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  • Birthday 10/30/1963

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  • Location Southend on sea, Essex
  • Interests Websites, this one especially, caravanning of course, mustn't forget the Playstation and other stuff too, but I am not going into all that.

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  1. markf added a topic in Touring and Tenting   

    Win a Fiat Professional based motorhome
    The Carvan and Motorhome Club have teamed up with Fiat Professional to give away our biggest prize yet. You could win a brand new luxurious Adria Matrix Axess M 590 SG motorhome*. The prize is worth in excess of £50,000 - so don't miss out! 
    Climb aboard and travel with Fiat Professional
    Thanks to its great modularity, the specific Ducato motorhome base range is the most extensive and exhaustive. Available with a variety of weight options (up to 4.4 tonnes), as well as five different wheelbases, six chassis lengths and four engines, Fiat’s specific Ducato motorhome base range boasts an astounding 600 versions in total – meaning it is the ideal solution for any motorhome, no matter its size or layout. Boasting more than 100 years of automotive history, Fiat is a brand you can trust.
     
    https://www.caravanclub.co.uk/offers/competitions/win-an-adria-matrix-axess-motorhome/
     
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  2. markf added a post in a topic New name for the biggest club   

    Surfer please keep on topic and respect others views and opinions, what terms are used for motorhomes etc or if people support one club over another has no bearing on why the Club have changed their name.
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  3. markf added a post in a topic Caravan Club V Caravan and Camping Club   

    I would look for what is available in your area, we have more Caravan Club CLs near us than Camping and Caravanning CS's so for us the caravan club makes more sense
    But I like the CCC and my van is insured through them so......
    Welcome back Doug, many happy nights shared at various campsites watching you drink too much, while I drank coffee :) hope to see you both soon
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  4. markf added a topic in Say hello to members   

    Welcome curly
    Hello curly,
    Welcome to Touring and Tenting. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
    curly joined on the 02/26/2017.
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  5. markf added a post in a topic F1 fantasy game is back   

    Not long now. Will the new rules make big differences, are those big fat tyres going to last more than 2 laps and will the cars actually get round the corners at Monaco?
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  6. markf added a post in a topic New name for the biggest club   

    I can't either but there must be a reason behind it rather than they "felt like a change"
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  7. markf added a post in a topic New name for the biggest club   

    Lots of mixed opinions about this on FB and Twitter, some loving it others saying why fix whats not broken etc etc.
    I suppose they are rebranding to make sure they capture or keep the ever expanding motorhome sector
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  8. markf added a topic in Say hello to members   

    Welcome David in Lincs
    Hello David in Lincs,
    Welcome to Touring and Tenting. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
    David in Lincs joined on the 02/23/2017.
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  9. markf added a article in News   

    New name for the biggest club
    Looks like the The Caravan Club have changed their name to The Caravan and Motorhome Club?
     
    This is a really exciting time for us. It is with great pleasure that we’re announcing the beginning of an exciting adventure - we are changing to Caravan and Motorhome Club.
    We can appreciate that change can seem daunting, so we want to reassure you that this is still the same Club you know and love – we're just building upon your Club’s success to make sure it flourishes for many years to come. This doesn't mean we've forgotten what we are – we’re proud of our history, dating back to the merry band of outdoor enthusiasts who formed a Club for like-minded caravanners in 1907. It's this rich heritage of love for the great outdoors that underpins this change.
    We understand you may want to know more about the changes and how they will impact you, so we’ve created an online FAQ at the bottom of the page to help answer any questions you have. https://www.caravanclub.co.uk/discover/
     
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  10. markf added a topic in Touring and Tenting   

    New name for the biggest club
    Looks like the The Caravan Club have changed their name to The Caravan and Motorhome Club?
     
