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Saturday, 27 April 2013

"Greener Caravanning – by Simple Caravan Insurance"



Holidays in caravans are one of the most popular paid for holidays for British people, but how energy efficient is it and what can you do to make your holiday as green as possible?
Before travelling with your caravan there are a few things you can change in order to improve the overall fuel-efficiency of your caravan set-up.
·        By servicing your vehicle and caravan, minivan or motorhome on a regular basis you will ensure the efficiency of these vehicles.
·        Check your tyre pressures. Correct tyre pressure can reduce fuel consumption and reduce adverse tyre wear.
·        Try to avoid using air-conditioning where possible and try not to carry unnecessary items in your caravan as these will create drag and prolong your journey.
·        If towing, choose a towcar that is the right match for your caravan so you are not changing gear too often. If you are unsure which to choose then a caravan dealer can help you with this.
·        Watch your speed if towing and go at 40MPH where possible which will use up much less fuel than if travelling at 50MPH+
When choosing your destination go for caravan sites that uphold sustainable practises. This will help you to feel like you are doing your bit, but there are other things you can do to be energy efficient whilst on holiday.
·        Install a paper and plastic recycling bin inside one of your caravan cupboards.
·        Use energy efficient bulbs where possible in your caravan.
·        Only use hot water when absolutely necessary as this will use less energy.
·        Use a bike instead of your car whenever possible. This can be fun and is good exercise for all the family. There are plenty of caravan sites that cater for cyclists so look out for them.
·        To prevent heat loss in your caravan check your door and window seals, hang a heavy curtain over the inside of the front door and keep inside room doors closed to help with heat conservation.
·        If caravanning off-season then invest in a halogen heater. They are safe, free-standing (so can be moved around) and are typically energy efficient. They will save you a lot more money than a gas heater which can get very expensive and is also really bad for the environment.
All of these are simple, and somewhat, obvious tips for how to be energy efficient. Use your head and you will find it is really easy to be an energy efficient caravanner and make the most of your break away without costing yourself OR the environment much.
Simple Caravan Insurance offer comprehensive cover for static and touring caravans that’s easy to tailor to your needs, so you get the right cover for you. 


Friday, 26 April 2013

Caravan Club : Norfolk Broads

We have just returned from ten days on the Caravan Club : Norfolk Broads site ( formally Broadlands ) at Ludham Bridge,Norfolk.

If anyone is thinking of a stay here then I would wholeheartedly recommend it.

 The site has new wardens for this year and it is immaculate in appearance and the friendly staff seem to work very hard to keep it that way.

It has mainly hard standing pitches ( there are a few grass ones ) which are flat and generous in proportion,the only problem being that it is hard work knocking awning pegs in so bring some rock pegs and a hammer,you will need them.

The heated toilet block is absolutely spotless and there are the usual wash-up and laundry facilitites.

As far as the Orion goes it was pretty boring really,nothing broke,nothing failed to work,all straight forward,oh we had to get a new bottle of gas,and the Isabella Magnum stood up very well to some quite strong gusty winds.

We seem to have the caravan loading down to a fine art now as going down it was quite windy but the van was as steady as a rock all the way there and back.

One disaster that reared its head just after we arrived was that I had forgotten to bring the TV remote control,much to SWMBO's consternation.

Now the thought of SWMBO  after one TVless night is bad enough,but ten ??

It was never going to happen.

The next day it was off to Tesco ( yes it was that urgent ) to get a universal remote which proved to be absolutely useless.

There were hundreds of codes to pick from to set it up,but did it include ours,of course not.

Back down to Tesco for,yes you've guessed it,a new TV ( we can use it in the bedroom at home so all is not lost ).

SWMBO now a happy bunny as she can now watch Masterchef ( one of the worst programmes ever to grace a TV in my opinion but there you are ).

One place to visit that is worth mentioning is the radar museum at Neatishead which is only a few miles away.

Neatishead Radar Museum

If you are in the CC there is a voucher in the voucher book so you can get two for the price of one admission.

All in all an excellent ten days on an excellent site.

( I did mean to put a few photo's in this posting but I have recently bought a new smartphone and I have not worked out yet how to transfer them to my PC,when I do I will put some in ).

Ian
















Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Improvements

It may be a little late in the day but I have just noticed in Practical Caravan a list of improvements for the 2013 Orion over the 2012.

They are:-

Improved TV aerial.
Improved fridge.
Improved heating.

Ian

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Bailey Orion Blog Hoodie

I have had a BOB hoodie made up so if you see me on site somewhere make youself known.

There may be a cup of tea in it.







Ian

Friday, 12 April 2013

We're On Twitter !!

Have taken the plunge and launched the blog on Twitter.

The Twitter name is @BaileyOrionBlog.

There may be a hiccup or two as I am new to all this but we will see how it goes.

Ian

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Milenco Cargo Bar

I have often been concerned that when travelling with stuff in the van that it may shift,especially under braking,and cause instability.

Whilst mooching around on the net I came across the Milenco Cargo Bar which fits between  two bits of furniture,in our case between the rear dinette seat bases,and prevents movement of transported equipment.











The quality of the bar is very good and it fits in seconds.

I got it from Kenmore Caravans via E Bay and it cost about £21.

If you decide to purchase be careful to buy the correct one as there are two sizes,I got the "small",20" - 36".

Ian