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Subject Topic: Esterel in storm Post Reply Post New Topic
06/9/2009 at 10:32pm
 Location: Hull
 Outfit: Esterel Primatic C34 (1984)
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Just got back from Mablethorpe area. We experienced some high winds and loads of rain during the week. Our Esterel was great, no leaks at all and thanks to an extra awning tie down it stayed put. We had some strange looks as we pulled up on the Cherry tree 5 star site at Sutton on sea. There where some very posh caravans with all the mod cons. You could see them all chatting to each other when I put my water bottle and black waste bottle on my trolly and wheeled it to the washrooms. I dont have a fancy casette to pull out of the side of our van. Infact ours doesnt have a lavy. We put a porta potty in the awning. Did the job ok. In a previous life I have lived in a 6ft slit trench for a week. Had to stay in it for 24hrs a day. A black plastic bag was our lavy.That also did the job ok. Most of the people on this site where ok, there where a few snoty ones who looked down at you on the site because they where 'exceedingly richer than us' (I bet they play golf as well!). We had a great time. It was easyer than our previous Rapido as most of one's gear can be stowed in it before you set off. Peolpe who sell Rapidos on E bay say you can tow it with a small car! You can, but where do you put all of your stuff? There is just enough room to stow a few pairs of undies in one when it is folded! We have an estate car and needed it! Our Esterel has a strange 12v system when plugged into the mains. When the awning light is turned on, 1 of the inside lights comes on at the same time! When the light switch at the other end is turned off, it switches it all the lights off!. Cant quite get my head around it yet. I will have to get my sonic screwdriver out and investigate it all.17

Any one who is thinking of getting an Estrel. Get one they are great, Very easy to tow. Steady as a rock. Sits in your front garden just nice and doesnt block the veiw.  If getting one off Ebay buy a damp meter or just ask the seller if he wouldnt mind if you probed it first before you hand over the money. It frightens them into telling the truth! I was saved twice!

Went to a weighbridge 600Kg unloaded 690kg loaded.For those that are interested Estrel Primatic. Look at photo.



07/9/2009 at 6:28am
 Location: Stoke-on-Trent
 Outfit: Compass Kensington + Octavia 4x4
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Just wanted to say hi we bought an Esterel Supermatic 4 berth with bathroom this year, 850kg fully loaded. Must say as much as I loved our Dandy this has proved far easier and quicker to sort out once on site. Still got things to do on it but getting there.

Happy holidays!

Andi


07/9/2009 at 6:57am
 Location: Hertfordshire
 Outfit: Esterelle Caramatic T39
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welcome to folding caravans badger.

my van is a gobur it is 25 years old and is in pristine condition, when we get on site we usually get an audience as we put it up (approx 5 mins and the kettle is on)

most people come and ask questions about it and are quite friendly.

as for storage you can't beat a folding caravan.

regards

John



07/9/2009 at 9:00am
 Location: Vale of Llangollen Wrexham
 Outfit: Abbey. Domino 2 plus Vintage Mo-tent
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I've got our Rapido erected in the garden at the moment 'cos I want to do a few checks and mods before end of season.  Neighbours are wondering a) How I got it in and b) where did come from.   I tell them it's been there for the past two years!  1717   As for travel storage, I carry awning, groundsheet, windbreak, chairs and the portapotti on top under the trailer cover.  OK, it raises the height a bit but not too much as potti splits into two.  However, these are stored separately when 'resting' to allow to air and to reduce axle/tyre weight on trailer.

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07/9/2009 at 10:53am
 Location: Hull
 Outfit: Esterel Primatic C34 (1984)
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Snap, we kept the awning and chaires under the cover. We loved our Rapido. We didnt know how much until we handed it over to its new owner. I think the construction of the Rapido is brilliant. Ours looked as if it would last for ever. I wasnt quite sure about the running gear. The backs of the wheels on ours where so rusty the brake adjusters looked as if they where shot. The brakes worked ok and where adjusted ok. Most people thought ours was a trailer tent, it did look like it. One site nearly didnt let us on!

I was bidding on a Gobur on Ebay before we got this Esterel. They look ace inside. It went up to high in the end (last 30 secs). I won an Esterel on Ebay last Nov and travelled all the way from Hull to Gillingham in Kent to find a green mold covered van with a broken door and window. Also it looked like the 'A' frame was bent. Needless to say I didnt hand over any money and came back very disapointed. The Esterel we have now is in ex condition. It is like having a new one. I need to do a few mods on it like more elec sockets as it has one at the moment. I would have liked the one with the lavy but the extra table/bed is handy as we like one each.17



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12/6/2013 at 10:02am
 Location: None Entered
 Outfit: None Entered
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My brother bought a small caravan reasonably cheap. On his first outing he rang me to tell me of the guy pitched next door in his 45k campervan with all mod cons and self tracking sat TV. He was licking the window with envy until I pointed out that he was sitting in the same field, sharing the same views and breathing the same air. Who's the mug? Re: former life - you can't get more basic than a "KIP" sheet and shovel! What would a civvy know of outdoor living?


12/6/2013 at 11:47am
 Location: Stockport
 Outfit: Venus and Cmax 2.0D
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Quote "I bet they play golf as well!"
Says it all really!



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