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  1. Hi all, I am very new to the world of caravanning… but an enthusiast nevertheless ! working with a very small budget I purchased my Avondale Wren 1991 2 berth about a year ago. After initially ripping out the entire internal fixtures and fittings and resealing all the external joins. The van has sat on the drive nestled under a caravan cover for the winter. As we’ve had a break in this so far very wet summer I decided to bite the bullet, remove the cover and continue work. I have so far repaired and repainted the exterior which has given her a new lease of life to say the least. I have begun planning my interior renovation and for the most part am getting by ok… Just a couple of things I am struggling to get my head around and would love some further info before I get started if anyone has any knowledge to bestow I will be more than grateful! So, the water pumping/heating system, (all in very good condition thankfully,) I assumed was all electric, but noticed a gas pipe coming from the main body of the system. Does this mean that the water is heated by gas? I did want to get rid of all the gas pipes and just have things running on electricity but will I have to keep the gas in order to have hot water in the van? Also, the electrics are again in very good condition, I just have to begin to figure out how to rearrange everything. Do you think it would be possible to run electric appliances inside the van when hooked up to an electric pitch? Such as fridge, kettle, toaster, hot plate etc…… I have removed the old gas heater and the gas fridge as they were busted and as I said would rather have electric as my main power source. I know this is allot of info, but any help would be very much appreciated! I love my Avondale and despite being essentially 30 plus years old her bones are good! I just want to make sure I get to grips with the water and electric systems as these are the only aspects of the renovation that make me nervous! They are in good nick I just don’t want to make a mistake that might ruin them! Thanks!
  2. Hi everyone, I'm a total newbie here so go easy on me, I've recently purchased my first caravan as a project to learn the ropes, it's a 1991 Alpine Sprite. It's in very good condition considering it's age and pretty much ready to hit the road. However, I need to replace the rooflight as it's not going up and down the way it should and as such some water has started to come in from the hole. The caravan was sat under a tree for sometime and I think that likely did the damage i'm seeing the result of now. Does anyone have any advice on replacing these? I've seen all the useful videos on how this is done and it's straightforward enough for me, what I'm not sure on is getting on top the caravan to do the work from the outside. Reading through some posts on here it seems climbing on top isn't really advised and it's very dependent on the make and model. Just curious to know what the best approach here is. Or where I might be able to find out if this roof would support any weight? Thanks in advance! Alex
  3. I am planning my dream holiday. Scotland's North West 500 starting August 18th. I have my pitches booked and my midge nets sorted. I have now met two people who have completed the tour by motorhome and both have said they would not like to do it by caravan. I am taking my 6 year old Lunar Venus caravan. I am interested to know if any members have done the NW500 with a caravan and what they thought of it. I am quite confident of driving the caravan and have negotiated some difficult, narrow lanes and bridges, but do need my 'movers' to reverse into pitches.
  4. Hello, I'm new to the forum so shoot me down if I do something wrong or have posted in the wrong section. I'm used to forums so can handle the criticism. I'm interested in collecting information on the condition these brand new caravans are sold in. You find that you buy a van and then after a week of ownership you have found a number of defects. The question is: When you bought your new caravan how many defects did it come with?
  5. I want to buy a newer caravan than my 1996 Lunar Clubman 475, but I am not sure which one would fit my requirements. I am looking for another 2 berth about ten years old. The most important thing is that the caravan should be about 4.75 m in length, the same as my present one. It should have larger wheels than my Lunar so it is higher off the ground. With my present van the stays scrape the ground at the bottom of my drive. A taller van would also mean that my air awning would fit better. Now here are some other things that I feel are important. The caravan must have a separate shower cubicle of a decent size and have a door on it so the water doesn't go all over the loo and handbasin and onto my bath mat and towel. Ideally I would like an end kitchen but realise that there are so few like that these days. Some Lunar Stellas have an end kitchen but they are much too small. My existing kitchen has a cupboard which pulls out on hinges and gives another worktop area. At the other end, I would like single beds that are over 6 ft long as my husband is tall. So far I have been looking at the Swift 480 online but I cannot tell from the photos if the body is further off the ground than my Lunar. To sum up, the things I don't want are a fixed double bed (as I may want to take my son or granddaughter away at some time) and a shower that is not in a separate compartment. If anyone has any ideas on the type of caravan that would fit my needs, I would be very grateful to hear from you.
