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  1. Well we went to the final Lawns Caravan Show (after 44 years) on Saturday. We decided to swap our 10 month old VIP 520, after the way Dometic handled our recent issues and the pathetic Dometic Loo. We had to take the cost hit on the chin, after a lengthy discussion with the sales guy and his boss, we finally got a "deal" where we actually lost 30% 😫 but feel in the long run now we only have to put up with Dometic Fridge. Dealer is going to confirm delivery date next week. But they did say un-officially could be 1st or 2nd week on Oct. 🙏
  2. 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?
  3. Hello to everyone on the site. ... Been thinking about a caravan for as long as I can remember and I really would like to take the plunge and buy a starter van soon. I’m not bothered about anything extravagant for a start, but something that is all in one piece and isn’t full of damp or rot would be good. ... I’m literally bewildered by the amount of caravans that are available on the market, but thinking that a 2/3 berth might be ok for initial short adventures. Plenty of other questions I have too such as is my car suitable to pull a van (2004 Astra Mk4 5 door hatch, 1. 7 cdti 79bhp), what kind of towbar would I need etc etc. The only other thing I need to do is convince my partner that he would enjoy it (he said he used to hate caravan holidays as a kid!) Hope to chat to some of you soon, TIA, Rob.
  4. Hello everyone, After some serious research we've just bought a caravan! I (Fiona) have been camping in a tent for 20 years, but my husband Trevor doesn't fancy it. .. he's a lot older than me, and I can understand it. We are in Orkney, which narrows down the choice a lot. We looked at a fairly new Bailey, but it was a four berth and too heavy for our car, and quite pricey. This Sterling Eccles Amber (2004) came up for sale 12 miles from us, and so we have bought it. It's very clean inside, has never had pets or smokers in it and they've kept it heated all the time. Everything works. Bad things are that since arriving Orkney (the worse weather in the country) it has been outside, for 12 years, and also has never been serviced since 2005. However, it looks fine, and after the torrential rain we've had there are no leaks, and I can't smell any damp, so cross fingers! If it was going to leak I guess 12 years in Orkney would have caused it to appear by now? I'm ultra excited about this and there is lots to learn. I have NO experience and Trevor has very little! We are getting it serviced ASAP and will be off on little trips close to home to get used to it. ... and then, the summer awaits! Are there any other Orkney members on here? Fiona
  5. Hello Caravan Talk members. My name is Chris, and I'm a second year 6th Form student who aims to start university in September, living at home in the progress. I also enjoy exploring new places however rarely get the chance to go on holiday with family. My grandparents owned a caravan (I remember it clearly, 2006 Lunar Solaris Limited Edition) that they had to sell 6 years ago to fund an extension on their bungalow and also due to ever decreasing mobility. This brought back memories of joy from my childhood, and made me realise that a cheap caravan would be ideal for someone like me. Would you suggest a budget of around £1750 for the caravan be enough as a starter, or would I be better off investing more now. I have found a caravan of interest, however I'm unsure if forum rules mean I can share that here to get your opinion(s). Any help would be greatly appreciated Thanks, and happy caravanning!
  6. Hi, I'm Terry and live in Essex. Looking forward to using the forum, best wishes 👍👍
  7. Hello all, I'm new to the forum and new to caravanning. We have just purchased a Bailey Senator Camargue, a 1998 model for myself and my young family. I don't plan to tour with it too much and we have a seasonal pitch already booked. We haven't collected the caravan as of yet. Please be gentle, I am a novice so knowledge is very limited. Matt
  8. Picked up out new to us Van. Rained all the way home. So Sunday was a day of cleaning.
  9. Thank you for adding me, I'm new to the caravan world and got a lot to learn .
  10. Hi, my name is Andy! I'm 21 and I was registered homeless for a few years, since I was 16 (this forced me to drop my college education) and in november 2014, I managed to secure this flat which is disastrously expensive. Unfortunately, because of my current education, I can't seem to find a job (I've been searching for a job for years too even whilst homeless, living in hostels or sofa surfing) paying enough to cover the cost of rent and bills and cost of living also and I want to start my own business. I've decided I need to do two things, One of which is move out of Leicester and another is to get out of this flat so I can save some money toward starting my business and I know living in a caravan is a great way to save on costs! I currently rely on housing benefit which thankfully covers my full rent due to my homelessness circumstances, otherwise I'd be paying an extra £40 a week out of my benefits on top of bills and council tax and everything else in between. I'm here to find out more about life in a caravan, I now it's cheaper but I'd also like a rough idea of weekly/monthly/yearly cost? I'm also looking for a caravan, preferably one which is self-sufficient but if not I will manage. I don't really have any money at the moment because I'm on benefits but I could probably pay installments, so if anybody is looking to help a guy in need. .. Even if it isn't perfect, depending on the quality and condition, we could talk about cost and how much you'd need me to pay per week. .. Comment with your contact details and we can talk further email address and phone number and price preferably. I would really appreciate it, otherwise I'm stuck here forever. I have no local connection outside of Leicester but with a caravan, that wouldn't matter. At the moment, I do not have a car but I may be able to get one to tow me to where I need to go to pick it up. I have an address for my post to go and I know it's a large transition but has anybody ever moved from house into a caravan? I look forward to making new friends along the way and cheers for reading this! Andy
  11. Hi all, Just saying hello to the group. My wife and I have not yet bought our caravan but plan to do so this autum and embark on our first trip early next year.
