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Boxer6

What do YOU call high mileage?

I happened across a show on (I think) Channel 5 last night, which followed the fortunes of various drivers, directors and other staff, from Eddie Stobart.

One of the drivers was getting a new tractor unit after his (then) current one had done over 300,000 miles.

Now I don't suppose that's particularly high mileage for a commercial lorry, but it was only an '08' reg, and therefore 2 years old at most! Given that this guy was one of the long-haul drivers, and as such it was "his" truck, that means something over 150K miles A YEAR!!!      

I don't think even Martin racks up mileages as high as that, does he?!?!
Matt

He hasn't been here for a long time, maybe he does!
PhilD

Re: What do YOU call high mileage?

Boxer6 wrote:
it was "his" truck, that means something over 150K miles A YEAR!!!      


or to put it another way 3,000 miles a week or 420 odd per day. With a restricted top speed of 60mph thats 7 hours at top speed every day for a year.

Which has got to be bollox right?!
Boxer6

Re: What do YOU call high mileage?

PhilD wrote:
Boxer6 wrote:
it was "his" truck, that means something over 150K miles A YEAR!!!      


or to put it another way 3,000 miles a week or 420 odd per day. With a restricted top speed of 60mph thats 7 hours at top speed every day for a year.

Which has got to be bollox right?!


Dunno Phil - they do seem to work longer hours than I thought they are allowed to!!
PhilD

Re: What do YOU call high mileage?

Boxer6 wrote:
PhilD wrote:
Boxer6 wrote:
it was "his" truck, that means something over 150K miles A YEAR!!!      


or to put it another way 3,000 miles a week or 420 odd per day. With a restricted top speed of 60mph thats 7 hours at top speed every day for a year.

Which has got to be bollox right?!


Dunno Phil - they do seem to work longer hours than I thought they are allowed to!!


I was thinking about their clock things..but aren't they easliy fiddled with?

Oh and I guess someone has to say..

"With all that driving how do they find the time to murder prostitutes??"
Big TC

Surely his truckwould be used by other drivers at weekends or his holidays?

Whatever, it makes the 70-odd thousandmiles I did one year a bit of a joke!
Roadrunner

I used to do about 50,000 miles in year and that was plenty.  Mind you, that was in a standard issue Genus Cattle Breeding Vauxhall Astra 1.7 TD Merit.  It turned its engine inside out one cold December morning at about 98,500 miles, so I failed to hit the magic 100,000 miles in less than two years that I had been aiming for.
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Merit? That's got to be up there with Carisma for inappropriate names.
PhilD

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
Merit? That's got to be up there with Carisma for inappropriate names.


How about MINI?

Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Or 500 for its Fiat rival?
Roadrunner

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
Merit? That's got to be up there with Carisma for inappropriate names.


After my previous company hack, the Escort 1.8d, there was a surprising amount of merit to be found in the Astra....  but it is all relative.
PhilD

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
Or 500 for its Fiat rival?


I'm being dim....

??
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Maybe, but when an Astra 1.7TD Merit seems like a step up, you're probably in the wrong job.
Roadrunner

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
Merit? That's got to be up there with Carisma for inappropriate names.


I must agree with you on that one.  I was given one as a courtesy car on the many occasions when my Galant went in for a replacement auto box.  Right up there with the Escort 1.8d for the Crappest Car in the World title.
Roadrunner

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
Maybe, but when an Astra 1.7TD Merit seems like a step up, you're probably in the wrong job.


...which is why I went into estate agency  
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

And got a Silver Shadow to be on the safe side ...
Roadrunner

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
And got a Silver Shadow to be on the safe side ...


With a Jaguar Sovereign to look sufficiently flash outside the office.

Looking back..... perhaps it was some sort of rebound reaction?  A psychiatrist could probably wrire a book on the subjkect.

EDit: bloody good wine, this.
the other ct

The title of this got me thinking about the cars I’ve owned. I’ve had four with more than 100,000 miles on the clock and two past 180k!

The average mileage that I’ve bought at works out as 103k.
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Roadrunner wrote:
EDit: bloody good wine, this.

What's your poison? I'm on the Argentinian Malbec ...
Roadrunner

Started with Cotes de Rhone, now on a Claret.  All helped to wash down the really rather good pan fried liver and bacon, with caramelised onions, a balsamic reduction and sage.  Yumtious!  

Sometimes I think I should open a restaurant.
PhilD

Roadrunner wrote:
Started with Cotes de Rhone, now on a Claret.  All helped to wash down the really rather good pan fried liver and bacon, with caramelised onions, a balsamic reduction and sage.  Yumtious!  

