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  1. Thanks folks. Got some experienced caravanners coming round this morning to walk it through. The caravan is 202.5 cm wide, including side lights. We’ve measured the narrowest gap numerous times and are sure we’ve got at least 6 cm a side (my accurate scale drawing seems to show it works). The drive is flat until you get round to the rear of the house, which is when it goes steep. There are plenty of other caravans on drives on our estate so I don’t think storage is going to be an issue, especially as ours will be behind the front of the house - next door neighbours would have to look up the drive to see it. What do you think of these chocks for holding it on a slope? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sealey-WC11-Heavy-Duty-8kg-Pair-Multicoloured/dp/B007H6XL24?pd_rd_w=fjOMk&pf_rd_p=dade37d7-e3a0-4059-92cb-cc164c4f343c&pf_rd_r=FMPYDG87QSTN94W9FA1F&pd_rd_r=a48f4d5a-2e03-4784-921d-fb0e7779b48c&pd_rd_wg=FPFXc&ref_=pd_gw_cr_simh
  2. Hi Do I need a hitch-lock AND a wheel-lock (eg AL-KO)? Or do I need one of them (if so, which one?) Do I also need to chain my caravan up if stored at home (instead of/ as well as the aforementioned devices)? C&MH club insurance states there has to be one security feature - but DO I / SHOULD I have more? thanks. Paul
  3. Hi All There's a video (sorry about the quality - I had to compress it to reduce it's size) and a photo attached - it'd be great if you could look at them and give me some advice on the following (hopefully I'll be getting my first caravan in June). 1) The video shows my road (on a hill) and my drive. Would I be able to tow my caravan onto my drive and unhitch there, before moving the caravan up the drive? There is a lamp post at the right hand edge of the drive (which my video helpfully doesn't show) - hence the photo. So, could I make the turn avoiding the lamp post? The body of the caravan is 515 x 220 cm (615 length including the hitch) and the turn onto the drive is about 80 degrees by the lamp post. 2) The caravan is going to go up the level, then sloped, drive, using a motor mover. I'm assuming this will be okay. There'd be a gap of about 6 cm either side of the caravan at the drive's narrowest point (I've done the scale drawings so I'm fairly sure this will be okay). 3) One possible place to store the caravan is in front of the garage. There is space on the right hand side of the caravan to get my wife's Aygo past the caravan and into the garage. Is it okay to store my caravan on the sloping drive? The drive's gradient is about 1 in 4 (ie rising 1 m for every 4 m horizontally - that's an incline of about 13 degrees). I presume there would some wheel "thingies" I can buy to ensure it doesn't roll down. The MIRO of the caravan is 1086kg, MTPLM 1250kg. 4) My preferred storage option would be behind the garage - which means turning the caravan on the drive and following the route the video shows. We've taken lots of measurements and are sure it can make the journey after we chop down a couple of bushes. The initial grass section is sloped. My wife is worried the caravan might slide or topple sideways, but I don't think so. I'd have though you'd need a fairly steep sideways slope for this to happen. The slope is less than that of the drive. Many thanks. Paul Drive2.mp4
  4. So - i’ve narrowed down my choice of caravan - a Lunar Qasar 462 or an Xplore 422. Both come with ATC as a factory fit add-on option. However, if I ordered now, would it still be possible to get a 2019 caravan “made”? Or would I need to go into a 2020 model. This is, obviously, a crucial issue as my wife doesn’t know whether she will like the 2020 fabrics! Thanks, Paul.
  5. I’m sure this must have been asked before but I can’t find a thread. Can anyone suggest what their “typical” 2 person user payload for about a week is? I’m not thinking about fixtures/fittings etc - I mean the sort of items you can load or unload the van with - clothes, food, cutlery, aquaroll etc, the sort of things you have to take with you on every caravan jaunt. Thanks Paul
  6. If money weren’t an issue, is a more expensive caravan a “better” caravan? Here’s an example. I’m looking to buy a 2 berth, and there are lots with very similar layouts. I’ve been looking at Elddis recently. They’ve got the Xplore 422 (£15000), the Avanti 462 (£19000) and the Affinity 462 (£21000). I’ve only seen an Xplore so far. I’m guessing the more expensive ones will be more plush and may have a greater range of features (they’re both slightly longer) - but are they better in terms of solidity, durability, reliability - and any other ilities? Thanks.
  7. The caravan we are planning to buy has an MTPLM of 1100 kg, but can be increased to 13000 kg. As our car can tow this, we are planning on having the upgrade at purchase. Am I right in my assumption that this doesn’t alter the caravan structure at all, and just consists of a new sticker to cover the original MTPLM plate. I’d heard that the max MTPLM was based on the weight the axles of the caravan can manage. The lower MTPLM quoted was just to emphasise the “lightness” of the caravan for “smaller” tow cars. Is that correct? Thanks. Paul
  8. Thanks all. So, Greensmith and Woodentop, if I don’t have a solar panel how do I keep my battery charged? Or don’t I. Can it charge from the car when driving? If it (the battery in the van) is being used just for lighting, how long would it last? Am I getting the idea that having a solar panel is a good idea. Sorry - context - currently planning; aim to invest in a first caravan by March 2020.
  9. Okay, this may be a stupid question - I’m a newbie. If picthed on a serviced site, electricity come from the hookup and gas from the bottles. If on a non serviced site, I know we’d have gas, but where would electricity come from?
  10. Thanks for the replies. Power from the garage to the caravan is a great idea - thanks CommnaderDave. In terms of boundaries - on the left of the drive is a wooden fence; on the right is initially our front garden, then the house, then a patio area. As the drive rises, the patio area is below the level of the drive. The grassed area the caravan goes over is retained by a wall - there's a 3 foot drop to our patio then - so the caravan can't go near the edge. However, the measurements at this point are all about 15 cm short to ensure the van doesn't go anywhere near the edge. I'm presuming a motor mover will allow me to manouvere precisely. Looking for cardboard Paul1957!!
  11. Hi I'm not an owner yet but hope to put an order in for a Swift Basecamp at the caravan show in October (had a good look at one during the current show). I'm now trying to get prepped. I'd like to store the caravan at home - there's a nice space where it would fit behind the garage. However, to get it to behind the garage it's got to be moved up our sloping drive and round the garden to the rear of the garage. I plan to have a motor mover fitted to cope with the slope of the drive, but I'd like advice (please) about whether I will actually be able to negotiate it into place. There are two query points: 1) At a point where our drive narrows to 2.56 m and turns through 220 degrees, and 2) Where the caravan has to make an S shape turn - right at the top of the drive onto grass, then left around a screening wall to pass the side of the garage. The available space shrinks to 2.8m as it rounds the screening wall. The Basecamp is 5.1 m long (from rear to end of tow bar) and is 2.28 m wide. I've attached a plan of our drive with all the relevant measurements on (if anyone would be kind enough to check). I also have a short video of the journey, but don't think I'm able to upload it - but could send it directly if anyone wants to have a look. I think it can be done - but I really am a newbie and would really value any input you folks could give. Many thanks Paul90125 Drive.pdf
  12. Hi I'm buying a Go-Pod (cos my car can tow it and I can store it in my garage). However, my garage is up my inclined drive. Are caravan movers able to manage slopes? Thanks Paul
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