Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Caravan Security - The More Deterrents The Better!

Caravan security is a problem that will never go away.

Of course some of the top of the range vans come complete with built in security and tracking systems.

These can also be fitted by any qualified engineer at a later date.

However, whilst you cannot put a price on peace of mind and protecting your caravan not all of us have money to spare on state of the art technology.

So what are the options?

For low cost and a visual deterrent I have come across three devices which are all inexpensive and can be transferred from caravan to caravan.

The Fullstop Saracen Ultra AL-KO Caravan Hitch Lock is speedy and simple and comes with the backing of the "Sold Secure" team Thatcham Assured.

Can be used either when the caravan is hitched or unhitched from your car.



Currently this is on offer at £52.51 normally it retails at £79.95 with free shipping. Of course I have no idea how long this offer will be in place for so don't hang around!

Next up is the Purpleline Fullstop Nemesis Ultra Caravan Wheel Clamp Lock which is Thatcham approved Cat 3.

It meets the requirements of most of the wheel clamping agencies and the DVLA.

It's resistant to cutting, drilling and gas freezing and also incorporates Lowe and Fletcher nine pin anti-pick and and anti-drill locking bolt.

This is a seriously tough piece of kit.

I've just checked and it's currently out of stock, however it may be back in stock shortly so keep checking!

It's on offer (when in stock) at £109.95 and normally retails at £149.99 so a big saving to be had as long as the offer is still in place once it's back in stock!


Now I must admit that I have not come across these before but to be honest I like the look of them and for the price would have one for each leg!

Remember if someone wants to steal your caravan they will, there is not a lock that cannot be removed by a professional thief.

However if you had one of these fitted to each leg, the hassle of trying to removing them would more than likely make them move on to an easier caravan!

They will fit any type of caravan steadies and secures the with an integrated high security 10-level barrel lock.


Currently on offer at £23.99 they normally retail at £29.95 so if your quick you could have all four legs secured for less than £100.00!!!!! Oh and it's free shipping!

So there you have it - a quick round up of caravan security.

Till later..................




Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Cossack Beard Oil - A New Adventure Into The Unknown!

Well, just thought I would bring you up to date with what is going on!

Things have been a little quiet on the travel/camping side, mainly due to having no time.

And at the moment the Ural is off the road with an electrical problem, which is most frustrating to say the least!

I had a go at fixing it myself, but gave up in the end, the task was bigger than my capability!

However, some exciting news regarding my beard oil.

I sport a rather bushy beard. To keep it up together requires some maintenance in the use of beard oils. These tend to be rather expensive, so around a year ago I started to make my own.

This planted a seed into my head about how I could make money from selling them, so I set about creating a product and a unique angle to be able to break into the market.

So I have made up a fictional character called Uri Brezhnev, who is the mastermind behind it.

Below is a description of Uri and how it all came about. Please take a quick look at my new website, the link can be found below.

Cossack Beard Oil


What’s It All About?


My name is Major (Retd) Uri Brezhnev - ex KGB. On finding out that my cover was blown, I found myself having to lay low for several decades waiting for the dust to settle.


I lived in the Far East of my country, where I felt safe, trapping fur and living off the land.

Recently I felt it was safe enough to venture out into the world once more, but now I must do so as a normal citizen.

Well, as normal as I can be!

On being discharged from the KGB with a new identity but not losing any of my old skills of mixing chemicals to sufficient poisonous strengths to kill a Black Bear with the tip of my umbrella, I decided to put these same skills to good use for once and invented my range of “Cossack Beard Oils”

I emigrated to Great Britain and now reside in the New Forest on the South Coast where I can often be seen riding round on my trusty Soviet Stead a Ural motorcycle and sidecar.

My range of Cossack Beard Oils are a reminder of the Motherland, where my beard first took shape.

Whilst some men like my dear old friend Vladimir went on to build a legacy, through fate, I decided to grow mine.

Beard Oils Available:

Freshly Dug Grave
Hazelnut and Jojoba oils blended with subtle tones of White Musk, Carrot, Juniper and Sandalwood giving an earthy smell of a freshly dug grave. A smell to die for!

Black Sea
Hazelnut and Jojoba oils blended with subtle tones of White Musk, Sandalwood and Sea Spray, reminding me of those carefree days by the Black Sea waiting for my next assignment.

Citrus Mask
Hazelnut and Jojoba oils blended with subtle tones of White Musk, Rosewood with a hint of Cut Grass giving a zesty citrus smell, ideal to mask the smell of death. Ideal in my old profession.

For further information please take a look at our website at www.cossackbeardoil.com

Contact Uri on 07480 211001 or email uri@cossackbeardoil.com



I hope that all is well for you all and that 2017 will be full of travel and adventure!

We all ready have trips to Holland, and Greece booked for this year, plus lots of weekends away!

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Long Time No Hear! 2016 Roundup!

Well, what can I say?

It's been a long time and I've neglected this blog in favour of another that I write over at "Fat Bloke Travels".

So I hope you will join me over there to see what I'm up to on a more of a regular basis.

This year has seen some major changes to my life!

In Easter I got married to my gorgeous Kiera, we had a fantastic day, big smiles all round.

Honeymoon should of been in the South of France and Italy on a touring holiday on the motorbike, however less than a mile from home we came off and damaged the bike, so a quick rethink and we were off to Scotland staying in some top hotels!