Sometimes I think I should open a restaurant.


Have that on the menu and I'm there!

Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Tonight's fare chez Hfuhruhurr was poulet a l'estragon which, though I say it myself, was rather good. Accompanied by an Enzed Sauvignon Blanc, so I'm carelessly mixing grapes tonight.
Roadrunner

Sounds good.  Perhaps a few of us ought to book a ski chalet for a week or two this winter and take turns to cook.
Blarno

Roadrunner wrote:
Sounds good.  Perhaps a few of us ought to book a ski chalet for a week or two this winter and take turns to cook.


Provided you like curry, casserole and corned beef hash, I'm game. No skiing for me, though...
Roadrunner

Corned beef hash with lashings of brown sauce is a much underrated dish.  In fact I think I shall revisit that delicacy some time in the week ahead...
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Corned beef hash is food of the Gods. It's like "what's in the fridge" pasta sauce, which is always improbably delicious.

I like the ski chalet idea. Did that for several years, and peer pressure inevitably drove the standard of cooking ridiculously high.
Mike Amos

Bess is on about 19,000 at the moment and allowing for artistic license is realistically heading for about 85-90,000 real miles.  Considering that lot have been done on three engines, not that many.

Talking about food, I am doing a duck crown this evening with a nice sauce and probably some port.  How sad is it that I am now thinking corned beef hash and salivating?
TreVoR

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
Corned beef hash is food of the Gods. It's like "what's in the fridge" pasta sauce, which is always improbably delicious.

I like the ski chalet idea. Did that for several years, and peer pressure inevitably drove the standard of cooking ridiculously high.


I did some pasta with left over chorizo, onions, garlic, tomatoes and red wine.  I love corned beef hash too - especially in a pie.
Frank Bullitt

Not quite in the Stobbart league, a friend of ours is about to replace her bought-from-new 105K mile 2006 '56 Corsa SXI with a Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge which is being bought on a 3yr/ 90K PCP!
gonnabuildabuggy

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Not quite in the Stobbart league, a friend of ours is about to replace her bought-from-new 105K mile 2006 '56 Corsa SXI with a Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge which is being bought on a 3yr/ 90K PCP!


That's a lot if miles in a Corsa.

I know plenty of people who rack up 50K per year without trying to hard. Back when I was a National Account Manager I did 30K p.a. and that was probably only seeing clients 3 days per week and then only visiting 2 or 3 in a day if that, our reps where doing 4-6 calls, 4-5 days per week. Our SWest guy did about 50 miles before he got close to civilisation (or Bristol as most people know it).

My 328 is on 189K so I'm learning high mileage is no bad thing, I've put 60K of those on in just over 3 yrs.

EDIT - just worked out thats 3.3p per mile depreciation.
Humphrey The Pug

PhilD wrote:
Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
Merit? That's got to be up there with Carisma for inappropriate names.


How about MINI?



Or a Fiesta Bonus, my mate from school had one, it had zilch equipment, no headrests or rear wash wipe either, I still to this day haven't worked out what the "Bonus" was.

Corned beef hash is fantastic comfort food, poached egg on top and lashings of ketchup.
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Bonus was a limited edition, probably to clear out some old stock - it got some "Bonus" badges, different wheel trims, and in the case of the Escort my brother had, black paint.
Woody

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
it got some "Bonus" badges, different wheel trims, and in the case of the Escort my brother had, black paint.


The wheel trims were white if I recall correctly - great match with black paint...  
Humphrey The Pug

His Fiesta was indeed black, can't remember the colour of the wheel trims though.
Frank Bullitt

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
Frank Bullitt wrote:
Not quite in the Stobbart league, a friend of ours is about to replace her bought-from-new 105K mile 2006 '56 Corsa SXI with a Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge which is being bought on a 3yr/ 90K PCP!


That's a lot if miles in a Corsa.


Especially as she commutes from Bedfordshire to London daily and it doesn't have air conditioning...

The 500 will do more miles as it will have a towbar fitted for their caravan, one of these:

Woody

Frank Bullitt wrote:
The 500 will do more miles as it will have a towbar fitted for their caravan, one of these:



I'm saying nothing...  
Frank Bullitt

Woody wrote:
I'm saying nothing...  


