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Please forgive the complete ignorance of this question and the length of this post. .. When we went to view our caravan, it was fitted with a porch awning. Unfortunately, the seller wanted to hang on to it for his next van (and I'm hardly complaining, it's one of the few things he didn't include!). With Katy looking at booking a weekend away for a trial by fire of caravanning, I am debating acquiring one for muddy shoes, extra space etc. However, I am struggling to get my head around a few bits. 1) the type. This is fairly easy, as it is pretty well documented. I'm leaning towards a porch awning for simplicity's sake, and probably one with poles for the sake of cost! What sort of size is best / appropriate for a 5 berth? Am I barking up the wrong tree wanting a porch? Is an air awning the way forwards instead of poles? 2) the size. This is baffling me slightly. The handbook lists the awning size as 935cm. That's for a full awning (as far as I can tell), am I correct in assuming that that's irrelevant for a porch? Will all (or most anyway) porch awnings fit our van? If not, what's the dimension I need to know on both caravan and awning, and how do I measure it? 3) rubbish. Or at least spotting something that is. Any tips on what to look out for? Bearing in mind that we'll probably be looking at second hand awnings - at least to start with. Anything that's a massive no go on them? 4) brands. Ok, this might be contentious, but any brands that are particularly good or ones to be avoided at all cost? All thoughts and advice gratefully received! If you've made it this far - thanks for that if nothing else!!
Hi, I'm posting in here as it is a re-introduction. My previous thread was approx 2 years ago and titled 'Trying to convince my other half'. Well a couple of weeks ago now, things moved on. Now she's pushing me to get one! lol The Motorhome adventure Just over a week ago, the Easter bank-holiday. On the Thursday night/Friday morning we made the last minute decision to try to rent a motorhome and get away for the bank holiday weekend. I've wanted to try one out for ages, with a feeling that I'd like one of our own, so it seemed like a great way to get a taste. My wife was unconvinced before we went, but open minded if it meant she got a 'holiday'. After some whirlwind phoning around rentals & campsites we managed to sort things by about 1pm. So we packed and by about 5pm my wife, me and our dog had picked up a Swift Escape 686. We had no idea where we wanted to go, well actually we had many ideas, but we settled on Bridlington as my cousin was already heading there that weekend and would be around if we needed help. So we headed for Bridlington/Sewerby. Our first issue was that we didn't realise that you had to get to the campsite by 8pm. We had a stern phone call from the site at about 7:30 asking where we were and what time we expected to get there. Anyway, after a hair raising drive, we got there at about 7:58pm and they were nice as pie. We stayed at Bridlington Caravan Club Site, great facilities. However we couldn't get a pitch for the second night there (we could for the 3rd night). So we drove about town, went for a walk etc, and found ourselves walking through The Shop Inn (Sewerby) car park to walk along the cliff edge. We noticed that they had a sign for motorhomes and some parked up. So we popped in and £10 for the night, we stayed there. That part felt more fun, it felt more unplanned and what I envisaged motorhoming, rather than every night on an pricier & well facilitated site. So I'm glad we got to do that, it felt more invigorating and genuine. Back to the BCCS for the 3rd night. We had beautiful weather all weekend, which I know helped and wasn't lost on us when we were deciding to do this last minute. I noticed that the average age of the motorhomers and caravanners were older than I expected. We are 37 & 34, maybe I'm old before my time, it wouldn't be the first time I've been told it. hehe. Now my wife is urging me to get a caravan! Anyway, my wife loved it, especially being able to take the dog with us, and the endless possibilities. I also loved it, we had a great time. So it's gone from me wanting a Caravan, to a motorhome, to my wife now convincing me that that a caravan is a great idea. Her mind is exploding with the possibilities of going to the european MotoGP races and the like! hehe We got back and the word was that she wanted us to get a motorhomes! ;D So over the last week I've looked into them more & more. It wasn't until after perhaps a week of looking and realising how much we would get for our money that we took a step back. ... We were looking around the £15k mark, which doesn't get a lot of motorhome really. So we decided to look at Caravans and how much Caravan we could get for our money. After going to only a couple of places we started to realise this would be a more sensible first step. So yesterday we went round about 4 or 5 dealers looking in loads and working out which layouts we liked. Considerations and advice appreciated I quite liked the Hymer ones, and my wife quite liked the Swift ones such as the 460, especially those with a corner sofa layout rather than opposite. There are us two and our medium size dog. So we are still torn between looking at 2 and 4 berths. I've also heard that the Hymer ones can be on the heavier side, which bring me onto the next consideration. We are happy to go upto about 8k for a reliable option. However the other spanner in the works is our car, which isn't as weighty as we had imagined! It's a BMW 320d Touring (2008), weight approx 1580KG. We are open to swapping the car if we need to, but would prefer not to. Apologies that this turned out to be so lengthy and well done for making it this far. Thanks, David
Hey Me and my boyfriend decided to go travelling around Europe. So we bought a caravan and basically we're pretty much packed to go except neither of us have ever used a caravan before. We're insured to the eyeballs ( I even think the grass we pitch it on is insured) and I think we've got everything ready to go, but any general tips from experience? Also Are the fold away ironing boards any use of is it worth taking a real one? And Expensive or cheap camping chair? is it worth it? Thanks
Hello All, I am a Semi-Newbie. Have had a van for 6 yrs but only towed it for 250 miles in that time, so my knowledge is somewhat limited. My little 1991 Mistral GTX is a great luxurious van, but I never really had time to use it. Am now going to take up caravanning properly, and as my daughter is now 15 (and even taller than my wife), the 2 berth Mistral is getting a bit too cramped, so regretably it has to go. As I am about to splash out on a new or nearly new van, I thought I would research the subject first, especially as I will also have to buy a new car to tow it with. In the process came across this superb site. These last few days I have obtained much valuable info, from both this and other sites. The more I find out, the more I realise how little I know, so I will looking forward to reading your postings (and maybe even starting the odd thread too). Hope I can contribute to this site in a positive way. Cheers, Geo.