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

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  1. Cycling on the Tissington trail, even the dog likes it!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Give this site a ring in Harrogate: https://www.biltonpark.co.uk/index.php
  7. 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.
  8. Yes, got my veteran membership 3 years ago with 47 years membership.
  9. 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.
  10. 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/
  11. 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.
  12. A few more bits when you go 'off grid', cheap caravanning, more outings.
  13. Just follow the signed 'caravan route' from Thirsk A168/A19, not a problem towing or A64 Malton, A169 Pickering then left A170 Nawton, a long way round though.
  14. Just a suggestion. Simple solution is a folding panel (mine is 150w), just plug it into the 12v / 10amp solar socket in the battery box, or connect direct to battery, IP66 waterproof controller on back of panel.
  15. Do not bother with sites from both the clubs, use CL/CS's and more than ever now the C&CC 3/5 day meets and Temporary Holiday Sites, off grid, cheap, longer stays and more outings. Unsure about the dog with Brexit uncertainty, so giving EU a miss in 2019.
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