Just picked up my first caravan :) (Hobby 610 premium)

Just picked up my first caravan :) (Hobby 610 premium)

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CDB1983

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1,204 posts

104 months

Sunday 25th April
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Just got back from road trip to the north of Denmark to collect our new (to us) van.

We looked everywhere for this specific van as it will just about fit on the drive at home. The twin beds in the rear will be converted to a double in due course and it needs a new rear window.

Hitched up for the first time In Aabybro



Halfway through Denmark





Germany was really boring so no photos,

Back in Poland 10 hours later. Thankfully petrol is cheaper in Poland as my car seems to love drinking the stuff.



And finally home after 12 hours on the road.




Obviously after such long drive I got up really early on Saturday to clean the inside smile









The little cayenne seems to be a fantastic tow car, barely notice the van following behind. Being a twin axle it is incredibly stable and doesn’t suffer from any buffeting from passing trucks at all.

Everything in the van works, few little jobs to do here and there but nothing major. We are absolutely delighted with it.

Plans for Montenegro this summer.

If anyone is interested there are no border checks anywhere within Shengen so get out there and enjoy smile

Oh and Denmark is absolutely stunning! I would move there in a heartbeat. Not as expensive as people make it out to be, slightly more than Poland for food. Petrol is eyewateringly expensive.

Throttle Body

404 posts

140 months

Sunday 25th April
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That is a really lovely looking caravan. I hope that you have lots of fun using it.

Mikebentley

2,735 posts

107 months

Sunday 25th April
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I think these caravans have a great look. A mate in the UK said though that it can be problematic as certain sites don’t let them on due to being a favourite of the Dag Snatchers. Don’t know if that’s true.

CDB1983

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1,204 posts

104 months

Monday 26th April
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Mikebentley said:
I think these caravans have a great look. A mate in the UK said though that it can be problematic as certain sites don’t let them on due to being a favourite of the Dag Snatchers. Don’t know if that’s true.
Apparently there are issues using them in the U.K. for that very reason. Lots of sites refuse the German built vans. Also in the U.K. the biggest issue is the length limit meaning you can only pull them behind a commercial vehicle (3500kg and above) In Europe no such rules and they are quite a common sight on the roads. Tows beautifully too even in high winds. Sort of wishing my car was the diesel version now 😂 Getting an indicated 21mpg (which is about the same as our old motor home)

rustyuk

3,711 posts

178 months

Monday 26th April
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I wouldn't worry about using it in the UK. I doubt you would own it for very long.

tdm34

6,786 posts

177 months

Monday 26th April
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You'll need to have it repainted, I believe Periwinkle blue is very popular.........

CDB1983

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104 months

Monday 26th April
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rustyuk said:
I wouldn't worry about using it in the UK. I doubt you would own it for very long.
There’s absolutely zero point in trying to use it in the U.K anyway in any case, Why would we drive 1200 miles with a caravan to the U.K. pay for a ferry, pay rip off site fees etc when we can be in Croatia/Montenegro in the same amount of time smile

Our main plan is to start using it for holidays in the balkans as we aren’t all that far away smile (+ cheap petrol 😂)

CDB1983

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104 months

Monday 26th April
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Twin single beds have gone. Built a double this afternoon smile




Insert Coin

949 posts

10 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Lovely caravan, so much nicer and no doubt better built than the UK wobble boxes.

Enjoy cool

CDB1983

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104 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Insert Coin said:
Lovely caravan, so much nicer and no doubt better built than the UK wobble boxes.

Enjoy cool
Cheers smile It does feel pretty decent quality and is very stable towing. Wouldn’t fancy towing it behind anything much lighter though. Always liked the look of the hobby premium and with the idea of getting on a plane seeming like something I wouldn’t want to do again this seemed like the best option smile



Jarcy

1,416 posts

242 months

Wednesday 28th April
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Insert Coin said:
Lovely caravan, so much nicer and no doubt better built than the UK wobble boxes.

Enjoy cool
I was amazed to see my neighbour standing on the roof of his Knaus.

CDB1983

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1,204 posts

104 months

Wednesday 28th April
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Jarcy said:
I was amazed to see my neighbour standing on the roof of his Knaus.
I’m 94 kilos so I don’t think I’ll be chancing it 😂

Insert Coin

949 posts

10 months

Wednesday 28th April
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Jarcy said:
I was amazed to see my neighbour standing on the roof of his Knaus.
I saw a person of pie quay decent stood on top of his caravan last year, pretty sure it wouldn’t hold my carcass either laugh

Dog Star

12,770 posts

135 months

Tuesday 18th May
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CDB1983 said:
Mikebentley said:
I think these caravans have a great look. A mate in the UK said though that it can be problematic as certain sites don’t let them on due to being a favourite of the Dag Snatchers. Don’t know if that’s true.
Apparently there are issues using them in the U.K. for that very reason. Lots of sites refuse the German built vans. Also in the U.K. the biggest issue is the length limit meaning you can only pull them behind a commercial vehicle (3500kg and above) In Europe no such rules and they are quite a common sight on the roads. Tows beautifully too even in high winds. Sort of wishing my car was the diesel version now ?? Getting an indicated 21mpg (which is about the same as our old motor home)
My mum and dad have had Fendt and Hobby caravans for years and had no such problems wrt caravan sites; I suspect it's just something that the site owners publish so that they can deter the travelling, dag loving scamps. There's similar tripe I've heard about not allowing euro caravans on sites because "the door is on the wrong side".

