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Winchester Caravans' Blog

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  • Get barbecuing!

    James Mainwaring
    02/08/2021
    blog / accessories / summer / safety

    BBQ

    One of life’s great pleasures is barbecuing in the great outdoors; cooking and eating outside is something we Britons relish in the summer months when the weather allows it!

    Caravanning holidays provide the ideal opportunity to get the BBQ tongs out! It’s a time when you’ll have plenty of outdoor space to do it and it’s also a great way to bring the whole family together and get everyone involved. Caravan kitchens are fully-equipped and great for cooking but BBQs give you that secondary option when the weather’s just too good to stay inside!


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  • Taking your caravan on a ferry

    James Mainwaring
    26/07/2021
    blog / holiday / safety

    Caravan

    If you’ve never ventured ‘overseas’ with your caravan, you could be missing a trick! There are many places local to England that could be enjoyed if you are happy to brave a short ferry journey!

    Read on to discover where you could go and the top things to consider before setting sail...


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  • Meet Ryan Steele, Workshop Technician

    James Mainwaring
    12/07/2021
    blog

    Ryan Steele

    Ryan has worked at Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes for over three years. He started as a trainee technician and has worked his way through a range of courses to qualify and is thoroughly enjoying the role.

    Outside of work, his newborn baby daughter is keeping him busy, but he tries to squeeze in a round of golf whenever he’s able to!


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  • Top 10 most wanted accessories

    James Mainwaring
    05/07/2021
    blog / advice / accessories / summer / holiday

    Caravan furniture

    Peak caravanning season is approaching and nothing makes a trip away more enjoyable than having everything you need to ensure your holiday goes smoothly!

    If you’re new to caravanning you may not realise the extent of the accessories available, so be sure to pop into our onsite shop or browse online to see what’s on offer. Experienced caravanners may also benefit from an accessory refresh! Check out our Top 10 most wanted list to ensure you have those all-important items...


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  • Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes: a great place to work

    James Mainwaring
    28/06/2021
    blog / company news

    Caravans

    What makes somewhere a great place to work? Being treated well, valued, supported and rewarded appropriately are things we all hope for from our employer. Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes deliver all of these and more and as a result their staff retention rate is excellent!

    If staff are happy in their roles and content with who they’re working for, this will result in higher levels of productivity, which is a positive for any business! Many of our staff have told us that they love their jobs and this is apparent in their work and in their customer relations.


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  • Our guide to touring

    James Mainwaring
    21/06/2021
    blog / advice / new caravans / pre-owned caravans / holiday

    Bailey Alicanto Grande

    If you’ve recently bought your first touring caravan and are new to the scene, this guide should provide a handy outline of the main things you should consider when planning and embarking on your first few trips.

    It’s an exciting time, you’ve put in the time choosing your new caravan and it’s now time to get your new holiday home on the road! Be sure to take the time to think through and plan your first trip well as everything will go a lot smoother if you’re well prepared.


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  • Caravan beds - what's the choice?

    James Mainwaring
    14/06/2021
    blog / advice / new caravans / pre-owned caravans / holiday

    Swift Elegance bed

    When you’re choosing a caravan, there are many things to consider - will you go for new or pre-owned? Regular or extra wide? 2, 4 or 6 berth? Mid or end washroom?

    One of the most important things to get right is the sleeping arrangements as getting a good night’s sleep is extremely important!


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  • Meet Jamie Blacknell, Trainee Workshop Technician

    James Mainwaring
    07/06/2021
    blog

    Jamie Blacknell

    Jamie joined the team in 2015, working part time in the accessory shop whilst studying at college and uni. He went full-time after graduating and when he was offered the workshop role last autumn, he jumped at the chance to learn some new skills.

    Outside of work, Jamie enjoys music, socialising with friends and experimenting in the kitchen!


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  • New or pre-owned motorhome?

    James Mainwaring
    31/05/2021
    blog / advice / motorhomes / holiday

    Bailey Adamo

    You’ve made the decision to buy a motorhome and we’re sure you won’t be sorry! Motorhomes provide the freedom to get away and enjoy breaks at the drop of a hat! They’re ideal for adventures near and far and in a year when we’ve not been able to do all we may have wanted to, it’s the perfect time to start enjoying a bit of freedom again!

    Before you actually purchase your new vehicle, there are a few things you should consider, the first one being whether you’re going to go for a new or pre-owned model?


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  • Caravan cooking made easy!

    James Mainwaring
    24/05/2021
    blog / advice / summer / family

    Kitchen

    Sometimes cooking can be a chore, especially when you’re on holiday and what you should really be doing is relaxing! The odd meal out or takeaway is great, but if you’re away for more than a few days you’ll undoubtedly need to cook some meals.

    It doesn’t have to be hard work though - read on to discover some helpful hints and tips for keeping kitchen work to a minimum and to ensure the whole family can enjoy mealtimes and play their part. We’ll even throw in a few meal ideas too!


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  • 7 great places to caravan in Devon

    James Mainwaring
    17/05/2021
    blog / advice / summer / holiday

    Torquay

    Glorious Devon! There are many things that are great about it, not least that it’s in the south of England, benefitting from some of the best weather the British Isles has to offer! With beautiful sandy beaches, picturesque rural villages and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), what more could you ask for?

    Perhaps afternoon tea? Well, you’re in luck as the cream tea was actually invented here! Historians discovered hard evidence that the cream tea started at Tavistock’s Benedictine Abbey over 1,000 years ago, when monks fed workers a combination of bread, clotted cream and strawberry jam. Today we have graduated to scones with our yummy toppings and a pot of tea to accompany it, but the big question is - jam or cream first? The traditional Devonshire way is cream on the bottom, jam on top!


