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2015 – New Stone Road and Five Hard Standing Pitches

In March of 2015 we had some issues with wet ground despite the 200m land drain we fitted. Therefore I proceeded to secure planning permission for a road and hard standing pitches.

A weeks work and 270 tonnes of stone later we now have a road and five hard standing pitches with a depth of 6+ inches.

Luckily due to the very nice and dry weather we have been having over the end of September we have damaged the field very little with the diggers, dumpers and tractors.

The land drain we previously installed runs directly under the road, which should help to keep it in a good condition.

The pitches have a 10x3m long section to park the unit and a 5x3m long section to park a car, below are some pictures of the work and final road and pitches.

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Road2

Road3

Road

Hard Standing Pitches

First Best CS Nomination

After our first few months from opening the caravan site we are happy with the responses we are getting from visitors about the site and its facilities.

A few days ago we were very happy to received a letter from the Camping and Caravanning Club with a rosette to acknowledge our first nomination for Best CS.

Next season when we open again in March and the caravan site will be in the Big Book of Sites is when we are really hoping to see if we can get more nominations for Best CS.

Thanks for visiting the website and if you would like to book a pitch for next season please use the contact page.

Chris

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Electric Bikes Video Guide

We have something a bit different for today, a video guide from Practical Motorhome on electric bikes. Many caravanners and motorhome owners bring their bikes with them to site, but over the last few years electric bikes are been seen as a serious alternative. Electric bikes can aid those who really need it or just make trips easier and more enjoyable for others.

There are two types of electric bike, those that provide assistance and those that can power the bike completely off the electric motor. There are also bikes that provide a combination of the two. If you use the assisted mode the bike battery will obviously last longer than if you make it do all the work. The maximum power of the bikes to conform with EU laws is 250W and the fastest you can go is 15 MPH.

There are some important aspects of electric bikes you need to consider. One of the most important for caravans and motorhomes is weight if you are going to store the bike on board. But also as the video shows if you are going to load them on a car. Picking up a heavy electric bike onto a car roof rack may not end well for you or your car. A lot of the weight of the bike is in the battery so if you can remove if before trying to lift the bike.

In terms of battery’s you really want to find a bike with a lithium battery, they are more expensive but will last longer. Some of the bikes are folding which could be key consideration if you wish to store the bike in your motorhome garage for example. Some bikes have a claimed mileage of up to 50 miles, but its like a cars MPG figure, its a guide. Going up and down hills etc is going to reduce that figure down quite a bit.

In terms of price you can get a Chinese import for about £500 or end up spending £2,500 on some other bikes. The Chinese import bike maybe worth a look if you can find some good reviews. What might be a good idea is getting a battery upgrade as I would not expect that battery to last long unless its been sourced from a reputable brand.

Chris

BMW X3 Tow Car Video Review

This is a video review from Practical Caravan on the second generation BMW X3. As the reviewer comments the first generation X3 was definitely a bit of a low point for BMW. It was expensive, had a hard ride and there was a surprising amount of body work that BMW didn’t paint for some reason leaving it bare plastic. This second generation though is a much improved car.

The engine in this version is a 2.0 litre diesel that provides an impressive 184 BHP and even more impressive you can get 50+ MPG. To be able to get power and economy in one car is a significant advantage. The BMW X3 was able to tow a 1500 kg caravan from 30-60 MPH in just 10 seconds which is very good. It also apparently handles well at motorway speeds and is generally all round a stable drive.

You get quite a bit of space for the passengers and boot space is more than reasonable. The tow ball on the X3 is very odd, its motorised and unfolds its self from under the bumper. Quite a good trick to keep the back of the car neat when not needed. The only thing I would worry about is if that motor fails you have got a big problem.

As with all BMW’s this is not cheap (£35,000+) but you do get a capable car with quite a bit of luxury that will hold its value. If you have got the cash and you need to tow the X3 has gone from an outside choice to a serious consideration.

Chris.

Swift Kon-Tiki 659 Motorhome Video Review

Todays we have a video review from Practical Motorhome on the Swift Kon-Tiki 659. So as you can see from the video this is a large motorhome, but this is not a van for lots of people just for two to tour in luxury.  Its based on the Fiat Ducato and has a second tag axel to support the back of the motorhome.

