Life-Saving Knife Scenarios

Real life accidents in which people have saved their own lives with knives are probably more common than we realize, but they are not always reported in the media. Below are multiple accounts in which people have saved their lives using different varieties of knives (in some instances the sources of the stories are not…

Real life accidents in which people have saved their own lives with knives are probably more common than we realize, but they are not always reported in the media. Below are multiple accounts in which people have saved their lives using different varieties of knives (in some instances the sources of the stories are not known since they were picked up over many years of “cursory” reading). The main “lesson” in this article is that it's typically a good idea to carry a knife, especially if you find yourself in a crime-ridden section of a city, or about to embark on an adventure that may involve precarious situations.

Our first case concerns a mountain man by the name of James Beckwourth. His life-saving knife event occurred during the Fur Trade era in the early 19th century. While traveling one day he ran upon a dangerous grizzly bear and tried to kill it with his rifle but only succeeded in wounding the powerful animal. The bear became enraged after being shot and charged Beckwourth, but since his rifle was only a single shot muzzle-loader, he was forced to draw his knife, which was a large bowie type model. Beckwourth stabbed the blade repeatedly into the bear's vital organs until he put the grizzly down. He survived the dangerous ordinal but suffered many deep lacerations in the process. The noise of Beckwourth's initial gunshot and the bear's loud roaring attracted the attention of a hunting party of Crow Indians, who took Beckwourth back to their village and nursed him to health. Beckwourth's battle with the grizzly was so impressive to the Indians that he made him a “honorary” member of their tribe, and over time he ascended to become 'War Chief' of the Crow Nation (keep in mind, other accounts differ from this grizzly bear story and claim the Crow Indians purely caught Beckwourth trapping on their territory and captured him, after which he married many Crow women and became part of their tribe).

Another remarkable case of a man saving his own life with a knife involves an assassination attempt made on the life of General Nathan Bedford Forrest. After the General had been wounded at close range by a Civil War era revolver, he grabbed the assassin's gun hand and struggled to keep the revolver pointing away from him. As he controlled the man's gun, the General quickly dropped out his pocket knife with his free hand, opened it with his teeth, then stabbed the blade repeatedly into the assassin's stomach to kill him.

Our next knife related incident occurred in Africa shortly after the Boer War, by an unknown individual who we will refer to as “Sven.” While riding his horse in the Transvall Province of South Africa one day Sven's horse suddenly veered and he felt something striking him in the back. He fell off the horse and soon found himself looking up into the face of a huge lion. The lion clamped its teeth onto Sven's left shoulder and began walking off with him, dragging Sven along, intending to take him into the bushes where he would enjoy a long lunch. While being dragged away, Sven found that he could move his right hand and quickly reached down and felt for his knife, which was in its 'antelope hock' sheath. Sven's body was positioned directly underneath the lion as it dragged him and Sven took his knife and began stabbing the lion over and over again near its shoulder as hard as possible. But the lion was so tough it simply continued walking and dragging Sven through the brush. But Sven did not give up. He only stabbed harder until the continuous threats soon caused gurgling noises to emanate from the lion's throat. Shortly after the lion let go of Sven and ran away.

The knife that saved Sven's life was a common butcher style variety with a six inch blade and wooden slab handles made by the Sheffield Knife Company in England. Sven first saw the knife at a local mercantile shop laying next to a block of cheese. He noticed the Sheffield marking and realized it was better than the knife he had in his possession so he decided to make a trade. Sven waited until the store owner was busy and placed the knife from his scabbard next to the cheese and took the Sheffield knife. Many years later Sven paid a visit to the Sheffield Knife Company and told the president and other workers that he'd actually killed a lion with one of their knives. But the men simply looked at him in disbelief and did not respond.

