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Wednesday, 1 January 2020

My Motorhome Travels 2020


The map above will show all of the stops I’ve stayed in with my motorhome during 2020.

Just zoom in and click on any of the motorhome icons for more information.

Rallies

Rallies i have attended this year.
  1. SLDA, Burns Night, Rally 2 nights
  2. BCC, Xmas and New Year, Rally 5 nights
Wild Camping

Wild Camping I have done this year.

Festivals

Festivals I have done this year.

Certificated Sites 

Certificated Sites I've stopped at during the year.
  1. Beech Tree Farm Camp & Caravan Site 2 nights
Certificated Locations

 Certificated Locations I've stopped at during the year.

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


Wishing you a magical and blissful holiday!
Have a merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

2020 Motorhome & Campervan Shows

The year shows at a glance.

The January Motorhome & Campervan Sale
24-26 January 2020 – East of England Arena, Peterborough

Start 2020 with the keys to your dream vehicle!

Make the most of your budget with hundreds of new and used models available to view in our vehicle supermarket. This will be one of the UK's largest pop-up multi-dealer showrooms, with exclusive offers to kick start the new year.

Entry is free, as is parking but make sure you register for your free goody bag! Contents will vary, however, they will include various copies of our market leading magazines.
Please note goody bags are one per couple and are subject to availability.

The Yorkshire Motorhome & Campervan Show
20-22 March 2020 – Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

The Yorkshire Motorhome & Campervan Show
120+ exhibitors spread amongst both indoor & outdoor exhibition areas
Compare 250+ new and used motorhomes & campervans for sale from 30 national and local dealers
Huge selection of outdoor leisure accessories - stock up for summer!
Free 'Experts Seminars' on a variety of topics
Free 20 minute manoeuvring courses from The Caravan and Motorhome Club

Please note - This is a day visitor only event. Dogs are welcome at the show, but are not permitted in the buildings. We ask all owners to be responsible and not to leave animals unattended in vehicles.

The National Motorhome & Campervan Show
17-19 April 2020 - East of England Arena, Peterborough

Stay-on-site and enjoy a weekend away with four nights of live entertainment or visit for the day
Find your dream vehicle with over 600 new and used on display from more than 60 dealers
Take your pick from thousands of accessories with over 300 exhibitors on site
Add to your hobby knowledge in the free MMM seminars
Free 20 minute manoeuvring courses and campervan test drives from The Caravan and Motorhome Club
View the latest selection of luxury lodges on the market

Looking to stay on site? Come to the UK's largest outdoor motorhome & campervan show. We welcome motorhomes, campervans, caravans and tents.

The Southern Motorhome & Campervan Show
15-17 May 2020 – Newbury Showground, Newbury

Stay on-site and enjoy four nights of live sixties themed entertainment or visit for the day
Browse more than 420 new and used models from over 40 national and local dealers
Make the most of over 200 exhibitors all in the same place
Two shows for the price of one - peruse the National Park and Holiday Homes Show at the same time

Looking to stay on site? We look forward to welcoming you in your motorhome, campervan, caravan or tent for a long weekend away.

The Midsummer Motorhome & Campervan Show
19-21 June 2020 – Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth

Stay-on-site and enjoy four nights of live rock n roll themed entertainment or book to visit for the day
Browse more than 275 new and used vehicles from over 25 national and local dealers
Stock up on those all important accessories from more than 130 different exhibitors
Enjoy daytime music, free jive classes, and 50s hair & makeup tuition

Looking to stay on site? We look forward to welcoming you to Warwickshire in your motorhome, campervan, caravan or tent for a long weekend of jive, dance and rockabilly.

The Scottish Motorhome & Campervan Show
3-5 July 2020 – Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

The Warners Shows team are delighted to announce we are launching an event in Edinburgh next summer.

Taking place from the 3-5th July 2020, the Royal Highland Centre will become home to a huge exhibition area offering excellent choice for those hunting for their next vehicle or latest accessories. Those camping on site can look forward to four nights of high-calibre live entertainment and the opportunity to explore the beautiful surroundings of historic Edinburgh.

Head of Events, Sally Dodds, commented ‘We have been hunting for a suitable Northern venue for a number of years, so we’re thrilled to be adding a Scottish show to our portfolio. We look forward to welcoming both regular faces and new ones’.

The Norfolk Motorhome & Campervan Show
24-26 July 2020 – Norfolk Showground, Norwich

Stay-on-site and enjoy a weekend away with four nights of live entertainment or visit for the day
Browse more than 225 new and used models for sale from over 25 national and local dealers
Peruse thousands of outdoor leisure accessories from over 130 different exhibitors
Electric hook-up pitches - 200 available for advance bookings

Looking to stay on site? We look forward to welcoming you in your motorhome, campervan, caravan or tent for our annual summer party weekend.

