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Buying a caravan.

Paul Morgan 16 19.1k 6 England
8 Apr 2013 6:20PM
Yep get a caravan, they float better than tents.

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ChrisStyles 10 387 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2013 7:31PM
Going on my last two outing Paul I'd be better off buying a boat Smile
adrian_w Plus
10 3.7k 4 England
8 Apr 2013 9:36PM
I'll join you Cathy....
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
8 Apr 2013 9:41PM
Dont listen to anyone that tells you that reversing a caravan is difficult..

....reversing a hotel is pretty much impossible.
StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
8 Apr 2013 9:49PM
To reverse a caravan just place your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel (of the towing vehicle) and turn it the way you want the caravan to go.Wink
jimbro 5 37 Scotland
8 Apr 2013 11:15PM
I tow a 24ft Lunar Lexon with my Mitsi Pajero and we love getting away
None of that "peeing in a bucket" stuff though. We have a glassed in shower, king size beds, Sky TV, internet access,etc.
We can go where we want, when we want and love it.

Sure, the "I only holiday abroad" types will criticise it but so what. Each to their own
I holidayed abroad most of my life, lived abroad and spent a lot of my working life bouncing around Europe and, quite frankly, it bores the bits off me.

What to watch for?

Make sure your licence is valid. Tests passed prior to 1997 generally are OK to tow and have the B&E category
Stick to the 85% rule, it can save a lot of grief
When looking at vans, watch out. There are some cowboys

If you turn up to look at one and it's wide open(doors, windows). Be suspicious, it could have damp and they're masking the telltale smell
Make sure it's CRIS registered(could save you buying a stolen one)
You can save money buying privately but there are risks.
Buying from a reputable dealer is more expensive but you're guaranteed it's legal and you may get a warranty
If you go to view one, try to take someone who knows their way about caravans with you

Finally, once you buy one, get out and bluddy well enjoy it
jimbro 5 37 Scotland
9 Apr 2013 3:42AM
Here's ours

Fogey 5 96 13 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2013 8:55AM

Quote:Evening all,
For the last 30 odd years I've been a hardened camper even at temps of -5 I've loved every minute of it..... snow,sleet or rain it wouldn't make much difference I'd still go Smile But the old bones these days are screaming in protest so I think it's time to be an old fart and buy a caravanWink As there is only Marley my Labrador puppy and me I'll be looking at something like this.....This
So is there an idiots guide to this or can anyone link me into a good site for advice?
many thanks,

As an avid camper and caravanner, I was where you are now some twelve years ago. Lots of pitfalls, so I created a site to help people just like you who are starting out in caravanning. The site covers camping as well.

My site can be found HERE

Hope this helps.
ChrisStyles 10 387 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2013 11:53AM
Jim that setup looks ace...A bit big for me starting out but you never know Smile

Jeff thanks for the link and I'll give it read at the weekend....Thanks all Smile
ChrisStyles 10 387 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2013 7:34PM
So the kerb weight of my Caddy Van is 1,455-1,573 so going on the lower number would give me towing weight of 1236.75 at 85%? or do I have to take into account the tow bar that I'll be fitting?
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
9 Apr 2013 8:38PM
Nope. That puts you into the single axle 4 berth market.
Bridgelayer 10 623 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 7:32PM
If there's only you and the dog, have a look at these.
ChrisStyles 10 387 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 8:04PM
I'd end up outside in the tent Smile
altitude50 13 11.5k United Kingdom
12 Apr 2013 12:02AM
Big car small caravan = pleasure. Small car big caravan - misery. Seriously though as well as checking for damp, make sure that the gas installation (if it has one) has been recently checked over and look at the chassis for rust.
AND re the Elddis in the photo, I would avoid any caravan that has the centre seam roof, they are prone to leaking and can be very difficult to seal.
MikeRC Plus
12 3.6k United Kingdom
22 Apr 2013 2:11PM

Quote:I think it's time to be an old fart and buy a caravan

...If you're an "old fart" I assume you must've retired, you don't need a car.

.....buy a MH...a van conversion...smaller, easier to drive and much better than a coachbuilt....and a bike, perhaps even an electric bike.
.....carry the bike on the back of the 'van ( can't do that with a caravan) when you go off, use it for shopping etc. at home.
....you'll soon be healthier and fitter....who needs a car ? Smile

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