Tips for buying a second hand caravan

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Are you one of those who like to keep in touch with the nature while traveling? Are you looking for full independence in organising your leisure time? Have you ever thought about going on holiday ‘on a house’ to enjoy a vacation without stress and enjoy the freedom and convenience of a campsite?

If you answered yes to these three questions, you have probably already considered getting a caravan and go camping. Today we offer a few tips to help you buy a second hand caravan and convince you that your dream is much closer than you think.

First of all, when you buy a second hand caravan, review all the documentation and the data sheet of the vehicle. For instance: the TAR vehicle (the unladed weight of the car); the MMA’s car (the maximum allowable mass in kilograms by car); the MMR car (maximum towable mass of the car in kilograms); the MMC and towed set of the car (the maximum mass of the whole vehicle). You should know one is not allowed to drive a caravan weighing more than 75-80% of the TAR of the car. In this regard, the amount of MMA and MMR must always be lower than the MMC. You must also review the drag approved in kilograms of the ball hitch that the trailer can tow.

Regardless, however, of these technical requirements, most of the websites specialized in caravans agree to highlight that other details of the caravan should also be reviewed with special attention. Which ones? For example, the wheels and the tires. It is advisable to check the date of the tires manufacture although it would also be a good idea to change them after the purchase. It often happens that we focus on the external appearance, although we should have a closer look inside the caravan. You ought to check the status of running lights, moons and the glass, the scratches and dents. Inside, if you press with your fingers the ceiling, you will notice wither the caravan has any humidities.

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Another thing to try before you buy the caravan is the proper functioning of the 220v current (putting up different devices such as the air conditioning or microwave), gas (heating, cooking hobs and fridge ), and the regulator. If it works with propane, this works to 37 millibars of pressure, and is the perfect option for winter trips since the vehicle is not frosted. If it works with butane, however, it operates at 30 millibars and may cause problems in winter. We must also test the operation up to 12v, hooking the cable car caravan to the pineapple and lighting the running lights (or brake lights), the toilet cistern, the interior lights and the fridge.

Finally, it is important to check whether the trailer has stabilization and inertial brakes, as well as check the handbrake to see that the caravan does not move. Regarding the Thetford (a portable toilet) check the grey and black water deposits have no losses.

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Once done these examinations, you have your caravan ready to go up and down the Costa Dorada and Terres de l’Ebre and fully enjoy their coastal and inland landscapes. Have a lovely trip!

Take your pet on the campsite!

 Do you like the beach and want to share the experience with your best friend? We suggest you a getaway in Costa Daurada and Terres de l’Ebre’s campsites since many of them accept pets.
This summer you also can refresh yourselves on the Costa Daurada and Terres de l’Ebre’s beaches that allow the entry of pets. You know what beaches are?
In L’Ametlla de Mar, in the beach Bon Caponet and the Cala del Cementiri you can enjoy a refreshing swim with your friend. They are really quiet coves with rocky shapes.
The beach La Platjola in Alcanar is another destination where it is possible to dive with pets. It is a beach made up of small boulders, and is the only coastal beach suitable for dogs in Alcanar.
In the Delta de l’Ebre you can access with your dog in La Bassa de l’Arena, a beach set in this area.
Cambrils has also joined this initiative and has prepared a beach suitable for dogs.  This is beach is La Riera one, located in Alforja.
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Discover Costa Daurada and Terres de l’Ebre’s campsites with your dogs and enjoy the beaches of the territory.

Refresh yourselves on Costa Dorada and Terres de l’Ebre’s campsites

The best way to beat excess heat is, without any doubts, having a dip in the swimming pools that offer Costa Dorada and Terres de l’Ebre’s campsites.

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The campsites which are in this Association offer great ideas, some with attractions such as water slides, jets and several facilities to spend time while refreshing ourselves.

In addition, some campsites offer entertainment with a privileged scenario in the pools. This way, we suggest you to make water aerobics, games and funny activities, too.

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Have you made out which campsites do offer swimming pools yet? Have a look and then choose one from this link; you will ertainly find an offer that suits you.

Trendy experiences by Càmpings Tarragona: what you shouldn’t miss!

Do you like history? Do you want to know what wasthe life like during the ancient Roman Tarraco? This summer, the Tourist Board of Tarragona suggests you to enjoy a new edition of ‘Tarragona Historia Viva’, with many interesting suggestions to make you feel like a Roman. In Cambrils the brand new programme of the Music Festival is waiting with a spectacular lineup and in the Terres de l’Ebre there are many villages which will be celebrating the most magical Town Festivals! Enjoy them this August!

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The Music in Ancient Rome
4th and 11th of August at the amphitheater
A triumph in Rome
5th and 6th of August at the Amphitheater
Gladiators
12th and 13th of August at the Amphitheater
Tarragona in 1800
26th and 27th of August in the Archaeological Passeig
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2nd and 3rd of September at the Old Town Hall

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@Rafael López-Monné

 

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Sesamo On Tour

Every Sunday and Monday in two sessions, the square Francesc Germà (August 15 there will be no action)

Golden nights

From 9 to 15 August

Fountain’s Show

Every day

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Vila-seca and La Pineda

Sessions cinema

10 August 24

Reading Club for children

10 August 30

 

Cambrils
August 3rd
Miguel Poveda
August 4th
Josep Carreras
August 5th
Raphael
August 6th
Sopa de Cabra
August 7th
El gusto es nuestro
August 8th
Antonio Orozco
August 9th
Sweet California
August 10th
Malu
August 11th
Alejandro Sanz

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Festivities in the Terres de l’Ebre
From 12th to 21st of August
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From 13th to 23rd of August
L’Aldea
From 15th to 23rd of August
Les Cases d’Alcanar

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Recommendations for swimming safely in the pool and the sea

Enjoy a bath is always a refreshing and fun activity for both children and adults. But one must follow safety tips to avoid exposing ourselves to unnecessary risks.

To safely enjoy a good dive in the beach, we share some of the Ministry of Interior of the Generalitat’s recommendations.

  • Please check the status of the sea with the flags of the beach:
  • The red flag means it is utterly prohibited to swim.
  • The yellow flag warns that caution should be taken while one is swimming.
  • The green flag confirms that the swimming conditions are good
  • On arrival at the beach, you have to know where it is the supervisory staff; but also bear in mind there are some areas demarcated for water sports, which must also be respected and one should avoid swimming if digestion is not over.
  • If you see someone who is suffering from any health problems, we must alert the lifeguard or call 112.
  • If you are sick, you should not get inside the water and you ought to tell someone.
  • Do not jump into the water in rocky areas or areas where you do not know the depth.

 

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And in the pool you can also enjoy swimming safely. How?

  • Follow the instructions of lifeguards, the signs to use the pool and the springboard for its depth.
  • If children cannot swim, they must wear a vest or get a bubble adapted to their age.
  • Avoid pushing children and adults, empty the chain slides or play around pool.
  • You can not use any material that presents a risk to swimmers.

 

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And now … enjoy the refreshing bath!