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  2. Official announcement 3 July 2020 Motorhome & Caravan Show 2020 postponed NCC Events, organisers for the Motorhome & Caravan Show, announce today that following extensive consultation, it has been agreed to postpone this year’s NEC October show until 2021. The Motorhome & Caravan Show 2021 will take place between 12 – 17 October 2021. The key considerations were: - The ban on mass gatherings with no indication of when this may be lifted - The difficulty of operating the Motorhome & Caravan Show under the COVID safe related protocols - Predicted reduced consumer attendance based on a visitor survey John Lally, CEO of NCC Events said: “NCC Events faced a very difficult decision. The postponement at this stage maximises the chances to both protect the health and well-being of attendees (exhibitor staff and visitors) and also the financial viability of our exhibitors and the show itself. All visitors and exhibitors are entitled to a full refund of monies paid for tickets and stand costs. This gives the opportunity for exhibitors to recover any secondary costs and in turn allows NCC Events the best opportunity to hold a successful show in 2021. We know the Motorhome & Caravan show plays a critically important role in the achievement of retail sales each season. To this end we are working on initiatives to help and support the showcasing of the 2021 new-season products. Meanwhile, the NCC Events team will focus all efforts on delivering a very successful Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show (23 – 28 February 2021) after this period of uncertainty.” Ends
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  4. Gordon

    JULY 5th

    It's good news to read that the restrictions are slowly being lifted, I just hope that there is no mad rush to get away on day one, and that people exercise caution not only over when and where they travel to but also where (if anywhere) they venture out to during any campsite stay. While I am sure there will be localised peaks in CV cases, I sincerely hope that the sensible majority will have a greater influence over the thoughtless minority. On a personal note, our MH will be staying firmly parked at home for a few more weeks yet. For those venturing forth, stay safe. Gordon.
  5. bikerbri

