Social clubs for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are usually people with ideas that want to change how things work and disrupt the way things are right now. They like creating new businesses and new opportunities for the world to go forward. If we didn’t have entrepreneurs, then we’ll all stay at the same place and never go anywhere. Elon Musk for example is one of the best entrepreneurs of the last decade and he’s not only a great entrepreneur, but also an amazing visionary. He’s actually one more thing and that thing is a gambler and a big one at that. After becoming a multi-millionaire at an early age, he decided to take all of his money from the successful deal between eBay and him and the rest of the co-owners of PayPal, and he took that money and started three new companies : SpaceX, Tesla Motors and SolarCity, all of which are now valuated at approximately 100 billiona dollars in total. Anyway enough with what entrepreneurs are, in this post we wanted to note about what a social club for entrepreneurs will look like. First off probably one of the most important things that will separate this social club from others is the fact that here, you’ll have people with ideas that know what they want from life and are going after it. One of the most important characteristics of an entrepreneur is that he or she goes after the goals that have been set. Such social clubs are probably not a rare occasion especially in the US and UK where entrepreneurship is something really important.  As an entrepreneur himself the founder of a disruptive cleaning company called Town Cleaning decided to give us a little inside info about what people talk about on such meetings. Well although most of us can’t really relate, they talk about making the world a different place and they discuss shaping the future ways we buy, travel, experience and even love.

We’ll be adding a ton more content about the things that you could find at such meetings and the people that go there, hopefully with interviews from some of them.

Success of your public speaking for a social club

speaking success
Public speaking, whether to express his opinion in a group for a pitcher Startup project in minutes before all a professional lecture hall, or to host a conference in front of 400 people … it can be intimidating … if not, downright creepy.

Some of us let themselves be completely dominated by stress, lose all means, let go of the steering wheel and cover their eyes … and it generally gives great moments of suffering and loneliness (both for the speaker and for the room).

But others, conversely, fail to excite their audience, to convey enthusiasm, energy and emotion … and, ultimately, to captivate the whole room. How do they do? How do they manage to turn their stress and use it to their advantage?

Here are some tips on how to manage your stress for successful public speaking catch.

Public speaking, it happened to me many times during my studies – like all business school students. Each presentation, each working group ended systematically by public speaking, before the teacher and all the promo met or fifty people.

So overall I was leaving it without too many problems, I happened to miss my performance to be flat or even downright bad; and conversely, in some occasions, I happened to have the fire and make perfect epic and successful presentations which I still remember.

If I analyze the differences between these different experiences, I think it was ONLY issue

stress management

Do I really have to talk about? The more you prepare for your speaking in public, the more you master your subject and your speech, and you reduce the risk of getting lost, to have a memory lapse or go on a loop (3 nightmares of the speaker).

Structure your speech!

Usually I get a map with the major axes and keyphrases my speech (the most impactful possible). I highlights in yellow and I enlarged in size 48 stuff that should not be forgotten and I print it on a sheet or two I put in front of me to cause me to recite it orally until it flows perfectly and logically in my mouth.

If your speech is logical and obvious to you, then you will return it without any problems.

If you need your project Startup pitcher, pitch or the fire before the jury, read the articles I have written for more info about c you have to put in, and how to prepare.

Control your phrasing and attitude

Super important:

Do not speak too fast (train yourself !!)
Do not speak too loudly or too low (have an accomplice in front of you at the back of the room for you to sign if it goes wrong)
Know pausing: Breaks wake up the audience and support your statements.
Do not apologize if you bredouillez or fourchez: you have better things to do than ask for forgiveness (and it stigmatizes a small mistake can happen to anyone, and could very well go unnoticed)
You can talk with your hands, but do not gesticulate or you swing from one foot to the other (ask your partner to make you sign !!)
Be as cheerful as possible: it relaxes people and promotes their sympathy to you
Do not try to be too funny or quirky: If you make of humor, it should be natural and balanced, especially not forced
If you do not know what to do with your hands: cross your hands behind you, so “military” (especially not before = “I’m on the defensive” and avoid hands in your pockets, which can be perceived as “I do not care “).
Do not take it at the last moment!

Your brain is working for you: the more you start thinking about your speech in advance, more time you allow your brain to work in the background and find hard words, and print the important passages.

To go two hours is not enough: you will plan to take at least 6 hours or even a day in advance.

State of mind

Even more important than the preparation (although the latter is essential) is the mindset with which you approach your speech.

If I analyze the various catch word that I have done, I find three different states of mind.

You do not feel involved in the battle (either because the project / subject is null, or because the teacher / jury sucks to you, either because you do not feel like you invest for the team) . Result: your statement lacks conviction and energy. You do the bare minimum, and even less. You are not convincing, not motivated, not focused, you forget things, you do not know what you have to say or in what order … and it shows, it means, and the end result is very poor .

You are in either “I’m going but I’m afraid”

You pass the oral beings because you have; but if you could, you’d rather be 200 kilometers away in your sofa quite safe. You fear the eyes and judgment of your peers, you underestimate, you overestimate their requirement, and this differential, born absolute scared of not being up to par. So, you’re terrified. You are tense and stiff as a stick. You do not breathe well. Your voice makes tremolos, you tremble from head to foot. So the empire stress, and this is the vicious circle sets in, the downward spiral of the plane that goes down in flames.

There, it is very possible that this is your case: do not worry, I will explain how to manage stress after and switch to the following mode:

You are in either “I’m going, I think, and above all, I’m happy”

No matter the circumstances: you have decided to make you happy. You have decided that it would be a good time. A moment of fun and made exchange with your audience. It is no longer vs THEM YOU, YOU with THEM.
This is because you have something interesting to show them and that you care to share with them. So you’re an educator, clear in your explanations, enthusiastic and exciting; AND you are careful reagent reactions. Stress vanishes: it is for them that you speak, to explain too cool thing.

Needless to say, it is in this spirit that you should try to be. But this assumes that you are able to manage your nerves and use it to your advantage to eliminate fear and raise in you the desire to please you.

Manage jitters: spending stress fun

Stress, jitters, call it what you want. The fact is that we all feel in varying degrees and varied, with the idea of public speaking. And it is quite normal: Stress is a survival reflex, which can mobilize our body and mind to react more quickly and explosively if necessary.

Stage fright is not a sign of weakness, it’s a good sign!

From there, you must accept the stress, not as a sign of weakness, but a sign that you are ready for anything, and aware of the issues concerned with your speech.

In other words, the jitters, it’s a good sign! It means that you are there, and your body begins to prepare for you to give the best of yourself.

Instead of saying “Oh shit oh shit I stress I have stage fright is the cat,” you say, “Ok I have the pressure goes up, it’s normal, it means that I’m here, that I am preparing my physical and intellectual resources. ”

Visualize your success

Imagine your success. Imagine talking to a careful and passionate crowd: imagine you are too good in your shoes; relaxed, serious and calm voice, words come naturally to you, you are too comfortable, you’re too good, you could talk for hours like that. People will listen, take notes, smiling at your wit and your stories … it is PERFECT.

Imagine the end of your speech: people who get up, applauding, laughing and whistling. The magic moment, everything went well, you are connected to your hearing, there is a real complicity that settled, everyone is in sync.

