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26 Aug 2020 @ 18:25:43 pm
RichardJ
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I have been wondering whether it is necessary to 'lock down' the caravan interior whilst towing.

Different approach for the long road versus between camps in Kruger?

We dismantle the table, which has a centre hole, where the pole is quite tight, and the table clips into the rail on the wall. Pack all the cushions in place etc. All other things that can move are packed away and locked down.

Part of the motivation to get a caravan is the elimination of packing and unpacking the car when moving/arriving/leaving chalet. ie 5 minutes of lugging luggage. Now setting up camp and breaking camp takes hours.....(not complaining)

What is your procedure?

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26 Aug 2020 @ 20:52:04 pm
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Chalets have always been much easier work than caravaning and camping for me, but they còme with the extra cost disadvantage, and its not the great change from home routine or outdoor feeling you get with camping.

I think if you have a big enough van you can get away from the effort of putting up a full tent with all sides enclosed and only put up a ralley awning. The effort then is about the same as lugging food and clothes to a chalet.

All i know is that i am in for about 1 1/2 work setting up camp with our full tent and that is part of caravanning whether i like it or not. A rally is too unprotected alone for our Skipper camping unless for 1 night.

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26 Aug 2020 @ 22:24:21 pm
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Hello mede kampers. Ek soek ash raad vir ,n Remoska cooker wat ek wil aanskaf. Terugvoering our hierdie produk se pros en cons sal hog op prays gestalt word asseblief.

Dankbaar vir ons gesondheid wat ons toelaat om te kamp
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26 Aug 2020 @ 22:30:35 pm
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I think the point of camping is doing something other than what you do every day. Setting up camp and then taking everything down again : with 1,2,3.....days of pure bliss in between.  This is what camping is all about.

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27 Aug 2020 @ 08:52:04 am
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I have been wondering whether it is necessary to 'lock down' the caravan interior whilst towing.

Different approach for the long road versus between camps in Kruger?

We dismantle the table, which has a centre hole, where the pole is quite tight, and the table clips into the rail on the wall. Pack all the cushions in place etc. All other things that can move are packed away and locked down.

Part of the motivation to get a caravan is the elimination of packing and unpacking the car when moving/arriving/leaving chalet. ie 5 minutes of lugging luggage. Now setting up camp and breaking camp takes hours.....(not complaining)

What is your procedure?

I have changed the working gadgets in the Penta that will allow me to leave everything in its place the way we camp.  The table clips onto the wall bracket I secured with a self tapper screw on each side so that the table stay centered in the middle of the dinette area.  On the leg of the table I removed the rubber stop and fitted a white upright tent pole fitting of which I just gut off the round ball tippie and drilled a hole through it.  Drill a correct size hole in the floor and push the white pole pin through the floor.  Then pushed a splitpin through the hole in the pin to prevent the leg from bouncing out of the little hole when hitting rough roads.

The pole pin through the floor also prevent someone accidentally kicking the table leg out.

As for the rest everything was in place apart from the camping equipment in the back of the vehicle and pitching the rally or tent

With the Classique the dinette table stayed in its position (single thick leg with large hole in floor.  Never came loose.

With the Maia the dinette table is completely loose.  I just drop it to its lowest position and store it while traveling in the toilet area.

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27 Aug 2020 @ 11:46:48 am
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Leon it seems our table is the same as the Classique. Actually a bit of a battle to get the pole loose. With it down and cushions laid over it does allow some packing space....will need to rethink. 

Is there an official 'lock down' rule re the table? Why do I do it? Did supplier tell me?

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27 Aug 2020 @ 11:52:14 am
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Ons stoor stoele en tafel onder die bed en laat sak klein tafel in die wa soos wanneer ons dit gebruk as 'n bed. 

Sluit die yskas en dan is ons gereed. Niks lê rond nie en kan enige plek stop en Elmarie kan inklim en toilet gebruik.

