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

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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

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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.

 

INDOOR ACTIVITIES

 

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.

 

Billiards

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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.

 

Darts

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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.

 

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

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.

 

Paintball

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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.

 

Conclusions

 

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

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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!
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Important caravan specifications

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DEFINITION

Those are described as habitable land vehicles, intended for temporary or seasonal occupation for leisure use. They must retain permanently mobility means allowing them to move by themselves or be moved by pulling the Highway Code does not prohibit them from circulating.

CARAVAN PARK AT HOME, LEGAL OR NOT?

It is perfectly legal to store your caravan on your land or in the garage where your home is located, whether it has retained its means of mobility and can be towed to the next holiday, for your vehicle.
You can also park on land owned by you another three months of the year, whether or not consecutive. In addition, you must obtain permission from the mayor of the municipality.
Finally, it is possible for campsites providing this service, leave your caravan on the campsite where you spent your holiday. In this case, you will pay the delivery caravan park” until your next visit


SPEED LIMITS

A new measure of the Highway Code, published quietly in 2008, involves the teams of the following rule: if the Gross Combined Weight (GCW) of the towing car indicated on your registration card, exceeds 3.5 tonnes, you are subjected to new speed limits.

These speed limits are now as follows:

90 km / h on the highway (instead of 110 km / h before)
and 80 km / h on other roads.

Namely: in Europe, restrictions highway speed for vehicles using a trailer or caravan is still higher than in France.

 


YOUR CARAVAN INSURANCE


Warning your caravan is not automatically provided by your car insurance or by insurance included in the membership of the FFCC or an Affiliated Club. It is necessary and essential to ensure as caravan. FFCC or consult your usual insurer.
FFCC to better protect your caravan capital subscribed in the direction of its members a special very suitable insurance covering your caravan and its contents. Ask 01 42 72 84 08 All information and documents.

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Article L.211-1.- Any natural or legal person shall, for circulating a land motor vehicle, and its trailers, be covered by insurance guaranteeing civil liability and be able to demonstrate by presenting green card “insurance.


SPEED CONTROL

We can not overemphasize remembering that you should never make a raid to increase its speed, especially for double. If the gradient is strong enough, reaching the grade on the report that would be used in reverse. This avoids the danger of setting laces caravan

How to stop a formal lace? Decrease speed, kicking his brakes when the trailer comes in alignment with the tractor. The boards of acceleration rather than deceleration are reserved for experienced pilots. This update yaw may occur in case of overload, under inflated tires, a weight insufficient arrow a caravan too loaded on the back or during strong gales in a raid for example.


ANTILLES

These systems prevent primer commissioning yaw handing the caravan in the path of the car. This saves in security and speed “cruise”. These systems do not harm any braking and steering at.

Remarks. Even with these systems, the maximum towing weight of the car must be respected. The hitch balls feature some models antilacets should never be greased on pain of inefficiency.


SHOCK

Normally the caravans are equipped with torsion bars or rubber components and therefore can be run without dampers. Nevertheless, the shock absorbers improve handling and is a safety factor in tension.
WEIGHT ARROW (GROUND THAT BASED ON THE BALL HITCH)

For proper handling, weight is recommended to arrow corresponding to 5-7% of GVW.

This weight is reached to the arrow, the other charges are placed as close to the ground to maintain a low center of gravity and preferably about the axis of the axle. Remember, in this case, slightly overinflate tires the towing of 200 to 300 g in order to prevent overheating.
Tip: For security reasons avoid driving with an anti-theft lock arrow because in case of an accident, it may be difficult to unhitch your caravan.


BALL HITCH

Art R317-23 the Highway Code states that every motor vehicle shall be arranged so as to reduce as far as possible, in case of collision, accident risks injury, both for vehicle occupants and for other road users.
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Every motorist must assess, based on the position and shape of the device used, the dangerousness of his vehicle and take appropriate action accordingly.
Some towbars are removable without tools, so they can be removed when the car is not towed. For devices that require tools, it is best not to make disassembly that would result, over time, weaken the team. We must then take the precaution of protecting the ball with anti-shock, up to the shins, the gooseneck or the coupling head can become the source of shocks for adults or children. Disassembly of the ball on a car that does not tow is not mandatory.


