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Yeah, might get a bit smaller tent if we do camp, which we probably will do. It would be good to do a long trip in the 2cv and before we got one had decided to come to the Register if we did ever find a 2cv. Ill have to check the dates and make sure we are free, should be ok.

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Citroenmad wrote:I don't know, its filling one end of the conservatory at the moment and is in three bags :lol: Overkill!

Im sure we will be there for the Register though, might well be three of us, perhaps.

A 2cv, three people, a tent the size of a hotel and weighing more than a caravan, plus luggage and 400 motorway miles. Sounds interesting :roll: Im sure we will be laughing all the way, it usually has that effect :lol:
3 Adults, 2 kids camping gear, large trailer containing 6 man tent, all luggage, cooking equipment etc (overweight, but no one cared in 1979) - 400 miles to Penzance, then 400 miles back.

Done the same round Eire, albeit only with 3 adults in a 3 man tent, but we didn't take a trailer for that one..

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:lol: That sounds like an experience!

5 people in a 2cv, I pitty the rear middle seat passenger :shock:

Ive no doubt it would do it, afterall, motorways are generally quite flat and with it sitting at 50-60 im sure it would more than manage. As ever, any journey with a 2cv is interesting and entertaining, its a big reason why people who like them, like them. Im looking forward to it :)

We never travel light, on family or friends trips to Scotland it requires 2 C5s to carry the luggage :lol:

Need to work on some soundproofing for the 2cv before a long trip, its missing some padding from the footwell under the dash and its more noisy than it should be.

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Citroenmad wrote::lol: That sounds like an experience!

5 people in a 2cv, I pitty the rear middle seat passenger :shock:

Ive no doubt it would do it,
We had nine in one once, albeit 4 adults. Only for about 4 miles. Again, this was either 1979 or 80.

I love 2CVs, I just can't afford one any more!

My favourite anecdote involves my dad racing someone across Limerick. The guy had a 2 litre Cortina. My dad got to the destination 5 minutes before him.

Drove across some pedestrian area and down some steps, cut out 99% of the journey..

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Citroenmad wrote: Need to work on some soundproofing for the 2cv before a long trip, its missing some padding from the footwell under the dash and its more noisy than it should be.
Do you have the padding on the underside of the bonnet (often oil soaked after forgetting to fasten the oil filler down!)? That makes a big difference.

MOT test for mine today at 4pm

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It has got the padding on the underside of the bonnet, but its missing from the inner bulkhead.

How did the MOT go?

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Citroenmad wrote:It has got the padding on the underside of the bonnet, but its missing from the inner bulkhead.

How did the MOT go?
MOT went well, advisory on kingpins, same as last year, so nothing to worry about.

Modern soundproofing is a lot better than the original stuff, or you could stick a load of egg boxes there . . .

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Good news with the MOT :)

Yeah, ill get some modern stuff, that should help things.

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Well done with the MOT, Tim.

I also need some soundproofing for mine, there's nothing under the bonnet except noise at the moment. There's so much to do and so little cash at the moment.

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Not much news on the cars this week, Activa was out for a 100 mile trip the other day and very enjoyable it was too. It has been giving a niggling problem for a short while now, the indicator relay sometimes ticks very quickly when the indicators are off, the indicators don't flash. Adjusting the indicator stalk slightly usually stops the noise but its getting quite annoying. Especially as the relay has started to scream and grown every now and then too! I suspect this is either wear or dirt in the indicator stalk connections? Ill need to have a look at that soon.

