One of the following :-
Mower been upside down or too much oil in engine,valve seales gone or worm
valve stems,broken oil scraper ring or worn bore.
To name but a few mind you the B&S engines were known as the throw away
engines in my day.
I seems to run freer and corner better..well nothing corners worse than
a 3 ton camper..except a 3 tom camper with flattish tyres :-) Or a horse
I THINK it may be the problem. I hadn't noticed much difference between
cruising at 45-50 and 65-70. Whereas on me old Defender, that made a
huge difference..which suggested it was some kind of rolling resistance
problem, and I'd run it far enough to free off brakes. The other
giveaway was the sidewalls staring to crack..I THOUGHT they checked tyre
pressures as part of the MOT..
Anyway touch wood, that may make it almost cost competitive with the
auto diesel freelander mileage wise.
FWIW I LOVE my camper. Almost as much as I hate caravans. We paid 16k
for it in very good nick last year..about 9 years old now, but only 23k
on the clock, and really pretty good.
Takes us two and two panting hounds, perfectly.
I reckon the depreciation is sort of a grand a year, and insurance
wasn't much - 160 quid - and servicing is minimal on the sort of miles
you do, and it costs a grand a WEEK to hire one. So cost effective at a
couple of weeks use per year only!
I think the best bit is in heavy traffic, just pull over into a layby,
light the stove, draw the curtains, put feet up with a cuppa, and wait
till it clears..and you never have to find a loo either..
I've often wondered about these and have periodically had a feint dream
to get one as a retirement thing and travel the world in it. How is
it really different to a caravan though in the living sense? i.e. why
do you love the camper and hate caravans?
I can relate to the panting hounds though. Gob all over the windows to
Campers are real vehicles, suitable for travelling. They aren't towed,
and they can go a bit faster safely, and they are shorter to overtake.
And they don't look like pikeys either.
So they are much kinder on other road users, and probably overall more
efficient in terms of mpg. You can indeed put them in smaller spaces.
And you can reverse them..I reckon to be a better than average driver,
but I have NEVER got the hang of really reversing a trailer neatly and
efficiently the way a pro artic driver can..
The one drawback is that if you DO want to stay in one place, you
haven't got a car with you..
but if thats your bag, stay at a hotel instead.
OTOH if you just want to pull up at night on the edge of a cliff, the
thing will work for a day or so in on its batteries.
In general you wont be going fast in a motorhome though. Most of the
ones i have driven are really 60-75mph tops, and you will find yourself
driving what amounts to a heavy commercial vehicle, with barkes that
aren't that good and which you daren't use for fear of smashing the
crockery in the cupboards.
Acceleration will be abysmal: at best you might get to 60mph in a few
minutes, at worst you never will at all. You will also find that the
speed limits posted on some bends, are in fact, about right if you don't
want to wobble and throw cutlery across the thing. Unlike a car where
its best to double them.
Hills are OK though these days: I've done Porlock in a camper. Bloody
slowly but it got up all rigt.
A typical 4 berth will net you about 26mpg petrol, and 32mpg plus if diesel.
New costs are around the 30-50k mark, but most campers don't get
hammered, and many people buy them, get bored and sell them. We found
that you couldn't get a sound one for really much less than the 16k we
paid. And that has a small leak that needed caulking, some miswired
replacement lights, and a blocked shower trap. Nothing to deter a DIYer
AS far as living in, (or out of) one, goes, its the same as a caravan
when static, pretty much. Less living room as the cab is pretty much
Probably better for touring and the short break, since it takes only
about half an hour to turn off the gas, unplug it from the mains (if you
hooked up), empty the toilet and fill the water tank, and get off a site.
No, they are fine actually. One lies on the floor looking mournful, and
the little 'un jumps on yer lap and puts his paws on the steering
wheel..until he gets slung onto SWMBO's lap.
Biggest problem is if you have open windows with the fly screens down.
Paws will wreck those in short order.
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