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capcloser - 2013-10-06 10:43 PM

 

Hi everyone,me and my partner have lived/travelled in the uk for 25yrs in caravans and motorhomes,currently living in a small fifth wheel unit,comments,questions,criticisms welcome.What do you think?

What do you and your partner do if you are unfortunate to fall ill?

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Interesting question Malcolm - as i understand it - if you have an NHS Card you can go to any GP surgery and be treated as a Temporary Patient.

 

The GP surgery loves this as they get a fee for treating temporary residents on top of their Global Sum.

 

From there you will get referred to whatever specialist you require.

 

 

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Yes we both have jobs,factory work,but retirement is a long way away 10yrs for me 15 for partner so we manage juggling work and fulltiming,sometimes its not easy but i wouldnt change a thing,i use a family member as a postal adress and we are registered with a doctor local to them,but i dont know if its cos we live differently ,outdoors a lot,no central heating, but neither of us seem to get ill much not even colds,apart from toothache i havent been of work sick in 4 yrs,touch wood!
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How do you get on with your Fifth Wheeler capcloser?

 

We keep looking at these as the potential option for when we fully retire and go touring. The towing characteristic are attractive for long journeys down to armer climes in winter.

 

And i like having a vehicle and sep accommodation.

 

They seem an ideal compromise.

 

I would be grateful for your views.

 

 

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We opted for a fifth wheeler for all the reasons you descibe,plus the space and fittings suit us fine,many items you would pay extra for in a motorhome are standard on a fifth wheeler,however for travelling route planning is important because of the size,but with decent sat nav and google maps we have never had a problem.And when we arrive we have the pick up to explore the local area
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Living 'off grid' has become popular in the US and is attractive to those of us who would like to escape the rat-race but I have a hundred questions about the logistics...

 

How do you get your water/rid of grey and black waste?

 

How do you get power?

 

Do your laundry?

 

Heating?

 

Electoral register?

 

Manage in confined spaces? OK I guess in the warmer months but what about in winter?

 

Does winter bring with it extra problems? frozen water/waste?

 

Have you altered your accommodation to suit your needs?

 

Any tips us part-timers could use?

 

 

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capcloser - 2013-10-07 11:40 AM

 

We opted for a fifth wheeler for all the reasons you descibe,plus the space and fittings suit us fine,many items you would pay extra for in a motorhome are standard on a fifth wheeler,however for travelling route planning is important because of the size,but with decent sat nav and google maps we have never had a problem.And when we arrive we have the pick up to explore the local area

 

Do you use a lorry sat nav software? I understand that these are of real value to those of us with large MH's, CVan's and 5th Wheelers.

 

What pick up do you use? We have been looking at the twin cab Ford Ranger (Mazda underneath the badges) and that seems an awesome vehicle. Which as a comment is something for me as i am very much a Land Rover Nut but the Crew Cab 110 or 130 is just too agricultural for us after being used to Range Rover and Discoveries.

 

The Japanese on the whole have carved a very special market in this area that they own now.

 

The Ford Ranger comes with Locking Dif's (could be an option but most seem to have it) and a transfer box for high and low range. To me it all looks nice and simple and serviceable. I look at the latest from Land Rover and think that will be great until it goes wrong.

 

And this is not just LR - a friend has a M series Merc 4x4 with tiptronic auto box - what a nightmare!!!

 

I would not recommend a Tiptronic box for towing - totally screwed his vehicle up. cost a fortune.

 

So the obvious comfort of a crew cab and the simplicity of design is very attractive.

 

 

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Bolly i will answer as best i can,we are lucky our fifth wheeler has massive tanks,so filling of fresh water and emptying of waste can be done once a week,for which we spend the wkend at one of many local campsites,have become friends with the owners,our winter park up has no electric,its a friends bit of land,but it does have a compost loo and a reed bed for liquids waste,and there is fresh water.Power is mixture of solar,wind and genny,we try and minimise use of genny cos of the cost.Laundry i take round mums!,dont laugh,or laundrette.Not registered to vote.As for living in a confined space not really a problem apart from tripping over the damn dog.Heating in winter is a small woodburner with gas and electric back up,woodburner removed in summer.As for freezing up had a bad experience 2yrs ago when both waste tanks were full and we couldnt open valve to empty,ok after a couple days
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Stands a good chance capcloser is parked up somewhere around the C. A.T. Not that far from us, I know of some people living in a wigwam near there as well. Feck knows how they get on in the winter, or get out to cash their giro.
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I'm sorry onefoot, but I find nothing wrong with alternative lifestyle, and not all people with alternative lifestyles are claiming benefits.

