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  1. Welcome to the caravan forum

    1. Caravan News

      The latest caravan news from the clubs, manufacturers and Caravan Talk.

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    2. New member introductions

      Say hello and introduce yourselves to the Caravan Talk community!

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  2. Caravan Talk

    1. Caravan Chat

      This is where to post your more serious general questions and discuss caravan related topics not covered by other sub-forums.
      Please use specifically named forums where possible in preference to Caravan Chat as this make it easier for members browsing a topic.

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    2. Caravan Talk Supporter forum

      Exclusive area for Caravan Talk Supporters to talk.

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    3. Reviews

      Discuss and comment on towcar, caravan and site reviews by our members in the reviews forums.

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    4. Insurance

      The place to discuss and share experiences with insurance.

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    5. Caravan finance

      Hints and tips on buying new and used caravans, towcars and accessories.

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  3. Caravan information

    1. Chassis Discussions

      Somewhere to discuss all makes of caravan chassis, hitch, running gear, wheels and tyres.

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    2. Caravan Bodywork

      A forum for you to discuss general subjects relating to the bodywork structure, including doors, external lockers and windows. There is another dedicated forum for polishing and detailing.

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    3. Top Tips

      Any tips to share with the rest of us? Post them here. ..

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    4. Towcar Talk

      Discuss what is good or bad about your towcar, and / or towbar, and share any tips or advice.

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    6. Storage for caravans and / or motorhomes

      A forum area to discuss storing your outfit, and recommend good sites to other members.

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  4. Caravan DIY and maintenance

    1. Caravan repairs and restoration

      Share your caravan restoration projects and share repairs advice.

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    2. Caravan cleaning and detailing

      Discuss your favourite ways to clean your caravan and look after the finish.

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    3. DIY additions and modifications

      Adding a new shelving unit or modifying your caravan? Share your advice and ask questions on DIY jobs. ..

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  5. Tourers

    1. Adria/Fleetwood Caravans

      Adria/Fleetwood caravans and everything about them.

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    2. Avondale Caravans

      The place where you can talk about your experiences of Avondale caravans.

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    3. Bailey Caravans

      Talk about Bailey Caravans

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    4. Coachman Caravans

      Discuss anything and everything about your Coachman.

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    5. Elddis Caravans

      If you have an Elddis, Compass, Buccaneer, Xplore, Avanté, Odyssey, Crusader, Autoquest or Aspire? Let us know about them!

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    6. Eriba caravans

      For all your Eribanauts out there, a place to talk about your Eriba caravans.

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    7. Eterniti Caravans

      Talk about these slide-out UK caravans in the Eterniti Caravans forum.

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    8. Hobby Caravans

      A place for Hobby owners to exchange ideas.

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    9. Lunar Caravans

      Talk about Lunar caravans here.

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    10. Swift Caravans

      Discuss various Swift, Sterling, Sprite, Bessacarr, Ace and Abbey models here.

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    11. Other Models

      Talk about any other caravan not listed above. With enough interest in any one make we may create a new category.

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  6. Static caravans and holiday homes

    1. Static caravan forum

      Discuss all aspects of static caravans and holiday homes in this forum. Once we have enough content we'll start creating sub-forums for all the topics.

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  7. Caravan Holidays

    1. Rallies and Get Togethers

      Somewhere to arrange meetings with fellow Caravan Talk members, whether in the UK or abroad.

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    2. Places to visit

      A selection of places to visit wherever you are in the UK, from the North of Scotland to the Isle of Wight.

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    3. UK Caravan Holidays

      Share your favourite UK caravan holiday stories, journey routes and experiences, or request information on sites not covered in the reviews section.

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    4. Caravan Holidays Abroad

      Venturing beyond our shores? Share your caravan holiday advice and good travelling routes with others who go 'where there be dragons'...

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    5. Clubs and Associations

      Somewhere for you to discuss various topics related to the numerous caravan clubs.

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    6. Hobbies and Interests for caravanners

      Talk about your favourite hobbies and interests with other caravanners.

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    • Licence offences are based only on plated weights.  If I have a vehicle plated at 3500 kg MAM (or a vehicle & trailer with a combined plated MAM of 3500 kg) and overload by 200kg I will not have committed any licence offence whatsoever insofar as I am driving a vehicle that I am explicitly permitted to drive by my category B licence entitlement.   Weight offences on the other hand are based only on actual weights (Actual Weight Minus GVW or GTW) so in the above (extreme) overload scenario I will have committed a (fairly serious) weight offence.   Not sure how insurance is invalidated though. ..  driving outside of licence entitlement perhaps but for weight offences, driving without insurance would be a definite charge sheet add-on if it was the case.  
    • i think licence wise the limit is 3500 not 3499. the problem comes with actual weights. if you go over not only will you have the overweight issue to deal but licence offences and invalidating your insurance. If you search online there is a guide called the vosa guide to weighing that covers how weighing is to be conducted and the tolerances. if you are going to run that close to your limits i would get car will full fluids weighed, same with tbe van and then work out how much payload you have for gear.
    • I would hate to use the "Suck it and see" mirrors because even when towing. 90% of the time I use the car mirrors to see what is in the next lane, reserving the extended mirrors for when I want to see directly behind
    • If your tug is exactly 3500Kg then you have a problem. 1. Most weighbridges have a tolerance of at least +/-20Kg and in some cases +/-50Kg so you could be well over. 2. VOSA usually use the drive-over plate thingies when they are doing temporary stops at motorway services etc - they are typically +/-50Kg. Not too much of a problem if you are a car/SUV/van towing a caravan as you can shift some items into the tug until you are under limit, but you can't do that with a motorhome.
    • I had a  Winterhoff on a 2007 Elddis (the only decent thing on the caravan) and it was a lot easier to use than the many Alko’s I’ve had before & after.   What model BMW is it? I have a 5 series with a factory retractable towbar & there’s plenty of clearance 
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