We are all caravan addicts!
Let us tell you our caravan history ...
We went camping in sunny Norfolk (well it was sunny when we left). We went with friends who had a lovely little four berth Monza.
Anyway, you've guessed it - yes, it rained rather a lot! There were our friends in their cosy little caravan and we were shivering in our cold and damp tent. I always fancied the idea of having a caravan but my husband vowed that we would never buy a caravan.
It just so happened that
there was a small caravan dealer up the road from where we were camping
and one rainy day we happened to pass by. On the edge of the forecourt
was this 1989 Monza "Yorkshire Rose". Our friends who were with us
decided to stop and have a look (they knew I quite fancied the idea of
having my own little caravan!).
As soon as he saw this caravan he was hooked!! He saw the possibilities of us having our own caravan and also realised that yes, he could tow one. But, and it was a BIG but, we realised we needed a towbar on the car and we were miles away from home! But again, our friends came to the rescue and said that they would tow the caravan back to the campsite and would tow us back home at the end of the holiday after they had taken their own caravan home! So we carried out the financial arrangements with the dealer - getting a really good deal for cash, and we took the caravan back to the campsite there and then!
Well, caravan number two came along a few years after buying the Monza. We decided that the Monza just wasn't big enough for a family of four, including two fast-growing children. We advertised the Monza and managed to sell it very quickly - it was extremely sad to see our first caravan go!!
Well, we couldn't believe it - we had our own little caravan! We pitched up on site next to our tent and set about cleaning the caravan and loading all our posessions into it. We had a lovely holiday and even managed to arrange for someone to come to the campsite and fit a towbar on the car.
We then decided on a second-hand Elddis Elusion 450CT which was at our local caravan dealer. It was a four berth double dinette and suited us fine. Anyway, we bought the Elddis and kept it for a year or so before deciding that we would like a larger and newer caravan.
We found a brand new Lunar Zenith 6 berth at a caravan dealer in Essex and we were picking it up next weekend!
It was at this point in our caravan history that we decided to have a seasonal pitch in North Norfolk as we really enjoyed going to the area and as it is only a couple of hours away from home, was close enough to go for weekends as well as longer caravan holidays.
It was sometime during this year that we saw our friends new Bailey Pageant Vendee (yes, the same friends that first got us hooked on caravans). It was a gorgeous caravan and on our way home from Norfolk one day we stopped at a dealer and looked at the Bailey Pageants.
There was a new Pageant called a "Provence" - we knew this was the caravan for us - it was bright, beautiful and just the layout we wanted! So we part-exchanged the Lunar for the Bailey in December and spent another season up in Norfolk enjoying the caravan.
A couple of years later - we kept the Provence until now but saw a 2004 Bailey Senator Oklahoma at our local caravan dealer. It was going back a year but had a more suitable layout and much better specification than the Provence so we bought it. We sited the caravan at the campsite in Norfolk and all was going swimmingly until we noticed that rain was coming in through the front windows and was turning the caravan mouldy. So we contacted the dealer we bought the caravan from. The dealer could not have been more helpful and offered us our money back if we purchased a brand new Senator Indiana. Well, we couldn't say fairer than that and said yes, thanks!!
We now have our Bailey Senator Indiana sited in North Norfolk and we will keep you updated on how it's going...
After using our new caravan we have to say it's the best one we have ever had. The layout is super and suits us down to the ground (especially with the kids and dog!). The spec is brilliant and we wish we could take up caravanning full time !!
Well, we used our new caravan rather alot until the end of the season when we brought it home and put it into winter hibernation.
We have just taken our caravan into our local caravan dealer, M & M Leisure of Haverhill, as it had a few niggles and faults which they have rectified. M & M Leisure could not have been more helpful - give them a visit as they always have new and secondhand caravans for sale as well as a large accessory shop and knowledgable staff on hand to give you advice.
My Mum and Dad were so impressed with our caravan that they have ordered a brand new Bailey Senator Wyoming which is basically the same as our Indiana but it is twin axle and has a full length bathroom at the back of the caravan. They should be getting it mid-March so we will let you know what it's like!
Anyway, roll on mid-March as the Caravan Site where we have a seasonal pitch opens and we can't wait!!!!!
Well, that's our caravan history and what a lot of caravan holidays we have had during this time!
To read a full review of our Indiana CLICK HERE.