It sounds a little hippie / new wave right? Myself it makes me smile; but it works the THUNDER! I used this technique each time. Besides, I’m not the only one. Sports practice positive visualization, everyone must transform stress into energy use.

10 tips for a successful speaking public

speaking in public
Speaking in public is never an easy task and yet most of us is confronted in daily work. The key point of a successful oral presentation is preparation, which will benefit very shy, but also more comfortable, which sometimes tend to want to do too much and ignore the message they are trying to pass. Here are 10 tips to help you speak before an audience.

1 / Managing aids
During a speaking in public, it is reassuring to have before me a few notes that avoid losing the thread of his discourse. Ideally, try to limit yourself to a couple of key words which summarize the main points of your ideas: you can easily link the important points of your presentation while keeping a certain spontaneity in the way you express yourself.

To avoid mistakes, fully Write your speech. While this may appear safe, say you read a text word for word is never captivating for the audience. Also, do not learn it by heart, people in front of you quickly realize and have the feeling of being faced with a recitation of school.

2 / Prepare visual support
Figure imposed or desire to illustrate, the choice of a visual medium like the famous PowerPoint is often appropriate in oral surgery. However, to achieve a good slideshow is far from easy. Also always keep in mind that this is a visual medium that is in support of your speech, not the reverse. Also be aware that the attention of an audience naturally leads to images rather than the speaker, especially if there are many items on the screen. Therefore it is sometimes advisable to introduce and conclude his speech without PowerPoint slide so that people in front of you focus entirely on the synthesis of the message you are trying to get across.

Mistake to avoid: Want to put everything on her PowerPoint, or even on a single slide. If you fear that your audience does not retain all the elements that are important to you, you can prepare a first clean sheet to be projected and a second distributed and stored by the public.

structurer3 / Structuring speech
The first thing to do is to clearly define the message you want to convey. This essential step will never be irrelevant and will much of your success. Do not overlook to establish a coherent plan to ensure that the presentation is easy to follow. To expose the key points of your speech, it is thus advisable to start by stating clearly your idea, and then illustrate it at your convenience (eg, stories, videos, figures …). Finally, prepare a few questions by the end of the presentation in order to have all the keys to respond.

Mistake to avoid: Want to strike a “suspense effect”. Doing this to see your audience lose track of your demonstration. You can think of the “method Columbo”: the murderer is still known in the opening minutes, the bulk of the episode lies in the proof of his guilt.

4 / Use regard look
The look of the investment is strategic to seduce his audience. People in front of you will feel even more involved in your speech if you look after each other in the eyes. If you address to a very large audience, you can wear your gaze to the back of the room, what actors call the “fourth wall”.

Error to avoid: Look at your notes continuously, any object near you or your visual. Also, do not sweep your audience’s eyes from left to right, this could reduce the strength of your speech.

5 / Mastering of voice
Your speech will be more striking if you speak a clear and a clear voice. To be sure to be heard by all, speak as if you were talking constantly to the person in the room that is farthest from you. It is recommended to start taking up his speech by talking slightly harder to give a dynamic of its intervention. Also, try to give an energetic tone and modulate your voice in order not to be monotone.

Error to avoid: Starting his speech and then dynamically run out of steam after a few minutes and take a monotone. Make sure that your energy does not relax.

6 / Playing with silences
Take care to spare certain silences in his speech is paramount. This will allow you indeed to allow time for your audience to absorb your words and keep an intelligible speech rate. But above all, silences limit your tics of natural languages: better not say anything for a few seconds of trying to fill with “uh” as you think about what you are about to say.

To avoid mistakes, talking continuously while you are setting up your hardware or someone enters the room, for example. Allow time for your audience to turn around, observe and then return to your speech. Similarly, if you change your PowerPoint slide, wait a few seconds before speaking again.

7 / Beware posture
A message will certainly spread by word, but by what we call non-verbal communication. This includes all of your body language, posture, gestures, your expression … To look convincing, keep your back straight and be stable in your support. Also try to control the actions that would interfere your speech (grind pen, swinging his feet, touching her hair …).

Error to avoid: Adopt a “defensive” position. Be steady on his feet does not mean having arms crossed, hands clasped behind the back or front of you.

8 / If entrepreneurial places
As an actor, he has to repeat his speech. This will allow you to master the joints, you realize what will and will not and gain confidence. Try to present it before a third party to get used to the gaze of others and have an opinion. You can also shoot you and make you account for improvement. Finally, remember to identify the premises before the big day and anticipate logistical issues (what will this equipment in the room? Where you place for your presentation? …).

To avoid mistakes, Think again “in his head” will suffice. The body stores made, including speech movements, and gestures kept the first time in memory will be more accurate when repeated.

9 / Mastering the speech
15 minutes before the beginning of your speech, stress symptoms may be felt strongly, especially if you are a shy. But rest assured: the jitters is the best ally of the actor once mastered. To control these panic attacks, there are some simple relaxation exercises to do just before you go to your audience. You can first take the time to breathe in slowly through one nostril and exhale through the other to properly oxygenate your brain. Then focus on your abdominal breathing: this will allow you to allay your fears by focusing on you yourself.

Error to avoid: If into the future. Fifteen minutes before your presentation, do not try to imagine how things will go, as you could paralyze you anticipating a negative reaction from your audience. Try instead to be in the moment and to think only of what you are exactly doing.

10 / Keep smiling!
Smile during your presentation you will gain a lot of points against your audience. You will have air endorsement, convincing (and believe) and you can easily give a dynamic boost to your voice. Nothing like a smile to show how you are happy to come and speak in public.

Organizing a party for adults

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A party requires preparation, but it is not very difficult.

Following the headings below, you are likely to forget nothing. However, quite widely calculate the time required for this preparation. There are always unexpected!

The organizing a party time also varies depending on the number of guests. Over there, the sooner you will do it.

A party is preparing about two weeks in advance. If there are a lot of guests, you better count 4-6 weeks.

Before you start you have to decide:

the date and time of the party; write them down in your diary!
how many people you want to invite
cadeauoù party will take place (at home, in the garden, dining etc.) and if necessary make reservations
the theme of your party (if you want one)
what you want to offer your guests: buffet, catering, barbecue, grilled, tapas etc. ?

Now we have to think about your budget. Very important!

Here is a list of items to build your budget:

food and drinks
invitation cards and thanks
the room rental
entertainment (music, dj, artist, clown etc.)
tables, chairs and other equipment
(small) memories for your guests

Now you are ready to start planning your great party!

Here’s what you need to do:

if you organize a multi-party, it’s time to contact you to share tasks
determine the guest list with addresses and phone numbers
prepare invitations (to manufacture or àcommander) invitation
buy decorations, cutlery and other items
book animations and catering (if necessary)
plan the menu
establish food shopping list
buy drinks and non-fresh products
send invitations
choose the music; If your stereo is not very powerful, remember to make or pay rent
provide enough chairs, tables etc.
make a list of tasks to be performed on the day of the feast
select memories and order or start preparing if you do them yourself

Two or three weeks before the party champagne

confirm the presence of your “assistants” during the party
choose your party outfit (purchased if required)
check your garlands, balloons and other decorations
check your bar: wine, appetizer, champagne, digestive, cocktail.
Order and / or purchase alcohol if necessary.
make the purchases of your missing items
prepare decoration if you make some yourself
prepare activities if necessary.