This video review is less of a complete review and more of an update on the improvements that were made to the Swift Kon-Tiki 659 in 2012. The most significant improvement was it started to use the modern Euro 5 engines. The motorhome in the video is the top of the range unit with a 180 BHP engine, but the standard 150 BHP was the most common. These more modern engines saw an improvement in MPG and C02 of 18%, which can make a significant cost difference on a long run.  However the engines also provided a 12% increase in acceleration performance. Therefore if you are looking to pick up a Swift Kon-Tiki 659 as a second hand buy its a good idea to get a 2012 or newer if you can.

A new feature on the 2012 version is the slide out external locker which I think is a great feature and the other locker gets the gas struts to hold it open while you access the locker. There are also improvements in the cab in terms of better plastics, a better radio with MP3 support and a TOM TOM docking port. There is also a rather nice leather steering wheel with radio controls.

In terms of the layout of the Swift Kon-Tiki 659 you get a reasonable lounge, a very nice kitchen with large work top and a fixed bed with rear washroom. Altogether this is a very nice premium motorhome for two and well worth a look for a second hand buy with the Euro 5 engines.

Chris

Practical Caravan Tow Car Awards 2011

Now it may seem a bit strange that I’m writing a posting of the 2011 awards, however its still very relevant for many caravanners who will be purchasing a second hand tow car.

The first part of the video explains how they setup the cars and caravan for the tests.  The car and the caravan are appropriately ballasted, the caravan to 85% of the cars curb weight. They then show a clip of a hill start test, unfortunately for the little Hyundai shown it seems to be struggling quite a bit. The lane change test is quite dramatic as it would be to avoid obstacles in real life. The constant radius bend test will also shown the stability of the vehicle and its control of the caravan. Apparently as stated in the video a reasonable result is stability at 40 MPH but the better tow cars can exceed this. Some of the tests are targeted at stability and breaking where others are testing how quickly and smoothly the car can accelerate with the caravan.

They then also look to the practical tests such as boot volume, spare tire type, tow bar installation and also how easy it is to fit additional mirrors. The Practical Caravan awards are looking for great tow cars that are also great everyday cars.

In 2011 VW did particularly well with the Golf and Passat estate winning the lower weight class awards. Next came the Ford Mondeo estate and the BMW 5 series estate. When it comes to large caravans it was the Land Rover Discovery which came out on top which is the same today in the 2014 awards.  There were other awards such as for fuel economy for the 1.7 Diesel Astra. The overall award went to the VW Passat estate.

If you are looking to purchase a second hand car that you also want to tow with its worth popping over to the Practical Caravan website to read the reviews of these cars.

Chris.

Swift Escape 696 Motorhome Video Review

Sleeping 6 people in any UK motorhome which is not a large A class is going to be tricky, never mind when its at the budget end of the market as is the case here with the Swift Escape 696. Below is a video review below from Practical Motorhome about this budget offering from Swift that was priced at just under £37,500.

Its an over cab coach built motorhome on the Fiat chassis. In terms of sleeping there is space for two over the cab, two bunk beds at the rear and then a central lounge area which makes up a double. You also get a large garage space at the rear of the van which comes in very handy. With the optional extras pack you get the automatically retracting electric step. As mentioned by the reviewer, trying to fit in space for 6 within a van less than 7 meters long is always going to be a challenge.

Dinning for 6 there is another slide out under the dinning table which extends to provide a dinning table for the two extra children on the side seat. Another nice feature for transit is the table bolts to the floor. The over cab bed can potentially sleep two adults, but its designed for two children. Getting in and out of the bed could potentially be an issue as shown in the video due to the fact the ladder cannot be in place when the lower bed is in use. So probably best to put the kids that sleep through in that bed.

The kitchen on the Swift Escape 696 is pretty good, particularly for the price bracket. You get reasonable work space, a good sink and practical three burner hob with oven/grill. However you will notice no mention of a microwave, but this maybe a cost option.

The rear bunk beds are an interesting working of the space. There is a ladder fixed to the wall for the top bunk. The lower bunk is actually part of the garage and lowers down. So obviously you can only use the bed when the garage is not full. What this really tells me is if you are using this van for six people you need an awning to unload the contents of the garage.

Now in terms of the negatives for the Swift Escape 696 its really the washroom which its space has been sacrificed to make up the 6 berths. Again though really this is an understandable choice as really in many instances a van such as this will be taken to sites with full facilities.

Really to be able to get a motorhome to sleep six for under £37,500 is very impressive, and as a second hand buy if you need to sleep six this could be a very tempting offer.

Chris