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By keef & annie, Mar 17 2012 12:51PM

Makes it so much easier to wind and unwind those often heavy electric cables and you can set it up so that the motorhome / van / rv end is ready to attach when you arrive reminding you that it is a good idea to attach the van end first.


Plus it means you don't have all that cable hanging around your van that fellow travellers can trip over.


What do you think? Have your say, share your experiences.


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Nov2020

Added a rather worrying image, see the 2nd image, this is what can happen, please be careful and remember to uncoil the whole cable from the cable tidy every time, thanks #justsayin'


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Nov 2020 : Here is what can happen, PLEASE BE CAREFUL!
Nov 2020 : Here is what can happen, PLEASE BE CAREFUL!
cable tidy from eBay
cable tidy from eBay

By keef & annie, Mar 15 2012 12:00PM

Just joined the newly launched website. @ the Caravan Club, how about you?


You may wish to do the same. Some great write-ups recommending good sites in the UK and helpful tips and advice on travelling in europe.


Please coment to join in the discussion on our blog site and share with other motorhome-travels folk on FB social nedia, thanks


Now we have been using it for quite a while to pre book sites we are very pleased, its so easy to use


Just one word of warning if you do book in advance be sure to give them ample warning if you have to cancel as they will still charge, on fair really so they can relet the site to others if need be!


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By keef & annie, Mar 13 2012 09:49AM

Friends of my cousin in the US have been travelling for over 3 years now


There are some great pictures and stories to follow or give you ideas


Why not take a look at RamonaCreel.com you won't be disappointed


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RV Blogs we like No 1
RV Blogs we like No 1

By keef & annie, Mar 12 2012 07:45PM

Just tried this out and was panicky that it may not come off again after fitting. Luckily it did so thought I’d share my experiences, sorry if its already blindingly obvious to many of you but whilst we are ‘experts’ in hiring vans this is the 1st we have ever owned so its precious to us.


Slide the Milenco front cover with top strap over the wheel in a horizontal position, avoiding the wheel arch of the vehicle.


1.Rotate so that the top strap is over the centre of the wheel.

2.Insert the right leg through the right side of the front cover, ensuring the rear leg goes behind the tyre.

3.Insert the key and release the lock by rotating the key 90 degrees clockwise.

4.Insert left leg through the left side of the front cover. (Note: Lower edge of left hand locking plate must insert over right hand locking plate.)

5.Lock wheelclamp by rotating the key 90 degrees anti-clockwise, and then remove your key.


To remove your Milenco wheelclamp insert key and turn 90 degrees clockwise, pull out left leg. Turn key 90 degrees anti-clockwise, remove key, pull out right leg.


IMPORTANT: (From inner label) To remove your milenco wheelclamp rotate key then push legs together

to release locking pins.


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UPDATE: 2020 experience has told ne it is worth oiling the wind coil about once a year, just to keep it from rusting up and locking, I would hate anyone to have to angle grind the lock off, that would be such hard work


Instructions from inside left leg
Instructions from inside left leg

By keef & annie, Mar 11 2012 01:39PM

Are you planning on taking your motorhome to Ireland?


We came across this wonderful site which should help you.


Total Camping Ireland lists information on every Campsite,Campervan,Tent,Caravan Park,Touring Park in Ireland for your Holiday.


So like us go and have a look. We cannot wait to return to the lovely Emerald Isles.


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By keef & annie, Mar 8 2012 09:07AM

Here in the UK we did an enormous amount of research whilst trying to select the right insurance for our Motorhome.


There are lots of factors to consider. price, cover, breakdown assistance, excess, value for money etc etc


We found that many of the normal car insurance companies just don't do cover for motorhomes and you may well have difficulty getting your no claims discount statement from your car insurance company, even though they don't offer the service, as they try to protect what they term 'their business' . You will probably need it as on the basis of your car no claims you are generally given a discretionary 4 or 5 years no claims for Motorhomes.


Anyhow after some extensive research and asking friends & family we would recommend SAFEGUARD


Comparible on price , if not a little cheaper, but the unlimited mileage (many charge by the miles you do in the year and frankly we don't know the answer to that question yet) and AA Eauropean breakdown cover made it right for us.


What do you think or recommend. Have your say in the comments box below.


Lets get a discussion gpoing for the good of all us motorhomers / rv-ers


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By keef & annie, Feb 25 2012 02:01PM

There are supposedly two major changes for us Brits travelling in our Motorhomes / RVs to France from this year.


It is hard to prove conclusively that they are now law but it would be sensible to know about them.


1. The need to carry a breathalyser kit for each person on your Motorhome with you

2. If you have speed camera detection on your SatNav under POI (points of interest) you will have to disable it.


You can order a twin NF pack of personal breathalysers here from Alcosense. Just make sure you get the ones that conform to the supposed new French law.

We are not sure what you do if you cannot disable the POI function on your SatNav but from things we have read that under the new french law they can fine you up to Euros$1000 and impound your motorhome. This is in line with them ‘hiding’ speed cameras and ensuring being aware of them is illegal under french law.


We will continue to research and update the Blog when we know more definateively. If you know more please let us know in the comments. Thanks


UPDATE: 8/3/12 Assuming your SatNav is a TomTom when you plug it into TomTom HOME there is an option to exclude POI for France. May be worth selecting this option!


