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  1. I have the smooth ones. We only use hardstanding pitches and the ground can sometimes be well compacted. One or two of the rock pegs occasionaly get bent but soon straighten out after a few belts with a lump hammer! The ones that came with the awning bent as soon as you hit them and were even useless on grass.
  2. Bought a second box of 20 rock pegs off Amazon. The metal pegs that came with the Ventura Trinus awning were absolutely pony and trap!
  3. We leave the blinds up and draw the curtains. When the van is in use we never close the curtains anyway. I would prefer to keep the blinds in good condition as we use them.
  4. Eversure have a 3* DEFAQTO rating.
  5. I haven't had any dealings with them. They are brokers I think. My insurance is due on the van soon so I checked out reviews for Eversure on Trustpilot. Unfortunately a lot of reviews are given by people who have only purchased insurance and not had to make claims. A company's test of customer satisfaction can only be made when claims are made and dealt with. Having read the reviews I think I'll give them a miss.
  6. Just bought a Smokey Joe Premium off ebay. New for £50 including postage. Fancied cooking on coals. Less than 5kg and only takes up a small space. Good for two but could cook enough for four on. Looking forward to trying it.
  7. We are now into our second year as caravanners. The first major thing we learnt is to check and double check whilst hitching up and setting up. To help with this I would reccommend making up an idiots guide to, Hitching up/arriving/setting up/departing/shutting down the caravan. We go through the lists every time and in the right sequence. Forgetting to do something could be quite costly! Correct distribution of weight is also important. You will find lots of useful information and tips on here and some good video's on youtube. Good luck!
  8. I have made a couple of claims over the years but have never scrimped when it came to taking out a policy. I would rather pay extra with the knowledge that any claim I may have to make will be sorted out as trouble free as possible. My caravan is worth £25k with contents which is a lot of money to jeopardise for the sake of a few pounds. That doesn't mean to say that I would always go with the most expensive, but shop around, check the small print and also check reviews for how claims are dealt with. The old adage, "You get what you pay for" is very true.
  9. I posted a message about Ripe on another thread. I got an online quote from them which was very competative and seemed to cover everything I wanted. I checked the policy documents which you can find on their site. They state that their claims are handled by Davies Group. I searched "Davies Group reviews". Guess what? Nearly all of the reviewers gave them1* and for many that was because 1* was the lowest you could give to post a review. One person did give them 5* for being the worst claim handlers though! Before taking out any Insurance I would always check out who the underwriters and claim handlers are. Ripe? I won't be insuring and I'm out! Trustpilot reviews:- 92% bad 1*
  10. I had a look at the new insurance from Ripe. The quote came out very reasonable and I might have been interested but then I checked the policy documents. Claims are dealt with by Davies Group so I checked their reviews. Eek! The vast majority were one star out of five and one star had only been given because you have to give at least one star to post a review. One person had given them five stars for being the worst claim handlers. So there you go, it allways pays to check the small print!
  11. The Trinus covers the front side window only very slightly and there are plenty of other windows to open. Also has just a single inflation point
  12. We have a Platinum 640. Bought a Ventura Air Trinus. It's part of Isabella so good quality. 4x2.6m. A very good size and easy to put up using a Kampa Gale electric pump. Got a Kampa carpet off Amazon £50 which fits and matches well. Had it for one season and looks very nice.
  13. Used the handpump for our Ventura Trinus 4 x 3.5m awning. Seemed to take an age to inflate and a lot of huffing and puffing. Bought a Kampa Gale off ebay £45. One of the attachments fitted the Ventura. Set it to the required inflation 8psi and after a couple of minutes job done! Brilliant!
  14. Read about TV reception issues in the newspaper this morning concerning Freeview. Atmospheric high pressure conditions, West of England and Midlands. If you have not experienced problems before then it was probably that.
  15. Thanks for that. Got one off ebay, will have a go when we are away next week.
  16. You could be on the right track!
  17. Thanks for that. On the case now!
  18. I don't have access to the awning at the moment. I've tried to upload a photo of the connector but it says that the file is too big. Anyway, the connector from the hand pump to the awning is just a push in one. I know that some of them are screw in.
  19. Does anyone know if a Kampa Gale Electric awning pump will work on a Ventura air awning? The Kampa pump is half the price of an Isabella one.
  20. We have just returned from our first trip away in our new Bailey Phoenix Platinum, purchased in March. The brakes are squealing whenever they are applied. I have just emailed the workshop at Chipping Sodbury and await their reply.
  21. Nothing to do with the awning. Would be interested to know where you got the fencing from?
  22. Just insured our new caravan. We are very similar to you. New caravanners and a brand new van (Bailey Phoenix Platinum 640) with the same security devises but no tracker and no NCD. £290 with Caravan Guard. Got the quote online and confirmed over the phone. Very clear information and very helpful. Collecting it next Tuesday!
  23. This is our first venture into caravans and spent a lot of time looking at the layouts of various models. We decided to go for the Bailey Phoenix Platinum 640. We liked the end bed layout and as I get up early it seemed ideal for not disturbing the better half too much! We also like the central bathroom as it's great if the kids/grandkids stop over. Another major factor in choosing the 640 was that the shower cubicle is seperate. We didn't like the idea of a one piece shower/sink/toilet. As previously mentioned, with the internal doors open you still get the feeling of spaciousness. Some models with the same or similar layout seem to have compromised on the living area space with a smaller sitting area. The 640 has nice long sofas and being 6'1" I can stretch out on them. Overall this seemed to be the best layout for us but we were also influenced by the MTPLM. We are looking forward to picking it up in a couple of weeks time!
  24. Just getting some quotes for a new caravan. £480 from Towergate and £292 from Caravanguard. Still looking...
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