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Monday, 27 May 2013


Yesterday we returned from three nights at Moorhampton CC site which is ten miles or so NW of Hereford.

It is a delightful little spot which is on the site of an old railway track and station,we were pitched on the ancient track bed.

 A toilet block that is a little larger would be of benefit as there are only two showers for the whole site,but apart from that a very pleasant place to stay.

The Orion was once again faultless I just wish I could remember to shut the water heater valve before switching on the water and dumping a full Aquaroll all over the pitch.

The site is surrounded by country lanes,quant villages and very desirable properties.

Things to be aware of if they are important to you are that there is no Wi-Fi or mobile phone signal apart from Vodaphone and there is no public phone on site.

There is an area I discovered about a meter square on the adjacent bridge which will just about receive 3G.

Before setting off I had purchased a couple of Duvalay sleeping bags as SWMBO doesn't really like making up the bed so I thought this may help,plus of course it would earn a few Brownie points to store against future misdemeanours.

Now I am not the best sleeper in the world,even at home,but I have to say I had three of the best nights sleep I have ever had in the van.

The bags are separate so there is no chance of stealing one anothers quilt and the memory foam mattress is very comfortable.

I bought two of the winter/summer combination packs which come with a winter ( 10.5 Tog I think ) and a 4.5 Tog summer quilt plus a free storage bags.

SWMBO of course had the winter quilt and I had the summer under which I was plenty warm enough.

The only drawback with them is they are quite bulky to store when not on use,we put them in the shower as we were using the site facilities.

It has to be said they aren't cheap,£288 or so inc. delivery for the two,but they do work.

Before anyone thinks it,I have no association whatsoever with Duvalay apart from being a satisfied customer.

There was another Orion on site for the first night,and one thing I did notice,and I have observed this on two Orions on our storage,is that they appear to fade a bit over time unless they are are cleaned and polished on a regular basis.

As I do a bit of TLC on ours it seems OK but others sometimes seem a little dull,so get that polish out.



  1. Hello :-)
    A bit OT but we've just collected our new-to-us Bailey Orion this afternoon, never having caravanned before. I've been enjoying reading your informative blog - many thanks for sharing your experiences.
    We're so looking forward to starting our own 'adventure'. First night away booked for next Saturday - can't wait!
    Steph x

  2. Steph,

    Welcome to BOB,nothing is OT on here.

    I am sure you will enjoy your Orion,it is a cracking little caravan.

    Let us know how your first trip goes.


  3. Ian,
    Leisure Sales at Sandbach have one deeply discounted Evo 4 displayed right at the entrance of the display yard trying to shift it. There's a second one right at the back of their display area behind loads of stock vans and it looks really grim on the outside. It would probably clean up OK but does look off putting. I believe they arrived in stock in April 2012 and that they orered three of which one sold straightaway, the other two haven't attracted a buyer yet. More happily I believe they 'sold through' on 2013MY Orions a few months back.

  4. Andy,

    The basic concept of the Evo 4 was I think sound,a lighter and slightly cheaper van,but where it fell down was the absence of the ability to fit a battery.

    Yes no battery will make it weigh less but it negates the possibility of fitting a mover,alarm or tracking device.

    The better path in my opinion would have been yes,leave the battery out but make it possible to fit one if that is what was wanted,but as far as I know this wasn't an option,it was no battery full stop.