 

I take it you're retired and claiming state pension?

 

Thanks Capcloser, very interesting. I lived in a static caravan in my early teens, when my parents were building a house, though we had power and full water and sewerage system. The idea of a simpler life rally appeals right now.

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And more than welcome,always a cuppa or a cold one on offer! At work now,by the way my username is also my job! Oh i worked out that if we moved into rented accomodation because of our wages we would be able to claim some help from the system,so i'm doing my bit to save the country money.Thanks bolly for the positive comments,our attitude is its not about having lots of stuff its about being happy and we are
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Campsites and a small network of wildcamp places and yes out of the way places,we also have 2 friends who own land where we are always welcome,unfortunately one of them is too far from work.Working nites is fine if on a campsite ,we work a 3 shift pattern that sort of dictates where we park up
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Bolly1965 - 2013-10-08 10:34 PM

 

I'm sorry onefoot, but I find nothing wrong with alternative lifestyle, and not all people with alternative lifestyles are claiming benefits.

 

I take it you're retired and claiming state pension?

 

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No I don't ( claim ) stare pension, I receive it after working bloody hard and paying my dues for 49 bloody years, mug that I must have been.

 

Can't even get a blue badge for the missus screwed up with Osteoarthritis as she is, and I'm sorry but on so many occasions the "alternative" lifestle"and the average eco warriors do bugger all but exploit the system, as they say,you can fool some of the people some, blah blah.

 

I'm guessing capcloser must have a cushy factory job on nights, seems to get by on very little daytime sleep, and can use the Internet and post on here from the factory during the night as well! !

 

Anyway that's the last you'll here from me, setting off this morning back north towards the UK, ;-)

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The company are kind enough to provide wifi in the canteens,and last nite was cushy but it varies from shift to shift,its not so much get by on little sleep its difficulty sleeping,quite common for nite shift workers i get 4 to 6 hrs sleep this week but next week on 2 til 10 i probably get 8 or 9 hrs
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Well it seems to me capcloser that you work, you therefore pay income tax, and NIC. When you buy items you will pay tax such as Fuel Duty, VAT etc. And as you have a car, you pay Vehicle Tax and Insurance premium tax.

 

The only thing you do not do it seems to me is pay Council Tax which is a Local Tax that pays for local amenities.

 

This "lifestyle" is no different to what we plan to do by way of renting our properties out (so others pay the Local Taxes) whilst we Full Time in warmer climes for a couple of years.

 

If your lifestyle suits you - do it!

 

 

 

 

 

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Cant wait until we're below the tax radar >:-)...................Can't avoid the stealth taxes *-)........ but at least they're cheaper abroad :D...........

 

When we've sold up I suspect my mate 1foot will let us camp on his drive for nothing, and plug into his leccy for free.....................and his roses will do well as well :->

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pelmetman - 2013-10-09 8:54 AM

 

 

When we've sold up I suspect my mate 1foot will let us camp on his drive for nothing, and plug into his leccy for free.....................and his roses will do well as well :->

 

...failing that, maybe we could all pitch up this motorhome parking facility that he's helped to set up...

That is, as long as there's a Post Office handy so we can all "cash our Giros"... (lol) (lol)

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Thanks for the comments clive,i know you will really enjoy fulltiming especially in warmer climes,about 10yrs ago we were both made redundant and had some savings so took off to spain for 6 months,dad lives near benidorm,had a great time,i enjoy the journey as much as the destination.When we got back a bit skint i got my old job back! We both work at the same factory,same shift,different departments luckily or we would have nothing to talk about lol.
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