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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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Keeping A Clean Water Supply In Your Caravan

One of the drawbacks of camping is suddenly having to be in charge of your own water supply. Spoilt by a nationally maintained water system on a daily basis, keeping a clean, sterile supply of water is possibly the most important chore of caravanning.   Obviously, how much you need to keep on hand depends on how many of you there are, and how prepared to rough it you are, but at the very least, you need a supply for drinking, cooking and cleaning (if you're willing to forego showering for a

GuyBoz

GuyBoz

Beat The Rush Caravan Cover August Campaign

BEAT THE RUSH SALE   SAVE £50 OFF   TAILORED CARAVAN STORAGE COVERS*   We tailor our covers to your exact make and model and every cover is made to order here in the UK just for you - no stock covers.   Get ahead of the queue and place your order this August.   Typical lead time 4-6 weeks from order. *Offer applies to storage covers only.   USE DISCOUNT CODE: RUSH2013   Click Here to order your Tailored Caravan Cover

Specialised Covers

Specialised Covers

July 2013 - Reich Mover

Well my dads had a Reich mover on his van for a few years and recently bought a motorhome so I was pestering for the mover as the van is hard to push up the drive on my own, and wife can't help with being pregnant too much.   So I managed to get the mover off my dad, but it came on his van so had to take it off and then get rid of the van, managed to sell the van to a place so that was one issue sorted, just had to fit it to mine now.   That all went easily as didn't have to undo any bars

SteHarve

SteHarve

June 2013 - Floor Replacement

Well I began with ideas from adding another layer of ply to floor, to using expanding foam, but after thinking it through they were only quick fixes, not permanent ones. So I made the decision that I was going to cut out the rotten stuff and replace, and what a job that turned into.   Firstly I removed the rear bunk and seats and pulled carpet back revealing the true extent of the damage. I had a area the width of the van and about 22" from the back wall to replace, wife was out with child

SteHarve

SteHarve

May 2013 - External Socket Fitment

Well after getting an awning decided I wanted an external socket for use in the awning instead of traipsing an extension lead through a window. I didn't have time so got my uncle to come down and fit it, and I have to say it does look neat. Thank You Uncle.   Also decided to have a look at the floor at the rear of the van where it was badly perished. And come up with ideas to replace it. roll on June!!

SteHarve

SteHarve

May 2013 - Truma Fitting Again!

Well the weather had perked up so decided that I'd fit the heater, got the old heater out no probs but the hole in the floor was larger than what I needed so had to build up some of the floor again, took a few hours, but measure twice cut once and hope it fits. It did fit, so got on with installing the ducting, wife wanted the bathroom heated so a duct into there and one to the front, and i'd run out of ducting, still got it all connected, and mains connected and tried it on mains, works perfec

SteHarve

SteHarve

April 2013 - 30Th Birthday & Truma Fitting

Well 8th April was my 30th birthday and decided that we were going away, went to the Camping & Caravan Club site at Clitheroe, Had a good time and managed not to get too drunk on my birthday!!   When we were back I set about fitting the S3002 in place of the Carver 1800SC that was in but weather turned and I put it off, till May.

SteHarve

SteHarve

March 2013 - Haven Lakeland

Well for beginning of Haven's season decided to book Lakeland, nice tow up, but cold. And this is where we started to have some probs with the heater, I'd forgot to fix it and couldn't find the part anywhere, calls to numerous breakers and parts suppliers all wanted me to buy the complete fire unit, wasn't prepared to do that so bought an oil heater, but that didn't really warm the whole van, so new job was to look out for a second hand heater.   Overall we had a brilliant weekend away, litt

SteHarve

SteHarve

October 2012 - Volvo V70 T5 & Reighton Sands

Well after spending a few weeks looking for another car, I came across a 2002 Volvo V70 T5 with towbar for 1k, so decided to go and have a look. Grabbed a mate and got him to run me to loughborough, and after looking at car it was in decent nick, 2 months prior it had had a new DMF, clutch and slave cylinder, new rear roll bar, and full service. Paid the man and left on the journey home.   She behaved faultlessly on the way home, no issues, and was a real comfy ride. Decided that we were g

SteHarve

SteHarve

Don't You Just Love Houses?

At 5. 30am this morning sharp my world erupted. Thunder, lightening and torrential rain put paid to any idea of dreamy slumbers. I had a dog going ballistic downstairs - any loud bangs being his worst nightmare. Goodness knows what his previous owners did to him before he was rescued - apart from starve and beat him of course.     I grappled with the cobwebs in my eyes and whizzed downstairs to regain some semblance of order but I must confess that deep down I was thinking of

T00ts

T00ts

Bless Them! They Laughed

It's now about 2 weeks I think since I said a fond farewell to the 'job'. I had done it in it's various forms for at least a hundred years, but I'm one of the inordinately lucky and rare ones in that I loved it.       Yesterday, thwarted on the caravan restoration front yet again by the heat, I decided it was time to have a major cleanup and I found a suspicious reasonably small water mark on one of the spare bedroom ceilings which is positioned under the wate

T00ts

T00ts

Outer Hebrides

We are currently in the Outer Hebrides with our Hobby Premium 495 UL. Started this adventure via Derby and Ambergate Hobby Dealer for a service (19 June 2013) . They could not be faulted! The rear window had a crack, by Thursday we had a new one fitted and we were on our way. Superb service. Onward up to Oban for a week, catching a ferry over to South Uist. We bought Calmac Hopscotch ticket. This is a pre-paid/booked valid for a month (£390), car, caravan and two adults. Via Uist, ferry t

JASJARED

JASJARED

I Think It Must Be Me...