Two or three days before the party:

gâteaunettoyer home if the party is held at home
install the decorations and equipment
do you lend or buy what’s missing
buy fresh produce
check your photo and / or video equipment, charge batteries and prepare memory cards
make room in your fridge
make a list of tasks to give each “assistant”
ask some people if they are willing to help you to store
If you ordered a caterer, an animation or another service, confirm them
print games, activities and or decorations
set the schedule for the kitchen.

The day before the party:

decorate the place
polish the bathroom and toilets
think of securing a place for children
remove fragile items
Thaw food if necessary
prepare food that can be prepared in advance and refrigerate
prepare activities
order something to eat, get a pizza or eating.

The day of the party: 65

finish decorating
give instructions to “assistants”
welcome activities
pick up the cake to the bakery if you ordered
secure your animals if necessary
not prepare food the previous day
prepare your camera and / or video
smile and have fun!

After the party:

send thanks
print photos or order prints or photo album (on the internet)
send (via email) a few photos from the party your guests or post your photos on the web (eg with picasa, facebook etc.) so that your friends can download them themselves.

Click here for a printable version of the list a party.

And here’s a list of things you need for a party:

Bottle Opener
trash bags
plastic film and aluminum foil
toilet paper
soap, towels and tea towels
candles for the cake and matches!
coat racks, hangers or room to put coats
dishwashing products
coffee and tea
salt and pepper

If I forget things or if you have ideas to organize an adult party: let me know!

How to organise an effective picnic for your social club buddies

great summer picnic
By the sea

picnic near water
Benefits: Family, kids will love to eat and dip their feet in the water. Couples in the evening, it’s very romantic to eat while watching the sunset.
Cons: On the beach, shady corner point, think about sunscreen and umbrella! If wind blows, the sand can interfere with your meal. You can imagine that it’s not nice to bite a grain of sand eating your salad. On a pebble beach, no worries sand flying but think it is not very nice to sit there. Think cushions, air mattresses, for example.

In the mountains

Advantages: In contact with nature is peaceful, quiet and beautiful. This is a real moment of relaxation to share.
Disadvantages: You must love hiking! Attention also to insects attracted by food. Be sure to pack and take a medicine kit with you.

In the forest

forest picnic
Advantages: For those where the mountain is miles or do not like the climb, the forest is a good compromise!
Disadvantages: If it’s hot and heavy, the forest can be a stuffy place. It is also a place where the insects are kings.

In the countryside

Advantages: The campaign is the perfect place to meet in peace. Near a river (to refresh) in a field, in a meadow, places abound.
Disadvantages: Be careful where you sit. Check that you have the right and especially pay attention to small snakes, especially if you have children!

In your garden

In case you can not go, why not take a picnic in your garden or patio? It’s a different way to get your friends and family.

Advantages: At least the heads in the air will not have to stress to have forgotten anything! But all the same, make sure you do not have to return home. It would lose all the charm of a picnic.
Cons: It’s safe, it’s not something very exotic, but when you have no choice …
After some Internet research, I found a nice website that will help you discover the right places that are near you. Visit:

The equipment of picnicker perfect!

Tips for a picnic organized and original

I advise you to take two different storage: one for cutlery, napkins, tablecloth … and the other for all the food.

To keep them fresh food

There are many types of ice: the rigid, flexible and isothermal bag. The best is the rigid cooler because it keeps very well the cold. However, it is less convenient to use unlike the soft cooler, easier to carry.

Open the cooler very little time and very quickly for the cooler keeps the cold as long as possible. Place it also sheltered from the sun. For a full day, plan 3-4 ice packs.

The isothermal bag suitable for short picnics. Do not go with a whole day, it does not retain well enough food.

So choose your cooler depending on the picnic that you organize.

Keep them cold drinks

You can drag your drinks in your cooler or invest in a thermos. You can also, to be sure to have a good fresh water, fill small bottles 3/4, place them in the freezer overnight and into the basket the next morning. Water will remain very cool all day.

Remove dishes

You can choose between the chic wicker trunk with compartments to put forks, knives, plates … Very British! Otherwise, a simple beach bag or backpack under a hike will do nicely.

It should not be forgotten!

Tips for a picnic organized and original

A non-exhaustive checklist of things to bring to a picnic. Of course, adapt it to your needs.

Did your cooler (s) with ice packs to put at the last moment
Cutlery: spoons, forks, knives, plates and plastic cups
Salt and pepper to re-season
Can opener, bottle opener and corkscrew
Paper towels or paper towels
A large blanket to sit on the floor
Some cushions for comfort and for a nap
Folding chairs can be useful for older people or those with back problems
Umbrella, essential to the beach
Hat, cap …
Sunscreen and mosquito repellent
A first aid kit: one is never safe from a bobo
A garbage bag to throw your waste. We respect nature!
Plastic wrap or aluminum foil in case you need to pack leftovers
Some outdoor games (balls, jump rope, shovel / bucket, beach rackets, frisbee …) or company for the whole family
A camera to capture the memories
That offer and how much?

Tips for a picnic organized and original

How much?

To be successful a good picnic, should not exceed ideally the number of 6-8 guests. Beyond that, it’s complicated, especially if you plan to take charge of the entire organization. Otherwise, a single slogan: delegate! Assign each mission: one takes care to bring drinks, the other to make pies and other desserts … It will relieve you.

For drinks: allow about 1/2 liter of water per person. I advise you to bring wine or very little (From rosé preferred). Sun and alcohol do not mix. This prevents sacred headaches. Think fruit juices or prepare lemonade for your children.
For a cocktail: No skip the appetizer, make simple snacks, home made or bought: chips, olives, cherry tomatoes, spreads of all kinds, pikes …
For flat: Allow 3-4 different dishes so that everyone can find something to their taste.
For bread: baguette, country bread, focaccia, pita bread, bread … to accompany salads. The amount will vary depending on its use during the meal.
Kits: If you do not want to bother, prepare several ingredients in airtight boxes so that everyone can make his sandwiches kit. Vary in this case sausage products (ham, pancetta, bacon, Grisons meat, bressaola …), vegetables (carrot strips, cherry tomatoes, zucchini slices, diced bell pepper, tomatoes, olives, capers), seeds (pre-crushed hazelnuts, walnuts, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds …) and basic sauces (tapenade, pesto, butter, mayonnaise, mustard …).
For cheese: you will satisfy you only hard cheese (Gruyère, Comté, Cantal, Volume …). Other cheeses could give a foul smell to the remains of the cooler and even flow with heat.
For dessert: Keep it simple with salads of fresh fruit, biscuits home, chocolate pieces of cake cut into squares … Allow 2-3 kinds of delicacies by people.
When preparing?

This will obviously depend on the food! However, in general …

To do the day before:

Pies, quiches, flans
Pâtés, terrines, cold meats (roast beef, roast pork, chicken)
Muffins, cakes
Spring rolls, salads (without seasoning – except)
Pesto, tapenade, various sauces
Cakes, cookies, biscuits, pies, pancakes

To do that morning:

Wraps, sandwiches (Unless they are lined with moist vegetables that can soak the bread)
Fruit salads (for having the freshest fruits)
What to do locally:

Mounting toast
Sandwiches tomato, cucumber … that can soak the bread

My last 5 Tips

1- Post your ice packs (or small bottles of water filled to 3/4 and frozen) at the last moment in your cooler. One cold accumulator is sufficient for 15 liters of volume, however, I tend to put 3 or 4 to ensure freshness.

