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Old 27 September 2010, 16:09   #1
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OK I vowed never to become a caravan owner however after having some really nice camping sessions in Cornwall I am now thinking again. Combined with the idea of storing the caravan down on a site in Salcombe so I don't have to tow the fecker across the country

I have mainly been inspired after staying in a friends 6 berth twin axle carvan that wa sa monster I think it was a Hobby 650. However it was spacious and there was a proper twin single bedroonm at the end for the kids (essential!)

I have had a scan on ebay and found a couple of potentials at the budget of 4000 max.

Favourite at the moment is a Hobby Exclusive and I was wondering what anyone in the know has to say about them.

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OK I vowed never to become a caravan owner however after having some really nice camping sessions in Cornwall I am now thinking again. Combined with the idea of storing the caravan down on a site in Salcombe so I don't have to tow the fecker across the country

I have mainly been inspired after staying in a friends 6 berth twin axle carvan that wa sa monster I think it was a Hobby 650. However it was spacious and there was a proper twin single bedroonm at the end for the kids (essential!)

I have had a scan on ebay and found a couple of potentials at the budget of 4000 max.

Favourite at the moment is a Hobby Exclusive and I was wondering what anyone in the know has to say about them.

Chris
I have a feeling you cannot tow a Hobby with a normal 4x4 legally due to the width of them, you have to tow with a commercial vehicle so pick-up or van.
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I have a feeling you cannot tow a Hobby with a normal 4x4 legally due to the width of them, you have to tow with a commercial vehicle so pick-up or van.
That isn't the case any longer, as following a recent change in the rools, caravans up to 2.50m wide can now be towed by vehicles <3500kg MAM.

However, the Hobby 650 is too long, so for this model, a vehicle > 3500kg is required.
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Favourite at the moment is a Hobby Exclusive and I was wondering what anyone in the know has to say about them.
They're very nice. Good quality throughout, but the showers are small (if that's important to you)
Also take a look at Tabbert, Fendt and LMC, which are all of a similar standard.

willk could surely contribute to this thread.
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That isn't the case any longer, as following a recent change in the rools, caravans up to 2.50m wide can now be towed by vehicles <3500kg MAM.

However, the Hobby 650 is too long, so for this model, a vehicle > 3500kg is required.
I don't think the Hobby Exclusive is a 650 although I did see a couple for sale.

Should be all right to tow behind the disco then, the only tow would be to get it down to Cornwall area, I have found quite a few good places that store caravans at 30 per month which seems pretty reasonable. The Higher Rew Campsite in Salcombe can store and deliver to the pitch if you call ahead. Seems like a nice easy way to do it.
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I don't think the Hobby Exclusive is a 650 although I did see a couple for sale.

I have found quite a few good places that store caravans at 30 per month which seems pretty reasonable. The Higher Rew Campsite in Salcombe can store and deliver to the pitch if you call ahead. Seems like a nice easy way to do it.
Hmm. Must put my prices for storage up
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I surely could, to be sure, but as I am of the Clarkson School of Thought as regards 'vans and you're scoping outboards for me, I thought I'd bag it and keep walking...
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I don't think the Hobby Exclusive is a 650 although I did see a couple for sale.
'650' relates to the body size, while 'Exclusive' is a standard of finish, so perhaps you saw a smaller 'Exclusive' model, eg a 560, which is inside the length restriction for legally being towed by a vehicle < 3500kg
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'650' relates to the body size, while 'Exclusive' is a standard of finish, so perhaps you saw a smaller 'Exclusive' model, eg a 560, which is inside the length restriction for legally being towed by a vehicle < 3500kg
but as DHD alluded to, best check with any parks your considering that they will take a Hobby, or a Weipert or a Tabbert. Those larger van's do ring alarm bells in respect of commercial vehicles and non holidaying occupants. I was speaking to a Dutch guy today who told me a lot of French parks won't take any twin axle vans.
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.... as I am of the Clarkson School of Thought as regards 'vans ....
So, this little gem is nothing to do with you then?
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