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Friday, 24 April 2009


New boots all round. In our family, everybody gets treated, if I have new boots, the truck has to have new boots!
Mine are a rather splendid pair of Berghaus Explorer Treks (goretex, Flex Groove...blah, blah, blah...) from probably the best camping shop in the world...BCH Camping of Trowbridge, Chippenham and Bath. If you're serious about camping, and loads of other stuff too, then you need to visit BCH. The staff are friendly, helpful and actually know about camping (I trained one of them myself for 18 years). They also do mail order and have a great website at where they are currently giving 20% discount on your first internet order! Go on...get yourself some new know you want to! The truck on the other hand will shortly be sporting a new set of wheels and tyres. I say new...but in line with our re-cycling policy, I have decided to try remoulds. I did a bit of research on the net, and we chuck a phenomenal quantity of used tyres into landfill. There is an alternative which is to remould a new tread onto a used carcass and effectively re-life the tyre. the past this has been seen as a bit of a questionable issues, poor wear rates etc...but new legislation now requires that remoulds pass the same set of criteria that new tyres it should be a no-brainer. I am not advocating that everybody goes out and buys retreads, particularly if you are driving some high performance super car. However, if your use involves tootling to town, the occasional shimmy down to the shops or a quick chasse around to the Mother-in-Law's then these might do the trick. Will let you know how we get on with them.
The tyres are a little more conservative than the rather exotic ones which the truck arrived with and they will be fitted to a simple steel workaday wheel. The former tyres and wheels will be 'recycled' to a new owner with a greater need for street cred than a working camp site truck.
Perhaps I should have got my old boots re-soled? By the way, the majority of buses and lorries on the road and nearly all aircraft run on remould tyres!

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