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October 2011 ➧ Issue 1

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NEWS STUFF 10 News The best things from the NEC show 14 What’s new The very latest caravans, cars and kit FEATURES 22 Buy right first time Save money by making the right choice 66 Clever sat navs Programme your vehicle size to save you grief? REVIEWS 28 Top van

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➧ Caravans

➧ Cars

Bailey Olympus 540-4 Bailey Unicorn Palmplona Coachman Pastiche 520-4 Elddis Avante 574 Elddis Xplore 504 Freedom Jetstream Lunar Lexon 420 Sprite Major 4

Ford Focus Skoda Yeti VW Passatt

➧ Accessories Autosleep pilot Bradcot awning Finistere Jacket Inaca awning

Coachman Pastiche 520-4

for couples A sunroof and an extra dining room 34 Top van Bailey Olympus 540-5 for families Great value for a family with two kids

42 Lunar Lexon 420 Two berths, a big shower room and low weight 46 Elddis Xplore 504 It has: a new way with a fixed double bed 50 Freedom Jetstream It has: feather-like qualities; a two-berth 54 Inaca Awning It has: ??????????? 56 Ford Focus It has: more towing power than you might think 59 Another car ?????????? 63 We bought an Elddis Xplore The trade in. Was it the right move? ADMIN 13 Expert owner – Bailey Unicorn Advice from Reg at the owner’s club 20 Next issue A sneak preview of reviews coming up 24 Caravan Q&A Buy the best caravan for your needs 40 Subscribe Save £?? on Caravan and Caravan Buyer 61 Towcar Q&A Buy wisely, new or used 64 Everything you need to know Glossary, and essential legal info for buyers 80 Data Caravans, cars, awnings all the detail

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Crystal clear sound and a multitude of special features and there’s no need for retuning as you travel – great for when you’re on-site or on the move. Crystal clear sound and a multitude of special features and there’s no need for retun multitude of special features and there’s no need for retuning as you travel – great for when you’re on-site or on the move.

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CARAVAN-O-METER GOING UP Twin Bunks Headroom for older kids GRP everywhere Under caravan floors whatever next

Sunroof Wars Swift and Coachman have them - so watch this space

Fold Up Sinks We can’t believe some caravans still have them

Geometric Fabrics We wouldn’t have them in our house?

High Microwaves We think Buccaneers have got it right

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£15,995 ➧ MTPLM 1595KG ➧ MIRO 1410KG REVIEW

CARAVELAIR

Ambiance Style 460 Neat and light, with beds for five and a kids’ zone, the 450-5 is unique in layout – and has a lot more spec than you’d expect for the money

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TOURING 14/20

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IDEAL FOR Couples with visitors ➧ Families with young kids

Plenty of upper space… Lightweight items will find a berth in the two-shelf upper kitchen cabinet alongside the microwave. And the double-door cabinet above the sink is amply fitted for plates and mugs.

Top access only…

None of the settee lockers have front access – one of the means by which Bailey has shaved weight off the total caravan. one of the means by which Bailey has shaved weight off.

Drainer challenge…

A clip-on plastic drainer is provided; there is just room to sit it to the right of the sink but it takes up most of the space, so has to disappear when not in use. We found the only place.

Triangle and circle…

The three-burner hob’s triangular shape creates surface space in the central area of the kitchen, alongside the lightweight plastic chopping board cover. The three-burner hob’s triangular shape.

Duplex oven-grill

One of the ways in which Bailey saves weight in the Orion is by fitting a combination oveht in the Orion is by fitting a combination oven-grill unit; it’s a Thetford Duplex model.

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➧ CARAVALIER Ambiance Style 460

Rails and ladder…

The top and centre bunks have wooden guard rails. The ladder is fixed and, although made of lightweight aluminium, is strong and sturdy. The ladder is fixed and, although made.

The drying room…

The outlet for the Whale blown air system in the shower room (behind this door) ensures that towels dry quickly – and there’s a loop plus a row of hooks to hang them on.

Second surface…

One aspect of the kitchen we especially liked is the second, lower working area at its forward end. At first glance you’d assume it’s the top of a cupboard, but in fact the space beneath.

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Exterior hatch…

To compensate for the storage you lose by not having a gas housing across the front of the caravan, there’s a locker with exterior access, reaching into the area under the rear L-shaped.


