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Rob McCabe
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Book Description

26 Mar 2010

Is this the right book for me?

Do you want to get maximum value and enjoyment out of your caravan?

The open road, the freedom to leave on a whim, the comfort and convenience of a mobile home from home... A caravan makes a fantastic investment if you're looking for flexible, economical holidays. Make the Most of Your Caravan will show you how to get maximum value and enjoyment out of yours.

Offering practical advice on all aspects of caravanning, from the initial purchase to basic maintainence, towing and driving to camping and holidaying abroad, this is a uniquely comprehensive manual for every caravan owner, setting you up for some great trips!

Make the Most of Your Caravan includes:

Chapter 1: Buying your first caravan

What's in a caravan?

How do all the systems work?

New v secondhand - the pros and cons

Buying secondhand

Secondhand buyer's survival guide

Buying a brand new caravan

Chapter 2: Awnings and accessories

The world of awnings

The other accessories you can't live without

Chapter 3: Choosing the right layout

Points to consider

L-shape front lounges

Permanent-bed caravans

Two-berth end-washroom models

Two-berth end-kitchen layout

Four-berth side-dinettes

Five-berth twin-dinettes

Fixed rear bunk six-berth caravans

Chapter 4: Watch your weight - the art and science of outfit matching

The percentage game

Maximum towing limit

Noseweight

How to make the perfect match

Caravan weights demystified

So, do you need to change your car?

Do you need to take another driving test?

Chapter 5: Ready for the road - towing made easy

Choosing a towbar

Towing mirrors

A place for everything - loading explained

Connecting car to caravan

Your final pre-flight check

Driving off: your first tow

Chapter 6: Love at first site - choosing a good place to stay

Caravan sites in the UK

Sites for family holidays

Caravan sites overseas

Site rules

Chapter 7: Setting up on site and keeping everything running smoothly

The arrival

Reversing made easy

You're on! Now to get it on the level

Time to unhitch

Setting up the caravan

Choosing and using a caravan shower

Effective use of water

Effective use of gas

Effective use of your fridge

Effective use of mains hook-up

Toilet training

Keeping it all tidy

Chapter 8: Protecting your investment

Sold secure

What security products to fit

Are you on the register?

Marking/identifying your caravan

Alarm systems

Where should you keep your caravan?

Keeping it all working

Preparing for winter storage

Ready to sell?

Chapter 9: What it's all about - the joys of touring in the UK

'Where shall we go next?'

Best of Blighty - touring in the UK

Meeting up with others

All-year-round caravanning

Chapter 10: What it's all about - the joys of touring overseas

Your first foreign caravanning holiday

How to get there

France

Spain

Ireland

The Netherlands

Belgium

Germany

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One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.

Author insights

Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.

Test yourself

Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.

Extend your knowledge

Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.

Five things to remember

Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.

Try this

Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (26 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444101153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444101157
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I heartily recommend it to all caravanists whether you've been 'vanning for years or whether you are a new boy" (Jeremy Clarkson, The Sun)

"a really useful book which, although aimed principally at novices, will appeal to caravanners with all levels of experience." (Caravan Club Magazine)

"A clearly written guide for the mobile home novice" (Coast)

"This book is invaluable for anyone starting out with a touring caravan" (Mrs. A. P. Parker - Amazon reviewer)

Book Description

Make all of your caravanning adventures easier and more enjoyable with this comprehensive manual, containing everything you need to know before you tow!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars old school nerdy but nice 19 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
if you are looking for a really useful guide on just what the title says, then this for you. if you are looking for pretty pictures and retro vintage styling, then don't bother. i bought a bit of both in two books and although the other book was the one i wanted to pick up first, the pretty pictures did wear thin and i think this book will be one i will dip into for much more time to come. it is packed full of useful tips on what to buy, how to tow, etc and it clearly written by someone who knows what they are talking about. great!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars make the most of your caravan 17 Aug 2010
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This book is invaluable for anyone starting out with a touring caravan.
Told in lay mans language with a sense of humour.
Practical and informative on every aspect of caravanning.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy book 1 Jan 2011
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Bought as CXmas gift for rellies who have just bought a caravan for the first time. Really handy book full of advice, tips etc. Good value for money. Very good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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FANTASTIC! I bought the book for myself having done much background reading on the topic. This book should be a compulsory purchase for anyone intending going within 100 yards of a caravan! I love it & couldn't put it down. Perfectly written and a joy to read. Packed with a lifetime of experience and insight, especiially regarding caravanning in Europe. If you haven't read this, then you're not actually serious about Caravanning... Buy it for a friend with a van & show them just how much you care :) an ESSENTIAL read/own!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make the most of your Caravan 23 Aug 2010
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Excellant book, gives all the information is very easy to understand way. Just the book for beginners!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for virgins! 29 May 2011
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A simple no nonsense guide to owning and running a caravan. Easy to understand, this is a valuable aid for caravan virgins!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 29 Oct 2010
By Des
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Am considering buying a touring caravan and wanted help and advice. This book, in my opinion, gives just that, in an easy to understand format. It is probably more suitable to novices like myself and tells you all you need to know before you make that purchase.
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A simple but comprehensive guide to caravanning. Just returned from our first trip in the caravan and found the book most helpful.
I would recommend it to other beginners and perhaps to those with a little more experience. Despatched quickly, so no waiting around.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars caravan
A very good book with lots of information that you did not know but thought you did,
A must buy for all caravan owners , highly recommended.
Published 13 days ago by roman
4.0 out of 5 stars My son found this very helpful
I bought this for my son for Christmas, ready for him to start Caravanning in the spring; he found it very useful.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. H. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless for our first caravan
This is a very down to earth, plain English book with no glossy pictures or fuss. Ours is very dog eared already, as we bought our first caravan this year. Read more
Published 4 months ago by kazz512
5.0 out of 5 stars good for the starter
lots of tips and advice telling you how to use and care for your caravan all year plus going to Europ
Published 5 months ago by Philip
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal
This is a great little handbook, aimed at beginners to caravanning but I am sure will benefit experienced people too, well worth getting
Published 5 months ago by rod
4.0 out of 5 stars teach yourself
it's very good read and enjoyed it...taught me many things i didn't know...being new to caravaning. so if your new to caravaning get this
Published 6 months ago by gareth humphry
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative
Lots of tips in this book. It was written by a seasoned caravanner consequently it is an extremely enjoyable read.
Published 6 months ago by Oratyke
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello campers
A good introduction to the joys of caravanning with a lot of very useful information and practical advice. Not sure it would make join the caravan clubs though
Published 7 months ago by Robert V Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars make the most of your caravan
An interesting book, bought for someone else, who read it and has now recycled it for someone else to read.
Published 7 months ago by Janet
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for newbies!
Some excellent advice for people who are new to caravanning. There were some really good hints and tips that I would not have thought about.
Published 9 months ago by Emma
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