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Re: Truck pictures

Postby crinklystarfish » Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:34 am

sparks101 wrote:
crinklystarfish wrote:Truck in use pics...

Can send larger resolution if required.


Steve,that last pic is the nuts


That'll be Iceland for you... it's almost impossible to take a bad pic there. :D

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Re: Truck pictures

Postby bromleyxphil » Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:26 pm

crinklystarfish wrote:
sparks101 wrote:
crinklystarfish wrote:Truck in use pics...

Can send larger resolution if required.


Steve,that last pic is the nuts


That'll be Iceland for you... it's almost impossible to take a bad pic there. :D


Iceland is one high up on my list....anyone going needs to give me a shout.

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Re: Truck pictures

Postby Brian-reynolds » Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:48 pm

bromleyxphil wrote:
crinklystarfish wrote:
sparks101 wrote:
Steve,that last pic is the nuts


That'll be Iceland for you... it's almost impossible to take a bad pic there. :D


Iceland is one high up on my list....anyone going needs to give me a shout.


Bugger, I was hoping to follow you Phil!

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Re: Truck pictures

Postby Brian-reynolds » Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:19 pm

Hey Andy,

I was returning back home last week and stopped in a small car park, can't remember where, and a chap came over to look at the truck, like they do, and after a bit of chatting, it turned out he worked as a volunteer ranger at the Ladybower dams and recognised my truck from the time I parked near there some months back....

It transpired the "authorities" were looking for the owner to tell me I was not allowed to overnight there, but every time they visited the truck, I was out, so they gave up!

They knew I did stay as I was still there the following day!

I said to him that not all of us are "travellers" and they should allow for some parking, even if it is paid for, but they said it is not allowed.....

It will not stop me parking there again though, it did not hurt and I bought some food there as well as a fury bat for the truck!

A police vehicle did drive pass at one point, as we were still walking along the road, but it was raining so they did not stop or get out of their vehicle! We all know police rust if they get wet!

I would have made them a cuppa though!

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Re: Truck pictures

Postby sparks101 » Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:51 pm

Mate, a little bit of give and take goes a long way in my book......

and only traffic officers rust! that's why they have white hats to keep the rain off... :D

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Re: Truck pictures

Postby Brian-reynolds » Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:10 pm

Good one! Bless them!

I think I may have done at least 2 bits of trespassing on farms during my visit to Wales....

The first thing I did was wait till the farmer come on over, as I do tend to stand out a bit, and apologised to them unreservedly and they were all decent people! One farmer even showed me his Bedford TM he had tucked away!

It is always easier to apologise rather than ask for permission, as they say, but not when it involves private land. I have a great regard for people and their property, like most people do, and I always find if you are decent with them, they are generally decent back.

If I had been asked to move on, then I would have, even if I did not like it, as they would only have been doing their job, but if I did not like it with a vengeance, then I would still have moved on but then written to the authorities for some "talks", not just ignore the law.

And I would still have made them a cuppa!

Let me know if you are up this way again, and maybe we can meet up?

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Re: Truck pictures

Postby crinklystarfish » Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:19 am

If you two pikeys do meet up keep those noisy eyesores well away from my house. :lol:

Seriously though, all 'travellers' are not the same - and what actually makes us different to 'them' anyway?

Just being Devil's advocate here you understand but these are difficult questions.

The whole overnighting off formal sites thing is HIGHLY emotive and you'll find some spectacular differences of opinion on motorhome forums. :roll:

A few individuals / organisations have come up with good codes of practice and some common themes develop. It's worth an internet search to see the current thinking. If anyone has John Speed's book he covers the subject pretty well in chapter 4.

Sometime's our impact is not obvious but it can be huge nonetheless. To me it's all about staying legal / complying with cultural expectationsplus due consideration and respect for local communities and the wider environment.

I'm sure this sanctimonious Utopia is rarely achieved and I confess the whole thing sits very uneasily with me. :oops:

Our ridiculous colour scheme and decals are all about minimising the perception that we present any kind of threat.

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Re: Truck pictures

Postby sparks101 » Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:01 pm

All sounds good, let you know what happens over the summer.

I agree, there is little difference between us and travellers, but a huge difference between us a "pikeys"

My colour is designed to be sunny an appealing, in my head anyway...... If i have to move on, so be it. Tolerance, understanding and a nice cup of tea, go a long way...

Will have a look at the net as you suggest Steve.

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Re: Truck pictures

Postby crinklystarfish » Fri Jul 08, 2016 7:31 am

Not making judgements here, just trying to raise awareness - bottom line is that perception is king. I know that we know we are absolutely no threat - but that's not the gut-reaction of a lot of people.

The suspicion, mistrust and resentment many 'locals' feel when seeing a motorhome parked up for the night is - justifiably or otherwise - palpable.

Even though my own golden rule is to get reasonably well hidden we've been subject to the old middle-of-the-night horn blast from time to time. Worst places for this have been Austria and Switzerland but we've also encountered it in other countries too.

Here's a rough summary

As before, huge but ultimately pointless arguments rage about the point at which a 'motorhomer' becomes a 'traveller' and about the harm (or lack of it) motorhomers visit upon local communities and the wider environment.

Whatever individual motorhomer's views on the legality / morality might be doesn't really matter diddly-squat, it's simply a fact that there are people out there that resent seeing motorhomes dominating landscapes by overnighting off formal sites.

Having worked in countryside recreation management I know the strength of feeling that exists and have been that land-owner's agent that's had to politely request / cajole / enforce a bit of the old 'move along'...

Of course it doesn't stop me overnighting off formal sites, it's just about all we ever do. I just do it knowing that - if they can see us - some people may be really ticked off and it doesn't matter one bit whether I think they have a justifiable reason or not.

Don't shoot the messenger but we are disliked enough as it is so would do well to avoid further feeding prejudice. The height barriers that are seen almost everywhere across the UK are there to stop the likes of us. Maybe justifiably too when you read some of the abuse of some areas. :roll:

Out of sight is out of mind. Failing that - hide in plain sight: aka the Hi-Viz Jacket trick.

Re earlier post - this code of conduct is pretty representative but in the case of motorhomes (which are generally way more in people's faces than tents) I personally have reservations about staying for more than one night.

http://www.campsites.co.uk/guides/wild-camping/wild-camping-code-of-conduct
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Re: Truck pictures

Postby Zoltan » Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:12 am

Brian-reynolds wrote: We all know police rust if they get wet!


I thought they were made of copper! :lol:


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