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    Quote Originally Posted by Nabsim View Post
    Thanks for the info NZ.

    I will apologise if this is a stupid question now...

    Do you have one of those £250 to £300 gravity filter units you fit the cartridges in or do you do something else? At the moment it would be rare for me to need to use a filter so couldn’t justify costs to Caz lol she would just lock me in
    Hey Nab,
    You know me well enough by now not to worry about what you ask me, All questions are good questions Matey, it’s just that some questions are ‘Gooder’ Than others !,,,
    Yes I have, Because Of my lifestyle choice I can warrant the Cost & it’s use, i have never been short of water lol lol.
    Coldstream Sentry Gravity Water Filter System with 4 Filters
    It’s worth checking out the performance of the up graded PFO plus Filters that I use in it as well
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    My Figures are in !!.
    This is a rough summary of My costs of Shuffling & Trying to Tread the ‘Right’ side of the Legal line as best I can, & i can say it is DEFINITELY going up financially in some areas & is getting Harder to achieve my chosen lifestyle a cross the board for one reason or another.
    Road Tax,
    Vehicle insurance, (Breakdown, Windshield, Ect)
    MOT Test,
    Fuel,
    Servicing Ware n Tear,
    Spares, Repairs, Replacements & Improvments.
    Phone & Interwebby,
    Cider,
    Enterence Fees, Meals Out, Entertainment.
    Passport renewal,
    Driving License Renewal,
    Clothes, Boots,
    Donuts,
    Average of 15 ‘Paid Site Night’ Stop overs per year.
    Ferries, (Scotland & Ireland Trips)
    Gas, Multi Fuel Stove Fuel, Petrol.
    Food, Drink,
    I’m running at around the £8000 mark spent for the last Year / 14 months or so, & have actually been Stationary for 6 months of that time, 3 months EARLY last year in Cornwall & again for the last 3 months in North Yorkshire (Due to my Work commitments !). But other years I have been almost constantly on the move staying at 215 DIFFERENT park ups in a single year at one point so probably a good average for the figures since Jan 2015.
    Ok This year The Nest has had a New Alternator, & a COMPLETELY New Break replacement & overall on ALL 6 wheels, including All Cylinders, Pads, Shoes & Handbrake Cables as well. So That lot was well over £1000 !. Then bought 6 new water Filters, New Exterior Screen cover that lot racked up another say £500. OH YESSS I also got New Battery, Overhauled the Gas Locker, & Gave The Nest a Complete External Cosmetic Face lift last February, So THATS another £600. So there’s over £2000 !. Check out previous posts on this thread for other expenditures over the previous years if you’re board at some point.
    Soooo
    £8000 dividend by the last 14 months equals some £570 PCM.
    (This is shy of my FIRST 18 months Aboard at an Average TOTAL spend of £600 PCM.
    Followed by the next 14 Months at a TOTAL spend of £450 PCM.)
    Soooo in round figures £25,000 over 46 months equals say 545 PCM TOTAL EXPENDITURE as a Full Time Livaboard with a cross section average of what it entails for my personal lifestyle choice !.
    But this Next year is going to be a lot cheaper me thinks.
    So I’m expecting that it hits my more realistic & Budgeted monthly allowance of around the £500 PCM mark

    (Me Hopes anyway !)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nesting Zombie View Post
    My Figures are in !!.
    This is a rough summary of My costs of Shuffling & Trying to Tread the ‘Right’ side of the Legal line as best I can, & i can say it is DEFINITELY going up financially in some areas & is getting Harder to achieve my chosen lifestyle a cross the board for one reason or another.
    Road Tax,
    Vehicle insurance, (Breakdown, Windshield, Ect)
    MOT Test,
    Fuel,
    Servicing Ware n Tear,
    Spares, Repairs, Replacements & Improvments.
    Phone & Interwebby,
    Cider,
    Enterence Fees, Meals Out, Entertainment.
    Passport renewal,
    Driving License Renewal,
    Clothes, Boots,
    Donuts,
    Average of 15 ‘Paid Site Night’ Stop overs per year.
    Ferries, (Scotland & Ireland Trips)
    Gas, Multi Fuel Stove Fuel, Petrol.
    Food, Drink,
    I’m running at around the £8000 mark spent for the last Year / 14 months or so, & have actually been Stationary for 6 months of that time, 3 months EARLY last year in Cornwall & again for the last 3 months in North Yorkshire (Due to my Work commitments !). But other years I have been almost constantly on the move staying at 215 DIFFERENT park ups in a single year at one point so probably a good average for the figures since Jan 2015.
    Ok This year The Nest has had a New Alternator, & a COMPLETELY New Break replacement & overall on ALL 6 wheels, including All Cylinders, Pads, Shoes & Handbrake Cables as well. So That lot was well over £1000 !. Then bought 6 new water Filters, New Exterior Screen cover that lot racked up another say £500. OH YESSS I also got New Battery, Overhauled the Gas Locker, & Gave The Nest a Complete External Cosmetic Face lift last February, So THATS another £600. So there’s over £2000 !. Check out previous posts on this thread for other expenditures over the previous years if you’re board at some point.
    Soooo
    £8000 dividend by the last 14 months equals some £570 PCM.
    (This is shy of my FIRST 18 months Aboard at an Average TOTAL spend of £600 PCM.
    Followed by the next 14 Months at a TOTAL spend of £450 PCM.)
    Soooo in round figures £25,000 over 46 months equals say 545 PCM TOTAL EXPENDITURE as a Full Time Livaboard with a cross section average of what it entails for my personal lifestyle choice !.
    But this Next year is going to be a lot cheaper me thinks.
    So I’m expecting that it hits my more realistic & Budgeted monthly allowance of around the £500 PCM mark