    This is a really exciting time for us. It is with great pleasure that we’re announcing the beginning of an exciting adventure - we are changing to Caravan and Motorhome Club.
    We can appreciate that change can seem daunting, so we want to reassure you that this is still the same Club you know and love – we're just building upon your Club’s success to make sure it flourishes for many years to come. This doesn't mean we've forgotten what we are – we’re proud of our history, dating back to the merry band of outdoor enthusiasts who formed a Club for like-minded caravanners in 1907. It's this rich heritage of love for the great outdoors that underpins this change.
    We understand you may want to know more about the changes and how they will impact you, so we’ve created an online FAQ at the bottom of the page to help answer any questions you have. https://www.caravanclub.co.uk/discover/
     

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  11. markf added a post in a topic Elddis now Hymer Group purchase   

    Blimey how big can they get :)
    So Trigano seem to own a massive group of companies from a lot of European Countries inc the UK
    Hymer group as well who are pretty darn big 
    Elddis which swallowed up a large section of uk manufacturers have been swallowed up themselves by Hymer
    We have Bailey, Coachman, Freedom  etc and Swift who as well swallowed up a few manufacturers in their day and some of the more specialised UK manufacturers remaining, not counting motorhome and camper conversion companies
     
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  12. markf added a post in a topic Elddis now Hymer Group purchase   

    As an update I found out that Adria are in the process of being acquired by Trigano as well.
     
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  13. markf added a topic in Touring and Tenting   

    The Circuit of Wales: a major boost for Wales
    The Circuit of Wales: a major boost for Wales’ growing credentials as an international tourism destination
    £425 million regeneration development aims to become one of Wales’ top tourism destinationsThe Circuit of Wales will directly increase tourism to Wales by at least 750,000 visitors every yearTwo hotels – 5 and 3 star – and the largest campsite in Wales to be built on-site 
    A new, exciting and dynamic destination for tourism to the UK and Wales is set to bring at least an additional 750,000 visitors a year in the next decade.
    The Circuit of Wales, a 365-day-a-year, £425 million multi-purpose regeneration project based in Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent, will aim to swiftly become one of Wales’ top tourism destinations by bringing together a world-class motorsports track and facility – designed to achieve Grade 1 FIA and FIM accreditation and therefore capable of hosting all levels of motorsport – with a world-leading hub for leisure and entertainment.
    Construction on the giant regeneration scheme is timetabled to begin in the Spring/early Summer of this year and, upon completion, will integrate a huge number of indoor and outdoor sports and leisure facilities and, in partnership with the EXTREME Sports Company - a pioneer in action sports, operating international events and media channels reaching 100 million globally – will host adventure and action sports, with mountain bike trails, a BMX park, bungee jumping, an indoor ski centre, a skatepark and a surf park on-site.
    Visitors to The Circuit of Wales development will also be able to take part in clay-pigeon shooting, archery, cross-country running, hiking, orienteering, mountain biking, fishing, walking, zip-wire, ballooning, drone racing, and make use of a golf driving range.
    The Circuit of Wales will be served by two on-location high quality, 5 and 3-star hotels and will boast one of the largest campsites in Wales, which will add to the spectator experience and encourage increased tourism into the surrounding region. The Circuit of Wales already has in place a ten-year agreement to promote and host the British MotoGP, with the first events set to take place from 2019.  The development is one of only 14 countries worldwide (and only eight European) to host a round of the World Championship and will enable Wales to benefit from the impressive reach of its global TV broadcast – 300 million households worldwide, in over 200 countries. The August Bank Holiday British MotoGP race weekend alone will attract more than 150,000 spectators to Wales.
    The development will also hold music events, culture and arts programmes and will be capable of hosting major festivals, bringing renowned international artists and bands to South Wales. A Welsh arts and culture programme, aimed at developing a Wales’ cultural profile within the UK and internationally, will harness local talent though direct commissioning and exhibitions.
    Martin Whitaker, Chief Executive of The Circuit of Wales said:
    “The Circuit of Wales regeneration package will significantly increase Wales’ already solid credentials as a magnet for tourism to the UK, once all facets are fully functioning. We strongly support the Welsh Government’s Partnership for Growth visitor economy objectives and we will play a determined part in delivering a first-class visitor infrastructure that can make Wales a global leader in the tourism sector.
    “We are already working in partnership with EXTREME to attract leading names in international entertainment to The Circuit of Wales, in turn creating a huge number of jobs and opportunities for the leisure and tourism sectors across the country.
    “We expect The Circuit of Wales to feature as a significant stand-alone international destination, a new southern access to the Brecon Beacons National Park and as a gateway to visitors planning to travel further afield and experience both the fantastic beaches and mountain landscapes of Wales, and a variety of city break and sporting break stays.
    “By bringing together world-class motorsports events, with leisure and entertainment facilities that will attract action sports and music fans from across the world, The Circuit of Wales will become truly a 365-day-a-year centre for tourism, set in an area of outstanding beauty, that will bring a huge boost to Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent and to Wales.”
    Whitaker emphasised the accessibility of The Circuit of Wales to many other key visitor destinations, with direct access to the new A465 Heads of the Valleys Road, easy reach of the M4 to the south and M5 to the east and less than an hour from Cardiff, Newport and Bristol.
    “Cardiff International Airport will be just an hour’s drive away, while visitors to The Circuit of Wales will be in close proximity to other major attractions, such as the 2010 Ryder Cup Golf Course at the Celtic Manor Resort and the magnificent Gower Peninsula, the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
    “The Circuit of Wales team strongly believes that Wales’ wider hospitality, leisure, tourist attractions and activities will grow and benefit from the development of the regeneration site - and that ancillary leisure businesses will bring valuable employment and training opportunities to communities across Wales. This will significantly help to reinvigorate the local economies in Ebbw Vale and Blaenau Gwent, which are in real need of support from the private sector.”
    The British Hospitality Association in 2011 projected that by 2020 Wales would employ 144,000 in hospitality industries. The latest BHA data notes that there are 2,141 jobs dependent on hospitality in Blaenau Gwent, some ten per cent of employment worth £30m to the local area. The Circuit of Wales aims to substantially increase this local figure with many additional knock-ons across the wider Welsh tourism industry, supporting the South Wales Valleys Region Task Force target of creating 10,000 jobs, with a socially responsible employment strategy focused on building skills through training programmes.



