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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi to all you caravaners I have just recently purchased our very first caravan a Bailey 470/4 would love to here all your tips and guidance advice for my caravan.
Jeff and Simone from Leeds
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Posted: 6 years ago
Can someone help??? I am new to caravaning and I have been informed that when using the toilet do not through the toilet paper in the toilet it should be put in a bag seperately and then disposed off, is this correct or is someone trying to wind me up,I look forward to your responses.
Jeff and Simone
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi - I take the dog for a few days here and there in a small NuVenture Surf which is just right for us. It would be nice to meet other folk for occasional company to the pub for lunch. More a Tranquil Parks person than an all-singing, all dancing. Anyone going to be within about 100miles of Hereford? Maybe the Gower? Pembs..? Somerset? Just hoping for a friendly face and someone that likes dogs. Bren N
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi the wife and I have been caravanning for some time, we take our two dogs with us. We always look for sites with good walks. We live in the Romford area
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi all,
We are James & Stella Oakey. We bought our 5 berth Elddis last year so we can have accommodation at the shows we attend each year. Saves on B&B and we are old caravaners anyway. We had our first van in 1980-82 and loved it although it was a Tabbert 6 berth (The German version I think) very, very heavy and I towed it with a Granada 2.0ltr. It cost a fortune then in fuel to take the kids to Cornwall and it rained too. We joined the Caravan Owners Club not only as owners but we are also a business. We Import & sell Vehicle Polish which is also great on caravans & Motorhomes too. Bullet Polish.
It's great to be with you all and we will see some of you at caravan shows up and down the country in the coming months.
Best wishes,
James & Stalla AKA oakeyfamily
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Posted: 6 years ago
Morning all - new member - mikea2807 - - Known as Mike (or Appy with the group of bikers I ride with) live in kent - been caravaning since 2003. Currenlty have my geist LV550 that I pruchased from new - love it - would not change. Never got out on the road last year at all, but already planning this year so may see some of you around. Jst loomfor the happy guy with the white goatee beard - you got me!!!!
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi all, just joined tonight and picking up our first caravan tomorrow. Looking forward to it. It's an old van but in good condition so once we get it home it will be booked in for a service for peace of mind. Had a trailer tent for a year now so thought we would up our game. Based in central Scotland.
Cheers all
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi Guys.I'm Dave Figg,resident of South Lytchett Manor Caravan & Camping park.longest term resident of some 30 odd years,I'm from Guildford,in Surrey.We have a Lunar Lexon 640 of 2003 vintage.This was purchased from Michael Jordan caravans about 2 years ago.Had a Bluebird European static on site before we purchased the Lunar.
Just wanted to say that Lytchett too has quite a few roe deer on site.
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi all, I have been caravanning for over 30years and currently have an 2002 Abbey Impression 17ft 4berth towed by an Isuzu Trooper. I live near Blackpool. Spend many happy weekends in the Lakes and Dales.
First of all in answer to JHolroyd above you are being wound up. There is a special toilet paper sold by Camping shops for portaloos which disintegrates after use, supposed to stop any 'blockages' when emptying, but I have used normal toilet paper without problem so far!
I generally go abroad once a year, and pay for the crossing using Tesco Clubcard points, you get £30 value for every £10 points, usable on Stena Line Irish Sea and Channel ferries. Depends on how often you use Tesco, but to me a very useful and economical way to cross the Seas around us. The furthest I have been overland to date is Prague, took two days and enjoyed every minute of the journey, stayed at the old Buchenwald Concentration camp overnight (now a nature reserve and caravan site).
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Posted: 6 years ago
Many thanks EricB, I thought that I was been wound up but just wanted confirmation
my travelling hat takes a rest at Lossiemouth.
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hello all, my name is Ivan Hackman,...having read everyone`s postings I thought I might as well add to them.I have recently joined the club after many years of touring the UK, mainly with tents and a trailer tent for over 30 years,followed by 10 years with a folding caravan (Conway).Having rented static vans on many occasions while holidaying in Scotland,my wife Jacqui & myself took the plunge in 2011 and bought a static unit in Lossiemouth Bay on the Moray coast in N/E Scotland.It is wonderful to be able to use it as a base should we want to tour around- although local scenery & facilities make that less likely nowadays.Having retired early a few years back I fully intend to enjoy `real` life from now on,spending at least a month or so up north when we go there from our permanent home in Milton Keynes.The comfort provided by a double glazed centrally heated static unit knocks spots off the touring habit,especially now that I can forget about towing (overnight stops are now B&B or traditional tenting in good weather) . In the last year or so it has become apparent that many years of DIY, mechanical & automobile engineering,and a pragmatic approach to everything, have been a valuable asset.Decking,sheds,plants,fence preservation & painting,and of course preparing for winter lay-up- these are all things that do not concern a happy tourer,but have become vital! Hopefully I have not bored you overmuch with the intro, but a regular trip up North will hopefully provide suitable photographic studies to interest some of you.Incidentally- don`t be afraid to brave the far North because of weather concerns.I have been touring in Scotland since 1961 and have learned that good weather is readily available anywhere at times- but commonly most of the year(especially April-May and September-November in Moray) ,and you don`t get hassle with midgies on the East coast. Good wishes to all the die-hard tourers, Ivan.
