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Hello everyone, I have just purchased my first caravan, and completed out first 2 night shakedown, a very soggy one!

 

Been eyeing a caravan up for some time, a good deal came up so an opportunistic purchase was made. A 2018 Pursuit 2 560-5.

 

The first night was a very steep learning curve in the pouring rain, we even had to abandon ship after the first hour as it was wet and cold, and I couldn't get the heating or hot water working! The only way is up!

 

I passed test in 1997, so just creep in with a train weight of 3455kg. Fortunatley it came with every single accessory. I now need to find local storage, it seems very hard to come by.

 

I read up and watched YouTube beforehand and surprised myself with my digitally acquired skills. I tried to get some training beforehand, but nothing available locally due to the plague.

 

I made a few errors which must have had the other campers laughing, didn't get to socialise as the mud was ankle deep and everyone was hibernating.

 

Thanks for reading, now off to browse the forum.

 

Nate

 

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Hi Nate and :welcome:to the forum.

Your posting conjured up some very funny images, thanks!

 

Wonky

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Just don't let the "few errors" put you off, we've all made most of them!

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Hi Nate. Stick with it. Good idea this time of year is to take a fan heater with you in reserve so if you do have probs with caravan heater & you are plugged into site electric then a fan heater will warm you up ok.

 

Watch your amps though. Most sites have at least 10amp supply so ok for 2kw fan heater. If you want use anything else that heats up like a kettle then turn off heater while you do that or you will trip the supply.

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Thanks for the welcome and the advice!

 

Imagine us leaving site in the pouring rain to hide in a Morrisons store just because we couldn't get the heater on!

 

Also when emptying the grey water, the wastehog lid went down the drain with the water! And I carried the toilet cassette over my shoulder to empty it, as I didn't realise there was a handle. Imagine the sight! It even took me 24 hours to realise the aerial needs to be raised by unscrewing it! 

 

Having said all of that, we had a great time, kids loved it, and I feel like a semi pro now!

 

If we had fun in a 48 hour freezing monsoon, I imagine it will be bliss in summer!

 

Nate

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Welcome to the forum. Looks like you are learning fast. Not sure what time it was when you could not get the heater on but assuming it was not too late you will find most people only too willing to help assuming on that occaission they had a good umbrella.

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:welcome: remember all these things that are happening to you now because very soon you will be able to help other newbies on this forum with all your well earned experience

p.s.  thanks for the chuckles;) perhaps you should start a blog 

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Hello,

 

Congratulations and welcome.

We're 10 days into Bailey ownership and just complete a 3 night soggy trip, we did own a Swift for 6 years prior but are still learning.

Feel free to ask any questions.

 

Enjoy, caravanning is fantastic, our girls at 12 and 9 still love it immensely, whatever the weather.

 

Ted

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