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    Caravanning and motorhoming
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    Assorted towcars but currently run a motorhome
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    Assorted Avondales, currently an American RV
  1. Over 85% on twin axles

    Having towed numerous trailers and assorted caravans on both single and twin axle chassis I believe the twin units to be much more stable and more inclined to stay in line with the towing vehicle under poor road conditions and cross winds, presumably because there is more rubber in contact with the road. There are four disadvantages of a twin axle configuration in my opinion:- 1. The purchase, running and service cost tends to be higher than a single axle outfit. 2. They can be more difficult to manoeuvre by hand that a single axle unit. 3. There is increased pitching on uneven surfaces as the wheels of each axle pass over speed humps or similar. 4. When reversing round a corner on uneven ground the pivot point can change as the weight is carried by first one axle and then the other. On balance though I would opt for four wheel caravan every time in preference to a single axle and would be happy to tow with higher towing ratios than I would with a single axle, given balanced loading and an appropriate towcar. Gordon.
  2. Hiya!

    That's the way to do it! Welcome to Caravan Talk. Gordon.
  3. avondale manuals

    Hi Ian, I've emailed an Avondale handbook to your registered address. Regards, Gordon.
  4. Should I sleep in the van tonight?

    I have to agree that it would detract from the garden, fortunately ours can remain largely hidden from the rear garden as it's parked to the side of the house and once the access gates are secured, the motorhome is reversed back close to them as an extra precaution as they open inwards. Gordon.
  5. Camper van ???

    Hi Stephen, I tend to think of campervans as the smaller models and motorhomes as the larger (often coachbuilt) units. As Andy has said the coachbuilts tend to have the same problems as caravans that use the same construction method but in addition there can at times be an issue where the cab joins the habitation section. This latter problem of course does not apply to the A-Class designs where the the entire body is coachbuilt to include the cab area. We've had small VW campers that in essence were totally waterproof but owing to minimal insulation did have problems of condensation, particularly in the winter months. Our present American A-Class does not suffer such issues. An ex-works colleague had a panel van conversion based on a Ford transit and reported that the only issue with that was height barriers restricting the use of some carparks so planning was required when going shopping whilst away. While many motorhome owners are members of Caravan Talk, you may find it useful to also join our sister site Motorhome Talk wheer you can register with the same ID and password if you choose. Gordon.
  6. NEWS RELEASE For immediate release: 17 January 2018 UK set to be 2018’s most popular holiday destination as British travellers rediscover the delights of a holiday at home Recent research by travel trade association ABTA* has revealed the UK is set to be British holidaymakers’ destination of choice in 2018, as 66% of the British population are already planning time away closer to home. Europe follows a close second with 63% planning to visit and 14% look to travel to North America. 2017 was a popular year for UK breaks, with British adults taking an average of 2.1 UK holidays: up on the previous year. Families with children aged five and over enjoyed 2.7 UK breaks and adults aged 35 to 44 ventured on 2.5 domestic vacations.* Research indicates that British spending on holidays will also increase, as a significant 31% are putting aside more money for their vacations in 2018. 47% are hoping to spend the same and just 14% plan to spend less.* Fresh figures from The Camping and Caravanning Club^ suggest the trend is already underway, reporting a 10% increase in bookings across its 106 club campsites for the 2018 season year-to-date versus 2017. The Caravan and Motorhome Club also supports the forecast+, announcing that 2017 was the best-ever year for tent camping, with a 13% increase compared to 2016 and its best-ever figures currently for winter camping. Leisure vehicle holidays were also up in 2017 with the club reporting an 11% growth in pitch nights over 2016 and a record November for touring caravan, motorhome and campervan stays. Commenting on the rise of UK holidaying, Jenny Summers, Group Marketing Director of the NCC (National Caravan Council), the UK’s trade body for the tourer, motorhome and caravan holiday home industries said: “Sales of both motorhomes and caravans were up in 2017, with motorhome registrations rising by 14.9% and tourer factory dispatches to dealers increasing by 8.7%. This clearly demonstrates the continuing popularity of using a leisure vehicle to explore the UK and beyond.” The growth of the British tourism industry augurs well for the NCC’s next event in February, the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018. A record-breaking 101,583 visitors attended its sister-show in October last year. Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC between 20 and 25 February, the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018 brings together over 370 exhibitors and is the UK’s largest showcase of caravans, campervans, motorhomes, caravan holiday homes and lodges as well as new season tents, trailer tents and folding caravans. The family-friendly event features a variety of holiday destinations and trip options. Show sponsor Freedom to Go is on hand to help visitors plan their next adventure and the leisure vehicle industry’s two largest clubs, The Camping and Caravanning Club and Caravan and Motorhome Club also provide advice and inspiration for all. Tickets for the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018 are now available at www.ccmshow.co.uk and by phone on 0844 873 7333. Advance prices start from £7.00**, with children 15 and under entering free. ENDS
  7. Changing Tow Car

    Having previously owned a Kia Sorento XT then I appreciated the permanent 4x4 drive, particularly for rallying or on some of the smaller CL/CS locations. That said though, two wheel drive should be perfectly adequate for most campsites, particularly as your caravan is not too heavy. Without being too fussy then a towcar around 1700 to 1800 kgs would be ideal if marries to a 2 litre petrol engine, but if you are experience towing then basically any towcar heavier than the caravan's MTPLM should suffice. Given that we often have to carry accessories for trips away with the 'van then I would personally plump for an estate car or SUV, and also consider an LPG conversion, particularly if you wish to avoid diesel power. Gordon.
  8. Is this a new club opened ?

