To caravan or not to caravan ...

#1
Ok. So for the last 27 years of driving I have detested caravans. They are the holiday choice of those who feel time spent in a tent is unbearable and holidays abroad too expensive. They clog up our roads during bank holidays and the summer making it impossible for any other road user to get anywhere near the coast in less than 24 hours. They are mostly owned by people called Ted and Doris who always refer to the "van" in the feminine ("she's a beauty isn't she?") and they are always heading down to Dorset ... even when they going North up the M6 or A1.

I am a camper and always have been. Even now I still have an annual camping trip with my son although now at 15 he's shying away from the idea. I like camping; I load up the car and can thrash along without the 4 litres of engine capacity not even noticing the load. I get to a site and come rain, shine or hurricane I can have my own little campsite up and running within the hour.

But I do come from a family of caravaniers (and no they are not pikeys). My dad used to have one, my sister still has one and my eldest brother has moved on to a camper van. But I, like my two younger brothers still swear by canvas. However, as I fast approach the big half century, I'm beginning to have second thoughts about a caravan! And I have been looking at these:

http://littleguy.co.uk/Gallery_Models.htm

Why? Well I reckon that with the right paint job, one of these things would look ok hooked up behind my trike:



So ... I have been thinking about the advantages:

1. Small and lightweight so no loss of power from the machine.
2. It can carry a shed load of beer.
3. Quick and easy to set up.
4. More beer can be carried.
5. Better protection from the elements than a tent.
6. Probably get loads of beer in there.
7. More comfortable than a tent.
8. Looks like there might be space for lots of beer.
9. Can tow it behind the car as well if needed for a w/e (without slowing everyone else down).
10. And finally ... beer carriage.

So ... what do we think?
 
#2
And lo, on the 29th Day of the Month known as July, K13EOD suggested that he buyeth for himself a caravan of wheels and tow bar, and yea, did the heavens open, and scorn did falleth upon his head, and the scorn rained for 40 days and 40 nights and K13EOD did curse arrse, for the scorn was great and burned with a great fire.
 
#5
arby said:
And lo, on the 29th Day of the Month known as July, K13EOD suggested that he buyeth for himself a caravan of wheels and tow bar, and yea, did the heavens open, and scorn did falleth upon his head, and the scorn rained for 40 days and 40 nights and K13EOD did curse arrse, for the scorn was great and burned with a great fire.
Until with a roar of engine K13EOD did descend upon the gathered throng of parched bikers bearing slabs of beer stowed within his wheeled abode. And there was much seventies music and imbibing of alcholic beverage and at the end of day whilst bikers collapsed drunkenly and cursing into their leaking canvas abodes K13EOD did make comfortable and fart and snore with great ease.
 
#7
Mr_Deputy said:
(also I have asked this before, why are caravans always white? to reflect hear someone said...what heat? its cold here for 6 months or more and usually always cold at night. if its warm most people will be sat outside their caravans. if its a heatwave then obviously they'll be towing them at 6mph down a country lane with 16 miles of traffic behind them. )
k13eod said:
Why? Well I reckon that with the right paint job, one of these things would look ok hooked up behind my trike:
 
#8
Caravan. The Holiday choice of the person who cannot relax on holiday unless he has brought his own dishcloth.

Oh dear.
 
#9
You need one of these http://www.rivadandysales.co.uk/index.cgi?action=page&pageno=2 . I,ve seen the dart model behind a trike before . I,ve had the Designer model for about 8 years now & its a fantastic bit of kit. Its made out of a pvc type material so you dont have to arrse about drying the thing out after a wet trip :) . You hardly notice it on the car & you can just wheel it into the garage to store it. You can even buy a frame to roll it onto its side to save space. Also because packed up it just looks like a normal cargo trailer , nobody thinks you are an antisocial cnut on the roads. Bonzer :)

LT
 

ugly

LE
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#10
The advantage over an RV is no mot or road tax! Its the same for a tent mind but that is a small caravan, luckily K13eod has detachable leg (s) so thats a bit more space saved, anyway when he is properly legless he will collapse outside as per normal the kent Pikey!
 
#11
jarrod248 said:
It's a normal midlife crisis/male menopause sort of a thing. Women get patches men buy motorbikes and caravans or take up Golf.
If you have room for a motorhome i'd get one of them as less messing around when you get to a campsite or better still don't use campsites at all.
Initial little bit of fnnnaaarring about you offering advice about "campsites" ....

