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

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

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ColinM50

2,486 posts

142 months

Sunday 30th May
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My son bought a new Hobby caravan last year and had trouble insuring it. One broker explained that's because the travelling fraternity love "borrowing" them. Only quote he could get was if he fitted a tracker and a serious deterrent. Probably not the same as where you are, but the travellers in UK cause all sorts of issues.

On a side track, mate had his caravan stolen from outside his home and tracker showed it was on a travellers site. Police said they wouldn't go and get it for fear of repercusions and they told him IF he retrieved it, they reckon it'd mysteriousy catch light a few days after. So he claimed on the insurance who didn't question the police's comments

CDB1983

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1,204 posts

104 months

Monday 31st May
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ColinM50 said:
My son bought a new Hobby caravan last year and had trouble insuring it. One broker explained that's because the travelling fraternity love "borrowing" them. Only quote he could get was if he fitted a tracker and a serious deterrent. Probably not the same as where you are, but the travellers in UK cause all sorts of issues.

On a side track, mate had his caravan stolen from outside his home and tracker showed it was on a travellers site. Police said they wouldn't go and get it for fear of repercusions and they told him IF he retrieved it, they reckon it'd mysteriousy catch light a few days after. So he claimed on the insurance who didn't question the police's comments
I think all the scare stories from the U.K have convinced me to never take my van to the island smile Insurance here is pretty steep in fairness however insurance in general in this part of the world is incredibly expensive compared to the Uk frown

We have some security, van is effectively wedged behind our garage and can only come out using the motor mover. (Which went wrong yesterday)


We just returned from our first ever hobby meet and had an excellent time drinking with the locals. Still a lot to learn and still a lot to buy for the van smile

So far very happy with our purchase and we both much prefer this type of holiday to an all inclusive to Turkey.



dave_s13

13,035 posts

236 months

Tuesday 1st June
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CDB1983 said:
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!
I missed this....thank you.

We are currently enjoying the blistering heat of the Welsh Riviera that is porthmadog and it's bloody great so far. The swift is great for us as a family of 5.

Had a little trip out today and we passed a Hobby dealers and I thought of this thread. They are great vans bit I can't get my head around how they would work on the serviced pitch I'm on now. Awning and door on nearside, all services come on/out on the offside. How does that work short of driving the van in tow hitch first on motor movers?

CDB1983

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1,204 posts

104 months

Wednesday 2nd June
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dave_s13 said:
I missed this....thank you.

We are currently enjoying the blistering heat of the Welsh Riviera that is porthmadog and it's bloody great so far. The swift is great for us as a family of 5.

Had a little trip out today and we passed a Hobby dealers and I thought of this thread. They are great vans bit I can't get my head around how they would work on the serviced pitch I'm on now. Awning and door on nearside, all services come on/out on the offside. How does that work short of driving the van in tow hitch first on motor movers?
I live on the continent so the door is on the right side (not that anyone really bothers lining them up on site anyway)

Services are all on the left hand side of the van when looking at it from the back, door is on the right. If it was to be used in the U.K. the chances are it would have to go in backwards in any case as the living room is at the back of the van.

Hmm I’ve just confused myself. No im not sure it would work in the U.K. in that case.... longer pipes perhaps? Wouldn’t be ideal though.

After checking ferry prices (£800 extra return over a regular car) I don’t think it would be worth us bringing this to the U.K ever really (also the increased theft risk in Britain puts me off a bit)

Dog Star

12,770 posts

135 months

Wednesday 2nd June
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dave_s13 said:
Had a little trip out today and we passed a Hobby dealers and I thought of this thread. They are great vans bit I can't get my head around how they would work on the serviced pitch I'm on now. Awning and door on nearside, all services come on/out on the offside. How does that work short of driving the van in tow hitch first on motor movers?
How are you going to manage when you take your caravan onto the continent when the opposite applies?


dave_s13

13,035 posts

236 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Dog Star said:
dave_s13 said:
Had a little trip out today and we passed a Hobby dealers and I thought of this thread. They are great vans bit I can't get my head around how they would work on the serviced pitch I'm on now. Awning and door on nearside, all services come on/out on the offside. How does that work short of driving the van in tow hitch first on motor movers?
How are you going to manage when you take your caravan onto the continent when the opposite applies?
It'd have to go nose in I presume. It has motor movers so wouldn't be too much drama.

