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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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Good News! Manchester Science Museum Update!

Great news - we did it! The museums in Bradford, Manchester and York that were all under threat due to budget cuts won’t now be closing down!   As a direct result of various petitions and outcries of dismay from the public Culture minister Ed Vaizey has announced that he will decrease the proposed cut to the museums’ budget - and said that there was now “no question” of the museums closing.   This is an excellent result and a big thank you to everyone who signed the petition and spread the

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Bad Back Stops Play

Just a quick note to say that a problem with the muscle at the base of my spine has left me in quite a lot of pain for the last few days and unable to sit at the computer for any meaningful length of time so the blog has been a little neglected.   I am now on some outstandingly strong pain killers and muscle relaxants so once I have counted all the pink elephants and the ceiling has stopped changing colour then normal service will be resumed!   Hope you all had a pleasant weekend despite th

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Caravan Damp Repair

Hi all, I recently purchased a 2005 Compass Rallye 640, It has a damp stain strip in the side toilet exactly 2" around the wheel arch cover (Almost as if someone had painted the stain around the wheel arch) and the section where the wheel arch meets the floor is spongy, I think my finger would go through the floor if the vinyl was not covering it!, It is also soft under the caravan in the same spot (about 6 sq inches) however none of the above feels damp just crusty. There is no sign of damp

Country Life

Country Life

In The Beginning

Some have suggested I start a blog so here goes. I have never done this before and don't have a clue so bear with me please.   I am a widow the wrong side of 65 fed up with the holidays I have been taking since my lovely husband died and thought that a caravan would be the answer to my wanderlust.       I joined CT a little while ago and asked the question: -   Can I do this alone?   The resounding answer was : -   Yes - go for it - so I did!   With my miniscule budget in terms

T00ts

T00ts

The Robert Jackson Award

One category we would like to draw everyone’s attention to in particular is the Robert Jackson Award. The inaugural Caravan Talk Awards in 2012 included a category for the best contributor. This award was presented to the member, voted for independently by the Caravan Talk community, as the best forum contributor over the last year.   After being presented with the award, last year’s winner Ian Dunning started a thread on the forum with a suggestion for the award itself. In Ian’s own word

NickJ

NickJ

2013 Caravan Talk Awards - An Update

Now that our shiny new blogs tool is up and running, we thought this would be an ideal time and place to give you all an update on the 2013 Caravan Talk Awards thus far.   Our Awards have been designed to recognise the best in the industry as voted for by YOU, the caravanners. Completely independent, with no affiliation to the clubs and no involvement from any of the potential nominees, the Caravan Talk Awards give you the opportunity to recognise your favourite products and people in the ca

NickJ

NickJ

Plusterwine Farm Certificated Site, Nr Lydney, Gloucestershire

We have just spent a very enjoyable long weekend at Plusterwine Farm Campsite near Lydney in Gloucestershire. This is a C&CC site and is ideally placed for exploring Gloucestershire, Avon and the Welsh borders.   The site is in an excellent location just off the A48 - halfway between Lydney and Chepstow. It makes an ideal base for exploring the Forest of Dean and the Welsh border towns. it has a pub just a few minutes walk away whilst the little village of Woolaston has a few shops - a

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Caravan Breakers How To Recycle Old Caravans

Nice article by Mechs on her blog about rebuilding a damp damaged unwanted caravan I enjoyed reading it, it just reinforces my own way of thinking when I along with my family decided to start a caravan breakers, we made this decision after a 5 week camping holiday around Europe the year before last it was a way of getting away from everything for me as I had just lost my wife to cancer.   Anyway it turned out to be much more than a holiday we got the bug for the way of life and are going agai

arie5119

arie5119

July 2012 - The Problems Begin!

Well after a weekend at Kendal C&CC club, which was nice and relaxing after getting there. Car, BMW 523i Auto at the time was misbehaving on the way there, wouldn't accelerate, kept changing down to 2nd gear and not shifting out of it, so needed to look at what was wrong, leave that for another day.   Got home and decided to give the van a good through clean, and this is where I found some soft areas on the walls, so it was leaking, brilliant I thought. Well being able to turn my hand t

SteHarve

SteHarve

Bought! - June 2012

Well me and the wife got married June 8th 2012, and asked for money towards our honeymoon. Well a day or 2 after wedding we were talking and I said what about buying a caravan as our wedding present, she agreed and we went to see my parents taking daughter and calling in at various caravan places looking round vans. We had some criteria that it must match, must be under 1210kg MTPLM due to me not have B+E yet, must be four berth, ideally five and most importantly, SWMBO must like it.   We s

