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Ted E

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  1. I would like to see some level of restrictions but they should be sensitive, to both preventing spread and also peoples needs to have some family interaction. We've no plans to visit anybody and we won't have anybody visit us, nor will we break or even bend any rules over the festive period but we're fortunte as we have a nice little family unit of 4... hard for those that don't have that! Very hard. Having said that, we will go away in the caravan and have a meal out if no restrictions prevent us from doing so. We'll be sensible but not to the point where we'll restric
  2. So... paid £322 for Dover-Calais crossing August 2020, PO credited our account to use with 18 months. Looked at August 2021 and we need to pay an extra £193 (£515 in total). Mixed feelings, certainly would love the idea that a August 2021 trip to France would be safe but I'm not about to pay another £193 when I imagine we could loose the full amount should we dicide it's not a good idea for us to go. I may just look to book UK sites for next year again and say goodby to the £322... don't think they would let me book for 2021 in September of next year with that credit.
  3. Good to know, cheers Mind, I did give our 'sky blue' one a good soaking in bleach this year,,, that also didn't appear to do it any damage!
  4. I think this clip has a good view of the safe jacking points, pre fitting of AL-KO brackets
  5. I don't have movers but this advice is great, thank you. Ted
  6. I do have the handbook and did look for information on jacking, including jacking points, but couldn't see anything... was obviously a 'man look' so I'll go back again! Thank you.
  7. Hello all, While I assume my 2017 Twin axle Pegasus Palermo has AL-KO chassis and running gear, does anybody know for certain if it's got the correct holes for the Al-Klo packing brackets to be bolted straight on (See image)? As advised on this forum and to save money on insurance, I sourced myself two No.33 chassis wheel locks but our caravan doesn't haver obvious jacking points! I have an AL-KO jack already and can't afford a 'lock n level' system just yet but I need to quickly be in a position where I can easily fit both locks! Another of my assumptions i
  8. Not at all Gordon, unless I've not understood what you are saying. If after 14 days of contact you test negative then you go back to same restrictions as everybody else. If you had further contact in that period then the clock would start again (how could you if isolating). What would you want, everybody that has contact, or even secondary contact, isolate until everybody within a 100 miles tests negative?! We need to keep real about the whole thing. Having a system designed to restrict the spread balanced against one that allows people to earn a living and carry on is
  9. I don't disagree and as we will be in the van for a few nights post Christmas but before the 12th night, I'm sure we'll have some lights up. I just this the way the original post was structured, it was done as an attempt to cause a reaction rather than a genuine 'what do you think' type post.
  10. Me thinks somebody is trying reel a few in...
  11. Being a parent of small(wish) children I can't argue with that, it's the truth Hence our amazement of the way both school are handling things. While most small children don't know what hygiene is, they are actually very good at mimicking behaviour... teaching them the "right" things to do is as easy as consistently exhibiting that behaviour.
  12. Food for thought... My 9 year old daughter who attends a primary school with ~150 pupils is one of 27 children isolating at home, day 6 of 14, due to a teacher testing positive. So far no reported illness of COVID symptoms in any of the children. My 12 year old daughter who attends a secondary school with ~1200 pupils has attended school every day it's been open. The school mails all parents when they are made aware of a confirmed case, after identifying students who should isolate for 14 days due to having been in close contact with the person who tested positive. I t
  13. Ted E

    Fantastic idea

    All, Very good thread and some interesting points raised. As already mentioned by a couple of folk, I had assumed that leaving taps and drain point open would allow remaining water to freeze/expand without coming up against resistance (trapped air) and thus not being able to cause damage. However, I clearly can't say that would always be the case so I'm interested in making myself a drain down kit... Anybody any views/images on how you do for a Whale plug? Thanks in advance Ted
  14. 'How do you get your caravan "fix" when at home?' - We don't and I'm not sure I would want to... we love the caravan, a lot, and love being away in it but some of the appeal comes from the excitement of looking forward to the 5 or 6 trips we get in each year. An extra couple of trips would be amazing, but I think if we were using the caravan most weeks/months it might dilute the 'fix' a little. Short answer,,, we're lucky and never have to wait more than a few months between trips so we don't feel the need for a fix when looking forward to the next one.
  15. The key is 'local area' but this is guidance and not rule. In the spring lockdown bikers and people in cars were stopped and cautioned when being significantly outside of their local area and claiming to be 'shopping'. The proposed November lockdown isn't as regulated however, so it'll be down to how the justify the travel (click n collect) as being unavoidable at that time: "You should avoid travelling in or out of your local area, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make. However you can and should still travel for a number of reasons, including:
  16. Hello, Congratulations and welcome. We're 10 days into Bailey ownership and just complete a 3 night soggy trip, we did own a Swift for 6 years prior but are still learning. Feel free to ask any questions. Enjoy, caravanning is fantastic, our girls at 12 and 9 still love it immensely, whatever the weather. Ted
  17. Spot on. We have a "kite like item" on a pole, used to be 'camp cow' and is now 'pigs might fly'. As we tend to tour a lot in summer months it's a great way for our kids to orientate themselves . Not that we let the wander far when too young to do so, but they can get disoriented pretty quick with the excitement of a new new site and the layouts blur into each other if we've been to a few in quick succession. Plus, why do folk put decorative items in their gardens at home.... they find them nice to look at and are a demonstration of their personality. I pe
  18. I think 10pm is reasonable too, not because our kids will be out that late but because that's normally the point when I have to try and get the wife to switch to her 'inside voice'!
  19. that's good insight, I like to get as much of the 'heavy stuff' in the car before I start thinking about loading the van... I might rethink this strategy! Thanks @Mr Plodd Ted
  20. Hello all, We wouldn't normally consider using the van over Christmas and New Year, but we might this New Year! The reason we wouldn’t usually consider it is not because we don’t think it’s a great idea, it’s due to it usually being a hectic time with lots of travelling round to see family and friends, works parties, house parties, Panto, school and other events around the kids… we’re usually fully booked every weekend between mid-November and mid-January. This year, well nobody knows what it will be like and what restrictions will be in place but we all cer
  21. Welcome. This a great forum and it's amazing when you search old topics from years back, how many of them are just as relevant as they are today
  22. This is spot on, it's all about proper preparation and the application... clear, clean and dry the area. Apply the tape to properly prepared suffaces and let it set. Job done.
  23. We’ve never considered using the caravan at Christmas or New Year, given we’ve young children and usually with lots of family and friends to meet with (we are very fortunate yes). However, this year we thinking of a few days away over New Year given the likely restrictions around parties, social events and mixing within households. Do we (as a forum collective) think there will in a spike in booking on sites this year? Have you started making your own plans and making bookings? How do you select what sites to book during the Christmas/holidays and New Year?
  24. Great caravan, only negative we found was the slimline bunks (only 1ft 10 wide I think) but that's not unusual is caravans. We had a 2012 Swift (Fairway 554) for 6 years, loved it, only issues we had was locker closures/hinges breaking.
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