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    Quote Originally Posted by John H View Post
    Hi

    Like you, we find the best aspect of full-timing the freedom. We have always enjoyed travel, exploring new places, having new experiences, meeting new people and visiting old friends. If a place turns out to be not as enjoyable as you first thought (or if the neighbours turn out not to be friendly, you can just move on - although this rarely happens. We have been living this life since retiring nearly fifteen years ago and see no prospect of giving it up in the foreseeable future. Bad weather can be limiting but we spend our winters in the driest and warmest part of Europe - south-east Spain - so that tends to happen more in our summers than winters! We still have a house in Derbyshire, which serves as our address - so we have never had a problem registering with doctors, dentists etc. and can't really identify too many serious problems. We have "Three" mobile internet, which operates at the same rate in Europe as it does in the UK. We don't have pets, so that isn't a problem. Our children said that, being confined together in a small space, we would kill each other but it hasn't happened yet! Parking when shopping is sometimes a problem (more in England than Spain) but most supermarket car parks are accessible. If you go out for the night to the theatre, for dinner, to a football match etc, you take your home with you which means you do not have to worry abut drink-driving! Similarly, when dropping in on friends and family, you don't feel you are imposing on their hospitality because you sleep in your own home. On the whole, I could list many advantages but have to think hard to list the disadvantages.

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    I think a MASSIVE Pro for Fulltiming is it’s the perfect opportunity to get you to explore places while on your travels,
    Now I’ve not only run out of Donuts, But ALSO Cider from the Bosom of my beloved West Country/Cornwall Shuffling grounds, (That will serve me right for meeting mates on my travels & using up my stock).
    So,,,I thought I would combine a visit to a Abbey & Pick up some Cider on the way,,,
    But THEN i Came across ‘Appleforth Abbey’, Now call it Devine intervention or whatever you believe but my Zombie senses started to Tingle as THEY MAKE & SELL Cider !.
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    Now I haven’t got ‘High Hopes’ with this being a North Yorkshire Cider,
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    But you know what,,,,It really ain’t bad !.

    & they’ve got over seven acre of mixed Apple that they use for this golden loveliness, Very Busy Place, Lovely Buildings & Ground. definitely worth a visit. Parking is Free, BUT out of curticy & due to being in a Motorhome I gave them a ring first. Nice Tea Room & of course CAKE !,,,The Church/Abbey tour is Free. After have a chat to Rachel Powell for the Orchard tour... Although you can’t overnight on site (I Pointed Out it’s a missed opportunity for an income towards the church roof fund !) I for one could live here quite happily until the Apples ran out !.
    I’m on another day out today, But this time it’s to a Raw Butchers Meat preparation area !

    Yeah it’s the Zombie in me !
    Last edited by Nesting Zombie; 11-10-2018 at 10:11.

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    Hi Gang,
    Well my favourite time of year is now chomping away at the bit & rearing to get truly started, Winds are Colder, Nights are Clearer & The Duepoint is starting to Freeze with more & more regularity. So it’s time to think about A bit of extra warmth for The Nest in the Evening & Throughout the night to keep it Happy & to make its job of looking after me a bit easier & is probably even more important to get sorted for any Winter users or Fulltime Liveaboards.
    So, With that in mind I’ve got a good Stock Pile of Dry Kindling to Start & if Necessary feed ‘Nesty’ my Multi-fuel Stove, I’ve also got about a months worth of Its preferred Main course of ‘Hotties’ Compressed logs & Coffee Ground Compressed Logs that are each cut into smaller chunks & burn well with little ash. So when established & settled (This can take an hour or so of management, But beats watching TV) I bank it up as I go to bed, Shut the Draw down & Enjoy it giving good heat for around 5hours into the small hours of the morning. The art (& Drawback) is catching the fire in such a small Stove with a Handful if Kindling & Fresh Main Course of Log Chunks in time for it to ‘Fire up’ again !. so will now have to synchronise my Morning Wee regimes with ‘Nesty’.
    The Coffee Logs are about £6 for 18 Logs, I Cut Thease in Half because of the size of the Firbox to get 32 Chunks (18p ish a chunk)
    ‘HotRods Or Hotties’ if bought in bulk are about 45p each & I Cut each one of These into 3 giving me Chunks (15p ish a chunk)
    I burn typically 13 or 15 ‘Chunks’ ON AVERAGE every Evening/Night So Say 10 Hours of good DRY Smokless heat. Sooo I’m guessing that’s around £1.70 per 10 ish hours, 17p per Hour Not that bad in my mind if my math is right !.
    Temperatures within The Nest can be Tropical & as you would expect fluctuates a lot, But I like it Around the 18-25°C if possible. & of course in with that 17p per hour I can Heat up my Pies, Pasties for Lunch/Dinner. Water for Drinks & Flask for Washing water & Dry my wet clothes nicely over Night.
    NEGATIVES
    Yep a Few -
    It has to be Managed, You can’t just Flick a Switch & leave it & Temperature DOES fluctuate a Fair Bit.
    It’s safer in my view to Clean the Flu & Ash Box Out Before moving off from your Park up.
    It’s probably NOT the kinda heating that you would want to bother with for just an hour or two, if you’re going to lite it then it’s for the Night.
    POSITIVES
    Having had Nesty for a time now there’s just TOO Many to list.
    Of Course I have also got Electric & Gas Heating & Cooking aboard for Occasional Or Emergency Use if I need it.
    Moving on to Window covers to help Keep Heat In & Cold out.
    I have used my Home made ‘INTERNAL’ silver Bubble Wrap screens for YEARS now, & on the whole very VERY happy with them. Yes I ‘Sometimes’ get a little condensation on the internal of the glass, (in fact I have today!) but It is often just a little & has been no biggie to The Nest over the years. I just prefer INTERNAL screens for my lifestyle !.
    SO, I’ve now got some of These Posh ones...!
    EE4EB014-B4A8-48E6-855D-AAEA7C11EDB2.jpg
    First impressions is, I’m a little disappointed in the Quality actually, But I don’t know how much of that is disappointment as a result of comparing these £56 ones to my home made £6 ones !.
    They ARE nicely Padded & Quilted, They DO look a lot better than mine, But the Piping or Edging on the two side window covers is all uneven & varies in size & Shape a little to the opposite one !, & The Main Windscreen one isn’t a good fit at all, With Bits curled around Top, Bottom & Sides,,,,To my mind they just look ‘Untidy’ !
    BUT
    Immediately can tell it’s Soundproofing Qualities, & it’s certainly doing what I would wager a better job at keeping Warm in & Cold Out.
    So I will give them a settling in period for a proper review on Their performance aboard & to see if the Condensation is Worse or Better !.
    Apart from the two small Slit windows above Cab as Thease are cracked open anyway when the Stove is on There’s New Draught Excluding to fit to all Window edges, Pipe insulation fitted to Exterior Water Pipes, Extra Insulation ‘TO’ fit to Both the internal Hot water tank & External Main Cold water Tank, This is probably all I will be doing for a bit now.
    All in Preparation for the Beast from whatever direction it decides to attack from !.
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    Interesting reading about the cost of your solid fuel. We used to have a stove in our last house, and allso had a supply of free 3x2 timber to burn.