SteHarve

SteHarve

From Start Right Through To Finish

Ok this is my first ever blog so bear with me!   I've mentioned in posts when giving advice and also when i've asked for advice. I'm going to cheat a bit in this blog and add a link to my photos as there's loads of them and not sure how to upload them all and if I can yet.   The project is now finished and we've used it loads and I like sharing how I managed at different stages, good and bad.       Anyway in August 2012 I wasn't really needing a new caravan but me being me and lov

mechs

mechs

Sleeps Minus 2

Unexpected day off for me, and a headache for SWMBO. I normally work from 9 am to 10 pm on Thursdays, but I had planned not to do the afternoon and this morning got cancelled too. I found great value Euros at a local money lender, but as soon as I said yes, I was told that I had to open a basic account. .. Alarm bells rang, and I made my excuses and left, as they say. Tesco online were 1% cheaper than the rest, and they got the business. Collect tomorrow. The loading work starts; emptying w

BFM

BFM

The Benefits Of Buying A Used Caravan

Reap the Rewards   Buying a caravan is a huge investment, but one you can reap the rewards from for many years to come.   If you are thinking of getting into the great world of caravanning, then you will need to decide on what caravan suits you best and, perhaps most importantly, whether you are going to buy a used or new caravan.   Of course, the most apparent difference between the two is cost, but there are many arguments for and against buying a used or new caravan. An older caravan

CruckleyCaravan

CruckleyCaravan

Caravan Club National Rally 2013

Specialised Covers attended its second Caravan Club national rally this year which was held in the beautiful grounds of Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire. Myself (katie) and my husband decided that we would attend the show this year as we were interested to see what it was all about. This was my first time towing the caravan on the motorway and exhibiting outside so we were rather apprehensive about the whole thing. We arrived at Belvoir Castle around 4. 00pm on Thursday to a very strange c

Specialised Covers

Specialised Covers

A Guide To Using The Gallery

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:  

TimDev

TimDev

New Awning.

New van needs new awning! After much deliberation, research and drawing on previous experience we have decided to buy a Unico Bologna from the manufacturers in Holland. They said it would be made in week 23 and, sure enough, it was made on Monday, dispatched on Tuesday and delivered on Thursday. Great service from Bax Totaal Recreatie!

Theeyesandears

Theeyesandears

New Van.

Got a nice new Eriba Troll 540GT with a bit more space and in better condition than our last one! So it's off to La Belle France for a few days of sunshine and fun.

Theeyesandears

Theeyesandears

Sleeps Minus 3

What's a Cicerone? Named after Cicero, (Marcus Tullius Cicero in full) a wealthy Roman polymath who was regarded as a great man of learning. The term describes one who acts as a guide for a tour. Not just any tour, but the Grand Tours undertaken by young men in the 17th and 18th Centuries. They were wealthy young men, and undertook these tours to see the great sights of Europe - Venice, Rome and other cities. They could take months to years to visit, stay with their counterparts in Europe an

BFM

BFM

Biolite Stove - As If By Magic!

Making electricity out of fire? Sounds like black magic right? Well now you can make it real with a biolite stove.   Basically its a simple stove in which you can burn anything from twigs to bits of rubbish and the heat energy is recycled to provide a small electric current which can be used to charge up your gadgets like a phone or Ipod.   It looks pretty cool, its eco-friendly and carbon neutral and other buzz words like that and it also has a certain rustic appeal of the good old campfi

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Huff

"smart Tents"

"Smart" may be stretching it a little but I do think these look interesting.     http://www. smartent. com/product. php   Essentially its just a folding camp bed with a built in canopy attached. It's a neat and simple idea, so much so that I am certain someone must have done it before.   Few things put me off purchasing one though, for a start I think it's too expensive, the HH is too low and I cant help but think that whilst being off the ground is more

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The Great Dorset Steam Fair

My wife is steam obsessed. I mean literally crackers for anything with a coal fired engine. So much so that a good chunk of our weekends every year are spent trekking up and down the country to watch these beasts of bygone years trundling around a field.   Don't feel sorry for me though because her steam fixation means we get to go to the Great Dorset Fair every year which is now undoubtedly the highlight of our social calendar and it should be yours as well because days out don't come

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Bucklegrove Holiday Park, Rodney Stoke Nr Cheddar, Somerset

The Classic Car Club to which I belong has been holding a weekend camp and rally at Bucklegrove Holiday park since 2006 and its well worth a look for your next Somerset holiday.   The site itself is a big, facility heavy, family friendly affair. It manages, however, to remain quiet and friendly despite its swimming pool and clubhouse which could easily turn it into a Haven-esque commercial site. Its pleasant to find a site that doesn't sacrifice good service and peaceful surroundings for a

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