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We later discovered that the fare price would have been the same if we had decided to travel to and from Patra North of the Peloponnese instead of Igoumenitsa. The crossing from Ancona to Igoumenitsa was straight forward but no camping on-board is allowed on that journey as it is a new ship. You get a complimentary internal cabin, electric hook-up for the van, plus three free meals, one for each of us and one for the van too! Other carriers are still offering camping on-board on this route where you can spend the entire crossing in the comfort of your own motorhome.
We returned via Venice, on this crossing we camped on-board on an open deck, no problems, the van had an electric hook-up and you could use your hotplate but not gas for cooking. There were loos and showers etc for the use of the campers and it was a lovely way to arrive in Venice. I hope these will be of help if you decide to go.
All the carriers use this ticket office for check-in. Maps were purchased in Greece but there are websites from which they can be purchased.
A large map showing all of Greece at a scale of 1: Telephonefaxwebsite www. It is not possible to get an actual road atlas, maps are the only option.
All the campsites we used except the Tholo site were listed in the Caravan Europe IIwe found the Tholo site in the Sunshine Group brochure, which we obtained while on-board the ferry.
The other carriers have similar schemes, eg.
Superfast ferries use Harmonie campsites. We had not planned to use many sites as I have the Camperstop book, which lists places where you can camp for free. But after talking to a lovely German gentleman we decided against wild camping as he explained that the police had arrested some German wild campers and imprisoned them.
They needed the intervention of their Embassy to bail them out. Wild camping is strictly illegal in The following article was originally written from notes we made for a friend, who asked us to keep a diary of the places we visited on our trip to Greece.
He was interested in sites that could accommodate larger motorhomes, so this piece was initially written with that in mind. Having said that there are places where wild camping is tolerated, especially early in the season when a lot of the sites are still closed.
We camped at some of these locations in early June without any problems. We also stayed at a Taverna in Kalogria which offered free overnight camping if you dined there. This seemed quite common. Below is a list of the sites we stayed at with a few comments on each. Nautilos Camping, 14km south of Igoumenitsa, lovely location, steep hill to lower beachside pitches, large vans would find it easier to park nearer site entrance.
Site has its own private beach. Camping Acrogiala, Riza, another lovely location, but approx.
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Only a couple of pitches suitable for large vans, Camping Cheques acceptMotorhome 23 mhm Camping Vassiliki Beach, Lefkada Island. This is where we met more Brits than anywhere else.
The island is attached to the mainland by a causeway, and the site is at the far end of the island in Vassiliki village, opposite a supermarket. There is also a good beach nearby, with lots of watersports available. You can also catch the ferry from the harbour over to Kefalonia from here. If going to this site, we advise only driving down the East coast of the island via Nydri as the West coast route is unsuitable for larger motor homes. We drove back up the West side in our Autotrail Tracker and had quite a few hairy moments, including old ladies dressed in black with their donkeys!
Camping Ionion Beach, Vartholomio. This site is open all year. Very well run and kept site, again by a sandy beach. This site also accepts Camping Cheques until mid June and they also offer discounted fees in a certain area of the site until the end of June.
During the low season they give discounts for extended stays. Very convenient for visiting the ancient site of Olympia. Of all the sites in this area, this is the only one with an easy and level walk into town and the ancient site. Easy parking for large vans.
Site becoming slightly run-down but still very clean, with a welcoming pool for those hot days.
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Forest fires in took some of its trees, but these were starting to grow back again when we visited. Site run by a lovely old Greek gentleman, the greeting when we arrived was wonderful. Camping Tholo Beach, Tholo. No problem for large outfits, loo block in need of updating but still very clean. A lovely friendly site with plenty of high shade, and the only place we found draft Mythos on our travels was at the sites taverna. Loggerhead turtles nested on the beautiful beach which went on for miles in both directions.
We also saw dolphins playing in the sea from the beach here. This was probably our favourite site, we discovered it on the way out and changed our planned route back to stay there for another few days. No problems parking for larger vans, the only problem could be the bamboo pitch shades, but our van fitted underneath easily.
This site is quite new so the facilities were good. The site is adjacent to a nature reserve and of course the obligatory sandy beach. Another one of our favourite sites, open all year.
Other Brits also seemed to like this site as a few had already been there for months. Only a few pitches available for large vans, but we were there when the Greeks were on holiday so it was busy, but still very friendly and quiet in the evenings. Apparently this is the best of the 4 sites around this area and quite close to the village for tavernas etc.
