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  1. Elddis / Compass. Just heard too many stories of poor build followed up by poor dealers and no support from the manufacturer. Plus the fact that they are still wood framed, I think.
  2. Good advice. Applies to us 5 series Touring people too (especially as the suspension bags tend to deflate slowly over time).
  3. I think you are probably looking at an Adria, they are the one mass market van in the UK which you can probably say has a better reliability record. They also have the wider bunks. That said, we have a Swift and the bunks are wide enough for me, so I'd get your kids to try them out, see what they think. We only have two kids so I think you need to try out the triple bunks Vs a fixed twin bunk and second single in a dinette. See what you think. I wouldn't rule out a UK van, as if you are buying a used one with a warranty, you may any issues have been sorted.
  4. I'm less than fully satisfied with our 3 year old Swift, with it having to be repaired by them. The dealer is uninspiring but better than some. However, Swift's attitude and response has been good. They've fixed things that they should have got right to start with and gone the extra mile. This and the fact that they make some of the most appealing caravans mean that I wouldn't rule them out when we replace (there is one UK brand that I would actively avoid).
  5. Philips low wattage kettle. It's 22 years old and we have a spare for when it finally dies! We also have a green metal gas ring kettle. It weighs next to nothing and boils more efficiently than a saucepan. We don't have any other plug in items (toaster, coffee machine, bread maker, electric hot plate) but the kettle makes sense and it's only dinky
  6. Me too! It's the only thing I agree with him on though.
  7. Ours has now gone. I think it did it intermittently for the first two years
  8. Love to, but we are hopefully going to Nottingham instead (!!!!) Got a toilet block to check on.
  9. Sorry, should have had a wink! It sounds like you had a great time and it's no more than I would have expected
  10. Not when you have to cook it yourself. Looks lovely though.
  11. Well things are bad here but we haven't resorted to expensive cannibilism (yet)!
  12. Wish I could get away to the mainland this weekend. Feels like autumn here and there's not much to cheer about
  13. The Dutch do have a rather "direct" approach to things so I sympathize a little. That said Mr B, isn't that also your way?! Totally agree on the cycling.
  14. Yes they do. But it's even better with the CMC and even better if you book a few nights at one of the European sites in their brochure. We saved about £500 P&O £1000 ~ CMC ferry only £800 ~ CMC with 6 nights sites £700 ~ This was summer 2019, family of four
  15. Cheers! We only took the one but Lady Vimes was 7 months pregnant.
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