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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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The Chance . continued.

Wind back the clock. .. we'd looked at all sorts during 2017. The main criteria was a double dinette layout. Our son Harry loved the White Arches version of the Sprite Major 4TD, they call it the Cottingham. We carried on looking, Autotrader, Caravanfinder, Gumtree, Ebay . ...  (good job broadband is unlimited these days!) We really wanted a fixed bed, thats what we started out looking for but, compromise, a 12 year old lad needs his own space right? Mid August 2017, I found a Lunar

Affinitybill

Affinitybill

The chance!

Our daughter moved to Cardiff along time ago now, perhaps not quite such a move, but she went to university there and never came back! It's really not something we expected but actually I see the attraction for her and her partner. Hence we know the roads between south Lincolnshire and South Wales so well, both solo and towing. Many happy fortnight's have been spent in Tenby where her partner hales from and it seems along time ago now from when we introduced our son to the pleasures of caravan

Affinitybill

Affinitybill

My Caravan’s Electrics Failed.

It was the blank clock face that told me the electrics had gone off. A quick trip outside with a torch was needed to reset the breaker. But it didn’t need resetting. A check on the sockets in the bollard showed they were live so it wasn’t a power cut. Back in the awning I disconnected the mains lead and plugged it temporarily into an emergency extension lead. That got the kettle boiled and with the fridge turned to gas, I had breakfast and pondered what to do. When it was light I look

Jaydug

Jaydug

A Spanish Winter 2017 - 2018 - Part Eleven

Today is a Bank Holiday in Spain because it’s the Dia De Los Reyes or Three Kings Day. In the church calendar it’s Epiphany. In traditional Spanish families it’s on the 6th when children receive their presents from the three kings rather than from Santa Claus, although I’m told many families use Christmas Day for present giving. On the evening of the 5th some towns and villages celebrate by holding a fiesta with a procession going around the town. Last night I went to the one in Nerja.

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Jaydug

A Spanish Winter 2017-18 Part Ten

On the 19th December my two daughters and grandson came to stay. Not with me in the caravan but close by in an apartment on the Costa. . In fact, from their balcony they had a grand view along the sea front. On our first day out we did a short drive eastwards along the old coast road. I parked the car on the Cerro Gordo and we all climbed to the top of the promontory where one of the ancient watch towers is situated. In the 16th Century similar towers were built all alo

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Jaydug

Elddis Crusader Aurora - Winter Cover + Bedding

Hi I have sold my 2017 Elddis Crusader Aurora Caravan I have for sale the following items:- Full Caravan Storage Cover with Side Door Entrance + Storage Bag only used a few times.# Full Fitted Bedding Set Crusader; Aurora;Fitted Sheet 1x still in package + 1 x used twice -  Color /Percale Cream;Duvet Tog & Filling / 10. 5 Hollow Fibre -/Pillow Cases  Please contact me for sale price or any further information on 07584170520 Thank you Rich  

Raddy1

Raddy1

A Spanish Winter 2017/18 - Part Nine

Being the last Sunday before Christmas, it was the weekend for the Migas Fiesta in Torrox Pueblo. The Spanish, always on the lookout for an excuse to have a street party, revive a traditional method once used by land owners to feed their labourers at mid-day. Migas is a cheap, traditional Andalucian dish made from stale bread crumbs fried in olive oil, to which is added garlic, olives, pieces of chorizo sausage, cubes of ham and peppers – all locally produced. Some people say that the si

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Jaydug

A Spanish Winter 2017-18 - Part Eight.

Many caravanners here who will be staying till after Christmas and the New Year have already put up their Christmas lights. After it was dark I took a walk around the site. Here are some of them. 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 The weather was beautiful. A cloudless sky with a light breeze, so I decided on a circular route for my bike ride which would take me through Torrox Pueblo. The ride began down the mile and a half of ‘new’ roadway which was planned and laid down around t

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Jaydug

A Spanish Winter 2017-18 - Part Seven.

Thursday 30th It’s two weeks since I arrived at El Pino and most of that time has been a period of glorious wall to wall sunshine. But that’s only glorious for us winter sun-seekers. For the market gardeners, nurserymen and orchard owners it’s a time of anxiety. They are desperate for rainfall. The authorities are threatening to reduce their water supply by 60% and the wide river bed wending its way through Torrox is completely dry. Since arriving here I’ve lived a life of id

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Jaydug

A Spanish Winter 2017-18 Part Six.

Monday 13th The direction to my next site lay to the south west – and that was solely by toll motorway. . To drive toll free, I would have to travel north for some distance, thereby adding 30 miles to the journey. It made sense to use the AP and pay the toll charge. At the end of the 44 miles on the AP, the toll charge came to €8. 40. Altogether the journey would be 120 miles so I didn’t need to leave until ten o’clock The drive was uneventful and after two and a bit hours I reached

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Jaydug

A Spanish Winter 2017-18 Part Five.