    (Me Hopes anyway !)

    I've never done a budget as such but I spend six months parked at my job and six months travelling,I allow a minimum of 3k for six months on the road but that's just basic living costs,food,fuel,coal/wood and all my other expenses I take care of while I'm working. Each year I throw money at my motorhome until im happy it's ready and legal for the road,I don't care or really take much notice of the total,it's my home so it is what it is,as long as I know I've got at least 3k at the end of my working season then thats all that matters to me. I do have a contingency fund in case something goes horribly wrong on the road,or with the dog,he's my buddy so I wouldn't mind having to spend a quid on a bullet.
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    Nabsim & NZ - is this the sort of thing that might be useful for treating water to make it safe as opposed to filtering it?

    If so, and the auction price doesn't go mad, maybe a bargain for someone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariesnowgoose View Post
    Nabsim & NZ - is this the sort of thing that might be useful for treating water to make it safe as opposed to filtering it?

    If so, and the auction price doesn't go mad, maybe a bargain for someone?

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    Hey MSG,
    I’m my opinion NO !,
    You really want to be Filterering your Raw water, Not nessasarily adding stuff to it. If you constantly use Questionable Raw water sources have a UV tube fitted after your filter system in the last tube before the Fresh water tank.
    They’re Getting cheaper every year & are very small, easy to fit & apart from checking & Changing the Bulb Maintenance free. (I don’t use UV lamp any more, I just Filter).
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    Please excuse my ignorance (new)
    but what is EHU ?





    Quote Originally Posted by jagmanx View Post
    As it reads in the title.
    April 1st to Sept 30th (or very near) we use the MH 100%.

    Yes rainy days can be a problem but we just find somewhere suitable and sit it out.
    This is helped by the fact that time-scale is not usually an issue.
    Towards the end of September the nights draw in so we use a camp-site for EHU.
    The rest of the summer we simply do not need EHU even though we only have 1 LB and 1 (120W) solar panel.

    We are fortunate/well setup in that we make other arrangements for the winter.
    We have lived like this now for 3 summers and yes IT IS GREAT.
    I would not choose to full-time in the winter as even southern Europe (and North Africa) have less daylight and cold nights in mid-winter.
    Yes very "wimpy"

    • Problems & difficulties

    Doctor, dentist, hospital appointments (parking)
    Shopping in large towns (parking really)
    Parking (again) when visiting friends in their homes (we seem to be unlucky in that most of our friends live in small roads with limited parking even for cars.

    • Other

    Mail is not a problem as I use a very good mail-forwarding agent (Boatmail).
    A sensible internet solution is essential.. I use a combination of a Mi-fi device and other available wi-fi

    We "wildcamp" as much as possible (80%)
    We simply wash clothes by hand on a regular basis and this works well (others will prefer launderettes or camp-site facilities)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DEMPO View Post
    Please excuse my ignorance (new)
    but what is EHU ?
    Electric Hook up ...some US sites refer to it as shore power

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    NZ is that figure including food? Just thinking if it does it would only cost me half that, have seen your portion sizes ha ha ha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nabsim View Post
    NZ is that figure including food? Just thinking if it does it would only cost me half that, have seen your portion sizes ha ha ha
    Hi ya Nab,
    Yeah it does include ‘Most’ my food, but Maybe not for Coffee’s & Cheeky Donuts in a Village Cafes though so you can probably add say £700 per month to those figures, As some might know I do forage & Take Veg & Meat From Land On Witch I have permission to do so, More often than not I work for a day or so in return for my park up / Permission & to fill my cupboards. I have recently just completed my ‘North Circle’ Route as I Call it - headed to Morcome & the West Coast area for a bit & then Moving East along the Borderlands then Down to the Midlands areas taking about 5 weeks.
    Basically I have cultivated & try to constantly manage my Contacts Up & Down the country in various areas that gives mutual benefit from Visits in the way of supplying Labour for Permission for Parkups & of course the Stocking up of The Nests cupboards.
    It kinda works for my lifestyle!.
    Stay safe out there people.
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