... I already bought the midlife crisis/male menopausal trike and sports car (although I think the real reason is that most of us can't afford such luxuries until we are older). Mate, a motorhome is no good, it wouldn't tow behind the trike.

I like the idea of those trailer tent thingys though ... sort of best of both worlds. Can you carry loads of beer in it?
 
#12
ugly said:
The advantage over an RV is no mot or road tax! Its the same for a tent mind but that is a small caravan, luckily K13eod has detachable leg (s) so thats a bit more space saved, anyway when he is properly legless he will collapse outside as per normal the kent Pikey!
I wondered how long it would take the Sussex Cuntry* Gent to turn up and slag me off!

* deliberate misspelling.
 
#13
The best of the trailer tents (they've won the award for it for the last 5 or 6 years) are made by a Danish company called Camplet. They take about 2 mins (literally) to get up and water-tight or down again and then you just need to peg it out.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CAMPLET-ROYAL...hash=item200241601140&_trksid=p3286.m14.l1318

That's what I mean. The fibreglass lid of the trailer is hinged and then forms the base of the bed. You just open it, put in a short metal tube to link the 2 halves of the long tube and pull it out of the trailer.

The quickest to put up and pack by a mile. We had one for a while and it was great, towed well and weighs very little.
 
#14
You lot just don't see the benefits of a quality caravan !
Stop bashing our national symbol! :p
 
#15
Stick with the canvas K13, nothing beats the sound of the rain battering of a tent to remind you of all those nights spent in a harbour area, presumably you have been that soldier?

We are also off camping, got some hooky rations, hexi cookers and some green string for the perimeter wire, the wife is waterproofing her kit, as we speak, in preparation for the pre deployment kit inspection...........beautiful.
 

ugly

LE
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#16
k13eod said:
ugly said:
The advantage over an RV is no mot or road tax! Its the same for a tent mind but that is a small caravan, luckily K13eod has detachable leg (s) so thats a bit more space saved, anyway when he is properly legless he will collapse outside as per normal the kent Pikey!
I wondered how long it would take the Sussex Cuntry* Gent to turn up and slag me off!

* deliberate misspelling.
Billhooks thats mishpellt. :roll:
Anyway my neighbours have a trailer tent and it holds naff all compared to even your cracking little caravan.
I persauded the furher to part with some readies so we can save diesel and camp over at the game fairs. An eight man tent was bought on Sunday. trying to get her to do a rehersal next week in the back garden! :)
 
#17
jarrod248 said:
It's a normal midlife crisis/male menopause sort of a thing. Women get patches men buy motorbikes and caravans or take up Golf.
If you have room for a motorhome i'd get one of them as less messing around when you get to a campsite or better still don't use campsites at all.
And judging by your Avatar some men buy an MJ/K & bolt a caravan on the back :D

LT
 
#18
The point is: I have a tent and camping equipment that neither fits on the trike nor in the boot of the car (two door sports). So, do I buy; a) a trailer to throw it all in; b) a trailer tent; c) a mini (teardrop) caravan.

Whatever I get needs to be towed by the trike and has to carry beer. Lots off.

No I don't want a campervan, RV or grown ups caravan.

No I'm sh!t at soft furnishings Jarrod.
 
#19
Theres a rew people at NABD rallies who drag caravans behind trikes,and we try to encourage that rather than have them show up in vans-makes the place look like an RV show otherwise.
The next NABD rally is in Oxfordshire in September

Autumn NABD'ness

Starts: Fri 12 Sep 2008
Ends: Sun 14 Sep 2008


NABD bike rally 10 bands,smacked arse comedy club,and more Real Ale cheap beer,Bike Show Sponsored by 100% Biker,3 marquees,2 discos,kids stuff and entertainment,food (inc veggie) HJ's cafe Excellent loos Circus entertainers and fire eaters tattooist and loads more


Location
Mill Lane Marston Oxfordshire OX30QD
NEW SITE

Contact Name: nabd
Phone: 0844 415 4849
Email

Price: pre book price £14 Kids under 14yrs free
Deadline 31 Aug 08
TOG £16 carparking £10 Caravans £30
No dogs No Bullbars
Back patch by arrangement
 
#20
If you phone them at the office when you pre-book your tickets, they`ll tell you what the score is with caravans towed by cripples on trikes.,Last year the punitive charge was put on because a lot of able bodied people were turning up with caravans, and it fills the site up quickly
 

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