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Home Builts and Conversions

The status of home built’s is changing all the time, Revenue have brought in much needed controls , some of the rubbish we get asked to approve are unbelievable. we have a name for them Scamvans. An immediate give away is lack of curtains.

The Club will insure standard roof vans that have been properly converted and certified by one of our appointed SQI engineers, The rules are you must be able to live in and from the interior, cook eat and sleep inside the vehicle. You cant open up the back door and cook outside, these are day cruiser vans. Sometimes call Dayvans., There are a number of good converters in Ireland that we approve, Cosy Classics , Happy Campers, Tom Turner. The vehicle must be fit for purpose (safe) we have a simple flyer “Whats a Motorcaravan”available free to anybody with the guidelines as to the requirement to turn “a sows ear into a silk purse“. We supply a number of good booklets How to  buy a campervan  ,”now that you have bought it what Next” The Tavern Trail.  

Ferry Travel

Always have a good look at your booking, if you do not have marine Insurance your camper is not covered while at sea and that means not tied up at a dock. Check with your Ferry provider.

The Salmon Leap Leixleip

Refurbished (August 2014) pub beside the bridge over the Liffey,  used to be  Great for early morning breakfast, gone down hill in November 2015 and prices increased so not very good value for full Irish. Still they have the  very unique Ashe Pudding and sausages  (a great experience )  Good place to stop over in a Motorcaravan visiting the city of Dublin as its just off the M4 Telephone 01-6295843 not yet on the Tavern Trail maybe shortly

Great eating house

  Update 20 Sept 2016

Went back as stated but very disappointed, what was presented as a Big Breakfast was despicable, burnt rashers, overcooked sausages, and two hard yellow blobs as eggs,  They must have had a poor cook in that Sunday Morning , pity as first impression was good but  I took to Trip Advisor reviews and I am not the only one disappointed,seems you can be unlucky if you get the wrong cook on the day. or indeed server as some reviews mention a young rude server, we only met Maureen who was delightful.

Always a lover of the full Irish breakfast , we were delighted to find FIDELMA’s in the main street Dunshaughlin, We had read a few reviews and decided to try it out for ourselves Imagin our  surprise to find that the reviews on trip advisor etc  were every bit as good if not better. We went for the big breakfast on Sunday morning the 12 June 2016,  lovely clean restaurant maybe a bit spartan for some but clean and a very good ambience and to top that a brilliant breakfast  fantastic value,  on the advice of reviewer’s I opted for the medium full Irish  wow, I found it hard to finish, I doubt I could have managed the FULL IRISH service was excellent served by a very hospitable lady .

Best Value eating house in the Dublin region has to be Seasons Restaurant in the Springfield Hotel (old Dublin Rd ) Leixleip . Fantastic food at very very good prices. typical  4 course meal for two including a bottle of very good wine €59. You just have to try the Sea Bass

we have to recommend the big breakfast at the Salmon Leap Inn (right at the bridge ) in Leixleip I never tasted Black and white pudding like it we found out it came from Annascaul in the county of Kerry (good traveller) brilliant we can  safely say it was one of the best full Irish we have experienced in Ireland .


Kilkieran Cottage Carrick-on-suir.  New Place added to the Tavern Trail today July 10th  Kilkieran Cottage near Carrick on Suir  South Tipperary, Comeragh Mountain area.  have a look at the website, could be a great spot for an overnight or even a weekend, to refresh your tired souls.  will welcome members  can be contacted on Email: Website: Contact Person: Ade Walsh looks very interesting and in a hidden and beautiful part of Ireland .




What is wrong with people who can’t handle the truth. If  we have learned anything in 2016 it’s that Truth   seems to have  no relevance anymore. That applies universally not just Ireland.We seem to attract a lot of enquiring losers. The new years has kicked off well,  except for the number of assholes who  for God alone knows why call us looking for advice, proceed to contradict us  then criticise us ,while we always like to help people, its very annoying when an asshole comes on asking for help then tells us we are snotty. We give honest advice, nobody is infallible, there is a certain “Karma” in finding out that the person who was given the good advice gets burned, We have to say serves them right.

 This past Christmas We   received 75 Christmas cards all with positive compliments  for which we are extremely grateful. It makes what we do worthwhile and helps us ignore the assholes. 


We had a few calls recently but none more so that the 9th of November  2016 warning against buying off Done Deal, not one but two people making us aware of campers that were put on done deal with “Clocked” mileometers, the sad part is neither of those phoning us were prepared to give us their names however they did give us the reg numbers of the vehicles and we know who the vendor is in once instance, and we are not one bit surprised. The particular vendor ripped off one of our members to the tune of €5000 and if we are asked to insure any vehicle coming from that vendor we will not even consider it for our scheme , So can we advise you to be cautious and if you have any doubts call us.  scroll down to buyer beware


Is Eir the worst company in Ireland to do business with ? we would appreciate your observations, their “customer service” has to be the worst in the world. Second to none for stupid automatons answering their phones


Cobh motorhome park in jeopardy over legal concerns

The GREED Rot has set in, Thursday, October 13, 2016 Caravan Park owners that close throughout the winter are Complaining ? About what ? it’s a greedy caravan park owner in Dunmore East that cost that village dearly , Get a life .

Sean O’Riordan The continuation of a council-controlled overnight pay-parking site for motorhomes, at a harbour town in Co Cork, has been put in jeopardy. Caravan-park owners claim the local authority’s model is illegal and anti-competitive.