Finikoundas has a camping shop which sold Aquakem etc, and English newspapers were also available in the village.
Camping Petalidi Beach, Petalidi. Lots of room again for large vans, but you need to be careful maneuvering in some of the hedged pitches. Site adjacent to a pebble mhm We walked from here along the beach to the next village where there was supposedly free motorhome parking on the pier, but the only vehicles present were cars. Enjoy Lichnos Camping, Parga. A steeply sloping site with terraced pitches. The approach has several tight bends, some of which are hairpins, and delivery lorries to their taverna can cause passing problems.
Having said that the site was very good, with up to date facilities including an excellent sandy beach. This was reflected in the high site fees. Camping Kato Alissos, Patra. No problem for large vans, but some low trees, a useful site if using Patra instead of Igoumenitsa for ferries.
The taverna is high above the beach, with a good view of the suspension bridge at Patra in the distance. Camping Kalami Beach, Igoumenitsa. This may be a bit tight for larger vans as the site is terraced with hairpin bends to get to some pitches, but overlooking a beautiful sandy bay which is illuminated at night for those midnight skinny dips to cool off!
The site is also a very convenient last stop before Igoumenitsa ferry terminal. We stayed at this site on our return journey from Greece. It was a pleasant busy site overlooking the lagoon with a handy water taxi into Venice just a few hundred yards away. Every one of the sites were charming in their own way and all apart from the Olympia site were on the coast. Some had brand new facilities such as Riza, Ionion Beach and Erodios, others were how you would expect Greece to be, but they all had character, and were very clean.
You probably are aware that Greece is blessed with a plethora of magnificent archaeological sites. If you are going to visit these sometimes difficult to reach locations please remember that there are a lot of tourist buses in high season and it gets very hot.
And finally a word of warning. If you thought Italian drivers were bad some drivers in Greece have taken the art to a new level! They must have the Gods protecting them the way they drive at times. Lessons learned on this trip 1. Book your ferries as early as possible to obtain the best discounts.
If you find a Lidl, stock up, as the Greek mini markets buy their stock from Lidl and then at least double the price. Take no notice of the Greece Lonely Planet Guide, there are no touring campsites that we could find between Lefkada island and Patra, they are for statics only. September onwards is again cooler. If we go again to the Peloponnese or Delphi and the Corinth canal, we would go via Patra, missing out the long drive through Messolongi where we struggled to find sites.
If we go to the Thessaloniki region we would go via Igoumenitsa. As this was our first foray to Greece we decided to make it mainly a beach holiday. Combined Ops is held on Headcorn Aerodrome, between Maidstone and Tenterden, and is in its fourth year, while the wonderful weekend at Brenzett Aero Museum, near Romney Marsh, has been going for much longer.
If you are only mildly interested in WWll — then these are the shows for you. Both have a military background and both are on airfields — Headcorn active while Brenzett was returned to farmland after the war.
But what Brenzett cannot offer in terms of flying displays, it makes up for it with a country flavour and you will see Shire horses, ponies, country dancing, brass bands and you can watch traditional farm machinery in action from years gone by including steam engines, thrashing machine, baler and a parade of tractors second to none in the South-East of England.
There will be military vehicles and motor vehicles of yesteryear plus an auto jumble to add to the fun for the car enthusiast. This is a wonderful backdrop to the activities in the main ring while the world-famous Brenzett Aero Museum will be open throughout the weekend and the Sunday brings in the WWll Land Girls for their annual get-together. There are also more than 30 different living history scenes from a WWll village right up to the Gulf War. Both days will see battle re-enactments in the main arena with plenty of gun-fire and explosions of a real battle and involving all forms of military hardware including front-line tanks battling it out for ultimate victory.
And if you want to know what is like to ride a real front-line tank — book yourself a ticket while the kids will enjoy driving a radio controlled mini model tank.
There is a huge display at Lashenden Air Warfare Museum based on the aerodrome and the museum will be open to visitors throughout the weekend.
Summer Shows to set you buzzing! A threshing machine of a bygone era gives a working demonstration at a recent Brenzett Country Fair. You can drive your own miniature tank at Combined Ops. A great attraction to younger visitors. Keep your head down! ASK AN EVACUEE Talking about aircraft operating in war, you can hear what it was like to be caught in a Piretenflug or Pirate bombing raid when Richard Holdsworth, local author and evacuee, tells how he stood transfixed as the bombs came tumbled from a Dornier one day in when he and his Mum were on a shopping tip.
