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Hello.
I've recently joined. I'm looking for inspiration and tips for a long (4-6 week) Summer European touring vacation. Plus some weekend breaks in the UK.

We don't have a caravan just yet. Still thinking about what we'd need for 2 adults, a 10yo, and a dog.
I grew up with caravan holidays, in a Sprite and a Bailey, in the UK and France. Then later have had towing experience with my own 4 berth, dragging it around the UK to motorcycle racing circuits.
We do have an SUV (2020 Diesel CX5), ready to tow a suitably matched 'van.

Thanks all :)
 
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Welcome. We are also from Worcestershire. When you do get your caravan will it be stored at home or at a caravan storage compound?
 

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Welcome to the forum. Happy van hunting. One thing to bear in mind is that children ( especially 10 year olds) outgrow caravan bunk beds very quickly. When caravan shopping take said 10 year old with you and post them into various made up beds to see how well they fit. Trust me, it really cuts down on pre adolescent whinging further down the line ๐Ÿ˜€
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Welcome to the forum. Happy van hunting. One thing to bear in mind is that children ( especially 10 year olds) outgrow caravan bunk beds very quickly. When caravan shopping take said 10 year old with you and post them into various made up beds to see how well they fit. Trust me, it really cuts down on pre adolescent whinging further down the line ๐Ÿ˜€
Mel
Good plan. I'm liking the size of something like the Elddis 304 with double bed plus 2 bunks. 10yo does love bunk beds (for now).
 
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Unsure of that just yet. Have the space on driveway, but also appreciate the security of a good storage compound.
Most around Worcester you need to book a space now in the hope that there is a vacancy. We use one near Powick which is very secure.
 

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Good plan. I'm liking the size of something like the Elddis 304 with double bed plus 2 bunks. 10yo does love bunk beds (for now).
I have the Xplore 304. Most of the time its just the two of us but in early days when our grandson was about 5, he and our daughter used to come with us occassionally.

Personally I wouldn't trust the 304's upper bunk bed. Sad, but I don't have much faith in the durability of any caravans fittings - apart from which my grandson is a very restless sleeper. Couple this with the fact that the 304 has very limited storage space so we found an awning essential. With the awning we bought an inner tent and camp bed and that's where I used to sleep, while the others had the beds. Daughter and grandson in the front double; wife in the lower single.

Now they've migrated to camping and also have a dog. So, at night we get the beds to ourselves but share the van space during the day when necessary - its a bit cramped but enjoyable. Also a nice feeling when they go home and we're left to ourselves. :)

Very easy to tow and setup.

Good luck
 
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Hi Sam,
Thanks for sharing your experience on the 304. Interesting to hear about the lack of storage. I was hoping it would be large enough for 2adults, 1 child and a dog - as we move around Europe over the 6 week school hols. We'd have a reasonable sized SUV though. (CX5).
 

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Your Welcome....

It's not impossible although an awning would be essential I think.

Of course if you get bad weather and are confined to the caravan with a wet dog....๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰
 

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