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Re: Caravans and caravanning!
« Reply #100 on: 15 September, 2021, 07:20:10 pm »
I know that one of my fellow sailing club members got pulled up on his way back from an open meeting in his Ford Sierra estate with Merlin Rocket in tow doing over 100. Probably still not flat out though .....
Rust never sleeps

Re: Caravans and caravanning!
« Reply #101 on: 15 September, 2021, 07:34:24 pm »
A several of years ago, whilst working for an Association with yellow liveried everything, I was driving a Dodge flat-bed car transporter with a car trailer in-tow.
The incident in question took place along the M25 on the descent from Reigate Hill.
The trailer decided that it was going to try and overtake the lorry towing it.
I cannot remember many incidents in the course of my life that left me thusly terrified as I tried to bring the entire shebang back under control.
I seem to remember using all three lanes of the motorway in addition to the hard shoulder (it was, thankfully, in the wee small hours of the night) to get it back on an even keel.
The take-home from this incident?
Never run the towing vehicle flat-out.
Always leave some power in reserve to pull yourself out of such situations.

Comedy gold.   :-)
I was going for it......


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Re: Caravans and caravanning!
« Reply #102 on: 16 September, 2021, 12:12:25 pm »
Can anyone recommend a campsite around Rutland Water, preferably with electric hook up?

The Paddock (C&CC Cert. site). Stayed there BH w/e. Very pleasant :thumbsup:.

Unfortunately, not taking people without their own sanitation at present.  It did look good.

Ah, yes. Porta-Potti FTW :thumbsup:. Our van is relatively small (Mercedes Vito) so no shower or anything fancy like that but the PP is essential kit as it opens up many more possibilities for places to stay.
Pen Pusher

Re: Caravans and caravanning!
« Reply #103 on: 09 November, 2021, 09:29:29 am »
We joined the ranks of caravanners this year after years of camping following the purchase of a mate's well looked after van.  We've used it a fair bit and it's made it easier to get away with the rest of the family (all caravan owners too) since a lot of sites don't allow pitching of tents and vans on the same field.

Took the van to the Peak District over Oct half-term.  When the C&CC say about their Bakewell  "Access road is narrow and care is needed" they really aren't joking.  We only have a single axle van but also only a 2WD car and ye gods the lane through the village is narrow, double parked and steep.  Getting back up the hill on the way out required precise timing and extensive prayers to negotiate a wet road and avoid a wheel-spinny clutch-destroying set of hill starts.

Other than that, a nice and well maintained site with negligible facilities and great walking straight out of the door.