I thought I had better get round to introducing myself.
I am Nigel from West Yorkshire, and I am married with a son who is 7 going on 21.
I used to be taken away caravanning with my parents every weekend when I was young, and although it was good, I made a decision that it was something I would never do when I was grown up.
Well now I am all grown up and everything, things have changed, lol.
We pick up our first caravan on Saturday, and will be dragging it to site for one night to try it all out, and hopefully get the awning up, just to have a look at it. Both the caravan and awning are used, and have been purchased from a large dealer.
We have bought a 2003 Coachman Pastiche 500, and a detachable tow bar was fitted to my Mercedes E280 last night, so we are all set. In fact you can't even tell it has a tow bar when it is detached. I am very pleased with the guy that fitted it for me, at a very reasonable price.
I joined the Caravan Club, as the information I could access while not being a member was a tremendous help while looking and deciding if it was what we really wanted to do.
Also I think the Caravan Channel is amazing!!! Very informative, and it's a shame it's only a new episode every two weeks.
We are all excited here to start our new adventure in caravanning, and getting as much use out of it as possible.
Awaiting delivery of Coachman Pastiche 525/4 2013 / Range Rover Sport 58
Don't worry about towing just take it slow and remember to take corners a bit wider. If you are a member of the Caravan Club they run towing courses which I believe are very good. If you do decide to go to France towing over there is a lot easier as the roads are a lot less congested.
We both did a CC course ... in Ruthin...the week before collecting our first brand new caravan. I can heartily recommend them. THe best thing they do is give you confidence in your own ability but there's quite a bit more to it ;D
Denise and Him (that's Tim, or Mothy, LOL) Lili the Swift Corniche 12/2 + Honda CRV