2. Pay attention to fresh products that may be sensitive to heat, such as eggs, butter, sour cream, mayonnaise, yogurt, meat … especially if you count from one day. Allow plenty of ice packs (see tip # 1)

3- prefer dishes that are eaten with the fingers to avoid using not always practical paper plates. Or allow preparation that requires the use of a knife. A fork or a spoon should suffice.

4. Season the salad at the last moment. Prepare dressing on the side in a small airtight pot, especially if there are tomatoes or salad. You will avoid cooking them with dressing.

5- Prefer individual versions: Miniature Cake, tarts, muffins. More convenient to carry.

Themed picnic … yes but which one?

Tips for a picnic organized and original

As for a buffet or brunch, it is quite possible to make a picnic on a theme. I offer a few ideas.

Choose a theme based …

… The place where you are …

By the sea: Prepare a picnic around seafood Cook canned fish to make it simple. Mackerel, sardines, tuna, salmon … In rillettes, pie, salad.
In the mountains, enjoy the local produce: pie, pies, sausages, typical cheese, pasta salad … Think you’ll surely made efforts before and you’ll have to redo later. It should not be too heavy a meal that you fall asleep, opt for a meal that gives you enough energy (think starchy foods (pasta, lentils …) to continue hiking.
In the forest, woody scents will make you want to recipe with mushrooms (cake or pie), rabbit bowls, vegetable pies (peas, green beans, carrots …). Finish with cheese and walnut bread.
In the countryside: Submit cold roast pork, beef or chicken. Serve with pickles, country bread and cheese. Bet on the local dessert specialty.
… The moment you want to share …

The Picnic “taste”: And if you leave taste in the wilderness? That same morning, prepare all the delicacies to be enjoyed: madeleines, fruit, biscuits, pancakes, smoothies …
The picnic “breakfast”: Do not book brunch Sunday morning in your living room! Think savory treats (English muffins, sandwiches …) as the sweet treats (brioche, croissants, pancakes …) easy to carry. As for drinks: tea, coffee, hot chocolate kept in thermos and many fresh juice in the cooler.
… The kitchen you want to discover …

Off to Italy: antipasti, breadsticks, pesto, tomatoes, Italian meats. Realize kits bruschetta: Submit breads (such as ciabatta or focaccia) and different toppings each will accommodate to fashion. For dessert, go for fresh fruits: melon, watermelon, nectarine. Prepare them in advance and put them in small plastic boxes.
Road to Greece: Greek salad, feta-spinach brick, tzatziki, pita bread …
Off to Spain: Tapas are a must in Spanish cuisine. Consider also the gazpacho to cool off and finish with mantecados for a typical dessert.
And children?

Tips for a picnic organized and original

Children like to move and explore the area! Allow them a meal they will peck at will. Mini-muffins, mini-tarts are good size. You can also put originality in your preparations by cutting small sandwiches of bread in the form of fish (Top for a picnic at the seaside).

The idea of Bento for large can adapt very well to children. Prepare the little box on the morning of departure by decorating as it should. He will take pleasure in discovering there anything you cooked it.

For dessert, play the colorful and slightly acid: fruit skewers and candy, cookies smarties, the melted caramabar lollipops …

Plan next activities with them: sand castles, blind man’s buff, nature exploration … Think also bring some of their toys.

This is usually the people most excited by the picnic. Offer to help you prepare, it will channel.

For very young children, prepare their small pots, small purées, compotes small. The picnic is a great time to introduce them to new flavors and a new way of eating.

When should I replace my tires?

Male Changing Tire
Checking the condition of your tires once a week is highly recommended. Once a month, check the pressure, the depth of the grooves, observe if they show lateral damage or any other signs of wear. When in doubt, please consult a professional to confirm their ability to roll. If you are driving a mobile home, there are things like checking the tires that you need to concern yourself with every so often. Other important concerns revolve around hygiene and cleaning habits in general.

Six reasons to change tires

Six reasons require change a tire. While in some cases, the tire can be repaired, it must before any repair be careful review by a professional. Alone can confirm that the tire did not suffer internal damage. The dismantling of the envelope is an essential operation to accurately judge the state of the tire.
1. The tire is punctured

Although very resistant and able to endure many shocks, tires can sometimes burst. In the event of a puncture your tire should be examined by a professional. He alone can ensure that its inner casing has not been damaged that make irreparable tire.
Safety tips to follow in case of a flat tire on the road

As a priority, consider your safety and that of your passengers. As much as possible, stop your vehicle at a protected area, away from traffic.
• Set the parking brake.
Turn off your engine and have a speed.
Turn on your hazard lights.
Put on your Reflective safety vest.
Place your regulatory distance warning triangle in front of your vehicle.
Change a flat tire safely
changing the tires
Put on a pair of sturdy gloves.
Have a trash bag in your trunk can be useful if the flat tire is full of mud.
• Make sure you have a board or other solid object to provide a stable support for the jack if loose soil.
• Do not drive too fast with the spare tire: it is perhaps not properly inflated.
Stop at the first gas station to check the pressure of the spare wheel.
• Check the tightness of bolts: screwed badly, they can damage the brake discs and wheel balancing.
2. The legal wear limit is reached

How to regularly check the tire wear? It’s simple. A few tips:

Legal limit

On the upper sides of MICHELIN tires Bibendum shaped markings to indicate the location of the wear indicators. Like small bumps, they are located at the bottom of the main grooves.

When the height of rubber remaining arrives at this mark, the tire has reached the legal wear limit of 1.6 mm. Michelin strongly recommends that you change your tires before they have reached that limit. Beyond that, you put yourself in danger and you are in breach.

Anyway, even with a wear indicator greater than 1.6 mm, there goes your safety adapt your speed and driving style to outdoor conditions, especially on wet roads.

For winter tires Michelin, a snowflake-shaped marking on the tire sidewall indicates the location of a specific wear light winter conditions. Their height is 4 mm.

To maintain optimal traction on snow, braking as motor skills, it is advisable to change its winter tires when the wear indicators are achieved.
3. The tires show signs of aging

Difficult to predict the service life of the tires. It does not depend on their date of manufacture. Tires that have no or little running may show signs of aging. Several factors can affect the life of the tires: weather, storage conditions and use, load, speed, inflation pressure, maintenance, etc. Each of them can significantly alter the expected lifetime. For more information, see our tips for use and safety.
A few minutes of regular care …

For all these reasons, Michelin recommends that all drivers regularly devote a few minutes of attention to tires to detect any sign of aging or wear: deformation or cracks on the tread, the shoulder or flank etc. Excessively old tires lose grip. Therefore, Michelin recommends you to regularly check all your tires, including the spare wheel by a professional mechanic. His review will confirm further service or not.
The test of 5 years … before it’s too late!

After 5 years of use or more tires should be examined by a professional at least once a year. If it is necessary to change them, follow the recommendations of the vehicle manufacturer regarding the replacement of original equipment. As a precaution, any tire not replaced after 10 years of age should be, even if his condition looks good and has not reached the limit of wear. (For the date of manufacture of a tire, see “How to read a tire“).