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  14. markf added a article in News   

    The Circuit of Wales: a major boost for Wales
    The Circuit of Wales: a major boost for Wales’ growing credentials as an international tourism destination
    £425 million regeneration development aims to become one of Wales’ top tourism destinationsThe Circuit of Wales will directly increase tourism to Wales by at least 750,000 visitors every yearTwo hotels – 5 and 3 star – and the largest campsite in Wales to be built on-site 
    A new, exciting and dynamic destination for tourism to the UK and Wales is set to bring at least an additional 750,000 visitors a year in the next decade.
    The Circuit of Wales, a 365-day-a-year, £425 million multi-purpose regeneration project based in Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent, will aim to swiftly become one of Wales’ top tourism destinations by bringing together a world-class motorsports track and facility – designed to achieve Grade 1 FIA and FIM accreditation and therefore capable of hosting all levels of motorsport – with a world-leading hub for leisure and entertainment.
    Construction on the giant regeneration scheme is timetabled to begin in the Spring/early Summer of this year and, upon completion, will integrate a huge number of indoor and outdoor sports and leisure facilities and, in partnership with the EXTREME Sports Company - a pioneer in action sports, operating international events and media channels reaching 100 million globally – will host adventure and action sports, with mountain bike trails, a BMX park, bungee jumping, an indoor ski centre, a skatepark and a surf park on-site.
    Visitors to The Circuit of Wales development will also be able to take part in clay-pigeon shooting, archery, cross-country running, hiking, orienteering, mountain biking, fishing, walking, zip-wire, ballooning, drone racing, and make use of a golf driving range.
    The Circuit of Wales will be served by two on-location high quality, 5 and 3-star hotels and will boast one of the largest campsites in Wales, which will add to the spectator experience and encourage increased tourism into the surrounding region. The Circuit of Wales already has in place a ten-year agreement to promote and host the British MotoGP, with the first events set to take place from 2019.  The development is one of only 14 countries worldwide (and only eight European) to host a round of the World Championship and will enable Wales to benefit from the impressive reach of its global TV broadcast – 300 million households worldwide, in over 200 countries. The August Bank Holiday British MotoGP race weekend alone will attract more than 150,000 spectators to Wales.
    The development will also hold music events, culture and arts programmes and will be capable of hosting major festivals, bringing renowned international artists and bands to South Wales. A Welsh arts and culture programme, aimed at developing a Wales’ cultural profile within the UK and internationally, will harness local talent though direct commissioning and exhibitions.
    Martin Whitaker, Chief Executive of The Circuit of Wales said:
    “The Circuit of Wales regeneration package will significantly increase Wales’ already solid credentials as a magnet for tourism to the UK, once all facets are fully functioning. We strongly support the Welsh Government’s Partnership for Growth visitor economy objectives and we will play a determined part in delivering a first-class visitor infrastructure that can make Wales a global leader in the tourism sector.
    “We are already working in partnership with EXTREME to attract leading names in international entertainment to The Circuit of Wales, in turn creating a huge number of jobs and opportunities for the leisure and tourism sectors across the country.
    “We expect The Circuit of Wales to feature as a significant stand-alone international destination, a new southern access to the Brecon Beacons National Park and as a gateway to visitors planning to travel further afield and experience both the fantastic beaches and mountain landscapes of Wales, and a variety of city break and sporting break stays.
    “By bringing together world-class motorsports events, with leisure and entertainment facilities that will attract action sports and music fans from across the world, The Circuit of Wales will become truly a 365-day-a-year centre for tourism, set in an area of outstanding beauty, that will bring a huge boost to Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent and to Wales.”
    Whitaker emphasised the accessibility of The Circuit of Wales to many other key visitor destinations, with direct access to the new A465 Heads of the Valleys Road, easy reach of the M4 to the south and M5 to the east and less than an hour from Cardiff, Newport and Bristol.
    “Cardiff International Airport will be just an hour’s drive away, while visitors to The Circuit of Wales will be in close proximity to other major attractions, such as the 2010 Ryder Cup Golf Course at the Celtic Manor Resort and the magnificent Gower Peninsula, the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
    “The Circuit of Wales team strongly believes that Wales’ wider hospitality, leisure, tourist attractions and activities will grow and benefit from the development of the regeneration site - and that ancillary leisure businesses will bring valuable employment and training opportunities to communities across Wales. This will significantly help to reinvigorate the local economies in Ebbw Vale and Blaenau Gwent, which are in real need of support from the private sector.”
    The British Hospitality Association in 2011 projected that by 2020 Wales would employ 144,000 in hospitality industries. The latest BHA data notes that there are 2,141 jobs dependent on hospitality in Blaenau Gwent, some ten per cent of employment worth £30m to the local area. The Circuit of Wales aims to substantially increase this local figure with many additional knock-ons across the wider Welsh tourism industry, supporting the South Wales Valleys Region Task Force target of creating 10,000 jobs, with a socially responsible employment strategy focused on building skills through training programmes.


