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    Caravanning in the UK

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    There’s never been a better time to consider a Caravanning Holiday in the UK.

    It’s no surprise the UK tourism industry has been enjoying something of a resurgence in recent years. Although the number of foreign visitors is increasing; so too are the numbers of Brits choosing to holiday at home. Preferring to give the overcrowded beaches of the European hotspots a miss, greater numbers of us are choosing for the first time to tour the less commercialised areas of the UK in caravan or motorhome. Last year that was over four million of us.

    Whether you have bought a caravan, or intend to hire a motorhome and tour the UK there are a number of things to consider to ensure you get the most from your first caravanning adventure.

    A Few Test Drives will Improve Confidence:

    No matter how long you’ve been driving, towing anything with your car is a whole new experience, and needs to be treated as such. Hook up your van and go for a few local test drives. Leave the kids at home, at least in the beginning if you don’t want to be bombarded with their infinite wisdom of how it should be done.

    Reversing is something which should be practised, at least to a point. If you know of a large un-gated car park or industrial estate which is quiet on weekends, head up there and practise reversing around corners or into a parking bay. Once you’ve mastered how to get your van turning in the direction you want it to go, things will get easier.

    Pre-journey Check List:

    Just as you would when preparing for a long journey in your car, make sure both car and caravan are serviced prior to your trip. If hiring a motorhome this should be carried out by the company leasing you the vehicle.

    The car toolkit isn’t enough. You should include chocks for the van wheels. Carry four or five 1” thick, 12” squares of plywood, to put under the stabilizers if parking on soft ground. If you don’t have one, purchase a fire extinguisher man enough to cope with any van or vehicle mishaps. Make sure your van’s cooking and lighting gas bottle is full, but disconnected when travelling. You will need extended towing mirrors for your car. Connect car and van power supply and check all lights and blinkers are working on both car and van. And pack a few spare bulbs in your toolkit.

    Inside Your Caravan:

    When packing your caravan or motorhome make certain everything is stowed away and secure. Check all drawers and cupboards making certain they can’t swing open when cornering. If they are loose, add clips or use bungee straps to ensure they stay closed.

    Do not leave anything loose in your van. Whether that is cases with extra kit, or a tent for the kids to sleep in, everything needs to be secure. Not only secure, if towing a caravan, spread the weight evenly throughout the length of the vehicle. Never allow the kids or anyone else to travel in the caravan when on the road. Aside from the safety aspect, it is illegal in the UK, and could result in prosecution and a driving ban.

    Do Your Homework:

    We all have to start somewhere, but at the end of the day, there’s nothing like experience. The camping and caravanning fraternity in the UK is a close-knit community who go out of their way to help newcomers to the hobby.

    Whether you are looking for easy access sites for your first trip, or general particulars on towing and maintaining your first caravan, the information is out there. Contacting the caravanning club, or having an in-depth chat with your motorhome supplier, or company who refurbishes and sells caravans will provide a wealth of information, and help ensure your first caravanning experience will be the first of many.

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    • Hi,
      I had my camper (Mercedes Sprinter) upholstery done by you guys ! I found the whole experience fantastic, Mick help us choosing material and gave us much needed advise, all the workers were friendly and polite, office staff were also helpful, friendly and very efficient.
      I would highly recommend Regal Furnishing Ltd !!!

      Thank you very much, keep up the good work. (not many companys left like yours!)
      Regards
      John Morrison

      Mr Morrison

    • Top quality service, top quality staff who are very helpful, even supplied and covered a cushion we never knew was part of the furnishings, the whole experience was brilliant from start to finish, 5 stars, well done Mick and his team - Mr Brazier

    • REGAL FURNISHING. WOW!!, WOW!! Great service, we came to look at the vast range of fabrics for our Eura Mobil 810 Integra for a full re-upholstery, very hard to choose as there are so many, we took our time and we were left to choose. We finally decided on a fabric refit. After making our choice we booked in for the refit, being very popular there is a short wait, we did not mind, because getting a great job was the most important.
      However when we got home, and after looking at some of the refits in leather, we turned up to see Mick again, saying "we had changed our minds" and then decided to go for the full leather refit.
      Nothing was a problem for Mick and his excellent team, he went through every stage of the work to be carried out, making special notes of things we wanted, and the things we did not.
      Our van is quite large and we left it at Regal Furnishings in the very secure compound.
      The work was carried out in a very timely manner, and ready for us to collect on the given time and date.
      The surprising thing for us apart from the excellent job of work, was Mick's attention to detail, and actually getting the job done to a very tight budget .
      There are plenty of upholsterers out there, but one that specialises in motor homes, that has secure parking for overnight stops if needed, are few and far between!
      The reviews for regal are exemplary and we had no doubt who would be doing our refit.
      Mick had even matched the curtains and the overhead cab bed.
      We would have absolutely no hesitation recommending Regal Upholstery to our family and friends - David Bosworth

