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  1. We've just experienced a very scary event. While towing our caravan, the 'van came loose while descending a steep hill (out of the camp site). Fortunately, the van ran downhill, hit the rear of our car and into the banking - if it had rolled the other way,it would have gone over the edge of the hill, probably falling to a busy beach below! The tow-bar had actually come off of the car - it was still attached to the hitch on the van. Because of this, the break cable had not activated (it was still wrapped round the tow bar). It looks as if the bar had managed to unlock itself (although the key was removed, so was definatly installed correctly). It looks and appears to be fully working, no visible damage. I was not confident to reattach and try again - the incident could clearly have been a lot more serious than it was, so have returned home without the caravan. I plan to take it to the installer tomorrow, and will then need to return to the site to pick up the van. To be honest, I've really lost confidence in the tow bar. Even if the installer confirms it is fixed and working, who can say this wouldn't happen again. Has anyone else experienced this? Any advice on what to do? The tow bar was fitted to the car at the start of this year, and we've had no problems up to today, despite several caravanning trips.
  2. Hi guys, My friend, his family and I are currently planning a caravan trip to Europe for an undetermined amount of time. We are all living in Ireland at the moment and in the last week or so have started looking into prices for both a car and caravan. From the looks of photos online we think a four-berth caravan should suit us size-wise. At the moment we are thinking of Spain as a first destination but might do some travelling around Ireland to get to grips with everything before leaving. I have found some great information on the caravan Talk index but if anyone could spare some time for some more general advice, things to bear in mind, and maybe some of the biggest pitfalls to look out for that prospective caravan owners encounter that would be great. As you can probably tell I'm very new to this area so any advice is appreciated. Thanks and have a good day.
  3. Hi, has anyone else had difficulty trying to get a response from Lunar please? The battery box door hinges on my 2014 Quasar 462 are almost dissolving. Has anyone found a way to repair rather than having the whole box and door replaced please? Three times I have emailed Lunar and three times received the thank you for your mail response and nothing else.
  4. Hi all sorry if this info is here somewhere, but I couldn’t find it. We are newbies, collecting our first van on Tuesday, a 2006 Lunar Quasar 2 berth. We will be making up the double bed in the dinette, and want to purchase two single duvalay mattress toppers to sit side by side. We are not sure what width to buy. Can anyone tell me what width the made up bed is likely to be once we have pulled out the lats and made up the bed ? Weight limits on paYLoad is an issue for us in our van, but we have decided a good nights sleep is a priority.
  5. Went to collect the van today and noticed that it was sitting a bit squint in the bay, wheel lock was also very tight, turns out that some kind "person" has collided with the end of my Alko hitch so the red ball was jammed solid. Must have been a fair impact to pivot the van (with steadies down and wheel lock) about a foot but sadly they didn't feel the need to report it. Owner of the site has taken the hitch apart and reported back that one of the friction plates had moved but that it seems OK, steadies and brake piston working also. I'm going back tomorrow to test it but would be interested to know if anyone else has had a similar experience and whether or not a new hitch was needed. TIA Steve
  6. Hello, I've realised that it's a bit over a year since I first appeared here and asked the sort of questions lots of people ask about what sort of 2nd hand caravan to buy. We came to it not knowing a thing about caravans, not even having thought we wanted one until a few months earlier, but lots of useful and helpful comments here helped mightily when it came to choosing our little Rapido, seen below in its proper environment. Then having made our choice, informed by all these comments here and on the C&MC threads too, there were problems when things the dealer promised didn't happen as they should, and later again when water started trickling in where it shouldn't - turns out that was as a result of his engineer's work! So this morning I went across to the storage place, to check that the repair we finally sorted with our local engineer had indeed kept all that snow out, and the van felt dry as the proverbial bone. So thank you all who've helped. I'm sure there will be more questions in future, but now we feel like caravanners, rather than tent campers wondering if we're doing the right thing here, and we're confidently looking forward to taking it to France next Spring. Richard.
