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  1. Sue123

    New Years Eve

    Can anyone recommend a caravan site with a pub either on site, or walking distance. Must be within 50 mile radius of middlesbroughMiddlesbrough
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Hello All, It's nice to be part of this community! I have just moved to a new home in Plymouth, and on our land we have an old Pemberton Static Caravan - its a large static, and although it was much loved by the previous owners of this house - an elderly couple - we are now looking to give it to someone on this site to restore or spruce up as we need to clear the land where it currently sits. In terms of its condition, it is a little sad, but structurally it is sound - I have examined the underside, all of the woodwork is solid and in good condition, the insulation is still in tact all around and all of the windows are fine - along with doors etc. There is a twin pull-down in the living room wall, a twin room, toilet area, kitchen, living room with additional bunk space in the lounge bay window seating. The underside has two rails with an axle and wheels - these are rusty and no longer of any use, but the static caravan is up on blocks and access underneath is easy. It has all of its original decor - mattresses, kitchen items, lamps, heater etc. I am looking for someone who wants to come and take it away, and I am not looking for any money or to sell it, simply to pass it on to someone who will care for it and bring it back from being sad to being rad! Any interested parties let me know! K.
  7. claireris

    Compass Rallye question

    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
  8. © Paul Kelly (www. paulkellyphoto. com)

  9. © Paul Kelly (www. paulkellyphoto. com)

  10. Dread

    Dread

    Hi my name is Dave I am a new member I have bought a swift Cardinal 620 and I have already got Kia Sorento 2. 5 diesel I am just just concerned if my car will pull the caravan or will it struggle I would be grateful for your comments
  11. we have a bailey pageant bordeux and use our caravan regularily thank you look forward to your ideas with our older children, we did have a larger caravan but liked this model with the fixed bed the only problem is, is that we would like to remove the drawers in the front centre of the caravan to add more seating does anyone know how to do this ? also we have the awning from our old caravan a size 12 which we thought would fit does anyone know which is the best fitting awning for our caravan . thank you look forward to your ideas
  12. Hello people I'm just new to this site and fairly new to caravaning, this is my problem and I don't have a clue. I have a drinks cabinet inside my caravan and the light doesn't work, but I can't see any sign of a bulb and the guy I bought it off didn't say about a bulb fault just said it stopped working.
  13. Hi everyone, We've just published Superpete's great guide on how to lay your own electric underfloor heating: Electric underfloor heating - DIY Worth a read for those DIY fans out there who fancy warm feet (and caravans) this winter!
  14. Ferry crosssing fantastic, Brittany ferries, short comfortable journey our dog Summer was priority for choosing this short crossing. Summer is very spoilt and also elderly at 13, but she certainly doesnt look it or act like it, even so the thought of putting her in a kennel/cage was not going to happen on other routes. The Cherbourg route was ideal so she stayed very happily in our car in her bed, happy dog therefore happy us. No problems with checking her in, this is our first time towing abroad and Summers first abroad adventure so we needed to plan it as stressfree as possible. The towing experience was fine, I was map reader with the help of Miss Sat nav (Ummm??) and we managed to get to our first stop a campsite Mont St Michel - having ventured through the tinest villages around to get there. We have an 8 metre caravan and a 5 metre car - Swift Conqueror 645 and Nissam pathfinder. This site was excellent - do remember that a lot of sites you have to pay for water, here it was 3 euros for 10 minutes of water we only used 2 minutes - but had no change so had to go off looking for change as reception was closed and after a long day and journey it wasnt ideal - a lesson learnt for next time! Many sites we have found were not open at this time of year (Dec 28th) and also many unsuitable for twin axle caravans. Coming of the motorway and hunting these sites down which we could find, was going to be very stressful, so we decided the only solution was the motorway aires. Also a warning about unmanned french petrol stations - Dont use them, they take 100 euros from your bank even if you only put in 50 euros, a few days later they take the 50 euros but hold onto your 100 euros for 2 weeks!!! This is apperently normal on debit cards so do beware of this - Spain is fine operates as in the UK - I had not read this on any foums anywhere - we thought we had been victims of fraud. This as I metioned is our first time towing abroad, Id read the forums the warnings and picked up tips on parking in the Aires. .. so we took a chance we had no other choice, they were ideal for us, you just pull in, park up then straight off again in the morning. We found that the 2 we parked in one being in France near Bordeaux and the other near Zaragoza, were absolutly fantastic and it is such a shame theres so much bad things experianced in these aires. We parked at the end of a lay by pull in, as advised no one can then block you in and rob you we parked close to lorries and other fellow campers. I also kept a light on all night so it was visable just slightly through the caravan blinds. It was all very quiet, not much noise, but it was New years eve maybe everyone was where they wanted to be. Will we do it again? - yes we will on the journey home. We arrived at Bennicasm around 4pm - first experience of a Spanish campsite. ... oh lordy. .. large twin axle caravan with no motor mover. ...um we will save that one for the next blog. ...till next time x Photos below Summer at the first campsite in France,
  15. Gypsy Souls Judy Mark and Summ

