caravans… Clarkson can **** off!!

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  • Premier Icon molgrips
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    Re the cost, bear in mind that AA is a teacher, so he can take 5 week summer holidays if he likes. At £15 for a caravan site and £60 for a B&B he’d save around £1500 on the accommodation cost alone for one trip. And he’s only spent £500 on the van. Then he can go away for a few more weeks the rest of the year too. Sound decision on those terms alone.

    Different kettle of fish to T5 and some caravans probably cost as much.

    Caravans are FAR cheaper than campervans, generally.

    Junkyard
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    you will be complaining there is no wine cellar or servants quarters next Flashy

    The one year running costs of a campervan would be more than he just paid for that van

    paulosoxo
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    Caravans are ace. End of.

    CaptainFlashheart – Member

    A chemical toilet, no bath or proper shower, pitiful cooking facilities and a damp, cramped bed is far from being “decent facilities”.

    I always had down as a man of adventure who good forgo home comforts in his search for exciting new horizons

    I obviously got that wrong.

    konabunny
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    For five hundred quid I’d give it a shot.

    An upmarket chav dogging vehicle with a tiny sink to rinse your nob in and easy clean upholstery.

    Yeah, caravanners only have a tiny sink, but the campers have to use fetid penis beakers.

    stoffel
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    you’re going to end up on a caravan site with the sort of people who frequent such establishments.

    How many caravan sites have you been to? I don’t get the anti-aravan thing; they’re a great idea! Far cheaper than a campervan/motorhome, And you can unhitch it and drive somewhere for diner etc. And they help reduce motorway speeds, which is better for road safety nd helps savelives.

    samuri
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    As long as they
    1 have a yearly MOT
    2 Pay road tax
    3 Pay rates because they are another form of accommodation
    4 keep off the roads between 08.00 – 20.00

    On point number 2, only vehicles that emit more than a certain amount get charged ‘road tax’, caravans, don’t emit anything so they don’t need to. just like your bike.

    Premier Icon Dickyboy
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    a caravan won’t fit in my panniers

    I can’t tow a caravan with my bicycle or my motorbike

    for the price of this cheap £500 caravan I can stay 50 nights on a campsite

    I can drive at 80mph & get 50mpg from my car without risk of being turned around & laid on my side by a big white box behind me

    I can carry my house in a rucksac to the remotest parts of the world

    QED caravans are shite

    Premier Icon zippykona
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    My brother has a caravan and to be accepted you have to wear crocs and a leather cowboy hat.
    Sell it while you can.

    Ignore the haters and enjoy your ‘van!

    But why are they all white or beige? Why not colours that blend into the landscape?

    konabunny
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    And why are the graphics and internal textiles always so minging?

    Premier Icon mattbee
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    £500? I nearly bought one of those a few months ago for 2.5k…
    If you decide you don’t want it I’ll take it off your hands.

    hammyuk
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    mattbee – Member
    I nearly bought one of those a few months ago .

    You’re sacked….
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    Now get back to work

    £500? I nearly bought one of those a few months ago for 2.5k…

    Yeah we are buying off a good friend who is not worried about the cash, very lucky. Would prefer a campervan but cannot afford one. Its a bit on an experiment but worth a shot for that money.

    Coyote
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    Bloody shed dragger.

    Basil
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    Why is my wife obsessed with getting a caravan?

    She wants to join in with the swingers?

    Basil
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    At my age she has access to all the swingers I have

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    *spits morning coffee*

    rebel12
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    Personally I’d prefer a well kitted out T5 or some sort of motor home but £500, that’s a bargain! Can’t go wrong with that. Just make sure you pull over every now and again to let the frustrated traffic behind past 😉

    Premier Icon bikebouy
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    Where do you live. Basil?? 😆