  12. We are thinking about buying a 2015 Clubman fixed bed. We think it has a great design. Very impressed. We could have upgraded our mark 1 Valencia for a mark 3 at a very good PX but would much prefer the Lunar. Question is. As Lunar is still a conventional construction. Is it out of date? Will we suffer from damp? Will there be high depreciation? John
  13. Collecting our new van on Thursday afternoon and the dealers business manager has called today to go through a Demands and Needs, Notification and Declaration Report. Has anyone else had this before collection? he has even asked me to take my driving licence to prove I can tow, and also the dealer will do a vehicle check against the caravan. I have never experienced this in over 30+ years of buying and towing. I said I hope my car will tow it as it is 100Kgs heavier than the new one and I have been towing with it for nearly 2 years now. I am not saying it is a bad idea just not used to it. .
  14. Hi Guys, If you have recently ordered a brand new Bailey Pegasus GT65 Verona, please will you let me know the amount of time it took for the caravan to be delivered to the dealer from Baileys. I ordered a caravan from the dealer on the 31st October 2014, according to the dealer Baileys started building the caravan yesterday. Is over 16 weeks the norm or am I being taken for a ride? Many thanks in advance Mark
  15. Hello Campers! We began our holidaying in tents (10 years in tents!) and almost went down the campervan route, but two days before we went to buy one we were given an old 2 berth caravan that eventually, as it was weak walled with damp, we upgraded to a Elddis Xplore 304. Now hubby won't even contemplate a camper van and refuses to go in a tent! I thought we had caravanning sussed, but as with everything, have found that there is still more to learn. I think I might find the answers here!
  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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  19. I have noticed that some dealers have started to put the word 'trade' after the model of the caravan. Yet they are advertising and selling to the public and offering a warrentee. Why. John
  20. Just saying hello, been caravaning over 21 years. Just started to go on holiday rallies we done two last year and will be doing them again. May see any of you down Wareham tomorrow. Battery charged and the solar panel ready. ..
  21. Hi everyone. A friend has been gifted a substantial caravan which, although quite old, is structurally sound (apart from a very small leak in the roof). Since my family and I started caravaning more years ago than I care to remember, I have wanted to get my hands on something like this to redesign and 'glam up'. I am hoping that you guys might be the people to turn to for advice on lots of issues we are currently coming up against. Look forward to speak to you soon
  22. Hi everyone! I haven't owned a caravan for about 20 years. I have a Peugeot 207 SW with a towbar and would like advice on what sort of caravan I should look for. The car is just a 1400 petrol, is it suitable at all for towing a caravan, or just designed for a small trailer? Years ago we had a Royal - it was gorgeous. I am just looking now for anything light enough to tow - not fussy it's just me and my partner now. I look forward to hearing from people. Karen
  23. Hi, I am hoping for a break through with the community's help. We are looking our first caravan - min. 4 berth but with two young children I don't either a fixed double bed or a side dinette that converts into bunks as neither of these layouts is going to lead to happy holidays for us! The major issue is our MTPLM - 1300. We have a budget somewhere about £7000. If anyone has any recommendations or advice I'd be really grateful as I've scoured the internet and Caravan Finder but don't yet have a clear plan. We are hoping to buy before the spring next year. Thanks in anticipation
  24. Hi All, A small intro to myself, name is Haych. Due to my personal circumstances changing, I have bought a caravan and have decided to live in it for a few months atleast. I have no experience in caravanning (if that is even a term) so require assistance and help from other experienced members. I have bought a Mardon Dalesman 5 Berth 1991 caravan, everything worked and it was for a good price but no preference otherwise. I have a Land Rover which is sufficent to tow but am getting used to reversing the caravan with it as it seems to go where ever it wants but I'm getting there. I am currently staying around the North East London area so if there is anybody else living permanently in this area, I would love to get in touch. I am not too aware of how the law works with just parking anywhere for the night, so far I have found some decent spots and have just stayed there without any problems. I might even be in the wrong forum alltogether so any direction to the right place will be much appreciated too. Cheers Guys. .
  25. Hello everyone. This is my first post on Caravan Talk. , so please excuse me whilst I learn the required etiquette. My family are relative newcomers to the caravan world, having bought our first van, a Bailey Pageant Moselle 2000, from my aunt in 2009. We have only used it twice, in the summers of 2009 and 2011, and have it stored in the Lot region of France, about halfway between Bordeaux and Toulouse. I have to say at the outset what I know about caravanning you could fit onto a stamp and still have room for the Queen's head, but at 51 I still have the capacity to learn new things. Imagine the amusement of experienced van owners watching us try and erect our full sized awning for the first time in 2009, not realising that you put the support poles up AFTER sliding the awning into the grooves! If anyone wishes to shout at me and prevent me making mistakes - I am all ears. That's it for my hello. My 16 and 14 year old daughters are already appalled that I have joined this group and have written me off. Happy summer. Mark
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