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  1. Hi. Keen to take up caravanning But don’t know where to start tbh. Am starting my new research as I will be buying a tow car and a caravan. people have suggested I look at something like a VW Passat estate due to their awards. What kind of mileage is too high ? Looking at spending approx £10k total on van and car (needs to be automatic) But some people are saying I don’t even need to spend that much and upgrade later. ideas welcomed PS is anyone in South Wales that could give me practical help ? Steve
  2. Hi All, Don't know if this has been covered elsewhere, but a search didn't turn anything up conclusively. I've recently had a 200w solar system installed and it's all now working tickety boo following on from the installation gremlins. What I'd like to do if it's possible, is to wire in a 2000-3000w inverter into the system so that I can plug something that requires 240v in to any of the plug sockets, rather than having to plug them into the front of the inverter. I'm thinking toaster, kettle, microwave, hairdryer, tv etc - but never more than one thing at o
  3. Hi I am a complete Newbie looking into caravanning. My starting point is to try and determine how much it will probably be to use a touring caravan site per night. An initial browse on the net seems to indicate the cost will most likely be £25 to £35 per night depending on the season etc. Would this be true? Please , would be very grateful of any advise re costs so I can see if I can afford to take up caravanning or not. It would be a 2 /3 berth rig for two pensioners. wanting to explore UK'
  4. Hi all looking at buying a Bailey Unicorn Barcelona as a first caravan. 2012 model. Is there anything I should look out for or is there a better van for the same or similar money. (£11500)
  5. Hi all My wife is in the doghouse and really needs your help! We've been very happy campers for 15 years while kids were young and really loved it but decided last year was actually going to be the last year and said that this season we would look at caravans instead. Now last week after a brief chat about this season I came home from work and my wife had brought A 1999 Avondale dart 510 5 with "absolutely no damp whatsoever" she said. That's all fine but we've never ever stayed in a tourer before let alone owned one. I got a detachable brink towbar fitted this week and manged to ge
  6. 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.
  7. Good afternoon One & All, New guy just joined this afternoon and about to invest in a 1998 Globetrotter Jubilee 2 berth. Looks ok to me & have been round it with a damp meter. Any one had one of these previously & any thoughts please? Tow car will be a Skoda Yeti 2 litre diesel. Many thanks, Bantam57
  8. Hi, Just joined reducing myself. Been caravaning for 15 years with a variety of vans. Currently towing a Bailey Unicorn Valencia (2015) with my Hyundai Santa Fe (2016). Disastrous few days caravaning next Minehead this week. Fridge packed in (confirmed cooling unit failure) and seriously bent awning pole and damage to awning as the result of storms today in Bristol Channel. Is fridge failure and awning damage covered by caravan insurance? Left policey docs at home!
  9. Hi all, I am new to this site, not new to caravanning but have finally purchased my first caravan (well we were given it for free). That being said other than knowing it is a Lunar Delta and old we don't know any more. I was wondering if there is anyone that could please help me try and figure out the age and model, hopefully there is a picture below of it. I have a handbook with it but no other history at all and the previous keeper literally knew nothing about it and had it in his barn for 5+ years and never used it. I am thinking it is possibly a Lunar Delta 500-2 or 590-4 bu
  10. We bought our first caravan yesterday after years camping and a couple of motorhome holidays. Looking forward to lots of advice from all you experienced people especially where to site it for the first year. Have a young family so hoping to make some special memories.
  11. Just an hello to all looking to purchase our first van this year/ spring thinking of Coachman Pastiche 545 or alike. Please be kind if the questions I may ask in future seem basic but I'm starting from scratch. I do have a hgv class 1 so towing not new. So for now it's just hi.
  12. 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
  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. Hello Everybody, we are new to this forum and are in the process of changing from Motorhome to caravan. We have been very fortunate in using a friends Motorhome for the past 3 years as they were abroad but now they wish to sell it. So, we are upgrading our car (Discovery Sport) and will be looking for a 6 berth twin axle caravan in the off season. The forum has loads of good advice and I look forward to the talking to likeminded people.
