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Prevention of theft of the spare wheel
Poole and Portsmouth to Cherbourg crossing
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Space Saving Suggestion
Wendy and Keith's experiences running a rally

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Tyre Guidance
Tyre pressure is very important and should be checked regularly. The pressures for your Carousel are in your handbook that came with the van. There is not a ‘one size fits all’ tyre pressure. The pressure depends on Carousel model, year of manufacture and actual tyres fitted.
The recommendation is that tyres are replaced after 5 years, whether or not they are worn.
When a blowout occurs, a Carousel is very, very unlikely to turn over, but severe damage can occur to the wheel arch and adjacent flooring. If Tyron bands are fitted, I have been told that because the tyre cannot come off the wheel hub, the damage is very little or non-existent when a blowout occurs.
This (8 year old) tyre was fitted to a Carousel 10/2T. It suffered a blowout whilst travelling at 60 MPH. Fortunately the damage to the caravan was very slight.
This is a very unusual occurrence and the normal culprit is the owners’ poor maintenance.
Prevention of theft of the spare wheel.
A member writes; soon after purchasing my Carousel caravan, I parked it on a slope which, with hindsight, exposed the spare wheel for any one to see. So one bright spark did and took it. As a temporary measure I have threaded a wire through some of the holes in the handle to the carrier of the wheel and twisted the ends together so that it now requires a pair of wire cutters to undo. Clearly, the location is such that a padlock will get covered by spray from the wheel which lies just in front. It has been suggested that to keep the padlock clean, just cover with a plastic bag and secure with a elastic band.
Space Saving Suggestion  - April 2014.
As space is a premium using over door hooks on the top edge of the Gobur wall to hang up lightweight clothes makes more usable space available.

 Poole and Portsmouth to Cherbourg crossing.
The ferry from/to Poole to Cherbourg: Gobur ‘trailers’ CAN use the fast ferry providing that the overall length of car and caravan is less than 13 metres.
The ferry from/to Portsmouth to Cherbourg: Gobur ‘trailers’ CANNOT use the fast ferry because it is a smaller ferry.

Both of these ferries are not roll on/roll off and hence you will have to turn around on board. If you know any different please let the webmaster know.
Towing Mirrors
The law demands that a motor vehicle must have at least two functional rear view mirrors. There must be one on the offside and one internally, though most cars are equipped with a nearside mirror as well.

When towing a caravan, you must be able to see clearly down both sides of your caravan, and 4m either side at a distance of 20m behind the caravan. Unless you are absolutely certain that your vision meets the legal criteria, extension towing mirrors should always be used for legality and safety when towing. Remove any extension mirrors when not towing. Extension towing mirrors must not project more than 250mm.
From Wendy and Keith Wright

With the hope of encouraging more people to have a go at running a rally I thought I would share Keith’s and my experiences.

Firstly, I certainly do not profess to be an expert (we have only run 3 rallies with another lined up for next year), plus everyone who runs a rally deserves a pat on the back, however they arrange it and the choice is of course, theirs.

My other half Keith is as much part of the rally as myself and without him it wouldn’t go ahead, but the organisation I do and that is why I am writing this.

Being `keep it simple` sort of people, we made a few changes to the norm and found these invaluable in making the whole experience a lot easier so I will list below


The tradition has always been to collect a deposit from everyone then later on collect the balance.  By doing this you have to keep a good record of what is going on.  Money going in and out of your account.  Making sure you pay the site owner.

We wanted to get away from this, so last year, this year and next year’s rally we have got the sites to agree to take deposits and the balance is paid on arrival by each member.  This way the only money we deal with is the `rally fee`.


Same again more or less.  Get restaurant to agree to everyone paying for their own meal (they would have to do that if separate couples came in).  This again saves collecting money from people and having the burden of being responsible for a load of cash.


We cannot take credit for this one, Keith Wilkinson was the first person I know to have done it.

Change coffee mornings to `coffee evenings`.  This way if you want to get out early you can, or if you want a lay-in you can.  This benefits the members and rally organisers alike.  This way you can all meet up at night and have a good chat.


Our rallies are on the small side and that’s how we like them.  Other brave souls have unlimited numbers, but that isn’t for us…..less work.


We have enjoyed running our rallies and of course enjoyed attending others. We all have different ideas and some people have really surpassed themselves at arranging different activities on their rallies.  As lovely as these things are, you don’t have to feel you have to do the same, you can keep it really simple, like we do.  After all, the main objective is getting a group of us together for a relaxing time.
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