  6. The money you are saving for caravaning should not burn with fuel but it should be well spent on yourself. Even though you have the most aerodynamic towing car does not mean it will give you the best fuel efficiency while towing a caravan. The aerodynamic of vehicles-trailer combination is complicated and strongly dependent on the turbulence in the region of the rear of a car, the front and rear face of a caravan. The flow separation at the front and rear face of the trailer leads to an unfavourable pressure gradient which causes high drag force (opposing force to the vehicle motion). At higher travelling speeds (e.g. 60mph), more than 50% of the power generated by the engine is consumed to overcome the drag force. Being a researcher in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics, we have researched several flow-modifying devices named AERO TREK. The performance of these devices has been tested in the wind-tunnel and Computational Fluid Dynamic software. The Aero Trek devices have the potential to reduce the fuel consumption of towing car by 10 to 15%. One of the concepts of these devices is shown in the figure below. The device guides the flow on top of the trailer and reduces the turbulence region in the gap between the car and caravan. This post is not a marketing pitch but a part of a PhD research carried at the University of Huddersfield to survey the interest of caravan and horse trailer owners and users. The purpose of the post is to understand the pains and gains of caravan and horse trailer users and use your feedback in value addition and further research and development process. I am pleased to have your opinion on such devices which can reduce fuel consumption and contribute to the global Green Environment campaign. I am happy to share further information and discuss the performance of the Aero Trek devices in the comment area.
  7. Hi all newbie here. We have a coachman amara 520/4 2007 model. Cant for the life of us figure out what awning size we need. Would anyone who has this model already no the measurements? We are away on a holiday at the moment with 2 kids and have decided we definitely need an awaning for room/space and room for them to run around when raining. We havnt a measuring tape with us to measure it so am hoping someone knows. Kindest regards.
  8. BorisK

    New Design

    Hello Everyone My name is Boris, and I am a marketing graduated who loves caravanning and camping since I was a child. Few months ago I was for a quick holiday in Norway. I saw exciting stuff there in the tourism industry and because of that recently I have done some researches on UK and US, RV industry (Recreational Vehicle industry- motorhomes, campervans, caravans). Also studies in the field of hospitality, especially in the territories of Norway and Finland and hotels mainly visited by UK and US people. In these countries, (Norway and Finland) they use several very innovative approaches to make their guest's stay even more enjoyable. I decided to combine their innovative approaches and put them in the RV industry. The result is a new caravan design. I'm not sure if this new design would appeal to caravan lovers. Therefore, I would be very grateful if you could give your opinion on this subject. I made a short presentation in PDF format, what is the design. If anyone wants to give an opinion on the new design please email me and I will send you the presentation, also a link with a few questions in the form of a survey(Google Forms). I will be very grateful to the people who gave their opinion and I will keep you informed about the survey of this exciting new design for me.
