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I've done my good deed for the day!


A friend of my came over this morning, and I said he could charge up his electric van at our place. Except he forgot his 3 pin plug lead, so only had 20% charge to get to the nearest charging point. Unfortunately he ran out of juice 2km short!

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On 1/30/2022 at 7:24 PM, mat_the_cat said:

Yes, he just put it into neutral. Not sure whether it'd be possible to charge regeneratively, but we'd only got to get to the charge point so all was OK.

In theory, yes, you could tow the vehicle with it in regen mode and it'd charge.

But it would be like towing a car with someone braking the whole way...

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On 11/7/2021 at 9:46 PM, Minimad5 said:

Feel free to laugh, buy I really love the Mountain rescue Defender, just looks so right 


On 11/7/2021 at 10:03 PM, Blake's Den said:

As much as I like the new defender, it just doesn't look right

As an update to this, I've joined the mountain rescue team after getting chatting to them in November. The Defender they have is 20 years old now, and an impressive bit of kit, mostly preferred over the Hilux they've bought recently (unless long journeys are involved!) I'm still a trainee at the moment so it'll be a while before I can drive it, and even longer before getting blue light training. I might approach one of the Landy mags to see whether they'd be interested in a feature, as it's quite old for a working vehicle. Handy to raise the profile for the charity too.


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I've got great respect for anyone who volunteers for mountain rescue. I've never needed them myself but I've seen them heading up hills in terrible weather when I've been coming down. 

Cheshire Police have an R reg 110 300 TDI used by the rural crime team. It is currently getting a new chassis but it's the oldest vehicle on the fleet by a massive margin.

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5 hours ago, Blake's Den said:

I've never needed them myself but I've seen them heading up hills in terrible weather when I've been coming down. 

Yes, rescues aren't needed quite so often on a sunny afternoon!

13 minutes ago, 3VOM said:

Which rescue team and area are you?

South Snowdonia, https://www.sssart.org.uk/
Quieter than the other areas of Snowdonia in terms of call-outs, both because of fewer people, and the fact that it tends to attract the more experienced walkers i.e. less numpties! But it does mean that if there is trouble, it's quite often serious.

Assuming I get through the 3 month probationary period, there's another year of training before I can call myself a full member, so still early days. There's stuff going on in life at the moment so to be hopefully able to 'give something back' gives a bit more purpose to things.

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On 1/15/2022 at 10:06 AM, mat_the_cat said:

My first enquiry from the wedding page, and I've had to turn it down! It was a bit of an unusual one, as it wasn't for a wedding at all, but for a team of archaeologists! They are trying to hire a 4x4 for two weeks to access a remote dig, but everywhere they've tried needs at least 30 days notice.

I'd like to have done it but can't spare the time, and a bit dubious about it getting trashed if I just hired it out. Shame, as it'd have been nice to give it some proper work.

This wasn't my mob doing a job in mid Wales was it? We were after a 4x4 for a windfarm excavation. I would have brought mine but I was out in Abergele.

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5 minutes ago, mat_the_cat said:

Ha! What a small world! I know Richard through the running club, and he'd seen that I'd started the wedding hire business so asked if they could use it.

I first worked with Rich in 2001 and we've worked at the same place for the last 7 years. He's properly autoshite, although he has slimmed down the fleet a bit in recent years.  

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3 hours ago, warch said:


Oh yes I've just been talking to him about it. He's only in Dolgellau so I should've put 2 and 2 together. 


Edit; Here is a picture of Mr H hard at work last year.

Nice ROC post! Does he know what post number is was?

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This has been trundling around just fine for a while, as well as ferrying around part of the mountain rescue team on occasions. Although we have two official vehicles, that's not enough for the whole team so it's useful to avoid a long walk if it's possible to drive!

Earlier this week it's been put into use as a tow vehicle, as I need to put up a few gate posts at the holiday let. So I've cut a few from reclaimed telegraph poles, but are too heavy to lift, and too long for the van so I've had to hire a trailer.


The only way I could load them was by rolling them up the ramps, and swivelling them around. Complete overkill for what I need them for, but free is free!

Then it seemed inefficient to return with an empty trailer, so I loaded up with some firewood which was felled early this year. Ash dieback is a real shame, but the only positive thing is it makes ideal firewood.



It towed surprisingly well, although probably only 1500kg all in at a guess. I even managed to overtake a dawdling tourist, which seemed to surprise them!

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