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      Forum upgrade   12/10/17

      Hi everyone, As you're probably aware, we've been in the process of upgrading the Caravan Talk forum software for a while. I can now confirm that the software has been upgraded and we're fully up to date. Please note that this new software is quite different in appearance and function, so may require a bit of relearning. We are in the process of refining the look, features and experience to make it a bit better and more familiar. If you spot any issues please let us know in the feedback forum. Unfortunately any posts between Monday morning and now have been lost. This is due to when the database snapshot was taken for the upgrade, this may also affect new members since then. We do apologise for this, but we have tried to keep disruption to a minimum. We are already aware and working on the following issues: PayPal payment issues for CT Supporters Forum design, lack of CT branding including colours Temporary loss of reviews databases Navigation bar needs refining We will keep this list up to date, so please check here before posting new updates, or to keep on tabs of our progress. The software was upgraded in order to provide you with a more secure, reliable, faster experience, whilst providing us with more tools to improve the features and options for the forum. Thank you for your continued support. Ben and the CT Team


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    Assorted towcars but currently run a motorhome
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    Assorted Avondales, currently an American RV
  1. Introductory post

    Welcome to CT and good luck with your future travels Gordon
  2. New member from Gloucestershire

    You're in the right place for caravanning advice so please choose a topic area and post away to Caravan Talk. Gordon
  3. Graffitied van

    Before doing anything else, you should really have taken clear photos of the damage as you may have been able to claim on your insurance for a "repair". Be aware also that anything you do may prejudice a later claim. It may be worth asking around the area to see if anybody saw anything, or if other similar damage was caused nearby, and finally, report the damage to the Police. Removal will of course depend upon what exactly has been sprayed on your caravan, and whether the damaged panel is a GRP, ABS or painted metal. You may find that a mild cutting compound such s T-Cut will work, or even Brasso if used carefully. It largely depends upon the size of the area to be cleaned, and the kind of spray paint but whatever you use, do test it in a small inconspicuous area before committing to using any cleaning compound. It maybe worth dropping a PM to our moderator Wonky as I recall him having a similar problem some years back - although I think in his case it was a spirit based 'magic marker' pen that was used rather than paint to damage his caravan. You could also seek advice from Tourershine as he owns a caravan valeting company so may even be able to visit you, and not only remove the graffiti but spruce up the rest of your caravan at the same time. I hope you get the damage addressed soon. Gordon.
  4. What is this tool?

    If it looks like the image below it will either be for operating a caravan jack, or for lowering an under floor spare wheel carrier.
  5. NEWS RELEASE For immediate release: 25 October 2017 A record breaking show for the UK’s largest leisure vehicle event 101,583 visitors attended the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017, the highest attendance figure since the show began The show, held from 17 to 22 October covered 11 halls of Birmingham’s NEC It was a huge success with many exhibitors reporting record sales The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017, which is held by NCC Events, the exhibition arm of The NCC (National Caravan Council), showcased 750 leisure vehicles over 11 halls of Birmingham’s NEC throughout six days from 17 to 22 October. Total attendance soared higher than ever before, with a record total of 101,583 guests visiting the show. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were record-breaking days, with 13,779 attending on Wednesday compared to last year’s figure of 13,390. 13,899 visited on Thursday, a 9.3% increase on last year and 14,934 on Friday, which is 930 visitors up on 2016. The UK’s largest leisure vehicle event showcased new-for-2018 caravans, motorhomes, campervans, caravan holiday homes as well as all the latest leisure vehicle accessories. Leading manufacturers and dealers reported higher-than-expected sales and remarked that the general feel of the show was one of the most positive they’ve experienced. Below is what they had to report, along with comments from the two consumer clubs: Caravan and Motorhome Club and The Camping and Caravanning Club. UK Sales Director, Lee Roberts of Lunar Caravans reiterated the success of the show and stated "This year we revealed our 8ft-wide Alaria caravan range and our new coachbuilt motorhome called Cassini. We were overwhelmed with their retail success.” Coachman Caravans also reported higher-than-expected sales with Marketing Manager Jackie Shipley commenting: “We are delighted with the results from the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017, with sales exceeding expectations.” Operations Director of Raymond James Caravans, Bill Chilver stated: “We’ve had an excellent result. We targeted a marginal growth on last year and it’s been such a good show so we’re well within reach of achieving it for 2017. The general feel of the show has been fantastic all the way through.” The show proved successful for exhibitors across all sections, with Steve Biggs, Director of Isabella Awnings reporting: “It’s been a great show, sales are up on all products including the launch of the new Ventura Air.” “We had an excellent show with Morelo achieving sales from the entry level Home right up to the Palace Liner” said Mike Herzberg, Commercial Director of Premium Motorhomes. Leigh Mcara, Marketing and Media Manager of Hillside Leisure commented “We had a fantastic show with record numbers on the stand showing interest especially in our new models the VW Crafter based Heatherton and the Birchover Startline on the VW T6. The LIVE Theatre product launch was well received and the live cooking demonstration with Dean Edwards provided the perfect opportunity to showcase the possibilities when it comes to cooking in a campervan.” Industry clubs also reported show success with Andrew Robson of The Camping and Caravanning Club reporting an 11% increase in member recruits. Harvey Alexander, Director of Marketing at the Caravan and Motorhome Club commented: “The Club has had a great week at the Motorhome and Caravan Show. Club Day on Tuesday with Matt Allwright hosting forums for Club members and show visitors was a great success and there has been huge demand for our caravan and motorhome manoeuvring sessions. We also launched a series of ground-breaking member offers, including a fuel discount card. We want to inspire and enable people to have great adventures when they are on holiday and build lasting memories with friends and family.” “It was wonderful to welcome new visitors to the show with initiatives such as Freedom To Go. We are now reaching those who haven’t yet explored the option of leisure vehicle holidays and are inspiring them to do so.” said Jenny Summers, Group Marketing Director of the NCC. The show comes after the NCC released statistics confirming the growth of the UK leisure vehicle and staycation industry. Production of touring caravans was up 13.7% in the first six months of 2017 compared to the same period last year, while motorhome registrations rose by 11.3%. Caravan holiday homes are also steadily increasing, with a 5.6% growth in deliveries to holiday park locations between year start and end of June 2017 compared to 2016. The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2018 will run from 16 to 21 October 2018. ENDS
  6. Tyre Pressure question

