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  1. Different caravan but we hang a towel or tea towel so it obscures the led for the water pump.
  2. on our second Adria, robust is a good term for them. Last was a 2009 Altea 542DK this is a 2012 Adora 612DT while they have a layout that suits us doubt we will have another make.
  3. Thats the one we are in, We have a choice of 4 local DA's (its the hidden part of the club thats not widely advertised), they stay in camp sites out of season with group discounts and in season they stay at schools, forest parks etc ie NOT fully serviced BUT a fraction of the price per night.
  4. One tip, If your on hook up MOST vans let you run BOTH the gas and electric heating so at this time of year you can heat from cold to toastie much faster, just remember to turn the gas heating back off again as the Electric will be more than capable of keeping you warm. Oh and another one:- With kids (sorry I am assuming from what you have said) Get a rhino tub for shoes at the door and Dont let anyone into van without taking of damp/mucky shoes) You will either love the extra space and luxury or miss the proper camping experience. We joined one of the big clubs and go out with the local District associations (not to camping sites in the summer) as you don't have to book WAY in advance or at all and you save decent money as well as go away with the same people most of the time which is VERY important for the kids. They love seeing the same friends and its much safer to let them run of to see their mates when you know all the parents. You either have no kids (a holiday in its self) or you have 10.....lol
  5. If you have never towed OR only towed small trailers it may be worth doing a towing lesson (explain to the trainer why your booking so they are NOT trying to train you to pass a test but to familiarise you with the things to look out for & what you need to be thinking about). Sure and steady and allowing for trailer cutting the corner behind you, increase gap to vehicle in front, drive as smoothly as you can etc etc. I know it sounds daft, BUT if you have space to park caravan at home, set up there and spend a day and night in it. (everything you need is at hand) Then first time out go properly camping go near to home - IF you really need something its still handy, BUT keep a note pad on hand to make a list of "We Must get ............." Once you arrive home and unload you will forget stuff, till next time you want it. We still do this at the start of every year. If you put something in the van and dont use it take it back out as its dead weight out of your payload. Some items are more seasonal, will only use in summer or when colder. We have 2 Rhino tubs we load up with caravan kit so its easy to load van from the house. If we are using the van lots we keep more in van (sauces staples like pasta, tinned tomatos etc ) as it reduces time to load van. Oh and sweet van and car, enjoy.
  6. When i was looking I used caravan finder. no idea how good it is for the seller. FaceBook marketplace seems to be very popular for most things these days as well (seems to be direct much more customers than GumTree now)
  7. I have been using for 2 years a 5.2 L double action hand pump from Decathlon, it has a longer body and higher capacity cylinder. To be honest the main reason was the taller pump meant I stopped pulling the end of the Kampa pump. This also means I dont have to stand with back bent to use it. I have just purchased a rechargeable battery (no cables, so no distance restriction) inflater as we have inflation tow behind toys for the jetski and I very impressed with it so will try it on the air awning and may use this. Its rate of inflation is WAY more than I can manage with the pump, no getting tired as well.....lol - this rechargable pump was £18 posted from eBay.
  8. We am on our forth caravan, 1st lasted a week, a true dipping toe in water as it was looking to be very wet and our trailer tent with three kids looked like no fun at Easter, we all enjoyed the caravan BUT it was to small, over 20 years old and ..........and....... (still have the trailer tent as we tow it with a trike). 2nd lasted 3-4 months, was 2004, larger and not as old but still not ideal for us, but let us see that we were making good use of the van and gave us time to look around and see what we really wanted/needed. 3rd lasted just about a year. Our first Adria 2009, again with a better layout for our needs. Also larger. 4th is into its 3rd year with us and is our second Adria a 2012, larger and better spec but the real reason for changing was for the better layout for our needs. While I still look at whats out there I am not in any need or notion of changing. I am now interested in looking at caravans just for interest sake rather than to see what will be (in/on) our next one.
  9. air is heavier but faster to put up and a VERY fast to take down. As its a 2 berth the weight may not be such an issue as its getting it into the rail that can be tricky. so try it in the dealers if you can. I have always bought 2nd hand as it saves a lot of money as well. First was a pole then 4 air ones since. My first was a Royal and rest have been Kampa.