Once you have taken good care of the tires, you can turn your sight to the internal areas of your caravan. Is it clean enough? If not, you can either spend numerous needless hours cleaning up yourself or you can put your trust in a reliable cleaning company. The choice is yours.

Damaged tire

4. The tire is damaged

A sidewalk, a hole or a blunt object can seriously damage a tire. All punctures, cuts or deformation must be carefully examined by a professional mechanic. He alone will tell you if the tire is repairable. In general, remember that you should never ride with a damaged tire or has run flat without consulting a professional. This is a safety rule because only the teardown inspection by a professional can confirm that the tire did not suffer internal damage.
In which case it is a tire irreparable?

Flat tire on the side flanks
Exposed rods or distorted
Peeling or deformation of the rubber and carcass plies
Damage caused by oil or corrosive substances
Mottling or scratches on the internal surfaces after driving with under-inflated tires
5. The tire abnormal wear

Abnormal wear of the tread - Localized in some places in the center or on the shoulders - is often a sign of a mechanical problem as a lack of parallelism, balancing, suspension or transmission. It can also be the result of improper pressure. At any damage, contact a professional.

To prevent uneven wear, have the parallelism and balancing tires every six months. This will prolong the life of your tires and get a more comfortable ride.
Causes abnormal wear of the tire

Asymmetric wear on one shoulder: lack of parallelism or balancing.
Wear on both shoulders of the tread: under-inflation of the tire.
Wear on the central band: over-inflation of the tire.
6. The tires are not suitable for your vehicle

The optimum performance of your vehicle are obtained with the same type tires on the front and back.
Never climb a radial tire with a tire-ply

It is not advisable to mount on a vehicle radial tires with bias ply tires. However if you should use both, never ride a radial tire and a diagonal on the same axle. Furthermore, the two radial tires must be fitted to the rear. The diagonal will be at the front.

Many opportunities open to you to find the tires for your vehicle. If in doubt, use the selector made available by Michelin. Start your search with the brand of your vehicle. You can also make a selection by size or range of Michelin tires. This selector allows you to determine the most appropriate types of tires for your vehicle. When in doubt, consult a professional or documentation for the automaker.

Leading a social club with confidence


Self-confidence is somehow the quality of the twenty-first century it is used wrongly and through to now define the ability to reflect a certain charisma, sometimes the dredging of chicks in night clubs … But how do we achieve success in this endeavor and more specifically trying to lead a social club group?

If confidence was sesame, the key that allowed you to become aware of your worth, to know you better and in the end to make a social personality that fits you really?

This does not it allow you to improve in your life every day, to relativize the effects of stress and evolve without pressure?

You will understand, self-confidence, is neither more nor less than a judgment, criticism that limits your field of possibilities and your freedom of action.

So how gain self-esteem you may ask …

1. Build self-confidence by relativizing its environment-related pressures
By observing how the interactions of the relational sphere are built you can understand why you sometimes have doubts about your credibility or importance to your interventions.

Take two totally different examples:

You are with friends:
one of your best friends heckling you, lowering front of your usual small circle of acquaintances.

How do you react? Most of the time with humor and without having to feel offended, you send him the ball.

It’s the same with your family. You can certainly say and react to them according to your own personality without having to question the validity of the latter.

Why? Just because you know the social codes of the relational groups that are familiar to you.

You know you agreed not found, so you can make yourself comfortable. The pressure is almost non-existent and you can evolve with your natural reflexes.

In your subconscious, your opinion as valuable as that of your friends or family. You participate in an exchange and not a conflict.

You’re at the office or in the classroom:
you are asked to speak in front of everyone to expose the fruit of your labor.

You hesitate, Bumble and are not at all sure of your reasoning, even if you have done the research and you are recognized as someone effective.

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This feeling may also be present when your manager you pass a soap. How to react? By answering dryly at the risk of hurting see or crashing and showing his weakness of character?

The situation here is different from where you are in a small and familiar relational circle.

Your confidence is sometimes undermined by the presence of people you do not know (enough) because you do not know how they perceive you and what you give them social value.

How to think in fact that a commander can be at the same level as you?

Your aim to relativize the impact of the doubts that motivate you during daily interactions with your audience, so it’s deconstruct this pressure, this weight on your shoulders.

How? Just starting to realize that it is from your own thinking and not the other.

Self-confidence is built and evolves according to external phenomena.

Ask yourself: do the eyes of others is fundamentally impact my life?

Am I ready (e) to change partners, dress style, so to speak, of thinking and lifestyle to just be better perceived (s) of the people I barely know?

Or do I assert myself and make myself respected, because like everyone else, I keep my freedom to be who I am?

2. Self-confidence is a daily awareness
If I had to define self-confidence in a few words, I would say that it is the absence of doubt when performing a task or action.

I will even go further by adding that being confident, it’s just assume his personality to the outside world.

Take also the example of the people you are charismatic, what is their common, if not the fact always seem to know what they do and why they do it?

You must realize that it is doubting yourself you lose credibility and impact.

Whether in the field of seduction or in the professional world, those who know the most successful are those who dare to open without fear of judgment, those who know no other person has the legitimacy to do their change their way of being.

Asking too many questions is to limit oneself and therefore limit the expression of his confidence.

The fear of failure is not to motivate your choice or reactions.

Failure is part of the learning process and its value is indisputable: knowing and understanding accept mistakes we learn to become more efficient and better able to improve.

3. How to build self-confidence in concrete terms?
Now that you understand that nothing can touch you (because in reality, you will not die of joke because its author has no legitimacy), it’s time to pump up your confidence.

Here are some tips that can help you rebuild an assumed social personality:

Communication improves self confidence:
To feel better in his sneakers, simply grasp the relational interactions in a somewhat different way than usual.

Instead of asking how a person will judge you according to your opinion, ask yourself how it seeks to feel by interacting with you.

Certainly at ease, listened to, respected and important … like you after all!

Keep in mind this logic: people perceive you based on how you send them their own image.

So be polite, cheerful, kind and never hesitate to make contact with new people: there shall ye draw great satisfaction.

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If this seems logical, we realize that stress often leads to behaviors opposite of a policy promoting the development of interpersonal skills … do not fall into this trap!

It’s the same for your non-verbal communication (body language). Always be open, clear and full in your movements to limit doubt marks.

The look reinforces self-confidence:
Materialistic as it may seem, you can feel better about yourself by adopting a strengthening look (to you) your social value.

If the clothes do not make the man, however, it is recognized that this may be an effective first step in the evolution of your own perception of your personality.

Experiments build confidence:
Being master different areas of expertise can allow you to extend more credit.

It is advisable to multiply the experiences, both sporting and cultural or professional (training for example).

The more you enrich your knowledge, the more you will feel that your intrinsic social value increases, which allow you to be more comfortable at the time to discuss your background.

As you see, confidence is a totally subjective phenomenon whose main power is your own fear the judgment of others.

More you will manage to put the importance of the latter, the more you will feel free to make the choices dictated by your own personality and not the collective consciousness … enough to make a step towards personal development!

Travel with a caravan – essential precautions

traveling with a caravan
Caravans are heavier, wider, longer, and therefore less reactive, such coupling requires specific reflexes and a keen sense of anticipation. Overview.

