The Bavarian Adventure continues.

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I continue to be enthralled by my Alpine tour between Lindau and Salzburg. The scenery is beyond delightful and the standard of the sites for motorhomes is exceptional. Totally enjoyable.

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

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500,000 T6 vehicles manufactured. The home of the California.

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Hannover, 01 June 2018: Just three years after production of the sixth-generation Transporter began, the 500,000th T6 has rolled off the line in Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ main Hannover plant. The 500,000th vehicle is a Multivan with two-tone paint finish in Candy White and Curcuma Yellow. In total, since production of the series began in Hannover on 8 March 1956, around 8.8 million Transporters have been made.

Dr Eckhard Scholz, Chairman of the Brand Board of Management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said: “This milestone is, above all, the result of consistent customer focus. We are gearing our production more than ever to the wishes of our customers and with intelligent solutions we are creating added value for their everyday routines and leisure activities.

At the same time the excellent production figures are indicative of committed employees and thus of a highly efficient site. This story of success is one that we will continue to write together!”

Plant Director Udo Hitzmann commented: “The sixth generation T-series has been thrilling our customers ever since production began three years ago. Continually modernised, more flexible working processes and a top team performance are the stand-out features of this ongoing ‘Made in Hannover’ success. Throughout this time the Hannover plant has repeatedly coped with changing challenges. That benefits both the T-series and our customers.”

Bertina Murkovic, Chair of the Works Council, explained: “The T is the core of our brand. The consistently high production figures underline its importance to Hannover: we are the Bulli site! Thank you to all our colleagues, who have made this fantastic growth possible.”

The T-series is produced on a three-shift basis both in Hannover-Stöcken (Multivan, California, Kombi, Caravelle, Transporter) and at the Poznań plant in Poland (Kombi, Caravelle, Transporter, pick-up). In the past year alone, 208,427 T6 vehicles were produced at the sites in Hannover (175,290) and Poznań (33,137) – in total the highest number of vehicles of this series produced for 44 years. Compared to last year, which was itself a record, the new figure means an increase once again of 4.5 per cent.

About the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand:

“All around the globe we offer the best transport solutions for our customers.” As a stand-alone brand within the Volkswagen Group, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is responsible globally for the development, construction and sales of light commercial vehicles, producing the Transporter, Caddy, Crafter and Amarok ranges. In consultation with its customers, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles draws up appropriate vehicle concepts, telematics and logistics solutions for the sparing use of resources at the highest possible level of efficiency. In 2017, the brand sold around 498,000 light commercial vehicles, which were produced at its sites in Hanover (D), Poznań (PL), Września (PL) and Pacheco (ARG). Globally, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles employs over 21,000 people, including around 14,000 at the Hannover site.

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

Club Selects Top Five Campsites In The South West.

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With green rolling hills and the longest coast line in England, the South West is a region made up of panoramic views and stunning scenery just waiting to be explored. The Caravan and Motorhome Club has 45 sites spanning the seven counties of the South West and has handpicked its top five sites, ideal for a UK staycation:

Start Bay, Devon
For those looking for a quiet countryside escape, Devon is home to one of the Club’s hidden gems. The private and intimate setting of Start Bay Club Site offers a peaceful stay in a quintessential English meadow. For holidaymakers wishing to explore more the local surroundings, the picturesque town of Salcombe, known for its sailing and freshly caught crab as the local delicacy, is only just over a 30 minute drive away. The Site itself is located on the edge of Start Bay beach which is a popular place with anglers for a spot of sea fishing.

Price: From £18.40 per night (based on two adults sharing a standard pitch with electric hook up).

Treamble Valley, Cornwall
Deemed one of the prettiest sites on the Club’s network, the site is located within 36 acres of woodland. With views across the Atlantic Ocean on offer from the hardstanding pitches, it is easy to see why this is such a popular spot for a UK staycation. Nearby there are extensive walking trails directly from the site, Truro is only a 25-minute drive away and Newquay is only five miles away. Truro, the UK’s most southerly city, is full of history and is home to the Royal Cornwall Museum and the world-renown Truro Cathedral; Newquay offers more of a modern vibe playing host to surfing championships each year and is considered one of the nation’s favourite seaside holiday spots.