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  • Meet Russell Farrington, Sales/Technical Executive

    James Mainwaring
    10/05/2021
    blog / sales

    Russell Farrington

    Russell has worked in the caravan industry for 42 years and is known amongst his colleagues as the experts’ expert!

    Outside of work Russell enjoys paddle boarding and long walks with his dog Mango, the Spinone Italiano. He is also a keen wildlife photographer and can often be found in the South Downs photographing animals such as deer, foxes and birds of prey.


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  • Why buy from us?

    James Mainwaring
    03/05/2021
    blog / advice

    Travel

    At Winchester Caravans & Motorhomes we have an excellent reputation and a great rapport with our customers.

    People return to us time after time and many say they won’t go anywhere else! Read on to discover why you should buy your next leisure vehicle from us…


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  • Why caravanning = great family holidays!

    James Mainwaring
    26/04/2021
    blog / summer / holiday / family

    Family

    Caravanning has provided fun family holidays for decades. Add to that the rapid growth in the popularity of motorhomes and campervans in more recent years and it’s clear to see that leisure vehicle holidays have never been a better option!

    The past year has been a difficult one, with most families finding themselves unable to enjoy their annual summer holiday abroad due to the pandemic. This has however, resulted in a rise in those opting for caravan or motorhome holidays instead; a great option as with washroom and kitchen facilities on board, you can remain completely self-contained, limiting contact with others as much as you want to.


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  • Customer stories - meet Graham & Lynne Kirby: “It’s a good, friendly and reliable service.”

    James Mainwaring
    19/04/2021
    blog / opinions / holiday / family

    Kirbys

    The Kirbys started caravanning nearly 30 years ago as it provides the ideal set up for great family holidays.

    They’re on the committee of the West Hampshire Centre, which is part of the Caravan Club, and when there’s not a pandemic, they’re very active in organising and taking part in rallies all over the country.


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  • What’s new in awnings for 2021?

    James Mainwaring
    05/04/2021
    blog / advice / awnings / summer / holiday / family

    Kampa

    Awnings are a great way of creating more space whilst on a caravanning holiday. Some can even double your footprint - that’s a lot of extra space to play with! Whether you’d use it to house extra guests, as an additional living space or as a play area for the kids, awnings are invaluable!

    There are three main types of awning to choose from - full awning, porch awning or canopy. Full awnings are practically the length of your caravan and therefore offer the most space, porch awnings offer sheltered space outside the caravan, ideal for drying off and storing boots etc, and canopies offer a retractable roof which could provide shelter from the rain or sun if required.


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  • Planning your spring/summer getaway...

    James Mainwaring
    29/03/2021
    blog / advice / spring / summer / holiday

    Summer

    With caravan sites reopening from 12 April, there should be plenty of opportunities to get away and enjoy some quality time with your loved ones this spring/summer.

    After a year of uncertainty, it seems there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine roll-out at a midway point and some restrictions starting to be loosened. April will see non-essential businesses start to reopen, along with outdoor hospitality. Hopefully by the summer, more amenities will be up and running again, allowing us to get back to enjoying the things we love, with friends and family around us.


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  • Why buy your VW camper from us?

    James Mainwaring
    22/03/2021
    blog / advice / vw camper / holiday

    Campervan

    VW campervans are cool, there’s no two ways about it! There’s something very attractive about throwing a bag in the back on a Friday evening and heading off for the weekend - the world is your oyster!

    VW offers the desired lifestyle when it comes to campervanning - they’re reliable, sturdy, spacious and they look amazing! They’re compact enough to fit on the driveway easily when not in use and double up as a family vehicle during the week. So why not make 2021 the year of the camper?


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  • Get equipped for the 2021 season!

    James Mainwaring
    15/03/2021
    blog / advice / accessories / spring / summer / holiday

    Caravan Accessories

    2021 caravanning holidays are on! Sites are set to reopen from 12 April so it's time to prepare for the new season! As well as making sure that your caravan is ship-shape and ready to go, have you considered if you have all you need for a smooth, hassle-free trip?

    Whether you’re new to caravanning or have been doing it for years, it's always good to check you have all you need ahead of time. There are a number of accessories that are essential to making your trips that little bit easier, as well as those that are just nice to have! Check you have all the vital things and consider if you’d like to update any of your existing items such as new homeware, towels or bedding.


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  • Get ready for the 2021 season!

    James Mainwaring
    08/03/2021
    blog / advice / new caravans / summer / holiday

    2021 Holidays

    Caravan sites will reopen from 12 April so it’s time to start preparing for the new season. After a long winter of restrictions and lockdowns we’re all looking forward to a spring and summer dotted with trips away in our caravan or motorhome, so let’s get ready!

    The new season kicks off in just five weeks, so if your leisure vehicle has been sat on your driveway or in storage all winter, you haven’t got long to get everything ready. Make sure you’re sorted, organised and ready to go in advance so you can enjoy the lead-up to your trip without any last-minute stressing or list of tasks to complete.


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  • Discover caravanning in 2021!

    James Mainwaring
    01/03/2021
    blog / advice / new caravans / motorhomes / summer / holiday / family

    Caravanning 202

    If you’ve been mulling over the idea of a caravan or motorhome for the past few years, there’s never been a better time to take the plunge! 2020 saw caravans become the new cool as they offered couples and families alike the best option for a holiday during a global pandemic.

    Although things are looking up with vaccines being rolled out and dates in the diary for the country to (cautiously) start reopening its doors, staycations are likely to be the most sensible holiday option this year. It is hoped that all adults will have received the vaccine by the end of July, but that may be too late to organise holidays abroad, so why not stay on home soil to enjoy your annual leave?