Permits and training

If you are towing your own caravan, rules remain unchanged, the effective reform in January 2013 has made some changes on driver training and license categories. They are:

• Permit B is sufficient to pull, using a car, a trailer or semi-trailer whose total vehicle weight (GVW) does not exceed 750 kg.

• The B96 training is required when the sum of the gross weight (vehicle + trailer) exceeds 3 500 kg but not exceeding 4250 kg (see below). This learning takes seven hours and is organized in two stages on a single day: a sequence of non-circulation (HC) and another outstanding (CIR). The first, lasting four hours, combines theory and practice. The second, lasting three hours, allow to become familiar with the specifics related to the conduct of the type of hitch concerned. As part of this training, there is no examination, no control or medical. Between 250 and 300 euros.

• The license BE is mandatory when the sum of the gross weight exceeds 4250 kg this in the limit of 7000 kg permissible gross train weight (GCW).

The reflex to adopt

mobile home

Tow a caravan or trailer requires a minimum of experience because the very nature of a team changes the rules, the laws of physics require:

• Before leaving

– Take time to browse a few kilometers, if you have not made travel with a caravan for a long time. This will allow you to find the sensations and reflexes to own this type of conduct.

– Check the condition of the coupling, particularly in terms of the suspension, mirrors and lighting.

– Pay special attention to the tires. Because during a long period of parking, they tend to become oval. Replace them at least once every six years, even if they appear intact in appearance. Failing recommendation builder, inflate to 2.5 bar if it is of standard models, or 3 bars if it is reinforced models. Also, if you drive very busy, which is often the case for caravanning enthusiasts, increase the pressure of 0.5 bar.

– Reasonably Load your caravan. Although the layout of your model encourages squeeze in a lot of business. Whether at the arrow (the hitch ball) or the rear, too much weight can cause imbalance.

• on the road

– Control your speed and drive evenly. If PTAR the towing vehicle exceeds 3.5 tonnes, the maximum speed is 90 km / h on highway and 80 km / h on other roads. Above all, do not give in to the temptation to go faster downhill, including undertaking exceeded, exposing you to the risk of “lace-up” (see below).

• Maintain strict safety distances. It is mathematically more a vehicle is heavier, the distance required to stop is important. It is therefore strongly advised to slow down earlier than a simple car and anticipate looking away.

• Pass with caution. This precaution is especially true when it comes to double trucks. The air movement that follows may indeed unbalance your team. Therefore the speed to be achieved in such a case should not be much higher than that of the truck. Also make sure that the space between your heavy weight is more than enough.

• Avoid city centers. The dimensions that characterize your team are not consistent with the policies in urban areas. Whenever possible, drive on the main roads.

The “lace-up” bane caravan

This is the point at which the caravan starts oscillating and swerving, these movements are amplified up overturning. This can have several causes: a strong side wind, a sudden movement of air in the vicinity of a truck, a sudden change in the trajectory, and poor understanding of the situation (particular sensitivity to the coating, elongated stopping distance etc.) or poor balancing of the coupling. Good to know: a specific signaling is present at the top of some raids intended to alert you to the risk.

What the rules of the road

• A spacing of 50 meters is required between two vehicles of 3.5 tonnes or combinations of vehicles longer than 7 meters long according to the same speed (art. R412-12 of the Highway Code). Contravening this rule is liable to a violation of the fourth class (see our leaflet “The violations classes”), or a license suspension of three years.

• When the driver of a vehicle said slow (can not drive faster than 60 km / h on a portion of given route) runs on a track for his use, he has the option to take the path immediately to temporarily left to pass a vehicle (art. R422-1).

• Exceeding the third lane from the left, when it exists, is closed to vehicles with a GVWR greater than 3.5 tonnes or length, greater than 7 meters (Art. 412-25). Violate this rule is liable to a contravention of the second class (see our leaflet “The classes of tickets”).

What about insurance?

Once the weight of your trailer exceeds 750 kg a dedicated insurance is mandatory. Otherwise, contact your insurer to determine if your auto policy also covers the caravan. It may offer you special arrangements.

Social club games

social gathering

When you consider the prospect of having a couple dozen people gathered in a single, most likely closed space, you have to begin wrapping your mind around activities through which to keep those people entertained. Some social clubs have a specific agenda they need to go through before moving on to leisure activities. Despite what the specific organisation is at your club, more often than not, a point in time comes when all will be having a great deal of fun. When the time arrives, you better be prepared. Some facilities allow for a diverse entertainment environment, when others are somewhat more restrictive. This article will delve deeper into various possibilities for entertainment in a social club environment. We will mainly look at different types of games and activities, how to best implement them as well as a number of suggestions how to improve the experience.




Having in mind the rather unpleasant weather conditions throughout most of the year, it stands to reason the vast majority of time (as well as activities) will be spent indoors. On the bright side of things, at least tea and coffee will be available all the time. Despite not being on the outside, indoor games can still be challenging and even exhaustive physically. So if one is looking to burn some extra calories, that will very much be possible. Without further ado, let’s move on to the games and activities themselves.


Table tennis


Loved by many, this game requires skill and agility in order to master. Not to mention how exhaustive it can really be. Regardless both games being ‘tennis’, table tennis and court tennis have little in common. Both require to send the ball in opponent’s side without him/her being able to successfully return it back. That would be the gist of it and basically where all similarities end. Court tennis relies on running to different parts of the pitch for better tactical positioning through anticipation of opponent’s actions. In addition, there are areas of the pitch considered invalid, whereas table tennis allows you to hit every part of opponent’s part of the table and still score a point. Overall, a great activity for both young and old, male or female.



playing pool

While billiards or ‘pool’ is largely available in bars, malls and other leisure time venues, it is also found in private villas and mansions. Therefore, it stands to reason that a social club can host a table or two without much problem. The benefits this entertainment activity offers are too many to list here but we will outline a few just the same. For one thing, this is a fairly easy one as far as the use of the body is concerned. It can be played by all age groups, virtually and most of all, it’s fun. There are also plenty of different billiards games one can choose from – 8 ball, 9 ball just to mention a few. A pool table does not take too much space in a room too. It can comfortably be fit into a normal size apartment room and there still will be enough space for other things as well.



playing darts

Fairly popular indoor game as well. Available at like-real form with sharp darts thrown at a wooden board as well as a more superficial electronic format allowing for plastic darts to be used as well. To each his own as they say and the only real consideration one might have here would go to safety. If small children attend those gatherings at times as well, then it might be good to go for the electronic one, just to be on the safe side. At the same time, if budget constraints do not allow for such purchase, the wooden ones are fairly inexpensive.


Card games


Who does not like card games? They are fun to play, could easily take up the whole game and can be enjoyed by everyone. Most popular card games are bridge, solitare, black jack, thirty one and go fish. Harmless, easy and enjoyable. Nearly the perfect combination for both younger and older audiences. Not to mention completely inexpensive.


Computer games


If you are trying to engage younger audience, it might just be better to allow for several computers to be present at your social club headquarters. No need to even mind the kind of games to be played, the people themselves will have this figured out pretty soon. So as long as computers are connected to one another allowing for LAN play, you have done your job as social club administrator.