SAFETY DISTANCE

If we follow a caravan or truck, within the interval of 50 meters required. Being easily overtaken by a faster vehicle is a rule of courtesy which enhances the image of the caravan.


DRIVING AT NIGHT

Night driving a hitch does not require specific quality. However, the fact of the nature of a hitch (difficulties parking in case of breakdown, puncture etc.), it is advisable to limit the nocturnal movements. Better to lose a few hours of vacation to spoil it completely!


TIPS FOR THE EXCESS

The overflow problem often involves heavy vehicles. Indeed, we must be wary of what is called the slap, breath of wind that is felt when overtaking lorries, it is at this point that there is a risk of placing yaw . You have to have a reserve of power, does not go much faster than heavy but to accelerate frankly when we will exceed weight. Wind is the big enemy caravan, think slow if weather conditions require. Be aware that a vehicle towing a caravan should not, on French motorways three-way, use the leftmost lane.


LOADING HIS CARAVAN

The good behavior of the coupling depends on the loading of the caravan. It does not take too much load or the arrow or the back. Beware about it from the often large storage capacity behind the caravans because overloading the rear can cause the trailer to swerve hitch. You have to load heavy objects on the ground and, if possible, on the axle or nearby. We advise you to measure the loaded weight in your caravan (an example: 75 to 80 kg load for a caravan of 1,300 kg).

How to find the balance between work and leisure

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Finding the balance between work and life is not easy for anyone. How to have a fulfilling professional life while having sufficient time to take care of yourself, your surroundings and have fun? Is it possible to achieve personal goals without killing themselves to the task?

Have you been told you should work harder? That would be beneficial to your work or studies?
At the same time, you probably also like to have more free time to have fun and do what you really like.

Is it really an insoluble problem? Are we really condemned to choose between duty and pleasure? How to find a balance between work and leisure?

Rest assured, you are not alone in facing this dilemma. Far from it. This is not a new problem. The writings on the subject in existence since at least until the Greek philosophers of antiquity. But I think it is more relevant than ever.
Today, new technologies have made it possible to work remotely. This has obvious advantages. But it has also helped to make the boundary between private and professional life increasingly blurred. How to realize in early pregnancy for example, when you have to actually stop.

balance work and leisureSince we almost always reachable or we can work all the time. The problem is that if we are constantly working, we end up feeling drained of our energy. Our motivation is diminished and fatigue does not hesitate to show the tip of his nose. And this can happen even when we do an exciting activity. Personally, my work interests me a lot, but that does not stop me from sometimes feeling the need to cut and devote myself to something totally different to clear my head” (and also to avoid dreaming of my clients and the products that I sell at night).

It is therefore important to know sometimes decompress. But, on the other hand, spend most of his time to have fun and do fun activities often means not do anything special. Is to abandon all personal project, any desire for professional development on the altar of immediate pleasure. Of course, at first we enjoy having so much time to spend on leisure activities. But after some time, we always end up feeling guilty, regretting the lost time and no longer enjoy their leisure time.

In an ideal world, we could do consistently what makes us happy. This should never any consequences and we would experience never even a hint of guilt. But personally, I have yet to find that perfect world (let me know if you get there).

How can we find a balance between work and play that allows us to do many things as possible without incurring loss of energy and motivation? At the same time, how can we really leverage the most of our free time to have fun, to enjoy life without us feel unproductive and lazy?

Step One: To improve the quality of our business

What I mean by that?
Simply select the activities that have a real impact. If they ask you why you do these activities, your response must be immediate. If it does not, there is certainly another activity you could do instead, which would be a better use of your time. What I call an activity better.

