Originally Posted by Tim M
Nasher: I belive dave phoned them and they wouldnt take it becasue its too old. I dont think storage is going to be much of an issue; its highly unlikely that the caravan is going to make it the 250 miles back to Portsmouth. Check it out. Anyone care to guess how much it cost??
Well I hate tim for posting the picture - that is it, bring on caravancareuk.com !! I will post pictures of progress so far.
1st Challenge was getting to York, which I managed with the help of my navman sat nav which worked surprisingly well - its the first proper test it has had. I arrived with over half a tank of diesel to spare, so very happy with that too - I shall be hanging on to the car now, I was going to sell it (peugeot 306 1.9L TD)
Hooked up and hit the road, was a little bumped on the country lanes - I've not towed a caravan before, normally its boats which seem to have a lower centre of gravity!
Phoned Tim M and decided to stop at the first services to check the temperature of the bearings, lubricated the braking system etc. Greased up the bearing and secured the flapping mud flaps. Well not too many hours later the low fuel light came on and although I figured it normally has another 75miles i guessed I had about 30 while trailing! No problem 15 to hertfordshire.
So Yes I made it from TEsco Port Solent to Haslar marina, to York and then to hertfordshire while towing just under a ton on one tank of fuel!
Next job was the pressure wash all the green stuff off, its come up a treat although I shall be respraying some bits. I shall be removing the vile vinyls tomorrow with the help of my steam cleaner. I shall then be ripping out carpets, curtains and cushions and will be sterilising everything. Soft furnishings to the tip and I will purchase some laminate flooring. Thats the next stage - I'll keep you all updated with pics as it's quite fun! Furthermore, it seems that everything on a caravan seems to be like a boat.
I'm also going to have a look at the electrics and order some paint, fittings, leds, etc