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LOUNGING 6/10

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DINING 8/10

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KITCHEN 5/10

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WHAT WE LIKE ◗ ◗ ◗ ◗ ◗ ◗

Value for money Excellent layout Good quality build Huge shower Full length settees Comfortable bunks

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE ◗ Inadequate storage ◗ Worktop space ◗ Small handbasin

The kitchen lacks a lower cabinet but there’s plenty of upper storage space

The shower and toilet share the little room – but there is enough space in here

TECHNICAL STUFF LENGTH BODY 5.22M OVERALL 6.38M WIDTH 2.19M HEADROOM 1.96M WEIGHT MRO 1130KG MTPLM 1287KG

The shower and toilet share the little room – but there is enough space in here

This L-shaped seating area makes a brilliant kids’ zone

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➧ CARAVALIER Ambiance Style 460 TOW MATCH MATCH TOW Caravan weight MTPLM: 2000kg Never tow a caravan heavier than your car’s kerbweight - this should be stated in your car manual. We recommend towing a caravan no more than 85% of your car’s kerbweight.

LAND ROVER 2230KG

KIA SORRENTO 2067KG

HONDA CRV 1890KG

85%

1700KG

MONDEO ESTATE 1654KG

FORD FOCUS 1501KG

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SHOWER 9/10

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BUILD 14/20

The shower and toilet share the little room – but there is enough space in here

The shower and toilet share the little room – but there is enough space in here

FIAT 500 1095KG

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BUY THIS IF... You are a large family wishing to expand and you need a large shower room.

ALSO CONSIDER... The Bailey Unicorn Valencia which costs £2,000more but gives you AL-KO ATC.

STORAGE 18/20 AUDI A3 1378KG

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OPTIONS TO GO FOR ... We prefer the Odyssey upholstery which costs an extra £200.

GRAND VERDICT: 85/100 This L-shaped seating area makes a brilliant kids’ zone

Fabulous value, good weight and excellent for large families.

We scored this for its suitability for a young family


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£669.00 ➧ Fibreglass frame ➧ Reinforced windows

OUR SIX-STEP BUILD GUIDE

➧ A good tug and the cord is soon travelling along the rail

Little effort to pull the roof along to the rear of the caravan

Little effort to pull the roof along to the rear of the caravan

OUTDOOR REVOLUTION REVIEW

Marlin Porch

Smart, taut and straightforward - the Marlin porch answers a lot of needs because it’s quick and easy to build and also gives good space

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ou have two options when you construct a Marlin porch. You can feed the roof section into the caravan rail before you attach the sides – that way, you’re handling only one section of fabric and it’s impressively easy and light. Or you can do this first section of the build process with all three sizes zipped in – and it’s still easy to pull along the channel. From the outset, building the Marlin seems effortless… It’s a breezy day and we are glad that we’re building with all sides zipped in as there’s more weight of fabric to hold the porch down as we work. We put the FixOns in place (they’re the square pads that fix to the beading parallel to the awning rail)

SUBHEAD ONE

Because it’s breezy we’re quick to put the centre front pole into position and lock it down to prevent the porch from billowing. “Regulator tabs” help us to quickly establish the height to which the centre front pole needs to be tensioned. On

level ground, all the legs go through the same positions on the tabs; if the ground slopes, those near the caravan side will go through a different hole on their tabs.

SUBHEAD TWO

The side rafters have bayonet locators – they’re really quick to click into position – and the front poles just slide into the robust plastic centre-point connector. Very quickly, as it takes shape, we’re seeing that the Marlin is an all-purpose porch. That’s because it’s speedy to construct and yet it gives you a good amount of living space. It’s easy to understand why it’s a proven best-seller, because it answers a lot of needs. Very quickly, as it takes shape, we’re seeing that the Marlin is an all-purpose porch. That’s because it’s speedy to construct and yet it gives you a good amount of living space. It’s easy to understand why it’s a proven best-seller, because it answers a lot of needs. At this stage in the build we’re

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AWNING FEATURES FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: Robus corner pieces. Strong elastic pegging points. Reinforcing on the windows

noticing the Marlin’s windows; they’re reinforced by strips of PVC. These strengthen the window material and help to channel water off it.