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  15. markf added a article in News   

    AL-KO Kober launches new motor-mover for single-axle touring caravans
    AL-KO Kober Limited – the leading manufacturer of premium components for the automotive, commercial and leisure industries – has launched the AL-KO Ranger, a new manoeuvring system for single-axle touring caravans up to 1,800kg. 
    Designed as a lower-cost, entry-level alternative to the company’s premium Mammut mover, the AL-KO Ranger features manual engagement onto the wheels when required and can be quickly disengaged once the caravan is in position. The motor units, situated in front of the axle to prevent damage from road debris, provide effortless and accurate manoeuvring control in even the narrowest of spaces, as well as on steep terrains up to 18% and for getting over obstacles up to two centimetres in height. The unit’s soft start and soft stop technology also provides enhanced, controlled and precise bump-free manoeuvring.
    Commenting for AL-KO Kober, a spokesman says: “The new AL-KO Ranger motor-mover is an attractively-priced alternative for those people who want the combination of the trusted AL-KO brand name with a cost-effective price point, coupled with the benefit of easier manoeuvring of their caravan. Thanks to its easy-to-operate remote control, the mover provides millimetre-precise accuracy and completely effortless manoeuvrability. With the ability to complete a 360-degree rotation of single-axle touring caravans on the spot, the AL-KO Ranger puts the caravan in the right place, whether at home or on site.”
    The AL-KO Ranger’s mechanics – including its aluminium rollers and motor units – are protected within a plastic housing mounted via a clamp mechanism to the underside of the caravan’s chassis. The electronics can be installed inside one of the caravan’s storage spaces; and an LED display on the controller and push-button remote control alerts users to various working limits of the motor mover.
    Like AL-KO Mammut, the new Ranger is provided with a five-year warranty according to AL-KO Warranty Terms.
    The AL-KO Ranger mover can be retrofitted to most caravans, including non AL-KO chassis caravans, and can be purchased from most caravan dealers, mobile fitting companies and caravan accessory outlets.  
    Stocks of the motor-mover – which has a suggested retail price of £1,099.00 including installation – are available from caravan industry wholesaler, Leisure Plus, based in Hixon, Staffordshire.
    For further information on the AL-KO Ranger or the company’s range of leisure-sector solutions, visit www.al-ko.co.uk, email ranger@al-ko.co.uk or call 01926 818500.
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