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Message posted by billyboy84 on 22/1/2014 at 9:23pm
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Right having now found out what I'm allowed to tow can anyone reccomend a good starter caravan for around a 1000 that's my maximum needs to be 1200kg or less

I will be towing with a mondeo tdci with 115bhp

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Message posted by billyboy84 on 22/1/2014 at 9:28pm
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From what I can find torque is in the region of 221 ftlb

Message posted by billyboggins on 22/1/2014 at 10:32pm
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Message posted by White Rose on 22/1/2014 at 10:42pm
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Are you wanting to buy privately or through a dealer? How many berths do you need? What layout do you like? Do you want a fixed bed? Bunks? Fixed singles? End Bathroom? End kitchen? If your budget is 1000, you are looking at older caravans - which tend to be lighter anyway, so there's a whole world of possibilities out there :-) Is your budget just to be spent on the caravan, or are you also needing it to cover awning/hitchlocks/electric cables/step/wheel lock/aqua roll/wastehog .....?

Message posted by billyboy84 on 22/1/2014 at 11:18pm
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4 berths preferably with a shower( not essential but and advantage) must have electrics double with bunks if possible

little bits i can pick up after like the hook up lead roll master etc so 1000 is the caravan cheaper if possible

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With 1000 your not going to be able to pick and choose what make/model you want.

Your going to have to view every single van in your price range and go for the best condition you can get.

Have you used a caravan before know what layout you want?

Originall a double diner at each end suited us for years. Then we got a side diner with larger rear bathroom and we have now owned it for 13 years.

Its perfect for our needs.



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Max tow weight = Cars gross laden weight + Caravans gross laden weight.

These 2 figures must not exceed 3500kg. And the Caravans gross laden weight must not exceed the cars UNLADEN weight.

Unless the manufacturer has set a lower limit.

Message posted by billyboy84 on 22/1/2014 at 11:49pm
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My mom and dad had an ellidis tornado years ago double bed that became a dining table at one end bunks at the other the kitchen was down the side and toilet was in the rear

I'm not fussy on the layout aslong as its usable and clean

I'm just enquiring as to are there any preferred makes or models that would better suit a first time buyer

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When I was looking for my first caravan last year I wasn't worried about make or model, look for one that has the layout you prefer, is within your price range, is in good condition and most importantly is free of damp. It took me 6 mths to find a suitable caravan, and even so I have now changed it because when using it I discovered the layout wasn't really what I was after. I bought the first one privately and the second one from a small dealership and both have been excellent.

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Quote: Originally posted by billyboy84 on 22/1/2014
I'm just enquiring as to are there any preferred makes or models that would better suit a first time buyer



No, not really. As Grampian said, you are going to be limited by your price, so if you don't care about layout, it will be simply a matter of going to see practically everything you can find that's the right weight. Just make sure you take your damp meter with you, use your eyes and nose, and take nothing on trust, as it may well take you a while to find a van that isn't damp.

Most people seem to change their first caravan because they realise the layout doesn't suit them. We did that after a couple of years' ownership. We are now looking at changing our second caravan after less than a year for exactly the same reason - it can be hard to get right, so do think about the practicalities of how and where you will be using it.

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So what is the main things to check and on what areas are they is there anything I should pay particular attention to

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Have a read Here on the ukcampsite's own info sheets, and Here for the Caravan Club's info sheets, and Here for the info from the Camping and Caravanning Club. Somewhere in amongst that is pretty much everything you need :-)

Message posted by billyboy84 on 23/1/2014 at 12:28pm
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my uncle has a swift corniche 4 berth about 1994 modle where can i find any info on these

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Billyboy if you search on this forum using "Swift Corniche" , and searching "all forums" and "all years" you will get a goof few threads to read through and see if that answers some questions

Not sure I can link to another caravan website but if you google "caravan specifications" you will see top of non sponsored links is a site that lists almost all caravan specs that you can search

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Quote: Originally posted by billyboy84 on 23/1/2014
my uncle has a swift corniche 4 berth about 1994 modle where can i find any info on these



What are you wanting to know about it? I would think surely your uncle would have most of the answers?

Message posted by billyboy84 on 23/1/2014 at 2:13pm
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He lives quite a way away and is elderly and the caravan is in storage I'd just like to know the weight specifically I pretty sure its a early 90's maybe 94 4 berth corniche

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You need the exact model of Corniche though.

You can get a 12 foot 2 berth to a twin axle 24ft 6 berth that weighs way more than your car. So the weight differences will be huge.

And dont assume a 2 berth weighs less than a 4 berth. Or smaller = lighter. There are always exceptions.

Sister maybe selling her 1994 Super Sprite. But she may want more than 1000 for it.
Not sure on its true value though?




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Max tow weight = Cars gross laden weight + Caravans gross laden weight.

These 2 figures must not exceed 3500kg. And the Caravans gross laden weight must not exceed the cars UNLADEN weight.

Unless the manufacturer has set a lower limit.

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