    • Not long returned having had my Motorhome interior updated. Curtains, Trims, Foam the lot. On the day I arrived there had been a scare for one of the teams family, they had been called away as you would understand. The result was they were short handed! The difference......nothing. The team across the operation simply pulled together and provided a fantastic service. Albeit they probably felt the pressure!
      The complete process was perfect, nice people, nice job, and the weather was nice too. I’ll go back as and when required. Many thanks - W D

    • Had our upholstery and curtains replaced yesterday. Our 11 year old Apache Autotrail now looks as good as new. Mick and the team at Regal are amazing. Their attention to detail is phenomenal and they are a really friendly group of people. We shall be recommending them to everyone - Beverley Porrett

    • Excellent friendly service. We only had a small job done, a padded end panel for our motorhome. Not only was the cost so reasonable they did a fabulous job and although it was a low cost job we received impeccable service by Mick. Thank you so much for the lovely job you did for us 😊 - Bridget Bales

    • Excellent lovely job many thanks to the team - Kim Gough

    • Excellent happy management and employees - Sylvia Williams

    • The best in the country. Service is fantastic and quick. Good selection of materials to choose from professional advice and always happy smiling staff - Katarzyna Thorp

    • I'm absolutely blown away by the service and quality of the work that mick and his team carried out on my Hamish, I'm delighted from start to finish his team are friendly and do a great job. Thank you - Mark Kingston

    • Second time we have had work done here and can't fault them. Looked after by good staff and the best workmanship. Thank you - Jane Buxton

    • Had our caravan refurbished including a double bed and curtains with tie backs and what a fantastic job Mick and the whole team have made.
      It has made our 14 year old caravan better than when it was brand new!
      Great choice of fabric and foam - Could have leather in choice of colours too.
      Got a few quotes from other companies but Regal furnishings are by far the best - Jane Hutch

    • Workmanship first rate. So pleased with the results. Would recommend them - Sheila Mclean

    • Brilliant service. Quality work really good to deal with - Mr Todd

    • So Very Happy With Your Service.
      What makes Regal Furnishings a great company is the way you resolved issues when things went wrong.
      My wife and I were delighted with the quality of workmanship you demonstrated when re-upholstering our Motor-home recently. Sadly though, there was a problem with an unpleasant odour coming from the foam that was used.
      The way that Mick and the team rallied around was amazing. The foam was replaced without fuss or quibble, even though many members of the team couldn't smell the problem the same way my wife and I could.
      I loved the fact that your prime concern was to ensure the customer was happy and everything was done with such good grace. So heartfelt thanks to all you folk at Regal Furnishings. You really have helped us fall back in love with our Motor-home once again.
      We'd happily recommend you to anyone wanting a great job together with first class service.
      Many thanks again - Martin & Heather Williams

    • To all the Staff at Regal, Thank you for the lovely job you made of our upholstery and thanks for dealing with Aviva on our behalf - Mr & Mrs Eborall

      Mr & Mrs Eborall

    • Fantastic service from Regal!! Excellent communications, friendly, very helpful staff and superb standard of workmanship. Highly recommended - Mrs Webb

    • Hi, Had my Motorhome re furnished today to Leather and would like to say what a top quality job the team did. The team in Derby were welcoming professional friendly and attentive. Many thanks to you all great job looks fantastic - Mr Devere

    • Hi, just want to say how incredibly pleased I am with the new upholstery in our motorhome. The finish is just exceptional! It has totally exceeded my expectations and I am so pleased that we brought the van to your firm, despite having options closer to Norfolk. I have posted on an Autotrail Facebook group and people are really impressed. I found your company via such a group. James said how lovely all the staff were. Please pass our thanks on to your team - Ms Peck

    • Before you decide to reupholster your motorhome or caravan, of course you do your homework. However take my word and many others, save your time and go straight to these folks at Regal Furnishings. You will get a friendly, fast, efficient, first class job done, at a market beating rate.
      From the minute you arrive (day one) to the day you leave (day two) the staff cannot be more accommodating and helpful. Everything is dealt with in their stride and the end result is a gem!
      Finally may I say that if all businesses were run like Regal's, what a better place the world would be for customers.
      Thank you to Mick and the team once again, warmest regards.