And ask Richard what it was like to welcome the Americans into his little village with the cry — Got any gum chum? Richard Holdsworth will be at both shows talking about his evacuee book Six Spoons of Sugar the rationing allocation during the war and telling his many tales. You can book online for Combined-Ops and that will save you money compared with on-the-day prices. For booking online go to www. Phone Museum Country Fair details Attractions and times may be subject to change through circumstances beyond the control of the organisers.
It is worth checking beforehand. For motorhomers — why not spend a few days down in Kent taking in these two WWll shows and also the many other attractions of the area? And there are some excellent caravan and camping sites too. Wing walking maestros will thrill the crowds at Combined Ops again this year.
How strange then, that Toyota decided to drop out of van production altogether, rather than produce a redesigned model with a Euro 5 compliant engine. Hillside Leisure was sufficiently impressed to use it as the base for their Ashover conversion, which was provided as a lower priced alternative to their Birchover and Cromford campervans, which were based on the VW T5.
Finding an alternative could have been problematic, as there are few alternatives of the right size to fit into that niche. Actually, there is one, or rather three if you include its identikit siblings. The Renault Trafic caused a huge stir when it first appeared at the end of Its acutely angled cab gave it a rakish appearance unlike that of any other commercial vehicle and it quickly spawned two siblings in the Vauxhall Vivaro and the Nissan Primastar — all produced in the same Midlands factory and simply rebadged for different distribution networks.
Danbury quickly realised its potential and brought out the Active to critical acclaim. The van also garned accolades, out-gunning all of its rivals in base vehicle comparison tests, being especially praised for its excellent driveability. There was only one problem, which turned out to be its poor record for reliability.
Even so, Danbury decided to switch the Active over to the T5 and neither of the three variants were used after that by the recognised motorhome manufacturers. Now everything has changed and the new, Euro 5 compliant Trafic has been re-born with a choice of super-efficient diesel engines and a brand new, six-speed gearbox to match, with a semi-automatic model also available.
Hillside has wisely chosen the bhp version of the 2litre engine, which provides a compromise between power and economy that is ideally suited to the task in hand. The colour coding on these vans is so effective, that it only takes the addition of the 16 inch alloy wheels and the chrome side-bars to banish all suggestions of commercial origins.
Hillside has only added minimal branding to the side and rear. The slimline, elevating roof is important, as it keeps it just under that all-important 2-metre height limit imposed on many car parks. So what you now have, is all the driving characteristics for which the original van was widely praised, coupled with an improved gearbox and and one of the most efficient engines available, with the potential to achieve nearly 48 mpg on a long-haul holiday route.
The Renault cab provides you with plenty of adjustment for a comfortable driving position, but does look a little under-equipped when compared to the Transporter cabs used by Hillside and especially the generous array of knobs and dials at your disposal in the latest Ford Transit. Even so, you can, if you wish, upgrade your Trafic with all kinds of expensive factory-fitted extras; you can add a built-in sat-nav and climate control, for instance, although it does have manual air-conditioning as standard.
Hillside has concentrated on the camping functionality, which is the right decision when trying to fit this campervan into a specific price bracket.
The interior layout is pretty much the standard campervan layout, with an off-side kitchen. One question that might occur to you is that of why the two-burner hob and sink unit has the sink placed to the left, leaving the hob to the right and the Smev grill overhanging the rear seat.
It is a small matter, but one that might have left you wondering. A top-loading, compressor refrigerator is next in line, being both energy and space-efficient, meaning that the lid provides an area of worktop and is access is unobstructed by the seating in any of its positions. The front passenger seat is fully swivelling, allowing it to face the wide pedestal table that is kept in the storage space behind the rear seats.
Eberspacher diesel-powered, blown-air heating has become a must-have feature on the top-end van conversions but is less common in this price bracket. You also get a dual-voltage, electric hot water system, which also feeds an activity shower at the rear — again, not often provided on vans in this price range. Bed making with the rear seat is almost instantaneous, while the upper bed board lifts with the aid of gas struts and is hinger to allow greater headroom in the lounge when in its raised position.