SUBHEAD THREE

Sections of plastic tubing called “single clicks” attach to the caravan-side poles – yes, with a single-click action. They slide onto the beading that runs down the side of the porch and the whole assembly keeps the porch fitting snugly to the caravan side, eliminating draughts. Thick padding goes against the caravaThick padding goes agly keeps the porch fitting snugly to the caravan side, eliminating draughts. Thick padding


IDEAL FOR Suitable for seasonal pitching

➧ The Marlin is soon four-square and ready for tensionining

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The Marlin is soon four-square and ready for tensionining

Finally, we insert the rear legs that hold the porch against the caravan side

WHAT WE LIKE ◗ Value for money ◗ Excellent layout ◗ Good quality build WHAT WE DON’T LIKE ◗ Inadequate storage ◗ Worktop space ◗ Small handbasin

goes against the caravaThick padding goes agly keeps the porch fitting snugly to the caravan side, eliminating draughts. Thick padding goes against the caravaThick padding goes against the caravaThick padding goes against the caravan, held in place by these vertical poles .

SUBHEAD FOUR TECHNICAL STUFF SIZE 2.3M WIDE X 3.4M DEEP FABRIC PVC-COATED POLYESTER COLOUR OPTIONS BLUE & RED

Each vertical pole has four holes in its flat base, through which to insert pegs; the Marlin is built to stay safe in heavy weather and it’s being put that the caravan-side padding and the frame assembly that holds it in weather seal.Srrong elasticated pegging points help with storm durability. CB

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First Sight Caravans ➧ Awnings ➧ Jackets ➧ Boots NEW CARAVAN

Bailey Orion 450 | £13,495

Great new layout for couples

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Value for money Excellent layout Good quality build Huge shower Full length settees Comfortable bunks

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE ◗ Inadequate storage ◗ Worktop space ◗ Small handbasin OUR VERDICT

Orion is like a breath of fresh air. New shape, new style and new heating system…

BEST BITS

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You wouldn’t know it to look at but almost everything inside this caravan is made of solid oak | 2 Caravan Buyer Buye

WHAT WE LIKE

TECHNICAL STUFF LENGTH BODY 5.22M OVERALL 6.38M WIDTH 2.19M HEADROOM 1.96M WEIGHT MRO 1130KG MTPLM 1287KG


NEW COLOURS

Ventura Marlin | £669

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EASY BUILD

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FABULOUS SPACE

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Suitable for all caravan pitches Northface Thunder | £180

NEW IN

Versatile & lightweight WHAT WE LIKE WHAT WE DON’T LIKE

8 colours ➧ Great value for money ➧ Thermal lined Quite heavy ➧ No inside pockets ➧ Too many zips

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Great all-weather women’s jacket

Brasher Hike 3 | £125

WHAT WE LIKE ◗ Value for money ◗ Thick padding ◗ Good quality build WHAT WE DON’T LIKE ◗ Fabric too heavy ◗ Short canopy poles OUR VERDICT

A great choice in terms of the quality and the price. TECHNICAL STUFF SIZE 2.3M DEEP 3.4M WIDE FRAME FIBREGLASS FABRIC PVC COATED POLYESTER COLOUR DARK AND LIGHT BLUE

EXCLUSIVE

Tough, all weather boot WHAT WE LIKE WHAT WE DON’T LIKE

Very comfortable ➧ Great value for money Not enough choice of colours ➧ Quite heavy

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FANTASTIC COMFORT

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Buy a pair before they’re gone! www.outandaoutlive.co.uk | October 2011 3 |


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BUY THIS IF...

BUY THIS IF...

You require updated traffic information and a personalised service.

You require updated traffic information and a personalised service.

OUR VERDICT: 85/100

OUR VERDICT: 85/100

You will never plan your journey again with paper, pen and maps.

You will never plan your journey again with paper, pen and maps.

| 4 Caravan Buyer OUR VERDICT


THE ROUTE START

Bourne, Lincolnshire to Norfolk

T EA E GR ALU V

Garmin Nuvi 265WT £199.99

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Traffic Z205 £299.99

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You require updated traffic information and a personalised service.

You require updated traffic information and a personalised service.

OUR VERDICT: 85/100

OUR VERDICT: 85/100

You will never plan your journey again with paper, pen and maps.

You will never plan your journey again with paper, pen and maps.

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HOW WE TESTED THEM

To put the claims to the test we devised a cunning route across Norfolk, including tricky via points, which set out to confuse the most advanced piece of kit by sending your car through single lane roads, new road layouts, and under narrow bridges. We also allocated points on practical stuff such as price of u pdates and how annoying the voice was, and whether the sat nav fell off the windscreen at every complicated junction.

www.outandaoutlive.co.uk | October 2011 5 |


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OUR VERDICT: 85/100 You will never plan your journey again with paper, pen and maps.