I speak of course of our business activities, as well as our leisure. By improving the quality of our leisure, we can derive greater benefits thereof and greater satisfaction. And all this by spending less time!
The essence of this philosophy is to focus on quality over quantity. It’s just picking a few activities in which you immerse yourself totally. We thus derive much more benefit than juggling their a multitude of unsatisfactory work. English speakers often call this “Less is More” and it’s a philosophy that I already mentioned in my summary of The 4-Hour Workweek and The Art of get to the point.

Many of our activities have simply not sufficient impact. Some professional tasks are not really productive. Some recreation give us some relaxation or pleasure. For example, too many people are watching TV shows that do not interest them. Sometimes we hear even complain that “there is nothing interesting on TV” .Pourtant, they look the same. To believe that their model has no on / off button.
Why do they do this?
Simply out of habit. Or because it’s an easy way. Because they did not want to work, and because they have no activity they really enjoy for their free time.

By asking real questions like “Is what I’m doing is really important? What results can I expect from this activity? “We can free themselves from these time wasters. Therefore, we can use this time for activities that you really enjoy, that are really productive, or both
Not by doing so, this will allow you to have more time for leisure, but in addition you will also be more effective in your professional life! It is not life grand?

Second step: learning to manage her energy level

Have time to complete a task, it’s nice. It is even necessary. But it is not always enough! Some tasks require a lot of concentration and energy. And usually, these tasks are also the most enjoyable and productive.

To increase your energy level, you have to start with a balanced diet (fruits, vegetables, fish, white meat, cereals … completes). Remember that food is your fuel. If the fuel you put in the tank is bad, no wonder you have trouble moving.
Practice regular exercise also helps to have a more constant level throughout the day and increase energy it.
Of course, it is also important to monitor your sleep and make sure you do not sleep neither too much nor too little.

a helping handOnce we managed to increase energy levels and make it more consistent, it becomes much easier to focus on important tasks instead of wasting time.

It is very important to manage your energy levels as part of the work. Like everyone else, when I work on a difficult subject contretemps, I ended up feeling the need to take a break. Many people I know take the opportunity to surf the internet, do a loner, check their email, chat
Please do not do it especially! Yes, I know, you need a break and it would be against-productive to continue to work in your state. I do not disagree. But if you take a break, take a real break! When I feel the need to recharge my batteries, I walk away from my computer. Sometimes I go to the fountain for a drink of fresh water. Often, I want to get out of the office, take the air for 5 minutes and walk a little. You can also take the opportunity to eat a fruit (so you maintain at the same time your energy level-)).

Make a real break retrieves energy and to clear the mind. Thus, you are again able to work at 100% of your ability. However, if you take a break while surfing the web, or watching your emails, you do not rest. Instead, you simply waste time. often you concentrate and your 5 minute break turns into break for half an hour.

By working smarter, taking real breaks when you need them instead of mere distractions, it’s easy to reduce the total time you spend working. This, quite simply, because then you’ll really be able to work when you need it. So you increase the time available for mechanically leisure.

How to create an association or social club

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Want to start a badminton club, support groups, an independent social club or build a support center for people? Why not create an association? This is a noble undertaking. Not an easy one though. One needs to consider a variety of difficulties before going ahead with this. Although this article will not delve deep into the merits of offline vs. online social gatherings, one needs to be mindful of the fact that social media poses great threat over social clubs and associations generally requiring its members to gather on the same physical space. It is still possible to achieve so no need for despair.

Here’s a short guide how to accomplish that.

Who can create an association?

Everyone, provided they are at least two and be of age. Some people are still deemed unfit to manage an association of public officials subject to certain exceptions, persons deprived of their civil rights, or disqualified from running a corporation. Those restrictions in some countries apply to convicts, mentally unbalanced people or people hospitalised for conditions known to greatly affect sound judgement and perception of the surrounding world.


