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Message posted by duffs54 on 01/10/2018 at 9:35am
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Just so sad when we sold our Airbeam, but OH having health issues I will find it easier and hopefully go away more.

So we now have a tin tent, just need to collect it. looking forward to the next chapter x


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Not ideal, of course ( ), but hey, if it helps you both to carry on getting out there, tent or no tent, it has to be a good thing.

Here's to the next chapter indeed. Enjoy.

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What a terrible thing to do. And to think how many cold windy nights you won't get to spend under canvas now the weather is on the turn. We are spending our 118th night of the year tonight in our van. Its not the same as being in a tent, its just different. Our Bell tent has not had an outing this year, for a number of reasons, but still we have had a really good year and the weather has been fantastic this summer. Enjoy the new van duffs, it will open up new avenues of enjoyment.

PS: If you want to join the "pleb watchers" society, let me know and I can send you the rules on how to become a member.

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Oh dear...oh dear oh dear oh dear! You have read all the problems one gets with caravans and all about weights and damp and loading and snaking and you still bought one?

Actually I often wish I still had my little caravan...warm and cosy and takes minutes to set up on a campsite. A little home from home but sadly for me I worried too much when towing even though I seemed to be quite good at it and the cost of storage and maintenance was too much for me...but I am sure you will enjoy it and far easier than spending hours setting up a tent every trip.

Good luck

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Looking forward to hearing about your adventures in the new unit Duffs. Congratulations and good luck.

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Hi Duffs,
Remember me? We conversed about changing from a tent to a van earlier in the summer.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our first time touring this summer. We soon got used to it.

In August we travelled down through France, staying 2 nights at different locations before getting to Annecy. Also stopping for 2 nights on the way back. It could not have been easier.

Strangely enough we found it less stressful driving. We kept to the 100 kms speed limit for caravans. It was great not having to worry about overtaking that next lorry up ahead and we just added on an extra hour to the time the sat nav gave us.

In Annecy we put up our gazebo, I had the induction hob outside and we still felt like we were "camping" but we had a more comfortable bed to sleep in and a refuge when we had a huge storm.

Its great
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If you can get on with the towing, you'll love the van Duffs. Plus, if and when you decide to get an awning or canopy, what are they except tents and tarps? Enjoy!

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Quote: Originally posted by Mucker1884 on 01/10/2018
Not ideal, of course ( ), but hey, if it helps you both to carry on getting out there, tent or no tent, it has to be a good thing.

Here's to the next chapter indeed. Enjoy.

...And don't forget us paupers over here in tent-land!



Lol Mr Karsten Paupers

I love the camping posts, I'm not going anywhere, just a bit nervous about all the switches and info on the handover eeeek xx

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Quote: Originally posted by geoffprinter on 01/10/2018
What a terrible thing to do. And to think how many cold windy nights you won't get to spend under canvas now the weather is on the turn. We are spending our 118th night of the year tonight in our van. Its not the same as being in a tent, its just different. Our Bell tent has not had an outing this year, for a number of reasons, but still we have had a really good year and the weather has been fantastic this summer. Enjoy the new van duffs, it will open up new avenues of enjoyment.

PS: If you want to join the "pleb watchers" society, let me know and I can send you the rules on how to become a member.



Thank you Geoff, I'm hoping we will get away more, the daunting thought of pitching the brute for a couple of nights just put me off, we were ok when we first got it as OH could help me.

Pleb watchers, please enroll me automatically, can't miss out on that

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Quote: Originally posted by Bob61 on 01/10/2018
Oh dear...oh dear oh dear oh dear! You have read all the problems one gets with caravans and all about weights and damp and loading and snaking and you still bought one?

Actually I often wish I still had my little caravan...warm and cosy and takes minutes to set up on a campsite. A little home from home but sadly for me I worried too much when towing even though I seemed to be quite good at it and the cost of storage and maintenance was too much for me...but I am sure you will enjoy it and far easier than spending hours setting up a tent every trip.

