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Driving Techniques

Driving Techniques

Hi All,

We have recently come across an issue a gentleman is having regarding the driving of his vehicle. This is in no way our area of expertise so I would like to try and gather some further info/alternative methods or accessories that could help.

I use hand controls which is a new learning curve, up for accelerating down to brake. I can manage most driving situations except the hill start and turning sharp right at the same time. i.e. the right hand is pressing down on the brake the left hand is on the steering spinner knob, the hill is so steep the car rolls backwards as soon as the brake is slightly released and before acceleration can be applied by the upward movement of the hand control.

Alternatively, the central mounted brake is on and the left hand controls this while the right hand is used to accelerate as in a normal hill start. No hands are available to turn the steering wheel in time to turn right.

Trying to hold the vehicle stationary by increasing engine revs is ok for a short period but the tension in the hand begins to make loss of grip after a short period waiting for a break in the on coming traffic.

Can anyone give advice please

Hopefully someone can advise us and we can help out.

Thanks for reading and chat soon.

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VAT Relief Further Info

VAT Relief Further Info

 

Hi All,

Thanks to Mac, a friend of the page, we have had further info and personal experiences shared with us. I’ve asked him if it was okay to forward this on and he had kindly agreed so below are his accounts on the subject.

My motorhome has a number of adaptatios. I was diagnosed with ms over thirty years ago and as is the devil it is has progressed. I have now purchased a number of mh’ s with adaptation to suit my needs. My current one is an Adria Polaris which has ramp acces to the ‘garage’ and air suspension which enables me to lower the van for ease of access. Auto transmission and cruise control. Fortunately I dont require control adaptation but the Merc sprinter power unit and rear wheel drive has an amazing stability and comfort. I was able ,through the conversions to purchase with vat exemption. I always produce my exemption dwp exemption certificate from road fund taxation and with a customs and exercise pre formated downloaded claim form for vat exemption even for its services or repair work.
If you are travelling into Europe, include the form, your vo5 registration document and blue badge. Many aires du service both in France and Spain have disabled motorhome parking spaces which allow free parking. September through to November 2016 my wife and I spent eleven weeks between both countries and didnt have to pay a single euro. Some sites even have electric hook ups which again can also be free of charge. One site, I was unsure, so paid for the night. Next morning, the parking attendant knocked the van door, I assumed I hadn’t paid sufficient but he asked me to sign a recite and repaid the five euro’s very apologetically. He then insisted we should also connect to the electricity bourne which he unlocked for our specific use without any charge. The west coast of france has many of these sites and new ones are appearing along the spanish Pyrenees with the same concessions.
Whilst traveling in Europe, should you have water system failure or electronic problems, you can get much better rates for spates or repair by visiting boat chandleries. Power boats and sail boats use exactly the same components as motorhomes at much better prices. This includes batteries and solar panels. Mac

I’d like to thank Mac again for this and would encourage any of you guys to share similar info on any posts you see. When we set the page up this was exactly what we hoped for and the more involvement, the more helpful the page becomes. Thanks again Mac and thank you all for reading.

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