During WWI another life-saving occurrence took place, involving a Corporal Strong of the US Army and his bolo knife (bolo knives were issued to US troops from 1909 to 1917 and came in four different sizes with the largest having a 14-inch blade) . Corporal Strong was seriously injured when a blast of artillery fire caused several large boulders to fall into his foxhole. He was knocked on his back by the barrage and one of the boulders landed on his arm, crushing and pinning him to the ground. After regaining consciousness and suffering in a painful position for many hours, Strong finally decided he'd been abandoned by his comrades in the heat of battle and had to either resign himself to a slow pain death or make a struggle to stay alive. So he removed his belt and cinched it tightly around his arm to form a tourniquet, then he removed his bolo knife from its sheath and proceeded to hack through his pinned arm so he could get free. After suffering excruciating pain from cutting through his own arm, Strong climbed out of the foxhole and began searching for his lost platoon. He traveled only a short distance when he spotted some enemy soldiers of the German army walking along. He drew his pistol and approached the men and ordered them to drop their rifles. Because they were taken off guard and probably had little training, they immediately obeyed. Later Corporal Strong found his platoon and rejoined them while marching four enemy prisoner's of war in front of him, one of which was actually carrying Strong's severed arm that he cut cut off earlier in the foxhole.

Another live-saving incident involved a Native American by the name of Skeeter “Gray Otter” Vaughan, who was serving in the US Army during WWII. Vaughan was initially trained to be a radioman but soon became a drill instructor. He was assigned to the 18th Cavalry and sent overseas to participate in the Allied invasion of Europe. After several months of combat Vaughan's commander, Lieutenant “Dutch” Herderich, formed a secret unit known as the Moccasin Rangers which was composed of six Native Americans and included Sergeant Vaughan as the leader. For one of their missions that were sent into the Ardennes Forest behind enemy lines to obtain enemy information and they discovered an enemy bunker that had only one sentry guarding it. They knew shooting the sentry would alert the enemy, so Vaughan studied the situation for some time and unsheathed his knife, thread it at the sentry, and killed him instantly. Throwing a knife accurately enough to take out an enemy is not easy, but Vaughan was not a novice at knife-throwing, having had experience throwing tomahawks and knives to hunt small game ever since he was a child. When the War ended Vaughan worked in the film and entertainment industry as a stuntman, weapons expert, and performer. Later Vaughan even appeared on the 'Circus of the Stars' television show exhibiting his weapon-throwing skills.

Our last incident involves a woman by the name of Lisa Fairchild. One night she was working late at an advertising agency, finishing up material for a client. When she finished it was nearly midnight and she searched for a security guard to follow her to her car, but she could not locate one. Finally Miss Fairchild decided to go alone, but before doing so she took a small dagger from her desk and placed it in her coat pocket. When she left the building she walked through the parking lot, holding her purse in her left hand as her right hand held in her pocket firmly on her dagger. While walking she noticed a man coming towards her in the darkness. The man got closer and Lisa noticed a malicious smile on his face. She removed her dagger and held it ready against her coat. The man reached out for her and Miss Fairchild simply slashed his hand with the dagger. The man looked at the blood pouring from his wounded hand, then reached out for her again. But every time the man would try to grab her, she would simply slash him again. Finally the assailant fled and Miss Fairchild managed to get the safety of her car where she drove away.

So there you have a few life-saving knife scenes. Remember, it's always a good idea to carry a knife since you never know when it may save your life.

Camping Tips – Don’t Forget the Essentials

When the warmer weather returns, many people start up their summer activities again. For some, this means gathering up their gear and going camping. Whether you are new to camping or a season outdoors person, there are camping essentials – items you do not want to forget to bring with you on each camping trip.…

When the warmer weather returns, many people start up their summer activities again. For some, this means gathering up their gear and going camping. Whether you are new to camping or a season outdoors person, there are camping essentials – items you do not want to forget to bring with you on each camping trip. Figuring out everything you need beforehand will keep your trip enjoyable and help you to be prepared for varying weather conditions or anything else that can come up during your trip.

Some Camping Essentials

The first on anyone's list would be a tent. There are various types and sizes, depending on what your needs are and what you prefer. You can get as small as a one-man tent, or as large as a group tent that holds up to twelve people. If camping with your family, Wenzel has a large, two room nine person tent that would be very suitable. Coleman also has larger, 8 person tents that you could use to camp with a large group or family. Along with your tent, make sure you have enough tent poles and pegs plus a mallet to drive the pegs in and a quality groundsheet or tarp.

