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I'm sure that a recent article I was told about suggested one in three of us took to our caravans during the winter at some stage. Surely that can't be true?

 

A warm comfortable roomy house is my preference, until the weather improves and looking around the storage facility where my 'van in tucked up for the winter, that's the majorities view too, unless I'm missing something.

 

Off to see my local rugby team play now. .....couldn't do that if I was away in a muddy field with the 'van.

 

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We use ours through the winter as well, but not currently planning on going out until Feb. Today, for once, is a lovely, calm, sunny day and I so wish we were away now.

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I can't see the point of spending all that money and then leaving it standing unused for months.

The caravan is usually warmer and draught free than staying at home compared with the older ones I used to use even during the winter.

Just over a week since I got back from the New Year rally and can't wait until the next one.

Grade 3 insulation means that the inside temperature should easily be maintained at 21C when it's -15 outside, so go ahead and enjoy the 'van.

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All year round vanner here. We love camping in the winter and could certainly not go more than a month or so without our caravan 'fix'. We've never been cold and never felt that we should be back home.

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Use mine all year round, going away again next week! :D

 

 

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Can't speak for others, but we've been out all year round from day one. In fact our very first rally as a couple was in the February snow back in the '80s. My parents also used caravans and tents all year round, so of course I was taken along too!

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I imagine if all of the people who traipse off to warmer climes such as Spain with their caravans in Winter were included in that figure 1 in 3 is sounds reasonable.

 

We would caravan in Winter in principle, but in practice it's a faff getting it out of storage in the fading light on a Friday, getting it mucky on the roads, putting it back mucky in the dark on a Sunday (or leaving the site early enough to put it away in the light) and then finding time to clean it in daylight (ie wasting part of the following weekend when we could be doing something much more interesting).

 

If we could keep the caravan at home we'd probably use it quite a bit Winter, but fortunately we have our Bongo for Winter camping duties (and several tents but we'd only use a tent if we were guaranteed a dry day to dry it out again. The "we" in this case would be two of us and not three!!!!)

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We have many sites here in Norfolk most are closed for the Winter never seen many vans on them so if one in three vans venture out in the winter where do they all stay. Only took a van out once in the winter about seventy miles each way did not seen another van on the road, in the summer we see hundreds.

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We use ours in the winter - were away over Christmas. The next trip will be in Feb.

 

In my view it's a lot of money sitting on the drive so we try and use it as much as we can. It also gets used as our en-suite spare room when the family come to stay.

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Well we use our caravan every month of the year. Sat at Broadway CC site in the glorious sun as I type this!

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We were away in December and away again at the end of January. Just looking where to go in February now.

 

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Keith

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Because of some health problems this has been the longest time my van has stood unmoving in 25 years. Other than a new year rally it hasn't moved since the end of September and is still parked up and is unlikely to move before March. We are going stir crazy sitting at home so much and I am fed up of the daytime tele my better half has been watching, along with the 'classic' (repeats) programmes of old that she is now favouring. We desperately need a single beds option with an excellent bathroom area and up to now cannot find one that ticks all the boxes but will still keep looking as we have to get back out there as priority.

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I wouldn't claim to be an all yearer although we were away in the motorhome the week before Christmas. I would be inclined to go away in January but Margaret is not so keen.

 

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If I had my way we'd go to Spain, (or some other warm place) from November to February, but SWMBO has always vetoed that. We'll probably get away somewhere in February though - if that still counts as winter.

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We were away last week while the kids were still off school and it was great.

The site was at least half full.

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Currently at Strathclyde Park CC site . . a few vans about . .. a very pleasant day today.

 

Although we do caravan less in winter we still get away.

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Hi

not on our site out of 24 seasonals only 2 of us are using our vans this weekend.

 

 

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We took ours to Belgium late December, roads were clear and the caravan was lovely and warm, no problems at all. Next outing will be February as long as the road conditions allow.

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We are looking at going away February Half term. We are on the Hampshire Surrey border and wondering where to go so I ask you winter users where do you all go ?

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With the right prep Winter touring can be a lot better than Summer. . Went up north (The Highlands) for years during the Winter baring in mind only a handful of sites were available. ... Near to empty Sites, no noisy "weans", mad dugs (which are rare ) , sometimes water issues depending on the frost and far cheaper rates plus Winter Sunshine with snow absolutely gorgeous . .... Now yi need to Book . ..... Try and get Booked on a Site up north at Hogmanay ? Yi have ti book yer pitch now . ......

 

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As others, we use ours in all weathers, every season has something different to offer, can not see the point in having a van and only using it during the summer months, but then again before we had the van we used to camp under canvas in all weathers.

 

The best bit of the van is that we do not get ice on the inside like we used to in the tent

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Start at Easter and finish end of October. Mainly because our caravanning is done at dog shows with the exception of two weeks on holiday

 

If I had any holidays left I would caravan in the winter as well. We may get a weekend in before Easter this year

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Getting 'bad' withdrawal symptoms now, been at home a month or so. Should be cured on Tuesday though, 4 days in York.

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Although caravanning is new,camping all year wasn't. We went about 10-12 times a year. But the wife was getting fed up with sitting in the dark for long hours in winter. Now there's no obstacle - lights,heat and telly. Next trip is planned for February for a weekend somewhere close. Now there's even new carpet in there too. ..can't wait. I want my moneys worth!

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