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  1. I suppose it is because she wasn't driving but this is the link to the CMC website and thread about the increased cost. https://www.caravanclub.co.uk/club-together/discussions/sites-touring/overseas-sites-touring/red-pennant-loading-premium-for-over-70s/?p=3
  2. Regarding the cost that must have been some time ago. There was a lot of comment earlier this year on the CMC website as to how the cost for over 80 year olds had rocketed. I believe one person was quoted something like £700. Having said that I wouldn't go abroad without Red Pennant, not so much for the medical cover which you can get elsewhere but for the fact that if anything happens to the driver they will arrange to bring your outfit back to the UK.
  3. Lovely photos. It brings back so many memories. Can't wait to go again.
  4. The last few years we have come back north in June to get away from the heat!
  5. So, so glad that you were able to get away but I think that up and down on the ferry would have finished me off! Jenny
  6. Thanks for the heads up. I have just bought two for £64. Also accidentally signed up for Amazon Prime and that must be the third or fourth time I haven't got past the screen where they offer it.
  7. We sold a rotovator on E-Bay and the chap came 175 miles to collect it.
  8. Been caravanning for forty years and still have tick lists. One for the start of the season when everything goes in the van and one for each trip for just clothes, perishable food and the expensive items like computers that we don't leave in the van.
  9. At the time that we bought one, about ten to fifteen years ago, they were the only one being built to a UK spec. i.e. full cooker, thicker more comfortable seats, bigger fridge. In those days the other German ones were built for people who mainly live outside while caravanning and just used it for sleeping in, whereas it was recognised that in England with our weather we caravanned slightly differently. I haven't looked at a German one for some years so things may have changed.
  10. We had a Geist caravan and loved it bought from the English company who had given a British spec to the German firm. They even agree to make it without a back window as that was what was putting us off. Five years later at the NEC we tried to replace it and were told that they were no longer being imported because the pound/euro rate was so bad no one would pay for one. That was about ten years ago so Lord knows what they would think of the rate now.
  11. I do wish you luck. Over the years I have met several single lady caravanners and all seemed to be having a good time. In Spain a couple of years ago we were talking to one Scottish lady waiting for the bus at the stop next to the site and she was touring Spain on her own. I thought that was exceptionally brave.
  12. There must be something about this year. I booked our ferry for the same date as John as I really wanted to meet the man who inspired us to try Spain for the first time two years ago. Sadly my husband is suffering from vertigo and the doctor doesn't think the ferry is a good idea so we are not going either. I am so disappointed as I was really looking forward to going to Portugal for the first time and meeting John.
  13. Thanks everyone especially CommanderDave. We have just ordered the Omnstore from Roseawnings of Poole and they are fitting on Monday and Tuesday or next week.
  14. You will find bad reports on all makes of caravan but those who are happy don't tend to write about it. We had a Unicorn for five years and were very happy with it.
  15. Yes, I do think that he would listen, because he is a considerate person who just thinks I am making a fuss about nothing. He uses a great gadget to listen to the TV so that the volume can be turned off but he can still hear so that he doesn't disturb others, but he doesn't realise how noisy the slamming of the door can be. I also mumble according to my husband. Funnily enough no one else has ever had to ask me to repeat something because they hadn't heard me.
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