Next on the list of camping essentials checklist are sleeping bags or bivy bags. If you like something a bit more plush, you can look into purchasing an airbed, some of which even comes with built-in pillows. If you choose to use airbeds, make sure you bring along a pump for them or a battery operated pump and batteries.

For your cooking needs do not forget the cooking gear, dishes and utensils. There are several cookers and grills to choose from the Coleman company and come in a variety of configuration from ones you've carried in a backpack to much larger grills. If you'd like, there are even outdoor camping wok sets that can change things up. A barbeque designed for your campsite is always a good choice. Depending on your preferences, you can bring tables and chairs with you that fold up, or just plan on sitting on the ground or home made seats such as a log.

Other camping essentials include smaller items such as lanterns or torches, heaters if needed, maps, first aid kits and insect repellants. Depending on what you will be doing, binoculars are great for bird watching, and pedometers are handy if you plan on hiking and would like to measure how much you walked.

If you are with your family, keep your kids entertained by bringing outdoor toys and games such as squirt guns or inflatable toys for the water if you will be near a lake. Also a good deck of cards comes in handy and does not take up much space.

Before you start out on your camping adventure, make sure to have a thorough list of all the essential supplies you will need and go through it a couple of times to double-check that it is all packed up and ready to go. Doing this will ensure you have an enjoyable trip with everything you need on hand.

Summer Camp – Only A Few Weeks But Memories For a Life Time

Summer is the season to make friends, play by the pool, catch fireflies and make lifelong memories. By attending summer camp, children of all ages can make the most out of their summer vacation by doing fun activities that they will enjoy. There are a variety of unique summer camps out there, each one offering…

Summer is the season to make friends, play by the pool, catch fireflies and make lifelong memories. By attending summer camp, children of all ages can make the most out of their summer vacation by doing fun activities that they will enjoy. There are a variety of unique summer camps out there, each one offering a little something different than the next. For many children, summer camp is a hallmark of their childhood. For a few weeks, kids can become independent, leave the comfort of their own home and make memories that will truly last a lifetime.

Day Camp
Each one may appeal to a different set of children. This could be due to the theme of the camp, age range and location. Day camp is one of the most popular summer camp options. Unlike overnight camp, day camp is only held during the day and children return home at night. This type of camp is a good experience for children who have never been away from home at extended periods of time before. It is typically also more affordable than overnight camp.

Overnight Camp
The children will have their own cabin or area to live in during their time at camp. Activities are typically held all day long and may include camp fires at night, singalongs, water sports and so much more. These few weeks of summer camp each year will give your child the opportunity to make memories that they will never forget, whether it's the time that they first tried water skiing or when they went horseback riding.

Special Needs Camps
These children can come together for a few weeks in the summer months and enjoy learning new things, meeting new people and creating an amazing journey with others that share their obstacles. Whether these needs are emotional, physical or metal, special needs camps cater to a wide variety of special needs. Trained camp counselors will also help to make your child's camp experience a great one.

Sports Camps
Some sports may be open to all children that simply love playing sports while others may be more specialized. Whether your child wants to be a professional basketball player or an ice hockey player, there are camps out there that specialize in all types of sports. Some sports camps offer many different sports to play on a daily basis. Archery is a common sport that is found at most camps. These camps may be available for day time programs and overnight camping experiences. No matter what you and your child choose, many memories will be made during those few weeks.

Tips For Camping Out in Your Backyard

Want to have an inexpensive yet amazing camping trip? Ever wished to have all your camping needs just a few feet away? Ever heard of backyard camping? Yes, you read it right! This article is all about having a great camping experience in the comfort of your own backyard. This post will introduce the advantages…

Want to have an inexpensive yet amazing camping trip? Ever wished to have all your camping needs just a few feet away? Ever heard of backyard camping? Yes, you read it right! This article is all about having a great camping experience in the comfort of your own backyard. This post will introduce the advantages of backyard camping as well as the things you will need to make it a memorable and fun family activity.