  9. Wheel Covers for your Bailey Caravan It’s nearly time for the season to start. Caravans will soon be wheeled out of storage, cleaned, polished and ready to go. You’ll be finding your locks, dusting off the awning and figuring out what new things you might need. We’re here to tell you the one thing you’ll definitely need – Bailey wheel covers. Whether you’re looking to protect your tyres from the elements or you’re fed up of a draughty awning, the humble wheel cover is one of the best caravan accessories that you can buy and is sure to become an essential. But with so many types of covers out there, which one is best? There are ones with sucker attachments, ones with clips and ones where you even need to drill into your van to install them. But do not fret Bailey owners! You can rest in the knowledge that there’s an easier solution… Why should I get a wheel cover? 1.Protect your tyres Wheel covers will shield covers from the weather. UV rays can cause your tyre to weaken and deteriorate over time. The cover works as a barrier between those rays and your tyre, making sure that it lasts longer. Wheel covers can also keep your alloys clean from dirt and dust when the van is stored or when it’s sat on a site. 2. Eliminate draughts in your awning There is nothing worse than a cold breeze sneaking underneath your van and into your awning. It can ruin your comfort and prevent any wet clothes or shoes from drying. A wheel cover can be paired with a draught skirt, by using a figure 8, to create a wall at the bottom of your van that keeps these annoying draughts out. I own a Bailey but which cover do I need? Bailey caravans are designed with an extrusion that runs over the wheel arch – yes your Bailey does have one, we promise! This acts like a tiny awning rail, allowing you to simply thread the beading on the wheel arch cover through the extrusion. Then attach the fabric of the cover to the beading with a zip, securing the cover to the van quickly and securely. Below are the types of covers available: Pre-2019 Bailey Caravans and all twin axles We have 5 different types of wheel cover, all made to fit the specific wheel arches that are used in Bailey vans. For selected vans made before 2019, you have two options: Lightweight – use for storing your van, short trips, when wheel is covered by an awning, when awning is used for storage only Heavy Duty – use for longer trips, when wheel is exposed to sun, when awning is used for sleeping or lounging Post-2020 Bailey Single Axle Caravans We have the NEW wheel cover, specifically designed for new Bailey single wheel arches. This cover is made with an attractive and hard-wearing fabric and finished with an elegant, glow-in-the-dark Bailey logo. Below are the models that you can currently purchase covers for: Single Axle Unicorn III, Pegasus IV, Pegasus GT70 - Lightweight, Heavy Duty Pursuit II & Unicorn IV (pre-2019 model only) - Lightweight, Heavy Duty Unicorn IV/Black (post-2018), Pegasus Grande, Alicanto Grande, Phoenix - Premium Twin Axle Unicorn III, Pegasus IV, Pegasus GT70 - Heavy Duty Pursuit II & Unicorn IV/Black, Pegasus Grande, Alicanto Grande, Phoenix - Heavy Duty Don't forget to add your figure of 8 channel strip too so that you can connect your wheel cover to your draught skirt!
  10. Thought I would come along and say high.
  11. Good afternoon I write in this forum for the first time. First, sorry for my English, it's not too good. I comment my circumstance. In April of this year I bought, in Spain, a caravan of English origin, a Piper 1400L. But I have a problem, it does not have any documentation, it only has the trailer plate and a number (PFS507Y349832) engraved on all windows. I don't know what year of the caravan I don´t have the technical characteristics of it. For this reason I would like to know if someone can help me to get information as well as a possible type-approval password to get documentation. Thank you very much and I attached a catalog of the 80s that I found and that has the model of my caravan. thank you
  12. Hi. Does anyone know if the route through the Gotthard tunnel involve towing the caravan up steep mountains? We are travelling from Black Forrest Germany to Basel then to Milan Italy and from there to Sicily. I have never done that route before and I am worried that I might get in trouble with towing the caravan if this route involves steep hills. Any advice is very welcome. Elaina
