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  1. We rarely use the CMC main sites unless we really have no alternative. They are just so expensive these days. A few years back someone recommended a private site in Cornwall 2 or 3 miles from the coast. We have been there twice a year since then and it is one of the best sites we have ever stayed on. Pitches are two or three times larger than the CMC sites and some have water and drainage. It is a quiet, family run site with no clubhouse. Off season it can be as little as £12 a night. The owners much prefer to charge a lot less outside school holidays so the pitches are not left empty. People return year after year. We are CMC members still as our caravan insurance is with them. We also use CL's and find them a lot cheaper than the main sites and they often have lovely views in beautiful locations. I think the CMC main sites are very much over priced.
  2. Thanks for your reply JTQ. The rust seems to be coming from where the two bits join so maybe there are metal springs inside that leak out rust. Painting them may be an option if all else fails. DACS , thank you for your answer. I was thinking about a caravan breaker as they may have new caravans that have been involved in an accident and are written off. I wonder too if any caravan makers would sell me some but I don't know if caravans are still made in the UK nowadays.
  3. I used Dettol Antibacterial Mould And Mildew Remover but it made the catches worse and caused the rust. I looked on Amazon but couldn't find any suitable catches but I didn't search EBay so thanks for that tip. I will also ask my nephew who used to build Elddis caravans in the north east 20 years ago. he has an old van himself so he may have some suggestions. Thanks for your help Steven.
  4. Our Lunar Clubman caravan is 23 years old and still in good condition inside and out. However, the grey plastic locks/handles/catches on the windows have deep seated mould and where I have tried cleaning them, there is also some rust on them. Ideally I would like to replace them completely but would need about 15 of them. Does anyone know where I could buy them in bulk as they could work out very expensive in a place where they are sold singularly? If they work out too expensive to replace then has anyone any ideas on what I should use to clean them please? Your help in this matter is much appreciated as our caravan still has a lot of life left in it and they are the only things that look grotty in the caravan. Thanks.
  5. I disagree. I think that foreigners such as the British visiting France or Spain are targeted more than the locals, probably because many of them carry a lot of cash. When I see reports of people having been robbed in their caravans or motor homes, I am always amazed as to how much has been taken. I don't see the necessity for carrying so much. We get through between 30 and 40 Euros in cash on our 2 or 3 week visits. We pay for almost everything by card and keep that well protected. The only thing we spend cash on is if we buy bagettes or cakes from a patisserie. If we need more cash then we go to the cashpoint. I was robbed on a train when returning from holiday in the Channel Islands in the late1960's. My boyfriend and I were Mickey Finned. They took all my money, which was just over a pound and was my fare back home from London. They couldn't get to my boyfriend's wallet because I had my arms around him and was slumped across his chest. Although I didn't have much money stolen, from then on, I carry very little cash. I am just pleased that the incident occurred on my way back from holiday and not on the way there as all my holiday money would have gone. There were not ATM's in those days so people carried more cash.
  6. We stopped for lunch at the Baie de Somme a few years back. It was about 3pm and we were the only ones there apart from two French cars. We noticed that they kept driving around us, even going the wrong way where it was one way. We carried on getting our lunch and whilst we were eating it, we noticed one of the drivers walking towards our caravan, approaching from the rear. He saw that we were busy eating and turned and walked back to where he had come from. His mate was hanging around in the area too having got out of his car. I am certain that had we been asleep that these men would have attempted to have robbed us. It was very scary so we very quickly got out of the caravan and drove off. It has certainly put us off ever stopping at the Baie de Somme now. We also stop for lunch earlier now and make sure that there are several other caravanners around. The thought of staying at this aire overnight, or any other aire in France, really scares me.
  7. I am urgently seeking an annexe for our 1995 Isabella Statesman awning, as we are taking our son and grandchildren to Cornwall next month. The annexe has to be Pre Unicut so that the zips fit. Isabella no longer make these particular annexes so my only hope is to find a secondhand one. I just wondered if anyone on here had one to sell? I have searched the web including the auction sites but cannot find any. Your help in this matter would be much appreciated. Thank you.
  8. We always go this way. The road has been improved significantly in the past 15 years and now has long sections of dual carriageway.
