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Old 05-08-2013, 02:28 PM   #43
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.....a person earning 90,00 Pounds/year could buy a 18,000 Pound trailer .......
I hate to bring towing safety into this, but there are few British cars that can tow a 18,000 pound trailer.
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:51 PM   #44
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I hate to bring towing safety into this, but there are few British cars that can tow a 18,000 pound trailer.
Oh, I don't know about that...what does Basil Fawlty drive?

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That means that stuff in the UK is really expensive. That is okay if they are also really well paid: then a person earning 90,00 Pounds/year could buy a 18,000 Pound trailer as easily as a person earning US$90,000/year could buy a US$18,000 trailer (or a Canadian earning C$90,000/year could buy a C$18,000 trailer)... 1/5th of their annual income either way. Do the Brits really rake in the cash at that rate (56% higher paid than in the U.S.)?

I think the trailer is just expensive.
Generally, folks in the UK make less and have a lower purchasing power than folks in the US. See this source for a good comparison: Cost Of Living Comparison Between United States And United Kingdom

One thing to remember though, healthcare (medical and most dental) is publicly funded in the UK.
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That means that stuff in the UK is really expensive. That is okay if they are also really well paid: then a person earning 90,00 Pounds/year could buy a 18,000 Pound trailer as easily as a person earning US$90,000/year could buy a US$18,000 trailer (or a Canadian earning C$90,000/year could buy a C$18,000 trailer)... 1/5th of their annual income either way. Do the Brits really rake in the cash at that rate (56% higher paid than in the U.S.)?

I think the trailer is just expensive.
Brain stuff in the UK is expensive! Anyone that lives there then comes to the US or Canada to shop will tell you that. As far as wages go all I can say is that having worked for a multinational company and I am aware that salaries paid to one party in NA vs one in the UK both doing the same job were different. If one was asked to transfer from NA to one of our UK offices you would get a big raise - not because the job you would be doing was any different but due to the cost of living. Sorry I dont recall what the average % of higher pay was but perhaps if one looks a minimum wages that may give a clue. In the USA min wage if I am not mistaken is US$7.25 per hour in the UK its 6.31 pound sterling an hour which is equal to US$9.81 per hour.

Your right though the trailer is a tad on the expensive side for its size & competition.
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Brain stuff in the UK is expensive!
No kidding...is that because it's rare, or what?

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One thing to remember though, healthcare (medical and most dental) is publicly funded in the UK.

If I am not mistaken the average joe in the UK doesn't have publicly funded dental care. The average Joe pays the full tab on dental unless they have a private plan through their employer just like we do here in Canada. The UK does though have a national program that allows children and people living below a certain means to get work done at a reduced rate but as I understand it most/many dentists will not work on patents using that program.
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Your right. Looking at the teak floors got me thinking - I am contemplating a new floor in my trailer... hummm.
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Greetings Carol,
Cari & I have contemplated installing Fake Teak flooring...it is the rage in marine restorations and used in such rigs as the XPCamper (interior shots showing fake teak flooring). If you do a google you will find about half-dozen manufacturers of plastic-teak that is ideal for our egg-floors. Here are two links for your reading pleasure

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There are several color combinations...we are pondering which one for our Parkliner. . . for now, we are leaning toward this one...and have samples on the way.

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If I am not mistaken the average joe in the UK doesn't have publicly funded dental care. The average Joe pays the full tab on dental unless they have a private plan through their employer just like we do here in Canada. The UK does though have a national program that allows children and people living below a certain means to get work done at a reduced rate but as I understand it most/many dentists will not work on patents using that program.
Thanks for the clarification. I recall needing dental work while on a trip to the UK many years ago. The dentist told us "no charge" and that it was all covered by the national health....but that was many years ago. It must have changed in the many intervening years.
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Thom those products look very interesting! thanks for sharing.

GP your correct at one point they did have a nationally funded dental plan but will not embarrass anyone as to how far back it was :-) perhaps you were a child/youth at the time?
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As far as wages go all I can say is that having worked for a multinational company and I am aware that salaries paid to one party in NA vs one in the UK both doing the same job were different. If one was asked to transfer from NA to one of our UK offices you would get a big raise - not because the job you would be doing was any different but due to the cost of living. .
Of course, it depend in where you are in the US. My little town has a median family income of $106,000, while (to pull a city out of thin air) Little Rock, Arkansas has a median family income of about $47,000.

So, I could move to Little Rock and enjoy a really nice retirement.... Until I actually needed to find a job that paid as well as they do here at home.
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I hate to bring towing safety into this, but there are few British cars that can tow a 18,000 pound trailer.

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Generally, folks in the UK make less and have a lower purchasing power than folks in the US. See this source for a good comparison: Cost Of Living Comparison Between United States And United Kingdom
GP: Reading this thread I agreed with most re the cost of living in UK vs US/Cda but kept thinking since we like to watch UK real estate shows how can people afford to live over there when real estate is so dear (that's brit for expensive). That US/UK comparison chart really reflects this - look at price to buy an apartment in the UK, about 150% more than in the US!

Perhaps that's why they might want to have a nice little caravan for what is comparable to $US30,000, so that if living in a not-as-nice apartment they can go to a caravan park by the ocean and enjoy a holiday in a very nice caravan

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That US/UK comparison chart really reflects this - look at price to buy an apartment in the UK, about 150% more than in the US!

Perhaps that's why they might want to have a nice little caravan for what is comparable to $US30,000, so that if living in a not-as-nice apartment they can go to a caravan park by the ocean and enjoy a holiday in a very nice caravan

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Sounds a bit like when we here in Vancouver watch those real estate shows and see what we could buy in prairie provinces of Canada & most of the US Leaves one gobsmacked at times. Perhaps the above is a good explanation as well for why so many of us from this area like the Escape trailers.
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