Price: From £18.40 per night.

Cheddar, Somerset
Located in the heart of Somerset, the quaint English village of Cheddar is a haven for lovers of the great outdoors. The surrounding countryside of the Mendips is a walker’s paradise with many walking trails and hiking routes just waiting to be uncovered. The Club’s Cheddar Site is located right on the edge of Cheddar village and is only a short distance from world famous Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company, the producer of authentic Cheddar Cheese matured in the local caves. The Site is also only a 25 minute walk from the spectacular natural landmark of Cheddar Gorge with its awe-inspiring cliffs and stunning subterranean show caves. The area is also well-known for rock climbing and caving too, perfect for adrenaline junkies!

Price: From £23.90 per night.

Crossways, Dorset
Set in 35 acres of woodland, Crossways Club Site provides the ultimate south of England retreat. The Site is only a short drive from Dorchester which is home to the Teddy Bear Museum and the Tutankhamun Exhibition, making it a great day out. The coastal town of Weymouth is also only a twenty minute drive away and is the perfect place for a sunset dinner made up of local seafood delicacies. Crossways Site is easily accessible if not driving too and is only a five minute walk away from Moreton, the nearest train station.

Price: From £19 per night.

Penzance, Cornwall
The most westerly major town in Cornwall, Penzance is well known for pirates (of the singing variety), palm trees and excellent beaches. The nearby Marazion Club Site, close to the town of the same name, puts visitors within easy reach of the beautiful Cornwall Coastal Path and everything you could want from a UK summer holiday. A fish and chip van even visits this site from time to time. Marazion boasts a stunning beach ideal for families, some of the best windsurfing in Britain, great sailing with easy launching facilities, the warmest mean climate in the country arguably the most famous view in Cornwall across to St Michael’s Mount.

Price: From £15.10 per night.

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

Sledmere House CAMC National 2018 enjoyed by all.

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The Caravan and Motorhome Club National 2018 is at Sledmere House in East Yorkshire and I have to say it is an impressive setting – certainly yesterday and today Sunday bathed in continuous sunshine. We visited the house and the wonderful walled garden and loved every minute of it.

It is an astonishing event put together almost entirely by volunteers headed up by Vice-Chairman of the Club and Events Committee Chairman Rodney Lambert. During the event the small village of Sledmere goes from a population of 300 to 5000 with all of the electric, water and waste infrastructure demanded by a population of that size. It is quite an undertaking and yet to all the attendees like myself it seems to work like clockwork which in turn makes a visit to the National such an enjoyable experience.

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

Warwick Racecourse CAMC site – a motorhome must go to site!

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Pitched against the racecourse railings.A little light watering outside my window.

As I am sure everyone knows, Warwick is a gem of a town and is in such easy walking distance from the CAMC site you could quite happily spend more than the three days I was here this week.

A very warm welcome from the wardens and typical immaculate site maintenance made it a very enjoyable stay.

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

Second Lieutenant Arthur Conway Young

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Readers of this blog know I have an interest in WWI history and a huge admiration for the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Most of the inscriptions and epitaphs on the headstones have a religious overtone – perfectly reasonably when you consider the times – and wherever possible the closest relatives (invariably the parents due to the shockingly young age of so many of those killed) had a say in what went on the headstone.

And then, by contrast, at the weekend I came across the headstone of Second Lieutenant Arthur Conway Young who was killed 150 yards East of Brory Farm, Zonnebeke, near Ypres, Belgium.

One of the startling truths to emerge when you have an amateur’s interest like mine let alone an academic historian’s deep insight is that we seem to learn little from these epic tragedies. The words on this headstone capture that far more eloquently than I ever could.

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

Ploegsteert – not an entirely typical visit.

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Our visit to the Ploegsteert Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery was as ever solemn, thought provoking and memorable. The unexpected arrival of 250 bikers from a Harley Davidson Association added a degree of entirely respectful drama to the day.

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews