Make the Most of Your Caravan: Teach Yourself
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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 caravanWhat's in a caravan?How do all the systems work?New v secondhand - the pros and consBuying secondhandSecondhand buyer's survival guideBuying a brand new caravanChapter 2: Awnings and accessoriesThe world of awningsThe other accessories you can't live withoutChapter 3: Choosing the right layoutPoints to considerL-shape front loungesPermanent-bed caravansTwo-berth end-washroom modelsTwo-berth end-kitchen layoutFour-berth side-dinettesFive-berth twin-dinettesFixed rear bunk six-berth caravansChapter 4: Watch your weight - the art and science of outfit matching The percentage gameMaximum towing limitNoseweightHow to make the perfect matchCaravan weights demystifiedSo, do you need to change your car?Do you need to take another driving test?Chapter 5: Ready for the road - towing made easyChoosing a towbarTowing mirrorsA place for everything - loading explainedConnecting car to caravanYour final pre-flight checkDriving off: your first towChapter 6: Love at first site - choosing a good place to stayCaravan sites in the UKSites for family holidaysCaravan sites overseasSite rules Chapter 7: Setting up on site and keeping everything running smoothlyThe arrivalReversing made easyYou're on! Now to get it on the levelTime to unhitchSetting up the caravanChoosing and using a caravan showerEffective use of waterEffective use of gasEffective use of your fridgeEffective use of mains hook-upToilet trainingKeeping it all tidyChapter 8: Protecting your investmentSold secureWhat security products to fitAre you on the register?Marking/identifying your caravanAlarm systemsWhere should you keep your caravan?Keeping it all workingPreparing for winter storageReady 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 UKMeeting up with othersAll-year-round caravanningChapter 10: What it's all about - the joys of touring overseasYour first foreign caravanning holidayHow to get thereFranceSpainIrelandThe NetherlandsBelgiumGermany.... Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.Author insightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.Test yourselfTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.Extend your knowledgeExtra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.Five things to rememberQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.Try thisInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.