Some may find it silly, but others will see the fun practicality. If you think that backyard camping is a bad idea, sometimes you simply have not realized that having a fun and exciting camping trip does not totally depend on the camp site. With the slow economy that we're all feeling, its important to be budget conscious. Why venture to far off expensive camp sites when there are tons of things to do to get in touch with nature in your own backyard.

To have a successful backyard camping trip depends primarily on the preparation. Listed below are some tips on what things to prepare to make your outdoor adventure more exciting and enjoyable:

Portable outdoor speakers –

Portable outdoor speakers are excellent camping gadgets. They provide lively sound to motivate campers to engage in camp activities. Portable speakers come in different sizes and types. To avoid the hassles of laying out lengthy wires or cords go for a reliable outdoor wireless Bluetooth speaker. There are some reliably inexpensive portable Bluetooth speakers that are compatible with most USB enabled devices.

When choosing an outdoor speaker , it is important to remember to buy a compact, durable, and powerful speaker. Some portable speakers that are small in size can be surprisingly loud even in an open space environment. Select an outdoor speaker that is durable and can play from a good distance. This way you can place the speaker outside your tent and play nature sounds like owls and bears for a real sense of the wilderness!

Lastly, a portable speaker does not have to be super expensive or from a popular brand. There are some lesser known brands which specifications are the same and are at par with those from super expensive ones. Also, be careful if the asking price looks too good to be true, it probably is and you may get stuck with a low-quality, unreliable product.

Tent and sleeping items –

Be sure to place the tent on a dry and level spot. Bring along comfortable sleeping items (blankets, pillows, etc.) especially for the kids. Depriving the kids of these essential items will definitely make for some cranky campers. An air mattress or sleeping pad is also recommended for a cozy night's sleep.

Flashlight –

A flashlight is a must if there are kids and they would be sleeping in a separate tent. Safety is the first priority even if it is only within the backyard.

Insect repellant –

One objective of camping is to have fun. It would not be very fun if you or your kids are constantly annoyed by insect sounds or bites. When having a backyard camping trip, do not forget to bring an insect repellant as this would be extremely useful at night. Citronella candles are also good however; make sure put them out at bedtime to avoid a fire hazard.

Portable campfire –

What would a camp be without a camp fire? In case you do not know, camp fires are not only used for cooking, they can also be used as a heat source or a light source when the sun goes down. As mentioned, safety is of the utmost priority so never let kids handle the camp fire without adult supervision.

That's basically it. A great thing about backyard camping is that if you forget something or need something, you can easily get it inside the house. Have fun and enjoy your backyard campout!

What Every Buyer Should Lookout For In A Used Caravan

If you have made the decision to buy a caravan, even a second hand one, it is important to understand that this is a very significant investment, and one that does not come cheap. This is why, when viewing the used caravan you are interested in buying, you should take a few extra minutes to…

If you have made the decision to buy a caravan, even a second hand one, it is important to understand that this is a very significant investment, and one that does not come cheap. This is why, when viewing the used caravan you are interested in buying, you should take a few extra minutes to thoroughly inspect it from top to bottom to make sure that it is in the sort of condition that you would expect. Use this checklist to make sure you're looking out for the right things:

  • Damp: This is the most important thing to check in a used caravan, as it can cause hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage if it goes unchecked. Inspect every inch of the van's interior, from the corners to the backs of the cupboards, to ensure that everything is dry.
  • Doors: Make sure that all of the doors in the caravan open and close properly (this includes cupboards). Can you see any daylight around the edges of the main door? Do all of the locks drive home properly and hold the door in place?
  • Floors: As you walk around the used caravan, have a feel of the floor and keep an eye out for weaknesses and sagging. This will be especially prevalent around the doors and main living areas of the van, and could be a sign of wear or (even worse) damp.
  • Seals: There is a range of seals available for caravans, the cheaper ones returning for around five years and the more expensive ones uping up to twenty. Make sure that you check all of the windows, doors and panels of the van to see whether any seals are cracked or even missing.
  • Windows: Make sure that all of the windows in the used caravan open and close properly, and that they have secure locks. You should also check the glass for condensation, as this could suggest a damp problem (except the glass is double glazed).