The Western Motorhome & Campervan Show
14-16 August 2020 – Three Counties Showground, Malvern

Enjoy a weekend away with four nights of live country & western themed entertainment or visit for the day
Browse more than 600 new and used models for sale from over 50 national and local dealers
Choose from a huge selection of accessories with over 250 exhibitors on site
Enjoy daytime music, line-dancing classes each evening, and prizes for the best dressed westerners
Watch authentic living history displays from the Lonestar Old West Re-enactment Group

Looking to stay on site? Our Malvern show is one the UK's largest country & western festivals. We welcome motorhomes, campervans, caravans and tents.

The South West Motorhome & Campervan Show
11-13 September 2020 – Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet

Enjoy a weekend away with four nights of live classic rock themed entertainment or visit for the day
Browse more than 300 new and used models from over 25 national and local dealers
Over 120 exhibitors - Peruse thousands of accessories and essentials to compliment the hobby
Participate in free manoeuvring and towing courses from the Caravan and Motorhome Club
Free Seminars

Looking to stay on site? We look forward to welcoming you to Somerset in your motorhome, campervan, caravan or tent for a long weekend away.

The Motorhome & Campervan Show, Season Finale
25-27 September 2020 – Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln

Come for the weekend with four nights of live best of British themed entertainment or visit for the day
Browse, compare and buy thousands of accessories from over 200 different exhibitors
Explore a whopping 500 new and used models on display from over 40 national and local dealers
Discover 2021 launches or take advantage of end of season clearance deals
Enjoy daytime music, a BBMF Spitfire flypast and our on-site re-enactment group.

Looking to stay on site? We look forward to welcoming you to Lincolnshire in your motorhome, campervan, caravan or tent.

The Malvern Caravan Show
2-4 October 2020 – Three Counties Showground, Malvern

Stay-on-site and enjoy a weekend away with four nights of live entertainment or visit for the day
Browse more than 200 new and used caravans and motorhomes for sale from over 15 national and local dealers
Take your pick from thousands of accessories with over 90 exhibitors on site
Daytime entertainment including a charity coffee morning, bingo and a fun dog show

The Malvern Caravan Show is run by the Three Counties Showground.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

The Nomad

The Nomad

‘The Nomad’ is a custom-built, one-of-a-kind, motorhome designed to accommodate six people. It features a roof terrace and heated garage, along with a high-spec kitchen – fitted with a dishwasher and wine cooler – and a living area that has a slide extension.

The motorhome was built in 2016 by Whittaker Coachbuilders, on a 26-tonne Mercedes-Benz Actros. It’s 12 metres in length and 2.5 metres wide, and has fully automatic transmission, road friendly suspension and rear axle steering. It’s been configured in left-hand drive.

2016 Mercedes-Benz Actros, Whittaker Motorhome "The Nomad"
10,505km on Odometer
12 Metres in length and 2.5 Metres Wide.
6 Berth
Kitchen with gas oven, grill, 4 ring hob, fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher.
Living area temperature controlled, also extends for more living space.
Front and Rear Bedroom.
Bathroom fitted with Shower, sink and washing machine.
Rear Garage.

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John Pye & Sons Auctions

Friday, 25 October 2019

SLDA, Halloween Rally

SLDA, Halloween Rally

25th to 27th Oct 2019, SLDA, Halloween Rally

Address: Welbourn Village Hall, Beck St, Welbourn, Lincoln, LN5 0LZ

Organiser: South Lincolnshire DA
Start Date: 25th October 2019
Finish Date: 27th October 2019
Stewards: Claire and Chris
Cost: £20

Facilities:

Fresh Water
Waste Disposal

Directions:

On the A607 from Lincoln turn right into village then first left village hall on the left

Information:

Join us for a spooky Halloween meet

Monday, 21 October 2019

Pet travel to Europe after Brexit

How to prepare for travel with your pet to any EU country whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal.

Published 6 November 2018
Last updated 21 October 2019 — see all updates
From:
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Animal and Plant Health Agency
Applies to:

England, Scotland, and Wales (see guidance for Northern Ireland)

Contents
Stay up to date
Pet travel if there’s a no-deal Brexit
Return to the UK
UK nationals living in the EU
If the UK becomes a listed third country
Pet travel during an implementation period
Find an official vet
Pet travel from Northern Ireland
Pet travel helpline

Stay up to date
The UK is leaving the EU. This page tells you how to prepare for Brexit and will be updated if anything changes.

Sign up for email alerts to get the latest information.

Sign up for Defra alerts about Brexit and the animal health and welfare sector.

