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  1. Glad to see you've found us. We'll try to lighten the conversation away from "the" current topic of many conversations. and look to a brighter future. Gordon.
  2. Our MH is LHD and to be honest that has never been a major issue when driven in the UK, apart from the obvious, and that is that the access door is on the UK offside (right side). Thus when alighting in a layby you have to be extra aware of passing traffic, and some sites insist that I park "nose in" on a pitch to put the door on the UK side of the pitch. Conversely having the access door on the right is a bonus when abroad. If you do opt for LHD, take a careful look as some A-Class models have a "cab" door on the left, so allowing safe access from the LHS. Should you opt for a chassis/cab (B-Class) then naturally the cab will have doors either side, so diminishing the problem when stopping temporarily en route, however you may still be instructed to park the "wrong way round" once on a UK site. Brian's advice to purchase from a dealer makes perfect sense, and if at least placing a deposit by credit card, you will have additional protection shou there be problems with the vehicle. Personally I have a problem with the Ducato/Boxer cab, in that the vertical bar between the quarter light and the wind down window next to the driver, obscures the rear view mirror when I have the seat set for my long legs. Unfortunately a large number of MH models use this chassis cab so my personal choice is somewhat limited. See this thread. Time to look at the manufacturers' websites and brochures methinks, as you should have plenty of time to browse the options at the moment. All the very best, and welcome to Motorhome Talk. Gordon.
  3. On a previous caravan I had a similar issue and was able to slacken the hinge from the side frame of the cupboard and slip a small section of matchstick under the hinge before tightening again. This allowed the side hinged cupboard door to be aligned with the adjacent one. A bit of trial and error was needed but for the price of a bit of time and a couple of used matches, the outcome was acceptable. Some Autotrails have top hinged lockers that utilise a similar hinge mechanism to domestic kitchen units but I've never looked close enough to see if there are similar alignment screws to the domestic versions.
  4. The same question has been asked on our sister forum "Caravan Talk" and the thoughts there are much the same, that is to say, no refunds from CMC although all club sites closed until 20th June 2020. No doubt that will be reviewed nearer the time and the closures possibly extended. All government announcements are being sent in daily emails with links to each topic being placed here on CT for anybody to read. Gordon.
  5. That's good news Brian, and as you say, also good for future custom. Gordon.
  6. . . . and all of the time these expensive purchases of ours are depreciating possibly without ever being used in anger . . . Gordon
  7. I can echo those thoughts David. I was going to build my own house once too but that never happened either
  8. I believe in many some cases you may be waiting a long time, as I fear that many campsites will not be in business this time next year. Some companies have acted responsibly, while others have displayed an uncaring greedy side, however people have memories long enough to remember the way they were treated for when things start to get back to normal. The bottom line is that we are all going to have to pay in one way or another for this crisis, whether financially or with our health. Currently it is just about impossible to get even the basics locally, and I've not seen a bus or taxi for the past couple of weeks. My fear is that there are going to be further deaths of people without any viral infection, but who simply live alone with no nearby family to look after them.
  9. For anybody looking for information relating to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation we have added a section to our sister forum Caravan Talk that is accessible to everybody, whether a member of CT or not. This includes a page with links to both official government sites, and other informative sites where we trust the information will be correct. we will endeavour to update the links page if other useful information is found. There is no need to register with Caravan Talk so please feel free to browse these public pages for information. Gordon.
  10. Gotcha. So unlike me you can adjust the ride whilst en route, and then use the jacks as I do when parked up. Glad to read that the air bag is now working correctly.
  11. I have to say that I am not familiar with the system you describe. Am I right in thinking that you have air suspension on which one side was leaking and you have a separate system for levelling the MH when stationary? We have a standard suspension (springs and dampers) for road use, with hydraulic jacks that can be used only when stationary to level the outfit.