Steel body with GRP elevating roof Fresh water capacity: Eberspacher diesel fuelled heater Lighting: That apart the Colt will make a good small family car for even those with babies. The Colt Juro has lots of goodies that used to be called optional extras. Out on the road one could be very naughty with the acceleration because the Colt is really a pocket rocket and can hold its own in the traffic light race, not of course that I would contemplate such immature driving habits as that.
It is a very quick car though. Road holding as with most modern cars is good, very little roll on the corners and the colt is as surefooted as any on the road.
Although petrol the company claim a combined MPG of A precipitous Peterborough, a cancelled Kelmarsh Hall, hosepipe bans whist we re all wading around knee deep in water. I think by the time the Stratford show rolled around last month, we were all looking forward to some good weather, where we could actually get out and enjoy ourselves. And that s pretty much what we got. It was all change this time around at the 25th annual Motorhome show at Stratford Racecourse. There was no fear of walking around a flooded field.
The new layout provided some reassurance to dealers and public alike, that they could display and see all that was on offer, from a tarmac road. Whilst it was windy, the rain held off pretty much whilst the rest of the country suffered more floods. The alarmist forecast, certainly put a lot of people off.
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Indeed, a few fair weather traders cried off at the last minute, but those of us brave enough to "Keep Calm and Carry On" reaped the rewards. Similarly, a rather tired but happy Ian Hartley of IH Motor Campers also sold all the vans he exhibited and went away with some very encouraging enquiries as well. It s no surprise that great products, sold by knowledgable, enthusiastic sales men and women were successful and those exhibitors have already secured their stands for next year s event.
The days of being able to sit at the back of your stand, reading the paper and sell. A better informed, more canny consumer demands a little more these days. Models can be viewed on the company websites www. T or The website receives over 1 million visitors annually and is one of the main sources of information on Swift Group products and news.
The particulars provided include the dealerships details, when and where the event is being held, a description of what customers can expect to find at the eventa link to more information on the dealers website and contact details should customers wish to speak to the dealer direct.
Members of the public had the chance to meet Sir Ian and skate for a very worthy cause. Yes they are all well meaning wood lovers who are doing their best and really enjoying their little piece of paradise, but is this in the best interests of the whole wood and all of our interests for woods nationally?
John Tunnicliffe has given this a lot of thought and developed a way sharing his joy and passion as a woodland owner whilst retaining a clear management plan for a whole wood.
We do this by acquiring small-medium woodlands that are usually uneconomical for commercial forestry purposes. We then create a long term improvement plan for the woods by embracing good forestry practice and using the United Kingdom woodland assurance scheme UKWAS as a model. We offer unfenced plots, with good track access and security gates, within each of the woods for sale under a strict covenant for the protection of the woodland habitat and its owners. By buying a wood from us you will become a member of the Woodland Bond and can use and enjoy your woodland investment whilst Woodland Bond Ltd continues to oversee the professional management of the whole wood for your peace of mind.
I have reviewed these and have not found them to be too onerous and generally just common sense often just repeating national law such as: On the positive side you are encouraged to develop and improve your woodland in harmony with the Woodland Bond longterm management plan, collect fruit and firewood and cook on an open fire.
Afon Wen covers some 48 acres with many diverse parts to it. Tracks have been reinstated and gates, water and waste disposal have all been laid on for prospective buyers to visit by arrangement. There are currently 9 plots available from. This is about average for the size of plots and it does include some infrastructure and a full woodland management plan which will be effected over the coming years. The management plan is a hefty 50 page report in the name of Forestry Commission Wales, It appears to be highly professional and gives a clear direction for this wood for the next phase in its life.
The Way Forward So is this the way forward for small woodland ownership and management for those with little time or shallow pockets? It will be interesting to see how this develops over the coming year or so and I will be keeping a very personal eye on it to see if the right plot comes up for me.
For further detail www. The Manchester office of Sanderson Weatherall staged a retail sale and online auction of a fleet of approximately 60 new and pre-owned caravan and motor homes and a large amount of camping and caravanning accessories, fixtures and fittings and plant and machinery.
The online auction hosted by Bidspotter. At the end of the retail sale and online auction all of the lots had been successfully sold to more than buyers. Roy Tubman, partner, machinery and business assets at the Manchester office of Sanderson Weatherall, said: We love meeting new people and it makes us happy to see people enjoying the countryside. Sponsored by Calor, the Best Certificated Site Award has proven popular with members eager to gain recognition for their favourite sites.