  7. I have booked the Channel Ferry crossing the CMC Club but at that time I thought I would put my folding bikes on the back seat, however I now would like to put my normal bikes on the roof as I have done before but I haven't declared it on the holiday booking, rather than go through the club and amend the booking can I just turn up and declare the bikes on roof and pay the excess premium at the check in desk. I have booked two different ferry crossings, one with P and O, the other with Brittany Ferries so I will have to do it twice. Advice please.
  8. Don't know if this link has been provided before, if so I apologise but I have not come across it on CT. If it has, or if this is not posted in the appropriate place mods please feel free to delete or move. https://www. gov. uk/towing-with-car This provides some good advice particular for those new to caravaning. John
  9. We're new to caravans, have a 17 yr old caravan we've used for one lovely expedition, and are keen to move more off-grid with solar. We're not going to be watching TV, but the occasional bit of food equipment being plugged in would be good, likewise re-charging camera and tablet batteries, and lights that don't fade after a while seem a great bonus. Problem 1: I'm terrifyingly ignorant of all things electrical. (Not exaggerating here, though willing to learn. Slowly.) I've done a certain amount of reading research here and elsewhere on the web, but it quickly goes over my ignorance threshold, and so loses me. So we'll have to pay someone to install things safely, but I want to know about what they're installing, and understand about it, before I get taken for a ride with inappropriate equipment. And who knows, I may end up understanding more about electricity eventually. Whatever it is, panel(s) will have to be free-standing, as it's a pop-top, and wiring through the roof seems most unsuited to a roof which moves up and down around 30 cm each time we set up or pack up! Idiot question (i): Our van has, like most, I guess, circuitry from the battery which powers the lights and and water pumps. As I understand it, other circuits supply the power sockets which can at present only be used when on EHU. So I don't yet understand how the solar charged battery can be used for other stuff. If you're using solar panels for anything more than re-charging the battery for lights & water pumps, do you have to re-wire the whole thing? Or does the power from the panel, once it's been through an inverter, somehow get diverted straight into the van's power socket circuit? (Remembering I am a jargon-free zone of incomprehension here!) (ii) Quite a few accounts mention using a second battery. Our wee van only allows a relatively small payload, and small storage space, and I can see that eating up a huge amount of it. Are two leisure batteries an essential requirement? Warning, there may be other questions to follow. Thank you greatly for your patience. Either explanations here, or pointing me at a source of suitably dummed-down information would be very welcome. Thanks mightily, Richard
  10. We're back from our first proper trip, three weeks round a readjusted edited version of the Scotland 500 route, with the Rapido pop-top we bought in November after years in tents. And we're converted! We had a great time, and we're also much more confident about so many aspects of caravanning that seemed a little daunting, or simply way outside our experience, before. We've learned a lot too. The weather was mostly very cold, windy, with lots of rain some of the time, and utterly glorious scenery visible at others, and our little van with its oil-filled heater did a superb job at keeping us well homed all the way round. Given that up until Autumn we had no plans even to buy a caravan, there was a lot to learn, and much of the research was done reading and asking questions here and on the CMC forum. We're truly grateful for all the generous sharing of information and experience which made so much difference to the whole trip, from things like how far to tow in a day to all manner of hints. Thanks to all here. We're already having thoughts about all the other places we'd like to go now, including re-visiting some of those on our way round Scotland - though on a further trip we'd make less moves, and stop at a few places for longer rather than aiming to go right round. Thanks again! Richard
  11. HI all just been on holiday to Cornwall with the caravan. Whilst traveling there on the motorway had a call from my nephew who was following me to say my solar panel including all fixings had flown off the roof. Luckily no damage to any body or anything. This had been fitted by my dealer from new when the van was PDI with some other extras, always serviced by them too, with the last one carried out in January. i appreciate the vans three years old but would have thought the panel shouldn't have come unstuck whilst driving! called dealer when i got there and explained to service receptionist who said are you sure it hasn't been stolen!!! As i wasn't getting any sense from her i asked her to get the MD to call me back as of yet no call and now 2 weeks have passed. Just wondered what peoples thoughts are and what you would expect, thanks