Our house is almost complete after having building work inside and out, finishing touches are being done as we speak.

Being a step dad is a challenge but I'm enjoying it. Of course there are moments when I want the solitude of my caravan and a large field to hide away in, but I get away regularly on my motorbike camping, which keeps me sane.

Talking of motorbikes, I've a new one - it's a Ural motorcycle and sidecar! Great for camping trips!


Just to prove I'm not a complete Bah Humbug, decorated for Christmas!

I'm still bus driving, but not enjoying it, so for 2017 there will be a change.

With all these new and wonderful changes in my life there are a few things that haven't changed - chiefly that I'm still fat!

My eccentricity has I think got worse and my dislike of crowds and people in general has grown!

Apart from that - I promise that I will try and write more on this blog as for some unknown reason my rantings and talking nonsense appears to strike a chord with some folk!

Have a Happy Christmas and I hope your 2016 has been as good as mine.

Till later...................................

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Classic Coachbuilt Cotswold Windrush 4 Berth Caravan

I often find myself looking at ebay, and I tend to always be drawn back to the caravan listings.

This little beauty caught my eye, it looks like it is in really good condition and has been well looked after.

All you need to do is buy, hook up and drive off to a camp site!

It is down as a Cotswold Windrush 4 Berth Caravan, age unknown but around late 60's to 70's at a guess?

If you want to find out more about this pretty caravan click "HERE"








Till later...............

Monday, 2 May 2016

The 28 Day Rule Camping and Caravan - How Does It Work? FAQ

One of the most frequent questions asked is "How long can I stay on a site for"?

Well, this is not an easy question to answer as there are a few matters that need to be taken into consideration first.

So what I will try and do is explain the situation as I see it. The examples I talk about have all happened to me personally so I do have first hand knowledge.

OK, lets take a look at the rule to start with.

The rule states that you must vacate your caravan for 48hrs and not return within that period after 28 consecutive days spent in the caravan.

How on earth a Council Representative enforces this is anyone's guess, but it is at the discretion of the camp site owner to enforce this rule.

A camp site owner should keep a record of everyone who stays on their site with full details etc, but in practice this rarely happens.

In my experience, it is a 50/50 split between owners who play by the rules and the ones that are happy with the pound notes going in their pockets!

But how do you tell which sites will allow you and which ones won't?

Well, you can never tell to start with, but as a general rule of thumb, the smaller the site the more likely it is that the owners are more likely to let you stay longer. 

What I do is firstly on my first stay at a site I only ever book in for one week, possibly two if I get a good vibe on a pre-visit inspection.

Then once I've stayed around 10 days and have made a point of talking to the owner and generally not making any noise and keeping my pitch absolutely spotless I ask about possibly staying on for another week.

If they say yes, they have all ready sussed that you full time, your no problem and they are happy with your money, but on the odd occasion that they do say no, pay up promptly if you have not all ready done so and move on when you have to.

It's always worth asking if you can come back for another couple of weeks in a month or so's time. 9 times out of 10 they will have no problems with this.

I have stayed on a couple of sites for many months at a time, built up a friendship with the owners and helped out on a regular basis with bins, cleaning, litter picking etc. As they say every little helps.

So in general, play it by ear, never go in and book for a month it will put the wind right up the owner!

Make no mess, no noise and keep yourselves to yourselves.

It works for me so I hope it does for you!

Till later.............................



Vintage Camp Sites That Are Still Up And Running Today

I often come across old photographs of camp sites, which I find interesting.

Looking at the old caravans and cars that towed them, such a cutting edge thing to do at the time!

This site was called "Little Switzerland" Caravan Park in Folkestone, Kent.


It is also a comfort to see that it is still in existence today! 

"Little Switzerland" is still going strong and can be seen by clicking on the link "Here"

Another campsite I came across was Sandgreen Caravan Park in Dumfries.

This postcard picture was taken in 1967.


This site is also still up and running and looking very busy! You can visit their website by clicking "Here"

Finally today is the Whitecliff Bay Camping Site at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight, this has changed beyond all recognition!


It is now a Hoseasons Holiday Park which you can see more of by clicking "Here"

Till later..................








Monday, 4 January 2016

Ham Egg Cheese Bread Bowls - No Washing Up!! Camp Fire Food!


A great "No washing up" breakfast idea that's great for feeding a crowd.

Simple and easy to make!

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 bread rolls (soft or crusty)
  • 4 small slices of ham, or 2 big ones cut in half
  • 4 eggs
  • Grated mozzarella cheese or any other that you have handy!
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Get a fire going, BBQ warmed up or your Cadac up and running!
  2. Cut the tops off the bread rolls.
  3. Scoop out the centre. To be neat, use a small knife to cut a round outline before scooping out the centre.
  4. Line the bread bowl with a layer of ham. Try to use one whole piece if you can because then there is less chance of egg seeping through and being soaked up by the bread.
  5. Crack in an egg.
  6. Top each with 2 tbsp of mozzarella cheese and a sprinkle of parsley (optional).
  7. Put the top back on each roll. Wrap with foil and bake for ~10 to 15 minutes. Take a peek at 10 minutes to check them. 10 minutes = very runny yolks. 15 minutes = firm just cooked yolks. 15 minutes + = very cooked yolks.
  8. Remove from BBQ, fire or Cadac, unwrap and serve immediately.


Enjoy!!

Till later..................