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Old 03-03-2018, 10:12
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Oh Mosquito ! read your post and made me wish we lived permanently in a caravan !!! For the past 5 years we have spent a few days at our van at the start of the season and loved it. Lots of frosty photos This year we made the same plans but are stuck at home. Much snow arrived, massive motorway problems AND the CH boiler playing up. Engineer been twice already but the outside vent has frozen up again with the condensation and we have drips coming from boiler. Unfortunately the outlet pipe for condensation (fitted by another plumber several years ago) is half way up the outside of the house and needs boiling water pouring over it to thaw the ice. Path is sloping and covered with snow - not the best place to climb a ladder. If only we lived in a caravan permanently life could be so much simpler. As far as we know we haven't had this boiler problem in previous years.............or wondering now whether it happened at home while we were away and didn't know anything about it. Always left the boiler operating on low at home in winter if the house was empty. Enjoy your nice warm van with warm running water Mosquito while we are "camping" at home with cold water and wet wipes. Thankfully we brought electric heaters back from van when we shut down so we can keep warm. Hopefully weather will warm up again and we can get things sorted so we can get to our van soon.
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Old 03-03-2018, 11:38
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It does appear that W.Lancs seems to be the bit of the UK that has been effected least by “ The Beast” & then “Emma” .
Our sites on the E. Yorks coast so got it a bit worse.
I spoke to our site wardens this morning to get an update, to be told the site opened when due on the 1st. But only one van had opened up. His comment on the weather was “It was snowing again ( Sat morn) with more due until Sun. Then the temp should rise so it would only be rain for the rest of the week.”
I told him I’d maybe see him next weekend.

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Old 03-03-2018, 15:05
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Our van is in the bottom edge of the Lake District and it was snowing there this morning. We have family living in Lancaster and they have only had a dusting of snow during the whole winter so far. Bitter cold here at home near the highest part of M62, snow been on ground for several days and not thawing at all. Haven't moved my car since Tuesday and its still covered with snow. Definitely been a strange year for weather. We are normally at our van at this point and doing the gardening! Hopefully will get there for next weekend. There are some of the van owners there now and water supply to vans is on. A lot of money and hard work has been put into the site to create a reliable water supply but it is constantly monitored in extremely cold weather and switched off at night time as a precaution when threatened. We are warned ahead though - so early shower and emergency store of water and its all fine. Elderly ex-Boy Scouts and Girl Guides thrive on it best of all.
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Old 04-03-2018, 09:07
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Do sites clear the snow on the roads,paths etc. Or do they let nature take its course?
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Old 04-03-2018, 17:03
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Oh Mosquito ! read your post and made me wish we lived permanently in a caravan !!! For the past 5 years we have spent a few days at our van at the start of the season and loved it. Lots of frosty photos This year we made the same plans but are stuck at home. Much snow arrived, massive motorway problems AND the CH boiler playing up. Engineer been twice already but the outside vent has frozen up again with the condensation and we have drips coming from boiler. Unfortunately the outlet pipe for condensation (fitted by another plumber several years ago) is half way up the outside of the house and needs boiling water pouring over it to thaw the ice. Path is sloping and covered with snow - not the best place to climb a ladder. If only we lived in a caravan permanently life could be so much simpler. As far as we know we haven't had this boiler problem in previous years.............or wondering now whether it happened at home while we were away and didn't know anything about it. Always left the boiler operating on low at home in winter if the house was empty. Enjoy your nice warm van with warm running water Mosquito while we are "camping" at home with cold water and wet wipes. Thankfully we brought electric heaters back from van when we shut down so we can keep warm. Hopefully weather will warm up again and we can get things sorted so we can get to our van soon.
Bluebells, you probably know we arrived here in September and will leave in May. The times we have been away is when needed by my daughter to take care of her two boys when she goes away for work or a weekend away with her hubby without the boys. The only other time was from 20th, February till 1st, March when the park closes. No problems at all so no complaints.

We are still looking forward to going back to Spain for the summer. It's totally different but we wouldn't want to be away from the family for too long.
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Old 05-03-2018, 12:35
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Well as you know we were supposed to move into our new van on 9th Feb, but due to the very cold weather it was postponed until 9th March, this Friday. It remains to be seen if it will get cancelled again, although the temp is due to rise to a lofty 7 deg by this Friday.
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Old 05-03-2018, 12:50
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Well as you know we were supposed to move into our new van on 9th Feb, but due to the very cold weather it was postponed until 9th March, this Friday. It remains to be seen if it will get cancelled again, although the temp is due to rise to a lofty 7 deg by this Friday.
Fingers crossed for you....Good Luck
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