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  1. ❤️ Exclusive Valentines Offer ❤️ BOOK TWO ADULT TICKETS FOR ONLY £14* Normal price Adult: £8.00 | Senior: £7.00 | Children 15 years and under: FREE Book now using code EB19*
  2. Collaboration between The National Trust and Vango Vango and the National Trust will be revealing at the NEC a camping collection that is manufactured from a new Sentinel Eco™ fabric incorporating recycled PET plastic bottles, salvaged from waterways, streets and landfill, the tents use a minimum of 69 plastic bottles for the three sleeper Devon tent, through to 302 plastic bottles for the six sleeper Antrim. In the first year of release, it is projected that the National Trust camping collection will repurpose almost 295,000 PET plastic bottles. The sleeping bags in the National Trust collection feature a 100% recycled filling made from used plastic bottles that are reprocessed and turned into a polyester fill. Through sales of the National Trust camping collection, Vango will contribute a minimum of £10,000 to the National Trust, to help fund conservation projects in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, so that future generations can enjoy the places, we as a nation, love to experience. The show organisers are also excited to have TV doctor Hilary Jones at the Camping, Caravan and Motorhome Show on Friday 21st February – he will be welcoming visitors to the Willerby stand (4100). Dr Hilary has partnered with the holiday home manufacturer on a campaign to discuss the benefits of UK breaks on physical and mental health. Dr Hilary will take to the NEC stage to discuss how holidaying in the UK can have a myriad of health benefits, from the physical effect of spending more time outdoors, to having more time to relax, read books and explore hobbies. Smaller talks will also be held on the Willerby stand throughout the day. Dr Hilary will also share tips on how people can look after their health before, during and after a holiday, as well as sharing examples of how to live a healthier lifestyle. Dr Hilary said: “Holidays have long been proven to have a number of benefits for physical and mental wellbeing, so I am proud to work with Willerby to promote the ways holidays and short breaks can enhance our lifestyles”. Follow this link to view the show guide.
  3. To help you plan your visit, below is the timetable for guest appearances in the "Freedom to Go Live Theatre". See the official website for more details.
  4. Caravan Camping & Motorhome Show: New tow partner for 2020 Subaru’s first self-charging hybrid The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show returns to Birmingham’s NEC from the 18 – 23 February 2020 and this year the show has a new tow car partner, Subaru UK. Subaru will be bringing their all-new Forester e-BOXER to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2020. Awarded 4x4 Magazine’s Best Small SUV of the Year 2020, Forester e-BOXER is the first self-charging hybrid from Subaru. This will be the first time the show has featured a self-charging hybrid. At the show, visitors will be able to experience first-hand the multi award-winning Forester e-BOXER and Outback, during free towing tuition sessions. All-new Forester boasts a series of interior and exterior upgrades from the outgoing model and is one of the safest family vehicles on the road. Awarded Euro NCAP’s Best in Class 2019 in the Small Off-Road / MPV Class, Forester e-BOXER achieved the maximum five star overall rating with outstanding scores in all four assessment areas (Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Vulnerable Road Users, Safety Assist) and the highest score ever in its class for Child Occupant Protection in the Euro NCAP 2019 assessment protocol. Forester e-BOXER is fitted with a suite of driver-assist and safety features fitted as standard, including EyeSight driver assist technology (including Pre-Collision Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control), Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection, Reverse Automatic Braking and a Driver Monitoring System. This brand-new technology, winner of the Technology Award at the 2020 What Car? Awards, uses facial recognition technology to detect if the driver’s gaze has wandered or if the driver is dozing off and alerts occupants if this occurs. Forester is Subaru’s top-selling model in the UK and is a perfect fit to partner the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show this year. The model is an extremely popular choice amongst customers who trust it to be safe, capable and reliable.
  5. Top 10 Reasons To Visit The Show Over 390 exhibitor stands showcasing their latest products under one roof Browse and compare motorhomes, campervans, caravans and caravan holiday homes, tents, leisure accessories and gadgets to see what's new. Camping Zone A great place to start if you want to see tents of all types, shapes and sizes, all pitched under one roof with experts on hand to offer advice on which are best for you. FREE Leisure Vehicle Tuition Choose from Motorhome Manoeuvring, Tow-reversing and Campervan Test Drive all under the guidance of trained instructors. Plus try a FREE towing session with Subaru, the show’s official first ever Hybrid Tow Car partner. Special Guests and Experts Our special guests and industry experts will share their adventure stories and provide tips and advice to help inspire you ahead of your next outdoor pursuit. Holiday Inspiration Discover your next outdoor adventure with leading UK and European Holiday Parks and destination exhibitors on hand to provide advice on where to go and what to do. Show Competitions & Exclusive Offers The chance to win with our daily prize draw plus take advantage of special deals and discounts. Parking Included Enjoy a hassle free arrival at the show without the need for change for the car park. FREE Family Friendly Attractions With a Climbing Wall, Bushcraft Workshops and popular Top Dog Arena – there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained! Meet the Clubs Come and say hello to the Caravan and Motorhome Club and the Camping and Caravanning Club - for all your touring needs. NEW FOR 2020: Adventure Golf and Electric in Motion Battle your way to a hole in one and attempt to beat our special guests to be the top scorer on our leaderboard! Plus, come and trial an unrivaled range of electric ride-ons on our indoor course. Recipe inspiration for your next pursuit into the great outdoors. We've collated some delicious, quick and easy recipes from some of our special guests who will be at the show - perfect to try on your next escape.
  6. In order to quickly fit and remove the headlamp masks on our cars, I fitted them to some quick release stone guards as shown below.
  7. I agree in principle David, however technically the beam should not deflect under any circumstances towards the oncoming vehicles, as could be the case with a lowered left dipping headlamp when driving on the right of a road with an uneven surface. I have read reports from those who have, "got away with it" and those who have, "been caught" so personally I would not take the risk of not complying precisely with the letter of the law. Do you recall the set of illustrations I posted on CT some years back?
  8. I wonder if that situation will continue given the current political climate. I have been the subject of a random stop to have my papers checked, and I'm sure others have too. That said, many newer cars have "clever" headlamps that can be set to dip left or right, so they look no different from an "unmasked" headlamp to the casual observer. Gordon.
  9. I have also done that on a few occasions the caravan was towed with folded bike rack fitted but with such a short overhang (just inches) I don't believe there is any legal requirement for this. We don't have a bike rack on the MH as there's room in the garage for them.
  10. When not in use, I used to completely remove the bike rack (only two screws at the hinge point) and fit the plastic mounting covers but as Brian says, when folded the rack does not require a hazard markings. Your MH mounting will probably be similar in principle to this caravan fitting.
  11. Gordon

