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Message posted by Baileyjake23/2/2016 at 3:36pm
Outfit: Coachman Amara 570 6 + Shogun SG4 Location: West Midlands
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Sunshine, what Coachman did you get?
i would have bought an Adria, which was my plan before the bailey except i wanted something larger than my bailey 550/6 with fixed bunks, which Adria didn't seem to provide.
i looked at an Adora 545/6 and it was nice and bright and ikea style but it was smaller than my ranger, had the wetroom style washroom and a very small 1/2 oven.
anyway the coachman is a different world from my ranger with is sprung seating, awning heating duct, external bbq and power points etc etc the list goes on. other than the window seal i am so far impressed. the caravan is mint.
i think that many boats do leak some cars also but obviously not in the numbers caravans do. i the problem with caravans are they have to be light enough to tow with a car and withstand being towed these are a conflict in design terms. when you tow them they flex and the seams open up.
one interesting point about the ford capri was that the larger engined versions rusted more than the smaller engined versions. the reason being that the torque reaction through the body opened the spot welded seams and let water in. when you follow caravans you can see them flexing. another thought, how many people check their car yearly with a damp meter?
where i work we have a portacabin, it lives inside a factory, it never sees rain. i sunk my damp meter probes into the wall board and got a reading of 13%.
i take your point about camping and comradery, when i get the chance i take my tent on my motorbike. at bike camping rallys we have witnessed caravan rallys were the group of caravanners (on the rally field) have been sat cosey in their individual caravans watching TV until the power tripped, then they all came outside and started interacting.
some of the places i have taken my caravan i am happy to keep my self to my self.
First van bailey ranger 550/6
Now the proud owner of a coachman amara