    Don't forget that a caravan can be a similar weight to a car, so if on two wheels the tyre pressures will need to be higher to take the load. Twin axle caravans often have tyre pressures similar to cars. Gordon.
  7. Expensive day missing the NEC show!

    I have sympathy with all who were unable to use NEC tickets - Owing to illness I was the same this year so my press pass went unused. Gordon.
  8. Site Discriminations

    The solution is simple; if you do not agree with the terms imposed by a particular site - go elsewhere. Gordon.
  9. Freeloading Motorhomer

    Please don't tar us all with the same brush or make assumptions. I have booked for short overnight stays over the phone, particularly when having to catch a ferry early the next day. The site owners have always been fully aware of my visit and have been paid for a full 24 hours even though I may only have stayed long enough to catch 40 winks. Apart from the convenience of setting up quicker, we have always treated our motorhomes in the same way as the caravans, and used official campsites rather than freeloading in lay-bys or using campsite facilities without permission. There are "bad apples" in all walks of life but thankfully there are fewer than some may think in caravanning. Gordon.
  10. Competitions

    Logos and images for competitions
  11. NEWS RELEASE For immediate release: 17 October 2017 Celebrities and thousands of visitors head to opening day at the Motorhome and Caravan Show Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards was joined by radio food critic Nigel Barden and TV presenter Matt Allwright as he officially opened the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017 at Birmingham’s NEC. With visitor numbers up 16% on last year, the event’s success reflects the industry’s continued growth. Figures released by the NCC* revealed a 13.7% increase in touring caravan production as well as an 11.3% rise in motorhome registrations year on year to end of June 2017. The six-day, family-friendly event that covers 11 halls of the NEC with 750 vehicles on display, runs until Sunday 22 October, offering visitors an entertaining line-up of celebrity chefs, industry experts and fun-filled activities. The iconic Airstream was the first of a number of launches in the show’s LIVE Theatre. Making its official return to the UK, the American classic was unveiled by new UK distributor Swift. Chef Ellis Barrie, direct from filming a Countryfile episode that broadcasts later this autumn, cooked from inside the Airstream on stage, sharing his favourite recipes with the audience. Campervan enthusiasts visited the exclusive-for-2017, ‘VW through the ages’ campervan feature, bringing together three decades of models from the 1950s onwards, including T1 ‘split screens’, T2 ‘bays’, T3s (commonly known as T25s in the UK) and a rare example of a right hand-drive T4 Westfalia. Showcasing the latest models from the UK and Europe’s top manufacturers and dealers, the event offers visitors a first look at new-for-2018 motorhomes, caravans, campervans and caravan holiday homes as well as expert advice and trip inspiration. Other celebrity guests scheduled to appear include chefs Antonio Carluccio, Rustie Lee, Candice Brown, Dean Edwards and Steve Groves along with an array of industry experts. Product launches from top industry names such as Auto-Trail, Hymer, Bailey, Hillside Leisure and Opus take place daily in the LIVE Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mcshow.co.uk, by phone on 0844 873 7333 or bought on the door from £12.00^. Children 15 and under enter free. ENDS
  12. Caravan talk supporter

    All support we receive is gratefully received; whether financial, or simply by giving helpful advice to other users. We have tried our best to keep this forum free for all to use over the years but even with volunteers to moderate and administer the day to day running, it still costs money to keep going. A small amount of this comes from our CT Supporters, and for that we thank all who donate £10 a year to assist but the bulk of the costs still have to be covered by the forum owners. Gordon.
  13. Another Newbie But Here To Help

    Good to see you've joined us. Gordon.
  14. New member from Holland

  15. This is how it should be wired http://www.caravantalk.co.uk/library/files/Beginners-Guide-To-Electrics.pdf