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  • 7 great places to caravan in Dorset

    James Mainwaring
    22/02/2021
    blog / advice / new caravans / motorhomes / summer / holiday / family

    Durdle Door

    Dorset is a stunning county with the best of both worlds; picturesque villages and sleepy hamlets set in jaw-dropping countryside, but with the glorious Jurassic Coast to the south. It really does have it all and offers the ideal location for a caravan holiday, whatever your tastes may be.

    Wherever you choose to stay in Dorset, you’ll be able to travel between places of interest easily enough, but with no motorways at all in the county, you could find yourself using country roads much of the time, meaning journeys could take a little longer! Before embarking on your trip, be sure to plan your route in advance to avoid any nasty surprises that involve you trying to squeeze down narrow lanes whilst towing a caravan!


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  • Customer stories - Tony and Barbara Exton: “Nothing is too much trouble.”

    James Mainwaring
    15/02/2021
    blog / opinions / holiday / family

    The Extons

    Tony and Barbara Exton are long-term customers of Winchester Caravans & Motorhomes.

    The couple have been using the Colden Common dealership for 24 years and say it’s gone from strength to strength since the change in ownership in 2015. They just won’t go anywhere else…


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  • Kit out your kitchen!

    James Mainwaring
    08/02/2021
    blog / advice / new caravans / shop / holiday

    Swift Challenger

    Whether you’ve recently bought your first caravan, are awaiting delivery or still in the deciding stages, one thing’s for sure: kitting out your new caravan kitchen is sure to be top of your list of priorities! It’s one of the most exciting parts of preparing for your first trip in your new van and there’s so much to choose from!

    You could also be an experienced caravanner simply looking to refresh the content of your kitchen; it’s nice to update these things once in a while with a change of style or colour. Whatever your circumstances, there’s a lot to consider before you start choosing your new kitchen essentials. Read on to make sure you’ve considered everything...


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  • A year in review: the highs and lows of 2020

    James Mainwaring
    01/02/2021
    blog / opinions / new year / holiday

    James Southwood

    2020 was an unprecedented year, the events of which impacted the entire world. As we settle into 2021, we reflect how the last 10 months have affected us as a business and as an industry.

    Here, we hear from James Southwood, Managing Director of Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes to get his take on it all...


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  • Top 10 reasons to buy a VW campervan

    James Mainwaring
    25/01/2021
    blog / advice / vw camper / holiday

    VW Camper

    Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes have been official dealers of VW campervans for over a year now! Over that time demand has been high; in a year when more people than ever have opted for holidays in leisure vehicles due to the pandemic.

    Opting for a VW campervan can offer many benefits, especially at a time when travel abroad is not possible or safe. A campervan will give you a holiday home on wheels, ready to go when the opportunity arises! It provides you with all your creature comforts (unlike camping!) and is less of a commitment than some other leisure vehicles.


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  • New or pre-owned caravan - what’s best for you?

    James Mainwaring
    18/01/2021
    blog / advice / new caravans / pre-owned caravans / holiday

    First caravan

    If you’re thinking about purchasing your first caravan, or simply trading your existing one in, the first thing to decide is if you’re going to opt for a new model or a pre-owned one.

    This will largely depend on your budget, but there are many other things to consider too, so read on to discover what these are!


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  • 7 great places to caravan in Hampshire

    James Mainwaring
    11/01/2021
    blog / advice / new caravans / pre-owned caravans / summer / holiday / family

    Sandown

    The new year is a great time to start thinking about the trips you’d like to take during the year ahead. As lockdown #3 continues, having some breaks planned for later in the year is sure to give you something to look forward to during these long winter months!

    Foreign travel is still looking uncertain at this time, so caravanning could be your ideal alternative! It will allow you to be completely self-contained if you choose, whilst also enjoying some glorious surroundings. We’re extremely lucky to live in Hampshire as the county offers many fantastic places to head off to with your caravan in tow!


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  • Caravan dimensions: key things to consider

    James Mainwaring
    04/01/2021
    blog / opinions / advice / new caravans / pre-owned caravans / holiday

    Caravan Dimensions

    Each different caravan range will vary in size and weight depending on the manufacturer. Across our range of new caravans from Swift and Bailey, and pre-owned models from other manufacturers, there are plenty of different layouts and dimensions to choose from so it’s important to make sure that your new caravan suits your needs size-wise.

    You may choose to prioritise having a bigger living area in the caravan you go for, or more kitchen worktop space for making delicious meals during your trips away. Or perhaps you’re looking for a certain sized model that you can tow with your current car - there are so many different space and size-related things to consider!


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  • Top 10 reasons to buy a caravan

    James Mainwaring
    21/12/2020
    blog / advice / new caravans / pre-owned caravans / holiday / family

    Caravan Holiday

    Have you been thinking about purchasing a caravan? Perhaps you’ve stayed in static ones and are tempted to take the leap to your own touring version? Or maybe you’re a keen camper with the desire to upgrade? Whatever your mindset, opting for caravanning life will be a great move.

    It will give you your very own home on wheels, the chance to explore the UK and beyond at your own pace. There are many reasons why buying a caravan is a good idea and we’ve listed the top 10 here to help you decide if it’s the right choice for you...


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  • Meet Tom Adams, Workshop Manager

    James Mainwaring
    14/12/2020
    blog / shop

    Tom Adams

    Tom joined Winchester Caravans & Motorhomes in 2016 and has worked his way up from trainee technician during that time. Outside of work, Tom enjoys running, playing football and going to music festivals and on sunny holidays when there isn’t an ongoing pandemic!

    The pandemic also scuppered Tom’s plans to run the 2020 London Marathon. He and his brother were signed up to run in memory of their grandad, who tragically died whilst taking part in the marathon in 1990, four years before Tom was born. Family members ran in his memory in 2000 and 2010 and the brothers were due to take the baton this year. They will now complete this in 2022 when the marathon returns to its normal April schedule.


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  • Caravan gadgets and gismos!

