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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
  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 / advic
  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 A5
  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 pla
  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 aroun
  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
  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.
  12. It is busy, but it does have dedicated pull-in pull-out caravan bays and when it is particularly busy they tend to have someone monitoring the parking, helping etc.
  13. Yes all registered which required a combination of myself and the dealer . Thanks for the replies folks. I'll maybe ask on Swift Talk as the manuals don't make these things clear.
  14. Swift Conquerer 2017, although I believe they are pretty much identical to the 2016 models. No I'm not on Swift Talk
  15. Recently changed our Coachman for a Swift Conquerer. Loving it so far however I have a few questions that people might be able to help me with. 1. The tracker appears to work without purchasing Thatcham. I'm assuming what you're paying for with a subscription is the monitoring and alerting as soon as it moves? 2. Does the shutdown switch turn off the tracker? Presumably not. 3. I can get the Swift Command app to work with Bluetooth but over the Internet it won't control functions like lighting etc. The only thing that appears to work over the Internet is showing the late
  16. You will undoubtedly need to keep a close eye on the weather, especially for travel days. There are whole sections of the main roads that can be closed off by the authorities if it starts snowing, with no alternative routes through them. The C&CC site at Moffat is a nice stopover - on the M74, about half a mile from junction 15 from memory. Re the aqua roll, remember to insulate the pipe that carries the water from the container into the van too - it can freeze - but we've done this many times with a jacket too and have had temperatures down to -6 with no problems. I've never
  17. Thanks for all the replies folks, I'll have a look at the disconnecting of the pipes.
  18. That's good news. Like you it did mean I was constantly up and down adjusting the control panel. It was only when temperatures were really low though- no bother at all in milder weather.
  19. We used to get this problem and found it was generally not able to both heat the caravan and water. The solution for us was to turn the heating down and put it on both gas and electric for about 30 mins before having a shower. However even doing that we only got about 6 litres of hot water because as soon as you start drawing it, more (very) cold water is being drawn into the tank and mixes with the hot to cool it down. To be honest we had this problem on any site not just ones restricted to 10amp supply.
  20. Hi folks, what's the best way to ensure the on board water pump is dry before winter storage? I need to drain the caravan down tomorrow and I've not had an on board water pump before so any help appreciated.
  21. Hi, we've gone for a Swift Conquerer. Really pleased with it too!
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