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Blackhart

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    Highlands
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  • Make & Model of Towcar / Toad
    L200 Barbarian
  • Caravan / Motorhome / Static (Make and model)
    Swift Challenger 635
  • Year of manufacture (Caravan / Motorhome / Static)
    2018

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  1. Thanks all Both products ordered (it is a 21mm fitting). I should be okay now. Thanks all for replying. BH
  2. Hello Due to the current severe shortage of 6kg Propane gas cylinders and an impending 6 week stint at a couple of THSs, it occurred to me that I could use our almost full butane cylinder that we used to use for our gas heater in our summerhouse. I have measured it and I think it will just about fit in our gas locker (Swift Challenger 635). The butane bottle I have has a 'snap fit' regulator. The caravan of course has its built in regulator which as I understand it is good for propane or butane. My question is, is there a snap fit adaptor for my butane bottle that I can attach the hoses in the locker into? Does this make sense? Thanks KH
  3. No, that's okay Mickyjb, the tip was for people who don't have one! BH
  4. Yes, I should put it on my checklist! BH
  5. I came across this YouTube video a few days ago and found a very useful tip. It is mentioned at about 6 minutes into the video. It is a solar powered led light that you insert into the awning rail and is ideal for the 'offside' of the caravan where you have your services. Great for changing the water or emptying the black waste at night. I purchased a s/h caravan wheel arch cover off eBay and also a single Kampa limpet (they usually come in packets of 8). I cut enough from the cover to enable me to double over the material and glue it together with impact adhesive for extra strength. I attached the light with a couple of number plate sticker pads. I then cut another piece of material to make a small flap over the top of the light to prevent water running down behind it onto the top sticky pad (belt and bracers). Just slide it onto the awning rail, position as required, attach the Kampa limpet and voila! Now you have a simple removable light on the 'dark side' of your caravan. The light came from Screwfix: https://www.screwfix.com/p/luceco-led-solar-wall-light-with-pir-sensor-white/403hg The single limpet from eBay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/233256263048 Here are a couple of photos of the light on the caravan. Hope someone finds this useful. Great thanks to 'Matsons on the Move' YouTube chanel. BH
  6. Hello I found this whilst surfing YouTube and thought it may be of interest here: If it has already been posted then please forgive me. BH
  7. I think the clue is in the thread title - Living Full Time in a TOURING Caravan. People do it though, so it can be done. Good luck. BH
  8. We owned a diesel Mondeo estate for 14 years, during which time it did just shy of 200,000 miles. It never needed any welding and passed its last MOT with no advisories! BH
  9. Good question...probably simply because I can and I enjoy having a good squirt. BTW I didn't say which brand I purchased. BH
  10. Get a large porch awning and you won't have to worry about it! BH
  11. I've just ordered some, so now I'm ready for the off as soon as we can, in the happy knowledge that we'll have a clean caravan for the whole trip. BH PS. And a clean truck too...
  12. If you are away for several months these products are a great way to spruce up your caravan. In the UK most sites do not allow you to use a hose or water to clean your caravan, so you can end up with a really scruffy looking caravan. In Europe it is not generally such a problem but in countries where water is short supply, for example when we were in Morocco, it would have been disrespectful to use water to clean your caravan or motorhome with fresh water when many people were going without. Also pouring your grey waste down a drain was seen as wasteful. In this case we usually poured our grey waste onto the base of a tree or other plants. So, by using a water-less cleaner you can keep your caravan looking good without upsetting the site owners or locals. At home with our caravan on the drive, then a bucket of soapy water and the hose is king. BH
  13. We once purchased a large suite that we knew would be too large to get through the porch and into our living room. We arranged for a glazier to attend and take out the living room window (not double glazed unit). He came back in the afternoon to put new glass in after the suite was passed straight in through the now unglazed window. Whilst they were delivering the suite the delivery chap commented, "Did the salesman not tell you that these come apart!" So, before you take the windows out check if the item can easily be disassembled! BH
  14. I have used waterless wash products on my truck and caravan with great results. On long trips of several months it is great for getting rid of road grime. BH
  15. We have (retired) neighbours who have been 'getting' a caravan or motorhome for the past 4 years. They are now 4 years older and have missed out on their 'dream' for the last 4 years. Perhaps it will be the right time next year...or the year after that...or the year after that. Perhaps it will be the right time when they are too old, or perhaps it will never be the right time. You can't spend your money when you are dead. We are doing as much travelling and exploring whilst we can and are able. We took a gamble in January 2020 by travelling to Morocco, and it was brilliant. If we had thought that we'll wait until another year, we may never have gone. As it is, as soon as we are able we'll be back there again. No one can tell what will happen in the future, in the worst case scenario the future will never come. So, you may pay a couple of thousand pounds extra for a caravan this year, but what if you find they have increased in cost next year as well? I'd rather be enjoying life than worrying about getting the cheapest deal on a caravan. When we are too old and feeble to go on our adventures, then we can happily sit back and enjoy the memories that we have. It all depends on your philosophy on life, our is to enjoy life as much as we can NOW. If you worry more about how much you will spend than how much you will enjoy the caravan, then wait and see what happens. Then when you are old and feeble you can sit back and enjoy thinking about how much money you saved by not buying a caravan. I know what I'd rather do, but then it's not me asking the question. BH
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