The UK will become a third country when it leaves the EU. Third countries can apply to the European Commission to be listed.

In the EU Pet Travel Scheme, there are 3 categorisations of third country:

unlisted
Part 1 listed
Part 2 listed
Pet travel requirements will change depending on what category the UK becomes on exit day.

The UK is likely to be treated as an unlisted country under the EU Pet Travel Scheme if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

To make sure your pet is able to travel from the UK to the EU after Brexit, you should contact your vet at least 4 months before travelling to get the latest advice.

Pet travel if there’s a no-deal Brexit
A current EU pet passport issued in the UK will not be valid for travel to the EU.

Before your dog, cat or ferret can travel, you’ll need to take the following steps:

You must have your dog, cat or ferret microchipped and vaccinated against rabies

Your pet must have a blood sample taken at least 30 days after its last rabies vaccination. (whether that’s a booster or initial vaccination) Your vet may recommend a booster rabies vaccination before this test.

Your pet’s blood sample will be sent to a to an EU-approved blood testing laboratory

Wait 3 months from the date the successful blood sample was taken before you can travel.

The vet must give you a copy of the test results and enter the day the blood sample was taken in an animal health certificate (AHC).

You will not be able to travel with your pet if you have not completed these steps.

If the blood test result is not successful you’ll need a repeat vaccination and another blood test taken at least 30 days after the repeat vaccination.

Find out more about rabies vaccination boosters and blood tests.

Get an animal health certificate
You must also take your pet to your vet no more than 10 days before travel to get an animal health certificate (AHC). (The AHC needs to be signed by an official vet. Check with your vet that they can issue AHCs for pets.)

You must take proof of:

your pet’s vaccination history
your pet’s microchipping date
a successful rabies antibody blood test result
Your pet’s AHC will be valid for:

10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU
onward travel within the EU for 4 months after the date of issue
re-entry to the UK for 4 months after the date of issue

Travelling to Finland, Republic of Ireland or Malta
If you’re travelling with your dog directly to Finland, Republic of Ireland or Malta it must have treatment against tapeworm 1 to 5 days before arriving in one of those countries (Echinococcus multilocularis). Your vet must enter full details on the AHC following treatment.

Arriving in the EU
On arrival in the EU, pet owners travelling with pets will need to enter through a designated Travellers’ point of entry (TPE).

At the TPE, you may need to present proof of:

your pet’s microchip
rabies vaccination
successful blood test results
tapeworm treatment (if required)
your pet’s health certificate
Repeat trips to the EU
Your pet will need a new health certificate for each trip to the EU.

To get a new health certificate you must take your pet to an official vet no more than 10 days before you travel. Again, you must show proof of your pet’s:

microchipping date
rabies vaccination history
successful rabies antibody blood test result
Pets do not need a repeat blood test before travelling again if they have:

had a successful blood test
an up-to-date subsequent rabies vaccination history
You’ll need tapeworm treatment if you’re travelling to Malta, Republic of Ireland or Finland.

Return to the UK
There will be no change to the current health preparations for pets entering Great Britain from the EU after Brexit.

Your pet must have one of the following documents when returning to the UK:

an EU pet passport (issued in the EU or in the UK prior to Brexit)
the AHC issued in the UK used to travel to the EU (which you can use up to 4 months after it was issued)
a UK pet health certificate (for travel into the UK only)

Check the routes before you travel. You must travel using approved routes. Your documents and microchip will be checked when entering England, Scotland or Wales (Great Britain). Different rules apply in Northern Ireland. Owners of assistance animals do not have to travel on approved routes.

You do not have to travel on an approved route if you travel to Great Britain from:

other UK countries
the Channel Islands
the Isle of Man
the Republic of Ireland
Talk to your vet about what preparations you need to make before you travel from these places.

Travel from countries not free from tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis)
You need to take your dog to a vet no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before entering the UK, for an approved tapeworm treatment. This requirement will not change after the UK leaves the EU.

You do not need to treat your dog for tapeworm if you’re coming directly to the UK from Finland, Republic of Ireland or Malta.

UK nationals living in the EU
If you’re living in the EU and plan to travel with your pet using a UK-issued pet passport, you should speak to your vet. They’ll help you understand the effect of Brexit and ensure you’re compliant with EU Pet Travel Regulations.

If you have a pet passport issued by an EU member state, you can use it to bring your pet to the UK.

You can also use it to return to the EU, as long as your pet has had a successful rabies antibody blood test. You must make sure the blood sample is taken at least 30 days after the date of rabies vaccination.

If the blood sample is taken in the UK, you must wait 3 months from the date the successful blood sample was taken before you travel back to the EU. You do not have to wait the 3 months before travelling if your pet has a successful blood test before leaving the EU.

