Personal names on your van

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I am interested in members thoughts on the placing of your names on the rear of your van.
Some of my friends have done it and others say it invites unwanted attention.
Any thoughts?

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Reply By: Notso - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 13:27

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 13:27
A lot of us have nicknames, some have the first names only. I don't recall ever seeing the full name on a van.

As members of a caravan club we do have a removeable name plate that we hang on the van during rallies etc.
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Follow Up By: Member - LargeN - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 14:29

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 14:29
Thanks for that, I guess I only meant first names.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 13:31

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 13:31
Being a very private person I wouldn't put names on the van. Putting my forum pen name by which i am widely known would be an option and we have considered doing that via a personalised number plate, but that leaves my husband out of the picture so we have no names on our van. As everyone knows when we set out on a trip, it is not uncommon to get calls on the two way or forum members knocking on the door when camped saying "Are you Motherhen?". That is very different to allowing everyone out on the road knowing your name.

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Follow Up By: Member - LargeN - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 14:30

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 14:30
Thanks Motherhen, nicknames seem to be the go. Good advice once again from the forum.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 19:42

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 19:42
You could put Motherhen on the van and Rooster on the Effie.

Gets expensive though.

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Reply By: member - mazcan - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 14:11

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 14:11
hi large n
i cant think of one reason why i would want to put my name on my van and i personelly believe it could lead to security issues
i guess that is the question you seriously have to ask yourself ???
what are you going to gain from doing that ??
other than what was mentioned in respect to been on tour in some special caravan rally or the kind and then it only needs to be a bit of masking tape /tempory?????
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 14:48

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 14:48
I would go with what mazcan has said, same reasons.
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Reply By: Lex M - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 14:46

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 14:46
I think it would be good if all those vans that have "UHF18" or whatever on the back had some sort of callsign or ID so that they could be contacted easily by following traffic.

Of course it would also be a good idea to have the UHF on.

I don't think a real name is desirable.
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 14:55

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 14:55
Just me but I keep a pretty good eye on my mirrors to see if a truck is coming up behind and then contact the driver to let him know I am aware of him (or her) being behind and offering whatever assistance I can to let him overtake when he is ready to go. I always turn my UHF onto channel 40 after leaving any major town. Don't have it on in towns or if just passing through.

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Follow Up By: Member - Rob D (NSW) - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 15:19

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 15:19
I agree with Lex M.
I have seen a caravan with its side steps down doing 80 to 90 kph near Port Augusta. It had no channel number or identifier on the rear. I tried to contact on the UHF radio with no luck.
I have also seen a caravan with its awning flapping in the breeze. I also had no luck in contacting on UHF radio.

I think some sort of identifier and UHF channel number on the rear is a good idea. At least you would know if it was you someone was trying to contact.
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 15:51

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 15:51
I have two "identifiers' on the back of my van, the make and model and a number plate. I have contacted truckies by identifying myself by nominating my van by make and direction of travel. As said I keep my UHF to what I know as the truckies or highway channel 40. I have set my receiver to scan on occasions and so far have found ch 18 which I am informed is supposed to be the caravaners channel very silent.
Maybe the people you tried to contact had no UHF or had it switched off. Maybe if you had tried to contact with something like "hey north/southbound Jayco/Supreme whatever your awning is flapping". If no luck on ch 18 maybe try again on 40.
Just a thought.

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Follow Up By: Danna - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 17:18

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 17:18
Hi Pop
people may have written whole litanies on back of the van, but if those people for some reason do not switch the UHF radio on, they may as well have non.
Cheers Dana
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 14:47

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 14:47
We didnt feel the need to put our names on the van, but plenty of "John & Sally" types
do. No real harm in that I suppose, often accompanied with a UHF channel..so you can
say..copy John in the Jayco.. if the need arises, or the mood takes you. At least it is
inexpensive..not like those ego tripping personal plates, that cost a fortune to renew
each year, as if rego isnt dear enough. I hear rumours that the pension rego concession
could get the chop in NSW too...just as we approach eligibility...sigh...it's enough to
make you want to get the van out & go somewhere..:))))))........oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 16:34

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 16:34
Gday Baz
I have ego tripping personal plates on my vehicle and the rego is no dearer this year than last year.
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 16:56

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 16:56
Good Stuff, Muzbry, customised plates start at $99 a year in NSW.
Different in Vic...free ? ..maybe? cheers....oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 17:54

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 17:54
Baz
I must say that they were a gift from my wife ...
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 21:14

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 21:14
One-off cost for personal plates in sunny Qld. Birthday prezzie from the family for me too.