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OUR VERDICT: 85/100

Trafficmaster Smartnav £598

TomTom One IQ Routes £149.99

Garmin Nuvi 265WT £199.99

Becker Traffic Z205 £299.99

Mio Navman Spirit Flat £189.99

Trafficmaster Smartnav Mobile £249.95

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CARAVELAIR

Ambiance Style 460 This year’s Pastiches have big changes: arched rooflines, sunroofs almost the full width of the caravan and you can even programme the heating

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TOURING 14/20

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LOUNGING 6/10

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| 2 Caravan Buyer

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DINING 8/10

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KITCHEN 5/10

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WHAT WE LIKE ◗ ◗ ◗ ◗ ◗ ◗

Value for money Excellent layout Good quality build Huge shower Full length settees Comfortable bunks

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE ◗ Inadequate storage ◗ Worktop space ◗ Small handbasin


IDEAL FOR Couples with visitors ➧ Familes with young kids

Hidden heating… Big on storage…

The 460/2’s kitchen, is now devoid of a fridge, which moves across the caravan for 2012. It has a massive cupboard with double doors, plus a single-door cupboard and two large.

Pastiches now have programmable Combi-Boiler heating systems; in the Pastiche 460/2 the unit is under the offside bedding locker. in the Pastiche 460/2 the unit is under.

Making cleaning easy…

For when you need to clean this fabulous, wide sunroof, the hitch cover now has two areas you can stand on to make sure ycan stand on to make sure ycan stand on to make.

Pastels and purples …

Pastiche styling for 2012 is bright and light. We think the pale ash-coloured woodwork h-coloured woodw and fabrics of pastel brown shades combine to create a really special look.

Top only…

None of the settee lockers have front access – one of the means by which Bailey has shaved weight off the total caravan. But on test we found we quickly got used to lifting and holding up the.

Lighter and stronger…

The new Pastiches are seven millimetres wider than last year’s models. You’d expect any increase in size, even one this tiny, to bump up the weight. Even so, the weight is lower.

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➧ CARAVALIER Ambiance Style 460 TOW MATCH MATCH TOW Caravan weight MTPLM: 2000kg Never tow a caravan heavier than your car’s kerbweight - this should be stated in your car manual. We recommend towing a caravan no more than 85% of your car’s kerbweight.

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The kitchen lacks a lower cabinet. Lights surround the arched top of the shower unit. The broad sunroof and pale seating fabric creates a light environment. The kitchen lacks a lower cabinet

LAND ROVER 2230KG

KIA SORRENTO 2067KG

HONDA CRV 1890KG

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1700KG

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SHOWER 9/10 MONDEO ESTATE 1654KG

FORD FOCUS 1501KG

AUDI A3 1378KG

FIAT 500 1095KG

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TECHNICAL STUFF LENGTH BODY 5.22M OVERALL 6.38M WIDTH 2.19M HEADROOM 1.96M WEIGHT MRO 1130KG MTPLM 1287KG

GRAND VERDICT: 85/100 Fabulous value, good weight and excellent for large families. We scored

this for its suitability for a young family


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Glossary A-Z list of specialised words and their definitions

Everything you need to know about c Caravan Interiors AWNING A tent-like structure of fabric over a supporting framework, which provides more living space. It can be attached to the side of a caravan. AWNING LENGTH This dimension determines the size of awning required. It’s the total length of the roof and sides combined. AWNING RAIL The slot into which an awning is threaded to attach it to the caravan. #Berth The number of beds in a particular caravan. BLOWN AIR HEATING A type of heating found on modern caravans. Warm air is circulated by fan through ducting to warm the caravan’s interior. CARVER A brand of heaters found in caravans; Carver made water and space heaters until their takeover by Truma in 1999. CASSETTE BLIND A roller blind, which is fitted as part of the window assembly, often along with a flyscreen. CASSETTE TOILET A form of chemical toilet where the waste holding tank can be

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accessed from outside the caravan, and removed for emptying without having to transport the whole toilet to the emptying point. CHEMICAL TOILET A self-contained toilet, where the waste material is held in a sealed tank for periodic emptying. waste material is held in a sealed tank for. DINETTE A seating area consisting of a pair (or more) of facing seats, with a (usually removable) table in between. Can usually be converted into a bed. ELEVATING ROOF A feature of some smaller caravans. Provides greater headroom when on site, but gives a lower profile when towing, thus improving fuel economy, access to parking, and ease of storage. FULL SERVICE PITCH A pitch which has a fresh water supply, waste water disposal, as well as mains electricity and TV aerial connection. GARAGE A storage area for housing bulky items such as bikes, which can be accessed from outside the ‘van. HITCH HEAD STABILISER A form of stabiliser built into the caravan hitch, which works by applying friction to the tow ball.