    Premier Icon cheers_drive
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    Wow not even the fatties get this much abuse! I’m going to join in before it is socially unacceptable to abuse them too…
    I camp in tents quite a bit, sometimes in campsites that have caravans in them too, and other than a slightly quicker setup and more space in the car I can’t see any advantage in a caravan over a tent. You would expect that caravan users would be a grade above tent goers in the echelons of holiday accommodation but far from it; tent goers are just so much nicer human beings.
    BTW I say this from the position of having spent 2 weeks a year the first 14 years of life holidaying in a static caravan in Torbay, a position possibly lower in the echelons.

    bencooper
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    I can drive at 80mph…

    Not in the UK, presumably.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I can carry my house in a rucksac to the remotest parts of the world

    So can I. I have a lightweight bikepacking setup, and I have a lightweight family camping setup too. My next camping trip will be with the family in the tent, cos we have to take it all on a plane.

    But for a weekend away in the car, which we also do, the caravan does the same job as the tent but is much more comfortable. That’s really al there is to it.

    You don’t have to be one of those insane old people who sit in their caravans watching telly and treat caravanning as an activity in itself. It’s just camping, but comfier.

    MikeWW
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    Another caravan owner here 🙂

    Done a fair bit of camping over the years and its great when the weather is good but when its not its not fun

    We do a lot of bike races across the UK including the MTB XC Series, 3 day tour of Wales etc and apart from a motor home the caravan is by far the best option

    They are warm, dry, comfortable and you can cook a good meal easily.
    Given you want to be in decent shape for a race no contest really

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    They are better than campervans in some respects – you get far more space, and you don’t have to pack it up to go out for the day.

    Wish I could afford one so my kids could experience what I experienced with my grandparents when I was young. But fear they are getting a bit old?

    mrlebowski
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    Bloody awful things.

    However you dress it up – its still a plastic shed on wheels.

    I’ve got four kids and going on holidays in hotels is firstly prohibitively expensive and secondly is nothing but stress getting everyone organised for the meal times etc. For us having a caravan makes us pretty flexible (we never book anything and just turn up) the kids get to make new friends and are busy the whole day which makes the whole experience more relaxing for us the parents. I’ve always hated camping in tents… was never able to sleep very well in them.

    andyl
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    If we had better roads, better trained drivers (lets make towing tests/lesson cheaper and compulsory) and caravans were better designed I think it would make caravanning a lot better.

    Oh and if we ditched the horrible fibreglass and wood boxes and went back to these then they would be a lot prettier:

    Premier Icon richmars
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    Caravans are ace just for the names. Great way to pass miles of motorway.

    Explorer
    Great Adventure
    Apollo
    Wilderness Explorer III

    etc

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    anybody know a good source for “Don’t come a knockin’…” stickers ?

    Junkyard
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    its still a plastic shed on wheels.

    A car is a metal box with wheels on each corner

    Mr Woppit
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    Caravans? Meh. Now, this on the other hand…

    Plus it more than pays for itself with the methamphetamine production! 😀

    Premier Icon richmars
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    Spotted in a pub car park.
    This is all you need:

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    its still a plastic shed on wheels.

    So? Better than a bag with sticks, or a builders van, or an old person’s house etc. I can make anything sound bad by using disparaging language, it proves nothing.

    It’s a little tiny portable house. Brilliant 🙂

    Re Airstreams – they look cool but are very expensive and very very heavy. You need a truck to tow, and I think.some of them may not be towable on a normal license.

    Premier Icon Kona TC
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    Caravans are ok, it the inconsiderate drivers that really hack me off

    dawdling along at 35-40mph then when you can safely overtake they miraculously speed up to 50-55mph Grrrrrr

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    it the inconsiderate drivers that really hack me off

    Yeah me too. Caravanning is not short of idiotic old people. I take great care to minimise annoyance to others when I tow, but many don’t. But then, that goes for pretty much all motorists regardless of vehicle.

    Couple of weeks ago at Kippford so we could ride Dalbeattie. Only issue was the guy who tried to overtake the “f*****g caravan” when all of the traffic was travelling at 60 behind the traffic police car.
    Only other issue we have is people on dual carriageways passing slowly to take photos.

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