Steps:

1 Determine the status of the association. To declare an association, we must define the status. This is called the partnership agreement. It is established freely even if subject to some constraints. For example, the reason for the association, the exact name and address of the registered office must appear.

2. validate the contract of association by a constituent assembly in the presence of the founding members. Leaders are appointed. The terms of their election or the competence and scheduling general meetings therein. This meeting is subject to the minutes required to complete the memorandum of the association.

3 Declare the association using an online form, which must be returned to the prefecture or sub-prefecture of the head office of the association. Once the return is registered and published in the Official Journal by the prefecture, the association has a legal capacity.


How much does that cost?

Publication in the official newspaper has varying costs in different countries. Research more thoroughly what is the situation in your specific country.

Online management. Once registered, the association can streamline processes by creating an account on the government website.

social gatheringThe difficulty was rather in determining the status: There was considerable discussion on our upstream specific purpose or membership requirements. The burden here typically is on the leaders and creators of the association/social club. They are the ones to set certain boundaries, what is allowed, what is not. There are dire consequences to these choices, some structural, others financial, etc.

With growing popularity of social networks, we can easily state that social clubs and associations resembling the latter are in deep crisis. It is up to them and their current and future leaders to find a way to incorporate those ideals and structure to include more of the internet because it seems this is the direction younger society seems to be going towards. If social clubs wish to remain in existence, they too, must adapt to the changes and demonstrate higher flexibility or perish forever.

10 questions for a communication strategy in social media

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Socializing with others is getting more and more complicated in time. Technology has a huge play here and influences the way we commune with one another. According to some, social clubs are becoming obsolete and being replaced by online social media. In order to get a better understanding what social media is and how to approach it effectively, one needs to ask a number of important questions. Especially if you run a business and wish to go through the social media rather than attract your audience the old fashioned way. Through the answers and through diligent comparison, one can determine whether the social clubs should be no more and to be replaced by online counterparts. Social media is now essential to communicate effectively. However, it is important to conduct a thoughtful social media strategy. For this, a thorough analysis and regular is mandatory. Here are 10 questions to be asked about strategy of communication through social media.

In each social media, we can observe that most people do not really have a strategy. Unfortunately, it is not enough to create an account on a social network to achieve significant results. To communicate effectively through social media, it is essential to develop a strategy.

Once the Social Media strategy defined and implemented, it does not stop there. Internet is constantly evolving. Behavior, the needs of users and consumers as well. It is important to regularly review strategy and to ask the right questions to ensure the relevance of actions.

These 10 questions will help you first to ensure the effectiveness of your communication on social media. They also allow you to optimize the allocation of budgets. Your investment in Facebook may or may not be justified? What are the benefits? Conversely, you are investing very little in Twitter but returns are exceptional? Redistribution may be worth considering. Analyzing strategy is an opportunity to step back and draw the right conclusions.


Social Media Strategy and Organization

The Social Media communication is everyone’s business. It applies to all members of a structure. Here are 3 questions to ask:
The objectives of my Social Media communication they match my overall goals?

Keep in mind the fact that social media are just additional tools to achieve its goals: to develop its sales, gain market share, find a new job or just simply find new friends and have more or less meaningful social internet life.

It is important to identify targets for Social Media communication in connection with overall objectives. Want to win market share? For this you need to reach new targets! Social media can help you. Want to change your job? You must gain visibility! Social media can help you.

This question should help you determine how social media can help you in achieving your overall goal.


Organisation

Contacting media communication affects all members of an organization, a business. Not only the marketing and communications department. Trade must be present on social media for prospecting, human resources for the employer brand.


Do I have a strategy for each player?

Social Media communication affects everyone, yes. But no matter how. You must ensure that each carries an appropriate strategy. Commercial they have a prospecting strategy? What is the strategy of human resources to develop the employer brand of the company on social media?

This question is to you to make sure that everyone in your organization understands the importance of its role in your Social Media communication and it adheres to the strategy assigned to it.