By checking the above areas of your next used caravan purchase, you can rest assured that you are getting the sort of quality that you are paying for. There are, of course, other areas of your caravan that you should be giving a thorough look over (such as the electrics, gas, stabilizer, brakes, breakaway cables, hitch and chassis), but the ones above above tend to cause the most trouble if issues go unfixed. Good luck with your search!

Leisure Batteries: An Introduction About the Use and Different Types of Leisure Batteries

Leisure batteries are one of the most important sources of power when one is out for a picnic, at sea or caravan. Most of the time, such batteries are the only available power source. One needs to ensure that the correct type is used for ample and efficient power supply through the leisure activity. Before…

Leisure batteries are one of the most important sources of power when one is out for a picnic, at sea or caravan. Most of the time, such batteries are the only available power source. One needs to ensure that the correct type is used for ample and efficient power supply through the leisure activity. Before picking a leisure battery, one must consider the frequency of use and what device is being powered by the battery. However, the choice is usually limited by the vehicle compartment or tray size. These batteries are used to regularly supply electric power to the appliances.

The best leisure battery is one with a long cycle. This is the time taken between the fully charged state to when it requires recharging. If an appliance requires a lot of power, a leisure battery with a long cycle should be used. If the same battery is used with an appliance that uses less power, the battery would take more time to need recharging.

There are 3 main types of leisure batteries .

Flooded deep cycle leisure batteries normally require good maintenance. They usually feature 75 Ah and 100Ah. Most sellers will offer a 12 month warranty when buying these. Maintenance free deep cycle batteries typically feature 75Ah and 105Ah. As the name suggests, these require no maintenance mainly because they are sealed.

AGM deep cycle leisure batteries are the most expensive. Neverheless, they are up to three times longer than the other two types. These are completely sealed since can not leak even when placed at any angle. AGM deep cycle has 85Ah, 110Ah and 140Ah types, providing power for devices of almost all power ranges. The majority of these batteries are the lead acid type. Their construction variability includes VRLA and flooded types. Flooded lead acid batteries require constant maintenance. The electrolyte levels have to be regularly checked and topped up with distilled water when the level drops.

These batteries should never be tilted as the electrolyte will be spilled. The electrolyte is usually acidic and can damage fabrics and cause injuries due to chemical burns. To neutralize it after an accident, baking soda or ammonia can be used. Valve Regulation Lead Acid batteries need no topping up. They are the best for use in enclosed places as they release less gas when compared to flooded batteries. The electrolyte never spills permanently the storage position as it is held in a glass fiber mat or mixed with micro silica to form a gel.

Don’t Be Bear Food

When you go out camping, you're at the mercy of Mother Nature. You're surrounded by the wilderness and anything it can throw at you. That means you owe it to yourself to have protection. If you're camping with family or friends, be the one in the group who's always prepared. The forest is full of…

When you go out camping, you're at the mercy of Mother Nature. You're surrounded by the wilderness and anything it can throw at you. That means you owe it to yourself to have protection. If you're camping with family or friends, be the one in the group who's always prepared. The forest is full of all sorts of animals. Some of them are adorable and harmless like squirrels and chipmunks. However, there are also more dangerous creatures out there. While we may have grown up cuddling teddy bears in our beds, the real thing is far from adorable and can kill or maim you with a single swipe of its claw.

Keep yourself protected with Guard Alaska Bear Spray. When you run into a bear, you will definitely be outmatched. Bears can weigh almost 2000 pounds. You will not be able to handle one head-on. They have sharp teeth and claws that can rip you to shreds if they sink into your body. Make sure to run and do not try to fight the bear. This animal repellent can help put some distance between you and the animal. When you spray the bear, its vision will be constructed so it will have a hard time going after you. This will provide you with ample opportunity to get away.