  10. @Mr Plodd - I have found that when in a very tight turn my Stabiliser often raises. Especially when reversing at home or on a site. - Only saying as if you knew why it raised you may have more confidence going forward to trust it again. Also glad you were able to drive on from it. Its not a pleasant experience.
  11. Also interested as one of the reasons we feel better to stick with our 612 DT Adora in 2012 is that in 2014 they updated the caravan and one of the updates was changing the sink to a drop down. I was more concerned with kids breaking it but your other concerns are just as valid. Anyone WITH experience of the Adria any comment?
  12. As a triker in a trike club we are out in "convoy" just about most weekends. There can be upwards of 12 trikes. We tend to ride at or near the speed limit WHEN safe to do so. We just take a while for all to get up to speed. As trikes are not that common we tend to get a lot of positive attention and have never that I recall been bothered by the police. We as a club also do tours and have on several occasions have taken a week in Scotland and even a few outings to Holland/Belgium and the ONLY time we got in bother was when one of the trikes broke down in Holland on a Motorway and we all pulled into a barrier-ed of lay-by to fix it. A very irate traffic police lady told us we were breaking the law and to move on or get arrested. When explaining that one of the trikes was broke down and two of us were working to fix it she gave us (only those involved in the repair and still was not happy that that was 3 trikes still stopped) 5 min or you get arrested..... luckily the repair ( a broken throttle cable) was done in a record time of 4min and 55 seconds!!! The others had to go on without us and wait at the next services. I though a bit harsh as we were not actually on the hard shoulder but a designated barrier-ed off section. Apparently it was for emergency only. So whats a breakdown if its not an emergency?? Most trikes in convoy without it being a formal charity run (done under special licence) was 21.
  13. 1700 from memory. We use a Ford Ranger and on a back road you certainly know to take care of it. On the motorway or a smooth road it sits beautifully. The longer A frame helps with this. The long wheel base on a pickup certainly helps with stability, BUT the load overhang from rear axle to tow hitch is bad for transmitting any pitching caused by an uneven road. so I take it really gently on bad surfaces. Our longest tow was when we collected it in middle of England and took it to the ferry terminal in Cairnryan..... From memory about 5 Hrs driving. It was nearly a meter longer than our previous Adria and worth a lot more so started steady but quickly realised it was a stable van and just got on with getting it home. From experience and with the poor state of the roads here in N Ireland (very much including the back road we live on) we always take care to towel up the door handles on the cabinets we have found to open (microwave glass plate is a favourite to find on the floor if we forget.) I have also added a second catch to the curved cupboard I mentioned to lock in position at the bottom so it cant swing if it gets loose. The good lady has a Skoda Yeti (its max tow weight is over 2000, again from memory) so we would still be ok but never had to use it so cant comment. As mentioned thats a lot of van for the money, I still regularly see the year or about that as the price (2012 will be 12k) so a 2012 resisted in 2013 from a dealer would be £12500.
  14. Yes its same (2012 version as the 2013 has different colours on seats) Has motor mover and alloy wheels (both options) looks like a full awning. Dont see the fitted carpets. Thats a VERY keen price. Here that would be 11-12K still. 1 thing to check is the curved cupboard at the end of the kitchen. With its big door and weight the hinges can come loose easily. Also does it have the fitted microwave (lots seem to go missing....)
  15. Ouch, I have considered similar as a couple of times I have been unable to drive (Arm injuries, twisted ankle and a damaged eye- steel shard through my eyeball, resulted in 4 ops with the last being a lens replacement) My good lady is legal to tow, regularly drives my pickup, BUT hates to tow. I have had her tow some of our larger work trailer on several occasions (and the caravan on one) and talked her through the different lines and driving techniques (larger space in front being the most important change to her normal driving style!!!!) She is soooooo not keen on these lessons BUT understands it will make the few times in may actually be required easier. Unlike you we don't have a motor home BUT it is on the forward plan for later in life and as I have a lorry licence I will not be limited to weight. Luckily she drives ambulances so the size part of a larger motor-home will not bother her and if the opportunity comes up in St John she will take the over 3500 licence as well. Good luck and hope it heals, eye trauma is very disconcerting.
  16. I suspect it mostly due to the fact that they wont retool to make the door on "our" side and compete in a saturated market with setting up dealers. Cost -HIGH profit from increased sales-?? I have looked at the European Adria vans and they do about 3 times more of a range then they offer in UK (we miss out on the larger nr of berth vans esp in the higher spec versions.) Pity as I would love a 613PK, perfect for our family.