Social Media Strategy and Impact

Setting targets is good but it is important to measure advancements, to study the impact of your communication Social Media to optimize its strategy as necessary.
Did I determine performance indicators for each of my goals?

To measure the progress of a goal and the impact of your Social Media strategy, you need to determine points to analyze performance indicators (KPIs) that allow you to analyze the specific impact of your actions.
Do I have an accurate method to analyze my performance indicators?

It is not enough to determine performance indicators to effectively measure its communication strategy Social Media. It should also be analyzed appropriately. For this, you need to work dashboards, reportings, publish regularly. Once a day? A week or a month? To you to determine.

These two questions should allow you to list the points to be used to verify the relevance of your communication strategy Social Media. They confirm that you fully analyze your performance indicators and your reporting and summaries are sufficiently clear and precise to optimize your actions.


How do I stand compared to the competition?

social clubsMeasure the results of their actions does not mean they are good. They must be compared. Put them in touch with the market and competition: size of community, commitment rates, online reputation and others.

This question should allow you to better position yourself in the market, know your strengths but also your weaknesses. Then you will base your strategy on your strengths and will work points to reduce your weaknesses
Social Media communication strategy, how? Social Media Strategy and Resources

A good strategy is all about resources: budgets, manpower and tools. It is important to have the right resources to carry out its strategy and especially not to overstate its case.


My results are they up to my investments?

Now that you have analyzed the fallen of your actions, you need to compare your investments, measure your ROI (Return on Investment). This question is crucial. It will help you determine the proper use of your resources and you may suggest a new allocation.

This question should allow you to determine the most effective tools and reallocate your budget depending on the relevance of your actions.
My actions are compatible?

One of the most common mistakes in Social Media communication is to use all available levers. This is not the solution. Wanting to be present on all social networks, it disperses. We’re wasting time and especially money. It is better to have a large community and committed on a single media minimal on each platform

This question is to you to ensure that the different levers that you use are in harmony, that your tools are a fluid and relevant ecosystem.


Social Media and Audience Strategy
Do I know my target?

The question might seem silly. Ask yourself anyway, this is paramount. Know your target on the fingertips. Nothing should escape: as it consumes, how it navigates on the internet which platforms she attended, what are their needs, expectations and desires?

This question will help you determine the precise content to be posted on social media. We’re talking about Inbound Marketing.
In conclusion,
My actions are sufficient?

You have analyzed the impact of your actions, you are assured that you were up to your investments. But is that enough? Internet goes fast, the competition also. Do not sit on your laurels. You can always do more, anticipating the reactions of your competition and changes in behavior. A communication strategy Social Media is also a constant questioning. Additionally, make sure you think long and hard about still keeping true to the old ways and go through social clubs to engage your potential target audience.

How can you increase the value of a mobile home?

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Unlike traditional homes, most mobile ones depreciate in value similar to how cars do and less like houses. To maintain and enhance the value of a mobile home, an owner of a mobile home should practice regular maintenance during the time he owns the house. Once it is ready for sale, there are many structural, aesthetic and functional repairs and improvements that can be done to increase the value, as well as tips and tricks that they can use to attract potential buyers. It is easy to determine repairs and improvements to be made when you remember a person interested in buying a mobile home is also interested in the home loan. That is, if it’s dangerous or unsightly repairs. Before starting to work to increase the value of a mobile home, consider making the property assessed. Depending on where you live, you can have access to real estate expertise of companies, and many of these companies focus on manufactured homes. You can also speak with a real estate agent who can provide you with a estimated selling price based on the current condition of your mobile home. The agent can also offer specific suggestions for improving the mobile home to increase the selling price. Once you make renovations to the mobile home, you may request an updated assessment., Structural problems and safety can reduce the value of a mobile home. If your mobile home has structural problems, fix them before trying to sell. It could mean the repair or replacement of a roof, pillar of the house, or windows.

