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post #1 of 91 (permalink) Old 16-02-2011, 20:56 Thread Starter
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As a recent follower of this forum I detect that there is an extensive skill base among members who have varying degrees of time on their hands and who own MHs that can go virtually anywhere. This is a powerful combination and I wonder if it could be utilised?

The purpose of this thread is to establish:-

• What types of projects members know about that they, or others, need assistance with?
• What interest there is from Motorhomers to be involved in any way?

As a recent owner of a MH, just retired, personally I would love to able to select from a list of potential projects and plan a trip that might incorporate one or more of them. This could be anything from a week (or few) in the sun on the Continent helping with a “build or restoration project”, to a winter weekend in the rain in the UK doing something completely different. The main requirements would be a secure place to park and company to socialise with. I wonder if there are others who feel the same?

For some it might be physical or technical skills required, for others softer skills. The project might be short term (day or two) or long term, community or personal.

I know a couple who went regularly, for a number of years, helping the Jubilee Sailing Trust with the building of their Tall Ship Lord Nelson. I believe they had to pay for their local accommodation. I had an old Broads cruiser once and would have been very glad of even a days assistance when rubbing down her hull for painting. A friend of mine regularly spends a week each year updating a web site for a rental villa in Italy, full board included. He then carries on his travels. Grand Designs featured a couple who built an “Earth Ship” Eco house in Brittany using voluntary labour for the basic work. This was mainly ramming soil into old tyres for the walls!

Our motivation to get involved with any project will be different for each of us, hence the need for a list to choose from without pressure or obligation. If it proves that there is a demand, then it may need a place for members to post and update the status of current projects together with details, dates and contacts.

Please excuse if this has been done before.
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Great idea Andrew, will be interested to follow this one. lots of laughs to be had in good company, we all know a problem shared is a problem halved . or something like that.
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Hi Andrew

No, to the best of my knowledge it hasn't been done before and on the face of it, it sounds an excellent idea.

Let's have some more views..............

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I have a possible project of my own a couple of years ago I had a tree grant to plant 7,000 trees the maintenance contractors really cocked things up the first year and cheap labour used herbicide in a careless way taking out many of the trees, the next year they just didn't turn up at all. It wont be the end of the world if nothing is done but I should go to each whip remove the tree guard clear the grass and dead leaves from the trees and replace the guards, if we want an inaugural meeting we could start here if you like. Must be out of skylark nesting time when ever that is -so early in the year or later, lots of camping space, outside tap, and loo ,google reference supplied by PM to all interested parties. If we all muck in it should be a good time.
Any talent for the evening welcome, simple food by committee. if there is enough interest we can do this soon.
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Sounds interesting and depending on dates, could be two extra pairs of hands here.

Will follow this closely.
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What an interesting idea. We don't have ahuuge amount of time on our hands as we both work fulltime but we would be interested all the same.
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sounds like a fun idea - we have more time available after september, a bit limited earlier in the year and it would just be me - himself is still earning a crust until end of August. Also it is quite a distance from us so obviously would combine it with other travels.
I have a feeling the national trust do volunteer projects ranging from a weekend to a week or two and you could maybe negotiate to do one using the MH

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Another worthy cause worth considering.

I need a new garden fence and my grass will need cutting shortly. The wife wants a new kitchen and carpets fitted plus a lot of decorating.

Just send me your names and I will work out a bar chart of when I need you.

ps, bring your own booze plus a bit extra for me as supervision is very taxing at my age.

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Another worthy cause worth considering.

I need a new garden fence and my grass will need cutting shortly. The wife wants a new kitchen and carpets fitted plus a lot of decorating.

Just send me your names and I will work out a bar chart of when I need you.

ps, bring your own booze plus a bit extra for me as supervision is very taxing at my age.
So just a one day job then. I am sure you will be inundated with PMs offering to help. Have you got parking space for them all?

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Another worthy cause worth considering.

I need a new garden fence and my grass will need cutting shortly. The wife wants a new kitchen and carpets fitted plus a lot of decorating.

Just send me your names and I will work out a bar chart of when I need you.

ps, bring your own booze plus a bit extra for me as supervision is very taxing at my age.
So just a one day job then. I am sure you will be inundated with PMs offering to help. Have you got parking space for them all?

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Hi Andrew,

I expected a flea in my ear as I thought my sense of humour would not be spotted in my post.

For what it is worth (and I hate being serious), I think it is a good idea. Much better than an informal meet on some dreary campsite. I would be willing to muck in.

One stipulation though. I want to be the one with the clipboard.

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