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With the increment in fuel prices, the instability of the travel market and the financial state of affairs globally, 2009 appears to be like a year were nearly all families will be passing their useful vacation time in their home country. As a kid, our family very rarely travelled overseas for our yearly vacations, instead we’d have a lot of weekends and weeks holiday time throughout the year at caravan sites up and down Scotland in the United Kingdom and sometimes we would even venture south into England!
My first remembrance of these vacations was in a big static caravan someplace on the east coast of Scotland but as time marched on we finally bought our own touring caravan. After buying our own caravan It was at this time our weekend breaks really got off the ground and all most every Friday evenings after school we could be found travelling with our caravan behind us. Often the camp sites we’d visit were no more than one hours drive from our house but on some occasion they could be up to 2 or 3 hours drive off.
Irrespective if vacationing in a static caravan or a touring caravan we always had fun, new adventures and a new place to explore. As a kid this was fantastic and it must have been this travelling and exploring experiences that resulted in me converting to a caravan enthusiast in my adulthood. Across the years I’ve taken my family around the United Kingdom and on a lot of occasions crossed the English Channel to France, Germany Switzerland as a matter of fact a good many of the mainland European countries.
As brought up previous there are 2 types of caravan, the static and the touring. What I haven’t brought up as yet is the motor home. These are your 3 alternatives when deliberating a caravan vacation and although they all may seem the same they’re in point of fact a great deal different from one another.
The touring caravan will be towed by your car to your site of selection. Straight off the option of which touring caravan you have will depend upon the size of car you own. Touring caravans are available from modest two-berth, easily towed by an average family car up to six-berth, which will require something more substantial like a four x four. With a static caravan you will not be utilising a car to get the caravan to any site but then again once at your site of choice it could be there for a while, you’ed better like the area! The motor home removes any need for a separate unit to pull the caravan as this is the car and caravan in one package. The disadvantage of the motor home nonetheless is, once set up in your camping area you have lost your transportation. You’ll often see motor homes with bicycles attached to the rear or even small bikes or scooters, and some cases you may even see a large motor home towing a very little car!
The inside space of any caravan is limited but in a static caravan the usable space may be applied better, with separate living areas and sleeping rooms. The touring caravan and motor homesnevertheless will have a seating area that doubles as your sleeping room come evening time. Storage of clothes, food and everything else that makes for a fine vacation may also be an issue with touring caravans and motor homes. With limited space you are forced into choosing which items you want to bring on holiday and those that you would like but can’t fit in. Obviously with a static caravan you visit often you will be leaving a lot of your clothes and kitchen utensils there reducing the need to transport as much.
A third and final consideration in the decision of touring caravan, static caravan or motor home is luxuriousness. While a basic caravan model may include a electric refrigerator, a toilet and a heater the deluxe models can come with stereo systems, showers, satellite television, microwave ovens and double glazing. As a matter of fact today most items found in your home can be found in caravans.
If you’re caravanning with children a basic touring caravan will be a dandy addition to your family unit, while adding flexibility to your vacation destinations. For a bit more lavishness for your money look into what motor homes have for you but think about that lack of transport matter. Lastly, if you a exceptional place in your heart that you can visit time and time again without ever getting bored, then you could get a static caravan to visit any time of the year.
About the Author:
Karl enjoys holidays and weekend breaks in his caravan with his family. He blogs about his knowledge on the caravan motor mover and why everyone should have one fitted to their caravan. He owns a Truma caravan mover but writes about other caravan movers like the Reich caravan motor mover just one of the many mentioned at his blog.
Solar panel are produced from Photovoltaic cells which are connected in series to form the modern solar panel.
The vast majority of photovoltaic cells are created from wafer thin crystalline silicon which is based on cadmium telluride connected together in series forming a photovoltaic array. However the photovoltaic cell is a very delicate piece of electronic equipment and requires protection from the elements, which is generally achieved by sandwiching them between a clear Perspex layer at the front and a metal, plastic or fibreglass layer at the back.
Solar panels are available commercially in three types which are Mono-crystalline, Polycrystalline and Amorphous. Even though all three products are based on silicon they are manufactured very different.
Mono-crystalline Photovoltaic Cells
The Mono-crystalline cell is made from thin wafers of silicon, sliced into large crystals. The silicon crystals are manufactured under extremely strict conditions which produces a highly efficient cell, which in turn produces a high yield of electricity per inch.
Polycrystalline Photovoltaic Cells
The polycrystalline cell is rather cheaper to produce as it uses silicon wafers of interlocking crystals which are grown together as a whole panel. However panels produced in this way are also less efficient and yield a lower quantity of electric per inch.
Amorphous Photovoltaic Cells
The amorphous cell is produced by coating a backing layer with a crystal lattice of silicon atoms. Sometimes several layers of silicon are added and positioned in slightly different ways to respond to different wavelengths of light. This requires a more complex manufacturing method less energy intensive than the other two types of cells.
The amorphous cell has a major advantage over the other two types of cell as it is flexible meaning that it can be bent into any shape. The amorphous cell is so flexible that it can be attached to a flexible backing layer and rolled into a tube and stored. Due to the complex manufacturing methods involved in producing the cell it has a massive advantage and lowlight conditions and produces a higher electric per inch quarter.
However the amorphous cell is currently being developed and as of yet is not widely available.
As the solar panels of today have a life expectancy of approximately 20 years it is highly advisable to consider amorphous cells even though they are new technology and are currently in development. It won’t be long until you see amorphous cells manufactured in the shape of roofing tiles which will enable them to be fitted to the roof of your house giving you cheap electric even in low light conditions.
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