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camperlck

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  1. At 1100 kgs I'd say you probably don't need one (unless space is extremely limited at storage / home). Key when reversing is don't worry too much about perfect alignment with the side of the pitch, focus on how far back / forward you are, then if it's not 100% straight inline with the pitch, at 1100 kgs you can easily pull the caravan from the front to one side to straighten up once you've unhitched. Pushing / pulling the entire caravan forwards / backwards is a different matter, but twisting it is not too hard. I don't have too tight a storage site and I have avoided a motor mover so far with this approach - I'm in my 50's and our caravan is 1650 kgs.
  2. Thanks for all the replies folks. We'd be going in May/June, or September/October but certainly not in silly season. Probably staying in France for the first trip, probably travelling down the east side to the south coast, then back up a more westerly route. As per my OP, I'm comfortable calculating ferry, sites, fuel etc, what I was looking for was the unknowns (and there are a few nuggets in here, such as checking home insurance coverage), but also just what generally others are budgeting for such trips. So thank you, much appreciated. It certainly looks doable!
  3. Just starting to think about a big trip or two over to France for 8-10 weeks, in particular how much it would cost. There are obvious costs like diesel, ferry / tunnel, site pitch fees and so on which are relatively easily calculated. Food-wise I'll factor in a little extra but we'd need to eat anyway. So for those that have done these type of trips, what does the average budget look like? What do you allow for what? What type of cost is Red Pennant for that sort of trip? What are the hidden costs that you wouldn't encounter on a 2-3 week normal holiday etc? Any help / advice / experience appreciated.
  4. Thanks for all the replies folks, much appreciated. Think we'll go option 3.
  5. Hi folks, hope someone can help me. I'm looking for route advice. Heading to Coniston in the Lake District, coming South down the M6. There are three possible options I can see- 1. Come off the M6 at J40, take A66 to Keswick, then A591 down to Ambleside, then A593 to Coniston. Basically goes right through the Lake District. 2. Keep on the M6 to J37, take A684 to Kendal, pick up the A5284 / A591 to Windermere, keep on A591 to Ambleside, then A593 to Coniston. Looks slightly more convoluted. 3. Keep on the M6 to J36, take A590 all the way across to Greenodd, then A5092 to Lowick Green, then A5084 to Torver, then A593 to Coniston. Looks perhaps the simplest route but presumably the longest route (long way around). Any views / previous experience appreciated.
  6. Thanks, I think I'll just go North on the A93 then west bound from Blairgowrie.
  7. Hi Folks, Going to Quarry Hill CL near Blairgowrie in a couple of weeks. The Club web site says that the only recommended route is from Blairgowrie heading west bound. We'll be travelling north bound via Perth, so there appears only 2 main options- 1) Up the A9 to Dunkeld, then east bound along the A923, but this is the route the Club site says not to use - it looks very VERY narrow in places, so understandable. 2) Up the A93 from Perth to Blairgowrie then west bound along the A923, as per the Club recommendation. However the A93 from Perth also looks fairly narrow in places. Anyone done this? Any advice appreciated.
  8. I would echo the second point. In fact I'd go further. Think about where you want the wheels of the caravan to end up. Draw an imaginary line between where the wheels are initially and where you want them to end. Put markers down along the line if it helps just to one side of where the wheels will be. Then reverse to the line. The caravan will end up where its wheels are so focus on that.
  9. This topic comes up over and over again. There are no industry statistics available in the public domain to look at so the responses are always personal experiences and that's never a balanced / scientific view. My own experience is that they are no better - 3 serious leaks in 4 years from brand new on our Pastiche, however I also have a theory on why that is. IT IS ONLY A THEORY AND I MAKE NO APOLOGIES IF IT'S WRONG!!! Back in the 90's and early nougthies there were a large number of caravan manufacturers in the UK (remember ACI, Abbey, Fleetwood, Avondale etc were all around as well as Swift, Bailey, Coachman and Lunar). In 2008 we had the economic crash. Many of the smaller manufacturers couldn't survive and either went bust or were bought out by the bigger ones. In the mainstream market this only left Swift, Lunar, Coachman, Bailey and Adria. Whilst demand for new caravans had dipped it was still higher for each of these remaining manufacturers than historically because of the overall reduction in supply to the UK market due to the removal of many other makes. Historically caravan manufacture has predominantly been a manually intensive activity and most people associate 'hand built' with quality. However that is only true when dealing with low volumes. As volumes grew for the remaining manufacturers the quality started to suffer. Coachman is a really good example because it previously did produce high quality solid caravans but then couldn't maintain the same quality when dealing with higher volumes. All manufacturers go through this maturity problem caused by growth. At some point they need to move into automation. When they do the quality starts to improve again because tolerances are smaller, production is more accurate and repeatable etc. Car manufacturers went through this many years ago and my belief is that caravan manufacturers are on the cusp of it now with Swift leading the way due the scale of their sales in comparison to the rest. IT IS ONLY A THEORY FROM SOMEONE NOT IN THE CARAVAN INDUSTRY SO I EXPECT TO BE CORRECTED!!!! But having swapped the Coachman for a Swift Conquerer and having owned / looked at many caravans over the years I can definitely see a significant difference now in the way the Swift is put together. The panels are tighter, there are just more clearly reusable components, where there are more of one there are no variances in size / quality etc. Anyway that's my tuppence worth, I'd be interested to hear what others think.
  10. Quick question folks. I've noticed on many serviced pitches some people have rigid drain pipes attached to the drain exits. 2 into 1 type thing then into the pitch drain. The key thing is that the pipes are rigid and smooth - usually white plastic. I have a similar set up but with semi rigid pipes. I assumed I could just get these rigid ones in b&q but the smallest they sell is 32mm and exit pipes from the caravan are 28mm. So the question is are people using 32mm with some forms of downsizing connector, or are people finding bespoke piping made for caravans or something else completely? Thanks
  11. I agree with the comments on distance and time. We live in Scotland and drove to folkestone stopped overnight then got one of the earliest trains through the tunnel. We were travelling to the Loire and it still took us about 8. 5 hours. Plan appropriately and accept the extra stops, otherwise you'll end up very hassled and very late. Having said that I hope you have a great holiday whatever you do.
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