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John19

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  1. We've been to Croatia 3 times, but never stayed much further south than Split. We did think about travelling as far as Dubrovnik, but the insurance problems of crossing the Neum corridor, using an alternative ferry and reports from friends of the number of visitors to Dubrovnik (cruise boats) have made us think it is too much hassle with a caravan. In the 3 visits we have made we have always found different destinations which have made us think we would like to stay longer than plans allow, even though we are very flexible with our arrangements. Saintjersey if you do a search on this forum for Croatia you will find examples of members experiences in the country, routes of access and travel advice for passing through other countries. This year we caravanned in southern Italy, but it is more than likely that next year we will return to Croatia, Slovenia and northern Italy. John
  2. It may be due to radio traffic information. I've had something similar in my Audi where I get a message "your route has changed due to traffic conditions" even without phone or data connections. John.
  3. Sorry but I’m away from home at the moment. Can post you information at the weekend. I think the kit I used may have changed. John
  4. Have something handy to divert the water from dripping into the caravan. I've even used a piece of cardboard rolled to make a gutter. John.
  5. I changed my outboard pump to an inboard installation using a Whale Aquasmart kit. Installing meant a few changes of pipework, including a new drain through the floor and took the opportunity to fit a surge damper. Fitting instructions recommend the use of 2.5mm2 cable along with a 5A fuse and as I wired direct to the battery I also fitted an isolating switch. I mounted my pump on a block of 20mm mdf, which may help dampen some of the noise from vibration. We do not notice any really intrusive noise from the pump, although it is worth having a visual indication when the pump is running as when running dry the noise is a barely audible hum. We use the caravan on hook-up sites and temporary holiday sites without mains electric and have never noticed any variations in the performance of the pump. John.
  6. I always like to see a TV working in a showroom so I can check the viewing angles, horizontally and vertically. Nothing worse than losing picture definition because you are not viewing from a position directly in front of a screen. John.
  7. Apology due to memory lapse. We did have one day of rain at Platya d'Aro. A Saturday where it never stopped all day. Our apartment was at the top of the hill close to the telecoms mast, so the rain which fell on us quickly drained away! Must have erased such bad weather from my immediate memory. Brilliant weather every other day. John.
  8. I'm just back from a 3 week driving trip to Catalonia, staying in an apartment. Only rain we had was in the last but one day driving towards Rouen. Perfect weather every day in Spain around 25 to 27 degrees. Not many visitors around Platya d'Aro with campsites we passed closing down for the end of September. Motorhomes about and parked (sited) along an open street through wasteland with tables and chairs defining their pitch. Before we left the UK I filled the car with V-Power diesel at £1.389 / l. In Platya d'Aro V-Power diesel €1.359 /l (£1.21 /l) . A very pleasant 3 week holiday on smooth and quiet (traffic and road noise) roads. Very relaxing. John.
  9. I have refitted a 400mm x 400mm rooflight from the inside of a caravan. Provided it is the pop-up type, you remove the four screws holding the lift up part and lower it into the caravan at an angle. I had to stand on a step with my head and one arm through the opening and using a chef's palette knife go around the frame to break the seal of the existing mastic, being careful not to damage the roof. If your light is already leaking the frame may be easier to remove than you expect. Clean all the existing mastic away and refit the frame with new mastic. I used W4 mastic sealing tape for convenience. John.
  10. Our holiday patterns have become fairly regular in the last few years. So basic costs for 2 of us at the moment are roughly:- £30 /night to use the caravan for 7 or 8 weeks of the year, mostly abroad in low season, including fixed costs, but not depreciation, initial cost etc £60 /night to use a European wide portfolio of apartments for 3 weeks of the year, including a fixed annual charge, but not any initial share purchase cost. Various hotels depending on need and comfort level, cost from £70 /night upwards. Travel, living costs and other expenses eg. insurances are not part of these calculations. John.
