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About V8Vmarkie

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    Transit LWB H3 L3 170 bhp
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    Unicorn Barcelona soon to be a Coachman laser 675

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  1. V8Vmarkie

    What belongs to caravan

    Just PX our van, left everything that it came with apart from the electric hook up lead, dealer said they supply new leads with all vans. .. new or secondhand.
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    Laser 675

    Whey hey, well it’s finally sitting on the drive collected Wednesday afternoon, handover was excellent and the van presented in a spotless condition looked a little less clean by the time it arrived home Really looking forward to the inaugural trip which hopefully will be in a few weeks time, until then we have the fun of finding homes for everything
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    New Buccaneer Collection Drama by Newbies

    What an adventure, really enjoyed reading your account on your first encounter with caravaning (really gripping unlike the car ) seems you had everything under control, excellent and well done for not handing it back to the dealers and running a mile lol, all the very best with your future outings
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    Diamond bright

    Thanks, I will look up the products, Usually use autogym or mquires on my cars. Benefits doing yourself 1, you know it’s done right 2, a good workout, 3, therapeutic + peace and quiet from the madhouse
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    Diamond bright

    So all being well our caravan is being delivered to the dealers today obviously before we can collect the van it needs a PDI + the movers swapping over from our current van. Whilst talking to the dealer he offered the diamond bright protection, he discounted it from £450 down to £400 I’m not convinced it’s all is cracked up to be, whilst talking about the benefits I picked up on the fact that you would never need to polish the van due to the coating, but it can fail should you use to strong a washing detergent. Personally I love polishing my vehicles so applying a good coat of wax frequently will do just a good a job as the diamond bright, so the only added benefit the service would be doing is protecting the soft furnishings against spillages, with that in mind I don’t think it’s good value. Intrested to hear what all you well seasoned caravaners think on this subject, you may convince me otherwise
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    Van Man

    Have been using my work van for the last year and a half with no problems what so ever, at no time have I come across any snubbing both from wardens or neighbours. My van is 3. 5 Ton rear wheel drive, everything is carried in the van apart from clothes, food and alcohol
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    Laser 675

    That is excellent, bet you was buzzing after that phone call. I’m going to stand guard by my phone just in case lol
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    Twin Axle Questions

    Yep same as Gary, although I use a rubber block between jack plate and chassis
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    Laser 675

    Excellent you’ve now got the fun of finding homes for all the kit Happy days we have been told ours should be the beginning of Feb
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    At Last Mirrors That Fit

    They look very neat Meant to add, should do the job nicely when collecting your new Laser 675
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    Hello from Kent

    Hi all, so been a long time lurker on here and enjoy reading through the different topics + lots of useful info thought we’d best introduce ourselves So we came back to Caravanning last year having had a 16 year break, we used to have a sprite major (can not remember the exact model) we had this for around 3 years then as the kids got older we decided to get rid and have cottage holidays + euro trips in the car and stop off at hotels and the like. Well this changed last year when we decided to treat ourselves to a caravan, having decided we want a fixed bed (only the two of us +two little shih tzu dogs) We found a 2017 Bailey Barcelona that was just a couple of months old that we really liked, one week later it was on the drive We’ve had a lot of use from this van and absolutely loved using it, it has had absolutely no issues which is good to report We have just traded this in for a new Coachman Laser 675 as we were struggling with the French bed arrangement and decided we need a bed that we could navigate around both sides, this is going to be along term purchase for us so wanted to get it right, we now have to wait until Feb for the new van but we will continue to use our current caravan until then best regards Mark & Lin
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    Laser 675

    So after owning our Bailey Barcelona for just over 1 year we decided that we wanted a change from the French bed to one that we can navigate around both sides. We had absolutely no issues with the Barcelona, in fact absolutely nothing needed putting right ( must have been a Monday morning van rather than a Friday afternoon van lol) So with this in mind we decided to go to our local dealers and have a look at the new Pamplona, had a real good look around the van and decided that this middle bathroom arrangement was not for us, we then looked in the Cartagena and bingo, this is just what we need. So with that in mind you’d think that’s it all sorted let’s go and seal a deal on this model Well the dealer sells both Bailey and Coachman caravans and they had just taken delivery of the Laser 675 they had not even had time to site the van and put the steadies down before we poked our heads into the van for a butchers lol. We eagerly awaited for them to wind the legs down so we could take a proper good look around and it was our WOW caravan absolutely loved it, the quality of finish over the Bailey was most noticeable, I realise this comes at quite a price difference but we both agreed that this will be a long term purchase as it ticks all the boxes for us So straight into the sales office we go to barter a deal, half an hr of too and throwing we reached a very satisfactory deal, this included swapping over the quad movers from the Barcelona to the laser. We managed to get a Feb build slot, so now the wait is on lol. We still intend to use the current van, have a week booked end of this month in the New Forrest + a couple of weekends either side of Christmas. They say you should not wish your life away but ***** its going to be a long wait