After seven very successful years, the award is being revamped to allow more sites the opportunity to shine. FromClub members will be able to nominate their favourite site in one of four categories: An overall winner will be selected from the category winners and named CS of the Year. For more information about the CS of the Year competition, please visit csoftheyear. To book a pitch at Brook House Farm, please call the site on For general information about Certificated Sites, please visit cersites.
The Camping and Caravanning Club is years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, now runs and manages a further 20 Camping in the Forest Touring Sites. The site was nominated by members of The Camping and Caravanning Club in after first winning the accolade in Sanderson Weatherall sells fleet of caravans, motorhomes and camping retail stock and accessories following Discover Leisure PLC and signlease limited entering administration mhm Visit Motorhome Monthly at: The move includes new offices, showroom, and 6, square feet of warehouse giving the company further scope for future expansion.
Judges were also impressed, naming the New R20, so far only seen in prototype high roof form at the October NEC show, as runner-up in the compact coachbuilt category. Models from the Swift, Autocruise, Escape, and Romahome ranges will be on display. The dealership also offers motorhome hire, habitation, and mechanical services and free accessory fitting in addition to building bespoke camper van conversions. Dealer so impressed he asked to sell the product mhm All the benefits of a walking boot but with the comfort of fluffy slippers.
Just fill in all the details on this form and return to the address at the bottom. Dealer name and branch. First name drawn will be deemed the winner.
Technical information is exchanged along with help on finding replacement parts for Holdsworth vans while the regular newsletter is another valued asset for Club members. Ron and June Newton were the last joint Chairmen and before that saw Iain Mackinnon in the role for a number of years — now he runs the Club Blog holdsworthownersclub. Other senior officials for the Club include John and Judith Handbury who organise weekend meetings ably assisted by Steve Broome while Richard Holdsworth is Honorary President of the Club that represents the vans built by his company over a three decade period until Some of the planned Club meetings for this year: There are buses from the site into Devizes and Bath for daytime trips.
A jolly good evening is promised! May 11 — Hardwick Road, Eynesbury, St Neots. There is plenty to do in the surrounding area including visits to Cambridge, Duxford the old WWll airfield and Grafton Water. June 17 — Members going on this delightful trip can book directly with the site - — or Red Funnel for the special five night offer.
July 13 — The date is relatively close to the Isle of Wight holiday and we cannot make it later as it will conflict with the Olympic games and then school holidays. Contact John and Judith Handbury. September 14 — The site has full facilities. More dates and venues to be announced later. Or Richard Holdsworth, Honorary President, rmholdsworth aol.
Today its owned by three main directors, and after substansial investment the safe keeping hands of Patrick Hurst Managing DirectorWesley Hanson Finance Director and Stanley McFarland Engineering Director have driven it forward, with further plans for the future. On our guided tour of the entire manufacturing plant in Old Belfast Road, Bangor we saw close up the fruit of such investment and innovation.
Ten substansial custom made injection-moulding machines, that work twentyfour seven to keep up with demand, are part of this drive for perfection in their sector of the leisure marketplace.
Being in full control of their own mouldings mean they can modify if and when required, even produce complicated mouldings in different colours. The extremely detailed dies required for moulds are locally manufactured All electrical wiring required for their products are also produced in-house, using the latest automatic crimping machines for terminals. Throughout the manufacturing process quality control stations monitor production, some utilising special jigs.
I mentioned Munster Simms earlier; at one time they had hundreds of petrol stations in Ireland, selling their own petroleum products along with lubricating oils right down to bicycles. Along the way they produced bilge pumps in brass for boats and yachts - a product that they proudly claim to be able to service today. And of course they carry spares for all their current and past products. Concentrating solely now on boat, and the larger caravan and motorhome market they are continually introducing more products.
The current range includes taps, both mono and dual; they continue to be market leaders in water pumps, external, inline, manual or submersible and piping required.
This unit can be set to consume W or W from V mains supply, combined with gas the heat up time of the thirteen-litre capacity is greatly reduced. A simple remote control panel is used to operate showing status at all times. To complement the water heater a dual power space heater has also been added to the range following Whales acquisition of Propex, the unit providing 2kW of heat from either power source.