    Then we moved. The gas stove in the current house looks like a real log stove, but isn't. Easy and clean, but lifeless.

    Although our van has a Truma that runs at 2kw, 4kw or 6kw, except in the coldest weather, it settles to running at 2kw most of the time, with the rest of the time stopped. However, it does run higher when first switched on, so I'd guess it averages at 2kw overall.

    Running at 2kw, a litre of gas (costing between 53p and 60p) will run the heating for 3.5 hours. Around 16p per hour.

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    Yeah I do think that Gas is A LOT cleaner, & possibly Cheaper too. Although arguably & in my mind it’s a ‘Wet’ heat (Maybe) But It has to be said at Around a Ltr of Gas for 10 hours of Sustaned Controllable heat is Blinking good innit !. However I DO like a Multi Fuel Stove, & I also like the idea as a Full Time Livaboard that likes a little comfort Thease days of a few different ways of doing the same thing. As I say, Factor in the Heating up of some Grub, The Boiling of Water, The ‘Man Thing’ of FIRE & The Smile on your face while watching the Flames (For Me) it’s not JUST about cost, it’s about enjoying my chosen lifestyle. & it then makes the Gas I do have aboard go even further !.
    Last edited by Nesting Zombie; 18-11-2018 at 18:43.

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    hey NZ,
    Started reading this thread when I woke at Conwy this morning by the sea, and just finished it now staying at New Brighton/Wallasey tonight.
    Im impressed, impressed by the way in which the challenges it throws at you, seem to be batted off as part of the fun, and the roganised regimented way in which this lifestyle can make us live.

    Im a long way off full timing, due to my business, but its always been in my mind. (although keep some property as a safety blanket type of person)
    Thanks for all the tips and info and good luck. Id be interested to see where and when your heading with winter coming, do you venture abroad ?.

    I still cant get my head round your relationship with nest hen ?
    Yes you can, Yes you can, Yes you can !

