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Offline SJG10553  
#1 Posted : 23 June 2014 06:29:35(UTC)
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Went off to Anglesey for the weekend and the weather was cracking the flagsThumpUp

First time we have had the chance to test out the Alpha GL before we go off to France at the end of July.

First thing we found with setting up the Alpha compared to the Olympe is that you have to get the trailer at the right height before opening the unit otherwise the floor doesn`t sit correctly on the ground.

Once all was set up we had a fantastic weekend with a huge amount of space with the front awning and rear annex attached.

It seems a very versatile unit as there are many options. If you want just an overnight stop then you just put up the cabin. For a weekend attach the awning without the ZIG. For a week or longer the full set up with ZIG and rear annex. The rear annex can be used as an extra double bedroom or as an eating area.

The bed is really comfy, but we need to buy another sheet as the double wouldn`t fit as it is a king size bed ThumpUp

Will post some more and better pics from our France holiday, but for now here some rushed pics.

Griff



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#2 Posted : 24 June 2014 19:34:28(UTC)
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Hi Griff

that looks very smart and nicely pitched.

When I had the combi I used foam pipe lagging to protect the trailer roof rack paintwork, also used to carry flamma caravan chocks these were pushed between ground and the trailer roof rack to provide stability on unlevel pitches, stops the floor area from bouncing and putting a strain on the hinge

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#3 Posted : 25 June 2014 07:01:31(UTC)
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Hi Bob,

Thanks for the advise and comments ThumpUp

It is a smart looking unit Cool

It could have been pitched better, but the ground was like concrete so much so that it bent rock pegs Angry

To get the roof rack and floor as level as possible we found it best to lower the jockey wheel then undo the kitchen tailboard so it was vertical to the ground then lower the rear steadies. Then raise the jockey wheel until the unit was level then lower the front steadies.

We carry pieces of marina plywood to put under the roof rack if needed for final stability.

Overall a great TT, which covers 7.5 mtrs by 5 mtrs when the front awning and rear annex are set up.

Can`t wait to go off to France where we will have everything inside set up and this time pitched better Cool
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Offline Mellor3456  
#4 Posted : 26 June 2014 08:57:48(UTC)
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Hi, I am new to this forum, but have had a Trigano Alpha for a couple of years now.

Griff, you will love the Alpha in France. We were over there at the end of May and stayed in three locations over a period of just over two weeks: Langres in Haut Marne, Antibes on the Med and St Dizier in Champagne.
Last year we took it to Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland and on a separate trip, the West of Ireland.
We have had several caravans prior to the Alpha, but this is, by far, the best way to holiday. Towing is a breeze - one hardly knows it's there and it is possible to 'press-on' at speed. In France we regularly travelled at 130kph on the peage's.
WE have bought a memory mattress topper from Ikea for the bed and this is now as comfortable as our bed at home. It is considerably bigger and n-times more comfortable than any caravan bed we have had in the past.

By the way, it is possible to disconnect the kitchen tail-gate - it's just an electric socket and a slide off the hinges. This can get in the way on sloping pitches.
The 12v socket in the tent will only work when the car is connected up - it had me fooled for a while! We run a pair of long LED strip lights for the 'bedroom' and the front annexe. We connect these through a mains to 12v transformer and a multi point socket - this works very well for us.

I see that you have mounted a roof box on your luggage rack and bikes - I would be interested to know how you did this. I have been looking at having some custom 'Bags4Everything' bags made to fit in the two long spaces in the luggage rack to hold the awning/annexe canvas, Groundsheet and all the poles so that we can free up space under the bed for clothes, instead of carrying them in the car.

John
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#5 Posted : 26 June 2014 16:44:08(UTC)
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Hi John and welcome to the forum ThumpUp

Before we got the Alpha GL we had an Olympe GL, which was a fantastic family TT. Went for the Alpha as there will only be the two of us camping from here on in Crying

like you we have had a caravan and disliked it as it was liking being in an office and not camping so went back to TT`s....far more room and comfort IMHO.

Trigano now fit 2 standard UK plug sockets at the side of the bed, which is a plus. Black Country Caravans, (fantastic service from them), fitted two addition plugs under the sink so the 3 way fridge is now permanently plugged in and the water pump tap is plugged in permanently and reduced down to 12v. Better than the battery operated water pump tap we think.

Thanks for the tip on the kitchen tailgate. Will look at that in France. We used to do one year in France and the next in Spain, but for last 3 years we have stayed in France Cool

Which Ikea memory mattress topper did you get as they do a few?

The roof box is fitted to roof bars I got from Lidl,( they get them in now and again for £26.99), which are for cars with roof rails. We keep the front awning, side panels, ZIG, rear annex, groundsheet for rear annex and all the pole work in the roof box. Then when on site empty it so the roof box can be taken off by one person....5 minute job.

The bike racks are from Argos, (think they were £15 each). Once you have bolted them on they stay on as they are below the top of the floor frame so they don`t have any effect when lifting the floor over. You will see that we have one bike with handles bars towards the front and one with them towards the back because they are quite close together with having the roof box on as well.

Griff
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Offline Mellor3456  
#6 Posted : 29 June 2014 20:23:02(UTC)
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Hi Griff,

The mattress topper we use is a Sultan Tafjord.
We bought our a Alpha from a Black Country too. It sounds like they have made some useful enhancements of late. I remember calling them up to ask why the 12v socket didn't work (!). They were very kind and gently explained that the car had to be connected - not much practical use for us!
We have batteries for the water, and they are a bit of a bind to change, but seem to last very well and we can draw water when picnicking mid journey.
We have a 4 way extension plugged into our singleton 230v socket and we mange with that for all our lighting, charging and radio needs.
We also use a tent carpet on top of the ZIG, for comfort and we tried out some foam floor tiles. The latter work especially well on hard standing pitches.
I've listed all our camping holidays using the Alpha elsewhere in the forum. It was a bit cold in Ireland at Easter and damp at Whitsun, so we prefer warmer climates!

Cheers, John
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Offline SteveLH  
#7 Posted : 03 July 2017 13:59:32(UTC)
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Hi everyone,

Really good to see some other Alpha GL's. Still hoping to meet another owner. Bought ours used from Camperlands this year. After a chilly week in April in Devizes to set it up we embarked on a 3 week trip to Slovenia. We are now hooked and have had another few days away recently.

So pleased to read about the 12 volt pump as I really have not managed to figure this out yet.

Posting a couple of pictures if I can figure out how to do it..

Stephen
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