Sorry it has taken time for the the forum to get back to you , With regard to insurance, I would guess the broker is confusing repairs with modifications , Just make it clear you are repairing and refurbishing and you may get a positive answer . As for rebuilding kitchen area , modifying off the shelf kitchen units may be an answer. Perhaps more detail of campervan and what you want to achieve. Go on YouTube and look for Wheeler Dealers VW campervan ,might get a couple of ideas there
How many forum members are there ? Bacause that is the number of opinions you will get. For what it's worth,we have gone through a number of cars ,all with long rear over hang ,and even with a correctly loaded caravan, stability has never been 100% , Now a Tiguan with short overhang ,stability is 100% So I would be looking at a car with a short rear overhang. After that ,brand is totally personal.
Managed to get to the microwave last week and found out it was similar to this http://www.germanpool.com/eng/products/p_mo_builtin.php?mdl=wp700 Unable to find a supplier or any other info . BUT Tesco had this https://www.tesco.com/direct/cookology-im17lss-built-in-microwave-in-stainless-steel-integrated-frame-trim-kit/315-8444.prd?skuId=315-8444 Perfect fit , problem solved , and at a guess a lot less expensive
I used to only use a wind break on the beach , but I am now getting a” my space” mentality . Last year in Black Knowl , we were pitched close to a picket fence , and some lazy caravanners to idle to walk around the path would cross directly behind the caravan , in one case tripping on the waste hose and dislodging it from the drain .I eventually strung a “washing line “ to deter this from happening again . In France we have a regular pitch at a caravan site we have been using for a number of years . The pitch boundary at a low wall facing the Dordogne river , adjacent to our pitch is the gate to access the beach on the river , and on a number of occasions whilst sitting close to the wall reading etc , people have just sauntered in-between us and the awning stepping over guy lines to get to the gate , I would not do it , I feel you are entering personal space when you short cut across someone’s pitch . So this year a wind break will be placed to cut draughts on the BBQ , and if it happens to block the short cut , so be it
The caravan is a bit inaccessible at present , just back from Easter away , and microwave oven is kaput ,so I can’t get to removing the oven right now , any one know the maker of ovens fitted to Explorer group caravans around 8/10 years ago . Otherwise , I can see some adjustments on the horizon , to fit in a standard domestic unit as the OEM has a bezel surround to hide brackets etc . Please keep to subject , as we have no intention of doing away with the Microwave . Thanks
After last nights heavy rain through Norfolk , Thetford Forest CMC site was very waterlogged . So we decided to pack up early and head back home , and that was a good move . Thetford Forest to SE London , NO SPEEDING , just on 2 hrs . the trip up to the site took over 3.5 hrs . Unfortunately , this morning we witnessed a melt down between a club member and a Warden , It appears to have started a few days ago when the member thought he had booked a hard standing pitch , and the warden said impossible , first come first served, no pre booking of particular type pitches other than serviced ( news to me ) , so the guy ended up on a grass pitch. On trying to leave this morning , the guy managed to bog his motorhome down, I offered to help pull him out if he could get hold of a tow rope . That’s when it fell to bits . Apparently he went to the site warden to ask/demand to borrow a tow rope , which the warden did not have , so that and the problem with the pitch ended up with a row by his motorhome , It eventually calmed down , and with a few strong shoulders we got the motorhome moving , the problem was the guy had 2 settings on the throttle, off and full , and no amount of coaching got him to ease off , this ended up with 2 deep tram lines from his pitch to the harder ground, I had initially sided with the member until I saw his driving manner and a long conversation with the warden , as you might expect , the warden was not impressed . I get the feeling this member might not be a member next year ,he as was a new member only this year (according to the warden later and so far had only visited 3 sites ( data protection ?). The warden is now considering closing all the grass pitches for the time being due to the poor conditions. Us, no application of power , very slippery grass , pulled off no problem engine in idle .
Yup we are off to Thetford Forest CMC site for Easter . Caravan will get a wash and brush up this w/e Last couple of weekends , new PSU fitted , gas fire refitted due to poor installation at factory , fuse for w/c flush relocated to better position , all systems tested , with heating getting top priority ,due to yet another cold spell on the way .
The gist of this thread is the relative value of caravanning . It’s difficult to quantify exact comparative costs , our 3 week trip to the Dordogne costs in the region of £1500/2000 that’s all in except factoring in the cost of the caravan , and the last time I worked out the total cost of a caravan was when we had a Rambler back in the late 80s , it cost in total less than £100 year , for around 10 years use . Having just spent over £2000 for week in the Canaries , I can imagine a 3 week trip would be out our price range . Caravanning means to us . sleeping in our own beds , our own fresh sheets , choosing our food , not being stung for the cost of wine at the table and in our case staying in a quiet corner of France where kids and teenagers behave with respect to those around them . We have never given a second thought to having any other type of main holiday. With regard to CMC sites , , 1 week in a club site in the New Forest , north of £200. A week in the Orchards IOW , including ferries around £170. Guess where I will be autumn half term with grandson
Just wish my cars depreciated at the same rate as the caravans
A bit of an update Claimed for late delivery , and as you might suspect , the claim was rejected for :- A/ Parcel force can’t be responsible for delays in customs , err , the leaflet explaining what “global Express “ can do , was explicit in saying packages will be delivered in 48 hrs , when plainly , whatever is in the package , it will be delayed in customs ( so much for open borders ). Also pointing their agent , Post Office Counters should not have recommended Global Express as a means of getting package to me quickly . B/ Medication is excluded , but only due to being considered perishable , my meds have a shelf live in excess of 2 years .No mention of Spanish regs So having had our claim rejected , I resubmitted it making the points above , but also heading the letter “ Letter Before Action “ in which I gave them 14 days to cough up , or I will issue a claim via MCOL adding additional costs for postage , wasted time etc, naming Parcel Force and Post Office Counters as joint defendants And what do you know !! A cheque in settlement arrived yesterday morning Result