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    A Guide To Using The Gallery

    By TimDev

    The Gallery is a free tool available to all members of Caravan Talk to let you upload and share your photos.   We have recently updated the Gallery tool to remove most upload restrictions and photo limits so we should now be able to add high quality pics of our favourite holidays and towcars without having to resize images etc. ..   To celebrate and help introduce the gallery to those unfamiliar with it, here's a quick guide on how to add your own albums and photos using the Gallery:  
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Some new friction pads.

During its twenty years, my Avondale has probably not had a change of friction pads in its Winterhoff tow hitch. Certainly they haven't been changed during the last ten years in my ownership, and with the indicator rod moving away from its start line, I decided it was time for a change. There’s a variety of prices to be found online, so it pays to shop around.   The chassis manual says “The pads are very easy to change if worn”. Never-the-less, I decided to remove the hitch from the va

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A drive to Cornwall and Somerset - July 2021

On a Wednesday I set off to the West Country for a two week stay. For the first week, I’d booked a site close to where my two girls and grandson were going to stay. The girls in a rented house and grandson at university. My destination was Falmouth, a journey of some 270 miles distance. Within ten miles of leaving home, I’d reached junction 10 of the M25 and although it was still only 6.30 in the morning, the motorway was busy, but moving well. After 9 miles on the M25, my route would be th

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A repair to my failed rear light.

I was ready to head for home with all the gear packed away, the legs were up and the van was hitched on. Only the lights to check before leaving – and it’s a tedious job when you’re a solo caravanner. Fortunately, a passing dog walker helped me out. All correct – except that I only had three tail lights. The near-side cluster light wasn’t lit. A judicious tap, and it came on, but almost immediately went off again. I decided to leave it for later since I was driving in day-light. Not until y

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Westward Ho. - Again - May 2021

When Covid prevented my winter trip to Spain last year, my two daughters joined me during October for a holiday in a mobile home at Westward Ho in Devon. We enjoyed it so much that we decided that sometime in the future, we would return to the same site. Although it was only two weeks since I got back from Winchester, we packed our bags and were ready to leave on Friday morning. Our route to North Devon was via the M25; M3; A303 and the A39 – a journey of just over 200 miles.   Some Co

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My fluorescent lights converted to LED

In addition to the 230-volt lights, my caravan was fitted with four fluorescent ceiling lights, which were OK and all working well, but if there’s room for an improvement at a modest cost, I like to modify.    So the improvement with the change to LED is that they provide a similar amount of light, but at a reduced demand on the 12 volt battery.    So for the past few weeks, I’ve been converting the fluorescent fittings to LED..    After the fitting has been removed from the ceiling, it needs to

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Ten Days in Hampshire. - April 2021

With the lifting of restrictions and the re-opening of the caravan sites, I made a booking to stay at the Caravan Club site – Morn Hill which is close to both the M3 and to the City of Winchester. I arrived just after mid-day, so there was a good choice of pitches. The site is split into two levels – a higher field where reception is situated, and another field lower down the hill. Since both areas have their own entry barrier, it’s as though they were two separate sites. All the pitches are on

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How much is left in my propane bottle?

On one of the wet days earlier in the week I fitted a Truma Sonatic Gas Level System into my elderly Avondale.    The Sonatic system is a piece of kit which was developed fifteen or so years ago and it was fitted as standard equipment in some caravans.    At the time a reviewer wrote about it saying, “As far as I know, this is the only device that actually gives you a true reading of the contents of the bottle.    A transceiver unit beneath the bottle sends and receives ultrasonic pulses to sens

Repairs to my gas locker door.

I described on the forum how my gas locker door became damaged.    For the sake of others who might face a similar problem, here follows a description of how I dealt with the repair.     To remove the infill panel from the door frame, there are twenty or so screws to remove from the inside frame.    The panel might be reluctant to move because when it was assembled, mastic was applied to waterproof the joint.    Once I got it out I gave up on the idea of simply refacing the

There is safety in a recommended source 'Word of Mouth'

We have all heard the term in just about everything, Plumbing to Builder, Servicing workshop to Where to find a good Dentist.   'Word of Mouth' is probably the most important term for someone with a need and only want to use a trusted or recommended provider.  That's why Engineer Aftercare Warranty, retail Caravan, Campervan and Motorhome warranty products not only directly to owners, but by working closely with trusted sites like Approved Workshop Scheme (AWS), CaravanTalk, Shield Total In

Renewing your road insurance? Here are some tips to save money!

2020 has been the year to save money wherever we can.  Insurance of course is one of those things you cant choose to buy, for your car, camper or motorhome its a 'Grudge purchase' the government requires.  Your caravan insurance may not be required by law, but it is needed for common sense and comfort. Last month I reduced my home insurance with LV from £390 to £265.  And, this month my car insurance from £443 with LV (Which had gone up 11% without any claims and no convictions) to £2

Warranty claim limits?

Buying a caravan warranty is meant to provide you peace of mind, in the event something fails or malfunctions.  Being able to make a fast claim and easy should be the default position, but what importance should the 'Warranty claim' limit be to keep that comfort?  Always read the details on key aspects of your caravan or motorhome warranty because not everything is what it looks like in some cases.  Below is an example and why its not the overall value, but the actual amount you can claim that i

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It won't be Spain. Instead it's North Devon.

