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      Please note that the forum is still upgrading will be for most of the night I think,therefore you may find it slow at times, looking different etc etc. This will straighten out (he hopes) as the upgrade continues. One of the big changes is that usernames and display names will change.   At the moment you can have a username and display name for example you can have a username of joeblogsy and a display name of Joe Blogs.   After the upgrade we will only have usernames.   For some this won't make any difference at all but there are a fair few of you that have different display names., many of which I have changed for people for various reasons.   If, after the upgrade you notice your forum name isn't right please just send me a PM with your desired username.   You may also find you have been logged out, if this happens and you cannot remember your original forum details, please email me at mark@touringandtenting or open a support ticket by
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Can't really fault this campsite, pitches are big, facilities are superb and the staff are friendly. It is a very busy site in summer and has everything you would expect like a pool, kids club, entertainment, shop, bar etc but as we were out of season the site was a lot quieter.

It has a river running alongside but one word of caution is that there is a railway line running close to the site, we found it ok but we were pitched up on the opposite side, not near the river.

Would definately go again, even if we used it as a stop over on the way south.

Wifi is free and unrestricted

Chemin de la Clusure 30

6927 Bure/Tellin

Belgium

http://www.parclaclusure.be/

Source: Campsite Parc La Clusure

Most of the pitches here are terraced but are a bit tired, they also offer a water tap on your pitch for extra which we took, but its a bit of a downer because you can't connect to it, it is a push button tap.

All the facilities are pretty good and this has full activities, kids club, pools, bar etc.

Unfortunately we didn't find the staff very helpful or friendly and the bar was murder. No wifi here, you can connect in the bar but its something stupid like a euro per minute.

Route de Mortehan

Bertrix

Belgium

B-6880

http://www.campingbertrix.be/en

Source: Ardennen Camping Bertrix

This was recommended by Doc sometime ago and he was right, its a nice campsite right on the river La Lesse

If you are lucky can you get a pitch right on the river edge but a lot are already taken by seasonals. From here you can take a Kayak trip down to Anseremme which is great fun and well worth the effort.

The campsite is pretty good really, it does have a pool and bar which in the height of summer must be busy but when we were there the campsite was quiet up until the weekend when it picked up a bit.

The facilities are ok, no frills and you have to buy a token for the showers. Wifi is also available for 8 euros for 24 hours

Camping de la Lesse

rue du Camping 1

5560 Houyet - Belgique

Tél.: +32 82 66 61 00

Fax: +32 82 66 72 14

E-mail: lafamiliale@coolweb.be

http://www.campingdelalesse.be/

Full article and pics here

Source: Camping de la Lesse

Been doing a lot to improve search engine rankings lately and had some pretty good results but since we started in 2003 I have never been able to get touring and tenting on the first page of google search results using the keyword "caravanning" this is because we haven't got caravanning or similar in our name. So for example the camping and caravanning club have a head start whereas touring and tenting struggles. So today I was chuffed to bits (how sad is that) to find touring and tenting not only on the first page but 2nd with the key word "caravanning"

For any reading this it probably doesn't mean a lot but to me its a big deal and gives me a kind of personal endorsement that the redesigns have or are have a positive affect. Better search results mean more visits, more visits mean more members and with luck more activity all round.

The Boat & Caravan Show, the UK’s largest show for outdoor leisure, taking place from 22 – 27 February 2011 at the NEC Birmingham, has confirmed the UK’s leading caravan manufacturers have chosen the event to drive 2011 sales. This comes at a time when the British public’s eagerness to discover the freedom and adventure of independent holidaying in the UK shows no sign of abating.Swift, Bailey, Elddis, Lunar, Coachman as well as French manufacturer Trigano have all confirmed their presence at the six day event, highlighting the importance the event plays in the industry calendar.

NEC2010.jpgCommenting on the commitment to the show by the leading manufacturers, Exhibition Director Andy Gibb said: “This is excellent news, not only for the event, but for the sector, and the tens of thousands of visitors expected to visit the show looking to view and purchase the newest Spring 2011 ranges.