    James Mainwaring
    07/12/2020
    blog / industry news / advice / new caravans / holiday

    Swift Challenger

    Modern caravans are a far cry from those of yesteryear - many of them now have gadgets on them that most of us wouldn’t even know existed! Gone is the perception that caravanning is just for older couples, with all the bells and whistles that come as part and parcel of today’s caravans, young couples and families are giving caravanning a go as well - 2020 has definitely been the year for it!

    But where to start? With all the different manufacturers and models available on the market there is a lot to sift through to find one that comes with your ideal range of extras. As official dealers of both Swift and Bailey, we’ll focus on these two manufacturers; to be honest, they’re both pretty great!


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  • All-season caravanning

    James Mainwaring
    30/11/2020
    blog / advice / new caravans / winter / holiday

    Motorhome

    Modern caravans are well equipped to deal with winter conditions so there’s no reason to leave yours sitting on the driveway until the spring if you don’t want to. If you’re happy to get out and about all year round then take advantage of your home on wheels and off you go!

    You’ve got a readymade holiday home waiting to take you anywhere you wish. If you’re retired or have time off, getting away in the caravan could give you the break you need after the year we’ve had. As people gear up for Christmas and the kids are in school, it should be relatively quiet at sites, giving you the chance to really relax.


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  • Top 10 reasons to buy a motorhome

    James Mainwaring
    23/11/2020
    blog / advice / motorhomes / holiday

    Motorhome

    Motorhoming is becoming more and more popular, especially in these strange times when we are unable to venture to foreign lands. That reason aside, motorhoming is fun! It allows you to pick a place, pack a bag and off you go!

    A motorhome will allow the whole family to pile in and enjoy some quality time together away from the pressures of everyday life. Plus being in your own home on wheels makes it all the more exciting! Buying a motorhome is a big decision, but we want to make it a little easier for you - read our top 10 reasons to buy a motorhome and decide for yourselves! We’ve also listed a few practical tips at the bottom to ensure your final decision is a well-rounded one…


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  • Get your caravan winter-ready!

    James Mainwaring
    16/11/2020
    blog / advice / winter / holiday

    Utilities

    The clocks have gone back, the heating is on and the fluffy slippers are out - yes, winter is well on its way! Although modern caravans are well-equipped for year-round touring, with well-insulated body construction, advanced heating systems and endless creature comforts, the majority of caravanners still opt for spring-autumn trips only.

    If this is the case for you, now’s the time to prepare your caravan for the cold winter months on the drive or in storage. There are many things you can do to ensure your caravan remains in tip top condition until the temperature rises a little and the time comes to get back on the road.


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  • Our guide to caravan utilities

    James Mainwaring
    02/11/2020
    blog / advice / accessories / shop / holiday

    Utilities

    Utilities - not the most exciting thing in the world, but when you’re caravanning, they’re essential! They make all your creature comforts possible - drinking water, a hot shower, light, warmth and most importantly, a hot cup of tea!

    If you’re looking to buy your first caravan, about to embark on your first trip or considering changing models, you’ll need to investigate the utilities in your caravan to make sure you’re happy with them and that you know how they work. It is important to do this before you set off on your trip to avoid worries or a stressful situation whilst you’re away.


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  • Meet Lou Chase, Aftersales Administrator

    James Mainwaring
    26/10/2020
    blog / sales

    Lou Chase

    Lou joined the Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes team almost five years ago and loves the variety the role offers.

    Outside of work Lou enjoys quiz nights with friends, mini breaks with her partner and spending time with her grandsons, who usually end up staying overnight!


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  • Motorhome or campervan?

    James Mainwaring
    19/10/2020
    blog / advice / vw camper / motorhomes

    Motorhome or campervan?

    So you’ve decided to go for a motorised leisure vehicle rather than a caravan - that’s the first decision made! But now to decide between a motorhome or a campervan… read on to discover the benefits and drawbacks of each and work out which will suit your needs best!

    This is one of the toughest choices to make when deciding on your next leisure vehicle - do you want the space that a motorhome would offer you or are you looking for lots of cool points by opting for a campervan?


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  • Our guide to caravan heating systems

    James Mainwaring
    12/10/2020
    blog / advice / new caravans / accessories / safety

    Our guide to caravan heating systems

    If you’re a first-time caravan buyer or considering your first upgrade, you may not know that there are different options when it comes to caravan heating. Find out more about both so you can decide if you’re happy with either or if you’d rather go for a model with one or the other.

    Most caravans have either blown air heating or radiators. Blown air systems are either Truma or Whale. The radiator system is Alde. Truma usually comes in more entry-level caravans, whilst the higher end models are more likely to have Alde. But that doesn’t necessarily mean Alde is better - it’s a matter of preference and what will best suit you.


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  • Your guide to buying a new Bailey motorhome

    James Mainwaring
    05/10/2020
    blog / advice / motorhomes / holiday / family

    Your guide to buying a new Bailey motorhome

    Now that we’re an official dealer of new Bailey Motorhomes, we want to tell you all about them and help guide you towards your perfect match! You’ve probably already decided three things: 1. That you believe in the Bailey brand, 2. You want to go for a motorhome rather than a caravan, and 3. You want to buy new rather than pre-owned.

    These are three very big decisions, but your choices are good ones! Bailey is one of the biggest and most reliable names in the industry, motorhomes are a great choice for those who want to destination hop and do not wish to tow and buying new means you will get the exact spec and finish you want.


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  • The caravanning lifestyle

    James Mainwaring
    28/09/2020
    blog / advice / new caravans / pre-owned caravans / holiday / family

    The caravanning lifestyle

    You’ve got a few days to yourself, the weather’s looking good, why not head off on a trip away in the caravan? That’s the beauty of caravanning, when the opportunity arises, your home on wheels is ready to take you wherever you wish to go!