It's a great piece of kit, despite being 15 years old now the quality is exceptional, much better than a British 'van of that era (or much sooner) Eriba being part of the Hymer group.  They don't go away for weeks on end, quite often only one night for a time, and use sites with facilities.  We fancy one with the smaller double but a single across the back (Familia) but they hold their money so well.
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

I just find myself wondering - given the ludicrously cheap deals offered by the likes of Travelodge and Premier Inn, why you'd need to caravan any more.
Chip Butty

A 60 bhp Fiat will be pulling that ????

Can't be legal surely ?
Frank Bullitt

Guitar Zero wrote:
A 69 bhp Fiat with the dual-logic gearbox, no less, will be pulling that ????

Can't be legal surely ?


Fixed your post   (EDIT: twice  )

It has a gross towing limit of 800kg, and an 85% limit of about 740kg - the Puck is 750kg fully-loaded so it'll be fine.  They currently tow it with a Kangoo Van that weighs about the same but is, at least, diesel.

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
I just find myself wondering - given the ludicrously cheap deals offered by the likes of Travelodge and Premier Inn, why you'd need to caravan any more.


Completely misses the point though, doesn't it.  It's not about having somewhere to stay, it's about enjoying where you stay - not many Travelodge's or Premier Inn's next to nice parts of rivers, the beach, on country walks, in nice villages with nice pubs etc. etc.
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Frank Bullitt wrote:
It's not about having somewhere to stay, it's about enjoying where you stay - not many Travelodge's or Premier Inn's next to nice parts of rivers, the beach, on country walks, in nice villages with nice pubs etc. etc.

Which then become less nice by having a caravan park stuck next to them ...
PhilD

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
Frank Bullitt wrote:
It's not about having somewhere to stay, it's about enjoying where you stay - not many Travelodge's or Premier Inn's next to nice parts of rivers, the beach, on country walks, in nice villages with nice pubs etc. etc.


Which then become less nice by having a caravan park stuck next to them ...


You'd rather a Travelodge next to them Dr H??
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Honest answer? Yes.
PhilD

You must really hate caravans..or is it caravaners??
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Only caravans ...
PhilD

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
Only caravans ...


Let me guess...some sort of childhood trauma?  

How do you feel about motorhomes?
Roadrunner

I don't like caravans.  We always opt for a nice self catering cottage or farmhouse B&B.  Proper camping, cooking and eating outside and living close to nature appeals too.
Blarno

The only caravan I will kip in is a static, but I prefer a hotel. Camping is good, provided there are decent showers and pub grub.
Big TC

What a departure this thread has taken!

Did I mention that our Citroen C1, 2006 vintage, has 96,000 miles on the clock? Just sailed through its 2nd MoT with no advisories.

And Blarno, next time I'm in your neck of the woods, how much notice do you need to knock upa corned beef hash?
Blarno

An hour or so.....ring me at Carlisle and I'll have it plated up ready!
scamper

Frank Bullitt wrote:


Completely misses the point though, doesn't it.  It's not about having somewhere to stay, it's about enjoying where you stay - not many Travelodge's or Premier Inn's next to nice parts of rivers, the beach, on country walks, in nice villages with nice pubs etc. etc.


How many times does that happen, though? Most shed puller parks seem to be cramped on some  field with wall to wall sheds with no privacy or view with zillions of noisy kids.  Same applies to some camp sites.
Woody

Speaking as a shed puller, I haven't been to a campsite for years and the last one we went to was a nice quiet 5 van site on the edge of a village, where each pitch had views of open fields and was completely secluded from the next caravan.

Ours is used purely as a base while competing in our sport - dog agility. We're usually camped in the middle of nowhere, and the places we camp rarely have anything more than basic facilities so we prefer to be completely self contained.

Oh, and hotels won't accept the four dogs we take to shows so would not even be an option.

Guilty conscience maybe? Probably, but I'm not the average caravanner!   And in fact I agree that the usual shed pullers are a sad bunch who would be better off in hotels and not getting in my way...
Frank Bullitt

scamper wrote:
Frank Bullitt wrote:


Completely misses the point though, doesn't it.  It's not about having somewhere to stay, it's about enjoying where you stay - not many Travelodge's or Premier Inn's next to nice parts of rivers, the beach, on country walks, in nice villages with nice pubs etc. etc.


How many times does that happen, though? Most shed puller parks seem to be cramped on some  field with wall to wall sheds with no privacy or view with zillions of noisy kids.  Same applies to some camp sites.


Try 'private' sites rather than the caravan and camping club ones, although our friends bring theres up here as somewhere to stay and the local C&C club one is brilliant, nestling by the river.
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