Saturday 11th My two nights at Coll Vert had cost me just €28. Now I had 190 miles to do to reach Cartagena so I left the site by 9. 15. Within minutes I was on the local main road heading north towards Valencia. Having reached the ring road my next direction sign was for the V31, the motorway heading south out of the city. After eight miles I reached a point where I had a choice between the toll-free A7 or the peage AP7. I chose the A7. After about 30 miles my Tomtom directed me to

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Jaydug

A Spanish Winter 2017-18 Part Four.

Thursday 9th This next leg of my journey was 120 miles down to Valencia. As I said previously, the seven miles closest to Albarracin is a twisting, mountain road down to the junction with the road I came in on. Instead of taking that road which goes north to the motorway, I took a different one going south. For twelve miles the road went arrow-straight, across a slightly sloping plain, down to the motorway. Obviously it was a fairly recent build. Far over to my left I could see what lo

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Jaydug

ASpanish Winter 2017-18. Part Three.

Tuesday 7th . As I set off on my drive yesterday I noticed an Alcampo filling station less than a mile from the site, so before I hitched on the caravan this morning, I drove up the road to fill my almost empty tank. It was a card-only station without attendants, but what a price! €0. 975 per litre. That’s the GBP equivalent of 85p. So having filled, it was up to the next roundabout, down the other side and I was back on site ready to collect the van. . And more than a little bit

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Jaydug

ASpanish Winter 2017=18 Part Two

Saturday 4th November It was only 70 miles to my next camp site so I was in no hurry to leave Camping Bardenas. Besides, the longer I delayed my departure, the more chance there was that the rain might finally stop. It had rained heavily during the night with at times, constant fflickering of far off lightning. For the next stage of the journey I was faced with a choice of N-roads or the AP68 toll motorway. By the time I’d reached the slip road, I used the drizzle as an excuse to u

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Jaydug

A Spanish Winter 2017-18

Halloween – and was it wise to leave the car and caravan hitched up all evening and overnight on my drive? But I needed to leave by 6am in the morning ---------- so I had to take a chance. This latest blog begins on board Brittany Ferries’ Cap Finistere. The ship left Portsmouth harbour at lunchtime on Wednesday at the start of its twenty-four hour sailing to Bilbao. And as it’s the 1st of November I was on board heading to the sunshine in southern Spain. This will be my

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Jaydug

Hawkaye's 2017 holiday

Background A few weeks before we set off, the car had been giving me error messages that the diesel particulate filter (DPF)was filling up, culminating in putting the engine management light on and refusing to rev more than tickover. Unwilling to chance Darlington afternoon rush-hour traffic and a trip down the A1 back home, I elected to be recovered to a Peugeot specialist in Darlington where the car was given a '2-pack DPF clean and forced re-gen'. After I had fettled the front brakes fo

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hawkaye

August 2017 – Nine Days Of Swanning About In Dorset.

And where else but at Swanage? It was time for the annual family holiday. This year, the family had a rented a house in the town with me in the caravan – this time at the C&CC site at Corfe Castle. They were from Saturday to Saturday but I travelled on the Friday having had a terribly slow journey. If you’ve read my previous blogs you will know that within ten miles of leaving home I reach the M25 – whether I’m heading east, north or west. The congestion on the M25 together with delays at ot

Jaydug

Jaydug

A Visit To Shropshire - June 2017

Being in the happy position of being able to hitch up and go whenever it suits, I had been watching the ten day weather forecasts for a settled period of dry days. Such a period looked favourable starting during the 2nd week of June – so I quickly packed the van and was ready to leave on Tuesday the 13th. My chosen location was in Shropshire – around the Iron Gorge, so an email to the C&M CL at Coates Farm in Much Wenlock guaranteed me a pitch. Most of my towing journeys after the first t

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Jaydug

From Buying Our First Ever Caravan To Our First Ever Caravaning Holiday In 3 Weeks.

So, this is my first ever Blog but for all the new caravaner's out there, we are not alone, and we are all probably worrying about the same thing.   What I will try to do is update on important milestones to give honest feedback in my process from taking delivery of our first ever caravan on 8th July 2017. To increase the old adrenaline we will be travelling from the Scottish Borders down to Chichester for a 10 days.     So from the beginning   Picking our first ever caravan was rel

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newswifty2017

Bordeaux

Also available on Thomson's Travels __________________________________   18th November 2014   After a few days around Civray, in the garden of Julia's brothers house in the Poitou-Charentes, we found ourselves, in light drizzle, headed south down the N10 towards Bordeaux, arriving at the campsite at about 15:30hrs.   A nondescript drive only made notable by the cruise control deciding that it wasn't going to be a cruise control, just a switch on the steering wheel pretending to be the cr

SimplySimon

SimplySimon

Le Manns

Also found under Le Manns on Thomson's Travels _______________________________________________   9th & 10th November 2014   We woke to the sound of rain, which quickly passed, leaving everything damp! After breakfast, we sauntered around readying ourselves for the trip to our next campsite near Le Mans.   The trip down was uneventful and longer than necessary, the reason being was that we either took the péage (Toll Roads) or the free roads, we took the free roads, saving ourselves €

SimplySimon

SimplySimon

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