  12. Press Release 2nd March 2020 Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2020 reflects industry buoyancy 89,377 visitors attended this year’s Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC, with a huge range of visitors exploring everything from tipis and tents to caravans and luxury lodges. Despite a stormy half term week, exhibitors reported strong business during the six days of the show, which offered the UK’s largest display of caravans, campervans, motorhomes, caravan holiday homes & lodges, tents, awnings and accessories, all at one venue. As well as five halls full of exhibitors, the show saw a packed programme of celebrity guests including Shane Richie opening the show alongside industry favourite Matt Allwright, and recent Strictly Come Dancing star Kelvin Fletcher joining Rowland Rivron on the Freedom To Go Theatre. Families flocked to the feature activities including crazy golf, a climbing wall, face painting on a number of exhibitor stands and the brand new Electric In Motion area where cycle brands Roodog, Ride & Glide and Ribble gave young and older visitors a taste of electric powered bicycle power, as well as scooters and skateboards. The ever-popular Top Dog Arena returned with amazing agility demonstrations by four-legged stars. Commenting on the show, Jenny Summers, NCC Events Marketing Director said: “We were delighted with the visitor numbers and the quality of the show experience, created by our exhibitors in 2020. This spring event is designed to bring new people into our industry and give a taste of the outdoor lifestyle from all parts of the industry. We had both Channel 5 and BBC Radio 4 at the show, as well as brilliant support from the local media despite the weather in the region creating issues for many.” The Caravan and Motorhome Club revealed that campervanners enjoy twice as many holidays as the average Brit does, according to a survey it carried out in time for the show. The survey looking at holiday habits of British holidaymakers found that caravanners and motorhomers pack in around eight trips of a weekend away or longer per year, compared to the average Brit who only manage four breaks maximum each year. Nick Page, Commercial Director, Swift Group said: “We’ve had a fantastic show with strong footfall resulting in retail sales growth across many Swift ranges. A leading highlight was the launch of the Basecamp 4 Special Edition, a major success that helped create interest across the whole stand.” Simon Howard, Marketing Director of Bailey of Bristol said: “Naturally we would like to thank everyone who came to see us at the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show at the NEC, Birmingham. The show kicked off with the launch of the all-new Alicanto Grande Faro layout, the announcement of our new motorhome ambassadors – Andy Tobert and Bex Biggins and news of our latest epic adventure, where we will be taking on the ‘Sahara Challenge’ as we head to the desert this spring. “Products across the spectrum from top-of-the-range Autograph motorhomes to the daringly different Discovery caravan range, all out-performed our expectations and overall the show was a great success with our current portfolio paying dividends in terms of overall results.” Elliot Hibbs, MD Coachman Caravans added: “We are delighted with results of the show, with an increase of 25% in retail sales and the second-best February NEC in recent years. All models retailed well but the stand out range was the new ‘Acadia’ with just over 50% of our sales. Well done to the NCC Events for another successful show.” Kirsten Bolton, Marketing Director, Willerby, said added: “This has been a very exciting show for us as we have launched three new homes, including our Mapleton lodge; this is a fantastic addition to our offering and visitors at the show were able to take a look first-hand at the unique and spacious design on offer.” Steve Sharp, Group MD Lowdhams Caravans siad: “We finished 15% up on motorhome sales in comparison to last year, so we are very happy about that and we also managed to sell a few Airstreams throughout the show, so we’re delighted with that too. “I would say overall we’ve had lots of positive interest, with a lot of new people looking to enter the market for the first time… so lots of positives to take from this year.” Adrian Cross, Director, Hillside Leisure said: “After a mild start, this show ended as our best February show to date and we ended 7% up on our previous best for the Feb show.” Simon McGrath of The Camping and Caravanning Club noted: “NEC shows are always a great opportunity for us to chat to existing members, together with those who sign up to membership of the Club on our stand. Over the course of six days we gave a warm, Friendly Club welcome to several thousand members.” Harvey Alexander, Caravan and Motorhome Club Director of Marketing said, “The Caravan Camping and Motorhome Show has certainly got the touring year off to a great start. The Caravan and Motorhome Club stand was hugely popular throughout the whole show, it was great to see so many happy Club members planning their next adventure in new leisure vehicles purchased at the show. “Club Day was very successful for us with numerous media interviews. Show visitors loved seeing Matt Allwright and Karen Wright on our stand, and our manoeuvring sessions were fully booked every day.” Cathy Chamberlain MD Barefoot Caravans added: “It was great to catch up with so many Barefoot customers and of course make new ones at the Show. Our unique design of caravans seems to have created a new market for caravan buyers and it is wonderful for us to hear how far and wide our customers are travelling, both around the UK and throughout Europe. As always, the show had some great activities and talks for all ages and somehow brought the outside into the NEC, with a bit of extra sunshine! Roll on the Summer, and great adventures for all. “Thousands of people visited the show across the six days, and we were thrilled to welcome visitors to our stand to explore the models first-hand. We’re looking forward to helping make holidays more relaxing for families across the UK.” Alexander Wehrmann, Director of Marketing and PR at Carthargo said: “After exhibiting at the NEC in February for 8 years in a row, this was our most successful trade fair to date. We have achieved growth for both brands and our new models have received a lot of attention. This result shows that the Carthago-Malibu Group remains strong in times of economic uncertainty.” Ends
  13. I'll echo that. Enjoy your trip Rob.
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