If the UK becomes a listed third country
Third countries can apply to the European Commission to be listed under either Part 1 or Part 2 of EU Pet Travel Regulations.

Part 1 listed countries operate under similar rules as EU member states.

You’ll need to obtain documents from an official vet that will replace the EU pet passport. The type of document you need depends on whether the UK becomes a Part 1 or Part 2 listed country.

Part 1 listed country status
If the UK becomes a Part 1 listed country, you must have your pet microchipped and vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before travel. You’ll need to make sure your pet’s rabies vaccinations are kept up to date and make sure your dog has tapeworm treatment if needed.

You must also apply for a new document, the UK pet passport. You can use this for travel to the EU for your pet’s lifetime (or until full) as long as your pet’s rabies vaccinations are kept up to date.

Part 2 listed country status
If the UK becomes a Part 2 listed country, you must have your pet microchipped and vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before travel. You’ll need to make sure your pet’s rabies vaccinations are kept up to date and make sure your dog has tapeworm treatment if needed.

You must also visit an official vet no more than 10 days before you travel to get an AHC confirming that your pet is microchipped and vaccinated against rabies.

Your pet will need a new AHC for each trip to the EU if the UK becomes a Part 2 listed country. On arrival in the EU, pet owners travelling with pets need to enter through a designated TPE. At the TPE, you may need to present proof of microchip and rabies vaccination and tapeworm treatment if required.

Pet travel during an implementation period
If a deal is agreed and an implementation period is confirmed, you can travel with your pet to the EU under the current pet travel rules using your current UK issued EU pet passport.

If you’re travelling with your pet for the first time you’ll have to visit your vet to get a pet passport.

Find an official vet
Speak to your vet to find your nearest official vet. Many veterinary practices will have one in their team.

You can also read guidance on how to find an official vet

Pet travel from Northern Ireland
For information on the Pet Travel Scheme in Northern Ireland, read pet travel guidance from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

Pet travel helpline
Contact the pet travel helpline if you need more help:

Email: pettravel@apha.gov.uk
Telephone: 0370 241 1710 Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm (closed on bank holidays)

Pet travel to Europe after Brexit

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Motorhome Anti-Tax Campaign

Motorhome Anti-Tax Campaign

Motorhome road tax increased by 705%

From 1 September 2019, the tax payable on first registration of a new motorhome with a WLTP Euro 6D/2 engine was increased from £265 up to £2,135.

Join the lobby campaign NOW!

How to get involved in the campaign

As a result of a technicality under new EU regulations, new motorhomes with a WLTP Euro 6D/2 engine are no longer subject to a commercial vehicle tax band in the UK. Instead, they are, for the purposes of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), now taxed as a car. This will have a devastating effect on the motorhome industry. There will be a substantial fall in British manufacturing, a collapse in demand for new products, and associated job losses throughout the supply chain.

There are three different ways to add your support to the campaign to help reclassify motorhomes as commercial vehicles and get a fair tax for new motorhomes.
 
Background
UK motorhomes are built using a commercial base vehicle, fitted with a commercial engine. These base vehicles are constructed by commercial base vehicle manufacturers (incomplete vehicle) and are then converted into motorhomes by UK-based motorhome manufacturers.

Motorhomes have for many years been taxed as private light goods commercial vehicles (PLG- 3,500 kg and below), or private heavy goods commercial vehicles (PHG – over 3,500kg).

As a result of a technicality under new EU regulations, new motorhomes with a WLTP Euro 6D/2 engine are no longer subject to a commercial vehicle tax band - Private/Light Goods (PLG/PHG) - when they are first registered. Instead, they are, for the purposes of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), now taxed as a car.

This reclassification means the registration tax for a new motorhome with a WLTP Euro 6D/2 engine has increased from £265 (PLG rate) up to £2,135 – a 705% increase - plus there is significant higher ongoing yearly tax costs for a further five years.

As motorhomes have commercial engines, new owners do not have the same wide choice of car models and because of their unique classification, motorhomes will now attract the highest car tax, even if the cleanest most efficient engine is installed

Motorhomes, unlike cars, are used for holidays and short breaks – on average 3,000 miles per year. Whereas a light commercial vehicle can do circa 12,800 miles per year, using the same base vehicle emitting the same CO2 per mile and will be subject to a lower rate in VED.

The UK motorhome industry is asking for an urgent minor amendment to the Finance Bill to reclassify motorhomes as commercial vehicles for VED and avoid a catastrophic reduction in sales, a drop off in production, impact upon UK staycations and associated job losses throughout the supply chain.

My Motorhome Travels 2020

The map above will show all of the stops I’ve stayed in with my motorhome during 2020. Just zoom in and click on any of the motorhome i...