Follow the amateur Caravaning exploits of our trips away commencing March 2011 when we took receipt of our new Swift Challenger 565 caravan, together with previous tales of our site visits commencing 2007.
We awoke to glorious sunshine, and what a difference it made to our previous outing to Winchester and Yetheridge in the wet, wind and mud up to the caravan door! Our journey was "almost" uneventful other than what appeared to be a gaping hole in the side of the van when pitching on site. It transpired that one of the two fridge vents on the side of the van had disappeared in transit. We phoned a very helpful man at Cotswold Edge Leisure on the Evesham Road who informed us he had a replacement in stock. The first thing he enquired was "had we had the caravan serviced recently?" to which we confirmed that we had. Then he said "I suspect that when they removed the vent to access the fridge they forgot to lock it back in place with the two little black clips that have to be unlocked before it can be removed"! Trying to prove that to Davans might be difficult, but as with all new devices nowadays we had to purchase the whole unit (£35.95) when all we wanted was the front vent part. It didnt spoil our week with visits to Stratford (lunch outside Willies house!) Bourton on Water (picnic on the green by the water) Tewkesbury Evesham etc. Sudely Castle, Broadway Tower and other sites of interest, in between the wonderful spell of weather, with everyone complaining that it was too hot! Temperatures did reach 29c. An overturned HGV on the M5 blocking lane 1 on our return did add 30minutes to our journey, but all in all a great week away.