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#41 Rael

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 05:37 pm

If there are specific things which you find stressful then address them one by one. The Caravan Club (and possibly others, I don't know) do towing courses which might be of interest. If you find getting the van onto the pitch difficult then maybe investing in a mover is a good idea. Awnings ... it took me a full year of experimenting with the best way to put it up.

 

The best de-stressing tip is probably don't travel too far, and aim to arrive early afternoon. That way you can park up, plug in, have a cuppa and then take the rest of the jobs a steady pace. Too often in the first year we were too ambitious and arrived at 6pm, so I'm trying to get everything done ASAP while the boss is champing at the bit to get the dinner on and the kids & dogs are starving.


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 06:24 pm

We try to keep it simple and we try take the minimum stuff.

We find it helps if you set up the loo, fill the flush tank before you go and for ours the on board water tanks too... Less to do when you arrive we think...

Those little plastic feet that hang off the legs save time not messing about with putting wood under the legs and we level it with a ramp and a mover (mover definitely removes some faff on arrival and if you've got kids it can be a bit of fun too rather than a job you need them out of the way for)

We use a caravanstore shelter to keep the rain off the door / bbq under(sometimes) and that lives on the awning rail all the time...often we just dont bother with it.. and we only bother with the full awning for a week long stay at a festival we go to once a year...

We usually pack food for an easy first meal and some snacks/drinks and sort the rest as we go along...and the basic cooking stuff like oil, seasoning etc are in there anyway

Lately for a weekend we just put a rucksack of clothes each in the car boot and hitch up and go...and pack them into the cupboards later on.. To save endless trips to the van packing this and that.

I'm sure you'll find a system that woks for you!

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 08:30 pm

We're about 18 months in and it's now much easier than the first couple of times all done including awning in around an hour on my own. We worked out that if she takes the kids to the park or anywhere really out of the way things are much easier ;) we have a small air awning and a bigger air awning both take about the same time to put up and they can be done single handedly which has saved us all kinds of arguments I still argue with myself occasionally but at least I stand a chance of winning then :)
Just practice and finding what works for you it will suddenly come together don't stress over it there's no rush and no prize for the fastest setup.

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 08:54 pm

Basically you just have to remember why you got the van in the first place.

 

To relax!

 

You can do that with a bottle of wine, a bed to sleep in, the views to soak up, the chatter with other vanners, the fresh air and happiness in your heart.

 

The rest comes with need and time.

 

H.


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#45 juice1955

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 09:20 am

Firstly we don't tow so that's one less worry we store on site. The owner tows out of the store onto a pitch and lowers the steadies. As the pitches are usually fairly level the last two breaks there was no levelling. It probably takes 15 to 20 mins to hook up and load up the van with our stuff. It actually takes a lot longer to pack up because SWMBO insists on cleaning hoovering everything and vacuum packing the bedding before we leave. We have got more adept over time.

#46 Griff

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 09:28 am

Think I must have peaked after quite a few years at it as each time now I find it a little harder rather than easier. :(
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#47 Oscarmax

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 10:29 am

When we first started we were like Laurel and Hardy, it will get a lot easier


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Posted 13 January 2017 - 06:12 pm

It will soon feel second nature.
Personally, I prefer towing at a nice unrushed pace to driving solo and feeling you need to drive quicker to avoid upsetting other drivers.
Yes they may have a moan about being caught behind a caravan, but at least they expect you to be driving slower.

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 08:41 pm

Towing no problem, our Achilles head is the awning, divorce in a bag. Haha.

#50 Griff

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 11:28 pm

........our Achilles head is the awning, divorce in a bag........

I know what you mean Odd days.

Generally I can get our awning up on my own in an hour.

If my wife lends a hand and helps out I can get it up in just under two.
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Posted 14 January 2017 - 10:10 am

Yes  it gets easier but in my almost 40 years of doing it it has never got as easy as some would have you believe.and we hardly ever did the"weekend thing" as my wife felt it was as much work and preparation as a full blown holiday. There are things you can do to speed up packing and moving such as give up the awning and take less equipment away with you but if you want comfort and convenience on a longer stay just accept its going to take as long as it takes. 



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Posted 14 January 2017 - 06:14 pm

I might invest in a Motor Mover to make life less stressful, to be fair it's meant to be relaxing so money well spent?.

Don't really mind the road towing side of things and can see that getting a lot easier with practice (hopefully!).

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 09:16 am

If you read through the common factors are taking just enough and having a system, then relax.


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Posted 15 January 2017 - 10:04 am

Of course it gets easier. Any new skill takes time to master.  Just get away with the van as often as your leisure time allows, don't listen to the doom merchants, enjoy your caravan, enjoy your breaks. There's nothing to fear.  


Edited by bessacarr425, 15 January 2017 - 10:07 am.


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Posted 15 January 2017 - 05:45 pm

Keep your first few trips local, it will help you feel relaxed, most of all, enjoy.



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 05:13 pm

Have been camping for over 30 years: started in tents, then trailer tents, then folding campers and now caravans.  Must say that caravans is better for setting up as its so much quicker.  Have the kettle on within 20 minutes maximum from booking in at reception to straightening out and putting the legs down.  The only trouble I find with caravans is that when towing, you have to keep to 60mph tops, don't ever go above that as you can get snaking as you drive.  Just be aware of how to feel your car and caravan in harmony, any slight movement which seems wrong, just slow down until everything feels normal again:)






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