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    Rapido Club 32T Evolution, made in 2000

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  1. Thanks, we're really looking forward to the trip. We just hope the weather's kind at least some of the time My wife worked in Oban for a year, so is all too aware of how it can be!
  2. Thanks, it might be worth phoning to ask, then, though on their website it said in large, extra bold letters, that caravans would need to come with own large 4x4, and otherwise not to come.
  3. Can't comment on this breed of caravan, but some materials do leach toxic chemicals which affect some of us for ages, sadly.
  4. That's a difficulty, I can quite see.
  5. It's obviously a case of variable experience We were with RAC, but felt they were getting too greedy after the corporate take-over, and less personal; but we really went off them when they lost my wife's car. They sent a truck to recover it when they couldn't mend at the roadside, and when my wife phoned to enquire how it was getting on, they denied all knowledge of it, and practically claimed my wife was making it all up, asking if she could prove the car existed, and was hers, because they had no record of it, It was only because the recovery truck driver had phoned us to arrange picking it up, so we had his number, that we were able to locate where they'd taken it, and get the job finished!
  6. We have the CMC MayDay Green Flag cover for both car & van. We found it was worth ditching the existing cover on the car, and having this. If you have long enough, some firms will refund a part-of-year, I'm told. Ours was too close to expiring to make it worth doing that.
  7. I bought a cheap end of roll carpet remnant and cut it to size. It's currently on its third season and no longer in the first bloom of youth, but at around £10, when it gets too dirty it can be slung without pain, and replaced. In an unheated van it's a boon for keeping the feet warmer!
  8. I hope that as I suggested, there'll be a chemist along soon, because I don't know how quickly it starts and haven't got time to research today, but presumably pretty early on, and apparently much worse once exposed to light. Which is why, when I see those great pallets of plastic wrapped water bottles, on the back of open lorries, likewise stacked up big bottles for water coolers, it's not reassuring! If I'm visiting somewhere with a decent tap and am offered plastic bottled water, I've taken to using the tap instead. Saves on those 'orrible single-use bottles, too. The quantities per bottle are small indeed, but the research my wife has shown me suggests that only tiny amounts are needed to start disrupting things, and given the vast amount of bottled water being drunk now, it adds up. So the Ancient Romans famously poisoned themselves with their lead water pipes, we're doing it with plastic!
  9. There's bound to be a chemist along any minute now, (I'm not), but my understanding is that while the transparent plastic used in water bottles does indeed stay around for a long time, it does leach chemicals into the water, especially when exposed to sunlight. These chemicals often include BPA, linked to increases in breast and prostate cancer in studies on mice, seems likely to be harmful to humans too, even in very small doses over periods of time. Apparently it can affect fertility too, and I'm also seeing references to affecting foetal development and obesity in children. There's more, but that seems unpleasant enough to go on with! Obviously it won't affect everyone, but the likelihood is raised. We're trying to use lightweight steel bottles when possible for personal refills, since one of us has had treatment for breast cancer and the other's watching prostate cancer.
  10. And it's really nasty stuff to put down anyone's drain. It all ends up in the water cycle in the end.
  11. You're psychic - I was thinking just this morning that with all the amazing gadgets on modern vans it shouldn't be beyond the wit of the makers to have an adjustable load limiter. Maybe you should invent one & go into business?
  12. That video looks very encouraging, thanks Gordon. So the sun always shines?! Hmm - on present searching, Horgabost looks about the most appealing, other then Flodabay Farm , where we can't go because they're quite clear you need a large 4x4. Horgabost would mean taking maximum sweaters and socks, as with no EHU we'd be without heating other than using the stove to cook. The research continues....
  13. Thanks all, this is really useful. It's already changing our plans, though we're still intending to go, just spend the time differently. Currently wondering if we can afford the long crossing from Oban to to Barra, and work our way up to Stornoway. And all this hopefully during May, before the Midgies traditionally hit their highest. Hopefully. Any more comments, please keep 'em coming :-) I'll look into that thanks. Our little Rapido's just a tad smaller than the average Airstream, and lower tech too, so maybe not too good at wilding it.... and tbh, maybe our increasing years aren't so keen on wilding it as when we took our truly tiny tent to the end of Ardnamurchan in the 1970's...
  14. I used the small site at Seilebost last year. It is beautifully situated, with hook up and use of the toilets. Booking is simple via the online service. We enjoyed it so much we are returning this year. One thing to be considered is emptying your toilet: this is possible only at Talla na Mara and Leverburgh. There is a Coop in Leverburgh.

    Your caravan will not be much of a problem either on the site or the roads. Ours is 7.5m, weighs 1700kg and posed no great problems.

    The area is stunning, the hills and sea are very atmospheric and civilization is not too far away in Stornoway.

    Highly recommended.

  15. We're planning to take our caravan up to the Outer Hebrides, on the grounds we've never been there, though we've been up the NW mainland coast and loved it. I'm realising that sites in some parts seem often to be more geared to the campervan/motorhome, able to be more self-contained, than caravans. On Harris, for example, the only places seeming at all suitable appear to be the West Highland Trust sites at Talla Na Mara and Seilebost School, both of which get very mixed reviews on UKCS, and those mainly by Motorhomers. It's a small easily manoeuvered caravan, only 5m, but we still need water on tap, disposal point, and preferably EHU for the little oil filled heater. (No built in heating, and I realise it's not bound to be tropical out there.) No internal shower either but we can cope with stand-up washes for a few days5 m. Anyone with recent experience there, we'd welcome comments, please. We like to discover places, but we're not heavily into roughing it these days! It may even be that we'll do better sticking with the Northern part, on Lewis, where Eilean Fraoch appears well set up for caravans, then heading down to the Uist. Thanks.
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