Im just back after a day of work training in Northampton, 430 miles around a full day training means im quite tired now :lol: I took the C5, which went faultlessly, they really are at home on motorways and just seem to get better the faster they go. I took my new satnav with me, a TomTom Go Topgear edition, a big improvement over my aging TomTom One. However it and me did fail to spot a Truvelo speed camera, around a bend and in a dip on a country road which should easily have been a 60 limit, it wasn't, it was a 40! I had only just turned onto the road and was looking out for a left turn, I recon I was doing about 47 :shock: :( Didn't see a flash, however those don't flash. So I should probably expect a nice letter in the post within the next few weeks #-o Hopefully no more than one ... 8-[

Ill be quite quiet on here next week, I have a Uni field study week to look forward to :|

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Citroenmad wrote: However it and me did fail to spot a Truvelo speed camera, around a bend and in a dip on a country road which should easily have been a 60 limit, it wasn't, it was a 40!
Those don't flash :evil: You've got to watch Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire. They are so far up their own rear-ends on speed cameras and enforcement it's just not funny. They're obsessed to an unhealthy degree and to so far to the extent that I drive like a grandad when I have the unfortunate need to visit either of those wretched counties. And they like to impose silly, stupidly low speed limits too. Poxfordshire are terribly guilty of that too. Luckily Buckinghamshire, under the auspices of the TVP, seem to have a much more realistic and pragmatic attitude to speed limits and cameras generally.

Truvelo speed cameras really are the work of the devil.

Sorry Chris and I hope yours was suffering terminal electronic failure. Had you been in an S2 Xantia you’d have been OK as the speedo is so optimistic but S1 speedos are normally more accurate...

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I hope the camera didn't get you Chris , the bloody things are everywhere . I got nabbed by one a couple of years ago in my 2.2 C5 , you just don't realise what speed your doing in one their that comfy & refined . I was fortunatly let of that one but I am very careful now as the camera vans are the ones to watch for .

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bxzx16v wrote:I was fortunatly let of that one but I am very careful now as the camera vans are the ones to watch for.
Aren't they just Mark! Was driving does this road last week and there's always a good load of cars parked on that left hand side in the designated parking area. At this time, there was a plain blue van with a camera sticking out the back trying to hide in it's surroundings...

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CitroJim wrote: Truvelo speed cameras really are the work of the devil.

Sorry Chris and I hope yours was suffering terminal electronic failure. Had you been in an S2 Xantia you’d have been OK as the speedo is so optimistic but S1 speedos are normally more accurate...
Well at least I know if I need to go again :twisted:

They really are the work of the devil, just as they come into view they have already spotted you and your done for. I hope I don't get a ticket through, it will be the first blot on my licence. [-o<

I was in the C5 today, whos speedo is near as makes no difference spot on. Had I of been in the XM, I would have really been doing about 35 :lol:

It does make you think, when to me the road looked perfect for a 60 limit, why its a 40 and littered with cameras in not obvious locations. :-k
bxzx16v wrote:I hope the camera didn't get you Chris , the bloody things are everywhere . I got nabbed by one a couple of years ago in my 2.2 C5 , you just don't realise what speed your doing in one their that comfy & refined . I was fortunatly let of that one but I am very careful now as the camera vans are the ones to watch for .

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We don't seem to have too many around here, the odd mobile one which are often in similar places, but not that many fixed ones.

There is that with the C5 too, its quite the cruiser and speeds creep up very easily. I should be more careful from now on, especially on motorways which is usually where my speed does creep.

Never mind, should it come, Ive only myself to blame. :dunce:

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Two weeks of fearing post Chris :( if you survive that you should be OK [-o< your case is typical of the problem with speed camera's in that they catch non-locals, whenever I drive in unfamiliar areas I keep a very close eye on speed limits as it's so easy to drift over the posted limit without realising.
Citroening wrote:Was driving does this road last week and there's always a good load of cars parked on that left hand side in the designated parking area. At this time, there was a plain blue van with a camera sticking out the back trying to hide in it's surroundings...
When camera vans are placed in residential locations such as the one you describe it's invariably in response to local residents complaining about speed. If it had been placed on the nearby A141 they would have needed more memory cards, that road must record some of the highest speeds in the country for a single carriageway two way road. yee haaaa.