caravan

Yoohoo! It’s nearly time to take our caravan out of storage and get it ready for what will be the third season with us. There is great excitement amongst the troops starting with Dad himself.

He’s been scouring t’internet for his next caravan convinced this will be our last year with our current one. He’s found bunk beds for the girls, fixed beds for us, awnings and all sorts of delights. He also wants me to check on Every Single Van he finds, which is very tedious as we’re not buying one yet. *sigh*

Anyway, it’s time to give our current wagon a good scrub after this long wet winter. We went down to check on it a couple of weeks ago and discovered the huge ‘coat’ we had covered it with in early November had been ripped to pieces by the strong winds and was lying on the floor. Needless to say we opened the door a bit worried about what we would find but luckily there was no damage in sight. No damp, even though we had placed a few bowls of salt inside before wintering it just in case and no overpowering bad smells, mind you I had left quite a few of those Magic Trees in there.

olpro melamine dining set

We reviewed the beautiful melamine set from OLPRO last year and also their fabulous wind breaker which was a real godsend as it creates such a lovely sitting area outside and stops the wind just like is says on the tin. Isn’t it gorgeous?

OLPRO windbreak

Well they also have an excellent range of cleaning caravan products. The OLPRO cleaning products take into consideration the space challenge in a caravan and also the need for environmentally friendly solutions that are Formaldehyde free.

OLPRO cleaning products

They’ve sent us their 4 products to review with the note 

These products are the only chemicals your Caravan will need Inside & Out, Top to Bottom to keep it Fresh & Clean throughout the year.

OLPRO Bottom and Top, All in One toilet fluid – listed as an essential product by Practical Caravan for 2013 it is now the number one selling product. Now there is only need for ONE product for keeping the toilet clean and bacteria free, add to both the top and bottom and hey presto, job done.

OLPRO Inside and Out, 7 in 1 caravan cleaner – This formula replaces the need for 7 different products. Inside & Out cleans every part of any caravan or motorhome. Use instead of Caravan Cleaner, Black Streak Remover, Glass Cleaner, Wheel Cleaner, Bathroom Cleaner, Hard Surface Cleaner & Fabric Cleaner. Pretty awesome don’t you think?

OLPRO Fresh and Clear – Now this one is one I’ve been thinking about as the caravan has been standing in storage for 6 months now, this product cleans the water pipes that serve water through the taps and takes the waste away. Therefore I can be sure that they are clean and therefore safe. It removes limescale,unpleasant tastes from waterpipes and cleans pumps. “If your caravan or motorhome as been standing for a while then run FRESH & CLEAR through your pipes to clear of any bacteria.”

OLPRO Winter Long – Heavy duty exterior protective coating over your caravan during storage. It protects against Algae, Dirt, Excessive water, Bird Mess, Tree Sap, Traffic Film. Biodegradable and Environmentally Friendly. This one will come in very handy in the autumn when it’s time to put the caravan in storage again.

OLPRO Sanidry Humidifying Tray – a semi-rigid tray containing a highly hygroscopic product able to absorb humidity present in the air and condense it into the tray – Exclusively sold by OLPRO in the UK

I feel as if I have this spring cleaning task covered now.

Last weekend we invited my brother and his children down to the coast to spend a weekend with us camping in Thanet. We took our caravan and they brought their tent and we booked two pitches next to each other, ours with electric hook up. I was delighted to try out my gorgeous OLPRO windbreak for the first time – it looks really cool doesn’t it?

OLPRO windbreak

One note to make is Manston Caravan park only has a 5 amp hook up which means the kettle will blow your connection every time. Annoying but can easily be worked around with a trusty camping kettle.

This beautifully kept park is very spacious with ten acres of perfectly kept fields lined with hedges to provide shelter from any strong coastal winds. It’s a well established park with well maintained gardens, one thing you most definitely won’t be here is cramped, there’s plenty of room for everyone.

Onsite facilities include washrooms, showers and a laundrette.

There is also a great adventure playground for the kids that’s also not on top of the pitches but within sight of all.

bbq food accompaniments

My OLPRO melamine set came in real handy too as you can see above, nothing broken and very easy to clean too.

family camping Manston caravan park

Manston Caravan Park is all about tranquillity, there is no entertainment onsite and no club house, you will also be asked to turn any music off by 10pm which is fine by us as we spent a really peaceful evening chatting, laughing and catching up on family news with nobody overhearing our conversations as we were all so spread out.

olpro windbreak

If you don’t want to cook your own meal The Jolly Farmer is within walking distance and has an excellent menu catering for all types, in busy periods it might be worth reserving a table, especially for large numbers.

thanet map

The caravan park is ideally situated for visiting Thanet, including Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs and other Kentish seaside towns. The Turner Contemporary Arts Centre in Margate is well worth a visit, they are celebrating their millionth customer this summer so you could be ‘One in a Million’ too.

one in a million turner contemporary

A view of the downstairs at Turner Contemporary with the current Curiosity exhibition

turner contemporary

Margate Old Town which is enjoying a fabulous revival and a joy to walk around is also full of pubs and eateries where you can sit and catch up on Facebook like this guy is maybe is?

the hoy margate

Our verdict: Excellent site for a peaceful stay with plenty to do in the surrounding area to let off a bit of steam. It has to be mentioned that Manston airport is close-by and we could hear the odd aeroplane taking off but not so many as to disturb our stay.