    Ferry across the channel - The journey begins

    So here we are. .. The first episode. ..the crossing Poole to Cherbourg. .. . number 1. ..always check when boon docking (no electric hook up) that your leisure battery works. ..ours didnt. ..thankyou to all all who got me candles for Christmas. . No 2. ..parking up noone for miles around to find someone park 3 inches away from you . ..do not pull the window blind up in anger and rip it off "just to have a look" . No 3. .emptying all your entire water out of the internal tanks under the van to create a flood then to realise the dogs water bowl is empty. No 4. .Dont rely on your mobile phone to be an alarm clock for an early start the battery goes flat . .espcially when your parked at the very front of the check in lane with a ferry load of cars waiting to board. You tube vloggers, bloggers or carry on camping?? But hey were on our holibobs. ..who cares . .join us in the next blog as we attempt to find our first campsite with the help (or not) of the new sat nav, who loves taking us through narrow french villages Im sure I heard the sat nav laughing afterwards!! . .Hi de hi campers xx
  16. Gypsy Souls Judy Mark and Summ

    Gypsy souls Judy Mark and Summer

    New caravan blog. ..follow us on our adventure as we stay in Spain for the winter and become caravan and campsite wardens in Devon for the summer. Learn how we gave up the 9 to 5 and try a new lifestyle. How easy is it to become a caravan site warden? Just how easy is it to travel with your dog on a ferry. .... So come along and join us we are also proving a hit on youtube. We are loving the experiance so far. ....come and met us. ..Gypsy Souls Judy Mark and Summer x
  17. I have taken out my fixed seating for an Atlas Mirage 2005 static caravan. It's based in Hamsterley so if anyone wants them, they are welcome. They are in very good condition, it's just the cushions, seating and backs, no frame. Also the dinette cushions to match. Please contact me if interested.
  18. caravanrescuerob

    Awning Debate

    Probably been asked loads of times, but in theory could an awning of a smaller size be fitted to a larger van (excluding a porch awning)
  19. PeteSmith96

