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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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Spain - Nov-2018 - Feb-2019 ---- 11

Is anybody still using a Microsoft Autoroute programme on their computers?    I have the 2010 version and together with Google Maps & Google Earth, use it for all my route planning.    I had decided it was time to plan for another day out, away from the site.     Usually, I try to work out a circular drive with three or four stopping off points.     The route which I’d done for yesterday began by doing the nine-mile sprint westward along the A7, then taking the familiar road along the valle

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Jaydug

Spain - Nov-2018 - Feb-2019 ---- 10

Had it not been for a Senior Moment, you would be reading a piece, and looking at photographs of Nerja’s Three Kings Fiesta.     But I got the date wrong!    How could I do that?    For the past umpteen years, I’ve attended the Fiesta on the evening of the 5th of January.      For some reason, I got it into my head that it was on the 6th.       Fortunately, by lunchtime on the 6th, I’d realised my error.     So as my bike was already loaded in the car, I decided to drive and then cycle.      I d

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Spain - Nov-2018 - Feb-2019 ---- 9

Phew!………………….What a busy eight days that’s been. On the 19th Dec, I drove over to Malaga Airport to collect my two girls and grandson off an Easyjet flight from Gatwick. No sooner had they got themselves installed in their rented villa two or three miles along the road from my site,     than they were congratulating themselves on their choice of travel date, for that same evening, Gatwick Airport closed down for 36 hours because of the drone trouble. Once they had settled

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Jaydug

Spain - Nov-2018 - Feb-2019 ---- 8

The Internet is a mine of misinformation. A few weeks ago I Googled the date of the Migas Festival in Torrox. The answer came up as being “The Migas Festival is always held on the last Sunday before Christmas.” So this year that’s the 23rd of December. Brilliant – my daughters arrive in Malaga on the 19th, so for once, they can experience the Festival rather than listen to me telling them about it. They were delighted!. But then last Thursday I saw the warning notices for road closures on th

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Spain - Nov-2018 - Feb-2019 ---- 7

Usually, I write about somewhere I’ve been, but here I'm going to write about someone I’ve met……… Or rather - I'm going to write about his hobby. It features friend, William – a guy I first met here several years ago, who with Yvonne, has been a regular visitor to El Pino for a lot of years. Every morning William and Bentley - his dog, take a walk, down the road, along the beach and back up along the river. As they wander along the shoreline,     William picks up lik

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Spain - Nov-2018 - Feb-2019 ---- 6

It’s two weeks since I arrived at El Pino and the weather has been pretty awful. In fact, it’s probably the worst autumn weather I’ve experienced in all the years I’ve stayed here. Yes! In previous years we’ve had rain that’s gone on for 36hours at a stretch. But then, it has stopped and the sun has returned again. Not so during the past fortnight. Just an odd dry day interspersed with day after day of thunderstorms and torrential rain, turning site roads into rivers and flooding some of th

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Jaydug

Sargent EC500 Psu

Hi, HELP, required.  As you are probably aware I’m new to caravaning, started only last year, we have a Lunar Clubman SR, 2017 which is fitted with the Sargent EC500 psu, it also has a control panel above the door. We also have the Aldi hot water / heating system. I’m trying to establish what if any thing the PSU unit does? So I’ll try and explain my problems one at a time, first issue we are connected to the mains power supply, we also have gas connected, on the main EC500 control unit locat

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Johnnyboy1

Spain - Nov-2018 - Feb-2019 ---- 5

Another decent day at Olvera so I drove into the town. Olvera is built on the side of a hill with the church and castle crowning the peak. Being of Arab origin, the streets are narrow and steep. Certainly no place to try and park a car, so I parked on the perimeter and walked up towards the church. What a steep hill! The final 50 yards was not only steep, but was stepped as well. Finally I reached the small plaza where the church is on one side with another steep track leading to the castle

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Jaydug

Camping in The Rain. Best Tips and Gadgets

Hey! Don’t let the rain ruin your camping trip. Wet weather doesn’t have to spell the end of a journey if you’re well-prepared. Below you’ll find few useful tips and gadgets for camping in the rain. Have you ever camped in the rain? We have. What is more, it seems like there’s something in us what makes that rain is always where we are . ..   Read more on our blog: Camping in The Rain. Best Tips and Gadgets  

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ourtravelchecklist

Spain - Nov-2018 - Feb-2019 ---- 4

The weather was determined to make my departure from El Escorial as unpleasant as possible. My plan was to drive 90 miles to Talavera, but to detour slightly and visit the archaeological park at Carranque where there’s the site of a Roman Villa and mill. Then later I wanted to visit the site of the Battle of Talavera which was the Duke of Wellington’s first major victory of the Peninsular War. Followers of Bernard Cornwell’s fictional character, Richard Sharpe, will remember it was at Talaver

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Jaydug

Spain - Nov-2018 - Feb-2019 ---- 3

I was ready to leave Fuentes Blancas by 9 am and being Sunday, the roads were quiet. Very soon I’d reached the start of the A1 which is a toll-free, two-lane motorway which goes all the way to Madrid. You won’t find service areas on the road but there are many filling stations, some with large parking areas alongside them. However, most are entered from a service road, and some of them are long. One of my favourite stops is at KM150. And another, just before the Madrid ring roads at KM27.

