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  • Gender
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  • Location
    Harrogate, Yorkshire.
  • Interests
    Caravanning, cycling.
  • Towcar
    Skoda Octavia Estate 2. 0TDi 4x4
  • Caravan
    Compass Omega 482

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  1. Have a look around for a 2012 Skoda Octavia Estate 2.0Tdi 4x4, plated GVW 2,095kg, my caravan has a mtplm of 1,318kg so no problem, kerbweight 1,495kg. I do have a B+E.
  2. I use storm straps which clip onto the awning corners and also extra guy ropes on the poles, on the inside corner pole I also put on a storm prop. The lower awning sides also have attachments for guy ropes, which stood up well in 60mph winds coming off the river severn estuary
  3. Should have said. Check in the caravan battery box, if like my Omega (based on the Affinity) there is a 12v / 10amp solar socket wired direct to the battery wires to plug the panel in using a 12v plug. However I found the side springs on the plug became weak not giving a good connection, so just wired up behind the socket using an Anderson plug for the panel.
  4. Have a look at these: https://www.photonicuniverse.com/en/applications/caravans-and-motorhomes/ I have a 150w folding panel, gives out 8amps in full sun, connects direct to battery and just plug it in.
  5. Cycling on the Tissington trail, even the dog likes it!
  6. No charge for pedestrians, just pay for cars or NT members go free. It is a nice walk from site to the visitor centre, plenty of forest paths and you can let the dog have a good run off lead, dog friendly café.
  7. Czech connection

    Car ?

    If you go for the Octavia get the estate and better still the 4x4 variant (Haldex). My Octavia's kerbweight is 1,495kg, it is diesel euro 5 and has had it's emissions fix! so good clean air coming out of the exhaust! Plenty of load space in the back and good torque, my van has a mtplm of 1,318kg and get around 33-37mpg depending on road.
  8. Check your caravan insurance policy, mine covers me for caravan accident recovery UK/EU (not breakdown) and will recover the caravan, there is a dedicated phone number, I would have to pay then claim it back on the insurance policy.
  9. If the towbar is factory fit, it may not be wired up for caravan battery charging and fridge, the towing socket will just be wired up for road lighting, check it out. My Octavia Estate 2.0TDi 4x4 (manual) has a kerbweight of 1,495kg same weight what is on the V5C, caravan mtplm 1,318kg 88% ratio, no problem towing and with 75kg noseweight, just have to adjust the load in the caravan, with some weight just behind the caravan axle on the floor.
  10. Give this site a ring in Harrogate: https://www.biltonpark.co.uk/index.php
  11. It is on the website in some corner, if you can find it! The steward on a THS told me what to do, then I found some information in the BCC news booklet they send out. Discussion here on the C&CC forum. https://forum.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/chat/veterans-membership Interesting, I have 50 years membership this year on my card.
  12. Yes, got my veteran membership 3 years ago with 47 years membership.
  13. Yes, veteran membership if over 65 and 25 years membership, you have to contact the club, I just emailed the membership dept. then they need a copy of your birth certificate and that 's it, £30 a year + section fees i.e. MAS, BCC.
  14. My solar set up is a 150w folding panel, just plug it into the solar socket in the battery box, the controller / regulator is on the back of the panel, IP66 waterproof. Battery fully charged by lunchtime in full sun or late afternoon if cloudy so far, 15 nights away and no problems, gives out 8amps in full sun and a boost charge of 14.4v when needed. We now only use the C&CC weekend, 3/5day meets and Temporary Holiday sites, cheap prices, longer stays, more outings, just go off when we want with no booking. https://www.photonicuniverse.com/en/how-to-choose/12V-solar-panel/
  15. May help, have hard wired to the battery with a 15amp fuse, then just connect up using Anderson plugs through the under bed storage door. The caravan does have a 12v/10amp solar socket in the battery box, but the side springs on the 12v plug used always weakened so never got a good connection, so connected into the wires behind the battery box, now a better connection. Always use the C&CC W/end, 3/5day meets and Temporary Holiday Sites off grid, no problems with my 150w folding panel.
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