Drinking games


This alternative may or may not seem a bit out there, unorthodox to some, but consider the merits before delivering a verdict. First of all, depending on the audience, this could be a non-alcoholic competition. The prospects of that are far from great and the desired (fun) effect may fade into the background but technically, orange juice could still do the trick. Alternatively, one can opt for moderation in this practice allowing for mild alcoholic beverages to take part in the contest. For instance, tea with rum 2 to 1 in favour of tea could make for an excellent drink in case you don’t want your guests to roll on the floor after half hour of playing.


In case, however that you wish to go full blown shitfaced on this one and have an occasion you wish to celebrate the old fashioned hardcore way, then that is fine, as long as you consider the circumstances. At the very least, you need to have places for people to rest in case they get hammered and also to ensure proper hygiene and cleanliness will be restored on the next day. The best way to do so is to ensure that well in advance, you have booked some affordable end of tenancy cleaning which is thorough and detailed enough to tackle the mess after such function. It will save some money too and you have a guarantee for quality as opposed to normal one-off quick cleanings.



If weather allows for it and you have all necessary means to organise this, outdoor activities can be great fun. Make sure to observe health and safety regulations with everything you organise for large groups of people.



playing paintball

One of the most popular ways to have fun in groups outdoor is to play some paintball. This military simulation can be very exciting if you have a physically active group of people. All necessary precautions need to be take, especially protective masks and uniforms. This particular activity is connected to some side expenses as well so take those into account before deciding whether to go ahead with this.


Team building style


If you have been on one of those corporate team buildings, then you know what this section will be all about. For instance, you can divide your group into a few different teams. Each team will be competing against the others on a chain of challenges. Teams could be required to draw a team flag on a piece of paper for limited time. Or to run in corridor towards a designated area and throw darts for highest possible score. Time and overall score will determine the winner. Another game could feature people being tied with lases onto each other and run in pairs while competing with others. These and the like could provide a great deal of entertainment and help toward building a social spirit and cooperation.




We sincerely hope you found something useful in this article and will do your best to implement whatever you decided on being most suitable for your social club. Keep visiting this web page for more interesting facts and articles concerning social clubs as well as mobile homes. We will post regular updates regarding these topics as well as some more useful related information.

How to restoring a caravan Sterckeman

1) Let us put the story:

That’s it! After more than 30 years of camping, it’s decided, my wife and I want to try caravanning. For lots of reason: A little more comfort especially for the latest 6 months, the ability to quickly bivouac at night without a 2:00 pitch the tent, and then just for a change.

We are looking through all the usual channels: ads, acquaintances, both internet. We wanted to have a child’s room to sleep and small to continue the quiet evening. This therefore excluded caravans side dinette because it transforms itself into too small a space for two adults.

We end up finding on the Bordeaux region a caravan that suits us at a price that suits us well. Money is always the name of the game!

This is probably our first mistake: Having bought away from home. Especially for a first trailer. I had traveled the forums, looked for information to try to avoid a bad purchase. But nothing beats experience and habit.

So we‘re off to Bordeaux, with the idea of ​​buying the trailer and go directly on holiday with. Second mistake: always take the time to test that surprises appear.

The meeting with the seller happens could not be better. The caravan is in good condition outside, inside the frame is healthy, no corrosion. I was shown a few flaws: a closet door was repaired, a small track up the lining, tinkering what. The walls ring mat, seals were redone with putty. Everything looks in order.

The sale is concluded. I splint, system stabilizers, and it’s off to the Massif Central, supposed place of our holiday. Children await us at the grandparents, we will take them along the way.

After 100 km of highway, the night comes and I stop. A little more tension on the blade stabs further facilitate driving. These stabilizers are a sacred invention! Well aimed, they almost make you forget the caravan behind the car. All is well. Not for long!

To me for a few hours I lay on the lower bunk room, and … I found myself on the ground. This is the beginning of a nightmare! fixing the sleeper is detached from the wall. I try to reattach course, but the screws rotate in a vacuum. Probing beneath the siding, I makes me the obvious: the wood inside the walls turned into tow! and it is the same on both sides! On the surface, nothing is visible, but the walls do not have any strength. Later, after démotnage, the damage will appear in all their magnitude:

Frantic, I called the seller, ready to bring back his trailer. Surprised, he asked me details about what happened. I have no reason to suspect his sincerity, because I myself inspected the caravan without noticing anything suspicious. He finally offered me a deal on the price, as it has of course not want to take a caravan that will dare to sell what I taught him. I do not really have any other choice but to accept.

We leave the next morning while driving cautiously, not knowing what has attended us. The trip to the Massif Central passes uneventfully until we reach the mountain roads.

A few tens of kilometers of our interim destination, we just hear a donkey after a big “Craaaaaacccccc” a look in the mirror gives me on the scale of the disaster: The front of the box was torn off the frame, the front trunk is broken in two, and the caravan swings like the mouth of a crocodile, letting us see the bunks collapsed intermittently.

This can happen in the head of the unfortunate holidaymaker at that time? Well … NOTHING! Not even the urge to set fire to this disastrous purchase. Too bad surprises in no time, fatigue 400Km driving the eye in the mirrors the mind does not respond, emotional either.

I pick up the pieces, I attach what I can with bungee cords so as not to play more Tom Thumb, and we leave at 10 - 15 km. / Hr The last 40km are a nightmare, the caravan seems to disintegrate each turn. Finally, I arrive at my parents. I must leave the caravan on the edge of the road, because the pathname is steep, and I fear that my car can not slow down or maneuver sufficiently to place the remains of the caravan in the correct position.

before repairWhat we learned today: The holidays are damned!

I pass over the disappointment of children, the head of my parents, the wife who does not know where to turn, and I refuse to consider anything before a good night’s sleep.

It must be said that until the I have not really thought about taking pictures of our troubles, hence the lengthy explanation.

The next morning rested but still desperate, we must manage priorities. A neighboring farmer down the caravan up with my parents, and maneuver for the best position. He was impressed by the state of the caravan. He never saw that. Me neither, and for good reason.

2) How far does gangrene go?

We ended up taking the absolutely unreasonable to try to save the patient decision, even though the case seems a little desperate.

The caravan in place, it must stall for working below. The work area is rather “rustic”. The songs in the front box was stored away in the barn. As seen below, the front was torn off the sides.

You always end up arriving on the healthy parts, even if the bindings gave out. Needless to say, we could recover it. The floor of a caravan, like the walls, is a “laminate” the bottom is in hardboard rot” (my eye!), The top against plated, and in between a wooden frame (here fir ) maintains the expanded polystyrene panels for insulating. In short, this is a very fragile construction.

For strength, it is best to stagger the joints between new and old materials. The top plywood is cut beyond the frames fir.

You can see the black marks that the caravan has been for many years (in my opinion since it was built almost ) water leaks that have gradually rots the wooden structure of the sides and floor . The lining was made ​​of a plastic material. This explains why the damage did not appear visible. Another drawback: waterproof listed on both sides absolutely drying out inside the walls. I also found plenty of waterlogged wood.

All cleats on the front panel are unrecoverable because rotted on the sides. Initially the timber are joined together by metal staples which eventually cause electrolysis of aluminum outside, creating holes. We must therefore find another method of assembly.

In examining the totality of the caravan, I discovered that the back also had leaks. Some woods are changing, but not out of proportion to the damage to the front.

3) Reconstruction:

It starts well on a raid at suppliers of building materials in the area. Less common supplies such as coatings and sealants will be found on Rodez. And here we go!