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Spain - Nov-2018 - Feb-2019 ---- 2

To reach Burgos from the port at Bilbao, one needs to take the A8, then the AP68, then finally turning to the AP1. The road is a dual-carriageway toll motorway with several service stations along its route. Drivers take a ticket shortly after the start of the motorway and payment is made by cash or card at the exit. The final peage is situated just before the exit for the Burgos campsite. For the 100 mile tow, the toll charge was €21. 50 Fuentes Blancas at Burgos is a popular site used

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Jaydug

Spain - Nov-2018 - Feb-2019

It’s the end of October and time to head south again for the winter. This will be the twenty-fifth winter when I’ve spent some of the months caravanning in Spain. Our early visits were comparatively short: the first one being only four weeks. But gradually, they have lengthened, so that now, I stay for the maximum time my insurance will allow - 122 days. Over the years, we’ve stayed at several popular areas from Alicante on the Costa Blanca round to Albufeira on the Algarve, but our favourit

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Jaydug

Best Fall Destinations in Europe for Outdoor Adventurers

We love this time of the year when the fall foliage colors emphasize the beauty of the nature. There are many scenic outdoor destinations in Europe which you should discover especially during the autumn months. Below you’ll find our TOP 3 – Best Fall Destinations in Europe for outdoor adventurers in 2018.   Read more on our blog: Best Fall Destinations in Europe  

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ourtravelchecklist

4 Best Road Trip Apps

Hey, there! We’re just getting ready for a Balkan road trip, that inspired us to write about the best road trip apps. Before we get to the apps, I just want to mention that we didn’t use to spend a lot of time on our phones during the travels. We always try to enjoy every moment of the trip, taking a break from the phone and being online. We’ve chosen only the best apps, which are going to help you make the most of that travel adventure.   Read more on our blog: 4 Be

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ourtravelchecklist

Ten Days in Devon.

Friday was departure day for our annual holiday my two girls, grandson and I spend together. . This year, they rented a ‘cottage’ in Devon. The ‘cottage’ turned out to be a three bedroom, two bathrooms house overbooking the bay at Bigbury-on-Sea on the south Devon coast. And just up the road, in the next village there was a Club CL that had space for my van.   All of my long journeys invariably begin with a drive along on the M25 in one direction or the other so I left home at six i

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Jaydug

Back to Kent

A full week with nothing in the diary so why not take the caravan down to Kent for a few days. My first choice was Black Horse Farm at Folkestone but it was fully booked for some of the nights I wanted so instead I looked at Daleacres on Romney Marsh. They had pitches available so I booked. I was quite looking forward to seeing the place again. The last time we went there as a family, taking our Siamese cat with us was in 1970. I have memories of our cat taking himself off for a prowl along

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Jaydug

Electric windows are great - All the time they work!

Fitting a new window regulator isn’t a caravan job – unless you happen to be a motor-caravanner. Most door windows these days are operated by the flick of a switch. They’re great – until suddenly they don’t work. Whatever the make of car, they nearly all have the same type of mechanism. See the picture below. ................. The wires rust where they go around the pulleys. ...... Eventually, a wire snaps.   One afternoon at the end of February, just before I was due to return ho

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Changing the 12volt lighting.

Avondale fitted two G4 halogen lights under the overhead cupboards to light up the sink unit area and cooker. They gave a good light but they ran very hot which was possibly one of the reasons that the bulbs didn’t last very long. And they used a considerable amount of battery power compared with more modern lights. It was maybe time to replace them with LEDs. Browsing ebay I found sets of four lights. I chose these:- https://www. ebay. co. uk/itm/4-X-LED-12-VOLT-SURFACE-LIGHT-CARAVAN-BOAT-

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Jaydug

Fitting a new hitch boot.

Whilst I was away in Spain I noticed that the rubber boot on my tow hitch was beginning to swell and tear. It was time to replace it before dirt got in to contaminate the grease.             The disintegrating boot.   The method for changing is the same for both Winterhoff and Alko stabilizers.      Also these notes and pictures may be of help to anyone wishing to change their hitch from Alko to Winterhoff or vice versa.         I began by removing the A-frame cover whic

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Jaydug

Link to my caravanning blog

Full blog at https://brianyoungphotos. weebly. com/caravan-blog   Posts so far:    7: At last I have made the effort    6: Off to Suffolk coast    5: New tug: BMW X5    4: Good start to 2017    3: Waste water pipes    2: So who is Oscar?    1: To start, a caravanning blast from the past  

exbonneville

exbonneville

A normal afternoon in March?

It started about lunchtime with myself working in my S-I-L's workshop polishing motorbike body work when the cry of FIRE was heard. Now, at this time of the year the Almeria province issues bonfire permits providing the fire is started before 2pm. Recently a neighbour's fire had set the nextdoor's house on fire, burnt to the ground and he was jailed. We are in Tabernas, the driest place in Europe, home of film studios for the Good, the Bad and the Ugly and many other spaghetti westerns. Fir

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WispMan

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