    JULY 5th

    Well it looks like we are being allowed out to campsites soon in our motorhomes, providing we stay in England of course if we are intent on the UK. Hopefully Wales will follow suit very soon after. Have made plans for South of France in early September for a couple of weeks but holding back on actual booking until nearer the time. Will be giving the MH a good wash & wax in preperation and re-fitting the scooter rack.
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  7. Hi Ian, I'm afraid I don't know of a specific source for a window that would fit your Ducato based MH, however below are some links that may help:- https://eeco-ltd.co.uk/replacement-windows https://sfmcaravans.co.uk/collections/parts-spares (scroll down to windows) https://www.caravanbreakers.net https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/sfmcaravansltd Gordon
  8. Not sure many here will be able to answer that question as this is a predominantly a UK group so I imagine most will be unfamiliar with the equipment you are using in the USA. I tend to use my mobile phone on the 4G network as a wifi point which seems to work quite well across the UK and saves having additional equipment. David
  9. I have the Winegard ConnecT 2.0. Will the AT&T unlimited data plan for the ToGo work on the winegard?
  10. Where to find a replacment window for a 1996 compass drifter 410
  11. 19th June 2020 The National Caravan Council says caravan industry desperate for an opening date for England’s parks, as time runs out to help businesses and ‘save the great English caravan holiday’ ⦁ Wales opens its parks from 6 July; Northern Ireland rom 26 June; Scotland from 15 July … England - ‘we are still waiting’ ⦁ Businesses in supply chain close to collapse. The National Caravan Council (NCC), the trade association that represents the UK caravan industry, is asking why Government is delaying confirmation that caravan parks can re-open on 4 July. “This dithering is presenting unnecessary additional risks for the sector,” NCC Director General, John Lally comments. The Government needs to provide certainty so the English caravan park sector can get back to what it does best – grow local economies, and support jobs and wellbeing, by providing opportunities for people to benefit from the outdoors. “For over two months, we have been arguing it is totally inappropriate for government to link caravan parks with hotels, hostels and B&Bs. It is illogical that the two million people who own caravans and motorhomes are denied the opportunity to stay overnight in their safe self-contained accommodation. Caravans, motorhomes and lodges are socially distanced by design! “Today Wales followed Scotland and Northern Ireland by confirming an opening date. The NCC fully supports the Government’s decisions to protect the health of our nation, but we have just heard that the coronavirus alert level has been downgraded from four to three. “So, we continue to argue to Government that a ‘one size fits all’ approach to hospitality and tourism opening could damage our industry - and have unintended consequences. The majority of caravan parks are family businesses struggling to cope and survive during closure. In turn, caravan manufacturing has found itself with no orders for over two months. Too much of the holiday and selling season has already been lost. “The ability of many related businesses – manufacturing, dealerships and suppliers – to recover hangs by a thread. While there has been a recent spike in interest in caravans and motorhomes, potential buyers are questioning why they should commit to a purchase when England’s parks remain closed. “Please recognise that the caravan sector is unique, with 95% of leisure vehicles privately owned. Time is running out to save the great English caravan holiday!” Ends
  12. I often wonder about automotive designers, do they actually drive the vehicles they create? I doubt there is a style of vehicle that does not have simple but annoying 'faults' designed to spoil the driving experience, cars especially and as Gordon points out motorhomes are not exempt. I know a few people with Chausson conversions and mostly the feedback is positive but best to follow the golden rule and have a good test drive in whatever your thinking of buying to ensure everything is to your liking.
  13. Hi Richard, Welcome to Motorhome Talk. I cannot comment upon your choice of conversion but I do like the base vehicle. I have driven numerous MHs and personally I find the current Peugeot cab (and equivalents) impose a visual restriction with regard to the driver's side door mirror, as for me this aligns perfectly with the frame between the quarter light and the opening door window. I know that may manufacturers use this base vehicle and I have no concerns over the vehicle itself, just the fact that with the seat positioned for my comfort, I am not happy with the rear view. Conversely I have driven MHs with the Transit cabs, and they have a different arrangement that allows me to make full use off the rear view mirror. I'm not aware of any serious adverse comments about Chausson conversions so I trust that your choice will serve you well for years to come. Gordon.
  14. Hi guys thinking of buying one of these on a Transit base. Any comments/tips would be very much appreciated. Thank you in anticipation. Richard
  15. I wonder if Wolfpack has come to a decision? David
  16. If it's too good to be true, etc etc etc A bit fishy is an understatement.
  17. We have a 2019 Bailey Alliance 66-2. You don't mention what year the one for sale is? The Alliance has only been going for a couple of years. However I don't recognise the price of £55000 unless there was a massive amount of extras fitted.Normal list price is around £50000. If it is for sale at £30000 it is grossly underpriced, even at £40000 it would be a bargain. Are you sure it is a genuine offer? Are you able to go and view? I appreciated that it sounds a good price but I would want to establish that it was genuine. Motorhomes that are offered for sale at cheap prices can be scams especially if you are asked to pay for it before seeing it or have to pay a deposit before viewing. I can see the attraction of the price but if it is genuine she has been badly advised. I think you need to ask a few more questions. The sort of thing I have in mind is why is she not asking the supplying dealer to sell it on her behalf. If it is genuine and buy it for the price mentioned I doubt you would lose money if you sold it a few months later and you even might make a profit. You will forgive my concern about it seeming a bit fishy!!! David
