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  1. BH, We are aiming for a mid-late January 2022 departure with the aim of spending about 2 months or so in Morocco. As you know, detailed planning is not our strongest point so sadly our paths will probably not cross unless we bump into each other in Spain - you on the way back and us on the way out. Providing the knee has fully recovered and the other one not given up in protest, and Covid permitting, this year expedition will be driving though the Balkans to Greece. Good luck with the planning - I can definitely recommend going south from Fes. Bob
  2. I miscalculated a V-turn by about 6" last December coming out of a small German campsite and clipped the bicycle carrier on a VW California. It caused damage to the carrier and his back door and also to the back of my caravan. Stupid I know and I am still beating myself up about it but, in my defence, it was very cold and wet, on my blindside and the first time ever in 38 years of towing a caravan. Both the car and caravan were insured by the same company with NCB on the car. As the caravan insurance doesn't have 3rd party liability cover, the VW claim came off my car insurance.
  3. I agree with everything that Jon has said. Not only is this an informative and amusing account of an adventure but it also has a well documented section at the end that takes you through the basic requirements for a successful caravan trip to Morocco. If anyone is thinking of 'taking the plunge', this account is an excellent start. It is, IMHO, a stunning culturally diverse country with a wide variety of breathtaking scenery, delightful and friendly people and a air of exotic adventure about it. We went on a 'bit of a wing and a prayer' in 2018. We were at the bottom
  4. - compared to everything else I had to do to the caravan after nearly 9 years in storage (long story), it was a mere drop in the ocean.
  5. I am going to dip into this topic very briefly and then dip out again. Every time it comes up, there is always a strong debate on the pros and cons. I have Tyrons Bands and, having read your postings, will fit TPMS this year to the caravan. I would like to make a couple of points: 1. It is surely a matter of personal choice to have whatever gives you peace of mind when towing. If you wish to spend out on a piece of equipment with an unproven result to give you that peace of mind, illusional or not, then that is your choice. I have. 2. I have had 2 blowouts; on
  6. BH, Just put 2&2 together and realised that we had been in regular email correspondence before your trip. Hope that we did not mislead you and that you are enjoying the country. Bob
  7. Sorry, just read that again. I should have added that there were no single track parts of the road to Chefchaoeun or from there to Tangier that I can remember. It was down in the south of the country that the roads occasionally became a bit narrow. However most of the roads we went on had enough room for 2 way traffic. Hence listen to the advice of the your German couple in Marrakesh. We drove into Casablanca from L'Ocean Bleu and there is a large guarded car park right opposite the Grand Mosque if that is where you are heading tomorrow. The mosque by the way is stunning.
  8. I don’t know that route but looking at the map, I think I would follow his advice. We set off for Chefchaouen on the premises that, if it got too rough, we could always do a u-turn and go back (same principle we used as we ventured south). As it happened, we were ok. You could always leave Chefchaouen for 2021. As long as this knee is back in action and the other one behaves, we will see you there! He is right about the edges. I never argued with lorries or buses and would ease the van off the road. Luckily the roads in the south were relatively straight so you had enough time to ease g
  9. We went to Chefchaouen from Mohammedia just north of Casablanca. Our route was Rabat, Kenitra, N1 to Souk-el-Arba du-Rharb, R408 to Ouazzane and N13/N2 to Chefchaouen. Yes it is windy and hilly in places but we were in a Santa Fe (4.8m) towing a 7m single axle 1700kg caravan and had no real problems and it was raining! The campsite is at the top of the town. If you look at the map, you will see that there are 2 roads up to the town from the main N2 road; south and north. I would recommend that you take the northern road in which avoids having to go right through the narrow streets of the
  10. On the way to the consultant so will Talk to you about Chefchaouen tonight. Doable and worth a visit IMHO. Fez - haven’t got the map with me but we used the toll motorway which was not that expensive if I remember. We were going to Diamond Vert so went into the top of Fez. However did a day trip to Meknes and came back on ordinary road - no problem and interesting. Bob
  11. Seriously jealous - sadly knee went in December so waiting for surgery at the moment otherwise we would have been on our way to Morocco by now! We did a whistle-stop tour in just over 3.5 weeks at the end of 2018 and were so enchanted (if thats the right word) by the country that we were going back for a couple of months (now slightly delayed). We started at Asilah and then Fes, Midelt, Todras Gorge, Icht, El Ouatia (Tan-Tan), Aglou Plage (Tiznit), Marrakesh, Casablanca and Chefchaouen. Happy to help if ever needed. Stunning country. Bob
  12. Sorry to intrude but still an awesome outfit!
  13. Ted, Out of curiosity, were you on the A303 late this afternoon? If so, I overtook you at some stage (I was minus the caravan). Awesome outfit. If not wasn't you - sorry to butt in. Bob
  14. Hi Duncan, I have a 2019 plated Santa Fe. Shape is slightly different, boot a fraction narrower, mirrors a different shape (I have German OPPI towing mirrors and the arms are designed for specific models of cars!) and autobox now has 8 gears rather than 6 making it a smoother ride. The 'bangs and whistles' have changed slightly. The auto parking has gone but now have all round camera support for parking and a lane drift warning. The satnav console now sits on top of the dashboard making it easier to access. The Premium SE also has a "head up' display that projects your speed
  15. Lutz, Can I go back to your first question about gas. We left UK towards the end of Aug and got back in the middle of Feb. I set off with a full 11kg gas bottle. We meandered our way down to the bottom of Spain and back with just under 4 weeks in Morocco and I was worried about running out of gas. So I bought a Spanish regulator and 'borrowed' a Repsol gas bottle (leaving my gas bottle and a deposit) from the campsite that we were at before catching the ferry to Tangiers. We came back after 3.5 weeks on 15 Dec. I kept the gas bottle over Christmas & New Year (incidentally
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