UPDATE: 12/8/13 latest views on breathalysers are that this will no longer be enforced by the French but suggest checking the latest website bulletins before travelling, there are definately some grounds for confusion but we would hate you to be caught out. The satnav advice is defibnately current but TomTom etc give you the option when you connect your device


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Get 2 kits from Alcosense or buy at the border
Get 2 kits from Alcosense or buy at the border

By keef & annie, Feb 24 2012 07:55PM

It took us well over 2 years to chose the 'right' motorhome as well as having lived and travelled in them via hiring for quite a while. It is not an easy choice. there are so many pro's and con's to consider... size, manufacturer base vehicle, beds, price, warrenty, location, layout etc etc


I found this blog article which really helps encapsulate some of the key issues BUT when all is said and done we passionately believe you will instinctively know WHEN IT IS RIGHT FOR YOU and above all go and see LOTS of them first, if you are like us you will be surprised at how often you change your mind on the last 'this is ceratinly it' *smile*


Have fun, but don't have sleepless nights over it... it will eventually happen as we have discovered


Here is a SUMMARY of the article just in case


But for many first-timers, the prospect of buying a new Motorhome or RV can be an overwhelming process. What do you look for? What are the best models? How do you know you’re getting the best deal?


These are just some of the questions that pop up every time. So Sureterm Direct, the UK’s largest specialist Motorhome and RV insurers, have come up with this simple 10-point plan to help you through the Motorhome buying maze.


1. Before you set out to see some Motorhomes or RV’s on a dealer forecourt, make a comprehensive wishlist of the things that you want. In the excitement of buying your first Motorhome, it’s easy to forget exactly what you want – and having a checklist to hand will keep you focused.


2. Be flexible. Unless you’re on a substantial budget, it’s unlikely that you’ll find everything on your wishlist in one Motorhome or RV. So be clear about what are ‘essentials’ and what are ‘desirables’.


3. See if your local dealers offer a ‘try before you buy’ service. Hiring a Motorhome, even for a weekend, will help you decide if you’re really into the Motorhome lifestyle. It’s also an opportunity to try out various layouts. And this will help shape your wishlist. At the very least, take some test drives in various models and make sure you get the feel of the vehicle on country roads, A roads and motorways.


4. When you do decide to take the plunge, always buy locally if possible. Buying from a dealer on the other side of the country is great if you get the deal of a lifetime – but no so great if you have to drive over there every time something goes wrong with your Motorhome or RV.


5. If you’re buying a second-hand Motorhome, make sure you give every vehicle you look at a thorough inspection. Definitely check for signs of accident repair, leaks and signs of mould or damp. And if you’re very inexperienced, take along a qualified mechanic or vehicle inspector (the AA and RAC sometimes offer this service to members) just to make 100% certain the vehicle is clean and roadworthy.


6. Motorhome and RV shows are an excellent way to help you identify models you like. And taking along a digital camera, or camera phone, allows you to take pictures of the motorhomes you like, or features that impress. You can then use these pictures when you start looking at models to buy.


7. There are thousands of experienced motorcaravanners out there who are happy to help people who are new to Motorhome ownership. So ask them for their opinions. Visit your nearest caravan sites and talk to owners, visit local shows and events, and use the internet as a valuable resource. www.sureterm.com is building up a community of Motorhome and RV owners and others sites like www.motorcaravanmagazine.co.uk and www.motorcaravanners.org.uk will help.


8. Once you’ve found your perfect Motorhome, you need to be 100% certain it’s exactly what you want. Spend a few hours trying it out – making the beds, setting up the tables, moving chairs around. Setting up the Motorhome will let you decide if there’s really enough space, and whether you can live with any minor niggles.


9. Always ask the dealer, or seller, to demonstrate everything for you. If there are extras, make sure all of the accessories like awning poles, hook-up leads, filling hoses and water bottles are present and in good working order.


10. And finally, don’t forget to get adequate insurance. Driving a Motorhome or RV on a standard car insurance policy is unlikely to give you the best cover. Companies like Sureterm Direct have been providing specialist Motorhome and RV insurance for 10 years, and have policies to cover every Motorhome situation you’re ever likely to encounter.


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2016 updated advice
2016 updated advice
TOP 10 tips before Buying 2012
TOP 10 tips before Buying 2012

By keef & annie, Feb 24 2012 12:40PM

Even if these just need washing to freshen them up after a few years of travelling taking down your curtains in a VW motorhome and /or van can be a nightmare. Even delicate female fingers found this a challenge and as for my porkers well I wasn't even at the races.


We had had some advice from a guy who worked on upholstery for autosleepers for a long time and his advice was DON’T or be very very careful, the track holders are fiddly, small and inaccessible and each end has 2 minute fitted metal screws to hold the last one from either sliding off the rail or right across when you pull them.


So we approached our new VW Autosleeper Clubman Anniversary with some trepidation. He was almost right, DON’T but we had to as we are replacing the fabric covers in the van as well and need something to match. Sure enough one of the little metal ends fell on the green carpet at the front and was hell to find, we did eventually.


So getting them off was hard. Putting them back on eventually we guessed would be a breeze, nope almost impossible. I was hunting the internet to see if it was possible to find a replacement set of hook & eyes to make the job similar to hanging normal house hold curtains and low and behold l found VW curtains dot com, we have compared the two side by side and tried them out, perfect and although we haven’t made the new curtains yet or hung them in the van my guess is we won’t be calling up the divorce lawyers *smile*


We will let you know here via commentary how it went when they are finally up.


Does anyone else have any experience of this ‘problem’, if so we would love to hear from you. One of our aims of this website is to start meeting more people and sharing ideas for a better ‘motorhome’ life. i.e more time to enjoy the travel / place than concentrating on the motorhome, which of course is fun anyhow.


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replacing old with new on a vw anniversary clubman
replacing old with new on a vw anniversary clubman