  18. Industry releases guidance and best practice for caravan parks to operate safely Caravan and motorhome dealerships to reopen amid growing interest during COVID-19 crisis Motorhome /caravan dealerships to reopen on 1 June 2020 Surge in staycation and UK destination interest The industry has released guidelines for caravan parks to coincide with the announcement that caravan and motorhome dealerships can reopen on 1 June alongside car showrooms. The guidelines will ensure strict social distancing and hygiene protocols are in place for when visitors with holiday caravans, motorhomes and touring caravans can return to parks. The trade body, the NCC (National Caravan Council), now urges the government to enable parks to reopen as soon as possible. In the meantime, motorhome and caravan dealerships across the country are preparing for reopening on Monday, after a surge in interest online in caravans and motorhomes. British leisure vehicle manufacturer, Swift Group, recently revealed its web traffic has increased over 40% since the Prime Minister’s statement on 10 May compared to the two weeks prior, with growth driven by a younger audience between 18 to 44 years old, whose visits to the site are up by nearly 50%. Nick Page, Group Commercial Director from Swift Group explains: “We are seeing a really promising trend emerging, which after a hard-few months for the industry, is welcome news to UK caravan and motorhome manufacturers. Holiday parks are a brilliant option to enable social distancing, and as caravans and motorhomes are self-contained, will be one of the safest holiday options for those looking to get out around the UK this year.” An NCC survey from this week confirmed 93% of those surveyed intend to holiday or take a short break in the UK after the lockdown compared to 84% who booked/planned a UK holiday or short break beforehand. This demonstrates a substantial shift towards UK domestic tourism as an option for holidaymakers. In the first months after lockdown, 70% of UK adults said they perceive a holiday caravan-based UK break as a socially acceptable activity. Motorhoming did even better, with 77%, indicating it as an appealing option. These holiday types were regarded as much more acceptable than, say, a city break to a major European city. A Longwoods survey found that 82% of people travelling in 2020 made changes to their travel plans due to COVID-19. In further good news for the industry, the NCC's members’ recent lobbying campaign, to ensure that motorhome and caravan dealerships in England can open at the same time as car showrooms, has been successful. The government has now confirmed caravan and motorhome dealerships, most of which are predominantly outdoors, can reopen in England on 1 June. The NCC is also working with the government to allow the safe re-opening of caravan holiday parks and touring sites in England as soon as possible. At present those offering holiday accommodation - such as hotels and resorts as well as caravan parks – may be permitted to open from 4 July. The NCC is calling on the government to lift the closure notices on caravan parks across the UK so they can reopen as soon as possible, as it issues extremely robust safety guidelines. The guidance outlines advice to enable caravan parks to develop their own COVID-19 safety protocol and give assurances that measures have been put in place to protect staff, customers and, as a consequence those in the nearby local community, so they can reopen. A phased opening of caravan parks has been proposed by the NCC to the government. Unlike hotels, there are no safety issues with shared facilities or accommodation at caravan parks, as the units are self-contained and 95% are privately owned, thus providing a safe form of holiday accommodation. Caravans and motorhomes are ‘socially distanced by design’ and rules on parks mean that caravans must be 5 or 6 metres apart. The vast majority of caravans have their own cooking and washing facilities, providing the safest form of holidaying possible at the moment. NCC Director General, John Lally commented: “The reopening of dealerships is a huge relief for the industry as we are able to start to respond to the public interest in both renting and buying caravans and motorhomes in the coming months. The UK’s holiday parks benefit from rural and coastal locations, away from densely populated urban areas, and each park is working to put in place social distancing measures which will make it the best option for holidays in the UK this year. We are working with the government to look into reopening holiday parks as early as possible with strict social distancing measures, as outlined in the guidance, to enable the industry to get back to work and hard-working families to enjoy full use of their caravans again.” The NCC’s Freedom To Go website www.freedomtogo.co.uk, enables holiday makers to rapidly search for campsite and holiday park options from one location, as well as find motorhome and caravan dealerships to source vehicles for their late summer getaways. In National Camping and Caravanning Week, thousands have been sleeping out in their driveways with the Camping and Caravanning Club as they plan getaways for when lockdown measures are lifted. Media release 29th May 2020 - for immediate distribution Footnote: The National Caravan Council (the NCC) is the UK trade association representing the touring caravan, motorhome, caravan holiday home and residential park home industries. It represents more than 550 companies across 850+ different UK outlets, and is the only UK trade association that represents the entire supply chain including holiday/residential parks, dealerships, manufacturers, workshops, and suppliers of specialist services and products.
  19. Help! Ive been offered a year old Bailer Alliance 66-2 at a knock down price. Cost £55k last year, but offered at £30k. The lady has lost her husband in the last 2/3 weeks and she just wants to ‘get rid of it‘. We are long term caravanners but of late, have been considering a change to a motorhome....so this may be opportune, whee it not for 2 issues. Firstly, it’s not the model/ layout we would be considering, so I would anticipate only using it to establish if we were going to be committed motorhomers....and if not, sell it. Secondly, because I would expect to sell it again (either to get a model of our choice or stay with caravan) I don’t want to ‘gamble’ a lot of capital on a resale risk. BUT I feel awkward not offering this poor woman a good price under the circumstances. I don’t want to be seen to taking advantage of her and the situation but I don’t really want THAT model. Would appreciate the thoughts/suggestions of motorhome owners. thanks
  20. Majority of their caravan market is UK manufactured imports so would not need to be modified but a US caravan would need changing . They used to need the axles changed on the fivers as they can have electric brakes up to 4500 kg .
  21. That's actually a good safety point but one that is not enforced here in the UK. As a matter of interest, does the same rule apply to a normal touring caravan (as opposed to a fifth wheeler)?
  22. bikerbri

    Road Tax

    Personally Dave I have written off this year so intend to SORN 31st May. I believe we are safer in our own MH on our own pitch but no campsite can guarantee your not at risk until either a vaccine or pandemic declared over. Using facilities provided on site alone is risky, contamination by touch is a reality. We all have to make our own Risk Assesments.
  23. bikerbri

    ADAC

    Thanks for the suggestion, will look into Comfort with a few others and see what emerges.
  24. The question will be if sites are opening mid July do you go away or stay isolated then you could SORN the vehicle ?
  25. When a US RV or Fiver is imported into Australia they have to convert it to fit a hab door to the nearside as they have to be able to not step out into traffic .
  26. As said I use Comfort .
  27. klyne

    ADAC

    Brian I think its been on the cards for a couple of years that they would restrict to German citizens. I can't see how it was ever economic to allow it Europe wide. Some motorhome insurance companies have it as an option, I thin Comfort do? David
  28. bikerbri

    ADAC

    ADAC have decided to no longer offer their Plus Membership to anyone outside of Germany, only those with a German residence. As existing membership become due for renewal the cover will cease. At £90pa for full European & UK Breakdown Cover this will indeed be a sad loss, the search for a reliable cost effective alternative begins all over again for 2021. Any suggestions ???
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