometimes I don't because:
    1] I'm map-reading &/or cursing the satnav (this is probably my most common reason)
    2] I've got my eyes shut (while Him Indoors is driving)
    3] nobody's bothered to wave to me for a while (how dare they not be friendly?)
    4] I can't decide whether they're a MH or a white van (sun in my eyes???)
    5] I'm looking at all the luverly countryside (or complicated roadsigns)
    6] we've been on the road for ages, waved to a million people (and my little hand hurts, poor me)
    7] I'm thinking that I don't have to be anywhere by any particular day, ever again (definitely smug)
    8] I've got my eyes on the road (what? - why?)
    Still, I think I do my fair share of waving - hello, nice to meet you, mine's a pint, goodbye
     
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  8. calion

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    Tend to find the very new, very expensive vans, don't wave to us in our old heap. Thing is, whether you spend £5k or £100k on a motorhome, you're all doing the same thing, ie sleeping in a vehicle in a field! Just some can afford to do it in luxury!
     
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  9. Wildbill

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    I get that felling sometimes to so I am not alone (y)
     
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  10. Kelsae2

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    Always wave, but as you say, loads of people don't seem to bother now.

    Might explain why, when you do wave back, people appreciate it.
     
  11. Wildbill

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    was in a lay bye last week had the bonnet up just checking the oil and water
    three vans drove past without even a glance with there nose stuck up in the air
    I would always ask if they needed help
     
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  12. calion

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    trouble is these days, a lot of people only think about no. 1
    Its good to know there are still people like you around Bill
     
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  13. sedge

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    I think it's the same in France as here broadly - in villages/smaller towns and on ditto roads, people wave. Otherwise - other than "ont un balai dans le cul" ones which come in every country/nationality - one would hope they are concentrating on driving - which nobody can criticise them for !

    We spent 3 months en La belle France recently and when we first started off from Calais I said 'Ho - what's wrong with US, then?' but after a few days, normal waving service was resumed.

    Perhaps it was people who hadn't driven abroad before and/or it's stressful and/or they were hacked off cos they were on their way home?

    I believe quite an awful lot of the foreign Johnnies hire their mohos for their vacances, so maybe they aren't used to driving it yet?

    I don't lose sleep over it, anyway!
     
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    Well we've had virtual abuse some times when we've stopped to see if folk needed help.

    We were in the van one night coming back from somewhere and the was a motorbike in a layby with the rider sat on the kerb. Pete pulled in to see if he was OK and he was most surprised that we'd stopped, and very appreciative - but he HAD only stopped to water his horse and a smoke!
     
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    We always wave IF the oncoming van is spotted in time !
    Noticed all over Europe no one else initiated a wave but most folk waved back if I waved ..

    As for the OP..
    Quite frankly I am amazed no one else has mentioned this..
    Its obvious innit peeps.................

    Those that do not wave are all members of either the CC or a certain other site that shares Fun's initials !!
     
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    I always try to wave, but being a LHD not sure we are always noticed, we usually get a better response if we both wave, so need to scan both seats for a wave, as sometime it may be me waving from the nearside

    Adrian
     
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    I always wave but no one ever waves back.

    Some say it's because I don't have a Motor Home.


    :cooler:
     
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  18. Madwife

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    Sorry if we passed you on the A1 and didn't wave, I was asleep (not driving) or otherwise preoccupied and Howie was concentrating hard on complaining about drivers in our side of the road!

    We always try to wave at other MH, van conversions etc but as others have said it's sometimes difficult particularly on dual carriageways and motorways.

    Kath
     
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    but family policy has now been dictated if the van is under ten years old we drive right bye.
    the only time I have had any one stop to help has been someone with a old van.
     
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    I'll help anyone if I can, don't know anything about mechanical faults, but would stop and offer a lift or whatever else would be useful. Make a phone call etc
     
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