Usually leave the ego behind these days, as it's so heavy, knocks the fuel economy about too much. lol.

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Follow Up By: terry j2 - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 23:10

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 23:10
. "Personalised Plates" . - My plates show my initials and the numerals 000 and were a birthday gift nearly thirty years ago . I would not consider the use of them to be an "EGO trip". And for your information Old Baz the annual rego renewal cost in W.A. for Ego plates is the same as having "Non Ego" plates.
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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 00:10

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 00:10
I have "personal plates" issued by Princess Margarate Hospital for children and so does my missus. I do feel good having them so I guess my ego is inflated. As it costs the same year by year as an ego-less plate I reckon its a cheap thrill.
Is an ego inflation similar to a pe+is extension?
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 16:19

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 16:19
I have personalised plates on my 2 cars and motorbike. It's the only way I can remember the rego when checking into caravan parks.

The 6X4 is next on the hit list. No ego...just old age. I only get the cheap ones with a one of payment and it's usually gifted to me at Xmas or birthday time.
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Reply By: Danna - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 17:10

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 17:10
LargenN

I suppose some people like to spend their money on personalize numberplate with own name and pay for that every year extra (in NSW).
I prefer plate with nice steak in stud.
Last time I checked, my rig would be riding perfectly even without numberplate we must have.
But every one is different and as we say “De gustibus non est disputandum”
Hoo Roo Dana
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 20:50

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 20:50
OK smarti-pants I looked up that "De gustibus...."what you said means..lol.
Most appropriate.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 21:09

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 21:09
Might get a bit of use on the forum in future, Pop, eh?

Thanks Dana.

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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 21:12

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 21:12
I agree...
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 21:50

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 21:50
Yeah, I might have to coax a few dollars out of my moth infested wallet and become a member just so that I can use that phrase as my signature line.........I shouldn't have said that.........my moths are starting to protest.......lol


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Follow Up By: Danna - Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 13:05

Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012 at 13:05
Guys,
you know why this good phrase is not used (as it is)?
Well didn't you have problem to properly say it?

LOL Dana
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 17:45

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 17:45
There are many firms that make fake Number plates and you could do as we have and have one made up.
For example R n R
CH 40/18

And before anyone screams illegal they are not as they are only similar and if you place them in such a way as the plate cannot be mixed up as the rego plate it is ok.
I checked with the RTA in the nanny state and it was ok with them as they said after all if done properly it is just another sign.
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Reply By: Member - LargeN - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 19:32

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 19:32
Thanks everyone for some great input.
I have also wondered about the use of Ch 18, when no one seems to use it.
Most caravan clubs seem to use another channel for club trips and it seems the truckies channel is the most useful
Cheers to all
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Reply By: Member - Greydemon (WA) - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 20:27

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 20:27
Regardless of which channel is posted on the back of caravans, UHF 13,18 or 40, I have never yet found one with the set turned on. I make a habit of calling up any caravan with a channel posted just out of curiosity in the, so far vain, hope that they might have accidentally knocked the switch and turned it on. It is possible that perhaps one or two did hear me and were frightened by the mystery voice coming from thin air.


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Follow Up By: aboutfivebucks (Pilbara) - Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 21:31

Monday, Oct 08, 2012 at 21:31
im with you mate,
i cant recall how many times ive called ma and pa on channel 40 (as it is plastered all over the back of the van) . no response.
some friends even tow a van with the previous owners names on the back - and they dont even have a UHF.

as for personal number plates, check this YouTube clip (language warning)

The Chaser - personal number plates


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