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04/7/2017 at 6:31pm
 Location: wigan
 Outfit: Quechea air5.2 tent bailey ranger van
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Hi everyone. After 15 years of camping in a tent we have finally taken the plunge and bought a caravan. We've bought a 12 year old bailey ranger. Can't wait to start using it with our 2 young sons

Any one any tips for us newbies. Any dos or don'ts we should know about

Thanks in advance

Eun


04/7/2017 at 7:05pm
 Location: Ilkeston. Derbyshire
 Outfit: Disco 4 Unicorn Barcelona 4
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04/7/2017 at 9:29pm
 Location: Mid Wales
 Outfit: Coachman Vip 520
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Just take your time and double check everything before travelling. And of course enjoy!

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Enjoy life while you can, none of us know what's round the corner!


04/7/2017 at 10:04pm
 Location: West Midlands
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You'll probably find some useful advice in some of these C&CC articles.



05/7/2017 at 12:09pm
 Location: None Entered
 Outfit: Swift Conqueror 580
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Make sure your jockey wheel is straight, so when you hook up to the car you can pull it up into the recess with no problems and i won't get caught on the handbrake.

If you have a water hose connected to a tap on a pitch, make sure you don't forget the tap adaptor when you leave:(

When emptying the waste for the toilet, make sure you tell your children its out of bounds. I have 2 children, and one decided to have a poo when i was off emptying, not pleasent to come back to.


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05/7/2017 at 12:18pm
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Make sure the fridge is working nothing worse than hot beer

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Animals have feelings..

JEFF................


05/7/2017 at 2:08pm
 Location: West Yorkshire
 Outfit: Bessacarr Cameo 625 2011
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Read up on the basics, about which there is loads of information and discussion:

Caravan weight (MTPLM); noseweight, tyres, mirrors.

Following the guidelines and legal stuff will make sure you your family and other road users will be safe.

Pretty much everything else you will quickly pick up from experience, as you go - lots of us use checklists.

But, a couple of tips:
-Take a notepad, and when away list everything you come across that you want to fix, replace, or need, and deal with these when you come home. Over a few trips this will get everything the way you want it.

-Always think weight: always buy lightweight; do you really need it?; buy for the van, don't take old heavy stuff from home.


05/7/2017 at 11:36pm
 Location: Belper
 Outfit: Elddis tornado xl
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Quote: Originally posted by NinJaH-1982 on 05/7/2017
Make sure your jockey wheel is straight, so when you hook up to the car you can pull it up into the recess with no problems and i won't get caught on the handbrake.

If you have a water hose connected to a tap on a pitch, make sure you don't forget the tap adaptor when you leave:(

When emptying the waste for the toilet, make sure you tell your children its out of bounds. I have 2 children, and one decided to have a poo when i was off emptying, not pleasent to come back to.



Oh man!


06/7/2017 at 10:06am
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Quote: Originally posted by jeff juke on 05/7/2017
Make sure the fridge is working nothing worse than hot beer



Good heavens, thanks for that Jeff..........I had nightmares last night, not a wink of sleep.

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Not ALL Newts get p**sed.

“Semper Fidelis”


06/7/2017 at 10:07am
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Quote: Originally posted by Derby-Dave on 05/7/2017
Quote: Originally posted by NinJaH-1982 on 05/7/2017

When emptying the waste for the toilet, make sure you tell your children its out of bounds. I have 2 children, and one decided to have a poo when i was off emptying, not pleasent to come back to.



Oh man!



Sorry Dave, I should not have laughed.............But I did! 👍😀😀😀

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