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27 Aug 2020 @ 11:56:03 am
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Chalets have always been much easier work than caravaning and camping for me, but they còme with the extra cost disadvantage, and its not the great change from home routine or outdoor feeling you get with camping.

I think if you have a big enough van you can get away from the effort of putting up a full tent with all sides enclosed and only put up a ralley awning. The effort then is about the same as lugging food and clothes to a chalet.

All i know is that i am in for about 1 1/2 work setting up camp with our full tent and that is part of caravanning whether i like it or not. A rally is too unprotected alone for our Skipper camping unless for 1 night.

As far as cost goes, Paul, interestingly we could stay in chalets for a year at more or less the same cost. Without anything to show for it afterwards. If camping a couple of days I put up the tent roof without walls (we do not have a rally nor awning). More than a week I put up walls and front porch ie full tent setup. 

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27 Aug 2020 @ 15:18:01 pm
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I have been thinking for a while about your topic Richard. Strange topic. Our caravan is ALWAYS packed in a manner that allows for immediate departure. The table is let down into its L-shape tracks, camp chairs and outside table on top. The rest on the bed. Awning tent in its bag on the floor. Smaller items in the boxes. And that's that.

The rest stays in its permanent packing place. 

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28 Aug 2020 @ 08:52:32 am
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Leon it seems our table is the same as the Classique. Actually a bit of a battle to get the pole loose. With it down and cushions laid over it does allow some packing space....will need to rethink. 

Is there an official 'lock down' rule re the table? Why do I do it? Did supplier tell me?

If that table is properly positioned and stiff in its mountings leave it as is.  What ever you pack on the dinette must then go to the vehicle or bed.

I never removed the table of our Classique since we bought it. It just stayed that way all the time.

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28 Aug 2020 @ 09:34:57 am
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I think your caravan should always be in such a state of readiness that it would allow you to leave on a trip with short notice.  We wash linen and make up the bed, wash the caravan and 'fridge on returning from a trip. We only need to restock the 'fridge and our clothes and we are ready to go. 

I keep a book or two available in the van  for reading while on a trip.  We have for more than thirty years not taken a TV with and prefer to rather catch up on our reading.  I would be a sad day to be caught without a book to read.

Something I always to, is to make a note of any repairs or work I find needs doing on the caravan while on a trip.  I write this in the back of our caravan log book as the expression 'out of sight, out of mind' works only too well.

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28 Aug 2020 @ 11:13:49 am
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Die karavaan is gepak soos vir ry binne n dag of twee. 

Nou met die virus is die yskas af, maar dis net tydelik.

Al skuif ons in die KNP Na n ander kamp slaan ons volledig op en alles kom op hul plek.

Neem nie die risiko dat niks kan gebuur.

 

As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

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28 Aug 2020 @ 18:17:26 pm
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I have been thinking for a while about your topic Richard. Strange topic. Our caravan is ALWAYS packed in a manner that allows for immediate departure. The table is let down into its L-shape tracks, camp chairs and outside table on top. The rest on the bed. Awning tent in its bag on the floor. Smaller items in the boxes. And that's that.

The rest stays in its permanent packing place. 

Danie the 'strange question' comes from lots of probably too much thinking.

I would like to do a tour of 'all' the resorts/caravan parks along a route. Staying perhaps 2 nights, allowing the middle day to explore the area. Therefore leaving as much at home as possible ie tents, poles, pegs, tables, stoves, portable fridge etc...minimal packing away etc.

And so my thinking is what is the minimal amount of setting up and packing up is required.

My wife did not enjoy short stays in chalets on previous trips, ie cover Kruger by 2 nights per camp....

And so I wonder, think, dream...now that we can camp and travel...time to live the dream...

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28 Aug 2020 @ 18:19:11 pm
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If that table is properly positioned and stiff in its mountings leave it as is.  What ever you pack on the dinette must then go to the vehicle or bed.

I never removed the table of our Classique since we bought it. It just stayed that way all the time.

I asked my wife why we 'lock it down' ...because that is what I always do...ok, so I can change...