  17. We are Adria fans, most of the German plus points but with UK dealers and door on correct size. All but the larger number of birth vans have decent bathrooms. They have different spec for different ranges, Altea is more basic, Adora is about uk spec and Alpina is most expensive. Older versions DO have a lack of 240 plugs. Older Altea ONLY have gas heating The steady legs are a real pain to get to as they don't have extension tubes or connections right at exterior walls.
  18. Adora is well specked and we have one now. The 612 is a big van on single axle and heavy so you need a substantial tow car. Bear in mind the front seats may NOT be long enough for the kids to use a singles. I know on our 612 DT they would only be usable up to 10 ish depending on height of the littles. It makes a fabulous king though as there is no front unit to rob space. You can also just manage to get a twin bike rack on the front A frame (effects nose weight) I have a utube review on my Adora if it gives you any more info.
  19. Our third caravan was an Adria Altea 542DK, also they make a 542DT (same van with two different layouts) It cost 8K for a 2009 about 2 years ago. Great van but we wanted a fixed bad and there are 5 of us so we hve bought another Adria as liked a lot of the details/differences from UK vans. Have a look on U Tube for videos of them from that age to give you an idea. Known as basic but tough.
  20. With two boys you may be better with a 5 berth as older 4 berths will be a big snug with 4 in. Sorry Just adding as our first van was a 4/5 berth.....ABI Maurader 1996 and cost £1000, it lasted 2 weeks as there are 5 of us and I then knew I needed a 5 berth as a minimum. 2nd van was a Ranger 500/5 and was still a bit tight with the eldest struggling in the narrow beds. SO last two vans have been 6 berths. Our 3 van was an Adria 542DK and was bought from a family in Scotland who had it for your exact reason and they used it up till he was a older teenager and no longer wanted to go away with his parents. Pity your so far away there is a dealer here in N.Ireland who specialises in lower price decent honest vans. His start about £2k and its where our second van came from. A fountain of knowledge and I send so many would be caravans his way. Never heard a bad word about him. Has to be others like him your side of the puddle??
  21. baddon

    Which Caravan

    We are in CCC and go to DA meets all the time with no EHU, Just about all van makes are in regular use. Decent solar panel to keep a decent battery topped up BUT its more about what electricity you need to use. As all main functions run happily on gas. Fridge, Cooker/Grill, BBQ, heating if needed. Battery for lights so better if LED as uses less, and the Fan for blown air if running the heating. As such I suspect your weight and layout requirements should be the deciding factors as the battery and solar panel are choices that can be added or upgraded to just about any van. We have a 120W solar panel on the roof and for a family of 5 charging modern phones and tablets with some modest TV watching we never have any battery issues. Many in the club use 100W suitcase type solar panels they have had for many years.
  22. As a rough rule go for at least one more berth that you need (space required for 4 people is often on really offered in a 5 berth etc etc. Easy way to check for damp is to use your nails and drum them against all the hard to reach places where air does not move like under seats, back of storage lockers esp at the top and bottom corners front and back. IT should all sound the same, if any of it does not then LEAVE it as most likely soft or damp. Its not fool proof BUT a good indicator. As mentioned look for one with all the extras included (OR look on the likes of Gumtree for someone selling of as they have sold up) most things second hand are fine. We started with a 1K van and have changed up in years and value 3 times to get the current one (more or less perfect for us with sensible budget constraints) Good luck and Enjoy
  23. Very common on plant items like compressors. There is an even heavier duty one the German concrete trailer pump manufacturer (on our Putzmeister P75 concrete pump) use. The jockey wheel flips over 180 at the bottom and locks in dropping it about 8". It would not work on most caravans as there is not enough clearance under the A frame. It is great in that it makes the VERY heavy pump mobile without risk of the shaft slipping as there is also bolted in place. The wheel changing angle is about reducing the number of winds needed to get to the ground from the travel position. Downside for caravan use is its VERY heavy. I cant find a picture or video to share with you though.
  24. baddon

    Car ?

    On the OP's question - have a look at a Yeti see if they suit you as we like ours. I certainly did not mean to change the course of this topic by stating where we got ours, it was more a footnote for which I am so sorry.
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