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Glen and Les

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About Glen and Les

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    Enjoying Early Retirement!

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    SE Wales
  • Interests
    Outdoor life & the family
  • Towcar
    2019 Ford Kuga 2. 0L 150 Bhp AWD Manual
  • Caravan
    2017 Coachman Pastiche 565

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  1. Some insurance companies insist that you have a EHIC card - and use it as first port of call. My Husband, Les, was admitted to hospital in Austria 2 years ago with pneumonia and we used the card there. We just had to pay a nightly fee to the hospital (billed to us when we got home) and the final pharmacy bill - all came to approx. £50 - less than the excess on the insurance. We did use the insurance when we got home though - to cancel a package holiday planned for the following month, as Les was unfit to travel.
  2. Sorry to hear that your trip was delayed, but so pleased you could still go. Love reading about your adventures. Safe travels. Glen.
  3. I put a small extending rail in the shower cubicle, over which I can throw one bath towel, unfolded - the other I throw over the shower cubicle door, which I usually leave open for any heat to circulate.
  4. You can get both. Our previous Kuga was a Titanium 2.0 TDCi 180bhp AWD, but our current one is the lower-spec Zetec Model and it’s only 150bhp, but still AWD.
  5. Congratulations on your choice of van. Just have to wait now, but time will fly with Christmas in between. Happy Days. Hope you got ATC with the Dealer Special.
  6. They try to assess customer demand and build in batches, as stated above. They can be a little flexible if one particular layout is proving more popular though. When we ordered our current van at the NEC show in Oct 2016, our dealer produced a schedule of delivery dates. Their first date for our model was Jan/Feb 2017 and it was spot on. If we hadn’t taken this slot we would’ve waited until May/June.
  7. £6m is the Gross Profit, before overheads & tax, the net profit is £1.5m.
  8. Whilst there are no guarantees, Coachman expanded their factory last year to accommodate increased demand for their vans. They have also just launched some lovely 8ft wide models (not for us, but there is a growing market for them) and they were promoting two campervans at the recent NEC show. Hope you enjoy your new van - we have the 565 layout in our 2017 Pastiche and find it works really well for us.
  9. Sadly yes. We’ve had 2 Coachmans and in each one the microwave is just wedged in with wooden struts - one above to stop it rising and one in front/behind. There must be some on the side too, but we find it slides to the left and then the door catches on the trim. Wedging the rubber in stops it moving. The microwave in a previous Bailey Pegasus was screwed in.
  10. In between other plates - stored flat, wrapped in a J-cloth. I also secure the microwave by wedging a rubber mat in the gap, because it does have a tendency to slide within its housing. The kitchen roll top and bottom stops the door rubbing the metal during transit. All learned from past experiences!
  11. Very best wishes. I truly hope it all goes well. We have seen a few sole caravanners, including ladies, on our travels, so you are not alone. Good Luck and don’t be afraid to ask a fellow caravanner for help and guidance if you feel you need it. Most are ready and willing to give help, but don’t like to step forward for fear of offending. Glen.
  12. Many, many years ago when rear springs were rather soft (Datsun 180B). Not felt the need since. Glen & Les.
  13. That’s a separate breakdown policy Joanie, not something you can add to your standard caravan insurance policy. We are thinking of taking it out though, purely for peace of mind. Thanks.
  14. It is my understanding that the light unit is separate to the rear wall - there is sealant all around ours - and on a recent factory visit I took a photo of a rear light unit being held in place, presumably waiting for sealant/bonding to dry. I would think the whole unit would need to be “freed” again to access the wiring behind.
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