I started caravanning in 1974 at the age of 18 months old and have never known a period where I have not been caravanning, even though the difficult teenage and collage years.
I towed my first caravan soon after passing my driving test at 17 years old and ran my first caravan rally at the same age.
I have been lucky enough to visit many caravan factories around the UK, such as Cosalt, ABI, Silverline, Buccaneer, Elddis, Explorer Group, Carlight, Swift, Coachman and also Fleetwood Travel Trailers in the United States.
I have also served as General and Regional Secretaries for two national owners’ Clubs and also served as Technical Officer for many years for one Club due to my engineering training and caravan knowledge. I have also served as a Rally Secretary organising a varied mix of events. I am currently Vice-Chairman of a caravanning club and have extensive knowledge of the 1960 caravan sites and control of development act which regulates modern caravanning in the UK.
I bought my own caravan in 1995 and became a member of the Caravan Club the same year. In total I have owned 14 different caravans over that time.
In 1996 and 1997 I took park in the Caravan Club’s 4C’s Rallies where I won the Concours d’Elegance, was runner up in the National Outfit Economy Run and won the Arrival Economy Run.
I have attended Caravan and Motorhome Club National and local Rallies, I have organised rallies with attendance of over 100 units and assisted at larger events. I have attended over 700 rallies and have organised over 70 of these. I also used Club sites and CLs. I have caravanned in the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands and Germany.
I have attended every Earls Court Caravan Show from 1980 to 2005, The Lawns show since 1985, the February NEC show since 1985 and the October NEC Show since 2006. I have also attended Motorhome show at York, Pickering and Harrogate. Last year I took my caravan to the Dusseldorf Caravan Salon. I attend all these shows at my own cost and in my own time.
Since 2010 I’ve been employed by a caravan insurance company and on a regular basis have contact with the Police, loss adjusters, dealer, repairs and the manufacturers of touring caravans, static caravans and folding campers.
In 2014 I was approached by a television company to see if I would like to take part in a pilot TV show, which eventually became “Caravanner of the Year”. Please note that I had to apply for COTY in the same way as every other contestant. I was lucky enough to be selected for the competition and reached the semi-finals.
As part of the promotion of COTY I was asked if I would like to take my caravan to Broadcasting House in central London and to be on The ONE Show, I accepted this offer.
After my apprance on Gogglebox and the final of COTY I was contacted by BBC Coventry & Warwickshire and became a regular with Vic Minett where I was asked to speak about caravans and tourism. I have broadcasted live from the NEC Caravan Show and also took my caravan to a caravan site in Warwickshire where Vic came to record some of the show. Subseqntly I have been contacted by other BBC radio stations as they have my contact details. If possible, I’m happy to help promote the caravanning lifestyle.
My parents kept every caravan magazine they purchased since the early 1970s when they first thought of buying a caravan. They also kept every brochure they collected. As a result of this I have gathered an amazing collection.
Five years ago I started on my @CaravanningLife project on Twitter to celebrate the amazing and diverse world of caravans and caravanning from around the world. @CaravanningLife has grown to include Instagram, Facebook and the blog www.caravanninglife.co.uk. There is now @motorhomesPlus for motorhomes, motor caravans and campers. Again I make no money form this project.
Last year I launch the Caravanning Life Awards, I do all the inspections myself and again I make no money from this and also I don’t ask for anything in return.
I am always thrilled to be asked to attend caravan launches, dealer open days, visit suppliers etc and will always try to accommodate requests when asked, again I don’t ask for anything in return.
I also don’t mind helping individuals and manufactures with caravanning issues with, I hope discretion and modesty. I often received direct messages and emails asking for help, again I try my best to accommodate.
I have met some amazing people over the years, only last week I was caravanning with a couple who I have known for 30 years and all share the common interest in caravanning.
Overall, all I’m trying to do is promote caravans and caravanning in a positive light.
Thanks for your time.