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  1. Revised the Mill Farm CL due to a problem with the original video. Link is now.-
  2. Hi All Just posted another video of the Mill Farm site near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk here.- https://youtu. be/TuOBfTCeyCQ @Gordon - Agree that final approach would be useful and the most recent one at Mill Farm has this. I tend to only add them if the approach from the main road is less than simple as I'm a bit mindful that approaches from further away may change (or I may have not taken the correct one in the first place :-) ) @Coriolis - Thanks for the kind comments, sorry the music was too much . My drone is out of action at the moment and current legislation makes them problematic for posting but I will perhaps start to ask some CL owners if drone shots would be ok. I try to keep the shots in some kind of sequence, but sometimes my arty side takes over! I'll tray and work out a way of making general geography more understandable whilst maintaining the general feel. @Paul_B - Thanks for the words of encouragement. Thanks once again for all the positive feedback and I shall try and ensure I post links on this topic in future as another way of people to find them in one place. Dave
  3. Hi All Thanks so much for the positive feedback and glad most of you liked the videos and thought they would be of use, it gives me some encouragement to keep doing them. I'll try an answer each point raised and apologies if I miss anyone out.-- @Paul - Thanks for the spelling correction. I've just changed it so hopefully the people of "Louth" will put their pitchforks away. :-) @HairySpinner - I don't think that number plates would be a GDPR issue (my son has specific knowledge of this area) as it's not really identifiable or private information. Nether the less as a rule I tend to avoid picking them up in fact if you check out the Smugglers Cove video I've actually blurred one number plate that was obvious. The ones you do see are likely to be mine or our friends. @Klyne - I'll check out the CMC forum (didn't even notice they had one :-) ) thanks for the idea. @David from Suffolk - I try to concentrate on things like the general layout and the views which should be fairly constant but I agree they will become naturally dated, can't really help that, but I do try and always put the month and year on for that reason. @JCloughie - Yes I'm afraid they are a bit arty, the reason I started doing them was more for the film making as filming what is basically a field whilst trying to make it interesting is a challenge that hopefully helps me improve my video skills. @LongTimeCaravaner - Great point you raise about adding the location, I'll go through the titles and add them soon. Also I'll try and make a point of chem disposal location whilst not making it too graphic (another film making challenge !). Hopefully I'll have the next video (Mill Farm near Bury St Edmunds Suffolk) finished very soon and will post a link here when I do. Thanks Dave
  4. Hi Haven't posted on this site for quite a while. When choosing CL sites over the years I've always wondered why so few CL site owners post photos of the sites to give a better impression when choosing. Over the past year or so I've started to make short films of the CL sites that we've stayed at. I'm up to eight videos so far with another almost ready to post so whilst it's not quite a comprehensive database but I plan to keep growing it and thought it may be of help to others on this site. The videos are on YouTube and this is not a commercial venture just a hobby so no adverts. Main channel link is https://www. youtube. com/channel/UCYcILHxaICWsek4wRalhBTw CL Site playlist is https://www. youtube. com/playlist?list=PLJ0yfYrJ2uLJ-PbqsZMuc5p76O5niVztR If you'd like to subscribe that would be great and "likes" are always nice to have but only if you do actually like the videos. Also it would be really helpful to know what you would or would not like to see in a video about a CL site. For example do you want to see a shot of the chem disposal point or would you rather not :-) . Please also note I've deliberately NOT made these reviews just a hopefully honest depiction of the site and surrounding views shown as cinematically as possible. Thanks Dave
  5. They offered to take it back under warranty to see if they can work out what the problem is or to provide us with some additional bracer beams to be placed at the bottom of the windows (which we found solved the issue of the corner beam collapsing inwards. We opted for the additional bracer beams, partly because I know it will fix the issue and partly because sending the awning back is a whole lot of hassle and will have to be done out of season. Personally I think the direction of the wind was catching and then twisting the beam making it less stable. The extra cross braces will give me piece of mind if we encounter high winds again.
  6. Hi Sparky Yes it sounds like you have the model just before ours. In a way it's good to know that it may not be a flaw in the design flaw but to be honest I'm not sure where that leaves me in terms of our awning since it really is hopeless in anything other than fairly moderate winds. I'm beginning to wonder if our particular awning has a fault of some kind as it really doesn't stand up to winds anything like you are describing. Vango replied to my initial email suggesting that I check the tubes for kinks. We did that and even swapped a center pole around. I've sent them a video of what's happening and await their response.
  7. Actually the pressures were all correct, it's the very first thing we checked, even to the point of removing the safety cut-off valve and then manually pumping to 8psi. Which incidentally is 1psi more than the manual states and 0. 5psi more than the safety valve is designed to be, but when we contacted Vango they recommended pumping to 8psi. So unless the blowout valve AND the gauge are BOTH wrong then the pressure should be fine.