  11. I have my caravan in storage in the East Riding of Yorkshire. At a Gold CASSOA site I currently pay £275 and have the option to pay about the same at another Gold CASSOA site 10 miles away. All price variations in different areas have simply got to be down to market forces. John.
  12. I have been at Southam and seen the chassis cabs. They look very strange fixed back to back for transportation. No idea how they are moved. John.
  13. Not in the handbook, but I'm sure tyre pressures are in the Service book if you have one, along with wiring diagrams and other info. John.
  14. I don’t see a comment based on what you have heard as being very positive to the gist of the thread. More helpful if you give us an example of a tiny pitch in Italy you have been asked to site a caravan on. In over 10 visits to Italy with a caravan over 7m long I’ve never been unable to find a site with a suitable size pitch. Some pitches may be small, but ACSI do list the sizes of pitches available for those who may have some reservations over size. There can be issues of spacing between units, but to counter that I have never been instructed as to the orientation a unit should adopt on a pitch except where the physical nature of a site such as trees etc determine how to pitch. John
  15. I have a Humax Freesat box which I have used in Non-Freesat mode to pick up signals from Astra 19.2 east when as far away as Croatia. Obviously mostly continental channels, but can get Sky news. German Eurosport is FTA as long as you like hand ball in the evenings. No problem either to pick up normal Freesat in the Netherlands. John
  16. In the late 1990’s events conspired to give us just over 2 weeks summer holiday in August. So left the folding camper at home and we headed to a mobile home at the southern shore of Lake Garda. Friday night ferry from Hull to Rotterdam. Saturday through Germany to overnight hotel in Strasbourg. Sunday through Switzerland to Italy and mobile home. Lots of Italy to explore from Garda including Venice (train is the best way to arrive), Verona and the lake itself. Similar route for the return. With some planning the motorhomers could still be with you. John
  17. I have a black bucket from B&Q cost about £1. Also seen similar in a local hardware store. Only for use on the continent and never had a problem fitting under the waste outlet, even on a mildly sloping pitch. Don’t take a Wastemaster abroad with me as not always convenient to empty.
  18. You obviously weren't around in Hull and parts of the East Riding before the Humber bridge was built. John.
  19. Hi Graham, no help with the Normandy beaches, just a social post. I was looking through a classic car magazine the other day and a picture of a classic white Mini made me wonder if you were still around, so good to see your post and that you are still using a caravan. John.
  20. +1 to keep a bowl smooth as a babies bum. Caravan and bowl now in 15th season. John.
  21. I have always booked through the C&CC and although a complete price breakdown has never been given, a look at sailings on different days will soon show if a caravan is transported for free at the weekend. Easy and quick to check with being able to book on-line. I've recently booked a crossing with a car only and didn't see any difference in cost between the two clubs. John.
  22. We've played the North American version of Farkle with children from the age of 14. It's also a brilliant game for just 2 people. John.
  23. Terry I suspect the problem with your heater front may not be the spring clips, but the method of locating the front at its lower corners. The lower corners of the front cover sit on projecting lugs, which are part of the frame permanently attached to the caravan. Check the front corner seatings and the frame lugs are not damaged or broken. One lower corner of my 14 year old fire front became damaged and although not broken off, it couldn't support the front. Fortunately I was able to remake and strengthen the corner with aluminium angle, Araldite and pop-rivets. Sorry, but I don't have any photographs of the damage or repair. John.
  24. Only watch TV very rarely when away in the caravan, however we only spend a few nights in this country compared to abroad (this year 8 nights in England, 43 nights tour to the south of Italy) . This is a regular yearly pattern. Normally entertainment is to sit outside whenever possible, drink wine, eat local food (especially cheese), maybe challenge each other at games such as Yahtzee or Farkle, or just read. It has taken us 3 years of time away in the caravan to watch 2 seasons of Breaking Bad on our 19" TV. We're all different. John.
  25. There always looks to be plenty of space at Washington Services travelling north, but that may be because of the exorbitant prices they charge for fuel and it is run by Moto. John.
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