Back New to Rallying?
If you are new to caravanning, or rallying and need some help before or during the rally then that will be gladly given. We try to make everybody feel at home. So go on, give it a try, you will not regret it. If you have any questions please contact us. We look forward to welcoming you.
How do I Book a Rally?
When you have decided to try a rally click on the 'Rallies' button where there is the facility to book on line. Some rallies need a different method but this is explained in the details. Do not expect a reply, but be assured all is well. All you need to do now is turn up at the appropriate time and venue. If, however, you have unanswered questions then please contact the rally marshals, they will be happy to help.
What Do I Do When I Arrive At The Rally Site?
As you enter the Rally field, look for the Rally Marshal’s caravan, it will have a yellow ‘Rally Marshal’ sign, stop there and you will be welcomed, they are expecting you. Here you will pay your rally fees and receive your weekend programme and be advised of location of the drinking water and waste disposal points. You will then be shown you to your peg. Remember, the marshals are there to help.
Coping without an Electric Hook-up? It's really not a problem
It is true that modern caravans are designed for connection to the mains supply but it is also true that it is quite possible to last for a weekend, or Bank Holiday weekend rally on a fully charged battery - providing care is taken with the use of electrical items.
Some of the biggest culprits when it comes to drawing current from the battery, and therefore discharging it faster, are:- Halogen (filament) lights, so only use those lights that are necessary and get into the habit of switching off unnecessary lights (LED lights are less greedy) ;The blower fan fitted to the heater ; a colour television - only have it on when you are watching it. You will soon find that rallies are social occasions so it’s quite rare to switch the television on anyway.
A fully charged battery is ample for usage over a normal weekend so don’t be afraid to use any of these items, but only use them for as long as is necessary.
So always leave home with a fully charged battery. Remember that the battery condition meter in the caravan only gives an indication of the charge of a battery; the fact that it is 'in the green' doesn't mean that it is fully charged.
Always fit the largest battery possible, modern caravans will accept a 110 Ah battery in the battery compartment but be warned these are a lot heavier than an 85 Ah battery. Or you could consider taking a spare fully charged battery if you prefer to be on the safe side.
For extended holiday rallies, the chances are we will be on a site with EHU, or if not, the marshals will often have access to mains electricity and will often have a battery charger available, however this varies so check with the marshal.
Many ralliers these days use a solar panel that gives a useful battery charge during daylight hours. Although this is unlikely to fully replace all of the charge taken from the battery during the day it will considerably extend your power supply depending on a few different factors, e.g. how much current you are drawing from the battery, the capacity and health of the battery, the weather, etc. Panels can be positioned on the ground next to your caravan and turned to the sun.
Recharging your phone, etc.
Your caravan battery will slowly keep your phone/iPod/iPad topped up, but you might choose to invest in a dedicated 2nd battery unit designed for the purpose.
Caring for your caravan battery
A battery must always be stored in a fully charged state, so make a point of charging it as soon as you return home from a rally, failure to do this can result in the battery plates 'sulphating up' which can drastically reduce the life of your battery. Check the acid level at regular intervals and top it up to the correct level using only distilled water, never let it drop below the top of the plates, but don't overfill it either, and never be tempted to put in extra acid to try to rejuvenate a tired battery, it has no effect and is a dangerous practice.
Hopefully this will encourage to give rallying a try.