Good luck

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Lol Bob, yes i've read and seen the video's of failed caravan trips, we are only able to do it because of an inheritance, obviously it isn't an endless supply, but it will keep us going for awhile if we are careful x

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Quote: Originally posted by TimCESmith on 01/10/2018
Looking forward to hearing about your adventures in the new unit Duffs. Congratulations and good luck.



Thank you Tim it'll seem so strange, but much easier x

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Quote: Originally posted by jacfrosty on 02/10/2018
Hi Duffs,
Remember me? We conversed about changing from a tent to a van earlier in the summer.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our first time touring this summer. We soon got used to it.

In August we travelled down through France, staying 2 nights at different locations before getting to Annecy. Also stopping for 2 nights on the way back. It could not have been easier.

Strangely enough we found it less stressful driving. We kept to the 100 kms speed limit for caravans. It was great not having to worry about overtaking that next lorry up ahead and we just added on an extra hour to the time the sat nav gave us.

In Annecy we put up our gazebo, I had the induction hob outside and we still felt like we were "camping" but we had a more comfortable bed to sleep in and a refuge when we had a huge storm.

Its great
:-)



Frosty, I do remember and am so pleased your enjoying it, hoping to still do France, but like you say not rushing to a site and then spend 2 hrs pitching etc. Looking forward to having the loo on hand too xx

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Quote: Originally posted by lidds0 on 02/10/2018
If you can get on with the towing, you'll love the van Duffs. Plus, if and when you decide to get an awning or canopy, what are they except tents and tarps? Enjoy!



Thank you lidds, towing is going to be a bit worrying, I'm booked on a course next year, we only expect to stay local over the winter odd weekends here and there, it does come with an awning, but only a half one so I'd like a larger one as well for longer breaks. I'll definitely be sitting outside regardless of the weather

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Noooooooooo.

Only kidding duffs hopefully it will make life a little easier for you both.
Don't forget that most things in a caravan is the same a mh so funsters will still be more than happy to help.
Hopefully meet up somewhere and enjoy a glass or two while watching the tents being pitched lol.

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Quote: Originally posted by paul+kate s-o-t on 04/10/2018
Noooooooooo.

Only kidding duffs hopefully it will make life a little easier for you both.
Don't forget that most things in a caravan is the same a mh so funsters will still be more than happy to help.
Hopefully meet up somewhere and enjoy a glass or two while watching the tents being pitched lol.



I was dreading you seeing my post no Classic Hymer for me then , I've not been on the forum for quite awhile, my membership might of lapsed unless it's auto renew?

Love to meet up somewhere, we seem to have had similar journeys with different outcomes

Just wish the money had come through a bit quicker and we could have had some lovely late jaunts away. I cried when our Croyde drove off in someone else's car lol, such a sad time, but over it now and looking forward to tin tenting x

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Quote: Originally posted by duffs54 on 06/10/2018
Quote: Originally posted by paul+kate s-o-t on 04/10/2018
Noooooooooo.

Only kidding duffs hopefully it will make life a little easier for you both.
Don't forget that most things in a caravan is the same a mh so funsters will still be more than happy to help.
Hopefully meet up somewhere and enjoy a glass or two while watching the tents being pitched lol.




I was dreading you seeing my post no Classic Hymer for me then , I've not been on the forum for quite awhile, my membership might of lapsed unless it's auto renew?

Love to meet up somewhere, we seem to have had similar journeys with different outcomes



Just wish the money had come through a bit quicker and we could have had some lovely late jaunts away. I cried when our Croyde drove off in someone else's car lol, such a sad time, but over it now and looking forward to tin tenting x



It's what works for you and your husband duffs that's the main thing. At least your still getting out there.
Fun membership isn't auto renew but you just become read only.
So happy that you both came to a compromise and wish you both many happy trips out.
Paul



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