    It is organised by NCC Events Limited, Wellington House, Starley Way, Birmingham International Park, Solihull, B37 7HB
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  10. Should I sleep in the van tonight?

    On the assumption you're going to keep a caravan is it practical to open up the pedestrian gate wide enough to get the caravan into the garden behind the brick wall by running it across the grass and securing it behind locked gates? Alternatively put the caravan nose in against the wall and lock the hitch to a security post. We used to cross a section of lawn for several years to get the caravan behind the building line before getting a second driveway put in to accommodate the much heavier motorhome. Whatever you do it is probably best to utilise as many different security devices as possible in order to make your holiday home as difficult as possible to break into and / or steal but as you say, ultimately you have to have a good insurance policy. Gordon.
  11. Once again we are pleased to be able to offer 20 pairs of free tickets to our members. This time to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC from 20th to 25th February 2018 Just reply in this thread and tell us in one line what you would most like to see at this year's NEC Show and we will choose those that in our opinion are the most deserving entries. The competition is also being run on our sister site "Motorhome Talk" and will close on both sites at midnight on 30th January 2018. The lucky winners will be announced shortly after. Our decision will be final and no corrispondence will be entered to. Alongside the complimentary tickets we have also set up a marketing code for promotion on Caravan Talk. The code is CTALK and will allow users to book at the discounted rate of £6.50 seniors (over 60’s), £7.50 adults. We will also use this code on the banners. CLICK HERE or call 08448 737 333 to book tickets now. See the NCC website for further details of the show. Here are the accompanying T&C’s :- £6.50 Senior (over 60s), £7.50 Adult when booking before 23.59hrs 19/02/18 after which time prices revert to the on-the-door price of £9 Senior and £10 Adult. A £1.25 transaction fee applies. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Car parking is included in the ticket price. No dogs (except assistance dogs). Children 15 years and under go free when accompanied by a paying Adult/Senior. Tickets are non-refundable. Free show guides and towing & manoeuvring tuition are subject to availability.
  12. NEWS RELEASE For immediate release: December 2017 Sir Ranulph Fiennes to open the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018 Returning to Birmingham’s NEC from 20 to 25 February 2018, the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show showcases the latest in leisure vehicles, camping, caravan holiday homes and lodges, as well as all the must-have accessories. For 2018 the show focuses on encouraging all ages to spend ‘24 hours outdoors’, a campaign which is supported by the world’s greatest living explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Opening the show, Sir Ranulph shares stories of his worldwide adventures including being the first to cross both the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans alongside Charles Burton. He also highlights the importance of enjoying time outside and the benefits it has on overall health and wellbeing. Also fronting the campaign is female adventurer Anna McNuff, who actively encourages women to invest in more time outdoors, whether spending an evening overnight in the garden or travelling further afield for the adventure of a lifetime. With Britons enjoying a record 14.4 million staycations from January to April 2017*, the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show reflects the growing appeal of camping and caravanning holidays. The Discovery Theatre will host live cookery demonstrations including Birmingham-born cook Rustie Lee, resident TV-chef Dean Edwards and Eat Well For Less’ Chris Bavin creating an array of outdoor cooking delights. Industry experts provide advice for visitors, whilst TV presenter Rowland Rivron entertains with stories of his numerous family caravanning adventures. Chelsea Ladies FC captain Katie Chapman will also appear, providing tips on how to get fit and make the most of the great outdoors. New-for-2018 feature areas include a skate rink and an inspiring Holiday Park Experience, which is home to the show’s glamping village. Visitors are encouraged to try their hand at motorhome manoeuvring, campervan test driving and caravan towing. As the UK’s biggest showcase of caravans, campervans, motorhomes, caravan holiday homes and lodges as well as new season tents, trailer tents and folding caravans, the family-friendly event brings more than 370 exhibitor stands together, under one roof. Tickets for the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018 are now available at www.ccmshow.co.uk and by phone on 0844 873 7333. Advance prices start from £7.00, with children 15 and under entering FREE. ENDS
  13. NEC Show February 2018

  14. Snow on the roof!

    If running water is available you could use a hose pipe to remove snow from a caravan roof maybe? Just a thought. Gordon.
  15. How strange?

    I can understand any site owners wishing to preserve the grass on their site and they can apply any rules they like but by effectively banning anyone without a motor mover does at first sight appear a little over the top. Gordon