After being an avid camping family for many years we have decided to move to caravanning. I thought I would know a lot of the terms and equipment but alas no. With this in mind I have a few questions and if you, the reader of this thinks that you have some advice to impart please feel free as all info is gratefully received. So Here goes. !
We have only just purchased the 'van and I already have a towbar but it has a standard flange towball on it (50mm) I am due to pick it up in 10 days time but am worried about the towing equipment on my car. . Our new 2010 Bailey Pageant has an alko stabilizer with an added atc? stabilizer system. When I asked the salesman at The Caravan Company he said that it would be fine as long as I removed the grease (I also tow a trailer for a local scout group) and sanded off the black paint. Is this correct? I don't mind buying another towball but would hate to turn up to pick it up and not be able to! With this in mind do you also need a specially designed security hitchlock to accompany it?
Another thing is: How important are motor movers? I've read that they are essential and a friend of mine claims that you can't camp without one, however Ours doesn't have one and I'm not sure I can justify the money to fit one if I don't need it.
Also: Leisure Batteries. We plan on only really using sites with EHU, the caravan has a 100 amp battery included in the price (part of a starter pack we purchased) the big question is should I try and get a bigger better battery or even invest in a solar panel for the few times we camp on a site without said EHU? I mean how long would my current battery last with just day to day running, not much TV and just the led lights?
And finally: I am a member on Pitchup. com, UKCS and use Cades but are there any more campsite finding websites that I have not heard of. I know The Caravan Club and The Camping and caravanning Club have access to their campsites but I was wondering if there are any more unbiased websites to search through?
Thank you to anyone who has read through what may seem the most basic of questions and to anyone who may give me an idea of what is what.