For the floor, it takes quite thin panels and supporting good overhang. the choice is glued panels tabs (OSB 3 +). This material is not afraid of moisture. Fasteners chassis and jacks are reinforced by poplar. This lightweight, fibrous wood used for roofing slate has several advantages: it hardly kept dry, and does not rust nails or screws.

The insulation will be redone expanded polystyrene and the gaps filled with polyurethane foam.
The panels will be outside surface of 5 mm plywood.

Original small cleats are replaced by cleats double section, and the sleepers are poplar 25mm.

The two pieces curved down the front are also poplar and shaped to fit at best the sheet aluminum. It took a lot of hours just to re-shape at the front, twisted during removal.

All woods are assembled by cadmium plated screws down on edge, so no contact with the sheet, and glued. A general strengthening was obtained by replacing assemblies of small pieces by larger areas of solid wood.

The old lady is getting a makeover by changing the original décor to a trivial (but pretty) wallpaper. That may be a mistake against a more resistant coating, the future will tell. It will have no influence on the strength anyway.

Meanwhile, the rain started to fall continuously. Fortunately, I made ​​sure to completely RE-SEAL caravan with polyurethane sealant. It’s much more effective than silicone sealant assemblies sheet. Indeed, most no drop goes through the roof. By cons, my canvas is pierced, and the water comes in through the gaping hole in the front trunk. Grrrr ….! I have to stop work on the front of the caravan.

So I focus on the back, and am very proud to present the new look of our Sterckeman, a little site I grant you, but younger than the previous chicken foot.

However, a month and a half has passed, and the new school year is fast approaching. So we have to pack up and return to Nice. I return danq few days to finish up the work dried out and show you the beast in a state like new” almost.

4) The caravan II: The Return

In early September, I let the wife and kids in Nice and I take the path of the Massif Central. The car is filled with materials that will certainly be useful to me, and tools that can still be used.” It was on that I need that I did not take, Murphy’s Law requires …

When I get there, the weather is looking good for several days and the site is dry. Good, the mud has never been practical for work. I remove the tarp protection, and … I found the wallpaper off the 2/3. Diagnosis: it dries completely, glue a wallpaper does not adhere at all to the old laminated covering. To solve the problem, a local shop advised me glue flooring. And not very expensive and more. € 20 3 Kg Doubtful, I try. It works, in fact, the paper fits securely. Almost too. To change it, it’ll be a different story, but we is not there yet.

Once the wallpaper is complete, you have to attack the floor. By first removing all remnants of the old. I try to take off one piece for me to use as a template. Of course, purists will say Oh, it has not removed the furniture, he cut around.” And it’s partly true. I left on the kitchen, the dining room and the block boxes under rear bench block. Ares had to smooth the cons below plated with polyester putty.

As side front bathroom were announcing themselves rather complicated I looked for a solution to limit the work, especially the risk of error: Once cut, what is lacking can not be returned! So what?

This allows cutting close to the shower tray, without the need for precision, since the door and bulkhead will cover everything.
I came to realize how much an hour to disassemble a piece of furniture is a time saver in the end, because the cutouts around the frames are really tedious, and require extensive testing before the result is clean and clear. After careful sizing with the same glue for paper, the ground has taken a look presentable, more “human”.

The drawer holding about his runners against plated, I brought Nice metal ball bearing slides. After planing, last dimension, and careful adjustment, the spool working again. It now opens completely, which is convenient for cleaning.

Reassembling the bathroom requires a little more work. Indeed, for no apparent reason it lacks 1.5 cm to the wall supporting the mirror so the door can close. And it’s obviously not new. I decided to make a small change:

It has “enough” to switch a half turn the door and the wall … Well, AC made ​​me mess up a strip of wallpaper, but that’s okay. The amount which supports the hinges of the door is again wider (and in the woods, please!) To fill the space, and the door locks flawlessly. Incidentally, Mrs. appreciate not out of the bathroom directly opposite the front door, opened frequently. A third reason for this change is that I plan to install the Rolls Royce of comfort for the caravan: the cassette toilet (It will be for next year can be, but it is better to plan now) Now original available prevented because of the assembly wheel. The new location of the door frees up space that runs the full width of the bathroom and allows the installation of the door. Smart, right?

Meanwhile I dove into the polyester resin to collect the pieces of the front trunk, reverently picked up on the road by our little mom and Audrie. He has already undergone repairs at its bottom, following shock I guess. But here, it’s the top that was torn off. The pieces are stuck back together, and the whole is lined with glass cloth impregnated with resin: There’s no more classic.

By the way, I wanted to change the colors of the caravan, because the brown and red 80s did not really liked it. The choice fell on a blue lagoon and a yellow gold that are more current and won unanimously in the family. 4 rolls, 200 m paper caulking are needed to define all the features of the caravan!

I do not have much time to admire the end result because I have half an hour to clean everything before a neighbor to come with his tractor up the caravan on the road. So I took my courage in both hands, a mop and the camera, just to have some memories anyway. This is the most frustrating ca in history when at last the galley ends is to abandon the object of so much attention in a hiverneur until next year. Snifff

5) Review of the operation:

Purchase Price: 750 (After arrangement with the seller)
Materials: 600
Spent time: 2 ½ months, 7 days a week, 12 hours a day. I dare not make the total.

It is clear that it is not profitable, I knew that before I started. But that’s not why I started this reconstruction. Who wants to scrap what he has just bought ?? No one, of course. So the only solution was to flatten el problem and change everything we needed.

I console myself by thinking that next year I can take this caravan, and that tinkering is limited to maintenance details or improvement. Finally, this is what we all hope!

6) Two years later:

It has been two years since we use this caravan restored and we can appreciate its interior intelligently laid out.

Work in 2007 included good time. The joints were more reopened, and the caravan is still tight. The structure does not move, either. The only thing I would do differently is that I no longer would put decoratively painted paper. Indeed, variations in temperature experienced by the caravan between summer and winter have shrunk the wallpaper, and it does not very pretty. Paint would have been more appropriate. But there have been sticking to glass cloth on the walls in order to paint them.

We bought a large canopy depth that allows you to use the caravan as room only. A basic chemical toilet (Not a Thetford cassette, unfortunately) found at a garage sale took place in the bathroom.
A microwave grill throne above the gas burners that we do not use because nosu have installed a stove under the awning.

This caravan will not be eternal, but the work provided for the rehabilitation allows us to enjoy a vacation that we would not have if we had decided to scrap it, as common sense suggested to do so.

Like what, this is not always the most cost-effective solutions that pay off over time. A thought …

7) Five years later …

Already in 2012! Our sixth was in the trailer ended with one notable incident, the refrigerator broke down. I’ll have to find something else. I took a vacation to clean the brake pads, which were not even worn, just ice. The shock shaft is dead too, and when we drive, the caravan balance. It’s not pleasant for the occupants of the car. A change so …

If I look at the work done in 2007, they did not move. The intakes were not reopened, the caravan is dry. She now spends 11 months of the year covered shed, which also explains the good condition of the renovated shell. Painted paper in a caravan is definitely banned. With two devils 10 and 6 years coming and going, it is impossible to keep clean. Now that the kids are grown, the trailer seems to have shrunk. I think the time is coming and it will change it to a larger model … when finances permit. One thing is for sure: I will never buy a caravan that sleeps outdoors!
finished work