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Find your Perfect Pitch

When it comes to choosing a site for your camping or caravanning holiday it's easy to do some research before you book. From internet search sites to consumer forums, there's a wealth of advice and information out there to help you find your perfect pitch.

Here are some of our favourite websites:

We really love Caravan Sitefinder with its clear search tool, reviews and the ability to search availablility for your dates without having to go into each campsite separately. They give lots of information about site facilities and a clear pricing guide.

Another great one is Pitchup. You can book your holiday directly through the site which makes it quick and easy and it gives loads of detail about facilities, the local area and special deals.

Also worth checking out are the following:

Freedom to Go

Out & About Live

UK Campsite

Campsites.co.uk

Campsite Finder Online

 Have great holiday!

New Extended Showroom for 2017

Those of you who visited our new awning showroom this year will be excited to hear that we are currently busy refurbishing and extending it to bring you even more choice for 2017! We'll have all the latest awning models from Vango, Kampa and Westfield plus loads of choice of camping furniture.

Our customers have told us they've loved the opportunity to browse and view awnings at their own pace, (and the free tea and coffee goes down well too!) Our awnings aren't cramped together and don't double up as stock rooms so you can get as close as possible to that campsite experience! Have a seat on one of our many comfortable camping chairs, enjoy a cuppa and take your time - we know that buying an awning is a big decision and you want to get it right.

Our friendly, experienced staff will be on hand to guide and advice you so that you can decide which product meets your individual needs but you won't be pressuried. We're there if you need us!

We'd love to see you so stay in touch by Facebook, Twitter or sign up to our newsletter and be the first to know when the new extended showroom is ready.

Prepare your Caravan for Winter

1. Storage

Most of us don't have space to store our caravan at home so take your time to check out a few storage locations. You'll probably want somewhere that's local to your home so that you can visit from time to time over the winter. Most importantly, you should be happy with the site's security. Check out CaSSOA Caravan Storage Site Owners’ Association

2. Position

Avoid leaving it under trees where leaves, sap and falling branches can do damage

3. Windows

Check for deterioration of rubber window seals and any broken catches

4. Gas

Do not leave your gas bottle in the caravan during storage. Store in a cool, well ventilated place.

5. Towing Electrics

Inspect and clean the towing 13-pin electrical socket, and coat it with a water inhibiting product such as Vaseline.

6. Water Filters

Remove water filters to prevent any water held in them freezing and potentially damaging the unit.

7. Water System

Open all the taps in the caravan, including the shower control. If you have a lever tap, ensure it’s mid-way between hot and cold. Open the caravan’s drain taps. Put sink and shower plugs in. A Floe system will flush out that last drop of water. Floe Drainage System

8. Tyres and Steadies

Check your tyres for tread depth and signs of wear. Position your caravan on level ground, then lower the corner steadies and rest them on blocks or pads. Chock the wheels. Leave the handbrake off if it’s to be in storage for a length of time. Visit the caravan throughout the winter months and turn the wheels to avoid the risk of flat spots on your tyres.

9. Security

Remove all valuables such as TVs and radios. It's a good idea to fit a visible security device to deter thieves. If you’re storing it at home on your driveway you may consider a security post.

10. Awning

Spread out and clean your awning in a dry area. Try removing stains and spots with the appropriate cleaning product. Ensure it is thoroughly dry before storing. Store it in a clean, dry place.

11. Battery

Unless it’s connected to a caravan alarm system, remove the 12V battery and store it in a cool, dry place. Check it regularly, and top up its charge levels when necessary. Also remove all batteries from clocks, smoke alarms etc.

12. Blinds

Make sure all the blinds and flyscreens are fully retracted to avoid damage to the springs

13. Ventilation

Leave vents uncovered so air can circulate inside the caravan. Moisture traps will prevent your caravan developing damp and smelling musty. Empty or recharge them occasionally over the winter. Moisture Traps

14. Toilet

Empty and flush through your toilet waste tank and apply a little bit of olive oil to the opening blades, then leave them in the open position.

15. Fridge

Empty the fridge, clean it out with a solution of bicarbonate of soda or fridge cleaning wipes and leave the door open to allow air to circulate.

16. Heating

Drain down your caravan’s water heater – read the instructions for how to do this for your particular model’s system.

17. Soft Furnishings and Bedding

Remove soft furnishings and store them in a dry place over the winter to keep them fresh.

18. Bodywork

Check the bodywork for damage. Clean the exterior including doors and windows. Check out our wide range of cleaning materials for various cleaning tasks. Cleaning Products

19. Interior

Finally, give the caravan interior a thorough clean before shutting it up and protecting it with a breathable cover.

20. Caravan Cover

A protective caravan cover is a great idea as you've spent all that time cleaning and securing your precious caravan. Use one that's made of breathable material to prevent condensation and mould growing underneath it. See our range of top quality covers: Breathable Caravan Covers


Spring has arrived! So camping season's officially started

With Easter coming early this year the camping season seems to have come around sooner than usual. We have been rushed off our feet getting orders dispatched to our online customers ready for the holidays and the shop has been buzzing too.

Talking of the shop, great changes are on the horizon! We are currently preparing our new showroom which will be chock full of awnings, tents and all your camping and  caravanning accessories! This space will be in addition to our existing shop and outdoor seasonal display, and will give you more opportunity to see a wider variety of products on display, so that you can make an informed decision. We do hope you will drop in to see what we have done. As usual with Tamworth Camping, it will be a relaxed environment where you are free to wander around the products at your leisure, try out a few chairs, sit in a few different awnings and ask any questions of our friendly, knowledgeable staff who will never pressurise you into buying.

