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    Bangor, Co Down
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    caravanning, cycling & photography
  1. Hi, would anyone be able to recommend a family friendly stopover near Birkenhead? Family of 5 looking for a site that is near to Birkenhead in order that we can catch an early morning Ferry. Many thanks in advance
  2. Hi, You might also want to check out La Garangeoire (near St Julien des Landes). I've stayed there twice with my family (3 kids under 10), and very impressed with the facilities. The owners (Eric and Anne - both French) run a very good site, which is great for younger kids. In fairness though, it might not be the first choice for older teenage kids. Worth a look. Good luck with you choosing, and have a great holiday wherever you pick. David J
  3. Kontiki, good point wel made. It is of course right that the ferry cost Pplies equally to those wishing to travel to the Emerald Idle as well as from it. Think that there is an issue for Irish Tourism authorities when tourists, like you, as dissuaded from travelling to Ireland because of ferry cost. Indeed, it is alarming that you can travel to Calais for a fraction of the price. Although I accept that supply and demand will be a factor. Thanks for your reply. Lol, maybe we could get a few of those ferries to tie a big rope around the island and tug us closer towards Portugal
  4. GeorgeB Thank you so much for such a comprehensive and helpful response! Really really appreciated!
  5. Hi, Would appreciate views of Caravanners regarding whether their caravan dealership uses its own insurance to cover against damage and / theft when your caravan is in for Service or repair? My local dealership requires that I sign a disclaimer (at the bottom of the Service Sheet) stating that I accept that the caravan is left at my own risk. I want to know whether this is typical of dealerships or whether most dealers use their own company insurance to cover such circumstances. Appreciate your replies. Thanks
  6. Hi, Would appreciate views of Caravanners regarding whether their caravan dealership uses its own insurance to cover against damage and / theft when your caravan is in for Service or repair? My local dealership requires that I sign a disclaimer (at the bottom of the Service Sheet) stating that I accept that the caravan is left at my own risk. I want to know whether this is typical of dealerships or whether most dealers use their own company insurance to cover such circumstances. Appreciate your replies. Thanks
  7. Check out Chateau de Chanteloup very close to Le Mans. It's part of the Castel chain and very good. We stayed there on an overnighter last year on route to Vendee.
  8. If staying at the CC site I recommend thAt you lock up any bikes or keep them in your awning. We stayed there 2 yrs ago on way home from France. My wife's bike got stolen, and we were informed that it was a problem in the area. The site is rather close/convenient to an estate. Above said, apart from the theft, it is nice quiet site.
  9. Cadac is so much more than a BBQ. Rather it is a fantastic piece of kit for complete cooking requirements. Whether its BBQ, curry, roasting a whole chicken (with potatoes and veg) or a full Irish/English. .. The Cadac will deliver. I love mine. It's not light and it can be a handful to clean but its a Cadac. Nothing else comes close in my opinion (but I do acknowledge that opinion can be divided). 3 friends from our Camping & Caravanning DA purchased Cadacs after seeing mine at our Easter Rally last year. They haven't looked back (and their charcoal bbqs have been deco
  10. Two words 'well impressed'! Unfortunately the recommended panel is outside my price range. That is, unless I want my wife to kick me out of the house thus requiring me to live in the caravan 365 lol. Your set up is definitely something that I would aspire to but reckon I'll have to settle for something rather less in the meantime. Thanks again for your detailed post thought - appreciated!
  11. Thanks for this as i hadnt even considered upgrading the batttery as an alternative. However, (showing my complete ignorance), can you please advise as to what is meant by "'EN' certified"? Thanks again
  12. We (family of 5) often go away for weekends in the caravan. Not all outings have EHU do we have to do with leisure battery which is 'ok' for the usual short weekend. However, we're planning to attend a couple of longer rallies and need longer battery power. We presently use an 85ah leisure battery on our 6 berth Sterling Europa. We would like to get an hour of tv in evening before kids go to bed (but not absolutely essential) but other than that, we're really only needing lighting and pump, as fridge will run on gas. Hoping to get something that would allow up to 7 nights away withou
  13. We did this route last year! Overnighted at BlackHorse Farm (Folkestone) and got early morning Chunnel. We travelled to Le Mans (far enough for family with 3 young kids), arriving early evening, and stayed overnight at Chateau de Chanteloup. Fantastic site! Next day we then set off at about 11am for the Vendee (La Garangeoire) and arrived early afternoon still with enough energy to unpack, pitch up caravan with awning, and have dinner. Similar arrangement on way back after 2 fantastic weeks at La Garangeoire except we overnighted at Chateau Le Brevedent. My personal limit
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