    Handbrake

    That sounds like a good compromise to me. Gordon.
  12. Gordon

    Handbrake

    If there was a reasonable way of extending the parking brake release handle I would have done it by now. Unfortunately the brake is applied with a foot pedal; that's fine but the release toggle is both out of sight, and out of reach without the driver leaning forward and feeling for the thing. Earlier models had a yellow release toggle on the dashboard in full view and reach of the driver. Progress isn't always in the right direction methinks . . . If I had a Ducato or similar I would certainly pay for an extension handle if I found the standard brake leaver hard to reach. Gordon.
  13. Caravan Camping & Motorhome Show returns for 2020 The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show returns to Birmingham’s NEC from the 18 – 23 February 2020. Set across five halls of the NEC; the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show offers the UK’s largest display of leisure vehicles, static holiday homes, lodges, tents and so much more, giving holidaymakers and adventurers all the inspiration and gear they need for their upcoming escapades. Alongside the vast array of leisure vehicles, tents accessories, kit and equipment, the show will also feature some of its fan-favourite feature areas and there’s plenty of family friendly activities from climbing to crazy golf and much more. The hugely popular Freedom To Go Theatre returns with a host of live shows covering many aspects of holidaymaking and adventuring; with special guests ranging from TV star Shane Richie, Caravan and Motorhome Club member Matt Allwright, adventurer extraordinaire Darren Hardy and chef, author, presenter and Bake Off Star Nadiya Hussain, who’ll be providing visitors with some top culinary inspiration to take with them on their adventures. In addition to this exciting guest line-up the Freedom To Go Theatre will also host the adorable spaniel trio Max, Paddy and Harry… and while on the theme of dogs, 2020 also sees the return on the Top Dog Arena, where show-goers can take a break from their holiday planning to enjoy some spectacular canine agility demonstrations. Brand new for 2020 is Electric in Motion, a brand-new area where visitors can ride in style on some of the most cutting-edge electric ride-ons, from bikes for kids and adults alike through to scooters, skateboards and even unicycles. Manufacturers such as Ride and Glide, RooDog and Ribble Cycles will provide demos before giving visitors the chance to take them for a spin on a special indoor course. Those new to, or perhaps considering taking a foray into the world of caravanning, can try their hand at towing during free one-to-one sessions with experts from The Camping and Caravanning Club. While The Caravan and Motorhome Club will also be offering visitors the chance to get behind the wheel with campervan test drives and motorhome manoeuvring sessions. The fun doesn’t stop there as the Holiday Park Experience and Glamping Village will give you a taste for adventure and give you plenty of inspiration when planning your 2020 trips. Tickets for the show are available now and priced at just £8 for adults and £7 for seniors. Tickets on the door cost £10 for adults and £9 seniors - children 15 and under go free! For further information about The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show or to purchase tickets please visit www.ccmshow.co.uk. The latest exhibitors, celebrities and features will be updated regularly on the website.
  14. Gordon

