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New Caravanners 3 days 21 hours ago #466848

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Sitting back here at home, thinking about getting away in our caravan, when we first started, I wish I had the Gaul to ask the folks on site for advice, but learnt the hard way.. Most folk are more than welcome to help out and then have a chit, chat afterward, be it the awning, water barrels Switches in the van etc, Easter is coming up for a lot of new first timers, talk and make friends,, makes your time away great.
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New Caravanners 3 days 8 hours ago #466863

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On my first outing in the new Sprite, my dealer branded hitch-cover attracted the attention of another customer of that dealer... We chatted briefly, turns out they lived in the general area we did, but kept their caravan at this C&CC site and it was taken out of storage for them to use.

A few minutes later, the chap came back with his road atlas, and told me a better route back to the motorway than towing through a near-by town. I took his advice, and it was actually much easier than the 'recommended' route.
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New Caravanners 2 days 22 hours ago #466915

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I find that we sort of hover when we see folks who are (probably) new and struggling; wanting to help but not wanting to interfere. If the struggling continues then a cheerful, “you OK?” or a Reflective, “Awnings are a pain, aren’t they” is a good way in.
I agree with Hutch, let’s get out there and welcome people.
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New Caravanners 2 days 19 hours ago #466920

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Same here I don't mind giving anybody a helping hand like the bloke the other week who pulled my caravan of the grass when i got bogged down !
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New Caravanners 2 days 19 hours ago #466922

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Craigyoung wrote:
Same here I don't mind giving anybody a helping hand like the bloke the other week who pulled my caravan of the grass when i got bogged down !

Caravan over weight again Craig, bikes and beer. :P I hate it when on your last day, your emptying the honey bucket and the bloke in the next caravan, who has never said "hello" starts a full blown conversation.
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New Caravanners 3 hours 46 minutes ago #467038

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Surely a caravan that's not capable of carrying beer and bikes (in that order of priority) isn't fit for purpose? :P

It does seem to be a very British thing to be reluctant to talk to people because you think they might not want to talk to you. Perhaps that's why, as Hutch says conversation starts to flow a lot more easily when you're hitching up to leave site, folding the awning or emptying the bog.

What newbies need to realise is that (a) you don't have the word 'Newbie' written on your foreheads and that (b) about half of your fellow caravanners are male and therefore biologically incapable of taking any sort of hint. If you need some help just come and ask for it. Most of us won't bite you :)

Oh, and if you want someone to help you come and empty that bottle of wine you're more than welcome to chat to me at any time :lol:
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New Caravanners 3 hours 34 minutes ago #467039

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And me :P
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