 

inside of a mobile homeDepending on the age and condition of the mobile home, you might also need to replace or repair the floors, walls or ceiling. Consider hiring a professional to evaluate the mobile home plumbing and electrical systems, and repair or replace if necessary., It is a new coat of paint can increase the value of a mobile home may seem surprising, but it’s true. If inside the mobile home or outside needs a new paint job due to cracks, chips or color out-of-date, give him one. Other aesthetic features that can increase the value of a mobile home include new ceiling and flooring. For example, you may want to replace or repair ceiling tiles or lay new carpet. The new coatings you choose will depend on the room., Another way to remodel a mobile home and increase its value is to install the upgraded appliances.

 

The two most common pieces of potential buyers are closely watching the kitchen and bathroom. Visit the home improvement stores and Web sites to learn more about the new models or popular refrigerators, stoves, sinks and dishwashers. If your mobile home bathtub, shower, toilet and sink are outdated or in poor condition, consider replacing them. You can even watch the new washers and dryers if your mobile home has a laundry or utility room dedicated space., If you have time and money, you can increase the value of a mobile home in making a permanent structure. This means incorporating a solid foundation for the mobile home, rather than the typical mobile home accessories such as support beams and behind. You can also enlarge a mobile home to include additional parts and even add units to the outside of the property, such as a garage or storage building. Unless you have prior experience with these larger projects, it is best to hire a professional to complete., Also, do not underestimate the power of curb appeal. While it may not significantly increase the value of a mobile home in terms of selling price, it increases the value of the mind of a potential buyer. Also, a nice curb appeal helps attract more potential buyers. The increased attractiveness of a home can include simple measures like planting flowers or greenery in the yard, and measures more involved, such as repairing cracked sidewalks. A good rule to remember as you approach your improvements Curb Appeal is that the goal is to make the mobile home and the surrounding property more inviting.

Buying a used mobile home? 18 steps for what to watch for and how to do it correctly

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If you are considering buying a used mobile home, there are things you need to look out for. Buying a mobile home is not like buying a regular stick building and certainly not like your average brick work. You need to know what to look for before you buy a used mobile home. Here are 10 things to look for when buying a used mobile home. These tips will guide you to make the right decision and / or how to negotiate in your best interest. Prevention is better than cure more often than not. My seven years of sales of used mobile homes taught me many things. I‘m passing on this information to you so you can make an informed choice.

1 Age. If your finances are tight, do not buy anything newer than 1977 It’s time to cut funding for good and also the year, a lender can determine if the used mobile home is a HUD home. To that end, lenders require a 20% down payment on a 1976 or newer. The term will be over 15 years and the rate will be around 11-12%. It’s a lot to pay. 1977 or later only requires 10% down, you can get 20 years of funding and the rate is 1-2% less. It’s a much better deal. If the home is newer, the rate may be as low as 8%. Better, look for a mobile home that is not more than 15 years old.

caravan park2 Park. All parks are approved by lenders. Before making an offer to purchase, obtain loan approved for this park. If space rent is too high or if there are too many foreclosures in the park, the lenders could say no to funding.

3 Self governing. Is it or is not it? Most parks are, but some are not. If it does not, make sure you understand what kind of yo annual increase in park assert yourself. You may not mind paying this additional increase per year, but each time the space rent is raised, the value of your mobile home will decrease. It’s like a car, depreciating. Still, it beats renting an apartment with people above, below, left and right.

4 Crime. The park has a safety program? crime rateIs the park patrolled regularly by a security company patrol? If not, you should probably stay away. Yes, it is true, all residents must follow the rules and regulations, but if there is no security, lots of things can happen. A patrol of security is a deterrent, crime will go elsewhere. Call the park manager and bring up the issue. You can also call the local police station to ask for a report on crime. Highly recommended.