  13. Hey all, I'm new to the forum and have come here to peruse the threads for random information that might help me. But, I might as well reach out and ask for advice from members. I'm a bit of a loner. I'm a HGV driver by trade and run an e-commerce business on the side. The thought of buying a house and signing up to a 25 year mortgage, then paying constant council tax, heating and water bills and pretty much getting shafted by companies left right and centre, also that a house also cannot move, which means I'd be stuck in one place. To be honest, it makes me feel sick to my stomach. Is this what life has to be? The UK seems to be extremely expensive too. My insurance for my motorycle goes up each year, and is at £550. My car is the same and that goes up by about £100 per year, despite getting more no claims (I have 10 years now). Anyway, I've been looking at getting something that I can live in all year round, but still be able to travel. As a HGV driver, I work 4 days on and 4 days off. So if I want to go away to the EU, I can book 4 days off and basically get 12 days to travel and see places. I'm self employed anyway so can basically take as much time off as I want, I just won't get paid for it. When I am working, I can park my motorhome/caravan/whatever at the RDC for those 4 days, and then go somewhere else for my 4 days off. The RDC has a shower room and stuff that I can use, but I'd probably just use my own. If I just need somewhere to park it locally, I can park outside my mothers house. She lives on an unadopted road in the country and there's a huge amount of space. I know the farmer and he'd be fine with me parking in on his road. If travelling, I'd stay in laybys and the odd country road, but use camping parks every so often for a break if I stay in one place for a while. I was in the RAF for 9 years, and before I got married lived in on base block accommodation. I paid £36 a month all in for a room that was basically a bedroom, with a small en-suite. I loved it, it was all I needed and my friends were just down the corridor. I got married and then got a bitter divorce. Now as a HGV driver, working in a sole occupation, doing a degree and running this side e-commerce business, friends can be hard to find and time can be at a premium. ------ So, what are my options? I have all DVLA licences so can drive anything I want. I also have a 2015 Honda VFR1200X which I would want to take with me (or downsize to something lighter as its 300kg). This is so when I go to Europe I can go off on that. I've just booked a month in Corsica, and go in June. I'm going on the bike, but staying in AirBnB's. The accomodation all in has cost around £1,800, which isn't too bad for a month in summer. I want to go away a few times each year preferably to see places in Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia. ----- Other than that, space is nice but not essential. Heat can be provided by a cab heater, but I'm fine with the cold. Air con would be important as I might go somewhere hot, I think they run off butane bottles? ----- Here's what I've been looking at: Caravans Good bit of space, but needs another vehicle to tow it which is an additional cost. Would need air con and cab heater retrofitted most likely. Also, i'd essentially be towing almost dead weight. If I go somewhere with hills or loose surface such as gravel or ice, then it'd be harder but by no means impossible. On alibaba, these look cool: Of course the cost to import would be prohibitive. Then I can get a fifth wheel trailer: Lots of space, and pretty cool. But, I would have to get a pickup truck too which can be expensive in the UK. Demand seems high. Again, aircon and cab heater may need to be retrofitted. Lastly, and currently my favourite option, American RV: Totally self contained, probably has cab heater and aircon fitted. One tax and insurance bill. If it's left hand drive, I'd probably try to re-register it in France via a PO box and then not pay tax and only have to MOT it every 24 months, plus I could maybe get cheaper insurance over there that might extend to the UK. Engine charges batteries when moving. Rigid which makes it easier to reverse (no blind side). It would also be able to take a motorcycle on the back. Where as on a caravan or fifth wheel trailer, this adds a degree of instability to both. I'm not sure it's advisable to put a 300kg bike on the back of a standard caravan. In fact, just typing that makes me feel silly, so it's probably correct... I'd be absolutely at home in this RV. It's more than big enough, and I'd have the freedom to go wherever I want. Only downside is it'd be thirsty on diesel. If I can get hold of a petrol one I'd consider LPG'ing it which might remove the tax in the UK anyway. The other downside is that they are expensive. This one is £25,000 on eBay. When I get back from Corsica, I'd be paying my bike off, which is my only debt. I can either save up for a year or two, or get an RV on finance and just pay it monthly, although £25,000 is a fair size finance. I'm highly employable as a HGV driver so job security isn't a worry. The issue is getting finance on a vehicle from a private trader like from eBay. Of course, with no bills pretty much, I'd be able to save a fair bit of money and as I can't fill it with junk, I might actually be able to enjoy life. Maybe even save up for a large deposit and buy a house in the UK on a buy to let. So the tenants can pay the mortgage. Let them pay the mortgage and fees for me. I'd probably settle eventually, but I doubt it 'd be in the UK. Maybe Spain or in central europe. So that's my issue(s). I'd really appreciate any input that you may have. (PS, no wife or kids, I'm 33 and from Durham UK)
