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  1. 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.



  2. 10 minutes ago, Les Medes said:

    Us too have just arrived home from Catalonia where we spent the month of September, I can honestly say that it was the worst weather we have experienced in 20 years of visiting the area. we had 10 days of high winds The Transmontana, I renamed it the Tramadol.as it gave me a headache !! within the 10 days we had three days of continuous rain, then great weather for a few days and then a full day of very heavy rain where the site roads were flooded, some unfortunate campers awnings were flooded out, Platja d;Aro is only 20 miles or so from where we were !!!  so you were very lucky


    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.



  3. 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.



  4. 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.





  5. 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.




  6. 19 hours ago, Black Grouse said:


    Alko make a low-line conversion to suit the Fiat/Peugeot/Citroen chassis cabs - they receive a two-wheeled cab from the van maker and add the central/rear chassis and rear suspension


    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.



  7. 1 hour ago, Babstreefern said:

    Never been, but heard that pitches are very tiny

    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. 


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  8. 4 hours ago, ascsbe said:

    Hi. Thanks for all the info. Cannot find when looking at the Humix whether I can go in and look for other Satellites in case we go deep into France and lose Astra 28.2.    Been setting these up for about 30 years so got a good handle on how far into France I can pick it up. But would like option of picking up the European satellites.

    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. 

  9. 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. 



  10. 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. 

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    9 hours ago, chapmag said:

    Hi All,


    It's been a while!!





    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.




  12. 7 hours ago, JTQ said:

    Is there any need? 

    I use Thetfords Bowl cleaner periodically to remove the water hardness film and get back to the gloss plastic that seems adequate enough without extra non stick treatment. And our loo like the van is in its twelfth season.


    +1 to keep a bowl smooth as a babies bum.  Caravan and bowl now in 15th season.



  13. 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.



  14. 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.



  15. 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.



  16. 53 minutes ago, Ern said:

    According to your avatar you have a 2004 Swift Challenger. I'm not sure whether the finish was the same as the current Swift Challenger which your photo shows.  It depends on whether you want to match the finish. 


    I've looked at doing something similar in my 2005 Sterling Eccles Onyx, but I came to the conclusion that with the curved shape of the worktop and the profile of the edging it would just not be possible to fit a drop down worktop extension. 



  17. 10 minutes ago, shipbroker said:

    Great Municipal in Beaune.




    My first visit to Beaune convinced me I needed a motor mover.


    I found it a bit tight on some of the pitches and on a drive through pitch, could drive in, but not out at the other end so had to use the mover and block the exit route for a while. Usually a lot of leavers every morning and there is always an impatient Dutch person wanting to leave in a hurry. We have a saying "never get in the way of an impatient dutch caravanner".


    Thanks Borussia for your information on Zeeland.



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  18. 12 hours ago, outnumbered said:

    Would a rear view camera surfice. 

    I have one fitted and i can see very clearly. 



    My answer is a loud NO and I do not have any considered response to Fireman Iain.


    You need to be able to see what is alongside your caravan.


    Whilst cycling on an open road I have twice been effectively been run off the road by an overtaking caravan pulling over into me, where the driver didn't have mirrors which gave vision down the side. I doubt the drivers hadn't a clue as to the result of their actions. 


    Maybe its time for me to fit a camera on my cycling helmet.





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  19. It may be a bit north of Dijon, but 12 km from the A5 near Langres is the municipal site at Arc-en-Barrois (Camping le Vieux Moulin). Easiest to leave the A5 at junction 24. Turn up at the site whenever, find a suitable spot and next morning about 9 someone will come to the site to collect the fees. Arc-en-Barrois is a lovely french village. 




    Just read a review for 2019 and the cash (only) is collected in the evening.



  20. I have a 13 pin socket and two lengths of cable with clips to fit onto a (spare) battery. The socket doesn't need a front sprung cover or rubber gasket at the rear. I just connect to whichever pins I need to test and plug in. Done the brake lights (pins 6 & 3) and the permanent live (pins 9 & 11) to reset the ATC memory.



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