    Caravan Battery Advice

    Hi, I am new to caravanning and I recently got my hands on a Swift Challenger and am looking to buy a battery for it. Any recommendations on what brand is best and where to buy from? Thanks
  20. Hi all, We've just renewed our home insurance and this year we have saved ourselves a total of £880 on caravan, car (x2) and house insurance simply by shopping around. The first was car insurance (in February), mine and Mrs Townies cars on a joint policy. The renewal turned up at nearly £700. Shopped around and got it at £350 from Saga, (usually the most expensive). Next was the caravan, (due yesterday). Old price had increased by £100 on last years, I got it for £130 less with C & C Club. Finally the house insurance is paid monthly. We saved £400 by changing from Halifax to Santander. A ridiculous state of affairs when a few phone calls and an unplanned visit to the bank can save you so much money. Mike.
  21. Start your next adventure at the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show 2017. From Tuesday 21 to Sunday 26 February, the Birmingham NEC will be home to the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show 2017 where nearly 350 leading leisure brands will be exhibiting the very best in caravans, motorhomes, tents, camping equipment and accessories. The six-day event has a packed entertainment agenda with a celebrity line-up including Ben Fogle, Julia Bradbury and Kate Humble. The show also includes live cooking demonstrations, as well as plenty of interactive features, including an indoor childrens’ assault course, towing and motorhome maneuvering tuition, a much-loved dog agility arena plus new-for-2017 bushcraft workshops. The show is a great day out for all the family with advance tickets starting from just £7* and kids going FREE! If you love the great outdoors the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show 2017 offers all the inspiration you need for your next holiday. To celebrate this great day out for the whole family we're giving away the chance of winning a pair of tickets to the show on a day of your choosing, simply answer the following question and place your answer as a comment below: What is appearing for the very first time at the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show 2017? A ) Towing and manoeuvring tuition B ) Dog agility arena C ) Bushcraft workshops For more information about the show, please visit www. ccmshow. co. uk Terms & Conditions *Advance ticket prices £7 Senior (0ver 60’S) £8 Adult when booking before 23:59hrs 20/02/2017 after which time prices revert to the on-the-door prices of £9 Senior and £10 Adult. A £1. 25 transaction fee applies. For full terms and conditions please visit www. ccmshow. co. uk. Competition Terms: TICKETS TO BE COLLECTED AT THE PRESS OFFICE AT THE NEC. The winner(s) will be the first correct entry(s) drawn. The administrator’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. Each winner will receive 1 (one) pair of tickets to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2017 (The prize). Tickets can be used on any day of the show but can only be used once. There will be 10 (ten) winners in total. Final entries must be received by 23:59 on Tuesday, 31st January 2017. Employees of the Show, professional partners, it’s affiliates and their families are not eligible to enter competitions. The NCC accepts no responsibility for injury or damage caused by the competition prize(s) offer(s). Prizes/offers are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. Winners may be required to participate in publicity. Winners name details may be published. We will notify winners by private message to the Caravan Talk account used for their entry.
  22. Hi Greeting from Wicklow, Ireland. Just got my first caravan and planning a bit of a roadtrip in Aug. Might be asking lots of (dumb) questions Alan M
  23. SimplySimon

