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Old 28 August 2012, 16:53   #1
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Thinking of getting rid of the tent and moving to a caravan. Would involve getting a aerotec 380 to use too!

Trouble is I know absolutely zero about these things. Anyone been in this situation before and care to share experiences on best layouts, brands things to get or avoid?

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I'd avoid the WILK. Often seen in seedy parks in Cornwall, upsetting the manager bloke in the wife-beater as his view of the ladies shower block has been impeded...
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Old 28 August 2012, 17:03   #3
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Err.........thats a how long is a piece of string question! Key factors...How many of you? and ages? do you need to sleep kids whilst still having room for yourselves..?Budget? (After Aerotec purchase of course!) Towcar- weight and towing limit a big factor..How long will you stay in 1 place?...will you want to be putting up an awning etc..prob not if staying 2 days but very likely if 3 days upwards...will you be an all year round caravanner or just summer sun haha... Do you have somewhere to store it?...I could go on...Answer those and I'll try again!! MOST important thing is damp...you dont want any!!
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Layout is personal preference / requirements. If you are going to be throwing a sib, outboard etc I wouldn't buy one too new as the interior will get marked.
One thing you definitely don't want is damp. Check inside all cupboards to view exterior walls and floors to check with damp tester.
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Black , I've had a caravan for 12 years now ( used to have 3 dogs & do agility shows ). Biggest disadvantage is that you cannot tow both a caravan & a rib/sib . Just pulled both seperately to Pembrokeshire & back .

Have you considered a Motorhome with enough guts to tow a boat ? I know it works for some folk . If I was doing everything again , I might try that route .

If you still want a caravan , checkout all the layouts at your local dealer , but make sure you get a thorough dampness check ( & warranty ) on any purchase . Even newish caravans can suffer from damp and corrosion can affect older variants . The latest 'vans are glued together , not bolted ! Good luck !
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Thinking of getting rid of the tent and moving to a caravan.
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Old 28 August 2012, 17:33   #8
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To answer some of the questions raised by novice initial question. Two adults, 3 year old and five year old.
Discovery 3 as tow vehicle, and we have somewhere to store it.
I had thought the aerotec would go in the disco with the engine.

Budget around the 10k mark.
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Just take your time there will be loads for sale after the summer look at all the layouts to see what suits you and what ever you buy get it damp tested
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I have a Bailey Pageant Loire 6 berth twin axle jobby.Ive had numerous caravans and this is by far the best,I did up until yesterday do the same as you (sib and touring van)Bear in mind it doesnt stop at the boat and engine though,there are life jackets ,fuel tanks,oars,anchor,rope ect,
We also use a roof box it can be done but in all honestly its hard work but good fun.
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