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    It's amazing what can be fitted in such a small space Ralf! First Tommi's boat and now this! I'm impressed.

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    • Tommi
      Tommi commented
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      The funny thing is that the drawer and cupboard buttons/handles seems to be the same model in Ralfs future camper as in my boat.
      When it comes to myself: I definetely need a family to spend my money on...

    Congratulations to you Ralf and Tommi. As much as I enjoy the looks of Tommis ride here, I must say I wish I could have something like Ralfs home on wheels.

    Would make my annual spottertrips more comfortable...
    "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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      Neil Young's song:
      Are you ready for the country,
      Because it's time to go....
      Your new combi symbolise the good old 70's.

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        Thank you all for your comments. And congratulations, Tommi, for your new Audi. Is it a Quattro or did you change philosophie from rear to front wheel drive?
        Yves, i gave away the last T2 campervan 20 years ago. This one was built in 1976, so it is a way to go back in time and travel behavior. Two years ago in Scotland and later in Sweden we compared a caravan and a campervan and the decision was crystal clear. Son and daughter will have their own plans for their vacation in the future, so we will be travelling alone again in the future. And of course they shall use the campervan also...
        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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        • Tommi
          Tommi commented
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          I went from X-drive to Quattro. The X-drive was to not be stuck with the rear wheel drive. Now, when I every day drive 30+30 km in the woods to my new job I need a Quattro anyway to cope with the ice and snow that might show up later this winter.

        • Ralf__
          Ralf__ commented
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          Okay, so that is and was very good for Swedish winters. I suppose you have different wheels for the winter than the impressive sport wheels showed on that picture. We have a front wheel drive, which will be okay for summer trips. And it is the only way to be including camper roof on a height of 2 meters (the Synchro is +5cm). So we are able to use all parking garages, enter the normal car deck on ferries (we are also shorter than 5 meters. So all ways are open to us. That is important, because camper van restrictions show up more and more. There will be a lot of trips next year, probably in end of March the first one to Northern Germany.

        • Tommi
          Tommi commented
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          I have a quite tricky road to work, but of course in 95% of the days a normal front wheel drive would be just fine.
          I would actually preferred some less fancier rims, but this is a former demo-car, so I couldn't choose. They also consume more fuel but yes - they are fun too...
          Wintertime in Sweden you have to have proper winter tyres according to the law, spiked or spikeless. I've had both, but if the road is icy then you really want some steel to grip.
          Seems to be a wise choice to go for a front wheel drive for a camper van.

        I'm also very, very impressed how much can fit in that car.

        Congratulations on your new ride!
        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

        Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
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          The winter has arrived!

          This is one of the few straight parts of the "countryside" part of my way to work where to stop and take pictures. The rest is curves and curves...
          Weather forecast says 5-10 cm snow tomorrow morning - aww!...

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            I liek that last image a whole lot: I can't pinpoint why, but it's perhaps the combination of the darkness and the light from the red rear lights... the only thing which would be even more awesome, is if there was some drifiting snow coming off the car (as if it was moving)...
            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
            Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

            Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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              It's been a bit quiet so here is a shot of my new ride. I had great reservation going from a car to a "gasp" sport utility. I drove EVERYTHING and finally decided on the BMW X3 35i. Even though we have no children I wanted more interior space but the X5 just seemed "tippy" when driving and really didn't offer much more space. I was thoroughly done with the BS (bull shit) of salesmen and dealers and contacted a dealer 200 miles away and said "this is what I want can we do it over the phone". So, after providing my credit card number for the deposit and a wire transfer for the balance I had a car being built at the factory with everything I wanted. They had a manufacturing slot available right away but we had to wait a few weeks for the delivery acceptance at the factory.

              When the time came we went to South Carolina and BMW put us up in a hotel and provided dinner the night before and breakfast the day of our acceptance. Then a shuttle took us to the factory. There was a short classroom session then we were off to the driving school. They had a car like we bought available for the driving school so we didn't have to beat on our new car... we got to abuse theirs. Kelly did very well when she was driving but when I was driving she asked me to stop after the 3rd lap because she was getting sick.

              I did the off road course and Kelly was a good enough passenger but was having none of it when they said it was her turn to drive. They honestly tricked her into driving by saying the off road portion was over and she wouldn't have to do it... by the time she figured it out she was into it and the only way out was to go forward. Below is a picture of her on the section where they show you how steep a side slope you can drive on without rolling over. She did not like that part and you can imagine the profanity coming from her mouth.



              Then after the driving school we got to meet our new car. Then we had a two hour session showing us how everything on the vehicle worked. As you would expect much of the time was spent on technology stuff like how to work the navigation system and pair your phone to the vehicle. Because it was a brand new engine they programmed in a warning for the first 1'000 miles that would flash if we exceeded 100 mph (160 kph) before the engine had time to break in. Then when the questions were answered they pulled it out of the building and sent us on our way home.

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                can't remember that this vehicle was in your 12 doors garage!!!
                best regards Thijs

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                • pilotdane
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                  I had a Hyudai Genesis which I sold to make room for the X3.