So that’s it!       September’s decision is confirmed        There’ll be no drive to Portsmouth next Sunday afternoon to board the Bilbao Ferry.     For the first time since 1995, it’s going to be an English winter at home.     And it will probably come as a relief to my daughters.     I know they were fearful about sitting on a plane to spend Christmas with me in Spain.   As something of a consolation, after talking with the girls, we made a ‘spur of the moment’ decision for the three

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A change of voltmeter

The battery condition meter fitted in my old Avondale caravan was a simple pointer registering on a red/yellow/green scale. But twenty years on, I felt it was time for something better, so on a wet afternoon a couple of weeks ago, I decided to fit a digital volt meter. I’d previously purchased item 352627865033 from ebay.     With the electric disconnected from the van, I took out the control panel, then unplugged the mains supply together with the connectors for the fridge,

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Water pump failure.

When I was away on my last caravan tour, I got up one morning to find there was no water at the taps. After breakfast, I set about trying to find out why. With the tap opened, there was no voltage at the pump socket and the impeller appeared to be seized. Replacing the blade fuse restored the power to the socket, and my cheapo reserve pump kept the taps supplied (rather sluggishly) for the remainder of my stay. However later in the day, I found the pump was working, but without raising any water

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Ten Days in Cornwall & Somerset

When my two daughters mentioned that they were going to Cornwall to spend a week at Falmouth to help my grandson Sam, move from his halls of residence on his university campus into a shared rented property, I decided it was too good an opportunity to miss by not joining them, with me driving down with the caravan. Although it’s less than three weeks since I arrived home from Bourton-on-the-Water, I quickly got busy looking for a pitch. But that was easier said than done. I was looking for t

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New to Caravanning and Touring?

Engineer Aftercare Caravan warranty is a working partner to CaravanTalk and you can find out lots of information as a new owner, in particular on things like Habitation checks, Servicing your caravan, buying a warranty to provide your own peace of mind and even stuff like the correct way to load your caravan for perfect towing balance!  The advice is in News posts and completely free of charge, you are welcome to receive these in an email and we NEVER share yours with anyone else..  Feel free to

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Caravan warranty explained

Receiving, Buying or Renewing a Caravan or Motorhome Warranty products explained!   The emphasis is on the term when buying a warranty is 'Should be', because many of us will have heard the other term 'Not worth the paper they are written on'.  Sadly in some cases, that is probably true.  So here is some advice from www.engineerinsuranceandaftercare.com the official CaravanTalk warranty partner on what to look for in your warranty, including:    1: The Dealer one provide

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Ten Days in Gloucestershire

Since I got back from my Spanish winter trip in March, I have been wishing and waiting to spend some time in Gloucestershire. Once the Clubs announced a limited re-opening of their sites, lots of caravanners must have had the same desire to get away, for it was quite difficult to find a pitch for a continuous period of more than a few days. Finally I got a booking at the Caravan Club site at Bourton on the Water. Living close to the London/Surrey border, a journey from home always begins wi

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Check your hot water pipe..

If your caravan is getting on in years and it gets a lot of use, you would be well advised to take a look at your hot water supply pipe where it leaves the top of the Truma boiler. The 12mm plastic pipe is described as being ‘semi-rigid’ however with age and constant heating up, the first few inches of the pipe eventually becomes hard and brittle – although it may appear to be sound.       During my recent stay in Spain, as I refilled the Aquaroll one morning, I n

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Spain - November 2019 -- February 2020 - Part 12

What I’ve been dreading arrived earlier in the week……………….Having to think about heading for home. I’d spent the morning cleaning then removing from the awning the oven, the microwave and all the furniture. Most of it went in the car but the microwave went on the floor in the end bathroom. It’s useful to have it there to use it on the journey home. After lunch, I did what I do most days, I took a ride down the hill, along the main road to the prom,       picki

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Spain - November 2019 -- February 2020 - Part 11

Today’s destination would be a trip down memory lane. Even when Sheila and I went there some twenty-five years ago, the village was number one on the tourist trail. And seeing the number of coaches in the coach park, it undoubtedly still is. Where I was heading was the village of Mijas just inland from Torremolinos.     As I arrived, the first new thing I noticed was the multi-story car park, which like the village itself, is built into the hillside. And it’s huge. I drove t

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Spain - November 2019 -- February 2020 - Part 10

The good weather was still with us so time for another day out. Looking at the maps, I chose a circular route through the mountains, parts of which I’ve done before and some that would be new ground. This was my route.     The drive began with seven miles in a westerly direction along the A7, before turning inland along the familiar valley bottom. Although I’ve already visited Viñuela three times this winter, I couldn’t resist pulling into the car park. I never tire of looki

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Spain - November 2019 -- February 2020 - Part 9

From the time my two daughters went home, it hasn’t been the best of times. They flew out at the beginning of the month to help me celebrate my birthday. No sooner had they gone than the weather went down hill, finally ending with Storm Gloria. The east coast suffered much worse than the southern shore, but we certainly had our share of rain. Malaga City also had a hail storm which left the streets buried for a short time under a 12 inch depth of ice. In our area the period of poor weather culmi

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