    That’s not to say you can’t plan ahead as well - just that impromptu trips are great sometimes too! Caravanning allows you the luxury of both options - carefully planned breaks to places that you might stay for a week or longer, as well as last-minute getaways when the fancy takes you.


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  • Meet James Mainwaring, Sales Manager

    Zoe Hall
    21/09/2020
    blog / sales

    Meet James Mainwaring, Sales Manager

    James has worked at the Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes site for 20 years, (under previous ownership prior to 2015) working his way up from sales assistant to sales manager and is now the unofficial second in command.

    James is a self-confessed cake lover and outside of work he enjoys the odd round of golf to unwind.


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  • One destination or pitstops?

    James Mainwaring
    14/09/2020
    blog / new caravans / pre-owned caravans / shop / holiday / family

    One destination or pitstops?

    The schools are back, the temperatures are still mild, what better time to embark on a trip in your caravan or motorhome? The question is, what sort of trip are you after?

    You could select a location and go and enjoy a chilled break at a leisurely pace, or pack in a little more with an itinerary of several locations - the choice is yours!


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  • Meet Richard Parfitt, Caravan Engineer

    James Mainwaring
    31/08/2020
    blog / servicing

    Meet Richard Parfitt, Caravan Engineer

    Richard joined Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes in 2008 as a caravan valeter, before moving into his current role as a caravan engineer a few years later.

    Outside of work, Richard enjoys renovating old motorbikes and is currently working on a 1982 Honda. He’s stripped it down and rebuilt it from scratch and is looking forward to riding it soon!


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  • Camping furniture: get set for comfort

    James Mainwaring
    24/08/2020
    blog / advice / awnings / accessories / shop / holiday

    Camping furniture: get set for comfort

    Having the right outdoor furniture makes all the difference for alfresco dining and lounging whilst on your caravanning holiday. Although it’s lovely to sit inside the caravan in comfort and enjoy your meals, it’s also nice to have the option to dine outside if the weather’s glorious.

    Go into any outdoors or camping store looking for camping furniture and you may wonder where to start as there’s so much choice. What do you need? What’s comfortable? What’s good value for money? Which manufacturer is best? These are all questions that may run through your mind as you look around.


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  • Get kitted out!

    James Mainwaring
    17/08/2020
    blog / advice / awnings / accessories / shop / summer / holiday / family

    Get kitted out!

    Now that the 2020 caravanning season is in full swing, it’s time to get that trip away booked! But before you go, make sure you have all you need to ensure a smooth trip with all the essentials on board. 

    You can visit our on-site shop at our Colden Common showroom or take advantage of our new online shop, where a good range of our products are available. You could be new to caravanning or a dab hand who needs to upgrade a few items - but what are the most important things to buy to make your caravanning summer holiday complete?


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  • Top caravanning destinations for 2020

    James Mainwaring
    03/08/2020
    blog / advice / new caravans / summer / holiday / family

    Top caravanning destinations for 2020

    2020 has certainly been one for the record books! The coronavirus pandemic has meant that everything has been done differently this year and that many of the things we’d usually do have not been possible at all.

    Luckily, restrictions have been lifted in recent weeks and from 4 July, campsites were permitted to reopen, with social distancing measures and increased cleaning of communal facilities in place. This will allow campers and caravanners to enjoy a few months of adventures should they wish to go.


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  • Caravanning - the perfect family holiday

    James Mainwaring
    27/07/2020
    blog / advice / new caravans / awnings / accessories / holiday / family

    Are caravans the new cool?

    Caravanning is the perfect family holiday - it delivers everything you need for a great week or two with your loved ones. It provides a comfortable home from home equipped with all your creature comforts, coupled with that fun feeling that you’re camping - without the need to rough it!

    A caravanning holiday is a particularly good idea for 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic has halted travel abroad and of the staycation options, caravanning is one of the safest as you are completely self-contained. With your own washroom and kitchen on board you won’t need to use the campsite facilities, (aside from the water supply and disposal) which will make social distancing a doddle.


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  • Are caravans the new cool?

    James Mainwaring
    20/07/2020
    blog / advice / new caravans / accessories / holiday / family

    Are caravans the new cool?

    In general, a high percentage of the usual caravanning clientele are older couples who may opt to caravan alone or alongside fellow caravanners. They may be retired with more time on their hands to get a good amount of use from their caravan on a regular basis.

    But is the core clientele expanding? With holidays abroad off the cards this year for the first time ever, dealerships have seen more interest from families and younger couples as well…


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  • Meet the team: Lewis Bridge, Shop Manager

    James Mainwaring
    06/07/2020
    blog / company news / shop

    Our guide to towing

    Lewis joined the team last summer as a senior sales assistant and has worked his way up to the role of shop manager, a role he was awarded as the dealership reopened at the start of June.

    As a retired Wessex League footballer, Lewis now enjoys being part of the local five-a-side team and spending time with his fiancee and two-year-old son, who he is keen to pass his football skills onto!


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  • Our guide to towing

    James Mainwaring
    29/06/2020
    blog / advice / new caravans / accessories / holiday / family

    Our guide to towing

    Towing for the first time can be extremely daunting. That’s why it’s a good idea to read up about it beforehand, making sure you know what to expect.

    Learn about the process you have to go through to couple your car to your caravan and the safety checks you should complete before setting off. The more familiar it is to you, the more relaxed you’ll feel about actually doing it.


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  • Our guide to upgrading your caravan

    James Mainwaring
    22/06/2020
    blog / advice / new caravans / sales / holiday / family

    Our guide to upgrading your caravan

    If you’re thinking of upgrading your caravan, read our helpful blog to ensure you’ve considered every aspect. Keep in mind that this year is a little different to most others due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the manufacturing industry.