  14. Greetings, I am a man in his late thirties and looking to travel the UK sometime next year. In order to fund our travels, my wife and I have been thinking about odd jobs that I (or we) might be able to do around caravan parks. I don't currently have a lot of notable DIY skills (something I hope to remedy) but was wondering what jobs I might be able to do to earn some decent money. Caravan cleaning for example? How about greasing chassis? Can anyone tell me what jobs people need doing that don't require a lot of skill or knowledge but are considered important and are decently paid? Thanks Very Much Ollie
  15. What's the best way to sell a caravan? To a dealer, through a dealer acting as agent, advertise it (if so, where?). Would you include all the accessories, the awning, & so on? Any advice welcomed. Thanks, Peter
  16. Tuesday 1 March 2016. We rove to Cayton Village Caravan Park, near Scarborough, to inspect and test the caravan we bought from them back in January. Part of the sale was 2 nights free on their site, which opened on the 1st of March. There was a delay of 30 mins while the warden prepped some seasonal vans. On unpacking we found that some essentials had been left at home in the excitement - my slippers, cutlery, the hard disc with the films on for the TV. So I shot off back home and returned within the hour - on;y to discover the I had left the TV on the lawn at home! Sue then returned "to do it properly". We found the new duvet cover from Duvaly difficult to fit, then discovered that the screws that hold the tv on its mount were missing, ah well, it was refurbished from Ebay! Rather than cook the first night we went out to find a pub meal, the local pub steered us to a "massive" pub / restaurant at Crossgates. My streak was very rubbery but Sue enjoyed her Mexican burrito. Sue spent a long time wandering round the camp calling the cat, eventually she arrived ready for a meal (the cat, not sue). We found the bed, with the new mattress topper from Duvaley very comfortable. but also very wam.
  17. Hi, Awning assistance required, please. I've just bought a 2009 Series 6 Bailey Senator Wyoming and need to know some measurements so that I can buy a porch awning that is wide enough so that it does not the laft or right side of it do not sit against any part of the windows. If anyone has this caravan, on the side of the caravan that has the door, please could you tell me the measurements between the right edge of the front window and the left edge of the rear window, the measurements between the right edge of the front window and the right edge of the rear window, and the measurements between the right edge of the front window and the rear of the caravan (where the awning rail is). Also, if anyone has any advice on porch awnings that miss the windows, I would be most grateful. Thank you so much in advance. Shaun.
  18. Can anyone recommend a caravan site with a pub either on site, or walking distance. Must be within 50 mile radius of middlesbroughMiddlesbrough
  19. Hi and apologies to a question which i will know has been asked many times but want to check, with it being more specific to my own situation I'm thinking of purchasing a caravan soon - 2016 ELDDIS XPLORE 586, which has the following spec; 6 berth, Single axle Mass in Running Order (Kg) - 1155 Maximum Technical Permissible Laden Mass (Kg) - 1350 Internal Length (metres) - 5. 7 Shipping Length (metres) - 7. 29 Width (metres) - 2. 18 My towcar is a 2016 Skoda Octavia Estate SE Technology 2. 0 TDi (150ps), with the following spec; Max Permissable Mass 1924kg Mass in service (kerbweight) 1354kg Max Technically permissable towed Mass (braked) 1600kg My question is, I'm aware there is a ADVISED GUIDELINE that newbie's should try not to exceed 85% of the kerbweight of the car for the caravan's MTPLM (1151kg, in this case). ..BUT, skoda's kerbweight includes 75kg for the driver - I will be travelling with my wife and 2 kids (both under 5) with a combined weight of 93kg. ..i will also generally be fully laden with luggage in the boot and luggage in the top-box. ..all-in, i'd guesstimate i'll have an additional 300kg (including the passengers and luggage) each time. ..this brings the car's gross weight to 1654kg and 85% of this now becomes 1406kg. ..with he caravan MTPLM being 1350kg, this would give me a new ratio of 82% car grossweight:caravan MTPLM. ..is this now more advisable/safer for me, or are the guidelines based strictly on the original kerbweight, without any additional weights added? I also understand that weight displacement within the caravan is of paramount importance (i. e placing heavier weight low down and over axle area etc). I'm likely complicating things but the caravan is definitely the model we want and i was hoping to avoid having to change my car, as I only recently purchased it (without any future thoughts of towing caravans!)...above all and especially with travelling with my family, I just want to ensure i'm doing things as safely as reasonably practicable and thought this was the best place to get answers, from experienced caravanners. I thank you in advance