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HITCH LOCK A security device which prevents the caravan hitch being connected to (or removed from) a tow ball. HOOK-UP A facility on pitch to connect a caravan to the mains electric supply. KERBWEIGHT The empty weight of a motor vehicle as laid down by its maker.

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MOTOR MOVER An electric device for maneuvering a caravan when it is not hitched up. Although it’s a trade name, it’s often used as a generic term. NATIONAL CARAVAN COUNCIL The trade association for manufacturers, suppliers and dealers. Responsible for certifying that new caravans comply with European and relevant standards.

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Noseweight This is the weight that is imposed by the towing hitch on the caravan on your car’s towball, also known as the static vertical load. OUTFIT A caravan and its towing vehicle considered as a unit. OUTFIT WEIGHT RATIO The laden weight of a caravan expressed as a percentage of the kerbweight of the towing vehicle. POP TOP A caravan with an elevating roof, thus giving a reduced profile for better economy when towing, and easier storage.

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ROOFLIGHT A transparent panel in the roof which can be opened to provide additionalan be opened to provide additional ventilation. SECONDARY COUPLING A safety device which acts in the event of the caravan or trailer tent becoming inadvertently detached from its towing vehicle. STABILISER A safety device which helps prevent instability by controlling the ease with which the caravan hitch can pivot about the tow ball. Towball It’s the bare metal fastening on the back of your car that directly connects to the caravan, allowing you to tow.

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INTERIOR

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EXTERIOR

Caravan Exteriors A-FRAME The triangular frame at the front of a caravan, between the main body and the hitch. ABS The plastic used to make caravan panels; short for acrylonitrilebutadiene-styrene. AL-KO ATC AL-KO’s ATC Trailer Control is an anti-snaking control system for caravans. It works in a similar way to ESP systems in cars and monitors the lateral movement of a caravan. AWNING A tent-like structure of fabric over a supporting framework, which provides more living space. BREAKAWAY CABLE A thin steel cable which links the caravan handbrake to the tow ball, providing a secondary coupling. CORNER STEADY The jack built into the corner of a caravan, which is used to stabilise it while in use. CRiS check Like an HPI check for your car, the Caravan Registration and Identification Scheme check can tell you if your potential purchase has

any problems you need to worry about such as previous theft, outstanding finance or insurance issues. It’s available from hpicheck. com (or call 01722 411 430) and costs £14.95. ELEVATING ROOF A feature of some smaller caravans. Provides greater headroom when on site, but gives a lower profile when towing. Provides greater headroom when on si FULL SERVICE PITCH A pitch which has a fresh water supply, waste water disposal, as well as mains electricity and TV aerial connection. GARAGE A storage area for housing bulky items such as bikes, which can be accessed from outside the caravan.

JOCKEY WHEEL A small wheel at the front of a caravan used to support the forward end of the caravan while it is not hitched up. It allows the caravan to be manoeuvred by hand or “jockeyed” into position. OUTFIT A general term used variously for a caravan and a car. The term “length of outfit” sometimes causes confusion in the contect of booking onto sites. The outfit refers to the size of your caravan.

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REAR SUSPENSION AIDS Additional or enhanced suspension components which may be required to assist the standard suspension of a towing vehicle.

HITCH HEAD STABILISER A form of stabiliser built into the caravan hitch, which works by applying friction to the tow ball.

SINGLE AXLE A caravan with a single pair of wheels on the axle.

HITCH LOCK A security device which prevents the caravan hitch being connected to (or removed from) a tow ball.

TWIN AXLE A caravan with two pairs of wheels, on two axles which are located close together.

HOOK-UP A facility on pitch to connect a caravan to the mains electric supply.

VIN Abbreviation of vehicle identification number.

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Caravan Weights & Measures MASS IN RUNNING ORDER A tent-like structure of fabric over a supporting framework. GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT The triangular frame at the front of a caravan, between the main body. MANUFACTURER’S BRAKED TOWING LIMIT The plastic used to make caravan panels; short for acrylonitrile.

MAXIMUM AUTHORISED WEIGHT The plastic used to make caravan panels; short for acrylonitrile. MTPLM The plastic used to make caravan panels; short for acrylonitrile. The

plastic used to make caravan NOSEWEIGHT The plastic used to make caravan panels; short for acrylonitrile.

OUTFIT WEIGHT RATIO

The actual laden weight of the caravan expressed as a percentage of the kerbweight of the towing vehicle.

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