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Are Caravans Cool?

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Message 1 - posted by Jeff Owen, Aug 8, 2006

Do you love them or hate them? I've been a life long caravan hater .. nasty little lemming boxes heading towards the coast holding up the traffic. Now they're saying they're cool and trendy. Patsy Palmer's gone on holiday in one, and so has Margaret Beckett. What do you think? Do you love them or hate them? Have you had a lovely holiday in one, or a nightmare? Have you spent a fortune on a caravan? Maybe you've got a caravan and it's only a few miles away from your house, or perhaps you go to the same caravan every year for a break. Why? I really don't get it. Help me out please.
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Message 2 - posted by Blackcountrybloke, Aug 8, 2006

Very "cool" at night and in the winter!

Joking apart, whats the problem with them they are a great way of going where and when you want without sticking to a time table.
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Message 3 - posted by Jeff Owen, Aug 8, 2006

Yes, but you could do that by staying in little b&b's or on a camp site.. then you wouldn't be clogging up the roads dragging big boxes on wheels behind you
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Message 4 - posted by U3775715 - alt id 1, Aug 8, 2006

B&Bs are (with a few noble and distinctive exceptions) the very worst form of accomodation. Dodgy run down homes with questionable hygiene insufficient bathrooms and the worst catering on earth. With the advent of cheap and cheerful travel lodge style accomodation everywhere bad (ie most) B&Bs can now go to the wall. Let the exceptional ones continue to thrive.
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Message 5 - posted by U2836684, Aug 8, 2006

B&B'S sleeping on a ten year old matress that has had god only knows how many sweaty bodys on,doing all manner of things from,procreating,to urinating to defacating,to vomiting on.i dont think so<doh>
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Message 6 - posted by U3775715 - alt id 1, Aug 8, 2006

Norant,should all B&Bs be banned? Even the lovely farmhouses in the depths of the country with fantastically furnished spare rooms scrupulously laundered linen and breakfasts to die for?
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Message 7 - posted by U2836684, Aug 8, 2006

(with a few notable distinctive exceptions)

no granbourough,they should not all be banned,a lovely farmhouse setting will see guests as a form of extra income to bolster theres,they will and do look after the guests as though they are a member of the family in order to hopefully regain there business next year.

general seaside B$B'S are a business,when they dont have tourist they cater for other types of markets,there is no family atmosphere,you are not made to feel in anyway special because you are just another number in a business ledger,you may if you are unlucky get low quality food dressed up to taste ok,they all work on margins!

i hope this clarify's my reply to your post.
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Message 8 - posted by U3775715 - alt id 1, Aug 8, 2006

So we're agreed, far from being cool Caravans are the pits?
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Message 9 - posted by ambridge78, Aug 8, 2006

Margaret Beckett cool? Best laugh I've had all day!

Seriously, I believe that they should be taxed according to the economy - the delays to journey times for industry and commerce. And what about the costs to the NHS? (The blood pressure of the drivers in the queue behind them)?

Better still, why not tax them off the roads completely?
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Message 10 - posted by U3775715 - alt id 1, Aug 8, 2006

Probably the static ones used by people with no other home or money are OK.Much like Portacabins. When you see them carted around on the back of lowloaders they are better driven and cause less traffic and general disruptions than the touring variety.
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Message 11 - posted by U2487692, Aug 8, 2006

There is nothing whatsoever 'cool' about a caravan unless its one of those Yank jobbies called (forgive my mispelling) Gulfstream or Winnebago.One of them is too wide for our roads but commonly seen on the Interstates in the US and the othe used to be the accomodation of choice for stars on movie lots or at Glastonbury.As for English touring caravans........!!!!!!!!!!
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Message 12 - posted by BexleyheathBelle, Aug 8, 2006

There is nothing at all wrong with caravans. They give you all sorts of freedom that you just can't get with hotels, b&bs and any other type of static accommodation.

We have a caravan and wouldn't swap it for any of those. Also, if people treated us as ligitimate traffice on the road instead of a mobile road-block and try to get round as fast as possible it would be a lot better all round. We are capable of doing good speeds and often don't get the chance because of those who have never towed anything in their lives before behaving as if they owned the road and everything else on it is an inconvenience.

I am presuming from the previous messages that these people have never owned one, have never stayed in one or had the pleasure that doing so gives. If we don't like where we are, or the weather is not up to standard or the area is just plain boring, we can upstakes and move. Stuck in a b&b, hotel or arranged holiday you can't do that.
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Message 13 - posted by philiom, Aug 8, 2006

I bought one once on an impulse. 6 weeks later it was stolen! Just in case the thief is watching..............Thanks!<ok>
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Message 14 - posted by patsy, Aug 8, 2006

Caravans are ok for those that like them, I wouldnt want one myself, but some of the drivers of the cars towing them are the problem, they have no idea about towing, they cant always see with the angle of the mirrors, and they forget that the weight of a caravan raises the front of the car, and they then proceed to dazzle all other road users even when their headlights are dipped!! <steam>
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Message 15 - posted by patsy, Aug 8, 2006

norant,

You must have stayed in some real dives by the sound of it!
We have never stayed in a B&B that we would not have returned to, you get what you pay for.<smiley>
B&B'S sleeping on a ten year old matress that has had god only knows how many sweaty bodys on,doing all manner of things from,procreating,to urinating to defacating,to vomiting on.i dont think so<doh>

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Message 16 - posted by stagsfanv, Aug 8, 2006

Better then sharing a tent with creepy crawlys jeff,
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Message 17 - posted by ambridge78, Aug 9, 2006

But caravans ARE creepy-crawlies! Just follow one travelling uphill, and you'll see exactly what I mean. (But only if you're in no particular hurry to get somewhere).
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Message 18 - posted by Yodeller, Aug 9, 2006

Never owned a tourer, couldn't be doing with it, but often stay in statics in the Lakes or Wales. Works out cheap for 6/8 of us.
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Message 19 - posted by ditdardit_dardit, Mar 23, 2007

Wow! did you have a bad experience with a caravan as a child? you need a holiday in a caravan to chill you out!
As for Margaret Beckett not being 'Cool' she is 'V cool' so much so that I bought her old caravan, so hope to see and slow you down on the roads of Nottinghamshire and surrounding counties this summer.

Caravans rock!
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Message 20 - posted by asianboyleeds, Mar 23, 2007

caravans?

these days people just jump on a cheap flight to spain with a weeks self catering. It works out cheaper and it doesnt rain :P
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