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  1. 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
  2. My old trusty TomTom has been deemed to be 'no longer supported' with map updates by our Dutch friends who claimed to provide 'Lifetime' updates. What Sat-Nav do you use (and why)? What features should I look for when replacing my apparently 'over the hill' TomTom? I have considered the TomTom Go Camping version.
  3. The new company did issue advice on this which basically said they would allow a delay in servicing provided it was reasonable. It was posted by someone somewhere but I cannot find it for the moment.
  4. 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 th
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 w
  9. 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 hap
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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 thresh
  13. 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 keepin
  14. 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 receptionis
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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???
  21. 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 Y
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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?
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