  8. Hi Sparkyy Hmm, even with no wind at all our corner posts want to bend inwards, even when we swapped one of them out for a center tube it straight away wanted to bow inward. If you wouldn't mind me asking a few questions.- When you were in those high winds did the awning kneel down at all? Is your awning the older 2015 model or the new Varkala II (2016) model? I believe the latest model has thicker roof spars. Ours are about 60mm (diameter of a coke can) whilst the newer ones are the same diameter of the uprights. I really do want to like this awning but at the moment it is starting to dictate where we choose to go on holiday which is not the way around that it should be. Thanks Dave
  9. Hi All We've had our Varkala 420 for two seasons now and in many respects we absolutely love it. The little features that Vango as tent manufacturers add are really good . . . however . . . We have noticed that the front outer legs never want to sit true and instead bow in. During calm conditions this is not a major issue but when the wind gets up the awning collapses in on itself almost completely. We have (following Vango's advice) checked the tubes for kinks, even swapped a center beam with an outer beam in case the corner one had developed a fault but it did the same thing. To be fair the wind was gusting fairly strongly but every other awning on the site was having no issues at all, frankly the way ours kept 'kneeling down' was quite embarrassing. One fellow camper came knocking asking if we wanted help to take it down, another quizzed us the following day as they were about to purchase one and seeing ours in the wind had put them off. I've videod the awning mis-behaving and will put it on youtube (privately at first) for Vango to assess the issue, but I'd be very interested in other peoples experiences in high winds. Thanks Dave
  10. Hi Thanks for all the replies and apologies for not coming back sooner, the thread notification doesn't seem to have worked and I only got around to checking the post again today as it's been a busy couple of weeks. To answer some other poster's questions yes it is an auto-box. My guess is that the reasons for the entry in the manual are.- 1 Toyota covering their backside :-) 2 I can see that with a heavy trailer and hills then cruise control could strain the engine in certain circumstances (the driver would IMO have to be a bit crazy to let this happen but I see their point.) My only real concern here would be liability in the sense of if I was involved in an accident whilst towing with CC on then would I be liable? That was also the main reason for posting here as I suspected that it could be an item in the car manual that most people never read. I'm probably going to use it occasionally on long hauls just to rest my foot but only on fairly flat and empty roads. Thanks Dave
  11. Hi We've just purchased a Toyota Land Cruiser and whilst it was not a deciding factor in the purchase it does have cruise control and I thought that this feature would take a bit of the strain out of long haul tows. I did a search on here about cruise control and not-surprisingly found several people talking about using it, mainly to stay within speed limits. . HOWEVER Now we have the car I was perusing the rather hefty manual and on the subject of Cruise-Control the manual clearly states that CC should not be used whilst towing. I'm not overly bothered either way but I can't quite see the reason why towing would be different on CC. The only obvious thing being that if the car tried to maintain an unachievable speed up an incline whilst towing and strained the engine. I just wondered if any others have actually checked the car manuals to see what if anything they say about cruise control and towing. My main concern would be if somehow using CC whilst towing is actually illegal or would render insurance etc invalid. Dave
  12. Excellent idea Nelmo, I'd love to hear from someone who has actually tried one of these units on a local route where they know that the shortest route is non-caravan friendly. Maybe I'm a bit off topic but surely the both of the caravan and camping clubs are failing in their duty hear in their magazines etc. I've read several so called product reviews of satnavs in both magazines (we belong to both clubs). All of them are blatantly adverts not product reviews. They can take a £50k top end car / caravan combo on holiday for a week to tell us the kitchen unit is nice. Why oh why can't they do something useful and do a proper test of caravan specific sat-navs to identify if they really do what they say ???? Rant over, but if anyone has one of the caravan / truck specific units then a test to see if it tries to take you down a bad road when there is a better alternative would satisfy a lot of peoples questions. Dave
  13. I agree with the point about the showers, but the interesting thing on this trip to a CC site (Low Park Wood) was that whilst we were on a hard standing the way that it had been laid out (large circle of hardstanding, with units advised to point into the centre). This meant that the last 2 units could barely fit on. That was probably the exception to the rule, but I'm still amazed that the last 2 units did not go and complain. I certainly would have done and you shouldn't have to at £25 a night.
  14. If you want certain facilities then it's best to use the caravan club web site, it allows you to tick box the facilities you want and then restricts the search accordingly. It still searches by town names geographically which I find a pain (if I don't know the area I haven't a clue which towns to search for), but hopefully they will add a proper geographical search soon. We've stayed on several sites with toilets and showers, still at £12 or less. Regarding the cost and overheads I fully appreciate the reason why the CC sites are more expensive as it's a business really not a club. I'm just finding it harder and harder to justify to myself spending the extra money on them for what you get. Also as someone else has pointed out the locations are much better. I personally like mountain biking, with CL's I usually find I can get a site located within cycling distance of where I want to cycle. With CC or any other main sites you always end up driving. So with CL's we find it's what we need where we need it. (By the way "we" is a family of four, two kids aged 15 and 11) Dave
  15. Hi All Just got back from two weeks away in Yorkshire, Northumberland, Lake district and Staffordshire. 14 nights in all. Total pitch cost £171, of that our stay for 4 nights at the Caravan club site at Kendal accounted for £100. That's 58% of the cost for 28% of the nights away. Now I'm not grumbling about the cost since we planned all the sites well in advance so new the rough prices. (Though my jaw did hit the floor when one CL owner told us it was just £5-50 a night.) The CL's were basic (2 with electric 1 without) toilets were there but again "basic". But it did get us thinking for the extra £17 to £19 per night extra what did we actually get. Well the only answer we could really come up with was showers. The Low park wood site did have some very nice clean and hot showers, but £19 per night for use of a shower, even if all four of us had a shower every day (not getting too personal here) but that would be almost a fiver to have a shower. Most interestingly was the pitch, you'd think that was the most basic and obvious requirement for a caravan site. Well we were put on a section (kind of a round hard standing area) especially set aside for large outfits. There were seven pitches and I must be honest ours was fine and we had enough space. But that's because we arrived when only 3 pitches were occupied. The two poor families that arrived last were squeezed in and could not put up awnings and park their car at the same time. I think if I'd paid £25 a night and then found I couldn't even put up an awning I'd be pretty peeved. I think in future we will be using CL's more and more, as I say I'm not having a moan but just wondered others think and what do they think makes the club sites worth the extra ££££s Dave
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