Guard Alaska Bear Spray is ultra-hot pepper spray formulated for repelling bears. It's a strong formulation guaranteed to get bears away from you. No matter the kind of bear, this animal repellent will not let you down. Whatever you're dealing with a brown bear drawn to your campsite by the smell of food or a black bear aiming to take you down for pitching your tent too close to its territory, you can use this animal repellent to give you the chance at a clean exit without killing the animal. After all, we're the ones intruding on their habitat. We owe them respect.

This spray takes the environment into consideration. Along with providing an alternative to killing the bear, it's also safe for the atmosphere. This spray is non-flammable so there's no possibility of you setting off a forest fire and destroying acres of valuable forest. This spray also lacks any components that could damage the ozone layer. That means this spray is safe and will not contribute to the growing problem of global warming. When Guard Alaska formed this product, they took Mother Nature into consideration. This spray is meant to serve its purpose and nothing more. No collateral damage to the surrounding wilderness will result from using this product. It's purely a protective measure against bears.

Next time you go on a camping trip, do not forget to pack a bottle of Guard Alaska Bear Spray. It comes in a can that can contain nine ounces so you're never in danger of running out. It also offers the protection of being able to shoot from a long range. You can use this spray even if you're as far as twenty feet away from the huge animal barreling towards you. This can mean the difference between life and death. Do not pitch your tent in the woods without having this product in your arsenal for protection.

Lightweight Sleeping Bags

Sleeping bags used to be bulky and heavy and used to take up lot of room. With the advance of technology that all changed with new lightweight sleeping bags. The inner materials are super lightweight and can be compressed to small sizes. The outer materials have a water repelling breathable coating. Some of these bags…

Sleeping bags used to be bulky and heavy and used to take up lot of room. With the advance of technology that all changed with new lightweight sleeping bags. The inner materials are super lightweight and can be compressed to small sizes. The outer materials have a water repelling breathable coating. Some of these bags can keep you warm at minus 35 degrees.

There are many varieties of lightweight bags available in the market such as compact, backpacking, synthetic lightweight bag etc. They also come in various shapes such as rectangular shapes, mummy shapes etc. From this vast selection of models and variations you can choose the one that is best suitable to your needs.

Most important point to consider is the weather and the temperature of the location where you will be using your bag. The lightweight bag should be able to keep an average sleeper comfortably warm in the lowest temperature. A summer seasoned bag would be suitable for temperatures of 35 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. A commonly used bag for autumn, spring and early fall season is a Three season bag when the temperature is normally cool between 10 and 35 degrees. -10 to 10 degrees temperature would require a cold weather or winter model.

Next to consider is the insulation. The down or synthetic fill are the most commonly used for light weight insulation. Down fill is lighter than synthetic fill. Synthetic bags are cheaper and suitable for moist and cold areas. They do not absorb water easily and has a fast drying rate. Minus point is they are more bulky. Down fill bags are compact and lightweight. They are more comfortable. But they are miserable if they get wet as it takes long time to dry.

Bag liners can be used for additional warmth. They can add 5 degrees to 15 degrees Fahrenheit of additional warmth. Linens are made of cotton, silk, fleece or micro fleece.

Lightweight bags come in various shapes. The rectangular and the mummy bags are the main two types. Rectangular bags are heavier and bulkier and are parked when cabin or car camping. If you want more room within the bag for flexibility then chose a rectangular bag. Mummy bags are the lightest and most comfortable bags and are very suitable if you are going backpacking. It is wide at the top and shoulders and tapered into the waist downward. It is snug fit with less room for movement. It keeps more body heat.

Bags marked long are made for tall people and will fit from 6 feet to 6 feet 6 inches. Lightweight bags designed for women are narrower in the shoulders and wider in the hips with extra insulation in the feet and torso areas. A sleeping bag with a 2 way zipper will enable you to easily ventilate the foot area if you feel too warm on your feet.

Finally examine the different models available in the market and chose the best lightweight bags suitable for your needs.

It is much easier and more convenient to shop online for sleeping bags as you can browse through many and compare the prices.

Looking At Caravans For Sale? Here’s A Checklist That Will Save You Money!