5 Animals. What is the policy of the parks? 80 LDB your golden retriever can be a very difficult time for approval. Ditto for your pitt bull or any other so-called “vicious breed.” Most parks will not approve them. There is only one park in the Santa Clarita Valley that will approve a large dog or however. Recently, I had a dog trainer with good credit, a large down payment and a German shepherd. This dog was the most well-trained German shepherd but considered “vicious.” It is the dobermans, boxers, tongs, food and a couple more. Check with the park before watching any used (or new) mobile home. Save yourself time (and your agents) by first finding.

6 neighbors. Most people are nice. However, since you are going to live in cramped quarters (most mobile home spaces are small and set very closely), go talk to the neighbors. The two next door and a few doors further down. Most doors are some who will tell you what REALLY happens. Maybe the door next two or three do not agree any more. Perhaps there is an alcohol problem. Maybe the kids play too hard. You need to know. Drive through the night, hang around for a while. Do the same for the weekend. Spend an hour on a Saturday night, driving around the mobile home park, you will get a really good feel if it’s a place for you. If it is not, you will know well in advance and save yourself the troubles. 

7 Managers. Do they do a great job? Do they care? Do they make the residents follow the rules and regulations? Do they organize gatherings every now and then? Holiday dinners? Do they publish a newsletter to keep you informed? Do you feel welcome in their office? Most managers are very proud of their park and we are happy to try to help. Make sure this is the case.

8 Trash. An old toilet sitting after a car port? In knee against weeds? A car jacking and being developed in a carport? You do not want that. What you should want is a clean community, well maintained park where residents are proud of their mobile homes and maintain their own environment. A carport is not supposed to be used for storage (or backyard). A shed is where you keep your surplus property, period.

9 The value of mobile homes. Regular outfit? Going up? Declining? Ask your real estate agent to guide you through the changes that happened in recent years. Buy a used mobile home is very similar to buying a used car. A seller can put any price, but is it worth it? Please do not pay more. If you need to finance your used mobile home, then you are in a much safer position. You will be required to pay for an assessment to determine the real value of the mobile home. However, if you plan to buy a mobile home for money, be careful. No assessment is required, but I recommend you pay 400 pounds to the appraiser. It could save you thousands. The choice is yours.

10 Health and Safety. What is the state of the mobile home? The basics should all be there. If not, it is the responsibility of the vendors did. This includes;

A. Smoke alarms. Every room needs one, which is according to the regulations. And, it needs to work!

B. Water heater. Must be double strapping and not with these tiny strips of metal that has little ones in them. Is there a pressure relief valve? If more streams where does the hose go below? Should not. It must extend to the side of the plinth. The water heater closet fortified dry? Must be. All leaks?

C. Steps. Are they solid? No rips in the carpet (tripping hazard)? What about the ramp? Is it loose? Can not be. How far apart are the rails? Should not be more than 4 “so that a child does not end up stuck in between.

D. Cooling system. It works? It’s not really an issue of health and safety, but if it were me, I would insist on it or ask for a price reduction. Who wants to live in a used mobile home, perhaps with metal siding as well, and summer is coming and it is 105 degrees outside?

E. The oven. When was it last serviced and how dirty is the pad? Take a good look and make sure it works. Ask someone to come take a look.

F. All plumbing leaks? Should not have any present obviously. Run all faucets and look underneath.

G. Electric. Do all outlets and switches work? Make sure they do. GFI? You do not want the risk of being electrocuted. Both bathrooms and kitchen needs GFI plugs.

H. Roof. Any leaks? Look around carefully to see if there are water stains in the ceiling or around the upper walls. How old is the roof?

I. Earthquake bracing. Does he have it? Bring a flashlight and open the access door in the plinth. There should be (on a mobile home double wide), two in front and two in back. Compare them with regular batteries and cylinders. Are they tough? Bolted to the I beam? They should be. Curiously, there are still some used mobile homes out there that do not have them. On top of that, it is not considered a health and safety and it is perfectly legal to sell a used mobile home without them!

