First ever trip???

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  1. Rob

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    Hi all

    We are going to take our first ever trip out in our MH this weekend and were planning on just going to Billing Aquadrome for a night to just learn all the basics of the new van and get used to how it works.

    Trouble is that im pretty sure its a 2 night minimum stay at Billings and although this wouldnt normally be a problem (dont want to miss my fishing match on Sunday!) we only want to stay for 1 night.

    Basically im now after any recommendations for a nice open all year campsite not too far from Leicester ??

    Thanks in advance

    Rob
     
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    Before you go anywhere, check out folks' views of places.
     
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    Hi Rob could be you last trip going there, :eek: when we went bikes satellite dish and almost a motorhome went missing. :rolleyes:
    If you only want one night, and could manage without electric I would say Lakeland Estates Lyndon Top Rutland Water.

    www.lyndontop.com

    Its down the lane before the nature reserve on the right top of the hill. £7.00 a night. Water and dump.
    (y) Bob.
     
  5. Rob

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    Billings gone downhill then i take it ???

    Not been for a few years

    We are going to book Bosworth tomorrow morning unless we get any better suggestions before i go to bed..lol

    Thanks

    Rob
     
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    As above - avoid Billing unless you want to be put off for life. Stuff has legs there.

    All the best - this site just saved you a lot more than the subscription! (y)
     
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    The same sentiments as Bob and Janie here. We were on that meet too, and won't ever go back to Billing Aquadrome. There is a traveller's site very close to it. :(

    Good luck,

    Jock.
     
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    Going to Tallington Lakes near Peterborough now for first trip to get to grips with everything.

    Fingers crossed !!

    Rob
     
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    Rob, I think you've done the right thing. Tallington is a nice site, you could also try Rutland CC site which is I think at Essindine. (y)
     
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    About 3 x miles from us Rob, so any problems, just PM with your phone number and we'll take it from there. (y) We are at home this weekend. :)

    Have a good first trip out (shake down).

    Cheers,

    Jock.
     
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  12. Tackle man

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    Tight lines Rob!
    I'm a match fisherman too. We are off to Devizes in Wiltshire next Wednesday for a few days at the CC&C site next to the Kennet and Avon Canal. I'm planning to dangle my tackle! :D:D(y)(y)
     
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    Hi David, isn't that in Greetham just off the A1, rather than Essendine which is further east past Stamford?

    A nice little site is the one opposite the Rutland Water Sailing Club, at Edith Weston. (y)

    Cheers,

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    Tallington was great

    Nice big pitch..friendly staff...nice pint and bite to eat after our late arrival....

    MH was great apart from the bloody lights (well all 12v!!)

    Got to pitch , connected hook up all was good. All sockets , fridge etc worked apart from the lights and water pump!!

    Now this is almost certainly something im doing wrong but i just dont understand it?? I would have thought that everything in the van would work once plugged into main site electric??

    On the control panel in the van it just indicated that the leisure battery had no charge (was two thirds charged before we set off) People have said about switches for this that and the other but i cant find anything in the manual or by looking around. Fuses were all ok.

    Anybody have any suggestions for a auto electrician to sort it out or is it just me being daft ??

    Cheers all

    Rob
     
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    Please see PM Rob. (y)

    Sorry I couldn't be of help at Tallington.

    Cheers,

    Jock.
     
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    Glad you enjoyed your first night..
    Water pump often has its own switch.. Maybe on control panel?
    Your battery may need testing and could need replacing if it's been left flat for a period..
    12v lights should have worked before being plugged in?
    A quick Google search produced this
    http://www.neilthecaravanmedic.co.uk/caravanservicing.aspx

    But others may know better local electricians
     
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    You could try giving Mark at CLS a ring - Central Leisure Services - he may well have some ideas of either what it is or who to contact - or being based in Nuneaton isn't too far away to come out to you - although he is busy, but it's still worth ringing him to pick his brains.

    He is a member and comes rallying with Fun, plus he's a trade member here too which means we get a discount !
     
  19. Rob

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    Thanks for ideas

    Waiting for Neil to get in touch with a price

    Cheers

    Rob
     
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    Just carried out a few checks with multi meter so here goes hopefully someone can advise further

    Leisure battery on charge in garage 13V

    Once charged 12V

    Connected in MH with one light on 11V

    In MH with engine running 12 - 13V

    In MH with EHU plugged in and one light on 11V

    Panel showing 220 going in and also battery charge indicator showing power going to battery

    How does this all sound please?

    Thanks for taking time to read

    Rob
     
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