Dog Star

12,770 posts

135 months

Thursday 3rd June
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dave_s13 said:
Dog Star said:
dave_s13 said:
Had a little trip out today and we passed a Hobby dealers and I thought of this thread. They are great vans bit I can't get my head around how they would work on the serviced pitch I'm on now. Awning and door on nearside, all services come on/out on the offside. How does that work short of driving the van in tow hitch first on motor movers?
How are you going to manage when you take your caravan onto the continent when the opposite applies?
It'd have to go nose in I presume. It has motor movers so wouldn't be too much drama.
So it's actually not the slightest issue at all, is it?

Believe it or not it was even possible to move caravans around before the advent of the motor mover - back in the 80s my parents had a mahoosive and very wide twin axle Caravelair (French). If you wanted it in in a funny direction, maneuvre between trees then you pushed it, usually people off adjacent pitches would lend a hand.

There does seem to be a certain element within the UK caravanning community who try to come up with reasons why euro caravans cannot be used in the UK or they'll encounter difficulties, conveniently forgetting that when they take their over-embellished, button upholstered UK van to the continent the exact same thing applies (or rather doesn't, since it's all cobblers). I sure I recall the NCC having something to say about the sale of them back in the day too - which was pure UK van industry protectionism.

CDB1983

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1,204 posts

104 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Dog Star said:
So it's actually not the slightest issue at all, is it?

Believe it or not it was even possible to move caravans around before the advent of the motor mover - back in the 80s my parents had a mahoosive and very wide twin axle Caravelair (French). If you wanted it in in a funny direction, maneuvre between trees then you pushed it, usually people off adjacent pitches would lend a hand.

There does seem to be a certain element within the UK caravanning community who try to come up with reasons why euro caravans cannot be used in the UK or they'll encounter difficulties, conveniently forgetting that when they take their over-embellished, button upholstered UK van to the continent the exact same thing applies (or rather doesn't, since it's all cobblers). I sure I recall the NCC having something to say about the sale of them back in the day too - which was pure UK van industry protectionism.
I must say we do get a fair bit of negativity towards our van on the U.K based groups. Not sure why. There was a gypsy connection many years ago however that only reinforces in my mind at least the resilience of the German built vans as if they can take a family of gypsies and dags living in them full time they must be of reasonable quality.

We don’t have the theft issues where I live as the gypsies tend to live in half built houses with lions on their electric gates etc.

That said the door on the wrong side will never affect us as it’s never going to set foot in British soil as there’s simply no point in paying the extra for ferries etc. If I’m going to tow the van 1000 miles it will be 1000 miles south to Italy, Croatia, Montenegro etc where we don’t have friends and family to stay with. + I’m not sure I want issues with VOSA due to being over length under U.K road rules. (Even though it’s 100% legal on the continent)

I have tried pushing it when the motor mover stopped working due to a battery issue. Van wasn’t having any of it.

I found a solution




That said it was only to position it in the garden.


As a bit of a bonus whilst cleaning the van I found this so had to try to put it up. 40 mins and many Kurwas later we had an awning. It was a bit short lived as one of the cats started climbing it so it went straight back in its bag.

Doubt will ever use it over the omnistor wind out thing but nice to have for longer trips away.




Excuse the power line. It’s going later in the year in favour of an underground one like everyone else in our street has.



I now also need 4 new tyres as I had an “incident” involving said motor mover and the trailers hand brake 😡


Rosscow

8,030 posts

130 months

Wednesday 9th June
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Dog Star said:
So it's actually not the slightest issue at all, is it?

Believe it or not it was even possible to move caravans around before the advent of the motor mover - back in the 80s my parents had a mahoosive and very wide twin axle Caravelair (French). If you wanted it in in a funny direction, maneuvre between trees then you pushed it, usually people off adjacent pitches would lend a hand.

There does seem to be a certain element within the UK caravanning community who try to come up with reasons why euro caravans cannot be used in the UK or they'll encounter difficulties, conveniently forgetting that when they take their over-embellished, button upholstered UK van to the continent the exact same thing applies (or rather doesn't, since it's all cobblers). I sure I recall the NCC having something to say about the sale of them back in the day too - which was pure UK van industry protectionism.
We've had a twin axle caravan for 8 years and never had a motor mover! Never had a problem. Sometimes it's tight and you have to in/out a bit and get it as far as you can, and then like you say give it a push! Normally manage on our own but campers are a friendly bunch so you only have to ask for help if you need it!

Fat hippo

538 posts

101 months

Tuesday 22nd June
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My parents had a Lord Munsterland back in the early/mid 90s. I don’t recall that being too much of a problem but might now ask them.
I do however remember having the door on the other side and thought that was cool as it was different. I think there were one or two comments from little britain types but there was no way my dad was buying british cars or caravans at the time.