What do they do when German tourists arrive on site?

I'd be very interested to know if excluding people on that basis is even legal - imagine being told you couldn't park, for example, a Swedish car in a car park.

Back to the caravan - cracking looking thing OP; my parents also have a Hobby motorhome and the styling is very similar indeed with the swoopy black windows, back lights are the same too. The interior is identical too, but smaller. Great looking thing. They won't, sadly, lend it to me because I will "get drunk and vomit in it". Seriously? WTF? confused

CDB1983

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1,204 posts

104 months

Tuesday 18th May
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Dog Star said:
My mum and dad have had Fendt and Hobby caravans for years and had no such problems wrt caravan sites; I suspect it's just something that the site owners publish so that they can deter the travelling, dag loving scamps. There's similar tripe I've heard about not allowing euro caravans on sites because "the door is on the wrong side".

What do they do when German tourists arrive on site?

I'd be very interested to know if excluding people on that basis is even legal - imagine being told you couldn't park, for example, a Swedish car in a car park.

Back to the caravan - cracking looking thing OP; my parents also have a Hobby motorhome and the styling is very similar indeed with the swoopy black windows, back lights are the same too. The interior is identical too, but smaller. Great looking thing. They won't, sadly, lend it to me because I will "get drunk and vomit in it". Seriously? WTF? confused
The hobby stuff is really nicely made, looks about as good as a caravan or motor home can too. Must admit the quality of the fixtures and fittings is nowhere near the quality of our old Hymer however the size and spec of the thing far than make up for it.

Parents can be odd can’t they, mine won’t lend me their car when we come to the U.K “because I’ll crash it” Obviously rolling a car close to 20 years ago when I was 17 means that’s my MO and my driveway must be littered with rolled vehicles 😂

Was waiting for my plates and insurance to come so got some work done in the van. The twin beds are now a double with a storage locker along the right side and the same mattress we have at home so it’s really comfortable. Downside is the sliding partition doors have had to go and will be replaced by a fabric partition (nose weight)

All my little jobs bar the rear window are done, (that’s booked in for next month)

Insurance - yes they have to carry their own plates and insurance to be used on the road £550 fully comp frown which was a surprise but needs must. (For perspective the cayenne comes in at 7500pln a year fully comp but that thing does 70k kms a year) Polish insurance is incredibly expensive.

Must get round to replacing the friction pads on the hitch too.

We went away overnight on Saturday to stay in a friends field to test it out. So far so good smile Forgot the wine opener and kettle though.

CDB1983

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1,204 posts

104 months

Tuesday 18th May
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Obviously pictures help smile




Mikebentley

2,735 posts

107 months

Tuesday 18th May
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Dag Star it all becomes clear.

Dog Star

12,770 posts

135 months

Tuesday 18th May
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CDB1983 said:
Parents can be odd can’t they, mine won’t lend me their car when we come to the U.K “because I’ll crash it” Obviously rolling a car close to 20 years ago when I was 17 means that’s my MO and my driveway must be littered with rolled vehicles ??
Oh - I get that. My sisters drive my mums Yaris. It’s very battered “but it wasn’t them”.

I’m not allowed to drive said Yaris. Evidently I have (and I quote) “a racing driver’s mentality and will rev the engine”.

I’m 53 years old. rolleyes

dave_s13

13,035 posts

236 months

Friday 21st May
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It looks impressively wide.

Caravans are hot property at the moment in the UK.

I dropped lucky and picked up our new 6berth this morning and sold our aging 5berth this afternoon (for what I paid for it last year).



I was all set for a hobby but out put off by the door on the wrong side, pesky travelling rascal associations. A same but then the size of the damn things means I'd have needed a bigger car.

CDB1983

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1,204 posts

104 months

Saturday 22nd May
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dave_s13 said:
It looks impressively wide.

Caravans are hot property at the moment in the UK.

I dropped lucky and picked up our new 6berth this morning and sold our aging 5berth this afternoon (for what I paid for it last year).



I was all set for a hobby but out put off by the door on the wrong side, pesky travelling rascal associations. A same but then the size of the damn things means I'd have needed a bigger car.
That is a beauty! Really very nice. I must admit the British built vans seem to have more homely interiors and I would have liked one however getting parts and service on the continent could have been an issue for us.

Enjoy and hope you have many happy holidays! Lovely van!