    As many of the big manufacturers had to halt production in March when lockdown started, fewer new caravans have been produced as a result. Some manufacturers - Bailey and Swift included - have decided not to produce any more 2020 models, so what is out there right now is all that is going to be available for the rest of the season.


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  • Top 10 tips for first-time caravanners

    James Mainwaring
    15/06/2020
    blog / advice / new caravans / pre-owned caravans / holiday / family

    Top 10 tips for first-time caravanners

    If 2020 will mark your first caravanning trip, there’s a lot more than the norm to consider. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that campsites have had to remain closed during the usually busy spring season. They are due to open in July, allowing caravan and camping trips to recommence, all being well and with social distancing measures in place.

    As a caravanner, you will be in the best possible scenario, as you can be completely self-contained if you wish, making full use of your on-board washroom and kitchen facilities. You will need to use the campsite’s water supply and disposal facilities, but other than that you can keep to your own pitch as much as you feel is necessary.


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  • Should I join a caravanning membership club?

    James Mainwaring
    08/06/2020
    blog / advice / new caravans / pre-owned caravans / holiday / family

    Should I join a caravanning membership club?

    Are you a keen caravanner, just starting your caravanning journey or somewhere in between? Whatever your status, joining a caravanning club is likely to provide you with benefits that are sure to improve your caravanning experience...

    For those of you who have been caravanning for years, you may be quite happy with what you’re doing. You probably have your favourite areas and sites to visit and be confident in preparing for and planning your trips etc. You may have considered joining a club before now, but perhaps you weren’t sure about the reasons to do so.


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  • What berth caravan should you go for?

    James Mainwaring
    01/06/2020
    blog / advice / new caravans / pre-owned caravans / sales / holiday / family

    What berth caravan should you go for?

    Caravans come in a range of different sizes. ‘Berths’ are essentially sleeping stations, so the number of berths you will need to go for will very much depend on how many people will be sleeping in the caravan.

    What size is your travelling party? Are you going on your own, as a couple or in a family/group? The higher the number of berths, the bigger the caravan will be.


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  • Must-have caravan facilities

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    18/05/2020
    blog / opinions / advice / new caravans / pre-owned caravans / holiday / family

    Must-have caravan facilities - Winchester Caravans & Motorhomes

    So you’re looking to buy a caravan; whether you’re a first-time buyer or after an upgrade, there will be some on-board facilities that you won’t want to miss out on.

    These will differ for everyone, but we outline here the facilities that you may want to keep in mind when choosing your next caravan…


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  • VW campervans

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    11/05/2020
    blog / company news / advice / vw camper / holiday

    VW campervans

    January 2020 saw Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes announce their new offering of VW campervans in addition to their extensive stock of caravans and motorhomes.

    They are working with Camper King to provide a range of  conversions, which cover all budgets from the high end to the entry level camper. But if you’re thinking about buying a VW campervan, what is there to consider?


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  • Caravan or tent?

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    27/04/2020
    blog / advice / holiday / family

    Caravan or tent? - Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes

    Do you love camping - the outdoor lifestyle, lots of fresh air, the youngsters being able to run free? Perhaps you’ve never been but would like to give it a try? Or are the kids nagging you to take them and you’ve finally given in?

    Whatever the reason for your interest, read this blog to find out why camping - and indeed caravanning - is so great, and what it can offer you as a family holiday…


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  • Meet the team: Pete Southwood, Sales Executive

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    20/04/2020
    blog / sales

    Meet the team: Pete Southwood, Sales Executive - Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes

    Pete has worked for Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes for the past few years; originally joining the sales team in 2015.

    In his spare time he follows American football. He played for the team that is now known as the Solent Thrashers from the age of 16-18, before leaving to set up the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts, a team he played for until he was 23. Now retired, Pete religiously watches the NFL on Sunday nights and lists the Superbowl as one of his annual highlights.


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  • Safety first

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    13/04/2020
    blog / advice / servicing

    Safety first - Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes

    Your caravan is probably one of the most valuable items you own and as such, it should be looked after and kept safe.

    There are many aspects of caravan safety to consider, from operational safety such as levelling and towing, to theft security and fire safety.


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  • Caravan v motorhome: pros and cons

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    06/04/2020
    blog / advice / new caravans / holiday / family

    Caravan v motorhome: pros and cons - Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes

    At Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes we now sell both caravans and motorhomes, offering you the option to choose between driving or towing, whichever you prefer!

    Perhaps you are new to the entire leisure vehicle game or looking to switch from one to the other? Before you make your purchase, why not explore the pros and cons of each and see where it takes you…?


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  • Top 10 tips for buying a motorhome

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    30/03/2020
    blog / advice / holiday / family

    Top 10 tips for buying a motorhome - Winchester Caravans & Motorhomes

    So you’ve decided to buy a motorhome, but where to start? There are many options to consider as it will be your home from home on all your trips away! Be sure to do your research and consider every aspect of your purchase fully.

    Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes offer a range of 2, 4, 5 and 6-berth motorhomes as well as VW campervans, so we have plenty to choose from, whatever your requirements are.


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  • Meet Linda Peckham, Sales Administrator

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    23/03/2020
    blog / sales

    Linda Peckham - Winchester Caravans & Motorhomes

    Linda has worked at the Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes site for 16 years and loves being part of the close-knit team.

    Outside of work, Linda’s two sons keep her busy and she enjoys spending family time with them and her husband. They are Marwell Zoo annual pass holders and enjoy visiting National trust places and meeting up with friends.


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  • Couples caravanning

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    16/03/2020
    blog / advice / holiday

    Couples caravanning - Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes

    People may think camping and caravanning holidays are great trips to do with kids but they’re actually also a perfect getaway for couples too! Caravanning gives you a freedom that is hard to recreate on any other holiday. Everything about it is easier - there’s no long research and booking process as there is with package holidays abroad. No long flights, no immunisations and all at a fraction of the cost!

