If you’ve been out and about in your caravan in recent months, you’ve probably found a summer that’s had its ups and downs – warm and sunny one minute, chillier the next, not to mention the occasional thunderstorm. All the ingredients for a typical British summer.
If the weather hasn’t put you off, though, there’s still plenty happening in the world of caravanning – and here are a few of our latest caravan news snippets.
Bridport farm allowed to have more onsite caravans
Bridport News reports that Washingpool Farm in Dorset has been granted planning permission to increase the number of pitches for touring caravans and motorhomes at its site in the village of Salway Ash, near Bridport.
Until now Washingpool Farm has had just 5 pitches for touring caravans – each of them on hard standing and with electric and water hook-ups. By bringing into use a further field, the site is now able to double its capacity.
New Nottinghamshire 150-pitch campsite set to open in Spring 2020
Somewhat greater impact on the number of caravan pitches in England will be made by the opening next Spring of an entirely new 20-acre, 150-pitch campsite at Sherwood Pines in Nottinghamshire, reports Out and About Live.
A joint venture between Forestry England and the Camping & Caravanning Club, Sherwood Pines will offer pitches for all manner of caravans, tents, trailers and motorhomes on grass, hardstanding, and fully-serviced pitches. The intention is to keep the site open throughout the year.
Sherwood Pines covers some 3,300 acres of forest and woodland – the largest publicly accessible forest in the East Midlands. It boasts a wide range of outdoor activities for the whole family, especially those keen to explore the forest. Its well-marked trails link up to still further areas of exploration including Clumber Park and the whole of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.
Bailey of Bristol to cease Australian manufacturing operations
Following a restructuring of its business operations, caravan manufacturers Bailey of Bristol announced that it is to cease production at its plant in Australia and instead concentrate its activities in the UK.
Since it started distribution there in 2010, Bailey proved particularly popular with Australian caravanners thanks largely to its characteristic Alu-Tech body shell. This is more rugged yet lighter than conventional methods of construction and especially well-suited to the conditions often encountered down under.
Bailey undertakes to honour its existing warranty and servicing agreements with caravans built in both Australia and New Zealand – and is currently exploring its options for maintaining the presence of its brand in that part of the Southern Hemisphere.
Revealed: The best sat navs for caravans
The sat nav has become a ubiquitous feature of modern motoring – but have you considered the particular capabilities you need from your sat nav if you are towing a caravan? It might be all very well to be diverted along narrow, winding lanes if you have only the car to worry about, but if there’s a caravan in tow it’s likely to be the last thing you want.
Sat navs specifically designed for use with your caravan, therefore, may be configured to avoid many of the obstacles you are likely to dread – low bridges, narrow lanes, weight restrictions and steep gradients, to name but a few. Even more sophisticated sat navs dedicated for use with your caravan may let you key in the particular dimensions of your ‘van for a perfectly tailored motoring and towing experience.
To help you make your choice, Which? magazine has just published reviews of some of the best on the market.