What's happened

Kizmax

Free Member
Feb 20, 2014
52
10
West coast ireand
MH
Mercedes cipro garage
Exp
2010
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
 

makems

LIFE MEMBER
Sep 23, 2011
3,149
13,048
Ingleby Barwick,,Teesside
MH
A Class
Exp
since 2010
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.
 
Feb 16, 2013
11,523
14,263
uttoxeter
MH
ambulance conversion
Exp
50 years
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
 

yodeli

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 12, 2008
5,193
10,261
Balma (next to Toulouse) France
MH
Hymer Camp 51 Capucine
Exp
Since 2011/owner since 6/03/2014
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
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...!
 

CWH

LIFE MEMBER
Jan 29, 2014
4,533
31,760
under a wand'rin' star
MH
WildAx PVC
Exp
From November 2013
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
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
 

calion

Free Member
Sep 3, 2014
430
532
MH
C class
Exp
since 2008
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!
 
Nov 18, 2011
10,020
19,340
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!
I get that felling sometimes to so I am not alone (y)
 

calion

Free Member
Sep 3, 2014
430
532
MH
C class
Exp
since 2008
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
 

sedge

Funster
Jul 7, 2009
4,779
4,726
Nr Jct 3 M6
MH
C class
Exp
Aug 09 to date 9,000 miles!
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!
 

sedge

Funster
Jul 7, 2009
4,779
4,726
Nr Jct 3 M6
MH
C class
Exp
Aug 09 to date 9,000 miles!
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!
 

Jaws

LIFE MEMBER
Sep 26, 2008
20,802
29,885
Narrfoook
MH
C class, Autotrail Chief
Exp
since 2006 ( I think ! )
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 !!
 

trekkin

Free Member
Sep 12, 2014
333
495
Staffordshire
MH
Rv
Exp
5 years but still learning
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
 
M

Madwife

Deleted User
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
 
Nov 18, 2011
10,020
19,340
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
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.
 

calion

Free Member
Sep 3, 2014
430
532
MH
C class
Exp
since 2008
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
 
SMC Motorhomes Newark
RoadPro
Johns Cross
Safeguard Motorhome Insurance
Rhino Installs
Friendly professional service from qualified technicians
Free Club Stickers
Dave Newell Leisure Vehicle Services
Top