    It’s the perfect opportunity to simply select a region, see what sites are available there and off you go! Apart from packing some clothes, everything else you need will be ready and waiting in your caravan so it really is the simple holiday solution.


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  • Accessorise!

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    09/03/2020
    blog / advice / accessories / holiday

    Accessorise! - Winchester Caravans & Motorhomes

    Kitting out your caravan is an exciting experience! It’s your chance to put your personal stamp on the holiday home you’ve worked so hard for. There are many things to consider, but your main priority should be ensuring that your caravan is equipped with everything you need to make each and every trip a great one.

    There may be some regular items that you can make use of in your caravan, but others have been specially designed for caravan use and could be more suitable, so make sure you do your research and consider this when choosing your items.


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  • Caravan cooking tips

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    02/03/2020
    blog / advice / awnings / accessories / holiday / family

    Caravan cooking tips - Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes

    Are you the cook when it comes to trips away? Or do you like to sit on the sofa and give instructions? Perhaps your family lives on ready meals and takeaways when you’re away? Well no more! You’ve got a  fantastically-equipped caravan kitchen to make use of!

    There are loads of possibilities when it comes to caravan cooking! Most modern caravans come with hobs, ovens and even microwaves (and if not you can purchase one separately), so as long as you have electrical hook up, a leisure battery or gas bottle, you’ll be able to make pretty much anything you would at home.


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  • Discover your awning options...

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    17/02/2020
    blog / advice / awnings / holiday / family

    Discover your awning options - Winchester Caravans & Motorhomes

    Awnings are a great addition to any caravan, providing many benefits that will undoubtedly improve your caravanning experience. There are so many to choose from and it’s important that you pick the right one for your caravan to ensure that it fits correctly and offers protection from the elements.

    There are many pros and cons to purchasing an awning, but the pros far outweigh the cons. The only things that may put you off are the additional expense and the fact that the time it takes to erect the awning will add to your set-up time. But once it’s up, it will be well worth it for all the positives it provides you and your family with…


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  • Caravanning with kids

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    10/02/2020
    blog / advice / holiday / family

    Caravanning with kids - Winchester Caravans & Motorhomes

    There are many reasons why taking the kids on a caravanning holiday is the best move you’ll ever make! Kids love the adventure of camping and caravanning, being close to the great outdoors and that feeling of sleeping in ‘the wild’ is second to none! They’ll have so many adventures exploring the site and all it has to offer.

    Many sites are in rural or forest areas which provide loads of opportunities for the kids to get outside and play. Riding their bikes, climbing trees, collecting sticks, they’ll do it all! They’ll make friends with children from other families staying at the site and make up fun games to play together. This is memory-building at its best - and ones that will last a lifetime.


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  • Meet the team: Trevor Egerton, Aftersales Manager

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    27/01/2020
    blog

    Meet the team: Trevor Egerton, Aftersales Manager - Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes

    Trevor has worked at the Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes site for 32 years - the company traded under another name prior to becoming Winchester Caravans in 2015. He joined as a Trainee Fitter and has worked his way up to Aftersales Manager during that time.

    Outside of work, Trevor is a self-confessed ‘dad taxi’ and loves spending time with his family. His four children and 4-month-old grandson keep him busy! When he does snatch a few moments to himself, he enjoys following sports, especially football.


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  • Home or away?

    Home or away? - Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes
    James Mainwaring
    13/01/2020
    blog / advice / holiday

    Home or away? - Winchester Caravans and Motorhomes

    Having a caravan is great; it offers so much freedom and is a source of endless trips and holidays, a chance to relax, experience different places and create precious memories. Although you may take regular weekend trips in the caravan, for many, their main annual holiday will also be taken in their leisure vehicle, so choosing where to go is of utmost importance.

    There are so many places to choose from - the sky’s the limit! But before you get into the nitty gritty, you must first ask yourself: home or away? UK or abroad? You may not have given much consideration to going abroad in your caravan, but you should! It opens up endless possibilities and could give your caravan holiday the edge you’re looking for.


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  • Ensure a good night’s sleep...

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    30/12/2019
    blog / advice / accessories / holiday

    Ensure a good night's sleep - Winchester Caravans

    One of the most common things that people worry about when going on camping and caravanning holidays is whether their quality of sleep will be compromised by not being in their own bed. And while it may feel strange to begin with, caravans can be very comfortable and actually provide you with a great night’s rest.

    The beds are very comfy and spacious and that teamed with lots of fresh air and getting away from life’s everyday stresses and strains, you may even find yourself sleeping better than you do at home!...


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  • Meet the team: Steve Bartlett, Senior Sales Assistant

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    23/12/2019
    blog / sales

    Steve Bartlett - Winchester Caravans

    Steve has worked for Winchester Caravans for over 13 years and during that time he has become a valuable member of the team as well as the resident awning expert!

    Outside of work, Steve is a keen golfer and a black belt in taekwondo. He is also an avid follower of the Grand Prix; this year he travelled to Italy to watch the Italian Grand Prix live and has followed the sport all over the world in previous years.


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  • Across the borders: caravanning in Wales, Scotland and Ireland

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    16/12/2019
    blog / advice / holiday

    Caravanning in Wales, Scotland and Ireland - Winchester Caravans

    Caravanning is a great way to explore your homeland but why stop there? Living in England, we’re extremely fortunate to have Wales, Scotland and Ireland on our doorstep, yet many of us have never set foot over the borders!

    Planning a trip to one of these neighbouring countries would be a great experience full of adventures, stunning scenery and a taste of different cultures - and all without the need for a passport!


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  • Caravan layout - what’s right for you?

