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We are collecting our new caravan an Abbey Freestyle 470 SE (2 berth end wash room) next Tuesday from Colins Caravans near reading.

 

This is our first caravan and we are new to the 'hobby', although we did stay in a van for one night whilst on our honeymoon 35 years ago .

 

So any advice on what to look out for when collecting the van would be gratefully received

 

PS I have also posted this in the Swift section.

 

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We have purchased three new caravans so far each one has been about 6 years apart. On each occassion the new caravan has had some small problems, which in my opinion is somewhat to be expected. The dealer will normally resolve these either at point of handover or at the first service. The most important areas to make sure you are happy with are the exterior shell and GRP panels as these will involve major disruption to put right should they have a defect or transit damage. Any damage to the interior is also important to raise as soon as possible to avoid a dispute as to when it happened, ie before or after collection. As I said before any minor issue can easily be resolved, a part can be changed or repaired with no real long term problem. It is only fair for the seller as well as the purchaser to be agreed on the condition of the caravan at the point of handover, so my advice would be to allow plenty of time to inspect the van prior to towing it away and enjoy your new purchase in the confident knowledge you know exactly what you have got. Please do not be put off by my caution, I have always found the dealerships I have dealt with to be genuine people, interested in building a long term relationship, after all they would like to sell us our next caravan too.

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Many thanks for the imput NorfolkCamper - just the sort of information I am looking for.

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Many thanks for the imput NorfolkCamper - just the sort of information I am looking for.

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Norfolkcamper is right, you need to make sure the van is in good condition but If you're new to caravanning you'll also need to know how everything works, and with the best will in the world you won't rememer everything the guy has said to you when you get home.

Make sure the instruction packs are present, you should have a pack with booklets on how the fridge, the heater and the electric system work.

We still find it difficult when changing over vans, they alter so much in a short time these days. what we do now is that one of us concentrates on the quality control end and the other tries to remember how the various bits work . .. then when we get home we go through it together.

Also don't be shy of ringing up the dealer if you're not sure or have forgotten something. .. we all do it, and its easier to do from home than in the dark from a field in the middle of nowhere!!

Good luck. .. You'll have some good holidays and wonderful memories so it'll all be worth it! :)

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Well we picked up our Abbey Freestyle 470SE today and it was looking as good as we remembered from Earls Court.

 

The only downside was that Colins Caravans has been taken over by Lowdheim Leisure and the staff all seemed thouroughly demoralised and did not seem to care one way or the other about us.

 

In many ways this attitude was their misfortune because they could have sold us a lot of 'extras' - as we are first timers and needed everything the list (as I am sure you all know) is endless but we bought just the essentials from them and we now need to find a 'friendly' dealer.

 

Having said the above we are now looking forward to Easter and our first run out and one week stopover at a CL in Norfolk - being escorted by my sister and brother-in-law who are long term caravaners.

 

We are aslo going to return to the storage site tomorrow to 'play' with our new toy.

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In many ways this attitude was their misfortune because they could have sold us a lot of 'extras' - as we are first timers and needed everything the list (as I am sure you all know) is endless but we bought just the essentials from them and we now need to find a 'friendly' dealer.

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Towsure are good and they have a good range of equipment but they don't have a monopoly on low prices, sometimes it depends what you want sometimes they are more expensive and it pays to shop around.

CCC on Bramall Lane Sheffield are also worth a look again depending on what you want, they have their own discount card, costs nothing to get one and gives you 10% off all of the time, not just during a caravan show.

 

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Towsure are good and they have a good range of equipment but they don't have a monopoly on low prices, sometimes it depends what you want sometimes they are more expensive and it pays to shop around.

CCC on Bramall Lane Sheffield are also worth a look again depending on what you want, they have their own discount card, costs nothing to get one and gives you 10% off all of the time, not just during a caravan show.

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Is CCC the same group that owns Mitchell's in Wakefield, If so it is 6 of one and half a dozen of the other with regard to prices. Clothing prices cheaper at CCC but not such a good range of Caravaning tackle.

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We are collecting our new caravan an Abbey Freestyle 470 SE (2 berth end wash room) next Tuesday from Colins Caravans near reading.  

 

This is our first caravan and we are new to the 'hobby', although we did stay in a van for one night whilst on our honeymoon 35 years ago  .

 

So any advice on what to look out for when collecting the van would be gratefully received 

 

PS I have also posted this in the Swift section.

 

:rolleyes:

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good luck in your new van and have lots of fun, for your first outing i would pick a trial site not to far from home if you can ( just in case you have to nip back for something youv,e forgotton) get them to show you everything is in working order before you leave, i asked them to hook a gas bottle up light all gas appliances, tested all lights and sockets checked all taps worked by asking them to connect a aquaroll, after all we are parting with hard earned money so i thought it was best to make sure every thing worked before i hitched up and left the guy who was showing me was getting a bit fed up at the end but in these circumstances i thought it was neccesary. Anyway happy caravanning Ted regards

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being escorted by my sister and brother-in-law who are long term caravaners.

 

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It's very useful to have someone experienced to guide you.

 

My guess is that on your first outing you will take lots of inessential things and not enough essential ones ! Don't worry - we all do it. :)

 

There have been some good "checklists" posted on the forum from time to time; two types, "What to take" lists and "What to do on departure" i. e. 'pre-flight' lists - close all air vents, corner steadies up, electrics connected, check lights. .......

 

Real "essentials" are - bogroll, binbags, torch and batteries, wellies, string - that sort of thing.

 

I'm sure lots of people here will be happy to offer help and advice. Have a good time !

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Many thanks for wishes etc.

 

At the moment we are storing on the CC site at Abbey Wood (expletive deleted expensive but handy being just 5 to 10 minutes away from home) and we are going to do a 'dry run' in the next few days.

 

As with all things we are bound to make mistakes but let us hope we learn from them - after all as the old saying goes 'the man that never made a mistake never made anything' :lol:

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