  12. Hi I have just received a very competative quote for new for old caravan insurance from Saga. I have been very happy with them for my car insurance but has anyone out there had experience of their caravan cover Regards Sandy
  13. Hi. Am thinking about getting a caravan. Was going to go for a static until I found out the site fees for where I wanted were nearly £5k a year and not sure if that is worth it. I am therefore considering getting a tourer but want to be convinced it wont be a 5 minute wonder. Have never had one before so grateful of any advice. Would have to keep it in storage as no drive so not sure if that would be a hassle as well Things like getting used to towing, auto or manual gearbox, using the on board toilet etc etc Thanks in advance Steven
  14. Hi all, After receiving some much needed advice from user - BeeJay (many thanks) - I have installed a battery and Solar panel in my 2003 Hobby Prestige 560 caravan. I thought I would share the pictures, short discription and wiring diagram for anyone else who would find it useful. I have a 7 pin plug to my vehicle as the 13 pin plug had been replaced so I could not run the 12v electrics from my vehicle when on the move. I required a 12v supply as we attend several music festival every year and they charge a fortune for electrical hook up. I decided last year with my Elddis hurricane to invest in a good cheap solar panel to keep the battery topped up for phones, showers and lighting. After buying a 2003 hobby prestige 560 this year for the extra room I was sure I could instal a battery and my solar panel to ensure i get the most from my caravan. I do not require to charge the battery from the mains hook up as the solar panel will be fixed and control the charging of the battery Here is how I done it. .. Shopping list 110Ah Leisure battery - go outdoors - £74. 99 80w Solar Panel and 10A control Panel - ebay - £89. 99(last year) red and brown roll of 27amp cable - Halfords - £ 7. 78 mixed box splice connectors - £3. 89 positive and negative battery terminals - Halfords - £7. 98 total cost - £184. 63 I disconnected the mains hook up and opened the main electrical box to see the incoming wires. I sourced the 12v cable going to main electrical board from the car hook up cable. The wires were the thick red+ and white- wires I opened the 12v distribution box under the fixed bed at the front of the caravan. I connected a splice connector to each wire with a length of 27amp wire and connected the to the battery - red to red (positive) and white to brown (negative) I attached the crocodile clips for the solar panel from the control box to the battery and that was it. it took me about an hour to figure it all out and complete the job. It was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be and I am no electrition. I am in the process of making a battery box in work and intend to vent it through the floor and place it under the fixed bed beside the 12v distribution board. I intend to tidy up the wiring from the photo's and put them on the bed sides to keep them off the floor as the water heater is under the bed also and the seals blew in the vents the first time I used it. This flooded under the bed so I think keeping everything sealed and off the floor is for the best. If any one has any comments advice or would like any advice please feel free to comment. 2003 Hobby Prestige 560 Wiring Diagram with mods Solar Panel 10A Control box
  15. We have a new experience this year. We wish to take our dog with us to France . We are aware of the DEFRA regulations and would like avdivse/experience of finding and using a vet on return to the UK.
  16. Hello everyone, just starting up with the caravan lifestyle, No doubt ill have loads of questions which you guys have heard before, to which i send apologies, I would be very gratefully for any information regarding to buying our first caravan, Budget of around £3,000. We drive a BMW which has a weight of 1580KG there is myself, wife and little one, i have looked a few but unsure of the size, we would prefer a larger one, as we will have family stay over when we go away. Well i will no doubt speak to some of you in the future Jess
  17. Hi, we are researching caravans and hoping to look at some this weekend. Any advice on choosing a starter 2 berth caravan would be appreciated. We are going to look at an Abbey Expression 470 2 berth 2003, Swift Challenger 480 SE 2002 and Bailey Pageant Monarch Series 6 2008. We would be using it for touring, so would like it to be light. I was wondering if the upholstery on the older models would still be comfortable for sleeping. Also, would people recommend buying from a dealer rather than private? Thanks in advance. GH
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    Hi guys My name is Stephen and I live on the island of Malta. . I will be buying a Hobby caravan from the UK this coming September. .. any advices???
