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  1. 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?
  2. 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
  3. 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)
  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. 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
  6. 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.
  7. Hi all, Myself and a small crew are preparing to shoot a short film over the coming months/into early summertime. The shoot itself calls for the location of a caravan, and due to a tight budget we thought best to consult people with more experience regarding this field. If anyone would be interested in renting out a caravan for two night's of shooting or would like any more information regarding the nature of the shoot please get in contact either through this post of directly through my email at willem. wyatt@btinternet. com - for the mean time we can assure you that the vehicle will be static for the entire duration of the shoot. I look forward to hearing back from some of you, Willem Wyatt
  8. 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.
  9. Can anyone recommend a caravan site with a pub either on site, or walking distance. Must be within 50 mile radius of middlesbroughMiddlesbrough
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
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  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. 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,
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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.
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