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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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  1. Time lapse Red Kite touring park construction
  2. [b]Time Lapse Caravan Construction Video - Concept Caravans[/b]

    Concept Caravans thought it would be a great idea to show customers exactly how a caravan is manufactured. The end result is this time lapse video shot by James Manson from CDMedia that magically turns 5 days of hard work into 5 minutes.


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  3. Shield Total Insurance has had an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the Swift Group’s factory in Hull for an insight into its latest Smart HT (Hi-Tech) ‘next generation’ construction system used for its new flagship ranges, to assess if it or any of the new materials used are likely to have any positive or negative impact on the cost of repairs and, therefore, insurance premiums.

    “We have had a close relationship with the caravan industry for a long time and, as a specialist insurance company in this sector, always stay in touch with the latest developments so we can offer the most competitive premiums and talk knowledgably with our customers about their caravans,” said Stuart Craig, Marketing Manager, Shield Total Insurance.

    “We all thought the new Swift Elegance and Sterling Continental looked stunning when they were unveiled at the Caravan and Camping Show at the NEC, but as an insurance company, we need to think about how easy they are to repair compared to any other caravan,” Stuart continued.

    There has been a lot of innovation in construction systems in the caravan industry over the last few years, starting with Bailey introducing its Alu-Tech system. More recently, other manufacturers have started using stronger adhesives and also removed wood from the bodyshells to reduce the costly damage caused by water ingress. More and more are changing from aluminium to GRP side panels, which are much more resistant to scratches or hailstones.
    The good news, is that Shield thinks that by introducing Smart HT, Swift has taken the manufacturing process a step further by replacing aluminium with GRP and eliminating plywood altogether from the caravan. This should mean that traditional ‘fill and spray’ methods of automotive repair become effective on these models.

    For more details or a quotation from Shield Total Insurance, call 0800 393 966 or visit www.shieldtotalinsurance.co.uk.


    Photo @ Swift Group

    1. GRP bodyshell panels
    2. ‘PURe’ fixing blocks
    3. Completely timberless composite floor
    4. Unique cold bridge
    5 & 6. Strong jointing system
    7. Aerodynamics
    8. Cast foam bedding
    Details of the above can be found on the Swift Website

    Video can be found here http://www.swifttv.c...kin-of-smart-ht


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  4. New Swift SMART HT construction system in News


    By markf, posted
    Shield Total Insurance has had an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the Swift Group’s factory in Hull for an insight into its latest Smart HT (Hi-Tech) ‘next generation’ construction system used for its new flagship ranges, to assess if it or any of the new materials used are likely to have any positive or negative impact on the cost of repairs and, therefore, insurance premiums.

    “We have had a close relationship with the caravan industry for a long time and, as a specialist insurance company in this sector, always stay in touch with the latest developments so we can offer the most competitive premiums and talk knowledgably with our customers about their caravans,” said Stuart Craig, Marketing Manager, Shield Total Insurance.

    “We all thought the new Swift Elegance and Sterling Continental looked stunning when they were unveiled at the Caravan and Camping Show at the NEC, but as an insurance company, we need to think about how easy they are to repair compared to any other caravan,” Stuart continued.

    There has been a lot of innovation in construction systems in the caravan industry over the last few years, starting with Bailey introducing its Alu-Tech system. More recently, other manufacturers have started using stronger adhesives and also removed wood from the bodyshells to reduce the costly damage caused by water ingress. More and more are changing from aluminium to GRP side panels, which are much more resistant to scratches or hailstones.
    The good news, is that Shield thinks that by introducing Smart HT, Swift has taken the manufacturing process a step further by replacing aluminium with GRP and eliminating plywood altogether from the caravan. This should mean that traditional ‘fill and spray’ methods of automotive repair become effective on these models.

    For more details or a quotation from Shield Total Insurance, call 0800 393 966 or visit www.shieldtotalinsurance.co.uk.


    Photo @ Swift Group

    1. GRP bodyshell panels
    2. ‘PURe’ fixing blocks
    3. Completely timberless composite floor
    4. Unique cold bridge
    5 & 6. Strong jointing system
    7. Aerodynamics
    8. Cast foam bedding
    Details of the above can be found on the Swift Website

    Video can be found here http://www.swifttv.co.uk/video/swift-elegance-and-sterling-continental-under-the-skin-of-smart-ht
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  5. Found this quite interesting

    http://youtu.be/rPvhil4HnRk
  6. A supersonic car and a Bailey caravan may not appear to have much in common, but they made a joint appearance on The Caravan Club stand on the opening day of The Caravan and Camping Show last week because they both come from Bristol and feature advanced engineering in their design and construction to deliver superior performance on the road.

    The BLOODHOUND SSC (supersonic car) and a new Bailey Pursuit 430-4 caravan were joined by Caravan Club member Wing Commander Andy Green OBE, current holder of the World Land speed record and the first person to break the sound barrier. He talked about the research involved in designing a car aimed to achieve speeds of 1,000mph, how caravans play an important role as a base during testing, and how the car and caravan were both proud to be developed in Bristol using the latest British technology.

    Bailey, in the form of an Approach SE 760 motorhome, and the
    BLOODHOUND SSC have shared the same stage before when they were both chosen to appear on the BBC Top Gear programme showcasing the best of British motor vehicle manufacturing and engineering. The feature was filmed on The Mall in central London, and the result was a typically 'chest-thumping' endorsement for the contribution that Britain has and continues to make to the global motor industry.

    Like the BLOODHOUND project, Bailey has also pursued a path of engineering excellence through the development of its Alu-Tech construction system. Introduced five years ago, this patented technology creates leisure vehicles that are more robust, more durable, safer to tow and yet lighter than those produced using conventional methods, while also giving greater protection against the elements.

    When you consider that these all these benefits of ownership were achieved without a cost or a weight penalty, thus making it accessible to everybody, you can begin to see why the Alu-Tech construction system is seen by many as the most significant breakthrough in leisure vehicle design technology for thirty years. To date, based upon a proven record of performance in extreme conditions as far afield as the European Alps and the Australian Outback, 30,000 caravans and motorhomes have now been built using the Alu-Tech construction system.

    After meeting Wing Commander Andy Green OBE, Nick Howard, Managing Director, Bailey of Bristol said: "It was really inspiring to meet Andy and hear more about the scale and technical details of the Bloodhound project to set a new land speed record. He clearly shares our passion for advanced engineering and took a keen interest in the design and lightweight construction of our Alu-Tech leisure vehicles".

    For more information about the latest Bailey caravans or motorhomes, to find your nearest Bailey retailer, or to subscribe to the email newsletter service, visit www.baileyofbristol