  19. hi everyone, my name is Keith and I am retired and starting on a big adventure and buying a tourer caravan after Christmas to start caravanning next year. I am looking to pitch the tourer on a site and keep it there and use as a second home. I am looking at the bailey unicorn 2 Barcelona with an awning and I am looking this year to get as much advice and info as possible so I am armed with all the knowledge I need to enjoy many happy years of caravanning. I did have a static some 25 years or more ago so I do know a little but firstly I need to find a site in either northumberland or North Yorkshire that accepts seasonal tourers, is in a quiet site, with maybe a pub but doesn't really matter. We would like a site that has good sized pitches that allows a well behaved a dog and also has winter storage facilities. Keith
  20. I read a newspaper article promoting the island of Noirmoutier as a more laid back alternative to the Ile de Re and would welcome the opinion of anyone who has been there. We liked the Ile d'Oleron and really love the Ile de Re - but think it may time for a change. This year we have to travel early in May which might be a tad early for somewhere more northerly. If so we might wait for our late August trip. We do not need all singing all dancing sites but do like to be within fairly short cycling distance of a town/village. Your advice would be appreciated.
  21. This Summer we are planning to go to the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, Does anyone have experience towing to Italy? What is the best route to take? We plan on taking a couple of days to get there and back. I don't mind a longer route, as long as it saves edge of the cliff towing. I've towed to France as couple of years ago, and last year we went towed to the Belgium Grand Prix at Spa. So we are not new to towing on the continent. I already figured out that if we tow through Switzerland we need two vignettes. Any advice would be appreciated. Rob
  22. hi all, help need . ive just noticed some kind of port with 2 small holes in it its under the exterier cassette out let door on my 93 swift corniche 12/2 havnt a clue what it is
  23. Hi All, I'm looking to buy my first caravan and think i have found one. However I believe it maybe too cheap? I have compared it to others of similar age and spec and it apears at least 3k cheaper. this makes me nervous as I'm aware of vans being sold with finance still owing (just like cars) or it may even be stolen. Any advise on how I can check?
  24. Hi folks. I was given a static caravan by a local dealer to live in on site while I do a self build. I spoke to someone else who had done this, and they recommended putting boards around the sides. I have done this now, as well as stapling bubbling wrap to the underside to try and keep heat in, and cold out over the winter. However, the past two days have been horrendously windy and wet, and wondered if the boards improve things, or are they likely to cause damage to sides of the van when they get buffeted by the wind? Any advice will be gratefully received. Thanks.
  25. Hi All I've just joined the community as I'm looking for much needed advice. My wife has finally given into my constant pestering about getting a caravan, but I don't really know where to start looking. There are four of us now, Myself, my wife and two kids (age 3 and 4 months) I loved going on caravan holidays when I was a kid and have many happy memories from different sites all over Wales and the north west. Heres my plan to start off, I'm after a 2nd hand caravan, looking up to £10,000, 4 berth (unless you reccomend higher) and I'm looking to store it on a site for next season, probably in Wales. So here are my questions for all you seasoned pro's! What's a good make of caravan, and what ones should I look at avoiding (if any) Where's the best place to buy one? I've heard of horror stories of police checking the identity plates on caravans and literally seizing them on the spot. when is the best time to buy? What good sites are there in North Wales? And just any tips that you would offer in the buying process. Thanks for reading, and I soon hope to become an active member on the site Andy
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