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Posted: 6 years ago
hi everyone, im rogerstan. my wife and i have always spent our holidays abroad and in hotels. never dreaming of ever owning a caravan. the year before last my daughter invited us both to spend a little time with herself, our son inlaw and our grandkids. we enjoyed it so much that we decided to have their old one off them as they purchased a new one.we parked it on long stay at home farm burnham on sea, last year, unfortunatly cancer took my wife by storm and she passed away a few months after. im now alone and thought of selling the van, then i thought to myself its not what my late wife would have wanted. she would have wanted me to have a life and enjoy it, so. ive parked my van at home farm again and am now looking forward to using it starting from 8th febuary, love my golf, my fishing on site, and the nightlife in the clubhouse. plus i love to walk, cycle, and go out for meals, so heres to the start of the season and meeting new friends. thats enough about me so good luck to you all for the forthcoming season.
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Posted: 6 years ago
Re Annies comment above... I too think I represent another group, I am here by way of a phone invitation to become a member. I pop in now and again and pleased to see it gather strength. I grew up with the Camping and Caravan Club and now we own our own site. There appear to be lots of ads here but not a lot of social interaction from other site owners. Maybe we could start a thread! Roz Hill
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi there, I'm Caz from a rather chilly Hampshire! Started camping with parents from day dot right up until I was about 16 years old and loved every minute of it! Restarted again when my 2 girls were young first in an old canvas tent, then a trailer tent, then a more modern lightweight tent and now have progressed onto a caravan. We try and get away every other weekend staying fairly local, and now that the girls have grown up and no longer want to come, it's just me, hubby and Sam (our border collie) I love the caravanning lifestyle and can't wait to start camping again in 2013!
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hello everyone, just joined the site, have been in the Caravan Club for about four years. Started off with a Talbot Harmony and then met someone with a dog interested in caravanning. Due to lack of space got a 2-berth ABI Jubilee Equerry last April and enjoy towing that around the country. Last trip was in Snowdonia in the rain last year but still looking forward to a few more and drier trips this year.
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi! I'm Jean. I started caravanning in 2008 though my husband had caravan need for many years before we met. We bought a new Elddis 362 which had many problems and thought we would never want to change it. However, we will be picking up our Bailey Orion 4berth at the end of March with a fixed bed -yippee! Having read the thread about new caravan faults, I am a bit apprehensive. I thinks we can cope with anything after the experience with the Elddis. Now beginning to plan our May/June trip to Spain and France. Just love caravanning. Why did I wait so long?
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi, I am Andy from Essex.
Been camping since I was knee high to a grasshopper, and spent quite some time living in a 1980's Cavalier 17 towed by and SD1 Rover. Nothing like waking up at 3 am with a frozen face to discover the gas bottle had run out, then to get up and change the regulator over to the new bottle in the cold and dark.
Got some brick and mortar so went camping again.
Wife's disabillity has now put a stop to the camping so with some money we were left by a deceased relative we aquired our Abbey GTS Vogue 516 last year, towed by our Ford Galaxy 2.8 Ghia.
So far we have been in Essex, Suffolk, Hampshire and had a 2 week break with the kids in Yorkshire.
We are ex-members of the CCC and are now members of the C&CC.
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi,
We are from the Costa del Cleethorpes and have been caravanning for the last 15 years or so, although I had been a caravanner for several years previously and my wife caught the bug from me.
We like to get out and about in Lincs, Notts, Derbys & Yorkshire. Mainly for extended weekends dependent on my shift pattern., although we do try to get away for longer in the summer(!)
We tour with an Adrai Adora 612DP pulled by a VW Passat 2.0tdi. We love the layout and call it our luxury 2 berth, although as most will know, it is a 4 berth.
Les & Lesley. Cleethorpes
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi,
We are from the sunny south I have been caravaning of 'n' on for a fair few years now,when I met my wife we went on a few cheapy hoildays then we decided to buy a trailer tent so we bought a Cabanon Stratos it was great go where we wanted at a fraction of the cost,but we and age decided for us that a caravan was the next way to go so we bought a Hymer Nova fixed bed.It's great to hook up and go I'm retired but Jenny has to wait for a couple of years yet so not as often as we would like. C&CC Members first outing April up to Leek for a few days then summer of to Bala Wales
Happy Caravaning
Bob & Jenny Gosport
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi all,
We are relatively new to caravanning, in our third year. We started with a Bailey Ranger GT60 2 berth, but decided we wanted a fixed bed, so we changed to a Bailey Orion 430/4. It's not huge, but it's light in weight, has nice internal trim and suits us with several extras that you only find on bigger vans. We're from the Midlands, so it's a good central location for visiting much of the country.