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    Hi ya John,
    There’s a fair few Full Time Livaboards On here, & Many MANY more that use their wheeled Homes for extended times but in fairness we can all still get it wrong from time to time. I always take an interest & listen to others & truly think that with most things ALL ideas & Comments are good, Some of them are just Gooder than others !. I’m still finding easier & in some cases Cheaper ways of doing things, & I’ve NEVER lived in a House my entire life !...
    No I’ve done all my abroad stuff now, I’m staying in UK.
    My relationship with The Nest is VERY symbiotic, We look out for each other as it’s my ONLY Home, My ONLY Vehicle & My ONLY Storage !. I have a Good circle of Friends, a Bigger circle of Mates, But There’s no one Else in my everyday life aboard The Nest So I am alone BUT I’m certainly not Lonely. although I’m hoping one day to find a woman who likes this kinda Lifestyle in fact a While Back now someone was on about a Dating Site Solo motorhomers
    & I was thinking of getting a Dog again at some point.
    Last edited by Nesting Zombie; 18-11-2018 at 19:45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nesting Zombie View Post
    Hi Gang,
    Well my favourite time of year is now chomping away at the bit & rearing to get truly started, Winds are Colder, Nights are Clearer & The Duepoint is starting to Freeze with more & more regularity. So it’s time to think about A bit of extra warmth for The Nest in the Evening & Throughout the night to keep it Happy & to make its job of looking after me a bit easier & is probably even more important to get sorted for any Winter users or Fulltime Liveaboards.
    So, With that in mind I’ve got a good Stock Pile of Dry Kindling to Start & if Necessary feed ‘Nesty’ my Multi-fuel Stove, I’ve also got about a months worth of Its preferred Main course of ‘Hotties’ Compressed logs & Coffee Ground Compressed Logs that are each cut into smaller chunks & burn well with little ash. So when established & settled (This can take an hour or so of management, But beats watching TV) I bank it up as I go to bed, Shut the Draw down & Enjoy it giving good heat for around 5hours into the small hours of the morning. The art (& Drawback) is catching the fire in such a small Stove with a Handful if Kindling & Fresh Main Course of Log Chunks in time for it to ‘Fire up’ again !. so will now have to synchronise my Morning Wee regimes with ‘Nesty’.
    The Coffee Logs are about £6 for 18 Logs, I Cut Thease in Half because of the size of the Firbox to get 32 Chunks (18p ish a chunk)
    ‘HotRods Or Hotties’ if bought in bulk are about 45p each & I Cut each one of These into 3 giving me Chunks (15p ish a chunk)
    I burn typically 13 or 15 ‘Chunks’ ON AVERAGE every Evening/Night So Say 10 Hours of good DRY Smokless heat. Sooo I’m guessing that’s around £1.70 per 10 ish hours, 17p per Hour Not that bad in my mind if my math is right !.
    Temperatures within The Nest can be Tropical & as you would expect fluctuates a lot, But I like it Around the 18-25°C if possible. & of course in with that 17p per hour I can Heat up my Pies, Pasties for Lunch/Dinner. Water for Drinks & Flask for Washing water & Dry my wet clothes nicely over Night.
    NEGATIVES
    Yep a Few -
    It has to be Managed, You can’t just Flick a Switch & leave it & Temperature DOES fluctuate a Fair Bit.
    It’s safer in my view to Clean the Flu & Ash Box Out Before moving off from your Park up.
    It’s probably NOT the kinda heating that you would want to bother with for just an hour or two, if you’re going to lite it then it’s for the Night.
    POSITIVES
    Having had Nesty for a time now there’s just TOO Many to list.
    Of Course I have also got Electric & Gas Heating & Cooking aboard for Occasional Or Emergency Use if I need it.
    Moving on to Window covers to help Keep Heat In & Cold out.
    I have used my Home made ‘INTERNAL’ silver Bubble Wrap screens for YEARS now, & on the whole very VERY happy with them. Yes I ‘Sometimes’ get a little condensation on the internal of the glass, (in fact I have today!) but It is often just a little & has been no biggie to The Nest over the years. I just prefer INTERNAL screens for my lifestyle !.
    SO, I’ve now got some of These Posh ones...!
    EE4EB014-B4A8-48E6-855D-AAEA7C11EDB2.jpg
    First impressions is, I’m a little disappointed in the Quality actually, But I don’t know how much of that is disappointment as a result of comparing these £56 ones to my home made £6 ones !.
    They ARE nicely Padded & Quilted, They DO look a lot better than mine, But the Piping or Edging on the two side window covers is all uneven & varies in size & Shape a little to the opposite one !, & The Main Windscreen one isn’t a good fit at all, With Bits curled around Top, Bottom & Sides,,,,To my mind they just look ‘Untidy’ !
    BUT
    Immediately can tell it’s Soundproofing Qualities, & it’s certainly doing what I would wager a better job at keeping Warm in & Cold Out.
    So I will give them a settling in period for a proper review on Their performance aboard & to see if the Condensation is Worse or Better !.
    Apart from the two small Slit windows above Cab as Thease are cracked open anyway when the Stove is on There’s New Draught Excluding to fit to all Window edges, Pipe insulation fitted to Exterior Water Pipes, Extra Insulation ‘TO’ fit to Both the internal Hot water tank & External Main Cold water Tank, This is probably all I will be doing for a bit now.
    All in Preparation for the Beast from whatever direction it decides to attack from !.
    Hi NZ,I've just started using Ecoal50 from B&Q,they do 3 X 10kg bags for £16,I use wood for quick heat in the evenings,then put a couple of small shovel fulls in before bed,turn the draw right down and it gives a nice slow heat until about lunchtime the next day. I'm really impressed with the stuff,the only downside is it produces quite a bit of ash but I feel it's worth it when I get up with just a t shirt on in the mornings. I'm just heading to Kent this week and I'll stock up on a load of willow logs that I've had stashed for nearly three years.
    The log burner is now the dogs favouritist thing!
    668,the neighbour of the beast.
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    668,the neighbour of the beast.
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