It's far too hot to remove glue, so while I am waiting I have been adding to my essential accessories. Now this apparently doesn't involve a trip to the High St to those glittering little shops with no end of fancy 'jewels'. It's much more basic than that.   My little woeful (at present) 'van has no. .........shall we say washroom?   Now I don't know about the rest of you but my worst nightmare would be waking on a wet, windy, very dark night in any

T00ts

T00ts

Forward Planning

Last year, whilst we were still living 15 miles south of Edinburgh we happened to be at the local caravan dealers looking at a very old motor caravan. I happened to mention to the salesman that we only had a small car and could not tow a caravan. He enquired as to the towing capacity and announced that he had a van we could tow. .......indeed he did. A 1994 Bailey Ranger with a motor mover, more of that later. .....   After a quick chat we decided to bite the bullet and bought it. ......we

csarina

csarina

Getting Down And Dirty!

My life 'pre-retirement - was all to do with beauty of form, grace of movement, musicality and brutal hard graft for perfection. The last 24 hours have seen me head to toe filthy and loving it - removing rust from the spare wheel ready for a paint job and today a brand new tyre (complete with yet another good discount).   I do love the way the guys I have met by taking on this challenge have referred me on to others and seem to have taken me into their

T00ts

T00ts

Major Surgery

Today the Caravan Physician arrived bang on time and worked for six hours without a break in full sun. I am full of admiration!   I can't help thinking that there must have been times when this 'very nice man' must have wished for a timeout with ice blankets like our two indomitable Men's Wimbledon finalists. I only visited the operating theatre for brief updates and I felt like a Mr Whippee '99 in an oven.   The prognosis was not good before today but

T00ts

T00ts

A Cornish Concoction Pt 1 - The Journey West

Good afternoon, from a sunny, yes sunny Cornwall. After a couple of dodgy days, the skies are clearing and even the prohets of doom at the met office are predicting great weather to come. ‘Schools’ out’ and we have nine weeks off – yes nine – one of the benefits of working for a private school, and intend to make as full a use of Patsy as is possible.   So, what’s been happening? Well, just to get you up to date, we are still in the process of selling the bungalow although we have no date y

Tubbystar

Tubbystar

I Guess It's Possible

that I am living in a parallel universe! Perhaps I woke one morning a couple of weeks ago and I am in a place made of nightmares and am only now beginning to realise it. ..   Have YOU ever been sold a lock without keys?           Today after several fruitless attempts I managed to remove the barrel (broken of course like most other items) from the gas box, and off I gleefully trotted (or drove actually) to the dealer to replace it. I couldn't do it the less expensive way so bit the bull

T00ts

T00ts

Soon To Start Caravaning

Hi to all that read this. My wife & I have decided it's about time we bought a caravan for some escapism! Trouble is we are as 'green' to it as can be, (other than my experience in towing .) We've never even been camping. Is there a good starters manual to get hold of? i. e explaining the essentials to get, & to avoid. Any other advice would also be extremely appreciated. I'll thank anyone in advance for any assistance we may get.

katabatic

katabatic

Eterniti Tow Pro Covers Now Available

After Eternitis emergence onto the market in Oct 2012 they have become one of the market leaders offering their customers a caravan and service that their competition can only aspire too.   Eterniti’s vision Every discerning customer should own the caravan of their dreams, that’s why here at Eterniti we listen to every comment made. Whether it’s a colour and style of the soft furnishings or the height of the double bed, we aim to produce caravans of the highest standard that match and fulfi

Specialised Covers

Specialised Covers

Yet More Good News...............not

So, looks as though I will be redundant early next year, any bright ideas for a new career? I have a nice sideline going in writing site and gear reviews and I have a half finished novel I could pick up again. ............ anyone fancy employing me as a full time writer/reviewer?   One door closes and another opens and all that. .............. I hope. .............

Huff

Huff

What A Very Nice Man!

Having got more and more concerned about the state of my 'project' as I removed the lining to reveal the inner workings, I sent a heads up to my mobile caravan engineer.   We had chatted amiably on the 'phone last week and like most who have dealings with me he assumed I was normal.   BIG/HUGE MISTAKE! Poor man!     He's not due to meet my little gem for a fortnight but he happened to be in the area and he pulled up outside just as I was beavering away covered in degraded foam and

T00ts

T00ts

Bailey 2 Has Arrived

After having posted on this forum a few weeks ago that we had sold our faithful older caravan (bailey beachcomber 1997) owing to logistical difficulties now that my 3 boys are getting older and not so keen on sharing a double bed and the caravan is feeling increasingly cramped and hence more of a "chore", it is with great delight that I can report we traveled to Birmingham on Friday to collect a Bailey 550/6 2003 model (right weight, right price)...it was a 15 hour plus journey with only one sto

sgrif690

sgrif690

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