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Hi everyone, 

 

Complete caravan newbie here with no experience. I've recently just bought a small lunar ariva for summer touring with my wife and 8 month old baby.

 

As we have no expirience in touring I was wondering if anyone could offer any advice or top tips to make our journeys run smoothly. 

 

Many thanks, 

 

Mitch 

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I'm sure you will receive plenty of advice.

when you leave home or site, just stop down the road after about a mile and double check everything is ok, just in case you may have forgotten to lock something. It's worked for us on more than one occasion especially when we first started caravanning, such as front locker or skylight.

also make sure the top lockers are firmly closed so items don't fall out, very easy to miss.

I tend to check and deal with outside and leave wife to check and deal with inside.

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Make your first trip a short one. Choose a site just beyond Ourgate. You know, that's just at the end of Our drive.;) The point is that you don't need a long drive for your first caravan experience and if things are not quite right you are not far from home. You could even pop back to fetch whatever it is that you will enevitably forget. Once you get on site, Talk to your neighbours. Most of us love to share our experience (and a beer).

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Thanks for the advice... Much appreciated. Seems like caravanning is a learning on the road kind of thing. Just dont want to make any silly mistakes

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make a list that you can go though and tick off what you have packed, clothes to food to mains cable and caravan step.

 

 

any mistake you make, others will have made so just take it on the chin and laugh it off :)

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1 hour ago, MitchM318 said:

Just dont want to make any silly mistakes

Here's one to avoid. I stopped my car and 'van adjacent to a campsite pitch, applied car's hand brake and got out of the car. Walked to back of car, disconnected 13 pin plug, applied 'van handbrake, released stabiliser, raised tow-hitch clear of tow-ball. Then I got back into car to move it clear of the 'van. OK, what's missing from this sequence of events? Er.... I'd just trashed the clip on my break-away cable. 

With luck, you can learn from the mistakes of others, rather than making them all yourself:rolleyes:

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Create a check list for what you need in the van

Create a 'Hitching up sequence' check list

Create an 'Arrival at site and un-hitching sequence' check list

And, as mentioned earlier keep close to home for your first outing.

I remember that on our first ever trip we were so excited we stopped in a layby only 5 miles into the journey to make a cup of tea in the van.

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Brilliant advice anyone. Don't suppose anyone could recommend somewhere nice in Essex to go 

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When you are hitching up the caravan to leave the  site it is almost guaranteed that some one will stop and Talk to you.  Don`t  respond because it will interupt your chain of thought and you could skip a sequence.   I did and forgot to wind the jockey wheel down to test that the tow hitch was firmly attached to the towball.  Result a mile down the road caravan parted company with the car and veered into a ditch!

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Oh god that's my worst nightmare... Defiantly don't want to be making any mistakes like that!! I just hope we enjoy ourselves, I'm just so excited to go out 

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On 10/05/2019 at 10:29, MitchM318 said:

Brilliant advice anyone. Don't suppose anyone could recommend somewhere nice in Essex to go 

Hi there

I'm also in Essex.

Firstly remember a corkscrew and tin opener lol

There are plenty of small sites in Essex  if you join one/both of the clubs. 

We generally use the smaller sites and always ones with electric and a toilet.

What part of Essex are you?

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On ‎06‎/‎05‎/‎2019 at 21:25, Flying Grandad said:

Make your first trip a short one. Choose a site just beyond Ourgate. You know, that's just at the end of Our drive.;) The point is that you don't need a long drive for your first caravan experience and if things are not quite right you are not far from home. You could even pop back to fetch whatever it is that you will enevitably forget. Once you get on site, Talk to your neighbours. Most of us love to share our experience (and a beer).

 

Good advice, we still do a relatively short trip for our first outing each year.

Paul B

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On 10/05/2019 at 10:41, merlin said:

When you are hitching up the caravan to leave the  site it is almost guaranteed that some one will stop and Talk to you.  Don`t  respond because it will interupt your chain of thought and you could skip a sequence.   I did and forgot to wind the jockey wheel down to test that the tow hitch was firmly attached to the towball.  Result a mile down the road caravan parted company with the car and veered into a ditch!

 

If you're feeling sociable, enjoy the chat and remember to start your checks all over again.

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