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    09/12/2019
    blog / advice / safety / family

    Caravan layout - what’s right for you? - Winchester Caravans

    When it comes to caravan layout, there are many different options to consider! What’s right for you will depend on a number of things - how many of you there are, if you have small children, what your caravanning plans are, whether you have pets, how much storage you will need… the list goes on!

    The best way to start is to make a list of the main requirements you have for your caravan. Consider all the points below and you’ll end up with a list of must-haves that will allow you to start browsing caravans armed with a checklist of what features it needs to have.


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  • Planning your first caravan trip

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    02/12/2019
    blog / advice / holiday / family

    Planning your first caravan trip - Winchester Caravans

    Planning your first caravanning trip is an exciting time. Your mind is full of all the places you’ll see and the adventures you’ll have in your new caravan.

    The world is your oyster! Remember though that trips take planning but once you’ve got a couple under your belt, you’ll be able to go at the drop of a hat. Discover our handy hints and tips for planning your first trip and you’ll never look back!


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  • Meet the team: Zoe Hall, Sales Executive

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    24/11/2019
    blog

    Zoe Hall - Winchester Caravans

    Zoe first joined Winchester Caravans as a sales assistant in the accessory shop 12 years ago. She worked part-time alongside her studies and after gaining a degree in Italian and German, she re-joined the team and put her new skills to good use!


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  • Explore England in style!

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    18/11/2019
    blog / advice / holiday / family

    Explore England in style! - Winchester Caravans

    England. Our homeland. We’re extremely lucky to be able to call such a place home. Although the weather may not always be kind to us, especially with its tendency to be changeable, we do have many things to be thankful for... 

    England is a beautiful country with its pretty beaches, rolling countryside and sites of historical interest. It’s made up of 56 cities and a staggering 48,983 towns! So there are endless places to visit and explore and what better way to do it than in a caravan? There’s a perfect holiday destination for everyone, something to suit every interest and taste. Staycations are on the rise!


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  • Beginners’ guide to caravanning

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    11/11/2019
    blog / advice / accessories

    Beginners’ guide to caravanning - Winchester Caravans

    Now that you’ve bought your first caravan, the big decision is done! Now it’s time for some smaller ones! Getting your caravan kitted out is an exciting time as you make sure you have everything you need for your first trip away.

    Do you go for sleeping bags or duvets? Real glasses or plastic cups? These are choices that will make a difference to your caravanning experience, but there are some bits of kit you shouldn’t do without...


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  • Caravan covers: get ready for winter

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    04/11/2019
    blog / accessories / shop

    Caravan covers: get ready for winter - Winchester Caravans

    Winter is on its way and what better way to protect your caravan from the elements than to get a cover for it? There are a few things to consider so take a look at all the options...

    Caravan covers took off in the mid-1990s with the introduction of affordable, lightweight fabrics that are water-resistant and breathable. ‘Full’ covers that envelop the entire body of the caravan start from around £120 (hitch and top covers are less) so for relatively little investment you can keep your caravan protected during the winter and any other times you’re not using it.


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  • Meet James Southwood, Managing Director

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    28/10/2019
    blog

    James Southwood

    James has always loved camping and caravanning and has many fond memories of childhood camping trips. So when the chance to purchase the business he worked for presented itself, he grabbed it with both hands...


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  • Your caravan purchase: new or pre-owned?

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    21/10/2019
    blog / advice / new caravans / pre-owned caravans

    Your caravan purchase: new or pre-owned?

    So you’ve decided to go for it and buy a caravan - let the adventures begin! But first you’ve got a few decisions to make. The first and main one being, are you going to go for a new caravan or a pre-owned one?

    This decision may be very simple if it all comes down to budget. How much are you looking to spend? You will need to consider if you have any ‘must haves’ and if so, are these included in the type of caravan that you are considering? If you want a particular spec level but new models with that level are over budget, pre-owned may be the answer.


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  • For all your caravan maintenance needs...

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    14/10/2019
    blog / advice / servicing / safety

    Maintenance and servicing blog

    Caravan maintenance is a must! Get your caravan booked in for its annual service in good time and look after it in between to ensure it stays in tip top condition...

    Buying a caravan is an investment. It isn’t a small purchase, but it is one that will provide many years of enjoyment and opportunities to create wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. It will give you the means to travel to different areas and countries and experience as many different places as your heart desires and your calendar allows!


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  • Tips for first time caravan buyers

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    23/09/2019
    blog

    Tips for first time caravan buyers

    Discover our top tips for caravan newbies - we’ll give you all the info you need to make the right purchase...

    So you’re looking to buy your first caravan - what an exciting time! Just think of all the adventures you’ll have in it and all the places you’ll visit. Owning a caravan not only gives you the means to get away from it all on a regular basis, but also the incentive; once you’ve made the purchase, you’ll want to make the most of it!


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  • Don’t miss our open weekend on 27-29 September!

    James Mainwaring
    James Mainwaring
    16/09/2019
    blog / events

    Swift Basecamp with Vango Awning

    We’re hosting an open weekend on 27-29 September to celebrate the release of the new 2020 models and mark four years of trading as Winchester Caravans.

    As we are now official Swift dealers, we’re thrilled to welcome the new 2020 ranges and will have a selection of models on display. As an extra incentive, we’re also waiving the manufacturer’s delivery charge on all new Swift caravans, which is a saving of over £500 to our customers.


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We are passionate about caravans, which is why we have created our very own Winchester Caravans blog. If you want to keep up-to-date with the wonderful world of caravanning and are always looking for tops tips and handy hints, then why not check out our regular blog posts?

What's more, our blog is the perfect opportunity to share your caravanning stories. If you have a story to tell, send us an email (marketing@winchestercaravans.com) and you could see yourself published on one of our blog posts. We want to hear about your journey!

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