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Staying Upright

Posted by Sharon Eason on 3 June 2013 | 0 Comments

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Ready for the off?

Once more onto my high horse, dear friends, once more. 

We have been out and about over the past couple of weeks, covering more miles than I care to add up, and have seen far too many caravan incidents on the roads.  It all started about a fortnight ago, when a caravan travelling in the middle lane lost its outside tyre in a spectacular shower of rubber and plastic - a lovely shade of blue from the wheel arch, I think.  Thankfully the lorry in the inside lane noticed that there was a problem, moved towards the middle lane and very professionally slowed the traffic giving the caravan a chance to get to the hard shoulder. 

Then on Friday this week, travelling towards the East Coast, we saw another caravan with its offside wheel being replaced, a motorhome with a rear wheel removed and a lop-sided horsebox again caused by tyre problems.  To top it all, yesterday afternoon, on the M1 around Junction 29 was that sight you never, ever want to see - a new looking caravan on its side and a tailback of some five miles or more.

What brought this all home to me was the result of our annual service - yes, we had tyre problems and we would never have known without the help of James from Charnwood Caravans.  The problem was cracking, deep in the tread of the nearside tyre, which, needless to say was hastily replaced. 

The same problem was found last year in the offside tyre, so perhaps we should be asking if this is a common problem, or if there was an issue with a particular batch of tyres fitted to Bailey caravans which left the factory in May 2010.  This fault is just about impossible to see unless the tyre is removed from the caravan.

We spend a lot of weekends in our caravan, either at food and drink events or caravan related events.  We drive thousands of miles each year pulling the caravan behind us, so perhaps we are more aware of the need to ensure that the caravan is properly serviced each and every year - even when it is used throughout the winter and summer months.

Your life depends on the correct and safe operation of your caravan.  That does not mean just the tyres and running gear, but also the inside.  A proper service will include safety checks on all your gas and electrical equipment, to ensure that your caravan is free from problems.

I had my fingers metaphorically rapped last week.  I had taken the battery out of the smoke alarm as it was flat, and had intended to buy another.  To be fair, I did buy another, but had not got as far as fitting it into the smoke alarm (it was still in my handbag) by the time James did his service.  He not only picked up the problem, but recorded the fact on his report sheet, where my stupidity will be recorded for posterity.  The new battery is now correctly fitted, but it goes to show how easy it is to forget something so simple as replacing a flat battery.

So, as the sun comes out and the children finish school for their long holidays, make sure your outfit is properly and professionally serviced, then double check that your alarms are working.  The life you save could be your own - or your child's.

Enjoy the summer!!

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Good Sites Bad Sites

Posted by Sharon Eason on 30 April 2013 | 0 Comments

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What makes a good caravan site? Sitting in the caravan at Easter, watching the rain run down the windows as the 'van swayed in the howling wind, we got to talking about what on earth we were doing, which lead to what do we want out of a caravan site.  I guess our perspective was potentially a little skewed by the weather conditions at the time, but nevertheless, the debate did show differences in both the generations and the length of experience - or should I say personal experiences.

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Crash Dummies

Posted by Sharon Eason on 31 January 2013 | 0 Comments

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Earlier this week I received an e-mail asking if I was interested in a guest blog on what to do if you are involved in a road traffic accident.  My immediate reaction was ooooh yes please!  Then I looked more closely, the e-mail came from a litigation company in the USA - hardly relevant to our laws, so politely I declined.  That then set me thinking - what should you do if you are involved in an accident? 

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Are you up to date with towing regulations?

Posted by Sharon Eason on 11 December 2012 | 1 Comments

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On 19 January 2013 the rules governing the size of outfit you can drive will change again.  If you pass your test after 19 January 2013 you will be able to tow *"trailers weight*.

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Get Ready for Winter

Posted by Sharon Eason on 30 October 2012 | 0 Comments

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The clocks have gone back, nights are getting longer and colder, but still there are places to go and people to meet.  More and more of us now use the caravan literally all year through, with Christmas and New Year parties being top favourites - after all you just fall into the caravan and sleep, no need for a taxi home!!

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Keep your roof on!

Posted by Sharon Eason on 10 October 2012 | 0 Comments

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Last week, travelling down the M6, I saw something that was so close to disaster, that I decided to make it the moan and grumble this week.

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Television and Caravans

Posted by Sharon Eason on 17 September 2012 | 2 Comments

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Setting up the caravan in a howling gale on Friday afternoon, we noticed that the usual rash of satellite dishes was missing.

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Emergency Planning

Posted by on 31 July 2012 | 2 Comments

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We have just returned from the Derbyshire Centre's 3000th rally and 50 year anniversary weekend.  First and foremost, I have to thank the Committee for a really enjoyable weekend with something for everyone.  I must also commend them for their planning for emergencies during the rally, which, sadly were brought into action. On Saturday afternoon, a rallier suffered a serious medical emergency.  The contingency planning went swiftly into action with a team headed by a retired paramedic giving CPR.  Chairs were put around the victim and the first aid team to shield them.  The compere for the afternoon's events asked everyone to move back, which request was immediately obeyed, and the crowd...

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Everyone Can Tow a Caravan - Its Easy

Posted by on 13 June 2012 | 0 Comments

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Every time I tow the caravan onto a site, I find people staring as if a woman should not be driving with her husband in the passenger seat.  Why not - I sit on the left when he is driving. First of all, the breakdown services are there for genuine breakdowns, not a get you home service.  I know of more than one occasion when the breakdown truck was called because the regular driver was unwell and the 'other half' would not tow.  That is selfish and puts up everyone else's cost of breakdown cover. Members of the Caravan Club and the Camping and Caravan Club will be able to...

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Deep Tread Cracking

Posted by Sharon Eason on 17 May 2012 | 0 Comments

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Look for this problem

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