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  1. 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.
  2. +1 to keep a bowl smooth as a babies bum. Caravan and bowl now in 15th season. John.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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. John.
  9. 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. John.
  10. 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. John.
  11. 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. John. Just read a review for 2019 and the cash (only) is collected in the evening.
  12. 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. John.
  13. Enjoy the extreme heat in the next few days. Beer in the fridge? John.
  14. Only a bath towel stolen in Budapest in 1992. It was left out overnight on a drier. Camped and caravanned now for 40 years. John.
  15. Good quality pans, but not cheap. You may find them cheaper in an outlet such as the Designer Centre, York. Our caravan has an odd collection of pans, which work well for us and would probably replace with Ingenio when they wear out. John.
  16. On holiday in Italy recently a German registered car with a Sprite Cruzer 520SR caravan pulled in next to me. Basically the caravan is the Swift Challenger 560 layout with the door on the other side and a similar level of equipment. The weights from the website for this model are interesting:- Gewicht fahrbereit 1405 kg Maximal zulässiges Gewicht (Standard) 1600 kg Auflastung möglich auf (Option) 1750kg My interpretation of these weights as ready to drive, maximum weight and charged option goes to show that a British manufacturer makes a model for the continent with considerably more payload than for the home market. Just as an aside the caravan did not have any visible weight plate on the exterior. John.
  17. Mine with C&CC went down £5. Market Value. John.
  18. We have Borris mats from Ikea in our caravan. Two under the plastic cover to stop it squeaking, two on top for foot comfort. The two mats in each case do have an overlap, but the width is perfect. Another Borris mat is at the entrance door. Colour blue/grey goes with the decor of our caravan. John
  19. As a comparison, we’ve now been in Italy for over 5 weeks and at last nights count we had shared a site with 11 other units from the UK, most of them motor homes. Not stayed on any large sites so fellow brits easy to spot and cannot see that any sites have been full. Most visitors are Dutch and German. John
  20. When I bought my caravan 14 years ago they were really the only tyre safety device available. Now with the advent of reliable tyre pressure monitoring systems the need for Tyron bands is much reduced. I now have Tyron bands and TPMS, but when the tyres are replaced the Tyron bands will not be refitted. I am sure the tyre fitter will also be relieved. With some insurance companies you will receive a discount for having Tyrons fitted. Not sure about the same with TPMS as some people find they are unreliable, which insurers may have picked up on. Mine have been 100% reliable over many 1000’s of miles. John
  21. Shame not to see him in the TdF. His injuries do sound very serious and I don’t expect him to be racing again this season. I presume he was on a t/t bike and this goes to show the instability caused by deep section rims and the lack of leverage from t/t bars. The ride was “only” a recce, but goes to show the complete need for concentration at all times. Brad Wiggins expectation for a t/t was lungs bursting, legs on fire and face covered with snot. Don’t know if he fulfilled this in a recce. John
  22. I’m in the south of Italy in Gallipoli (Puglia). All site connections we have made on the journey here through the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and in Italy have been the blue connectors. However many of the site supplies have only been 6A which has hindered my wife’s use of a hair drier. With all the sites from San Marino south having sockets in the facilities with the three connectors in a row then an adapter to a Spina connection would have been useful. Off to a shop tomorrow for a Spina plug to begin prep for my next project. John
  23. Hi GAS Stayed there last week. Overbrook was very quiet with plenty of spare pitches, most likely because in a shoulder period between Easter and May Day. Very hard working and pleasant owners. On-site facilities are excellent. Site is a disused railway station on the closed line between Scarborough and Pickering.Thornton Dale is very picturesque and only one of many other sights in a lovely part of Yorkshire. If you have any interest in heritage railways do not miss a journey on the North York Moors Railway from Pickering. Road cycling over the North York Moors can be very challenging (see last week's Tour de Yorkshire, stage 3). The vale of Pickering has lots of interesting cycle routes when away from the main roads. Dalby forest just to the north of Thornton Dale is excellent for off road cycling including specific downhill courses. John.
  24. Have you tried here for a possible repair? https://www.arelectronics.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d18_Caravan-Mover-Repairs.html John.
  25. New fees for Veteran membership of the C&CC have just been posted in magazine and are £23 pa + extra for special interest groups. John.
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