If you buy a used mobile home without bracing the earthquake and later decided that it was not the smartest idea, a contractor will charge about  5,000 GBP to install. Not cheap at all as you can see for yourself. If it did not, ask for a price reduction, then order the escrow company to set aside 5,000 GBP to the contractor. At the end of the engagement, your contractor to come out and install them for you. If you can not have it installed the day before the close of escrow even better. Because if you just took a price cut, you’ll be so busy and left on your purchase of your mobile home movement. You “forget” bracing and end up buying new furniture instead!

Ideally, you should hire an inspector from the Occupational Safety and Health who knows how to inspect a mobile home

Once you are approved park, it‘s time to plan your health and safety inspection. You are free to use any approved health and safety inspector for your inspection or I can recommend several to you. Beyond health and safety inspection, I highly recommend you have a look at the house electrician. Sometimes an inspector regularly hands can not really know what‘s going on. These inspections are not free, and depending on who it is, they all have a little different. When we will see the inspectors of your future home, please bring your check bock. After the inspection, the inspector will its findings with you.

It is now 24-48 hours after the health and safety inspection has taken place and now we want the report in our hands through the whole. It is the responsibility of the seller to cover the issues of health and safety, such as electricity, plumbing, roofing, smoke detectors, water heater strapping double and so on. Everything‘s just cosmetic, cosmetics and the seller does not have to do anything. However, you can always try to negotiate if you strongly feel that there is something you want the seller to do and of course I‘m here for you every step of the way.

Termites? Pesky little critters and they are usually EVERYWHERE! We definitely want to have the home inspected for that too. We will get a written report with a chart showing their conclusions. Whatever they find, which is classified as a Section I must be supported and hopefully the seller is willing to do so. If not, that’s on you. I have a very strong opinion regarding termites. That is, if I buy a house, why should I pay for someone else termite problem? I never lived there. I did not invite them. So why pay? On the other hand, if I’m home at a very good deal, I’d probably pay for it. It’s your decision and I hope we will not work for this problem if the seller willingly pay.


11 It‘s time to order your evaluation. An evaluation will be necessary if you are going to finance your purchase, the lender requires. This is an expense that can not be financed and you have to pay him in advance, either by answering the assessor to your future home or by just writing the check to the evaluator and let me take care for you.

12 Your loan terms. Once you have pre-approved, we submitted some documents to the lender. It could also be additional paperwork they require and whatever it is, now is the time for us to do so.

13 Your house has been assessed and hopefully looks ok and has no obvious downsides. If it does not, we may need to be re-negotiated with the seller or you might have to come up with a larger down payment, whatever the case we may have to find another home for you.

14 Your loan documents are now ready to be signed and there will be additional paperwork from escrow to sign, such as dangerous disclosures. We live in a place where rains are common, there are sometimes even massive rains and even floods. You might be close to a prison or perhaps an airport. These things are dangerous, we all live with them. When you go to sign all documents on this, please bring your cashiers check the balance of the deposit. Before you do, I’ll give you an estimated closing statement so you know how much to bring. There will be a surplus, which means the receiver will require some more, just in case. We do not want to delay closing escrow because they are a few pounds short (maybe they needed to overnight a package twice).

15 Time for us to make a final inspection of the house. We want to make sure that everything that needed to be taken care of, which was done. We will make a final appointment through together.

16 Now you’ll get to your appointment with the park sign your lease, read and sign park rules and regulations and pay your rent and deposit space. It takes about 1 ½ hours. If not in the middle of the month, escrow prorated rent space. Parks do not take partial payment, full only. The deposit is refundable after paying your rent space on time for 12 consecutive months. You can then, in writing, ask for it back.

17 The loan was funded, the money was received by escrow, each piece of paper has been signed by all parties and escrow is now closed. CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE NOW homeowner.

18 I will give you your final closing statement from escrow and perhaps as a check, with the keys to the house to start moving. TIME TO GET IN!

Again, congratulations. Let me know when the movers came, I want you to order take-out and drink, you’ll be too busy and besides, who has time to cook while moving ….

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