  20. Hello everybody please correct if in the wrong thread I couldn’t find the correct section. i am in a financial state where it is possible for me to purchase a few static caravans it is something I have always wanted to do, wether it be for a good investment or a decent holiday for my self I was wondering due to the lack of my knowledge would it be a wise investment purchasing one caravan and renting it out? Would I see a profit? Advertising for custom wouldn’t be a problem nor would a decent location. . if I could keep the caravan booked up what are all the fees an such I would incur? eg: ground rent, gas, electric, maintenance? On average how much would it be to keep and maintain just a single caravan on any one site on average per annum is the main question, and would it be a wise investment. The location in mind is just an hour away from me so maintenance wouldn’t really be a problem, I am also in a job where I earn just short of £600 a week and live with family. My outgoings are around 100 a week. Can anyone shed some light on this subject for me please :) thank you, rich
  21. Hi community, having an exceptionally good time with a rented Hobby 540 (built ~1998) over the last weeks my spouse and I decided to buy a (used) caravan of our own. Our price range is around €10. 000 for a used Caravan and tent, this should give us a unit built around 2005 in reasonable condition. Our kids are already grown, so the size of the 540 may seerm like overkill for 2 persons (and 2 mid sized dogs). but we really enjoyed having some extra room. Units which caught my attention are - amongst others - a 2004 Elddis Odyssey 490/4 and a 2001 Elddis 470CT. For our needs they seem to have the ideal layout, with full size beds in the front (we are both quite tall and have problems in the usual 2m x 1,4m "french" beds), and a separate shower "tube" unit which my wife insists on having, those caravans have nice bathrooms in the back. This layout seems ideal for us, and surprisingly it is hard to find continentally built caravans having it, probably because in the 2005 aera and in those size range the manufacturers over here had their focus on families with kids. I assume that a caravan which is 15+ years old may turn out to yield a desastrous waste of money and endless series of repairs, on the other hand we met numerous people owning caravans from Hobby, Fendt, Dethleffs, TMC and other well known brands for 25+ years, who have no serious problems and state that if a caravan is carefully taken care of it can easily reach an age of 25 years or more. I am trying to find out whether one can trust Elddis long-time quality I got very startling reports from this site and all over the net. Seems that Elddis products are mainly plagued by cracking panels and water inrush problems, there are endless threads with complaints from unhappy Elddis customers. On the other hand I know that the Internet is full of rants from people which happened to have problems with a specific product of a company, while thousands of satisfied customers are silently happy. I would be happy to hear from customers owning Elddis caravans from around 2000-2008 like the ones mentioned above, about their experiences (good or bad), especially when it comes to watertightness and cracking problems in panels and windows. Best regards from Bavaria, and many thanks for your input Armin.
  22. Hi new member here looking for advise!! Just bought a Compass Rallye 420 GT 2 berth but cant find it on the lists of makes on the internet, wondering if its a rare one? Trying to work out its age, thanks
  23. I'm hoping this is posted in the correct forum - I'm looking for any contacts you may have for Pre Sale Touring Caravan Inspectors based in Newcastle? We have seen a Caravan and it's a 3hr drive away, plus we are new to Caravanning and therefore don't want to buy without a full report on first. I am struggling to find anyone who can travel out of the centre of Newcastle to where the Caravan is sited at Rothbury and hoped someone may have contacts I havent already tried. I tried the Camping & Caravan Club first off and they were 3wk wait for an appointment?! Nearest I have found is 2wks in advance & the seller will keep the item open until it has a confirmed offer (eek!!). Others have said they don't check damp which is silly given it's up there are one of THE important things for us when buying used. If we could afford New, it would be on finance and not sure I want to have debts especially given so many of the new stock still develop issues after a few weeks or months.
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