  9. We have just returned from 14 days in Brittany and yes, we had our tv, Sky box and sat. dish with us. When we first arrived at the site, we were allocated a pitch and were doubtful as to whether we would get reception there, despite asking for a pitch that would be suitable. The first thing we did after levelling the caravan was to try to get Sky as we were staying for 2 weeks and wanted to keep up with news and weather occasionally, as well as watching the two England football matches. The reason why the other Europeans were keen to set up their sat. dishes was probably because they too had international football matches. Our pitch was totally unsuitable with many trees along the southern and eastern boundaries. We realised too that our caravan and car would take up all the pitch and there was no room for the awning. We decided to stay for one night and then ask about moving pitch. There were plenty of much larger empty pitches in different areas of the site which were in perfect situations. When we went into the office the following morning and asked to move, we were told that the larger empty pitches were not free but reserved for their regulars! We then said that we would move on elsewhere. Suddenly, out of the blue, she was able to find us another pitch that was twice the size of the original one and in a better area of the site. It was ideal for our sat dish too. We moved pitch and stayed there for the remainder of our holiday. We had a couple of wet and windy days when we didn't feel like going out and it was good to be able to watch the occasional programme on tv. I wouldn't have liked to have been without it for 2 weeks. We don't tend to watch it in the evenings though and enjoyed sitting out as dusk approached and seeing how many bats we could spot.
  10. I have just come across this thread and wanted to add that when we had a dog, we took her on the Portsmouth to Caen route every year and used the daytime sailings. We put her in the caravan when we arrived on deck and she was much happier in there than being cooped up in the car. We left her with a couple of bowls of water and to begin with we went down halfway through the trip to make sure she was all right. We realised after doing this on a couple of trips that it was better not to disturb her as she was always asleep. I have certainly found the Caravan Club cheaper than booking with anyone else especially if buying Camping Cheques at the same time.
  11. We have stayed here many times overnight when using the Portsmouth-Caen ferry. It is very convenient and easy to find. We stay hitched up so we can get an early start in the mornings. From the site there is a footpath which goes through a coded gate. It goes up to the canal and makes for a lovely walk into Ouistream. It's lovely when the sun is setting. At Les Pommiers, it is the EHU that bumps the price up considerably, so we often don't bother with it and put the fridge on gas. Last September and October, for the two of us, we were charged 13. 20 Euros without EHU.
  12. I had an email from Camping Cheques office this afternoon with this offer: Early spring offer Spring is on the way, and why not make the most of it with our fantastic offer from Condor Ferries? Begin your holiday in comfort as you cross the Western Channel and arrive relaxed and refreshed, ready for your onward journey. We're offering a great value return rate on the Portsmouth-Cherbourg crossing: just £218* when you quote ARCO1. Book by 28 March to receive this exclusive deal. Price includes: Return ferry car & caravan 3 Camping Cheques Call 01580 214002 for further details or to make a booking. I rang their office to find out more about it and also to get a quote for the Portsmouth-Caen route. The lady at the other end said that if we usually go with Brittany Ferries to Caen, we would really hate the trip with Condor on the Clipper! I tried to find out why but she was a bit reluctant to say. She just said that it was very different and everyone got crammed in. Has anyone on here been on the Condor Clipper? It is a saving of £63 against the Caen trip, but would it be that uncomfortable?
  13. Another way to get conned on the Internet. I have recently got all the gear to take up fishing and so far I have only fished in the sea but when I looked on line about getting a fishing licence for river fishing, I was amazed to see how expensive it was. My son pointed out that I was on the wrong site and when I found the Environment Agency proper site, it was about half the price!
  14. As you are into scuba diving and not surfing, the south coast of Cornwall may be better for you. We are going to Pentewan Sands on the south coast near Mevagissey over Easter. We haven't stayed there before though but have used their swimming pools. We expect it to be crowded as it is the Easter holidays but as we are going with our son and grandchildren, we have no choice but to go in school holidays. The site is set on its own private beach and is in a very beautiful part of Cornwall. http://www. pentewansands. com/ A site that we really like and are going back to in August, is Carlyon Bay. It is 10-15 minutes walk to the beach though and that may not be easy if you are carrying scuba kits. http://www. carlyonbay. net/
  15. Welcome to the Caravan Talk forum, Melbourne 12. You will find this a very friendly and helpful site. Pauline
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