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Post by bikeralw on Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:37 pm

Well that's it for me till next spring. SORN filed with the DVLA in order to get the VED refund including November.
I changed the oil and filter last week before our last run, and the van will now be laid up on the drive until after the clocks go forward next March.
I'm not ashamed to admit to being a fair weather motorhomer, I don't see any joy at all in sitting in a cold field with limited daylight hours trying to keep warm and hoping things don't freeze up during the night. Character building maybe, and some relish it, but not for me.
Summer in the southern hemisphere come December, bring it on!
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Post by kaspian on Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:40 pm

+1 Al, sorned yesterday for the same reasons! Minus the southern hemisphere!
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Post by daisy mae on Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:44 pm

Motor home all year, van is cosy and nice to get back to after being out in the cold. never been cold in a MH went last year, Nov, Dec, Jan / Feb to the coast. on the beach in Feb without a coat or jumper.unusual I grant you. better than being cooped up at home.

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Post by burlingtonboaby on Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:54 am

We use are van most weeks during the winter 
, especially for away days along the coast , of to Hornsea this morning .
Must admit the van can sit for weeks if the weathers crap.
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Post by daisy mae on Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:10 am

Just a question to those that Sorn their vans, I know you can get a refund on the vehicle tax,

What about the insurance? I found when cancelling insurance recently It cost me a lot financially.

If having to keep it keep it insured, i wouldn`t have thought it cost effective to do it sorn.

Just curious you understand.?

Plus better to run it now and again.

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Post by bikeralw on Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:14 am

You're right, but I can't run it if I'm not in the country Margaret.
Regarding insurance, never cancel it, more trouble than it's worth. Besides, the van still needs cover for fire and theft even when not on the road.
I always tax the van for 12 months even though I only use it for 7 months of the year, this avoids the 10% admin fee for doing it for a shorter period. Then I get a full 5 months refund, very cost effective. I know a direct debit can be set up, but that only complicates things.
My van always has a current MoT, which is a requirement for some insurance companies.
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Post by daisy mae on Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:03 pm

Sorry Al didn`t think that you wouldn`t be in the country. that makes sense.

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Post by inspiredron on Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:11 pm

I have had motorhomes now for 17 years and SORN annually - usually Oct/Nov to April.  I leave it insured as otherwise I lose theft insurance and mileage declared for insurance takes account of the six months off the road so iam not overpaying that.  I KNOW that I don't want to use it in winter so it makes sense to get £125 back on the tax.  I can still run the engine and move it in my back garden if I want to.  I use tyres that will stand up to being stationary for long periods. And I leave the handbrake off!
It's horses for courses, Margaret - you want to use yours, I don't.  It makes sense to me, too.

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Post by rgermain on Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:34 pm

I never use the handbrake when parked on the drive, also on our cars, just leave them in gear.

Was told this good advice when we had the VW T5 as it's the best way to mess up the inboard discs. Well that was what I was told, also have you tried to move a 3500kg van while in gear and engine not running, also try moving a car on level ground, I state level ground incase someone parks on a hill hugegrins hugegrins. Never used handbrake on my auto Focus, just select park mode.
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