  15. Well I've arrived at last; trying to find my way around this very comprehensive site. So just want to say hello to all you lovely caravanners. I wonder if there is a badge or sticker to display to other caravanners on a campsite that we live here? Sorry. Only been here five minutes and already off-topic.
  16. 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
  17. Hi, We are looking to purchase a secondhand van, having just sold our trailer tent. Can anyone reccommend a van / layout that we could look at? We are a family of 3, DD is nearly 6 and we don't want a massive van, something compact would be DH's preference as he's not keen on towing. Any help - would be appreciated! Thanks, Marie
  18. Hi New to this site. Thinking of changing my 'van. Been reading about the Coachman Laser with fixed bed model number 640/4 I think. Would welcome feedback and comments about this 'van. Also on dealers in the North West of England. I want a 'van that will last me for years. Will probably be the last one I buy. Want quality. Want it to last. Many thanks.
  19. Hi All Just saying Hi. I have just bought an Atlas Concept 2006 any advise on decorationg would be gratefully received. have a great day
  20. Hi I am an utter newby. Several months ago a very close friend died and before she went, she said she wanted me to have her caravan. A 1991 Swift Silhouette 2 berth. She had been gifted it a year before, but had become too ill to work on it herself, so it has stood unused for a year. We have no tow-bar and are about a year off getting a car that could possibly tow it but I have a large drive and a huge back garden and am more interested in using the caravan as a work space for myself in the warmer months, and my hobbies. The person who gave her it had been actively caravanni
  21. Hi all, Just thinking about starting up in the caravan world. Currently have a 2 Ltr petrol Mondeo on a 10 plate with approx 46,000 on the clock. Do quite a lot of mileage for work, approx 400 miles a month. Am considering changing the car anyhow so want to get one that can be a good tow car. Will probably go diesel automatic but not sure whether to go 4x4 or just a strong hatchback or estate. I can see positives In a 4x4 as it would give me more choice in van and would also be good in winter months but can also see fuel economy is often a lot less and things like tyres
  22. Hi everyone, I've been a caravanner for around 10 years now, but have become board of my old forum and found myself drifting over here frequently. I'm on my second 'van the first being a 1988 swift cornich bought in 2005 with a small damp problem. Patched her up (frequently I might add!) and had many great trips. My new pride and joy was purchased last year and I love her so much! I have fitted an inverter, solar panel, external mains socket (off a existing plug socket) and resealed a few areas that were a bit iffy. I tow and set up by myself so don't go far, mainly North Lakes
  23. Hi. Was offered a good price caravan and have bought it even though I don't have a tow car yet. The caravan is a Home - Car Rally 552 and is quite old but for £200, can't grumble. No damp, just needs a good clean. Ok, I have never owned a caravan before and really do not know where to start. 1)What size engine car would I need to pull it? Caravan weight max = 1600KG 2)Easy to tow? 3)Any details about this caravan is greatly appriciated. I have no info. A manual or something would be good.
  24. can anyone out there help me iv taken the step to replace my shurflo pump in my 2004 Avondale argente van iv cut and fitted the carver body into van replumbed the system but the wiring has me confused iv used the purple feed off old unit as my "live " feed earthed with white wire as my earth but pump only runs when "pump on " switch is turned on manually open taps and nothing happens I do have a spare whit wire with red trace I would like the pump to run when taps are open can anyone help only had the van a short while but the pump was noisy but I love the van whyever did they stop manufactu
  25. Hi Each, I am James and live in York, I am new to caravanning. Last year my girlfriend and I decided that we wanted to get into caravanning because we love weekends away and doing the hotel thing was not working out for us, so after a small investment we bought our first (second hand) caravan. I run two businesses as a programmer / webdesigner / print engineer / industrial inkjet consultant and this keeps me busy but when I am away I try as much as possible to disconnect from work. I have setup a few caravan related websites to help other caravan owners / holiday property owner
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