One of the primary concerns of anyone looking at motor homes, RVs and caravans for sale is money. You can very easily be up for thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars when purchasing a new van for your traveling pleasure, which is why it makes sense to take a look at your financial…

One of the primary concerns of anyone looking at motor homes, RVs and caravans for sale is money. You can very easily be up for thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars when purchasing a new van for your traveling pleasure, which is why it makes sense to take a look at your financial situation from the very beginning. To help you save money wherever possible, we have compiled this caravan buying checklist:

  • Check everything that runs on electricity or gas
    Caravan fires do occur more often than you would think, so before buying one it is important that you thoroughly inspect all of the appliances that run on electricity or gas, including their cords. This will alert you to any damage that they may have sustained.
  • Check that the fridge automatically swaps power source
    When your caravan's refrigerator is turned on, it should automatically switch its power source depending on whether your van has been hooked up to power or not. It is always a good idea to check that a potential van's fridge does this, as it can require an expensive repair.
  • Check heating and air conditioning systems
    Most caravans for sale do not come fitted with these systems as standard, so it is important to check that these additions have been mounted and wired correctly. Look for dodgy wiring, duct taped wiring and mounted systems that do not look too stable.
  • Check the bathroom for leaks
    If the caravan has its own bathroom, you should always check the shower, sink and toilet for potential leaks. To ensure that the toilet is in good working order, add some water to the bowl and see if it is still there after 15 minutes (if not, the seal has discharged out and cracked).
  • Check for soft spots in the floor
    This is a clear sign that damp has infiltrated the caravan and will require some very expensive repairs. As you walk around the van, pay special attention to how the floor feet benefit your feet, especially in the main traffic areas, like the kitchen area.

By doing each of the above checks when walking through a potential caravan for sale, you can ensure that you save plenty of money down the track by not having to undertake expensive repairs and replacements. It can also help you to spot a bargain caravan and to snap it up for a great price. Remember to make sure that your walk through is thorough, that you open and close everything and that you turn everything on and off.

Camping in Lesvos (Greece)

Economic crisis has recently led many people reinvent ways of doing a low-budget vacation in Greece. Practically, there is an increasing tendency towards free or organized camping in Aegean islands. Two main questions arise here. The first one is the increasing demand for free camping legalization. The second one concerns the quality of services provided…

Economic crisis has recently led many people reinvent ways of doing a low-budget vacation in Greece. Practically, there is an increasing tendency towards free or organized camping in Aegean islands. Two main questions arise here. The first one is the increasing demand for free camping legalization. The second one concerns the quality of services provided in organized campsites. Both are crucial for a potential camper in order to choose his / her vacation way and destination.

The first one (the demand for free camping legalization) illustrates the main problem related to this category. While Greek legal framework prohibits free camping (even if there are some legal windows), usually local authorities (prefecture, municipality, local police department etc.) informally override the law in order not to prevent tourism. Different local authorities follow different informal practices. In the most of the cases, local authorities 'practices depend on natives' tolerance as well. Any, a potential free-camper needs good information about the specific place, and, after all, none could guarantee him / her that he / she will not come up against the law. Usually, Greek policemen try to override the law, they are not serious, especially in the case of foreign tourists.

There are more reasons pushing potential campers to choose the safest choice of organized camping. The main one is the quality of the provided services. Organized camping is better for people who (for any reason) prefer more organized facilities. For example, families with kids, gangs without car that can not carry the equipment free camping pollutants, campers without information about the specific place, people who just do not want to spend time organizing their vacation etc. The most important facilities usually affect campers' choice are shadow, distance from the beach, access in fresh water and food, privacy and silence, available rubbish remove system, access in basic medical equipment, low prices etc. In a few words, a safe, friendly and clean environment.

In the most of the cases, Aegean campsites satisfy these requirements. The most of the campsites are organized in cyberspace, in order to make access easier, and are easily reached by local transportation. They offer high quality facilities at very low prices. Peaceful environment, great sun, and crystal clear sea promise a relaxing experience.

In any case, the choice of organized camping, albeit less adventurous than free camping, it's absolutely safe and exciting as well. In both choices, there are three basic rules: careful rubbish remove, respect to others, and no fires. All the others are just exciting.