“Our show has gained a reputation amongst the industry and manufacturers. They recognise the event introduces families and individuals to the ‘great outdoors’ and the advantages of taking caravan, boating, and camping holidays.”

For further information on the Boat & Caravan Show and to benefit from special advanced ticket prices visit www.boatandcaravan.co.uk

Touring and Tenting will also be running a ticket competition nearer the time please check back for details

Source: UKs leading manufacturers sign up for the Boat and Caravan show

Showroom Upgraded

By markf,

I have upgraded the Showroom today with a few new features.

If you have added your caravan, motorhome, towcar etc but not managed to add a photo please have another go and maybe use the resizing tutorial here

Some of the features are:

When you add a new vehicle it automatically creates to a new topic in the forums (clubhouse) and notifies you if someone comments on it.

Easy links so you can link to your vehicle

Share links so you can share your vehicle on FB, Twitter etc

There is now a Vehicle link in your profile

Various other changes include the correction of the pound sign etc

Hope you like it and please let me know if you have any probs.

If you really struggle with uploading a pic please feel free to Email me with it

Source: Showroom Upgraded

After a lot of thought and some conversations at the rally I have trimmed the forums down as it was felt they were getting to long and was maybe confusing for new and existing members for example workshop is back to being 1 forum where previously it was 6 broken down into various sub forums etc.

Hope you like it and if you feel there are other areas that could be improved please let me know

Source: Forums trimmed down

Forum changes

By markf,

Changed a lot of the forums around today to make navigation a bit easier I hope. The main ones are listed below

In Touring and Tenting Times the good news forum and Current affairs forum have been removed (all posts moved to general) and the website updates forum has been removed and the posts moved to Touring and Tenting Times which is now for T&T news and stuff only

Touring and Tenting

Caravanning and Camping

Motorhoming,5th Wheelers

Tow Cars

For Sale and Wanted,Free stuff and swaps

New to caravanning, camping or motorhoming

Top Touring Tips, Tutorials

Caravan and camping accessories

Sat Nav, TomTom GO, Digital Television

Travel tips and stories

Workshop

Workshop general

Awnings and Tents

Bodywork and internal fittings

Gas Water and Electrics

Heating and Refrigeration

Hitch and Chassis

Servicing

Spares new and 2nd hand

Download Help sheets

Rally booking and information

Rallies

Booking and information

Let's meet up

Arrange your LMU's, either at a campsite or wherever.

Rally organisers

Campsites and Caravan Parks

Campsites all around Britain

UK Campsite reviews

C.L's and C.S's

Continental Touring

Touring and Tenting Abroad - Forum for campsites and caravan parks in Europe Subforums

Ferry and Eurotunnel, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Holland, Ireland

European campsite reviews

Campsite Owners and Wardens

Campsites and Reviews

I have added a new system on the forums basically for you to show off your outfits (Caravans, motorhomes, tents, tow cars etc) to other members of the forum, but it will have other uses.

You can add up to 5 vehicles. Don't forget to add a piccy or 2 (let me know of you have problems)

At the moment I have only the basic switched on and there is still a fair bit to do but for that I need your help as you can add modifications or extra details so I need you to tell me what you think would be good to add.

As an example I have added "Weight or mtplm" as an option for caravans but if you have a motorhome you might want other information added.

Let me know what you would like to see added or altered.

Hope you enjoy it, thats the main thing

You can find it at the top of the forum "Showroom" or there is a block on the right

Have added some new fields under extra info

Max Gross Weight

Weight unladen

Awning Size

Overall Length

Overall Width

Overall Height

Source: New system "Showroom"

Its driving me nuts, after the upgrading the forums and news the site was running great as it had been for several months then bam it all goes wrong with the severs being knocked out. Don't get me wrong I am pleased that we are back online after a weekend being off but the mess it has left is wicked.

There isn't a day goes past that I don't do something on the site, my plans are always greater than the time I have available but I can handle that. What I can't handle is starting something only