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  1. 14 hours ago, Bubbles87 said:

    We will be mostly doing 62-68mph  (100-110kmp) for a distance of 3902 miles (6280km) over a span of 4-5days, including pit stops for the kids.


    Sooner you than me. I think that, when I was younger The longest drive, with kids,  was likely just under 8 hours. Even over 5 days that is about 800 miles a day. If you average 60 with pit stops and some knees bend and stretching for the driver that is over 13 hours a day. Difficult for most to stay sharp 5 days in a run with those driving distances. Are you only driver or do you share the driving? I would not have subjected my kids to that. Those sorts of distance and tow times don't sound much fun




    I don't have as big a towbus. I thought that with larger towbuses the difference between towing and non towing might be less. I tow 1.5 tonnes with an X-Trail diesel and on such runs get 42 mpg solo and 27mpg towing ...... unless headwind when possibly 25mpg. But I am towing at up to 62mph and probably about 56 average tops if on mainly motorway.   

  2. 1 hour ago, Dave Capiro owner said:

    Holgates Silverdale currently charge £39 per night for full service pitches based on two adults, pets / awnings included. 


    The site and pitches are similar to CMC sites in that area, and  price for the equivalent pitch on a CMC is similar, but they have a leisure centre / spa / pool / shop / restaurant ( no entertainment).  you get a bit more for your money and the shower blocks are superb.

    So for me nothing that I want ;)

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  3. The last price rise was not a lot. I was wrongly charged the new price at a couple of sites last year. I checked and collected under 60p or less at both sites for our 5 night stays as two adults and dropped the money into a charity box on site.


    I don't want a good site as such. I want a good network of sites. I don't 'go to a site' I go to an area for a 5 night stay and move on. I rarely find much difference in site prices compared to commercial sites at the times we travel. I do not frequently revisit sites, don't want 'more facilities' and know I will get a suitable standard for me. I do use C&CC sites as a second choice as well as some commercials. C&CC work out cheaper with our age discount but remain second choice.

  4. 5 minutes ago, PapaT said:

    Hi Everyone with Dometic Cassette a Toilet. 


    Thats is our VIP 575 now approx 18mth old and I’ve notice a lot of water leakage down into the cassette locker, mainly the pink diluted water from the Flush tank.


    is this leaking between the seal and slider bar at bottom of toilet bowl, and is this due to lack of maintenance on my part. Ie use of OKS 1110 grease and the silicone spray etc to keep the seal fresh. Or does one have to remove and replace the seal annually?


    appreciate comments on how to stop this seepage down under, as its uncomfortable experience getting wet whilst emptying the cassette 



    Do you travel with much flush water? 

  5. 2 hours ago, Mr Plodd said:

    Single post from someone new to the forum asking a question and then no further input from them.


     I sometimes wonder why we bother to respond to such questions, but until someone fails to respond we have no way of knowing they won’t! 


    “Manners cost nothing” 



    Single post from someone new to the forum asking a question and then no further input from them.


     I sometimes wonder why we bother to respond to such questions, but until someone fails to respond we have no way of knowing they won’t! 


    “Manners cost nothing” 



    You can say that again Andy :D

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  6. From a CMC statement The Builders policy was indeed taken out by The Club, and therefore is in The Club’s name. However, the policy protects YOU as Members of the Discretionary Mutual, not the Club. If any unlikely reason Builders can’t meet their obligations the Financial Services Compensation Scheme covers them.  

  7. 27 minutes ago, mjohns4 said:

    Don't panic Mr mannering, I've just renewed my insurance with CMC  not concerned with the change as underwritten by builders direct, always had good response in the past 

    If you read carefully that makes no difference as they are not directly insuring you! They are insuring the caravan club so that should CMC become insolvent it can still honour any discretionary awarded by CMC only in such an event of insolvency and not in the normal course of business.


    If I have a caravan insured at its current value and I am awarded what I consider an unrealistic payment I can go to the financial ombudsman with an Insurance Policy. With CMC 'cover' I cannot. By choosing to use the CMC I would save around £32 by there being no insurance tax but if I disagree with them my only resolution would be through the courts. The ombudsman is a free service - the courts are far from free. 


    As for good responses in the past that had nothing to do with CMC directly as they went to Devitts a well respected firm who handled the claim directly

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  8. 35 minutes ago, AndyK159 said:

    This taken from the Caravan Cover policy booklet:



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    And it says 'you may be able to take a complaint to the financial ombudsman' not something I want to test when I have agreed that payout is solely at the providers discretion - would you?


    The FCA is there to consider that a contract is fair, the provider sticks to that contract and it's terms and conditions as written. The cc 'cover' clearly states: 'We offer cover on a discretionary basis which means that your Executive Committee has sole and absolute discretion on deciding claims and may accept or reject claims in its discretion. It also means that the Executive Committee may, in its discretion, agree a claim which falls outside the terms of the Caravan Cover, or which may even be expressly excluded, if the circumstances warrant it. The discretionary cover we provide is not a contract of insurance, and The Caravan Club Limited is not regulated as an insurance company.' 