    Handbrake

    Could do with something similar for our RV. The parking brake is easy enough to apply (being foot operated) BUT the release toggle is hidden so far under the dashboard as to basically be inaccessible without a major stretch from the driving seat, and a fumble around in the dark. Ergonomics? What ergonomics? I've owned RVs with this "feature" for the past ten years and still feel it is a poor design. The extension handles for the Fiat/Peugeot handbrakes is however a good solution to a problem that would not be there had the handbrake handle been correctly designed in the first place. I believe there are a number of handbrake extension designs available but be aware as some will prevent the cab seat from rotating in layouts that allow this. Gordon
  15. Our fresh water tank is inside the MH (under a bed) so has no additional insulation, however both the grey and black waste tanks are under-slung and have heated pads in addition to an external insulated layer. I wonder if you would consider heated pads such as these for your fresh water tank. They are low wattage as they're only intended to keep the water from freezing. Basically though, any insulation layer that does not act like a sponge should suffice to minimise the risk of the contents freezing, and of course a full tank will contain more "heat" than an almost empty one, so minimising the probability of freezing. Gordon.
  16. Well that'll certainly stop it working. I wonder if it has been disconnected because of a fault or whether as you suggest, it has never been connected. Gordon.
  17. Welcome Denis. I did a double take when I first saw your MH as it looked like you had modified it with a large galvanised roof extension! Glad you had a good weekend away and i hope that will just be the start of many happy times with your "Escape". Gordon.
  18. Welcome aboard. We have quite a number of members who started with caravans, and many who have travelled to and through France, so should be able to help with comparisons. Please take a look at the various sub sections of the forum and feel free to chip in with any comments, questions or observations. Gordon.
  19. I like your thinking Brian. For those who only use their MHs for main holidays and occasional use I can see the advantage. Sadly it wouldn't work for those (usually with smaller units) that use them as regular transport (even if only for low mileages), or like me with a larger outfit that uses it throughout the year yet also do not clock up many miles. I bought our RV because unusually it offered more space than a caravan, yet I still use it as a caravan - that is to say that I park in one place and explore the area from there, rather than stopping in a different place each night. This latest tax change will probably mean I shall not replace our outfit with anything new but will be looking at pre-2019 models, whose price will doubtless now be higher to reflect the demand. That said on principle I would rather give my hard earned to an owner than the government.
  20. Unless I am mistaken I believe this is part of EU legislation that the UK government has agreed to adopt without truly investigating the impact it will have on the UK's leisure industry as a whole, from motorhome manufacturers to owners, and hence to campsite owners and others who depend on visiting tourists with motorhomes. Under conditions defined by EU law, the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) laboratory tests used to measure fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for passenger cars are being applied to all motorhomes, including those derived from commercial vehicles. Over the first six years of life owners of 2019 and later Motorhomes can expect to pay the following tax:- WLTP Engine (Euro 6D/2 newer, cleaner engine) £2,135 + £465 + £465 + £465 + £465 + £465 = £4,460 Existing pre-2019 motorhomes with older engines will continue at the present tax rate:- Heavy Duty Emissions Engine £165 + £165 + £165 + £165 + £165 + £165 = £990 While not denying that Brexit has split the country and had an impact on many areas of society, I do not believe that it has anything to do with this particular imposition by our government and sadly I believe, we are stuck with increased tax for new motorhomes regardless of whether we remain in the EU or not. The adoption of driving licence changes has already had an impact on the caravan industry, now after first targeting 4x4 owners by increasing tax the government appear to be targeting motorhome owners as well. I do wonder if there is a (not very well) hidden agenda by successive governments to kill off vehicle manufacturing and ownership in the UK altogether. In transport terms the UK has certainly peaked and is now on the decline following the discontinuation of the cross channel hovercraft service, and the end of Concorde services, and very limited UK designed car production. Motorhomes - EU legislation WLTP.pdf
  21. There's a bit more information linked to from here on the home page. Motorhome owners can now expect to pay significantly more in road tax if they buy a new motorhome in the UK and one wonders how much of a negative effect this will have on the leisure industry as a whole. Fewer new motorhome purchases mean a smaller workforce needed to produce them, over time a reduction in motorhome ownership will equate to less money being spent for campsites, on local attractions, and in the shorter term little or no reduction in pollution as owners keep their older motorhomes running for more years than planned, so it appears the government have scored an own goal with this decision. These are the facts but unfortunately the petition against this tax increase with 14,907 has been closed prior to the forthcoming election.
  22. Gordon

    Quiet

    Glad you had a good time David.
  23. Gordon

    Quiet

    That'll be Hollyfast Caravan Park, just north of Coventry. I've been using that for the NEC shows for a number of years. It's about a ten minute drive back to site through the lanes from the NEC in the evening but because of commuter traffic and not being able to cross the A45 dual carriageway without first going south to Coventry it can take nearer half an hour in the mornings. Probably about 2/3 of the pitches are under mature trees, the rest being open to the stars but all share the same well maintained washrooms, games room and small shop at the reception. There is a remote control security barrier at the site entrance and a large open parking area by the loo block primarily for use in wet weather.
  24. Gordon

    Quiet

    I was beginning to wonder Brian - when all I could hear was the gentle rustle of tumbleweed I try to look in every day but was starting to feel a little lonely ! Gordon.
  25. Gordon

    Quiet

    It's been a bit quiet on the forum recently, so I wondered if everybody has just parked up for the winter? I don't know about the rest of you but our outfit is certainly used all year round, the last trip being to a site near to the NEC for the duration of the Motorhome and Caravan Show, and that certainly won't be the last trip out. The perfect pitch. Didn't even have to unhitch the trailer !
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