    Bordeaux

    Also available on Thomson's Travels __________________________________ 18th November 2014 After a few days around Civray, in the garden of Julia's brothers house in the Poitou-Charentes, we found ourselves, in light drizzle, headed south down the N10 towards Bordeaux, arriving at the campsite at about 15:30hrs. A nondescript drive only made notable by the cruise control deciding that it wasn't going to be a cruise control, just a switch on the steering wheel pretending to be the cruise control! Cured by a stop in an Aire, turn the engine off, then back on again to teach it who's boss! The approach to the campsite at Camping Bordeaux Lac (Now Closed!) is somewhat peculiar: Drive West along the A630, hang a left at junction 5 turn left, turn right under the bridge, head East, back down the A630 to junction 4a drive to a roundabout take the first exit go back under the A630 and the rest is easy. The trouble is that the Mr Tomtom doesn't recognise junction 5 as a way through and wants you to go to junction 7. . . We're getting good at ignoring Sat-Nav's in general! The campsite, was beautiful, large pitches, lakes, fountains and fresh bread in the mornings, if you order it and a heated shower block. At 17:00hrs, forgetting that people have to go home then, we thought that we'd go and find the supermarket to get food for the next few days. . . What a mistake! The Sat-Nav took us to a building site, admittedly one where we could see the shop, but in the end, it took us 45 minutes of hell, driving up and down a clogged motorway until we found ourselves in the carpark. We dumped the car, bikes still on top, in the outside carpark,there were no height signs, so didn't want to risk going under cover. The shop, well if I said a nightmare, some, the shoppers amongst you might complain, but come on! There seemed to be a row for everything! One row for Camembert, one row for Emmental and so on, ad-infinitum! The place was bigger than a big thing on stilts It took a age to navigate around the wine aisles, the cheese aisles, the fish aisles, the meat aisles (The new shoe aisles, the spare brain aisles!). Finally we made the tills, the car and we set off home. The only way out was through the covered car park! With heart in mouth, we negotiated the speed humps (that would have made a good climb on the Tour de France), under the concrete beams strewn with hanging signs, worrying that the bikes would take a like to one of them and get attached! We made it out and a mere 25 minutes later we were back at the campsite! It was dark and only just over a mile away from the shop!! NEVER AGAIN! Until next time! _________________________________ 19th November 2014 A day in the sand is planned, except firstly we'll visit, yes you've guessed it, the shops again. I think I've found a quick way there. . . We set off to check out my 'quick way there', and in a matter of 10 minutes we were driving through the Auchan car park, this time without the bikes on top, looking for the Decathlon, to look at cycling attire. The trip to the coast of 50 miles was well worth the effort. We parked near the Dune de Pilat, €1 for 4 hours parking, first 30 minutes free (Take note Poole Council!!!), walked the 200 yards to the dune, clambered to the top to be met by a sand-scape to die for. miniature canyons, river valleys and even a crashed (toy) plane which had created its own mini dune. On the drive home, we decided to stop off at a camping shop we had noticed on the way out, just off junction 11a. If we'd realised how far off, we may not have bothered! we found it in the end after passing through a Romany encampment which had taken over a number of factories. Not just factory units, whole factories! There was room for caravans, cars, motor homes and tents, all under cover! To top it all, the whole area was covered in clothes from cloths banks hanging out to dry, getting ready to be sold in the local market no doubt. Once at the camping shop, we bought some toilet chemicals and headed back to our corner of the travellers world.
  24. SimplySimon

    Le Manns

    Also found under Le Manns on Thomson's Travels _______________________________________________ 9th & 10th November 2014 We woke to the sound of rain, which quickly passed, leaving everything damp! After breakfast, we sauntered around readying ourselves for the trip to our next campsite near Le Mans. The trip down was uneventful and longer than necessary, the reason being was that we either took the péage (Toll Roads) or the free roads, we took the free roads, saving ourselves €30, however it took 4. 5hours instead of 3. .. The free way is always best! The campsite, Camping Le Pont Romain was closed for lunch when we arrived, so we waited outside reception for an hour and a half until 15:30hrs when the staff returned. The pitch we chose was chosen, as much for convenience, as for position. We were able to make use of mains water and drainage as well as electricity at 16 Amps. All looked Hunky Dorey, sparkling toilet blocks and solar heated showers, bread ordered on the day delivered to the site the next morning, time to start relaxing and getting in to French mode. .. We awoke the next morning to wall to wall sunshine and off to the solar showers. .. what a disappointment, it had obviously been cloudy and night!!! Loads of water and residual heat from yesterdays sunny intervals. So, after croissants & bread and Camembert for breakfast, we made tracks for the Super U in the centre of Le Mans. Filling up with diesel at €1. 19 a litre before we went in to do our shop, was the highlight of the day. On the return to the campsite, we detoured in to an E. Leclerc to buy a decent iPhone 5 cable, as all the cheap ones I'd purchased through eBay had stopped working! That afternoon we walked in to the local village of Yvré-l'Eveque via the Roman bridge. The village was clean and deserted, kids in school and parents at work, apart from a couple of people in the village 'Aire de Repose' who had found a way to 'do it' in a car!!!. Off tomorrow morning. .. Lesson Learnt: 2 nights is not long enough to visit anywhere!
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