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    History, travel, wine and food
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    Honda CR-V 1. 6D AWD
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    Unicorn S 4

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  1. We stay in the Rhone valley for a few weeks every year. We know many Belgian and Dutch families who stay on the site we use every year. What they mostly do is store their caravan under cover at a local farm, for about 300-350 Euros per year - this is known as hivernage. A call is made to the farm to take the van to the site, and after the holiday is complete the farm collect it. We have this is mind when/if we are unable/unwilling to tow any more!
  2. We've just part-exchanged a 2 berth 2015 Coachman Vision for a Unicorn Valencia. We decided we wanted a 4 berth with fixed bed, from a dealer near us in Telford. The Coachman was a very good van and we were sorry to see it go. However, we should have bought a Coachman 560 in 2015 with the same layout as the new Valencia! It could be that this is the last 'van we have, due to anypossible possible health issues down the track, or green/climate issues. If it's the last we'll take it to hivernage storage in the south of the Rhone.
  3. We are on our 2nd CRV, and currently have an AWD 17 plate 160 BHP model. I ve never had a problem with the suspension. The geometry seems pretty good, and we usually come back from France with the van at 90kg noseweight, and at least 100 bottles of the Rhones' best wine in the car, distributed between the floor behind the front seats, and the boot. The towball height drops by about 60mm at this load. We do this trip with the tyres set at full load pressure. Hope this helps.
  4. Seriously, try and get an Isabella shadow canopy. We have one and it goes up or down in less than 10 minutes. Various lengths available. Ours, second hand, cost £90!
  5. Is it possible to clamp the mirrors to the underside of the mirror housing? I had to do this on one of my (company) cars.
  6. We stop at Camping L'Escale which is about 200 yards off the A16, at Wacquinghen, junction 34. They have an area for "one nighters" just by reception. Units can leave at all times of the night (and arrive!). They have good facilities, and cafeteria. Distance to tunnel is about 20km.
  7. The new range is even heavier, with measly payloads. I will look elsewhere at the show for our next van!
  8. One is tempted to insist that, before taking delivery, we insist on our new caravan being weighed empty, to ensure we are getting the full, measly, 155kgs promised in the shiny new brochure!
  9. Spotter info on Bailey site re updated Unicorn range, with black decals, wheels and minor internal changes. Will be interested to find out if the payloads can be upgraded!
  10. We are looking at replacing our 2 berth with a 4 berth fixed bed van. The payload of the current crop of Unicorn 4 berth single axles cannot be increased, nor could the previous crop of Pegasus models. My target is a payload of around 150kg after fitting of mover, battery and solar. Will be studying the coming 2020 models carefully!
  11. There is a video on U tube featuring Mr Briggs putting up a large Isabella awning on his own from start to finish. It was only after watching this that I followed his method for the most part, resulting in a neater awning going up quicker! If only I'd seen it 6 years ago.............
  12. My 2013 Honda CRV had symmetrical dipped pattern headlights, so no action was needed when we went to France. Changed the car nearly 2 years ago, with the "updated" blinged up front with smaller lenses, chrome surrounds etc. Guess what, now I have to get the scissors out and tape off certain areas of the lenses. So much for progress!
  13. You can get the exact same straps, branded "Fasty", from Roofbox.co.uk I can second the good performance when used with the awning frame. We experienced very high winds in the Southern Rhone valley last year, with no problems.
  14. Mike, the blog is very good news for us, as we're off for a tour of Extremadura next May (not using the van, but by air to Madrid, then to Zafra, Caceres, Trujillo). We'll save Avila and Segovia for the year after, God willing. Great photos by the way!
  15. We were atCAMC Baltic Wharf earlier this week. Watched the occupants of a campervan opposite allow their beast to dump on the grass right next to their neighbour's caravan!
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