We're having an Open Weekend on 23rd - 24th April where we will be offering some fantastic discounts, only available in store on that weekend. We'd love to see you!

For directions to our store check here.

See our collections on Pinterest

Why not take a peak at our boards on Pinterest for camping pics, products and ideas? Click on the link for our Kampa board showing just a small selection of their innovative and exciting products. Founded in 2006, Kampa have swiftly become one of Europe's most recognisable brands for camping and caravanning accessories.

Kampa on Pinterest

 

Christmas present ideas for camping & caravanning enthusiasts

Got that feeling Christmas is catching up on you? It certainly feels like it comes around more quickly every year.  If you've not done all your Christmas shopping yet don't panic! We've all got at least one difficult person on our presy list, but here at Tamworth Camping we've got tons of gift ideas to help you out. Just browse our website for fun, practical or essential items. Whether it's a bright, new, funky kettle to replace the old one that's seen too many seasons, a rucksack for hiking, or a comfy folding chair for relaxing on that well-deserved holiday, you're sure to find something for everyone. Or if you're still stuck for ideas, how about a Tamworth Camping gift card so they can choose for themselves?

Motorhome & Caravan Show 2015 is nearly here!

The Motorhome & Caravan Show is nearly upon us now. Starting on 13th October and running to 18th October, it is the UK's largest national leisure vehicle show. We start building our stand this weekend and, by opening day on Tuesday, our superstore will be packed with awnings, essential equipment and accessories for caravanners and motorhomers. From furniture and kitchen equipment to toilet fluid and  cleaning products you are sure to find it on our stand 109 in hall 12.

Exclusive to Tamworth Camping will be the eagerly awaited OLPro 'Breeze' range of air awnings. We are proud to be launching these fantastic new awnings and all indications are that this design-led range is going to be extremely popular with the modern campervan owner. OLPro are also launching 'Husk', their revolutionary new tableware made of rice husk which is eco-friendly and biodegradeable.

Our friends at Quest Leisure will be there as ever to answer all your questions about their range of camping furniture and accessories. Come and test out their comfy chairs and pick the one that is just right for you!

Experts from Maypole will be on the stand too, with their waterproof, breathable caravan covers and towing equipment and we'll also have demos from Mudbuster who will be keen to show off the exceptional cleaning ability of their products.

There will be lots of Show Special Deals, prices not available on our website or in store, so be sure to drop by Stand 12.109 and snap up a bargain.

Get Ready for the Motorhome & Caravan Show at the NEC - October 13th - 18th 2015

Not long now until the NEC once again opens its doors to caravan and motorhome enthusiasts from around the world all eager to see the latest innovations and snap up a bargain or two. Of course, we will be there so come and say hello in Hall 12 stand 109. We'll have a great display of awnings from all the industry leaders, including OLPro's new 'Breeze' Air Awnings, which we will be launching! As usual our accessories superstore will be packed full of all the latest equipment and essentials for your caravan or motorhome holiday, from furniture to toilet fluid, tent pegs to kettles you're sure to find all you need from top quality suppliers at affordable prices. Click here to purchase advance tickets.

Take the Vango AirBeam Challenge and Win Big Prizes

The top prize package goes to the video with the fastest, well-pitched tent!

Your time will adjusted by number of beams inflated and we'll also give style points for presentation!  So, don't forget to peg out the tent after inflating all the beams! See guidelines below >>

THE SPRINTER PRIZE>> 1 speedy winner will receive; £1000 voucher to spend on Vango.co.uk, 5 nights camping at a Camping and Caravanning Camp Site and a GoPro Hero3 Camera!

 

 

The runners up will be the 3 videos with the highest number of LIKES on YouTube.

Share your video with your friends, family, lollipop lady! Ask your local Vango outdoor store, camping forum and walking groups to support you by tweeting and posting your entry through their social media channels.

THE CROWD PLEASER PRIZE>> 3 popular campers will each receive: £500 voucher to spend on Vango.co.uk, 5 nights camping at a Camping and Caravanning Campsite and a GoPro Hero3 Camera!

We have an additional prize package for the entrant who has the Tent Factor!

We love camping, and we're not just doing this to see you pitching a big tent faster than you can boil a kettle (although we do like that a lot!). Upload an entertaining and engaging video, and you will be in with a chance of winning our spot prize!

THE ENTERTAINER PRIZE>> 1 charismatic camper will receive: A £500 voucher to spend on Vango.co.uk, 5 nights camping at a Camping and Caravanning Campsite and a GoPro Hero3 Camera!

 For details and terms & conditions click here for Vango website

Come and look around our Tent and Awning Display

When you're buying a new tent or awning there's a confusing amount of choice out there! Here at Tamworth Camping we like you to make decision that's right for you personally so it's always a good idea to come into our store at Tamworth and discuss your needs with our experienced staff. We can quickly direct you to the products that best suit your requirements and advise you on the various brands we stock and their unique features. As well as the products on display indoors, we've now put up our seasonal outside display. Having a good wander around is really the best way to decide what is important to you in a tent or awning. You'll get a real sense of the size, style and brand that would suit you. Things to bear in mind are; how often you will be using it, whether you would like something quick and easy to pitch, and how many people it needs to accomodate.

So, hope to see you soon in Tamworth. Click here for opening times and directions.

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