    If they decline to pay out then I can approach the FCA who will decide on each individual case based on the contract that I have agreed to! And the contract states that payments are at the sole discretion of the CMC.


    I would not wish to risk money on a court judgement in the event of a dispute as the result could well be that the CMC are able to use their discretion to reject my claim. Court costs would be more than my caravan''s value.


    With an insurance company I can complain to the ombudsman who, if they believe I have a valid claim, will direct that payment is made and without any expense to me.




  9. 4 minutes ago, PandR said:

    Hence the decision by CMC to take it in house. They did claim it would keep costs down but of course a few bad claims could presumably affect the club's finances.


    Sounds a bit altruistic don't you think? I think it more likely that they want to cut out the middlemen  used as I  accept the risk themselves and the increased profit compared to just being a broker for a single firm. 


    7 minutes ago, PandR said:

    My dilemma is that I've had appalling experiences with both Safeguard and Caravanguard whereas all dealings with the club have been positive.

    You have not had dealings with the club per se your dealings were essentially with Devitts  

    2 minutes ago, Durbanite said:

    Many years ago we had a claim with the club and no issues with our claim however if you claim now it may be a different story?  We are not prepared to take the chance.

    15 years ago I had a claim and all correspondence came from Devitts 

  10. 7 minutes ago, Durbanite said:

    The discretionary cover we provide is not a contract of insurance, and The Caravan Club Limited is not regulated as an insurance company.

    It seems a very strange move on the part of the  caravan club. They must be popular as an 'insurance' company but I doubt that they are as popular as a 'non-insurance company'. I might check out C&CC as well

  11. On 27/10/2019 at 00:25, Johnaldo said:

    Hi Paul, we experienced this exact same problem on our first night out in our brand new Alpine 4 back in 2011 (so probably the same MY as yours). The top end of the mattress was absolutely soaked! 

    We tried various ventilation settings without success. And I contacted the dealer who came back with the standard reply that they all learn on day one at dealer school - “Beats me gov, never come across that problem before!”. He also said something along the lines of it being my fault for cooking in the van !


    So I asked about it on the Swift Talk forum ... and loads of members confirmed they’d had the same problem, both in the Alpine and in other Swift and Sprite models. 

    My wife happened to be clearing out the magazine rack and she found the Swift sales brochure that we’d been given when at the NEC show ... and sure enough the photograph of the Alpine 4 showed some sort of boarding on the back wall of the van, below the small padded headboard.


    So I asked about this on Swift Talk, and a discussion ensued which included contributions from Swift employees with general comments about how to use the van and how different models need different ways of dealing with condensation. I asked why there was a condensation board along the side of the mattress but not at the top, even though both are outside walls.


    Then, about 3 days later a delivery man arrived at my house with a 5 foot by 18 inch parcel, which turned out to be a condensation board with a couple of spacers fitted on the back, very similar to the side-wall one. There were no instructions or fixings (nor any indication where it had come from!). However, I just installed it in the van with double-sided sticky tape and it’s bottom edge resting on the bed frame.


    And from that day on (8½ years ago and about 350 nights) the mattress has been bone dry - problem solved 🙂.


    So I would suggest you either contact Swift or your dealer, remind them it’s  a known problem, and see if you can get a board, or alternatively try a caravan breakers yard.


    Are you a new owner for this van? If so I’d assume that the previous owner had the same problem as you are having, so I’d be carefully checking the state of the mattress and also be carrying out a damp check in that rear quarter of the van.


    Good luck, John.


    PS, we’ve not had a problem with the front window, but others on this forum  who have usually discover that the rubber surround is trapped, mis-aligned or not seated correctly - so I’d check that out, and again check for damp in the surrounding walls.



    Very easy to make up with some white plastic covered hardboard and some narrow timber spacers and. of course. double sided tape

  12. 1 hour ago, Paul1957 said:

    The current caravan has a pressure switch and apart from adjusting it the other week to a higher pressure to stop the pump banging about, it has not given any bother.

    Since having a pressurised system I have had two leaks in the previous caravan. None too major with regards to damage as there was none. One was a cracked pressure relief valve and another from a joint under a bunk. The first I sorted myself whilst on site and the second whilst also on a site I 'got a man in' as my arthritic fingers would not have been flexible enough. I also passed a caravan on the cc site near Grange over Sands. Owners were out, water was dripping to the outside and pump was rattling in the aquaroll which had caused me to look as I approached. I disconnected the pump from the caravan

  13. None from my viewpoint! The difference is that the water in the pipework is always under pressure and so flow is consistent the moment you open the tap. The downside is that the pipe and joints are always under pressure an dif you get a joint leaking and the pump is switched on whilst you are away from the caravan it keeps leaking until the water container is empty and it then burns the pomp out :D

  14. 18 minutes ago, Mr Plodd said:

    Sadly I cannot see an answer to the conundrum, taking a deposit and then offering a credit in the case of a late cancellation won’t stop it, and taking a non refundable deposit would be about as popular as passing wind in a spaceship!

    One answer would be minimum booking durations at weekend and at peak - say 3 nights. Then there would be fewer weekenders at those times. That is not something that I would wish nor would many I suspect.

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