 

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28 Aug 2020 @ 18:27:32 pm
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I think your caravan should always be in such a state of readiness that it would allow you to leave on a trip with short notice.  We wash linen and make up the bed, wash the caravan and 'fridge on returning from a trip. We only need to restock the 'fridge and our clothes and we are ready to go. 

I keep a book or two available in the van  for reading while on a trip.  We have for more than thirty years not taken a TV with and prefer to rather catch up on our reading.  I would be a sad day to be caught without a book to read.

Something I always to, is to make a note of any repairs or work I find needs doing on the caravan while on a trip.  I write this in the back of our caravan log book as the expression 'out of sight, out of mind' works only too well.

Other than emptying the caravan for services ours is pretty much also mostly loaded and ready to go.

Too many books are carried with. I also have a lifetime of books on my tablet. Read on road, not enough at home. My work life involved reading/absorbing info, so I am getting into it a little slowly.

We have a TV with DVD player and associated cables that need to be locked down. I 'cast' from Dstv Now must watch items.

I need to record the 'to be repaired' items....memory is not as good as I think it is...

 

 

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28 Aug 2020 @ 18:30:20 pm
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Die karavaan is gepak soos vir ry binne n dag of twee. 

Nou met die virus is die yskas af, maar dis net tydelik.

Al skuif ons in die KNP Na n ander kamp slaan ons volledig op en alles kom op hul plek.

Neem nie die risiko dat niks kan gebuur.

 

 

Pretty much agree Jin, that's what I am considering, perhaps too much taken?

 

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28 Aug 2020 @ 18:33:58 pm
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Ons stoor stoele en tafel onder die bed en laat sak klein tafel in die wa soos wanneer ons dit gebruk as 'n bed. 

Sluit die yskas en dan is ons gereed. Niks lê rond nie en kan enige plek stop en Elmarie kan inklim en toilet gebruik.

 

Nothing is stored in our bathroom....other than everything that belongs there..

Most of our extras are loaded in the bakkie. Under bed is full of storage containers. Considering that they are long trips.

 

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28 Aug 2020 @ 18:35:34 pm
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I think the point of camping is doing something other than what you do every day. Setting up camp and then taking everything down again : with 1,2,3.....days of pure bliss in between.  This is what camping is all about.

Agreed Estelle, great when it is all done and you can sit back and enjoy a coffee/cold drink or what ever...

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08 Sep 2020 @ 15:57:52 pm
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I have a Classique.  Always packed and ready to leave. Only need to add fresh and perishable items.  Caravan has its own linen, towels and holiday clothes, including warm jackets etc.  Caravan bath room has its own toiletries.  There is a couple of loose items I keep in the garage such as outside kitchen unit, dishwashing rack, etc.  Those go into the back of the Fortuner or Hilux.  I have added a Howling Moon Leisure Awning with sides and front panel with door.  On short weekends we only put up roof and maybe one side for privacy, takes about 15 minutes.  Our aim is to have as little as possible to pack/ unpack and to have setup time as short as possible.  If we go to a camp where we arrive late, we put corner steadies down, plug power in and is ready for bed.  Bed is already made at home.  Typically going to Merry Pebbles, Sabie we would leave home, Centurion after 17:00, we get there at aprox. 23:00 - 24:00.  I am busy saving up R 40,000 to add an outside kitchen to the Classique.  There is a guy in Nelspruit that does a fantastic job.  The previous owner of my Classique removed the dinette bench and tables and installed cupboards with a counter top in that area.  It is perfect for me and the wife, adding a lot of extra cupboard space.  Our Classique being a 2006 model is fully 220V or 12V and gas.  We can go where there is no electricity such as Borakolalo, Brits and still have all the luxuries.  Even use it in emergencies at home when service providers fail.

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08 Sep 2020 @ 17:25:55 pm
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Fritz...

Jy moet my eendag wys hoe is jou wa verander.

Ons gebruik nie die kombuis binne nie.

 

As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

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