These units can be underfloor mounted if required. With more innovative products to come, some of which we saw in the design stage as Whale strive to provide a complete equipment supply to manufacturers and service to customers alike. Pumps and connections on long term pressure test test Underfloor heater undergoing road spray test Multiple pumps and heaters on test Self-priming hand pump in manufacture Many operations are a hand process involved mhm H owever, tourists in France are often surprised by the tacky town entrances littered with fast food chains and cheap asian import goods stores.
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How did this happen? The French have themselves to blame - a market was there for the taking and it was a walkover! Couple these drawbacks to the fact that restaurant opening times were the same as the old British pub licensing hours it can be understood that the country was ripe for a fast food takeover! But you let them in! Over the past 20 years, mayors have created multiple roundabouts to slow down the traffic and to provide prime shopping territories surrounding a big draw hypermarket on their offshoots.
The result of this introduction of american marketing techniques has led to an economical anarchy, exempt from planning control, squatting the town outskirts.
In their defence, the mayors point to the fact that the historical town centres have remained largely untouched by garish downmarket development. But sadly, this has led to a situation where every immaculately preserved medium sized French town is now surrounded by the worst type of american, mall style architecture and France, the last bastion against fast food has, from north to south, become burger mad!
Against the hoardings, signs and bad design The tide is slowly turning: In fact, towns under 10 population are quite well protected by a national law that restricts billboards fixed to the ground for example. As for the fast food outlets: Its mayor Paul Quiles was once the French minister of defence which is appropriate as the town was never laid to siege and only once ransacked since being founded in the 13th century.
Presumably, with him in charge the town will stay untaken! A Strong pair of legs required The ransacking must have been pretty tame, without much use of canon, because examples of 13th and 14th century gothic architecture abound. High up on the hill on which the town is built, in the centre, several of the most imposing buildings are decorated with gargoyles perched on the ornate stone ledges that surround the stained glassed windows.
A strong pair of legs are required to reach this central square protected by a triple line of defensive walls. It was the jewel in the crown of Cordes sur Ciel.
Amongst the prestigous visitors over the years were several French presidents and our own Queen Elizabeth. Sixty euros for a midday menu, highly affordable to expresidents, reigning queens, successfull businessmen, pop stars and bankers but on the steep side for everyone else.
The restaurant ran into troubled waters last year. Nothing as serious as the two deaths in early from food poisoning among French fast food clients but enough to cause a big stir.
The most notable of the Gothic houses are. Frightened women protecting their children and grimacing goblins complete the scene. An excellent example of how Renaissance-style architecture took over from the Gothic styles. This house was built during a period of prosperity following the Hundred Years War.
It has an interesting website in French www. As soon as you get hold of this drill you can feel it oozes quality. Highly specified with a detachable chuck where in its place you fit a collett chuck for screwdriving, drilling, counter sinking and many other uses.
There is even a degree angle attachment and an LED light so you can see what you are doing in a cupboard for instance. You get for your money much of the same as the CXS, same high quality but no angle attachment. There is a spare battery, fast charger plus a detachable chuck, a collett chuck and a magnetic screwdriver attachment. Comes in a plastic case with two double ended screwdriver bits, one small and the other slightly larger.
Not overly expensive and will be welcome both on the motorhome for those little jobs and at home for those little jobs. The drill comes in a plastic case with the same two screwdriver bits as the 18 volt drill. Handy for small jobs around the motorhome or the house. Will raise and lower the corner steadies as long as they are lubricated and maintained. A small compact cordless drill will always find a place in any tool kit especially one that can be used as a powered screwdriver.
However if yours is fitted with corner steadies, whether your back is good nick or not a drill winds a corner steady up and down in moments saving time, temper and your overloaded back. We asked many suppliers to send along their drills and this is what we saw. Comes with a comprehensive set of drills and screwdriver bits that includes, drills; 1.
Great for inserting screws and drilling and 16 torque settings. Probable too expensive a drill just for the motorhome but if the owner is in the building trade then this will hit the spot admirably. Unusual in having three speeds, the lower will be great for the corner steadies. Equipped with a light so finding the end nut on the steady at night will be made even easier. Costs a lot but then Makitas are not for the average amateur.
Just the one Ni-Cd battery and the charger takes 3 — 5 hours to fully charge. Not cheap but very high quality. The drill is able to drill, hammer drill and power screws in and out. A light handily shines on to where the work meets the drill. You can choose one of two speeds and the motor is reversible. At the rear of the handle is a double ended screwdriver bit retained by a clip.
There are twenty three torque settings and the charger take just one hour to bring the batteries up from flat.