A number of caravan-park owners throughout the country have written to Cork County Council, threatening to take legal action, if it proceeds with plans to formalise the paid-parking facility in Cobh.

They made submissions to the Cobh/Glanmire municipal district body, after it announced plans to introduce bylaws to formalise the control of the designated parking area, at the town’s quayside Five Foot Way.In recent years, it has become a popular stop-off point for motorhome owners from all over Ireland and Europe because of its panoramic views of Cork harbour.

Seizing on the potential for increased tourism, the municipal council recently designated 30 spaces for motorhome and caravan owners, allowing them to flush wastewater into the town’s sewerage system and park overnight for €10.

However, the municipal authority has now referred the correspondence to the council’s legal department, after councillors expressed fears that the bylaws may need to be re-examined, in the event of a challenge in the courts.

“When I saw the submissions from caravan owners, they put the fear of God into me,” said Cllr Claire Cullinane.

The councillor, who is one of the driving forces in attracting tourists to the town, said that caravan-park owners were claiming the council had contravened a number of rules and regulations.

“For example, they [caravan-park owners] said we couldn’t use a car park, and that it wasn’t right that we weren’t providing shower facilities and electricity. But the motorhome owners using the site say they have those facilities in their vehicles,” she said.

However, Cllr Cullinane said there was a need for County Hall’s legal department to consider the legal challenges and to address these as “a matter of urgency”.

Cllr Padraig O’Sullivan said he was not in favour of adopting bylaws only to later discover they were illegal.

Cobh, motorhome, park

Occupation, Something that we did not give great stress to was the occupation of any insured person be they the primary insured or a named driver,  It has been brought to our attention to stress that a person answers that question very honestly as we have just recently been made aware that non disclosure of a persons occupation can  and will be treated very seriously,   Insurers have very legitimate grounds not to pay on a claim. Also not having an up to date DOE (CVRT) test invalidates insurance.

Watch this space as of the 17th of Oct 2016 we have just been given new European and UK regulations regarding Motorcaravans and Seat Belts, we should have a full text on here in the next 48 hours  

The ever helpful Paula Roch has just left Richardson’s Insurances for yonks  due to family commitments and has been replaced by Sinead .    Paula was very helpful and we are glad to say Sinead is equally helpful .    If you or any friends have any queries regarding  your personal insurances, car, House  etc contact Sinead 01 2999554  , In the meanwhile  there’s none better than Betty Fry , who looks after our motorcaravan scheme, the voice you all hear when you call  01 2999501 .


Proof if ever it was needed, its the 27th Sept and not one comment, so people don’t read further than the first page

100% of people visiting a web site do it for a good reason, some out of curiosity some seeking pertinent information, however we have a thought that 90% never read past the front page so Just for “pig iron” ,we  are hoping that people might try and prove us wrong. Why would anybody eat potato crisps with scrambled eggs ?

We are now switching to our Winter mode, Summer has come and gone Autumn is almost non existing,  it’s been a very busy year but as its beginning to quieten down we have decided that maybe it might be a good idea to cut down on the hours we work so we are going to trow the question open to members (that’s if anybody reads these pages) should we cut back on opening hours for the winter? We are planning for 2017 and the new membership card is already designed, we are preparing the Freeway for Christmas .

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Buyer Beware


as the August weekend approached we put this cautionary  warning as some people were looking at campers with a view to purchase, please be acutely aware that not everything you see on done deal is as it seems, We have had a few  members get ripped off badly, remember if the price is too good to be true it is usually is. Check the chassis for rust one member bought in good faith and 6 months after purchase the vehicle for put off the road, a rotten chassis, the guy who sold it to him had given him a DOE  cert, no chassis deteriorates that badly in 6 months, it cost our member close on €5000 to have the chassis repaired to road safety engineering specifications.  If in doubt just ask, questions might seem trivial but could save you a lot of grief. There are a few on Done Deal  at the moment that we were asked to appraise , we would not touch with a Flag pole. We have had a serious complaint  from a trusted member about a guy converting vans who in our opinion should not be trusted.We cannot put his details in print lest we get sued but suffice it to say if somebody calls us about a particular vehicle we will give the usual” if we have nothing good to say we will say nothing ” answer, so be aware of chancers,


How about this for good News .

Cavan county council unanimously passed a motor home motion allowing motor homes to park overnight for a duration of one night at all amenity car parks. The details are yet to be worked out but the spirit of the motion is to allow motor homes to use lake or other amenity car parks for one night stopovers. They may include dedicated motor home spaces in towns and villages also. They want to utilize existing infrastructure at as little cost as possible. The locations will appear on the “this is Cavan” website map. I would like to commend councilor Shane P O’Reilly for bringing my idea to the council. Gerry Doherty of Donaghys ,Cavan is now motor home friendly. Just another 31 counties to go. Please pass this message on to your local representatives as we can make change happen.


A great time was had by all who attended at St. Patricks night in Browne’s Bar,  crossroads, Killygordon Donegal


Motor home parking available free Any member who want to go and have a great craic weekend, at any time of the year , feel free to do so.



We have been asked to get definitive information on Marine Insurance and its implication relative to the severe damage to motorhomes recently during Storm Gertrude . We are awaiting  information and we hope to have something on this page shortly