                Great service.... love that you did it all "over the phone" .... good times!
                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                  i'm sitting here with a heavy heart.
                  my family told me or the opel omega goes out or we go out.
                  as qiuck as possable i ran upstairs to get there suitcases so that they could pack .
                  to find out that i understand them the wrong way.
                  or the omega goes out or i could go.
                  so brought al those soutcases back.
                  al my belongens won't fit in the car.
                  why should i say goodbay to a car what is so good?
                  well it's old (1997) we had him since 2003, but was Always good for me.
                  nooo it's old and done,rusty, things are broken (never let it repair, to expencive for his age) clear varnish was gone at so many places etcetcetc
                  but it stil drives very good.
                  but Old Bleu had to go,



                  it was no longer negotiable
                  he HAD to GO

                  DARN FAMILY
                  though we a Finches and finches have Wings even without a red bull,this kind of Finches rather goes between wheels, so we went out for another car.
                  but whatever which car it wil be,it must be a



                  this morning we made a testdrive with a potentional car.
                  a great car,many options 2010 model.
                  well potentional car!!!!
                  i bought it.

                  but i will miss the sound of the stainless (muffler less) exhaust pipe,and i have to find place for the airhorn again.

                  a new truck and a ''new'' car, lets hope my bank account can handle that
                  best regards Thijs

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                    Having to let a car you love go, is really hard - I remember having to sell my Thailux in Thailand when moving back to Norway... that was though, I almost cried when I last saw it drive off with someone else behind the wheel. That car will forever be my crowning car.

                    Today, cars are truly expensive, and here in Norway, we are taxed extremely hard if you choose to have a car.

                    I'm however very happy with my current car.

                    I'm eagerly awaiting news from you to hear what you choose next.... are you going electric, hybrid, German or traditional diesel or gasoline?
                    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                    Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                      i was happy with most of my cars,wel any of my cars,but on differend reasons
                      this will be my seventh car

                      1. Renault 14 1.2 liter = hopeless ,but my first one,so special anyway
                      2.opel ascone b 1.9 liter the car i wanted as a young kit,made spoilers and other wheels and more at it
                      3. opel ascona c 1.6sr a sportslook car,did not much at it,was complete
                      4.ford siërra 1.6 liter madeit look better with the cosworth spoilers, you know ,the big spoiler at the back
                      5. opel omega caravan 2.0 liter. was standart,staus standart,only placed other wheels an 2 extra spotlights at the bumper
                      6 opel omega 2.016v sports caravan, the current one,a complete car,dind't do anything at it, only when the exhaust got to be renewed i let there made one of stainless steel pipe. without the muffler. great sound
                      7.opel ………………..

                      in car 2 til 6 the chrome airhorn,in every car it went over with me.
                      will be hard to find a place for it in number 7

                      is diesel or gasoline not the same???
                      although here it is.

                      it's German again and benzine (petrol

                      ) ,nothing with that newly invented crap like hybride or electric.
                      like the Americans say,
                      nothing beats cubic inches.
                      (though they will lauch out loud whit my new engine, or any european engine)
                      best regards Thijs

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                        What a great collection, I impressed that you are still able to remember ALL your vehicles. I can't remember them all, but I can remember my cars after returning to Norway.

                        1. The 2004 Opel Vectra - also known as Rolf
                        2. 2011 Volvo V50 - also known as Åge
                        3. 2007 Toyota Hilux - also known as both the THAILUX and Glenn
                        4. 2011 Jaguar XJL - still to be named something else than "the JAG"

                        Do you have names for you car as well?
                        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                        Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                        Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                        Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                        • janihudi
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                          I don't remember the year of build, or what time i drove those cars.

                          I didn't give them names, general it was take we the bleu one, or take we the big one.
                          Just wat the boys had that moment for a car.
                          Also bleu or a big one.

                        • Seagull
                          Seagull commented
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                          pakarang - I think of your current ride as the Big Cat ...and make a purring roar sound as I say it to myself!

                        Uuuuh! Hard to change from an Omega to an Insignia. It is a different world view.
                        Didn't you think about buying an Omega with less km? Like this one?
                        https://www.autoscout24.nl/aanbod/op...af51?cldtidx=9

                        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                        • janihudi
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                          Looks good, but then i get the same as i have,only youngher and burl wood instead off carbon fibre.
                          Now i get a complete " new" car.
                          With much more gadgets.
                          Something to do with penopause.

                        • Clipper
                          Clipper commented
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                          The Signum is cool.

                          A friend has one and it's a luxury ride. Once I made a mistake by calling it a Lignum, which is Latin for "wood".

                          In UK, it's badged "Vauxhall Signum" of course.

                        • janihudi
                          janihudi commented
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                          The signum.was following the omega up as biggest model, but did,t sell mich as far i know. Never search for it, but it would be jard to fond one i suppose.
                          The line of models is only growing at the low/ small end of the range. The A ascone i had was the lowest in line of the bigger model ,above that stands the record, senator and commandore.
                          The ascone became vectra ,later insignia and is now the biggest of the opel range.
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