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi, joined this site last year, enjoy reading the news items but don't think I've posted before, my wife and I grew up in Cornwall and are "beach people" we had a static caravan for a good many years at Treyarnon Bay north Cornwall, still visit regularly as family and friends still have vans there, moved to South Wales with work in 2006. Having lived in Cornwall most of our lives and frequently been held up by caravans we swore we would never entertain a tourer, how things change ... early 2012 we purchased our first van, a Swift Charisma 540 5 berth, loved it, didnt use it to its full potential but enjoyed it, it only takes us 3.5 hrs to get to Treyarnon on a quietish day, we also visited Seaview International site near Mevagissey, superb there! We have now upgraded to a new Swift Challenger Sport but have yet to use it, will do soon, that's the trouble when there's too much going on and your wife works all hours .... think the first trip will be Cornwall but so much want to visit other areas, will keep you posted. Hope I haven't bored you all !!
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hello everyone
We are Karen and Dave from NW Leics and after years of suffering in tents, being ripped off by tour operators and getting bored of the oldies on cruises, we have just bought a motorhome. (Ok it is primarily for work - we are sports photographers and it is officially classified as a location vehicle, but I am sure we will grab the odd week away). We pick up our new van two weeks time - a Chausson flash 22 -and will be trying her out in south Wales that week. then we have planned a couple of weeks up in Sweden/Denmark in July (work with a few days added on) and then Holland in August again work but with days added. Hoping to have a few midweek 'weekends' and also go skiing in the van at the end of the year (question is skiing in a motorhome - nice or totally foolish - your thoughts please)
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi from sunny Pembrokeshire. Spring seems to be on its way at long last. We are a retired couple who wonder how we ever had time to work. We love touring France in the summer in our van. If we can, we also like to go to Spain for some sunshine in the worst of the winter months. We have a Hymer Nova caravan and we tow with a Hyundai Terracan. We also have a small camper van which we like to use if we want to tour and stay only a night in each location as it is much easier than with the caravan. Roll on summer and lets hope it is better weather than 2012.
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hello everyone were from Maidenhead Berkshire we joined some time ago and have been caravanning for about 6 years we currently pull a 2012 Lunar Clubman SB a lovely caravan great heating system for all year round use this is our 3rd caravan the other 2 were Sterling's but too much socialising and tinnies we decided to give up on a fixed double bed !! We try to get out as often as possible all year round I did get caught in Brighton in December 2010 with 6ins of snow all good fun!! We are also keen walkers and we do as much Geocaching as possible and try to plan a CL in rich geocaching areas we hope to try our first trip to France later this year.
Happy caravanning Ian50
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi . We are a family of 4 from oxfordshire. We have a Bailey Bologna that we tow with a Dodge Nitro. We mainly use our van for rallying and belong to a cc centre.
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi , After visiting the Caravan & motorhome show we decided to join Caravan Owners Club. My name is David and we come from Nottingham, we have owned a caravan now for 4 years starting with a Lunar Zenith , went to a Bailey Ranger and last year splashed out on a new 2012 Sterling Eccles 544 Lux which is a totally outstanding Van, We are holidaying in Cornwall, Northe devon, Scarborough and derbyshire this year and hopefully more if we can
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi all, I from beautiful Wirral, have been caravanning for 28 years and now tow a Bailey Unicorn2 Cadiz with a Chevrolet Captiva, looking forward to getting to know the forum
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi,
Young family and fairly new to caravaning (just starting our 3 year).
We have a Bailey Senator Montana van and are looking forward to time away this year in the peeks, Norfolk, southwest and Snowdonia.
Always happy to offer advice and always review any sites we visit to help other members. If I offend it's not usually intentional so please don't take it personally.
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi my name is Bob, caravaning for a good many years now had a period with a Trailer Tent but as allways getting older means you can't bend as easy so we are back in a caravan (Hymer) my wife Jenny has to work as not old enough to retire just yet.We live in sunny Gosport Hant's easy access to the motorway system my tow car is a Kia Sorento 2.5 auto.Happy Caravning to everyone for 2013
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi my name is Glyn and my wife is Val. Started caravanning around 1982 with a beat up Sprite Muskateer 4 berth and then traded up in 1994 to a 1992 Swift Rapide 440GXL. Had this van until 2009 and then gave it to one of my daughters to use whilst I bought a new Elddis Avante Club 4 berth fixed bed layout and have just traded it in for a brand new Elddis Avante. Delivery of the new van is expected at the end of Aprli. Recently retired so the wife and I will get away more often now. Organising a trip to Scotland in May.
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